New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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2.85/5 rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Bottle poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Never had anything by New Holland before, but have had good experiences with a lot of Michigan IPA's, so interested to see how this goes. No freshness information provided on the bottle, so I am forced to assume that this is "fresh" and will review it as such. I really wish more breweries would provide this information on the label...
A: A huge thick lively white head sits on top of a hazy-golden-orange beer. I think I may have given this guy too-vigorous of a pour.
S: I pick up a moderate amount of lemon and some earthy tones in the nose. The aroma is present but not potent. Somewhat underwhelming.
T: The taste is kind of *muddled* here, this beer can't seem to decide if it wants to be an east coast IPA, or a west-coast hop bomb with that dry grapefruit/lemon/citrus flavor. The end result is that it's neither. My preference, personally, is towards the West Coast style, and this has a distinct lemon presence, but there's very little other grapefruit/citrus presence here. The finish isn't unpleasant, but it's not that punchy dry hop finish that I like in my IPA's. Caramel malts are visible in the middle and end of the taste, but lack that cotton-candy sweetness found in East Coasters.
I fear that this bottle may not be fresh... but again, with no freshness date, I'm left with no option but to assume that it is.
M: Carbonation is lively, but this beer doesn't finish nearly as *dry* as I like my IPA to finish.
D: Below average. For free? I'd have one or two of these again without much complaint. But if I'm paying? I don't feel much of any need to revisit this again on my own dime.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2010 22:11:08 | More by psuKinger
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4.06/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.
Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Citrus, grassy, floral, herbal, and resiny pine hops followed by pale, toasted, and bready malts.
Taste: Same as above with nice mild bitterness. TTaste great and liking the low ABV. More towards the English than American, but very balanced and hoppy at the same time with more effort on the bitter side.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, refreshing, and medium bodied.
Overall: I like this IPA a lot due to its hop characteristics and low ABV. Will be enjoying more of these now that they are readily available here in Massachusetts.
Serving type: on-tap
07-10-2014 06:09:06 | More by Flounder57
New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,495 ratings.