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Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RedHaze on 12-26-2005)
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Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220z bottle into my Otter Creek glass. Deep amber in color with a thin, sticky white head. The head faded to a thin covering and left some great lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it.

The aroma mixes a citrusy, juicy hoppiness with a woody oak and light vanilla flavor. Pretty good aroma overall. It had more balance in the aroma and the hops really came through. I would have liked some more of that balance to carry through in the taste.

The taste shows a lot of the oak to it. I get a woody oak flavor mixing with some vanilla notes throughout the beer. Behind the oak I get some citrus rind bitterness with a little bit of a juicy, hoppiness trying to come through.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty decent oak aged IPA. The oak was pretty strong but managed to be somewhat smooth. I still can't say I love IPA's aged in oak, but this one managed to not let the flavors clash too much. Pretty good oak flavored beer overall, but the IPA flavors get overshadowed for the most part.

billab914, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Trystero
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From what I remember of my experience with Mad Hatter IPA, we parted on good terms, and I did enjoy my visit to New Holland. 2011 Oak Aged Hatter IPA bomber poured into a Hopfleaf tulip.

A - Nectary, orange, dried pine needle appearance. Foamy two finger head upon pour that resides into a slight resin like base at the top of the liquid.

S - Muted hops nose, mostly oak wood which dies quickly. Some malt supports that oak, and it's only in the finish of the bouquet that one even meets any hops.

T - Initial sip is slight malt character giving way to oad wood barrels which lead pleasantly into a robust vanilla middle. The finish isn't at all dominated by piney, resin hops, they only linger in the background. The vanilla of the barrel ageing really stands strong throughout the mouth. Warm afterthoughts of alcohol allude to the 7.5%.

M - Well carbonated and sticky. The 7.5% is not terribly apparent.

Trystero, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of mwill7287
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark copper appearance, with a medium layer of white cloudy head. Carbonation was on the lower side for an IPA, perhaps because of the oak aging. Didn't note it, but memory suggests that this brew retained the head well and left behind some good fresh lacing. 4

Smell - Medium strength fruity, citrus, grapefruit notes are at the forefront of the nose, with wood tones from the aging blanketed in there. A little bit of something like vanilla as well. 3.5

Taste - A blend of citrus, definitely including orange, mixed with the oak from the aging process at the back end of the sip. Certainly notes of bourbon from the barrel aging. Maybe a bit of smoke in there, too. The bourbon notes become more pronounced as the beer warms. Interesting mix with the citrusy hops and the bourbon/woody vanilla tones from the oak aging, but it works well. New territory for me, well received. 4

Mouthfeel - Lower carbonation from the aging and mid-low range bitterness for an IPA are balanced out by the bourbon notes to make a mildly drinkable IPA. I'd probably be finished with this if I had two. 3.5

Overall - A very interesting beer, especially for never before having had a barrel aged IPA (or any beer lighter than a stout, for that matter). I would like to try a few more of this kind to see where the style can go, though this offering did a good job of getting me into it. 4

mwill7287, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Clear slightly darker orangey gold pour. Just a whispy thin layer of white. Good carbonation present.

Aroma, piney, lightly herbal hops. Faintest vanilla bean and oak. A bit subdued really.

Starts piney than more herbal hops. Very little citrus. There is an odd vegetal taste between the piney bitter and the sweeter caramel malt and vanilla tones that finish it. Also some oakiness. All three components linger a bit.

Slightly sticky, just barely mid bodied. Carbonation keeps the sweet in check and keeps it very drinkable. Just not sure how many I'd really want to drink.
Not nearly as good as the Avery Anniversary barrel aged IPA. Still worth trying though.

Bung, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of codsmith
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber and clear with a nice small white head

S: A nice caramel flavoring from the aging in the oak barrels. That taste really comes through. There is a nice aroma of citrus and flora hops coming off the top.

T: It has a fairly sweet caramel and malt characteristic. You can really taste the oak flavoring throughout. The hops provide a nice smooth back-end, but not a whole lot of bittering flavor to balance out the sweetness from the malt.

M: A moderate to heavy mouthfeel. It has the mouthfeel of a dopplebock or a similar type beer, not really a normal IPA, but then again this isn't a normal IPA. Carbonation level is perfect.

