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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,656 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,656
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 41
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent American IPA, Centennial hopped. Some C hop aroma, good balance of caramel. Good bitterness and citrus juice, piney resin. A bit of head on golden yellow. Good carbonation making for a very good mouhfeel for an IPA, and satisfying. This has been brewed for a while and maybe that's why it is a bit disapointing to real hopheads.

Sammy, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at New Holland last week. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden-copper color with a white head and a touch of lacing. The nose carries some faint notes of floral and citrus hops. The flavor is mostly just bitterness without much real hop character. Light body with crisp carbonation and a somewhat-harsh bitterness. Not a huge fan.

Thorpe429, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +5.3%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops-grapefruit stands out in particular. There are also some hints of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is citrusy and has some hints of caramel and malty sweetness from the underlying malts. There is a moderate amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: The beer is medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: It has a very good balance and isn't overly bitter, making this quite easy to drink for an IPA.

metter98, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium amber color with a rocky head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Primarily floral hops with a bit of grapefruit pith and pine; a touch of malt underneath

Taste: The initial malt backbone is quickly overtaken by a delicate burst of grapefruit pith; very piney as well; the finish is dry and very hoppy with just a tinge of sweetness on the tip of the tongue; there is also a floral tone on the finish that I particularly enjoyed

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp, with a good level of carbonation

Drinkability: This is a fine IPA for your inner hophead

brentk56, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the classic American IPA color: slightly hazed, orange-accented amber. The head is larger than most, rich cream in color and pitting/rocky. It also looks fairly sticky and should leave a lot of lace. It eventually falls to a thick, chunky disk that looks great, but not much lace ends up on the glass. The nose is glorious. Citrus fruity hops with nothing else to get in the way of my enjoyment. Mmmm.

Love the flavor, this baby is hopped to my liking! Forget the earthy hops, forget the spicy hops, forget the malt (except to provide a framework on which to hang these yummy hops). I can appreciate grapefruit, pineapple, lemon peel and pine, with the latter especially well-represented on the long, lingering finish. The body is solid, full and smooth. This is a quality IPA and I have no doubt that it will be a long-term member of my IPA top ten.

Thanks are in order for deejaydan. This is the second delicious Michigan IPA that he sent me in a recent trade (Founder's Centennial IPA was the other). Both are good, solid, drinkable beers without any real faults. I wish that IPAs of this quality were available to me on a regular basis, for then I would be a happy man indeed.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Texasfan549, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good session beer. Begins with a grapefruity aroma, blended with bready malts and sweet fruitiness. Tastes similarly with emphasis on a grapefruit flavor and orange, lemon, and barley hints. Body is lighter than usual, allowing floral and flavoring hops to stand out. Little in the way of complexity or variety, but still pleasing to drink. A light copper flavor displays near the finish along with a drying, grassy flavor. Would make a good session beer.

BEERchitect, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of medium bitter hops with some noticeable caramel malt. Taste is a middle of the road mix between some bitter hops and sweet caramel malt. No floral notes or citrus notes discernable that would have provided differentiation within the style. Average body with some average carbonation. Overall this is not bad but just really another middle of the road IPA.

Phyl21ca, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I could drink this all night long. Poors a nice amber, with a thin head but lots of lacing. Head stays for a while as well. Smells wonderful, loads of hops, nice piney smell, but the story here is the taste. BAM! Hops all over, fantastic, strong pine taste upfront, just perfectly bitter. This is a crisp and refreshing beer, I could drink these for days. Truly one of my favorites and hightly recommended.

mikesgroove, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

kjkinsey, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

kylehay2004, May 26, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The mad hatter is a pretty good ipa as it is. The hops are there and you can tell that as soon as you open the bottle. This beer is a pretty stand ipa for the most part. I really liked the aroma most. The smell of the beer is actually better than the taste. It's got a slighty hazy yellow color and a sticky head on it. Not too bad at all.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
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!

oberon, Mar 02, 2002
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange/copper color with an off-white, bubbly, thick, foamy head that left a little lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and floral notes. It also smelled of roasted malts.

T - It had a strong burnt toast maltiness with a subtle hop bitterness. Some citrus flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a nice dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Solid but not spectacular.

zeff80, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish amber topped by a creamy off-white head that drops fairly quickly but keeps a decent collar and leaves some minor spotty lace. The aroma, however, is much better than the appearance with a boldly floral hop character that expresses some soft citrus notes over a sweetish, caramel tinged malt. The body is medium/light with a very fine carbonation that leaves it quite smooth in the mouth. The flavor starts softly fruity with a good combination of lightly sweet, softly caramel malt and floral/grassy/citrusy hop flavor. As it warms, the malt becomes more biscuity and the hop bitterness comes forward preparing you for a drying finish with some lingering grassy/earthy hop flavor. Well balanced with a firm hop bitterness and flavor that never build on the palate and allow the malt to come through with each sip. An enjoyable IPA with an interesting nose and a very good drinkability.

NeroFiddled, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Jason, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel amber with an orange glow hell let's just call it copper nice full cream head leaves tightly packed fine even lace. Aroma: Really nice citrus pien cone mix of hops gotta love it with a solid malt backbone brings strong caramel malts influence. Taste: Classic IPA high hop bitterness nice hop flavor warm bread flavor with grapefruit toned hops nice. Mouthfeel: Medium body carbonation a bit sharp but creamy texture is excellent. Drinkability: A perfect all around IPA when yearning for something refreshing and substantially hoppy turn to this beauty.

WVbeergeek, May 24, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from feloniousmonk, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nicely blended mix of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel sweetness and a pleasant but not over-powering hops bitterness, all of which compliment each other well. There’s a hearty malt character but it’s not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good IPA. I could see myself drinking several of these over the course of an evening.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 20, 2007
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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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