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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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1,511 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 35
Gots: 74 | 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 sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy orange copper tinged light amber with about 1 fingers worth of dense foam that faded down to a thick edge ring and lots of sticky lacing on the glass
Smell is big pine resin hops with a note of caramel sweetness
Wow the taste jumps out at you HUGE pine resin which on my tongue after a second or two turns almost soap like the malt backbone is heavy bready biscuit type flavors, this is most likely a bit old and I bet is nicer fresh
mouthfeel is resiny, drying, thin to medium bodied, lively carbonation
Drinkability well the after taste is just killing this for me ever had your mouth washed out with pine scented soap? I feel like I just did... not a terrible beer unless this after taste isn't due to age then I'll just stay away...

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 02:20:29 | More by sliverX
Photo of DiabolikDUB


3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a finger of slightly off-white head that quickly dissolves into a small ring around the glass. The aroma is soft with citrus hops and thats about it. The flavor is sweet malt upfront with some citrus hop flavors and a soft bitter finishes that is a bit grassy. Its medium-full bodied with a pleasant carbonation. This isn't a strong showcase of hops and definitely need much more aroma.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 01:29:57 | More by DiabolikDUB
Photo of OlRasputin989


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint...

A: a slightly hazy, orange-golden brew with a big, fluffy 2 finger head. leaves nice clumps of lacing as the head slowly dissipates

S: grapefruit, orange peel, and floral notes with a background of biscuity malt

T: orange, piney flavors up front followed by biscuity malt. finishes with orange peel, grapefruit, and pine sap.

M: light-medium body IPA, seems slightly oily at first, then thins out, becoming almost watery compared to west coast IPAs

Overall, this is a well-balanced IPA built for drinkability. The hops are not as aggressive as what I have come to expect from American IPAs and the mouthfeel seems pretty tame, but I can look past that in exchange for a beer that I can drink a few of.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 01:38:29 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of buschbeer


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a large two finger off white head. It is amber in color. I really like the smell, big citrus notes. The taste does not seem to back up the fragrance. I get the citrus taste, but it is not as big as the aroma. It is too watery for my liking. It's not a bad IPA. I just wish the flavor matched the smell.


Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 22:45:16 | More by buschbeer
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New Holland beers seem to be getting more prominent in the Philadelphia area. So when I saw Mad Hatter on the shelves, that seemed like a good way to familiarize myself with their stuff.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a clear golden amber. A one-finger white head drops fairly quickly to a medium collar and almost full cap. Lacing is splotchy but certainly present the entire way down the glass.

SMELL: The hops are fresh, grassy, and reasonably resinous. The citrus and piny aromas all but block out the sweet, bready malts beneath. The lightest hint of fruity English esters is detectable as well, but the nose is mostly about the hops.

TASTE: The hops shine again but aren't nearly as overwhelming. They offer quite a bit of flavor but ease back on any harsh bitterness which allows other flavors to come through. Unfortunately the malt isn't up to the task and presents itself as nothing more than a blank slate.

MOUTHFEEL: A bit thin, but it has enough of a chew so as not to be "hop water". The carbonation is at a good, average level.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good. The beer is dry enough to drink several of, and I'm nearly finished mine already as it is. It's lack of sweetness is all that holds it back.

A nice surprise here. It's tough to find a true facsimile of a west coast IPA made in the east. This one may be missing the overly aggressive hop aroma, but it's got the dryness and drinkability absolutely nailed. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 22:15:34 | More by jmalex
Photo of thain709


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy yet glowing orangish amber body...the head stood about two fingers and was off white in color...the rocky head settled into a nice wispy cap and left very nice lacing

S - The hops are very piney with a touch of sweet citrus...once the beer warms a sweet caramel malt presence becomes noticeable

T - The flavors are really balanced throughout...the hops dominate, of course...the are rather earthy with a touch of citrus again...the bitterness is mellowed out by the caramel malts which play nicely off each other...it showed good balance with the malts coming in the middle and the hops shining at the end

M - Medium bodied...smooth and crisp...but once the beer warmed a little the alcohol started coming through which was surprising

D - A very nice earthy IPA with a touch of citrus and bold malts to stand up to the hops...I wouldn't mind having this one around...I hope I get a chance to try the Imperial Hatter

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 17:21:24 | More by thain709
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South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

Pours a murky orange-amber color with a foamy white head of about one inch that leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass as it fades.