O: Very interesting flavor profile. My only complaint is that it could bring a little more bittering hops to the table to mellow out the sweet flavor on the back-end.

codsmith, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper in color and as clear as they come. Finger of slightly off white head. Film is thin, but thicker around the edges with lots of larger bubbles. Good amount of lacing.

S: You can tell right off the bat that this is an oak aged beer. Hops seem to be citrus and are well balanced by sweet smelling bready malts.

T: Oak out in front again and provides a nice aftertaste as well. The citrus hops are providing the bitterness, but there is also a grassy quality to this as well. Toasted, bready malts rounding things out. Tasty beer.

M: Medium bodied, burns the tongue a bit. Bitter, dry finish.

O: This is nice beer and my favorite of the Hatter series. Fairly drinkable, but I can tell that I'm going to be pretty full by the time I finish off the bomber. I would pick this up again and feel good about recommending it to others.

titosupertramp, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper bodied with a shorter, but adequate off-white head of foam. Some nice sticky lacing as well.

The nose is nice, but a bit light. Some nice juicy hops and a little pineapple with some malt sweetness.

Oh yeah! Some nice crisp hops, lightly bourbony, some oak. The oak adds notes of vanilla and coconut to the moderately sweet and bitter brew. Really digging the barrel taste here, but need a little more of the hops. A nice warming alcohol feel in the finish.

Nicely carbonated, crisp and dry. Medium body.

The barrel does some wonderful things for this beer. I would like the hops to stand out a bit more, but then the barrel taste may suffer. Well, it is easy to drink and has some very satisfying flavor. I am going to enjoy this whole bottle to myself!

jera1350, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with a nice head that grows vigorously after each pour. Just a little bubbling.

The aroma is mild earthy hops, a little fresh oak, caramel, and toasted biscuits.

The taste is simple, yet delicious. Bitter orange hops mellowed and balanced by the oak barrels and lots of toasted biscuit and caramel malts. Tastes good.

Veyr simple flavors from a beer that I was expectig to be a little more deep. Thta doesn't mean its not any good. I will definetly buy this again. But maybe New Holland should consider bottling this in six packs for an "almost" sessionable oak-aged IPA.

scruffwhor, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of msnow34
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a bomber into a newport storm crystal glass. Color is light amber, with a great head. Beer has a small head renention, but is impressive. Smells, hoppy with a hint of vanilla. Tastes hoppy, but not bitter hops, lots of late addition hops in this one. Has hints of vanilla extremely light and smooth mouthfeel. Maybe the smoothest i've ever had. This one is worth trying esp at $5.49 for the bomber.

msnow34, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, oaky and a small hop presence. In the taste, dry oak, hops, and a small bourbon like vanilla. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry bourbon like aftertaste. Big bourbon like presence and mellow hops, not so much an IPA at this rate.

OWSLEY069, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a slight red twinge and a .25 inch head which gives to skim. There is a little bit of lace left on the glass. The aroma is big and full of oak, but that seems to be it. You really have to search for the piney hop presence. The taste follows suit up front and through the middle it is all oak and then you get a piney hop bite. The taste finishes with a slight caramel malt backbone. The taste is enjoyable but not overly complex and is dominated by oak. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a solid beer it taste good and has a good aroma. The problem is it is straight forward which isn't always a bad thing. Overall I would for sure have this again, you could easily drink multiples of this.

goblue3509, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from my tasting notebook.

Red tinged Amber in color, seems as though the Oak Wood aging was sufficiently long to bleed some color into the IPA. Very hoppy, resinous, with licorice, grapefruit peel, some mild cracked black pepper seasoning. Noticeable mini oil slicks of hop oil floating on top of the brew once the foamy head died back down (leaving some lovely lacing mind you) These oil slicks don't interfere with the smooth mouthfeel I get from this brew too badly, but I can tell they are there, as a minor annoyance.
Flavor is initially resinous, heavy oak wood and somewhat medicinal licorice in the middle, and finishes with malt sweetness tempered by lingering licorice aftertaste. The oak wood seems to be acting as a bridge between piney hops and a musty astringency. However, I believe that bridge may have been built too large. The Oak is somewhat too large in proportion to the other flavors in the profile. If only it were tweaked to be slightly less woody, this brew could be something spectacular.

