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

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
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 alleykatking


2.45/5  rDev -34.1%

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.

07-01-2011 00:58:31 | More by alleykatking
Photo of shamsoftabriz


4.55/5  rDev +22.3%

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.

06-27-2011 14:00:51 | More by shamsoftabriz
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

06-25-2011 10:03:17 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of DrDemento456


3.3/5  rDev -11.3%

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...

06-22-2011 02:08:59 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Vonerichs


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

06-22-2011 01:18:19 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of crewfan16


3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

06-22-2011 00:10:19 | More by crewfan16
Photo of balzern


4.43/5  rDev +19.1%

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.

06-21-2011 16:05:31 | More by balzern
Photo of jsh420


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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

06-19-2011 22:49:21 | More by jsh420
Photo of morimech


4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

06-19-2011 22:29:22 | More by morimech
Photo of BeerLover99


3.13/5  rDev -15.9%

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.


06-19-2011 18:44:11 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%

As a fan of New Holland's regular Mad Hatter IPA, this was certainly a letdown.

Pours a dark brown and redish color with a one-finger of head.

Smell was nice, rich caramel, wood and hops flowing together nicely.

But the taste is when I discovered this wasn't my kind of beer. The beer, which is aged in oak barrels, tastes very sweet, and the oak tasted more like earthy soil instead of a crisp wood flavor.

Overall, nothing I'd search out. Other Hatter IPAs are much stronger.

06-18-2011 14:47:36 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of CMB2012


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

22oz, vintage 2011 is all I can find as far as dates are concerned. Served in stemless snifter.

A- Deep copper, almost mahogany in color. Pretty clean with very little off white head that dissipates quick and leaves a few bubbles floating around, leaving a ring.

S- Prominent oak character, mixing well with some citrus and pine hop aromas. The oak is musty with vanilla and some smoke, reminiscent of whiskey barrels... without the whiskey. There is some detectible malt, but it's mostly covered up.

T- Again, oak is the dominating character here. There is some citrus up front, and it ends with a nice earthy hop bitterness. Caramel malts come into play towards the end and leaves a semi-sweet grain aftertaste.

M- The oak aging mixed with higher hop profile provide for a very dry and a bit more astringent beer then I like. The carbonation is minimal, which works, the overall mouth is medium-light/medium. It's a bit sticky, but not chewy.

O- I like the direction New Holland went with this beer, the oak is up front in both aroma and flavor, it is the star of the show. I like that the oak is so noticeable because if gives one the idea of what oak does to an IPA, and the price is pretty amazing as well. All that said, I think at this point, because of the astringency and lack of malt character I would say grab a six pack of Rumble by Great Divide if you want a great oak aged IPA.

06-18-2011 05:52:18 | More by CMB2012
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Pours a yellowish orange color with a small white foam head that quickly dissipates to a very fine film. There is small amounts of lacing.

S: A nice amount of citrus and grassy hops. In addition, there are some burnt wood and bourbon scents that are coming through nicely.

T: The citrus hops hit the palate first, but they are much more milder than expected. In the middle presents some mild caramel and bready malt to balance the hops. On the back-end there is a mild amount of wood/oak and bourbon flavors.

M: Slightly creamy medium to full bodied beer. Not overly bitter taste on the palate.

O: The thought of an oak aged IPA was quite interesting. The flavors that mixed seemed a bit awkward at first but were tasty.

06-16-2011 22:49:15 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of AgentMunky


4.35/5  rDev +16.9%

Served in a 10 ounce snifter at Beer Run.

A: Gleaming orange (like a less artificial IrnBru). No head. Barely clear and really pretty.

S: Citrusy hops. Some sugars? Good, but not much going on.

T: Super-good! Round, sweet, malty-fruity. Hops are subdued and act more as complimentary accents. The endtaste has an odd dryness (maybe an oakiness?) that seals the deal for me. Damn fine IPA.

M: Transitions from wet to dry, soft to tingly. Interesting and good.

O: A well-balanced IPA that holds my interest. Sweeter, stronger, more complex, and just plain better than the normal Mad Hatter. I would love to drink it again -- definitely recommended.

06-16-2011 20:26:47 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of b3shine


2.63/5  rDev -29.3%

Deuce to pint (frosty). Appearance was average -at best. Way too clear for its type, with virtually no head. Smell wasn't good. Cheap, wet wood. Taste was sub-par as well. Tastes like a flat, wooded (chipped) Killian's. Mouthfeel was its best attribute, and that's only because it goes down easily. Overall, a MAJOR disappointment.

06-15-2011 22:28:36 | More by b3shine
Photo of muskabeatz


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- Pours a golden amber with a puffy one-inch white head. The head dissipates rather quickly, leaving some clingy lace and a frothy ring around the top of the beer.

S- Grassy hops on the forefront with a bit of citrus . The hop presence is a little subdued, but it does give way to a nice toasted oak and caramel presence...smells like a hoppy twix bar.

T- Even less hop presence in the taste, although there is a slight bitterness lingering on the finish. It begins with an earthy caramel flavor that bursts with caramelized sugar in the middle and then back to the earthy finish with its lingering hop bitterness. I would definitely like a bit more hops up front, especially if they could give more of a citrus presence.

M- Slightly undercarbed, but I really like the slick oily mouthfeel.

O- Worth buying once, and I wouldn't turn it down if it were given to me, but I probably won't be buying it again. Not bad, just not great.