Smells mainly of citrus hops with more subdued maltiness lingering background.

The taste mirrors the nose. Heavy citrus hops up front, balanced slightly with some pale malts in the middle, then chased down with a nice piney stickiness.

Nice medium body with a decent amount of carbonation, the beer is tart on the tongue.

A pretty drinkable IPA overall, a good showing from this brewery. Never tried this before, but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 02:57:37 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of gatornation


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

i like ipa's.. my favorite style..this on is just an all round good ipa it has the right color it has the lacing it has the smell of citrus and malts and piney hops ..it pretty well balanced the mouthfeel is not bitter smooth for an ipa..this ipa was easy drinking with citrus sweet malts and hops..not an over the top ipa but a good one will drink again in singles only wont go out of my way to find it but will recommend it..the ipa market is so saturated

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 23:04:46 | More by gatornation
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New Jersey

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

A: Poured a bright orange with a brillant clarity and a light beige 1 finger bubbly head that lasted a few minutes before lapsing to a patchy covering. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: The nose had a flowery hopping of citrus and pine along with a sweet caramel malting. It started off with a moderately strong presence but faded to only a gentle reminder after a few short minutes. Light fresh juicy grapefruit pulp is detected on the finish. Overall if the aroma retained its initial impression this would of faired much better, so sniff early to get a good appreciation before its gone.

T: The flavor was crisp with a very nice bitterness of dried flowery citrus and grapefruit that was balanced against a soft sweet caramel toasted malting. The bitterness increases upon the swallow with tart lemon peels notes and a dry flowery fade that was just enough to make you eagerly await the next sip without being overwhelmed. Overall the flavor was amply hopped but very smooth with a light flowery dryness concluding things.

M: crisp with a medium body maltiness that gives this a good solid feel. A beautiful flowery coating teases the tongue with just the right amount of proportions.

D: Nice drinkability, very crisp and smooth bitterness that was just right making this an easy drinking session ipa. A perfect 6 pack opportunity that shouldn't disappoint and one that is enjoyable in numbers.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 00:17:14 | More by beerthulhu
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a brilliantly clear deep golden color with a thick, very clingy white head. The aroma is medium-high hop; floral, citrus and a bit of sweetness. The flavor is medium-high hop flavor (citrus, grassy and piney) with a low smooth bready malt in the background. The bitterness is moderate-high and provides some balance. The body and carbonation are both medium. Overall a tasty IPA with wonderful lacing, worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 05:17:15 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of Mauerhan


2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle opens with a hiss pours a hazy golden amber. A slim layer of white head is there for a minute a touch of splotchy lacing.

smell is slightly malty with a moderate hop presence. not much to the smell a bit on the thin side.

taste is spot on with the smell. I get a slight citrusy bitterness before the malts come in but other than that im not getting much off of this. frankly I am underwhelmed.

At this point ive pushed myself through half the glass each sip is kinda rough to get through. a bitterness lingers on the palate and not in the way that is desirable.

overall good attempt but there are so many other options out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 07:29:35 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle

Pours a bright, transparent orange color with a small off white head that clings to the glass. Fresh hop aroma with a fruitiness like that of Trix cereal and a cookie-like malt sweetness. Leafy and bitter with a fruity aftertaste, good balance and sharp with carbonation. A good sessionable IPA built for the hop head.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:42:31 | More by ATPete
Photo of jwc215


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a thin white head that settles to a wispy cover and a bubbly ring that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of pine/resin upfront with some citrus and a bit of bread.

The taste is of musty pine/resin with some grapefruity citrus with caramel sweetness. It has a sharp, bitterish bite in the finish.

It has some astringency and a medium body.

A nice IPA overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 14:26:59 | More by jwc215
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into a pint

A - Dark golden in color. A bit of hazing. Lots of head formation, a hair off white in color. Very bubbly, looks very carbonated.

S - Very assertive, aggressive american hops. citrus, pine - very earthy. Almost stings the nose. Unable to detect malt or yeast.

T - Starts off with a very light flavor, almost completely balanced between bitterness and sweetness - nearly neutral. Mid-stream starts to show the high ibus that are backed up by the huge dry hopping. Finishes with the slam of american hops, cascade, simcoe, amarillo come to mind. Aftertaste finally reveals some nutty and bready malt notes.

M - Moderate to strong body - seems thick as far as IPAs go. Carbonation bite hits the palette. Oily hop texture in the aftertaste.