WastingFreetime, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last of the new Hatter series. Poured into, you guessed it, my New Holland pint glass. Pours a clear, copper hue, with a rocky, yeast head of about two fingers. Drops to about a quarter inch of froth. Leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aromas of raw oak, some funk, some caramel malts and that citrus hoppiness.

Flavors of new oak barrel, woody, with that citrus peel bitterness, some caramel malt, and a touch of funkiness. Finish is long, with oak and citrus hops fighting it out, but the oak win in a long lingering fade.

Mouthfeel is dry, astringent (in a good way), with a mouthcoating bitterness.

Overall, a very nice beer. The oakiness is a bit raw and harsh. Could use a little time to round out and mellow. But it is a nice complement to the citrus hop bitterness and the light malt backbone.

Of the four I've tried, I'd put Farmhouse Hatter, first, followed by Oak-Aged, almost tied with Black Hatter, and Rye Hatter bringing up the rear.

Nice beers all around.

JamnesCameron, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from the tap at the comet a translucent copper (or straw gold... it's dark in here) to a shaker pint with a full finger, off white big bubbled head with nice retention.

subtle, very subyle earthy hops aroma.

big earthy hops up front, honey / caramel sweet, oak, toffee. dang, this is an interesting IPA.

big carbonation, smooth, subtle bitter, creamy sweet.

nice IPA, interesting sweet, enjoyable.

robwestcott, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/orange color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's an average amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is oak, pine hops, vanilla, caramel and some citrusy hops. However, the taste isn't as appealing as the aroma. The brew tastes like floral and pine hops, oak and caramel malt, but the flavors are subtle and seemed to be watered down. It's not a bad tasting brew, but I'm disappointed that the flavor wasn't stronger. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I wasn't impressed with this one, don't think I'll try it again anytime soon. Hopefully their Rye Mad Hatter that I'm drinking next is better.

bluejacket74, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Poured a amberish brown color. This one had no real head to it and therefore showed a little leg but no lacing at all.

S- I thought the oak came out in this one pretty good. Actually it seems to overturn most other aromas. Light sugary bitter hops to this as well in the middle to backing. Caramel malts also show up in this but add to the sickley sweetness that kills the aroma for me. To be honest it reminds of me a Southern Tier beer in the aroma.

T- Caramel malts and light sugary floral hops stand out in the this beer in the front. Barrel notes come in next but instead of wood I get more of rotting wood with light earthy dirt. Not very good. This flavor comes through toward the ending where the sweet caramel malts come out once again. Light bitter hopping in the ending can't balance out the flavors overall. Sweet alcohol flavor in the ending kills off any non sweet balancing flavor.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was low for the style. Sweetness from caramel malts along with dirty oak are left on the palate. Aftertaste is sweet alcohol, wiht caramel malts and hints of bitter hops. Flavors were underwhelming and not balanced at all with this beer being more sweet than anything else. No off flavors per say but the oak barrel was pretty bad tasting. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was the worst of the Hatter's that I tried that night or well just in general. I would like to see this one done in a fresh clean barrel and see how it turns out. But please for the love of all things holy New Holland stay away from all the sweetness on this beer. It was like a mini Southern Tier beer just not as good.

alleykatking, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of shamsoftabriz
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH.

A: Transluscent, walnut-shell color with a little lacing.

S: Rich oak resin

T: Oak and nuts balance out the hops perfectly. The combination almost makes this taste like a very drinkable thin nut brown ale.

M: Thin, but not in a bad way--coats the mouth and leaves a wonderful aged oak aftertaste.

O: Loved this. Unfortunately, all the bottles at Vintage were gone. Hoppy bite + aged oak smoothness = one tasty beer.

shamsoftabriz, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan brown, very small white head. Not much lacing.

Smell - Oak, hops, sugars, very floral, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon.

Taste - Very wood, oak flavor straight up front. Oak has a odd flavor, maybe from artifical additives. Very piney backbone to this beer. Has a lemon and banana twist. After the overpowering oak, you get some sugar and hop bite.

Mouthfeel - The oak drenches mouth at first but the beer is rather thin and aftertaste is slighty bitter. SLight sweetness left on tounge.

Overall - The oak flavor is way to overpowering, and its not a good oak flavor at that. Probily the reason this beer is so affordable is arifical oak added to it. Id rather pay more money for a true barrel aged beer, or aged in better whiskey barrels. I wont buy this one again.

wvsabbath, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice clear amber with a nice bit of carbonation bubbles and a ring of lace that is pretty thin.

