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

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

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very good

1,370 Ratings

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Ratings: 1370
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-02-2002)
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Photo of TheBrewo


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at Lockhart’s BBQ in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, glowing a golden orange-brown coloring. It held a half finger tall head of creamy white bubbles, showing okay retention. Spots of lacing were left around the glass as it dissipated into a persistent crowning ring about the top of the liquid. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma gave standard pale malts, sticky sweet honey, basement muskiness, nectary tangerine flesh, sweet grapefruity hops, light florals, and vinegar acidity. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed a nice balance between the malts and the hops, with nice freshness afforded by big citric hops, and with apricot through the finish. As we sipped, the taste opened with sweet orange freshness, those same standard pale malts, light caramel smack, and freshly floral hops to balance. Pulling to the peak are notes of puckered citric hops, grainy lemon ring, continued tangerine sugars, green grass bitterness, and that vinegar bite from the nose. Washing through the finish is more soured lemon rind, mustiness, cucumber water freshness, and medicinal phenolic spice. The aftertaste breathed of musk, citric hops, grapefruity, pale malt rumbles, light toast, mineral, muddy raw barley, tangerine flesh, and dried lemongrass. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave good slurp, nice pop, and okay smack. Cream and froth were soft, briefly coating the mouth. This dripped away, giving mild astringent dryness and general cleanliness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank quite nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the nice balance of dirty, musky maltiness with such fresh and floral hoppiness through the taste. This gave an interesting, well balanced concept, with nice drying finish to wrap things up into a neat little package. The nose was nicely sweet and sticky, but unfortunately the hops fell to the background, getting lost without their inherent bitterness. The taste, at times, showed the same issue. Things just remained a bit light, but in the end this in turn helped to keep things so fresh and ultimately drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2013 19:25:18 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber orange in hue. Great foam and lacing. I drink this at the same time as Yellow Snow. Comparing it to that beer, it's very similar, just a bit darker. Equally as pretty.

Smell: Good balance with the smell. Cider or grape scent with a lemon and pine hop background. It could use a bit more assertiveness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice fruity overtones to this, mostly apple and grape. Hops consist mostly of citrus flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit dull, not flat, just a a bit to light-bodied for my liking.

Overall Drinkability: Good balance for an IPA. I would define this as a good gateway IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 18:57:28 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep amber colored beer with a one finger white head. The head fades in about 1-2 min. leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of malt and hop. The malty nature of the aroma is heaviest of a bready smell while the hop aroma is of a grapefruit and earthy smell mixed with a bit of a herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a very lightly caramel sweetened bready taste with a lighter citrus hop flavor. As the taste advances the sweetness fades with the citrus hop growing stronger. More towards the end of the taste, with the sweeter flavors largely gone by now, a good dose of herbal and earthy hops come to the tongue. In the end a bitter earthy/herbal biscuit flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is just above average in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that was just shy of average. The slightly thicker body and the lower carbonation were nice for accentuating the hoppier and breadier flavors of the brew.

Overall –The lower abv and more mild hop flavors were nice for making it more session style and the beer has a pretty nice hop flavor that comes to the tongue at the end. While these things were nice, the flavor transitions and balance were not the greatest. Overall it was a decent IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 00:44:00 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of tectactoe


3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 15:37:57 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Oakenator


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown with a good head initially but gradually fades away to just around the edge of the glass. Fresh hop aroma - floral. Refreshing hop flavor - high hop dosing but with a milder hop flavor that is not over the top. Overall a quality beer and for an IPA is sessionable at 5.25%.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 01:11:49 | More by Oakenator
Photo of jmdrpi


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had a pint from the tap at the brewpub in Holland, MI.

appears a nice clear copper color, white head. nice pleasant hoppy aroma, mainly pine with a bit of citrus. enough biscuit and caramel malt to balance the hops. medium body and carbonation, drinks well.

overall - a nice IPA that is easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 21:28:26 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of kylehay2004


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a hazy, amber body with crimson hues.

