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

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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale AleNew Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale

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1,910 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 50
Gots: 263 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-02-2002

"Reimagined" for 2015. ABV increased to 7.0%. IBU's at 55. Also a slightly different hop profile, Citra, Michigan grown Cascade, and Centennial hops.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,910 | Reviews: 776
Reviews by MCain04:
Photo of MCain04
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pilsner glass at a restaurant

a: opaque and orange, white head with moderate retention and lacing.

s: floral, pine, nice but nothing special

t: medium hops, pleasing bitterness, good balance, malt mackbone, solid.

m: a little high on carbonation and a tad thin. a little dry.

o: not a bad offering, happy to drink this, wouldn't buy it over other offerings though, doesn't separate much from the pack.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow I am a new believer in high-hopped beer,the smeel was so floral and fresh and fruity just amazing.I always seen it at the store never bought it,what a dumbass!Hop-Heads will love this flavoral brew!

Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Park Bar in Detroit. Poured a hazy, light-amber color with a bit of orange. Hard to judge appearance accurately, it was served in an opaque plastic cup. Head disappeared quickly but left a very thin layer along the top. Easily brought back with a swirl of the cup. The smell was very hoppy, floral, earthy, and a bit grainy with some very faint citrus and grapefruit notes. The hop bite was present in the taste, but overall pretty mild for an IPA. Slight citrus on the tongue as well, along with a floral/pine aftertaste. Not much malt to the taste. Medium body, ever so slightly sticky, but it leaves a pretty dry finish on the mouth.

Pretty decent IPA here. Nothing spectacular, but it's very drinkable and could easily be a nice session beer due to its relatively low ABV and IBU for an IPA.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Holland Mad Hatter IPA. 5.8% alcohol.

A- Pours a clear orange fluid with mild carbonated head that falls to a medium foamy ring around glass. Great lacing clings to the glass.

S- The smell is ripe grapefruit with hints of fresh grassy noles, light citrusy peel scents as well.

T-M- Fresh hop flavors of citrus, grapefruit and yeasty malt kick. Mouthfeel is smooth with little to sway you from drinking heavily.

D- Excellent beer.

Photo of Breen
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pour/Appearance: Dark Amber, nearly reddish in color, thick 1 finger head, which remained throughout the drink and left lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, slight yeast, and strong hops

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied ale, light carbonation.

Taste: A complex IPA, started quite fruity with citrus that switched to a roasted malt flavor with earthy hops.

I enjoyed the complexity of it as the taste changed from start to finish.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served during in a pint glass during "Pint Night" at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

A: Decently golden in color with a slight orange hue. White foamy, slightly uneven head of about 1/2 inch or so. Good lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops are well combined and very pungent. There's not much else going on but the aromas are incredibly pleasant and inviting.

T&M: The first rush is all hops, nicely bitter but with an interesting light mellow sense about it. The malts kick in just about then... complex and light in flavor relative to the hops but it allows for something near balance in texture. Carbonation is light and fine, allowing for just a bit of a creamy mouthfeel - an interesting contrast to the cutting bitter hops. Finish is long and hoppy, with a slight oily moughtfeel and more hops lingering on.

D: I had about half of the pint on its own before the food arrived and it was very enjoyable. It went down easy and was incredibly satisfying. When the food arrived, I did notice that the brew changed completely to me. The bittering components came through much more sharply and some of the smoothness fell away. But you can't beat it for a palate cleanser! It was like a fresh experience with each bite. I have to say that this is very enjoyable and highly drinkable. Recommended!

Photo of blackearth
2.37/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from 3 Corners Liquor in Medford, MN. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber body with a thin white head that caps. Aroma is dominated by citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavor is nothing but green apple sourness. This might just be one bad bottle out of many, but consistency counts in my book.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into my glass a nice clear peach/orange hue with a half inch of tight white bubbles on top and a bit of spotty lacing. Lookin good so far. Aromas start off with a nice mix of lightly piney and citrusy hops...the citrus shines through moreso. Its backed up by a sturdy caramel, somewhat biscuity maltiness. Nicely balanced overall, but lacks a bit of the hop punch I look for.

