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

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 Holland
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours nearly copper - dark for an IPA. Did it take on color somewhere in the aging, or is this a different recipe from their normal one? Small head, one finger, goes quickly and leaves a nice lacing.

S: oak and IPA smells dominate as expected - this one tends to be slightly malty, but it has a big bitter and floral hop presence. Ahhh....

T: very full of oak, then the hops hit with bitterness, and finally the finish is a beautiful malt flavor left on the tongue. It sticks around for a while, very pleasant.

M: excellent an aged beer, but this is an IPA. It still contains the great parts of the normal Hatter, but it's more smooth than crisp. I like this - it mellowed the mouthfeel through aging.

O: excellent beer - I'm always partial to oak aged beers. This was an awesome IPA, and it just got more awesome. For $4 for a bomber, I'd do it again.

Holland, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper color with hues of straw and amber. A couple inches of white fluffy head formation and retention is present, nice lacing.

Aromas begin with wood and hops. Earthiness, slight floral and citrus with a nice underlying oakiness. As it warms you can detect the slight caramel malts and more predominant pale and bready malts.

The tastes begin conversely with caramel and pale sweet maltiness soon greated by the wood flavors. The sharp hop flavors which are present in the original Hatter are subdued here thanks to the oak aging which is nice and a chance of pace. The candied hop flavors of grapefruit, orange peel and pine resins control the beer but in a slightly reserved manner.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Oak adds a nice drying quality which leaves this crisp in the finish, where the traditional Hatter is more sticky and resinous on the palate.

Overall this is definately an improved version of the original Mad Hatter and the Imperial Hatter in my opinion. As far as Oak-aged IPAs go though this one is behing better offereings from Great Divide (their Anniversary beer) and definitely behind the Humidor Jai Alai from Cigar City. That being said it costs half as much, so basically it comes down to quality vs. price. I would not refuse this going forward but I think I may rather splurge on the quality.

claspada, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint from a 22. Pours a watery amber with a half inch head, minimal, but nice looking lace.

Caramel, vanilla and oak start the nose. Fresh soil and grapefruit make up the rest of the stink.

I'll mark up the taste because it's pretty interesting. Caramel and vanilla mix with grapefruit right up front. Grapefruit and lemon rind follow. The mouth is a pretty thin. Obviously a drawback.

A cool brew to check out. I wouldn't grab another (mostly because I have to pay for shipping from five states away... five large states) but was very happy to try it. Never had an oak aged IPA before.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like strong grapefruit and honey, with some orange and mango and a bit of fresh oak and bread.
T: It tasted like bright grapefruit and orange hops, with sweet honey malt and fresh oak, and a bit of mango and resin. It had a strong but clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a top oaked IPA that was significantly better than I remember the standard Hatter being, with tons of tropical hops. The oak is incorporated perfectly, so the scent and taste were great. Body was weak, but it was easy to drink. Probably my favorite of the Hatter series, and definitely recommended (fresh).

Pencible, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New Holland Oak Aged Hatter is flavorful, weak, and passive.

It poured light copper, like a new penny, with no head and it left only a spattering of lace. The smell was weak, but the flavor was strong, with an initial hit of vanilla followed by wood and a slightly metallic aftertaste. The feel was weak and thin.

As IPAs go, Oak Aged Hatter is passive with a finish that's way too clean.

MetalHopHead6, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent coppery glow with a finger high cap of firm beige foam on top. Keeps a thin skim and some bubbles always present and coats the glass with a ton of sheeted lace.

Aroma is made mostly of some orange and peach tones along with leafy portions to its hop load. A nice bold addition to oaky sweetness mixing with deep breadyness and caramel builds as it sits.

Wondeful taster with a very well-rounded oaky sweetness wrapped in a caramel soaked breadyness tanged with orangey/peachy tropical hoppyness. Nice balance and boldness as its not overly heavy on the body allowing its sweet-sided nature and girth flow freely among the hoppy stuff.

Boldly set medium body with a low ended carbonation that sits well and drinks down thusly. Nice feathery bittered finish of leafy orange tea tinted hoppyness and coating of oaky bourbony sweet warmth.

Very solid stuff and blurring the lines, if not all together crossing them, of reaching Imp. IPA standards in my book.

tavernjef, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of cagocubs
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours a light copper color with a thin white head that dissipates and splotches .

S: Hops, roasted malts, barley, some faint citrus smells, spice - clove, a toasty scent (oak), and some metallic.