S - Wow surprisingly get a great bit of citrus on the nose! Slight bit of oak on the nose but it smells good!

T - Kind of watery and more of an "artificial" oak with very little hop bitterness even the sweet kind. Even the pine taste kind of artificial (is that possible?)

M - Its pretty medium bodied which is pretty nice.

Overall I WILL NOT buy this again and am kind of disappointed. A great smell leading to such a lackluster IPA even an oak aged one. Blah...

DrDemento456, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-yellow body with a respectable white head. There's a moderate lacing.

I really had to strain to pick up much of an aroma, but what was there was pleasant. Citrus hops, vanilla, and wood.

The wood is overpowering and turns this into a dry IPA. The hops aren't allowed to come through as much as I'd like, but there is some orange peel and grapefruit buried in there. It really tastes like licking wood.

Mouthfeel is moderate, but dry almost to the point of being chalky.

Overall, the wood was way too much. It's a good price point, but not something I'd seek out.

Vonerichs, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber labeled Vintage 2011 into a pint glass. I always enjoy the regular Mad Hatter and hoping that this doesnt disappoint.

a-pours an amber, orange color. its a little lighter than I expected for some reason. 1/2" of white head that lasts for a bit then leaves some nice lacing

s-all oak on the nose. a little caramel sweetness. very light citrus. I dont think I could pick this out as an IPA by the nose.

t-similar to the smell, tons of oak initially. some malty, caramel sweetness with a little smokeyness. a little piney, citrus resin taste at the end. Much sweeter and more muted than I expected.

m-nice carbonation and very drinkable. leaves a slightly oily feel

overall, I enjoyed this beer, but it wasnt really quite what I expected. That being said, I would definately drink it again, and for around $5 for a bomber, that shouldnt be a problem. Another nice beer from New Holland.

crewfan16, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of balzern
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Appeared an amber color; typical IPA appearance. Foam was about 2 fingers and lasted about 8 minutes. Lacing was moderate.

S- Smells of caramel, vanilla, citrus hops, and finally oak. The oak was not dominating but did have a presence.

T - Citrus hop flavor with chewy caramel. If you have ever had a Cabernet wine you know what oak is like. This beer had the oak flavor without the spice of the wine which was kind of cool. The hops provided a little bitterness but were not overpowering and were pretty moderate. The chewy caramel was nice - kind of reminded me of the little caramels that were available in doctor's offices or something.

M- Like I said before it was kinda chewy and coated my mouth with a slight oily resin, yet, it did have moderate carbonation. Pretty enjoyable mouth feel.

O- I would say try this if you had a chance and it was affordable (paid about 5 dollars for a bomber) and you wanted a moderate intensity IPA. The oak gives it an almost regal quality and was a nice experience tasting the oak and the hops working in tandem. Get it if it is available but don't go out of your way to run and get one.

balzern, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours bright clear golden copper with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smells very floral - reminds me of 2 hearted but not as strong

taste is a let down - very watered down flavors of oak floral pine hops and sweet caramel hops

mouthfeel is very light thin body with low carbonation very boring

overall - not an upgrade over the regular mad hatter and not worth a second buy

jsh420, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of oaked aged IPAs but maybe this one will be different.

Clear amber color with a thin head that quickly settled to a skim of suds. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass. Not the most impressive looking.

I never considered Mad Hatter as having a citrus nose but something happened in the barrel that is really bringing the citrus out and bringing with it some tropical fruit.

The flavor changes again and it is almost all tropical fruit. Totally different taste profile from the regular Mad Hatter. Hints of vanilla as well. I am really liking this beer.

A little undercarbonated but otherwise has a good body and feel. A little more life would bring this beer to good levels.

I came into this not expecting to like it but I could not have been more surprised. Totally different beer from Mad Hatter.

morimech, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: amber orange, trace head,

S: mild malt, vanilla, woodsy scent...very light smells

T: sweet malt, pine, mild smoke, dare I say hint of dill pickle? slow long bitter finish with hint of oak

M: med/light body, hint of sticky/oily mouth

O: For the price this is fine, but gotta say I'm
disappointed with this beer. Think it has loads
of potential, but just was ok.


BeerLover99, Jun 19, 2011
Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.