First sip brings a caramel infused biscuity maltiness upfront that has a touch of a toasted aspect to it. This is quickly followed by a rush of citrusy, earthy hop bitterness that has a tinge of pine to it as well. Flows down smooth and crisp with the sweetness hitting upfront and the fairly mellow bitterness playing clean up on the way down. A nice brew overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit chewy with a good steady carbonation. An easy drinking IPA overall that is mellow compared to my hophead standards, but still fits well inside the realm of a well balanced IPA. I have enjoyed this one in various incarnations at festivals in the past and I'm always down for a pint!

Photo of nickadams2
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Deep amber color.Almost bronze.Thick white head dissipates to a thick ring.Thick lacing.

S_Piney earthy hops and sweet malt.

T_Caramel malt at first and then crisp hops. Earthy,grassy,piney hops.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Great session IPA. Put off trying this one for a while but will be coming back. Didn't see a freshness date though which is discouraging.

Photo of Beaver13
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with lots of miniscule floaties. It has a white pillowy head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

Its aroma is piney, grapefruity centennial hops...yum! It dissipated rather quickly though.

The flavor is some sweet doughy malts followed by a big bitter bang. It has a strong lingering bitter floral hop aftertaste, almost a bit too much. It's similar to the Founder's Centennial and Bell's Two Hearted, but definitely less balanced. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side.

Overall, a nice IPA. A little unbalanced though.

Photo of shapudding
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a nice golden with a thick and creamy head. Scents of freshness, fruity, hops. The taste is very hoppy with a nice bite to it, very good flavor. Visually pleasing label, and I always enjoy ones that entertain me. This one says it is "the most wonderful punch in the nose you'll ever experience". cute!
Very drinkable, nice session beer.

Photo of mothba11s
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt-orange to rust color, thin head that didn't last.

Grassy-citrus aroma but weak.

Nice bitter start then citrus and carmels come in. Leaves nice mouthfeel. Flavor doesn't explode on to tongue like other in this style. Medium weight. Kind of weak ABV for style.

Photo of Duster72
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly amber golden color with smallish head. Decent lacing. Aroma mostly floral hops with a little pine which follows into taste. Taste is predominantly floral with a little pine in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice, very full feeling. A good IPA but not exceptional. I would drink it again but probably will not seek it out.

Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date to be found.

A- One finger of sea foam head, decent retention as it sticks to the glass a bit. Mildly hazed orangey amber color.

S- Hard citric of grapefruit & mellow tobacco hop aroma melds well with hints of toasted grain.

T&M- Sufficient crispness in a medium body ... pretty smooth as well. Both toasted and caramel malt flavors cradle the semi-brash hops, grapefruit and tobacco ... sizable bitterness as well. Finishes semi-dry with a long lasting hop flavor.

D- Well balanced yet enough hops to please if not keep a hop-head content. Paired well with a smoke ham, pineapple and goat cheese pizza.

Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a few bottles of this at a fruit market in Evansville, while looking for fresh yellow corn. What a find!
Pours a hazy, rust orange body with a two finger offwhite head. Retention is very good and lacing is excellent.

Aroma is excellent, opening with citrus florals like orange blossoms, followed by fresh mown hay, honeydew melon, and a soft malt backing of caramel and honey. Very nice to the nose.

Mouthfeel reveals a medium body, backed by slightly above average carbonation that deftly mingles the hops and grain bill.

Taste reminds me of a honey drenched orange blossom. Citrusy and floral hops mingle delightfully with a caramel/honey malt backbone. Malt character is somewhat grainy, but works well here. Finish is very clean, only slightly dry.

A real winner here. Exceptional balance. A threat to displace Bells Two Hearted Ale as my standby IPA.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info to be found. Pours light honey amber, with that nice olive oil green tinge. Clear, light tan head, tiny bubble film and better then average lace. Fruity nose, melon and pine apple. Lots or resiny pine, citrus, grapefruit peel and also pine apple in the flavor profile of this one. Thoroughly enjoyable IPA. Go get some

Photo of warriorsoul
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of this unknown (to me) India Pale Ale while visiting Shangy's in Emmaus, PA. Check out my beerfly review.
Pours a rust orange w/ a half finger of tan head after a somewhat aggressive pour. Lacing is thin but coats the glass nicely.
The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops and malt...nothing jumping out at me, but very inviting.
The taste is less than spectacluar...again, a well balanced IPA w/ plenty of malt to keep this one less hoppy than some Pale Ales I have had.
I truly enjoy its is leaning towards an English style IPA, not trying to be a hop bomb. I was expecting more from its name, but a nice bitter hop appears once it warms not drink this one even close to chilled.
Mouthfeel is thin w/ nice carbonation...I could put down many of these in an evening w/ no effort.

Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, gold in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pine and toasted malt

Taste: pine, caramel, earthy hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel:sweet and bitter mix well, medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation

Overall: A nice and earthy dry hopped IPA. Hits the right amount of bitterness and sweetness. I could see myself having a couple of these on a hot day.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kudos to TwelveVoltMand for having some cold brew waiting for us when we arrived at his place this past weekend.

Poured a clear, deep honey in color. Thick and very sticky off-white lace. Great lacing. Definitely hoppy! Citric/grapefruit in the nose. Just a dash of malty sweetness. Flavor is BITTER, almost ESB-like. An avalanche of bitterness, with barely anything standing in its way. Medium body. Good carbonation. Very long-lasting bitterness with a dash of honey right at the very end. Quite the drinkable beer.

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with off-white head and some light lacing lines.

Smell: Bright citrus hops, sweet toasted malts, and a slight sour dryness.

Taste: Very dry citrus hop taste is dominate, with an almost sour undercurrent of tart apples. There is some slight toasty sweetness from the malts, but the dry/sour mix takes over again at the end, with a nice moderate lingering bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, exceedingly dry - like I like my IPAs.

Drinkability: Wow, I like this a lot more than I expected based on the somewhat lukewarm reviews. For an under 6% IPA, this is simply wonderful, with the dry body and hop-centric flavor profile I like in an IPA.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a large shaving creme-like head'went down the side of the glass.Huge rocky head,orangy light coppery like color,tiny particles afloat in the beer.Slight hint ot carmel and citrus smell.Not a lot of taste for an I.P.A Just didn't seem hoppy or malty enough.Has a nice sharp aftertaste that slowly creeps up on you.
a very drinkable beer,just an average beer for the style.More like a pale ale to me.

Photo of jsolack
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange appearance... nice lacy head. Overall looks like a great beer.

Sweet spice and strong citrus. Hops also comes through.

Crisp and light... bitter finish. Holds it's flavor over the entire tounge. Tanic at the end... like orange rine.

A bit dry and bitter on the tounge. Feels a little shallow.

Beer is a little too crisp and dry to have a bunch!

Photo of beerkittycat
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is hazy amber-orange with an off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is full of orange and citrus hop that hits you right away. Taste is amazing. Once again, orange and citrus hop are right up front but it's very smooth and not sour or harsh. Bitterness is also not too harsh and along with a decent malt backbone the finish is smooth with a touch of sweetness. A very smooth and drinkable IPA. I enjoyed it immensely.

Photo of boatshoes
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap during a recent visit to Brews Cafe in Granville. Interested in trying this one as I've mostly been enjoying west coast IPAs as of late.

Appearance- Comes off the tap a medium amber-orange with a touch of haze and about a half-finger of off-white head on top. Head dies back pretty quick to some spotty patches here and there, no lacing to speak of.

Smell- Very mild. Some fragrant orange and grapefruit but a surprising amount of bready maltiness as well. Very much reminds me more of an English IPA from the nose. Hops present but smells balanced.

Taste- Nose very indicative of the palate. First thing I notice is some citrusy hops leaning towards the side of orange pineapple. However, the balancing malt shows through a great deal as well. Noticeable breadiness and a touch of caramel sweetness to finish off. Very balanced for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is good, being adequately carbonated and substantial. Drinkability gets knocked just a bit as I find this IPA to lean to far on the side of balanced to keep me overly interested.

Overall, a nice balanced IPA. Again, struck me more as an English than American IPA and one should keep that in mind going in. Decent and could be sessionable if the flavor interests you enough.

Photo of mdruiz
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a 12 oz. from the local cellar.

Pours a dark copper-amber-ish colour. Pours a finger and half of white head, then turns into a thin lacing around the glass.

Aroma starts thick and sharp, then gives way to fruity, yet dark flavors, and finishes grainy.

Starts with an acute sharp taste of toasted malts, followed by full dark flavors of other toasted grains, and finishes with slightly fruity finishes.

Has a fluffy feel to it with an even coating f mouth feel.

Very quaffable, goes down very smooth.

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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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