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

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | 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 camil1mj


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 15:30:49 | More by rpardon7
Photo of BEERchitect


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid and more characterful than Mad Hatter, this oak aged version contributes more roundness, complexity, and mouthfeel that is lacking in the original.

Like the Hatter, Oaked begins with a bright copper color with strands of straw and amber. A mild haze allows for a diffused glow through the glass. Good head formation and retention is aided by the oak aging.

Hops and caramel take center stage in aroma while a mild bready malt and nutty/woodsy note back up the straight IPA scent. Low on esters or phenols, the alcohol scent provides mild nail polish remover-type sensation.

Caramel and dried woods give rise to the maltiness and allows for greater depth of flavor. Likewise, the sharp hop flavors and bitterness are smoothened with the oak conditioning. Still, the candied falvors of grapefruit, orange peel, and pine resins control the beer but in a slightly reserved manner.

Creamy and malty early on, these textures are amplified a bit because of the marshmallowy affect from the oak tanins for a fuller mouthfeel. Transitioning from malty creaminess towards hoppy and alcoholic dryness occurs late for a snappy and zesty/dry finish. Caramel, woods, and leafy/grassy hops linger well into the finish and aftertaste.

This is definately an improved version of Mad Hatter, but the beer's ordinary base recipe doesn't allow for all the intangibles to make this a particularly memorable beer- even with the added oak complexities.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 00:22:57 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of champ103


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright orange color with good clarity. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: At first some caramel malt hits the nose. Wood and oak that give this a lot of depth. Plenty of hops linger. Floral and grass. Some citrus and a light bitterness lingers. Very enjoyable.
T: Again, very enjoyable. A sugary sweetness up front with some toasted malt and caramel. A really well balanced oak and wood flavor. Plenty of hops linger. Floral, grassy, and citrus hops that really work well with the oak and malty balance.
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp, dry, clean, and smooth at the same time. Very easy to drink. I can quaff several without a thought.

One of the better versions if an oak aged IPA that I have tried. Normally I don't think the barrels and the IPA mix well. This is an exception though. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 04:17:44 | More by champ103
Photo of Thorpe429


3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Rustico.

Pours copper-orange with an off white head. The nose is of grassy and citrus hops with some oak presence. More oak in the taste with a bit of dry bitterness. Feel is a bit strange in its hop and oak relationship. I prefer the regular version of this beer as the oak really hasn't done too much for it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 12:49:23 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, crimson coloration, under a generous slathering of creamy, off-white foam.

Aroma: right there, right off the bat, a big whiff of wood. There's the oak, hanging over the hops. They're pretty well hidden, actually.

Taste: Boom! here they are, hops aplenty, all in a pretty much English-style IPA, some herbal qualities, some fruit (apple, cherry), prickly bitterness, but wrapped up in warm, friendly malt. Hops continue to deliver on flavor, but the bitter assault is smothered, or perhaps caressed, there's a more positive spin, by the oak.
Bitter and sweet continues, toasty wood on top.

Drinkability is high, body is medium, hops and wood swim in the mouth, and spread joy throughout the land.

Unique, well-balanced, and terrifically tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 10:06:47 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of GRPunk


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a nonic pint

A- 2-finger head above a clean, copper body with light (really minimal looking) carbonation. Retention is pretty good as the head drops to about 1/2-finger and leaves great sticky rings.

S- Lots of grassy hops initially. Some sweet malts come through late. The oak isn't strong, and I'll admit to missing it completely initially. Woody tones are subtle, but come into play with a little warmth.

T- This is where the oak comes through. It's a little more robust than the normal offering. Lots of grassy hops, but equalled by the grainy/cereal malts, and oak tones. Clean finish.

M- Light carbonation. Pretty viscus. A little bite from the hopping. Everything dries out in the finish. Very solid for the style.

D- Very easy drinker. Well balanced. May have expected a bit too much due to the "oak aged" tag.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2010 03:08:20 | More by GRPunk
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South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass at the local Flying Saucer.

A: Mildly hazy copper/orange color. Nice head and moderate lacing.

S: Grapefruit, mild pine hop aroma and woody grain.

T&M: Nice and crispy. Smooth, medium bodied, and well-balanced hop and malt flavors. Mild bitterness that is mellowed by the aging. Finishes semi-dry with a long lasting hop flavor.

Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 21:00:33 | More by cdizinno
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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler while downtown holland to enjoy over the course of the evening.

Pours clear copper amber with a 2 inch frothy white head. Smells of earthy hops, oak, some nuttiness. Taste is comprised of a very caramelly backbone, earthy hoppiness, oak, some vanilla. Pretty hoppy for having aged on oak. Nuttiness persists.
Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but so is the original mad hatter in my opinion so that is to be expected. I've never quite felt like water is a distinguishable element in a beer (besides on the most obvious level) but this is different. Profound or stupid observation, who knows? Very difficult to explain, just a feeling I'm getting. I polished off nearly the entire growler by myself in an evening, so I have to go pretty high for drinkability.

Serving type: growler

07-19-2010 21:07:17 | More by Shumista
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into Stone nonic. Pours red orange clear with a frothy off white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of hops and subtle wood note with a hint of malt. The flavor is of subtle malt with a subtle hop flavor as well. It is light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is a pretty nice brew. Glad New Holland decided to re-do it as it was listed as discontinued awhile back. Worth trying it if you haven't for sure.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2010 15:14:25 | More by thagr81us
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Uptown grille in Commerce MI.

A_Dark amber. Thick eggshell white heat that dissipates into a thick foamy ring. Lacing smothers the glass.

S_ Earthy,woody oak upfront followed by piny subdued hops. Great oak aroma.

T_Bold but not overpowering oak. Smooth vanilla. Wood. Grassy pine. Terrific example of an oak aged IPA.

M_Thick and creamy. Very sticky on the lips. Full bodied.

D_ I wouldn't want to drink a whole bunch of these. This is a beer that deserves your full undivided attention. Great to savor.

This is a very close second to Dogfish Heads Burton Baton on my list of best oak aged IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 19:06:58 | More by nickadams2
Photo of maximum12


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A second brew consumer after softball. Initially I was told that the keg had kicked, to my disappointment, but after I ordered something else, was told another keg had been hooked into the mainline. Yippee! Haven't had a new New Holland brew in quite some time. Shame on me.

Once set down gently on the wire table, with me sitting in the horrifically bent & uncomfortable wire chair that just ate a chunk of my leg, it's darker than I fancied it might be, darker red skew of the IPA spectrum. Not much to huff, a bit of woodiness & subdued, quiet hops.

As a fan of New Holland, & having toured the brewery, I was hoping this was going to be a big upgrade on Hatter, which it isn't. The oaking is big & bad, overpowering the IPA base & leaving on with only a faint hop residue that was steeped in barrels. While the smoothness of the brew certainly ups the drinkability, it loses a great deal in the bitterness category.

Good beer. I'd never turn one down, but this is defintely a case where the oaking of a brew really pummeled its other characteristics into submission, to the point of nonexistence. But if you haven't had it, it's well worth a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 03:44:32 | More by maximum12
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Brews on 6/12/10

A - Clear, even-hued amber. One finger head leaving essentially no retention. Lacing is solid, though it does dry out.

S - Earthy tones of wood amid notes of spicy pine hops & fresh citrus zest (grapefruit). Caramel sweetness.

T - Zesty hop bitterness hits upfront; grapefruit & lemon peel. Dry, piney taste is nice. Balanced by caramel, it's somewhat sweet mid-swallow. Oak undertones add complexity without too much coloring of the overall flavor.

M - Medium body, average carbonation. Finishes dry & spicy.

D - An interesting twist on the base beer. Not bad; however, I'm not clamoring to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 02:00:24 | More by Ryan011235
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2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma:This beer doesn't have much of an aroma, but I do get a little orange.

Appearance:It's a tad bit lighter than the normal Mad Hatter IPA.

Taste:On the first sip of the beer, the oak hit me in the face. It's a musty oak flavor that overshadows the rest of the IPA through the fore and midtastes. The aftertaste does contain some maltyness. Even though this is a bourbon barrel oak, it only has a slight bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel:A little alcohol burn because of the bourbon, but not too much.

Drinkability:The mustyness imparted by the oak is a little distracting, and hinders the IPA somewhat, compared to the Mad Hatter IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2010 23:14:52 | More by fear025
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3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I am a fan of the imperial hatter but not the regular. I feel this beer is right in between. It tastes very very oaky with a maple syrup aftertaste. I had a 4oz sample last night and thought it was okay...I would never get this beer again but it was entertaining to try. I am more curious about the other hatter releases this summer

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 01:53:05 | More by beerhan
Photo of Pecorasc


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton, Ohio. Served at tap temperature in a shaker pint glass.

A- Pours a glowing orange that is clear but not polished. Topped off with a thin white head that attempts to toss some lacing on the walls of the glass. Thorough and consistent beading is clearly visible.

S- Dominated by oak, coconut, and a perplexing fruitiness. Complimented by vanilla, cherry, and a slight hop bitterness. The lack of hop aroma is disappointing, but there is a pleasant oakiness that compensates.

T- Opens with a nice oak character, but lacks in hop flavor. The hops that are present are piney and earthy. I think the most appropriate adjective to describe the hop character is "handcuffed." A moderate bitterness leads to a slightly metallic aftertaste and an alcoholic character in the finish. Very little residual flavor other than the oak. Sometimes, intense oak flavor can compensate for a lack of hop character in IPAs; the oak flavor isn't good enough to make up for the lack of hop character here.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish. Not much bitterness, so the palate certainly doesn't take a beating or feel fatigued. The oak leaves a cleansing sensation on the palate.