T: Hop bite comes through at first, followed by some sweet tastes, and finishes bitter with hops. You can taste the roasted malts, hops, and a smokey flavor.

M: Light bodied. Crisp with excellent mouth coating and aftertaste.

O: So far this is my preferred Mad Hatter series run.

cagocubs, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of divineaudio
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

split a bomber with my girlfriend. poured into a pint glass

a - pours copper and gives me a thin cap of creamy tan head. retention is pretty good and leaves a few rings of lace in my glass.

s - vanilla and light pine resin.

t - piney bitterness with a toasty malt backbone. notes of vanilla, slightly phenolic, lingering bitter finish. kind of a weird combination.

m - a firm medium with just the right amount of carbonation.

o - my first experience with a barrel aged ipa. not a bad one, but not good enough to revisit this particular beer. if it weren't for the medicinal quality to the flavor i might actually seek this out.

divineaudio, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of raznug
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a nice deep golden color with a half inch of head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Hatter smells of oak aged alcohol with wisps of hops. It has a bourbon hints that make my mouth water even though I don’t really drink whiskey.
Taste: The oak flavor really comes out well in the taste just as I was expecting it to taste. The oak aging hides the hops more than I would like being an IPA but I think it tastes the way that the brewer wanted.
Mouthfeel: It isn’t thick but it is watery there seems to be a nice balance of easy drinking but thick enough to let flavor stick around.

raznug, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had with Chris H, one of the true IPA-heads I know. Poured into a tulip glass. This is a beautiful beer, pouring almost the same color as the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban sitting next to it. The head starts 3 fingers deep, reducing to 1/8", with decent lacing down the sides.

Has a very pine forward hop profile, more than I'd expect from a cask aged beer. Buttery resin, hints of vanilla, and toffee, surely from the malt backbone, fill out the aroma.

Taste starts caramel toffee malt, a sweet buttery star, with a mild hop finish. Like so many oak aged beers, the hops have been mellowed out. Still, very dry finish.

This is my first of the series, and will likely hit the black IPA next. I like the regular Mad Hatter better than this, still, a decent brew that i would have again.

TheHoppiest, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JM03 for this!

Pours a clear dark auburn color with a rather white spongy looking head. Nice lace. The aroma is lightly malty, with a nice floral/pine hop nose and a slightly fervent oak note. Taste is pleasantly bitter on the tongue, floral, with a nice vanilla and wood edge and lightly sweet caramel malt base. Fairly slick in texture, mild creaminess and lightly creamy. Light to medium body.

This was a damn decent IPA. And interesting choice of style for a barrel, but tasty nonetheless.

EgadBananas, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Bright copper with a towering off-white ehead that dies down, but never goes away, leaving perfect lacing all the way.

Smell - Oak is the dominant note, offering a sweet woody-vanilla aroma to complement the toffee-like malt and pine-citrus hops.

Taste - The oak is definitely present, but not overwhelming. There is a rich caramel malt character, the woody vanilla from the oak, resinous pine, and a nice balancing bitterness. The long finish includes lingering bitterness and woody tannins.

, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A scrumptious looking beer, that's for sure: Coppery sunset color, a bit hazy, with bubbles moving quickly up to a slightly dirty white head, which is fluffy and crackly and simmers down to a crown in a couple minutes. Quintessential IPA, looks-wise.

Nice aroma, and it achieves the expected woodiness without being overbearing (or inconsequential). Gives a really great earth/herbal tone to the more recognizable IPA characteristics just underneath it--spruce, citrus peel, fruit tobacco, toffee, cinnamon roll. Yep, I'm seriously getting all that, although it's not a blazing bright aroma, so it remains fairly subdued.

About the same level of wood tones in the taste as the aroma. It's just barely the most prominent feature, mingling nicely with the citric and pine-ish elements of the hops, the old English toffee vibe of the malt, and the slightly warming alcohol tucked in underneath. Vanilla definitely edges in. Pretty dry, more so than your normal IPA, but there is a distinctive woody character in the finish...more new wood than anything. No idea if the "Kentucky barrels" noted on the label are made of freshly cut wood, if they're old, or what. Whatever.

Not a dominant presence, texturally, just kinda does it's thing, neither too sticky nor too heavy, but not exactly light and slippery either. I'm kinda ho-hum about the feel, and wish it delivered a little something more substantial to measure up to the better aspects of this beer.

Yeah, this is a pretty good beer, and a fairly novel idea, with the wood adding just the right touches while letting the base IPA breathe and assert itself.

Metalmonk, Aug 01, 2011
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
Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.