Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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3.05/5 rDev -18%
Appearance is stunning ... crystal clear, copper/red, and a dense foam head which dissipates to a thin, gentle lace. As far as taste and smell, I was hoping for more oaky overtones but I get none of that. It seems a bit watery, actually, and the smell is very much like any IPA I've had. I feel they put more effort into the label than the beer.
07-15-2014 23:01:55 | More by Vierenner
3.71/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a deep and clear amber with a slightly fizzy white head. The head has minor retention but what little is left hangs on and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is mostly lacking with slight hops aroma. The taste is a little more robust, but not more defined. It does taste good though and there is a hint of oak and vanilla in the mix. A little thinner body for an aged beer but not terrible. Overall a good, not great, barrel-aged IPA.
07-09-2014 21:22:41 | More by delta490
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
This poured with a darker than copper hue and a off white head of sticky foam.
The nose is light but it smells like an IPA in a barrel, duh. Evident bourbon, oak, pine needles, resin and a back of malt reach the nose with subdued character.
The taste is stronger and sweeter. Bourbonesque creaminess and sweetness hits the palate first with a woodsy oakey flavor. Mid palate is presented a chocolate covered raspberry taste that took to the end for me to decipher. The finish is piney and a bit bitter.
The feel is a bit brash, with bitterness and bourbon alcohols but it turns creamy and easy rather quickly.
Very interesting and different approach to the Hatter, this accepted the barrel rather well.
07-06-2014 11:59:55 | More by KYGunner
3.33/5 rDev -10.5%
A-Pours a clear, dull orange color. Head is a frothy cushion with an off-white hue. The head dies slowly and as I sip, circular lacing stains are left behind.
S-Candied citrus hops, a bit of grass and some soap. The most prevalent aspect of the nose is the caramel. A bit of dried oakiness. My first thought: too sweet.
T-Upfront caramel and more unspecific sweetness. The oak is not as defined as I'd like. The oak is slightly woody and it also has a sort of spicy tobacco element but it's a secondary flavor. The hops are also a secondary flavor. Sweet, perfumey, candied hops. The sweetness is the most dominating factor.
M-Medium bodied with plenty of texture. Soft carbonation. Light bitterness. Lingering sugary-liquid feel.
O-When I think. An Oaked IPA, I first think that it's probably a bad idea. Then I automatically assume, or hope that either the hops and barrel influence are the most prominent flavors. In this beer, I find that neither the hops (what you crave when you choose an IPA) nor the oak (what you want to experience when buying a beer aged in oak) are truly the most defining aspects of this beer. In closing, far too sweet.
06-21-2014 22:27:28 | More by VelvetExtract
Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.