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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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1,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 40
Gots: 105 | 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 fragilemacabre

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Pint glass.

Bright amber, pretty much no head. Smells very flowery, maybe with a little bit of smoky bitterness. I wasn't expecting anything but tastiness from this beer and I'm not disappointed. A strong hoppy bitterness with some heavy grapefruit notes. A nice smooth IPA and a welcome addition to the teeming American IPA pack. I'm glad a local liquor store carries this stuff because I'd love to have it again.

09-30-2010 05:39:11 | More by fragilemacabre
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

My first taste of New Holland brewery.
Mad Hatter doesn't seem all that mad to me. Pretty typical looking IPA stuff going on. Deep amber body, not much head forms in my chalice and no lacing.
Smells are far more interesting and appealing. Floral hop aroma with some citrus notes. Flavors are on the resinous side, grapefruit in style. Malt flavors are of the sweetened black tea variety. Black tea with grapefruit juice?
For something that's under 6% alcohol this packs a pretty solid flavor punch. I'd probably get this again if only to say I'm having a party with Mad Hatters.

09-30-2010 05:06:59 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Anthony1


4/5  rDev +5.3%

The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass. The aroma is a nicely blended mix of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malt. 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. Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean. 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.

09-28-2010 16:26:23 | More by Anthony1
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy auburn-copper, with a tall 3" white head that reduces unevenly, leaving sticky foam lacing spiderwebbed down the sides.

Plenty of spicy hops hit the nose, with a dash of tart citrus and underlying sweet malt.

Starts rather clear tasting, and then the hop bitter hits you mid-tongue. Some pine, resin and mild astringency, balanced with plenty of sweet mild malt. For an IPA, this is rather tame.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I'd prefer for an IPA, but it is rather refreshing.

A fairly drinkable beer; while it has a nice IPA look and smell, the taste leaves you wanting more.

09-27-2010 01:02:20 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of samie85


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

09-18-2010 04:33:25 | More by samie85
Photo of StlHopHead77


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

A-Pours a hazy,orange/copper with a solid bone-white head that stood two fingers high and left nice ribbons of lace amidst medium carbonation.

S-Citric hops upfront.Tangerine,pink grapefruit
and a little mango.Piney hop notes as well with a touch of caramel malt.

T-Grapefruit,pine resin and a little baked,brown sugar to finish.Nice balance overall.

M-Light to medium bodied with good brightness and a pleasant oily character.

D-A good IPA with really nice drinkability.

09-13-2010 11:53:02 | More by StlHopHead77
Photo of cbutova


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Reviewed from notes, picked up in Philly.

A- Light hazy orange with small white head. Cloud and ring are nice and leave a bit of spotty lace.

S- Citrus and tropical fruit. Light grainy caramel malt backbone. Somehow I get a milky note, strange. Fairly hoppy with good aroma strength.

T- Mostly citrus zest and grapefruit (especially in the finish). Some peach and cantaloupe. General earthy hoppiness as well. Some malt but not enough to back the hops. Pine.

MF- Light slightly creamy body with moderate carbonation. Fairly bitter finish.

DB- Nice hop profile with a lot of grapefruit citrus. Nothing really jumps out at me. I would say a bit less citrus would be nice, could be a bit oxidized.

09-12-2010 16:20:04 | More by cbutova
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a lightly cloudy, coppery amber color with a one finger head and good lacing.

A slight floral undertone accents a lightly piney, grapefruit and lemon citrus aroma, but isn't very strong. Smells slightly like an ESB but doesn't taste that way at all. Strangely, the scent reminds me a bit of fresh laundry.

Taste is slightly sweet, piney, citrusey with grapefruity flavors that accent a nice hoppy base with a touch of lightly spicy malt.

The feel is pretty good, carbonated nicely, smooth and lightly bitter with a good aftertaste that doesn't overpower but lingers just a bit.

Drinks ok. Not the greatest IPA I've had, but decent enough.

09-03-2010 19:37:30 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Mad Hatter IPA pours a clear, redish gold with a nice head. Grassy, grapefruity hops dominate the aroma. Bitterness is upfront in the flavor, leading into nice citrusy, herbal hops. The bitterness lingers a bit, and the finish is dry. Very little malt, but it is there.

09-02-2010 04:57:04 | More by ericj551
Photo of Freethyhops


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

a- pours a bright yet slightly hazy orange. a big rocky, lacy white head sits atop and shows impressive persistence. a very aesthetically pleasing IPA.

s- not a particularly impressive nose. mainly floral, slightly perfume-like, with just a hint of some citrus fruitiness. the malts come in to play with some caramel sweetness.

t- highly floral and slightly resinous hops mix with medium-high bitterness. a bit of clean malt sweetness, before the bitterness kicks in. still stays fairly balanced between bitter/sweet through the finish. getting closer to dry at the very end. nothing particularly stands out but there certainly aren't any offensive off elements.

m- medium-light bodied. high carbonation gives a crisp, almost effervescent feel. pleasantly refreshing and smooth.

d- a decent IPA. nothing to go far out of your way to seek out, but a nice offering I wouldn't mind trying again. especially a well priced pint. a beer that easily could be sessioned.

09-01-2010 21:12:51 | More by Freethyhops
Photo of jkrich


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. (The previous reviewer stated he determined the bottling date by an alphanumeric code) I don't see it.

This is quite an impressive color: deep golden, almost burnt orange like a beautiful sunset. This is definitely unique compared to so many other American IPAs that are uniformly golden and yellow.

The aroma is rather restrained with very nice piney hop aromas.

The flavor follows the aroma closely: pleasantly moderate hop bitterness with a very nice malt taste balancing the ale. Based on my numerous reviews of American IPAs, this one trends more to a traditional American style pale ale. That being said, this is a nice change from the hop bombs.

This is perhaps a little thin-bodied with a slightly generic mouthfeel as this ale should either emphasize more malt or hop.

An excellent refreshing ale for the end of summer. This is a more nuanced ale with no outstanding characteristics. The low ABV (the bottle states 5.25 % ABV) allows you to enjoy a few without any surprises.

08-28-2010 23:05:06 | More by jkrich
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Alphanumeric bottling date indicates my beer was brewed on June 17, 2010.

Pours a fairly clear orange, and a nice sticky off-white heads laces the glass well. Smell is detritus yeast, and sweet hop cones. A good blend with the malt backing. Peppery. Starts out hoppy, straight pithy and green hoppy! A crystalline, semi-sweet flavor blends with a sparkly feel, which melds into a more herbal and bitter finish. I'm wishing there was just a tad more malt body. A very bright IPA, and good.

08-27-2010 04:57:23 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

12oz bottle poured into tulip aug20 2010

A almost clear copper with a few bubbles floating up to a two finger head that has a few minuets of retention and left a few patches of lace

S a little citric and floral hops with some toffee

T not far from the smell but with a little pine and any of the toffee sweetness I could smell is gone

M a little thin but well carbonated and it leaves a little something on your gums and the flavors lingers for a while after its in your gut

D easy enough to drink and low alc% for an IPA so you could drink a few of them and not worry

I'd drink this beer again without problems, it's not amazing in any areas but nothing to be ashamed of, thanks irishkyle21 for sending this one my way

08-20-2010 21:52:23 | More by wordemupg
Photo of ralree


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

A: A bit cloudy, orange-brown, off-white head, 1.5 fingers, medium-sized bubbles. Great lacing, OK retention.

S: Super hoppy. Smells awesome - simple and appealing.

T: Really hoppy, but could use some more citrus and sweetness. