Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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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
4.21/5 rDev +13.2%
Good soild tan color. Very full taste. It has sort of a wooden citrus feel. Got it right from the brewery in a growler. Not much oak to the smell but it has a very pleasent citrus hop aroma. I would for sure drink this again but the price would make me think twice.
06-20-2014 20:28:14 | More by Bloodreign
Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.