06-14-2011 01:45:55 | More by muskabeatz
Photo of ChugginOil


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

This brew has a light amber color to it that is translucent. Some oily legs slide down leaving a few bubbles for lacing. The nose is full of oak barrel characteristics including vanilla and butterscotch. A bit of citrus and pine hop lingers a bit. The taste seems more malt forward than most DIPAs. Very sweet and dessert like. Vanilla, oak, caramel, and a bit of hops are tasted. A buttery taste is noticed that carries on throughout the aftertaste. A bit of bitterness strikes the palate. The mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer. A smooth and silky feel lathers the palate w/ ease. Overall, pretty damn tasty but demands more hop presence. Tasty.

06-12-2011 03:53:43 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of BogusOwnz


3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured into a tulip

A- copper very pretty beer

S- oak and almost a tea smell no hops what so ever.

T- sweet oaky taste but beyond that nothing really. I keep getting tea. it's bitter but not much on the hop flavor side n

M- very thin with medium carbonation

O- this is very underwhelming, beer is thin and one demensional. Oak flavor seems off and the beer just seems like something is missing.

06-12-2011 02:14:06 | More by BogusOwnz
Photo of nasty31


3.83/5  rDev +3%

bomber poured into tulip

A-very shiny copper in color with a 2 finger white fluffy head. no retention and hardly any lacing.

S- Very strong oaky wood smell mixed with vanilla dont really get to much hop smell on this mostly malt.

T- Nice oak bourbon flavor on the front of the tongue with a very malty finish. Like the smell the hops arent really present here. It is bitter but you dont really get the hop flavor.

M- the worst part of this beer. Extremely thin i feel like im drinking a glass of water. Water may have a heavier mouthfeel then this beer.

O- Very solid minus the mouthfeel. I like how this beer has the apparent flavor of oak aged and not a lot else. But it is not overpowering or anything. Very different style on this drink it fresh i think it would suck aged.

06-11-2011 08:20:25 | More by nasty31
Photo of seeswo


2.85/5  rDev -23.4%

Pours a bold, clear copper with a large, fast fading tan head. Big swirls and huge whiffs lead to little on the nose. Just a touch of malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol, go along with a little bit of oak. Really shocking to get little in the way of hops or really much of anything. In the taste, there is some malt sweetness early, a touch of oak and vanilla and a kind of flavorless bitterness. None of this comes together well, as the finishing bitterness and oak tannins in back don't finish so well and the front is a mess of malt and not a whole lot else. There is an oddity in the early to middle part of this beer in that it is almost watery. The nice presence of oak and vanilla that comes out more over time improve the taste grade one notch. Mouthfeel is decent, I guess. Carbonated and thin to medium. I was really excited to pop this beer and I really do not like it. They should talk to the people at Cigar City on how to get wood flavors into an IPA without ruining the qualities that make an IPA enjoyable.

06-10-2011 00:14:33 | More by seeswo
Photo of adman08


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

A_Pours amber colored with a slight hint of copper. Very little head.
S-Nice aroma of light wood and citrus/grapefruit.
T-Flavors of vanilla and grapefruit with a hint of wood smoothness.
M-Slightly sticky with minimal carbonation.
Overall, very interesting. The barrel aging gives off a nice mellow vanilla flavor and smoothness but I wonder if that took away from the hops. There is still good hop flavor but I wonder if maybe the barrel aging hurt the hop flavor. I'd suggest trying this one for yourself. It a tasty beer, just not quite what I expected.

06-08-2011 03:07:52 | More by adman08
Photo of mattbing


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Clear, dark amber with almost no head. Very minor lacing on the glass.

S - Rich sweet smell, almost caramel.

T - I definitely get that this was aged in oak. Slight citrus on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with very little carbonation.

O - Maybe I'm too used to drinking Imperial Hatter, but this seems almost watered down. Regular Mad Hatter is a great beer in it's own right, aging it in oak just doesn't add anything.

06-05-2011 23:01:05 | More by mattbing
Photo of camil1mj


3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Bought today from my local bottle shop. Part of the Hatter Day Hatters series. Poured into my Bell's tulip glass.

A: Deep caramel bronze. Foamy white head.

S: Nice light aroma of hops with a hint of oak.

T: Strong hop taste which gives way to hints of oak and leather.

M: Thin but solid. Much like I would expect froman IPA.

O: This is well done. I really like the standard hatter. The oak barrels only add to the flavors.

05-31-2011 23:36:41 | More by camil1mj
Photo of corby112


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

Sampled on draft at Kraftwerk during their New Holland event. Listed as Imperial Hatter(Whiskey Barrel Aged).

Pours a very dark orange/amber color with dark burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Very odd aroma with a balance of earthy, resinous and sweet citrus hop character as well as some earthy oak, bourbon and vanilla. It kind of smells like someone dipped a clementine into glass of whiskey and sprinkled some vanilla bean over it. Hints of citrus peel and pine needle along with earthy oak, a decent amount of bourbon and a prominent vanilla/marshmallow character.

Medium bodied with only slight carbonation. Almost flat really and not very bitter for an IPA. More sweet than anything with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Grapefruit, pineapple and mango countered by the barrel characteristics. Not as hot as the BA Charkoota Rye with a good balance of subtle oak, sweet bourbon and a strong vanilla presence that smoothes things out. Very well balanced and deceptively drinkable.

02-07-2011 09:50:15 | More by corby112
Photo of rpardon7


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from the tap a burnt orange with a thin off white head that dissapated quickly into a small ring around the edge of the glass. Smell was dominated by floral hops and citrus orange lemon and a small cut grass smell. Taste was bitter upfront with citrus hops but dropped to a smooth and rather sweet oaky malt and hop finish. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp not as smooth as some ipas but the oak character helped mellow it out. Drinkability was nice good oaked ipa.

01-31-2011 15:30:49 | More by rpardon7
Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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