S: grapefruit citrus, toasted malts, and grains. weak overall however.

T: citrus, earthy and floral hops. decent amount of malts.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: fairly standard IPA. Nothing super special about this one but its still very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 23:51:53 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Jesse13713


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Laundry 101 in Kent. Not much in the mood for reviewing, so this will be a short one.

Appearence - Looks like your traditional IPA. Amber orange. Laces to the glass nicely. A light froth on top.

Smell - Hoppy and citrusy.

Taste - A fairly basic IPA, but it is definitely tasty. Extremely well-balanced hops with a bit of lemon zest and citrus.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Very smooth and light-bodied. Quite refreshing and reminds me more of a summer IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 01:07:09 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

A pint at the Old Chicago in Southgate, Michigan, whilst watching two NFL games and one MLB game simultaneously, as appears to be the custom in these parts.

This beer appears a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of creamy, soapy off-white head, which leaves some nice droopy, splotchy lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of significant citrus, pine, and caramel. The taste is bitter citrus peel, even more astringent pine resin, and a somewhat cowering caramel toffee maltiness. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit zippy, the body medium weight and as smooth as the hovering hops will allow. It finishes fairly dry and hoppy.

Prognosis (in between the hootin' and a hollerin' after after every Tiger or Lion burp): a decently hoppy, almost balanced IPA, something for that sane hop craving - those of you who get it know what I'm saying.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 22:32:13 | More by biboergosum
Photo of rapayn01


3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Not much head. Orange-brown color

S - Citrus/floral

T - This is a smooth but not very hoppy IPA. The taste was satisfying after the first few sips -- I was just expecting ore.

O - I prefer hoppier IPAs, though this was certainly worth a taste.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 20:48:05 | More by rapayn01
Photo of match1112


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

A: dark orange around the edges more brown in the center. had a off white head that didnt last long but left lots of lacing.

S: bready malts, floral hops, some pine earthy scents.

T: bread at first than hops drown it out but not real overpowering.

M: smooth slightly dry and not real bitter.

O: drinks more like a hop heavy ale than an ipa. enjoyed it very much. very very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 19:24:30 | More by match1112
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

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

I've had this many times out of the bottle, so I was very excited to try it from the keg.

Pours a reddish, brown color- darker than a typical IPA in my opinion.

Smell has plenty of character. Flora and malty notes, mixed with a subtle amount of hoppiness.

Taste is exceptionally smooth, not very bitter as far as IPAs go. Malts mixed well with the hops for a nice balance.

Very nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 14:41:30 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

Dry hopped w/ Centennial hops.

The beer is clear and orange, with a thick, creamy off white head that coats the sides of the glass with a thick sheet of lacing.

The aroma is all about the hops. Move over malt.

The beer is well balanced, but hop forward, as the aroma indicated, with some nice, bitter citrus flavors. I'm really digging this beer.

The mouthfeel is probably my favorite aspect of this brew. Exceptionally smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. Well done.

I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 02:12:46 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Lillenk


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was good. A very dark tan into light brown with a perfect head.

Smell was huge of hops and citrus.

Taste was the same. Very true American IPA.

Mouthfeel was good. I think this is one of my favorite American IPAs out there. Very true to the style. Not trying to do too much, just a very well crafted beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 02:00:36 | More by Lillenk
Photo of b3shine


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to frosty pint. If I would have rated this 5 years ago, this would've been rated much higher. However, by today's standards, it's a good IPA. Looks good, smells hoppy, tastes of hops and citrus, and goes down nicely. A good beer; nothing less, nothing more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 19:48:40 | More by b3shine
Photo of homebrew311


3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Durty Nellies.

A: dark copper/gold, bone white head, a bit of lacing. A bit on the dark side for an IPA.

S: hops are piny and bitter smelling and followed up by a spicy character and a mellow caramel malt backbone

T: pine and bitter again up front, after the pine comes some astringent bitter flavors which leave a little to be desired. Finish is bitter. This IPA is lacking a bit of balance.