D - This just doesn't feel like a session IPA to me. ABV is in line, not filling, no obvious bad attributes. However for me I find this hop assault on my senses to be more of a 1 or 2 and done.

A solid offering overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 04:03:43 | More by katan
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
Photo of Ragingbull


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold to light amber in color. Foam head that gives way to a covering of lace. Foam on the glass and some light prickle. The nose has a floral hops character. Mild hops attack and pleasant flavor. Nice balance. The malt and the grains have a nice flavor and mouthfeel. The beer has a nice structure to it. Solid flavor characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 03:48:57 | More by Ragingbull
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 01:50:53 | More by wesbrownyeah
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District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from mix pack.

Thin, orange body with a touch of malt syrup and a strong carbonation streak. Not much lacing. Not exemplary in smell, but has a nice showing of grapefruit, beet, and honey, with a little bit of floral hops on the nose to balance out the otherwise dominant pine flavors. Again, not exemplary in any way, but the centennial hops really bring out an emphasis on balance over hop-centric anihilation of one's taste buds. It comes off a bit sour on the back end, but rewarding nonetheless.

Did not hold up to the white bean chicken chili I paired it with, but drinking it by itself, it was substantive and very well balanced. A great sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 21:21:07 | More by TLove
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a somewhat clear copper color with huge, foamy ecru head. The head easily rose to fill the pint glass and settled slowly to a thick one finger layer that would not go away.

Pine needles and flowers up front with a lightly toasted biscuity malt base.

A touch of grapefruit and orange blend in with pine and flowers to lend a hoppy bite on top of a lightly sweet biscuity malt. A nice little punch of bitterness in the finish.

I found this to be a little thin. The carbonation seemed to be alright, but it did not have the desired creaminess.

Given the slightly thin body, it only increases the drinkability of this IPA. A good go to IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 19:51:10 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light copper color with a decent ivory head that slowly recedes to just a layer but continues to produce some nice lacing.

The aroma is piney citrus with just a touch of biscuits.

The taste starts with a grapefruit zest quickly followed by a blast of pine resin then a bit of bready malt. the finish is slightly dry with a lingering pine note.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth and easy to drink. A really decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 03:25:00 | More by whynot44
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beast into a pint glass with some aggression leaving a solid two finger head. The color was amber/orange with a frothy beige head. Lots of floral hops and citrus. Orange and resiny pine on the taste, yet it's very clean and crisp. Nice malty notes peeking out here and there, but they just linger long enough to balance that hops. Unlike DIPA's, I do like IPA's to have some balance. This really fits the bill for me. It's hoppy, yet not in your face. It's got a delicate malt balance that's just enough to let you know it's there. I'll be back.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 02:48:18 | More by alkemy
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a nice clear and bright amber color. Very little haze. A nice .5 in. head that dissipates quickly but leaves a thin film with some lacing.

S - Very nice piney smell some malt hints but mostly the flowery hops are present. Attractive but a bit dry in the nose.

T - The piney hops and grapefruit taste are there and very nicely represented but there is some sweet malt missing for my taste. Still very good though.

M - could have a little more bite and body for my taste.

D - Very high.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 01:08:52 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice deep copper color with some very nice head and a bit of lacing. Deep (American) hot scent with a nice malty background to it. Excellent taste, a very nice IPA with wonderful hop attributes, nice citrus and floral notes, and enough malt backing to keep it from being one dimensional. Very smooth finish with a great hop aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2009 14:47:07 | More by JamesS
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

10oz pour at Raleigh Times served a slightly hazy orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a decent amount of citrus hops with slight sweet malts. The taste is a wonderful balance of citrus hops and sweet malts with a nice smooth finish. The beer is very smooth and easy drinking. This one is a wonderful cask brew!

Serving type: cask

09-10-2009 22:46:01 | More by atsprings
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 9/5/09

A - Hazy copper in color. 1/2 inch head dissipates quickly, leaving minimal retention. Spotty lacing here & there.

S - Big pine hop aroma with a bit of citrus, too. A touch of biscuity malt.

T - Rather earthy hop flavor; mostly pine. Some citrus hops hang around - grapefruit & orange. Malt backdrop is biscuit-like & subtle. Very tasty.

M - Medium-bodied with prickly but unobtrusive carbonation. Bitterness linger slightly, but the finish is pretty clean.

D - Very drinkable; I could session with this one. A very solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 03:55:08 | More by Ryan011235
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