D- Despite the mediocre review, this beer does well in terms of drinkability. There are no off flavors and the oak is pleasant, even in large quantities. This is an enjoyable session beer. Well done, just not a stand out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 03:26:05 | More by Pecorasc
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this mean beer at the mellow mushroom in greensboro.
Pours a yellow tinted amber body with thick white head.
Smells of subtle flower and citris hops mixed with vanilla oak notes and caramel malts.
Taste mostly of oaky sweet malts. Flavors are enhanced by the aged hop textures. Floral and pinneapple notes ride over the vanilla oaky woood character and biscuit malts. A nice crisp grapefuirt finish along with a smooth barley and woody malt character.
Smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 03:38:44 | More by chaz410
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2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap, poured into a New Holland High Gravity Series tulip.

A: golden color with some orange/amber hues when light strikes the glass. bartender poured a decent foam, which was fairly dense and bubbly. settled into a thin ring with some moderate lacing.

S: citrus hops - mostly lemon - and vanilla... lots of vanilla. I detected a bit of toasted malts, but I couldn't quite decipher the exact flavor as the citrus and vanilla really overpowered everything else.

T: taste is akin to what I imagine lemon bars would taste like if the baker used 20 times the amount of vanilla called for in the recipe. something else that came to mind was that of a chardonay with hops in it. too much vanilla and too much lemony hops (and I usually love a lot of hops, this just didn't work for me).

M: a bit overcarbonated and too astringent with all the lemon.

D: This beer looked good and smelled ok, but went down hill from there. I like a lot of New Holland's brews, particularly Mad Hatter, but I didn't care for this one. The hops and the effects of the oak-aging just didn't seem to work together.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 17:11:00 | More by jhoban19
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample at MBGF Summer09.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hop, wood and earthy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet bourbon finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 01:34:19 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Raleigh Times served in a New Holland tulip a crisp orange with a thin head that diminishes to a ring and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is an intriguing blend of oak and citrus hops with slight vanilla. The taste is an interesting blend of citrus and oak that gives way to sticky oak in the finish. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. I enjoyed this one, at long last, oaked IPAs have grown on me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 22:50:11 | More by atsprings
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad Hatter was the first hopped IPA I ever had and so I have a soft spot for this beer,the Impy hatter I liked alot more than the oaked version.Poured a deep copper with a tight 1/2 finger white head,aromas were of citric hop and deep vanilla-like oak.Flavors started out with big cirtic/oine pine flavors melding into a really hefty vaniila/oak flavor that takes over the finish.It has complexity but do I want all the oak flavors mesin with my hop flavors...no,some may like it more than me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 21:27:36 | More by oberon
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a light amber color and a modest head that leaves a bit of lace

Smell: Floral citrus, but more tea-like than a typical IPA; tempered by the oak

Taste: Opens with the biscuity malt and citrusy grapefruit flavors you would expect; the malt flavors tend to balance the fruit by mid palate, with a lingering subtle barrel flavor in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The effect of the oak barrel on this one is very different than what I expected; the beer didn't have the big wood and vanilla flavor; in fact, the oak was very subtle, but added a sweeter dimension to the bitter IPA flavors

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 21:36:42 | More by brentk56
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2.4/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Excited to see this bad boy on tap at D's in Monroeville, PA.

Poured a light, brassy orange with gold highlights & about a finger of head. Little lacing (I guess due to the high ABV & oaking?).

Citrus was most prominent in the aroma, that orange & lemon zest that brightens your day. Didn't notice any oak in the nose at first, but halfway through the glass it was about all I could smell.

Taste had a huge oak presence, as well as bitterness from the hops & just straight booze. Now think of this combination: wood, bitter citrus, alcohol. Put it together, stir it around, & you got furniture polish, right? This is really what it started to remind me of after a while. Big flavor, but not necessarily one I enjoyed. The mouthfeel was tannic & drying. Too much!

I had difficulty getting through one of these babies. This feels like a worthwhile experiment, & I applaud New Holland for trying a relatively novel approach to a ubiquitous style, but I don't think it worked out for the better. I can't even say I'm "not impressed" with the taste -- I'm very impressed, overwhelmed even. Experimentation is good, but this is one specimen that mutated, broke free from the lab, & wreaked havoc on my tastebuds.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 21:41:10 | More by OneDropSoup
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Meant to get the non-barrel aged Imperial Mad Hatter, but it turned out ok I guess. I just was wondering why I was getting bourbon from the beer...Anyway, pours a light orange with a small head. Aroma of light citrus and grassy hops. Flavor bourbon initially with a hoppy finish. Actually decent for a bourbon-aged IPA (which sounded quite frightening to me initially).

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 16:32:56 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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