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

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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.

Added by Todd on 03-02-2002

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Photo of plumberman63
1.83/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

pours carmel color and cloudy, looks like apple cider. Aroma piney grapefruit (ugg). Taste follows nose. piney grapefruit, bitter. kinda thin. Not my kind of beer got from daughter , not something I would have bought. But tried it and to not good.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cryptic dating on bottle, so was unsure of freshness before accepting/opening.

Appearance: Cloudy amber, with a thick head of off-white (almost tan) suds. Wispy cloud-line lace.

Aroma: Nicely aromatic citrus and tropical hops, with a tinge of bitter pine. Not bad.

Taste: Whoah. Touch of bitterness for sure, some pine…the citrus and tropical notes are completely receded and mellowed by the malts. This one definitely tastes aged, and it’s not good.

Really want to try this one fresher, and will re-review once I can acquire more.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a creamy off-white head.
The aroma is citrus, orange juice and malty sweetness.
Taste is citrus and pine with a lingering pithy finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and almost creamy.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1/10...pours cloudy amber with a hearty 1/4 inch of white foam. Citrus pine nose and a touch soapy. High malt open, quick switch to a sharp pine that fades out. Peppery close. A really well blended IPA.

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a medium amber color.

The aroma hits of orange peel, sticky pine, juicy grapefruit, a sweet breadiness.

The flavor hits of juicy grapefruit up front, bright floral honey, onto lingering pine needles, a candy sweetness in the middle, onto a lingering sticky resinous and piney finish as it sticks on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium with the bitterness cutting the upfront sweet fruity grapefruit candy.

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Photo of stephens101
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fiery ruby red with a quickly fading tan froth. Has a calming aroma of resin, pine, caramel and apricot. Sweet caramel forward with a fruit middle that leads to a a lasting pine finish.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden amber body, a few lazy bubbles here and there, off-white fine head, dots of lace. Tropical fruit on the nose with an afterthought of mint. Hop spice. Flavor switches it up; intense pine resin on the palate with fruit (tangerine, mango) factoring on the finish. Malt provides a bit of caramel sweetness, but not enough to balance the high bitterness. Feel has a syrup quality, and fine carbonation adds to the cooling evergreen bitterness.
Packs a hop punch that will satisfy both fruit and pine seekers, while maintaining refreshingness and accessibility for even non-hop heads. Good balance while still being an American-style (unbalanced, hop-dominant) IPA.

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Photo of ribby
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opened the bottle and its like the perfume counter at Horne's Department store is having a promotion for Chanel No. Hops! The hop aroma is immediate and strong. Given the strong aroma it is no surprise that hops dominate the flavor, perhaps even more than usual for an IPA. Nobody expects a balanced IPA, but with Mad Hatter it is not unreasonable to ask whether any malt flavor is detectable. My answer is at most indirectly. For such a heavily hopped beer, this easily avoids the pitfall of excessive bitterness. If the question is whether this is due to having enough malt to mitigate the bitterness, of to an exceptional selection of hops, I vote for the latter. My taste buds are not that precise, but my general impression is of citrusy hop flavors.

Cloudy light Amber in color.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was an amber color with an off-white one finger head. It dissipates at a nice pace leaving some stringy lacing running here and there in a mostly messy sort of way.
The smell takes in caramel, toffee and toast over top of some grapefruit rind, a little bit of grassiness and then some piney hops, nice blend.
The taste was moderately sweet with the bitterness striking a pose to stand beside the sweetness. Does it? Well, somewhat. There's a mild citrusy sweet to bitter aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a fine sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the hops to burst a sly bitterness on my tongue.
Overall, its a good AIPA, one that could go well with its respected food. I could see myself coming back to this.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12pz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Amber colored with a bit of a reddish hue. Hazy. Creamy off-white head retains at a half inch. Patchy lacing.

S: Big-boned malt base brings scents of caramel, toast, and toffee. Hints of red fruits. Zested grapefruit, grassy, slight hint of cannabis, pine bark, wet leaves. Perhaps a touch of mango.

T: Fat caramel and toast malt base. Hops balance, but don't exceed the malt. Earthy, pine, bark, grassy. Wet leaves. Hints of passion fruit and mango. Sweet finish of caramel malt and piney hops.

M: Sturdy medium body. Full and chewy thickness. Low carbonation.

O: An IPA that is clearly struggling to keep up with the times. It's got a bit of an identity crisis. Built very much like the ipas of yore, it's more about balance than complete hop dominance. That would be ok, but the beer just doesn't seem cohesive anymore. The hop profile is weird and disjointed. The en vogue citra strain is just thrown in amongst the old faithful centennial and cascade varieties, and it feels out of place. It seems like a desperate bid to stay relevant. Like when a sixty year old guy buys a sports car, a new wardrobe, and hits the tanning salon. At some point you have to accept what you are and move on.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear golden color, with a small snow-white head and modest carbonation.

A immediate and juicy citrus smell. Also feel some subtle caramel in the nose. Great smelling beer

Taste is dominated by bitter hops and malt. The citrus character prevalent in the smell is not at all as present in the taste. I detected a sourness in the aftertaste as well. A disappointment after the glorious smell.

Carbonation is quite light, as this remains a very drinkable beer.

Paid $11 for a sixer.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, dull orange with a slightly off white head
with superior side glass lace and good retention.

Aroma: leads with citrus hops. along with some bready malts.