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: worth a try, but not my favorite type of IPA. There is definitely a considerable hop profile that is prevalent, but it leaves an undesirable bitterness on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 06:46:35 | More by homebrew311
Photo of brew3crew


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the new holland cafe. Poured into sampler glass

A-amber color with white lacing and head
S-floral hops on the nose
T-hops up font followed by malt throughout. very nicely balanced
M-medium bodied and very crisp
D-very drinkable. Taste gone in no time

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 17:35:45 | More by brew3crew
Photo of SmokinSmyth


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at a work dinner in Fairfax, Virginia. It poured a nice amber color with a good head. Good balance of fruit and malt. The first one accompanied some oysters with a sauce containing jalapenos, and it did a good job of putting out the fire.

Smell was average, taste above average, felt OK in the mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 21:52:46 | More by SmokinSmyth
Photo of samie85


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed earlier tonight at the Independence Tap.

A-Pours a dark amber with a two finger white head.

S-Spicy pine with some grapefruit.

T-Some bitter pine with a little grapefruit and some caramel, and some more bitter pine on the finish.

M-Pretty smooth and medium bodied with medium carbonation with a drying mouthfeel.

D-Really easy drinking beer with some nice pine notes. It's been awhile since I've had an IPA with this much pine, it's a nice change of pace.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 04:33:25 | More by samie85
Photo of fear025


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Medium citrus in the aroma, with some hops.

Appearance:Clear, golden color, not a lot of head/ retention.

Taste:The hops are forceful in the foretaste, and then they taper off into a malty midtaste, which slowly fades in the aftertaste. Subsequent sips bring heavy grapefruit in the fore and midtastes.

Mouthfeel:Light bready/creamy mouthfeel that persists through the mid and aftertaste.

Drinkability:A very balanced, pleasant malty IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2010 22:48:15 | More by fear025
Photo of jt31914


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color with very good lacing and a small amount of head; the beer smells like hops and malts. Very toasty in flavor, malty with balanced but full hop flavor. By far the best offering I've had from New Holland; the beer is much better on-tap in my opinion, although perhaps I had a bad bottle. Very drinkable with a smooth and refreshing feel.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 22:49:04 | More by jt31914
Photo of ffejherb


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 5/27/10.

A - Slightly hazy toasted amber liquid with a bronzed appearance and a finger's worth of eggshell foam that receded to a thin bed but yielded patches of elaborate lacing around the glass. Head flared up nicely with each swirl of the glass.

S - Nose features some floral and light pine notes as well as plenty of caramel and toasted grainy notes. Aroma isn't too terribly exciting for a draught IPA.

T - Fairly substantial hop bitterness suggesting citrus rind and pine, although the flavor tends to lean a bit more towards the toasted grainy character. Caramel and toffee notes introduce some sweetness into the mix as well. Finishes with a slight leafy, almost earthy hop character.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and sticky mouthfeel. The carbonation is fairly lively, which bolsters the bitterness in the finish, providing an assertive hop bite on the palate.

D - Pretty solid IPA, although I found it to be quite grainy overall. In the grand scheme of things, it probably sits somewhere in the middle of the road, although it's still fine in its own right.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 18:18:41 | More by ffejherb
Photo of AllFineThings


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought on tap and also bottled. The head is a good inch to inch and a half high and the smell is very fresh and mildly hoppy.

Not a hard core IPA-Nothing to say, except that it tastes good: mild notes of citrus, some hop presence, is one of my first IPA's

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 19:01:50 | More by AllFineThings
Photo of boatshoes


3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 01:23:16 | More by boatshoes
Photo of adamette


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery during my visit there within the past week into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Medium to light brown body. Minimal but creamy head. 3.5

S Light hops. Some sweetness too. 3.5

T Nice balanced IPA. Hops dominate but then again, they should. There is a nice malt background to balance things out. 4.0

M Moderate to high mouthfeel with some syrupy stickiness. 4.0

D Good. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 03:12:21 | More by adamette
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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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