Taste: More of the same, citrus with notes of grapefruit and spicy hops
balanced with toasty malts. Nicely balanced IPA.
Has a dry bitter finish.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. No apparent freshness dating. Pours a dull burnt orange with a hazy clarity and a tight, quarter inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a solid, consistent skim. Wavy bands of lacing are evident during the tasting. Nose expresses candied citrus, an earthy/herbal quality and a hint of rind towards the back. Taste consistent with nose all on a light, toasted malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a pleasant carbonation just shy of lively and a trace of oiliness to the texture. Overall, pretty good - I question the freshness but not at all unpleasant and nice balance with the malt.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy dark amber with a lot particulate. Great citrus aroma with predominantly citrus hoppy bitterness in taste. Malty enough to not be a complete hop bomb, but very little sweetness from the malt. Lower carbonation and slick feel. Really enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of pweis909
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- gold to orange, with substantial haze. Foam recedes to a thing 2 mm within minutes.
Smell - Some citrus comes through.
Taste - sweet caramel overpowers the hops.
Feel - Thick, coats mouth. Too heavy.

For me, this IPA is flawed by what I presume to be a heavy handed application of caramel malt. I prefer a dryer beer that lets hops aroma come through more.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. The reformulation is no joke here. Lots of citrus and some tropical fruit with an assertive, yet not over the top bitter finish. This is a very underrated IPA. For the cost and availability, it's up there with Two Hearted for me. 90+ is a no-brainer here.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very underrated IPA, enjoyed 2 of these with some meatloaf and mash potatoes after getting off work at 11pm.

just enjoyed 2 of these with baby back ribs, hamburger, hot dog, and NJ sweet corn.

a very grapefruit forward aroma and fantastic citric taste. maybe it's me but i love centennial hops. i never had this before it was "updated" but the new update has made this beer fantastic, it might be my new go-to ipa

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Hazy copper pour and white head fades fast, leaving nice lacing.
Smells nice but is very light and smells like a typical ipa, pleasant but nondescript citrus hops, some dank.
Tastes nice and earthy and piney, smooth with grain, tobacco, subtle dank and malt.
Just a highly drinkable pine/ malt ipa that doesn't punch strong hops
bitterness at you. Well-crafted, and a refreshing change from citrus-forward bitter IPAs that saturate the market these days.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- 4oz. pour off tap at Coal House Pizza (Stamford, CT) into flight glass on 11-Aug-15

Too much malt presence for my taste. Didn't have the juicy, hop element to blend it all together like some other east coast style IPA's do. Overall it's decent but much better examples are available, especially in New England region.

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Photo of hophead723
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: This beer's body is interesting; the color is mostly classic amber but when held up to the light you get a light golden aura. The sticky lacing clings but brings no rings. Droopy till the end.

Smell: It smells like someone tried to brew a west coast IPA for the first time using a home brew kit and malt extract. The aroma is choppy and expressionless, but does contain the appropriate elements of subtly tropical hops and a sticky sweet aroma of molasses-like malt.

Taste: The taste is similarly two dimensional like the aroma. I get alpha acid bitterness upfront and then a very simple malt at the end. It is 1+1=1.

Feel: This is where this beer really falls short; normally you would expect a pleasant coating or a creaminess but here all I am getting is simply and sticky malt extract.

Overall: Not very well executed. The ingredients don't play well together and the balance is off.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one held a great balance between malt and hops. They compliment each other well and still allowed for the hops to shine through. This is definitely worth a revisit.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is now called "Midwest India Pale Ale".

A : A nice peach mango glow, deep and rich IPA coloring. Opacity is 90%. The head is sticky and 2 fingers tall, leaving lacing on the walls of the glass.

S : Discarded citrus rinds, slight wood, a bit of dank armpit. A little bit of moldy bread. At the end it "tings" with a polite cantaloupe (through the hole) note.

T : Very fruity explosion right out front, blooming outwards violently into pine and biscuit malts. This literally explodes and morphs in your mouth like some kind of otherworldly IPA candy. Lingering notes include melon rind, fruit skins, and some residual starchiness.

F : Fizzy pop rocks-like carbonation, with a creamy underbelly and a starchy, oily finish.

O : Not a fan of IPA's but this is a solid one. The pop rocks beer candy version of a classic IPA. I'd have it again.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light Amber with small head but nice sticky lacing through the glass. Great round piney floral aroma. Flavor follows beautifully. Mild lingering bitterness. Very nice beer but the palate grew a bit weary toward the end of the glass.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours reddish amber with a slight haze under a thin off-white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: resiny Pacific Northwest hops
T: Malty with an assertive bitterness. Caramel, peach to apricot, starts sweet and then the hops enter in and dry out the finish with a slight astringency.
F: medium body, medium high carbonation O: Easy to drink big flavored beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never had the original Mad Hatter, so my only perspective is this new re-imagined version, which I definitely enjoyed. Received in a trade with mikeyson4 recently.

This pours a light amber, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like zesty fresh pine, grapefruit, and orange. Smells pretty nicely hoppy.

This was really nice. Citra, Cascade, and Centennial is definitely a winning combo here, with nice pine and herbal bitterness, with a good amount of grapefruit and orange rind. It's pretty bitter, which lingers for a while.

This is medium bodied, with a very crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Despite never having the original, I have a feeling this reimagining improved the beer for sure.

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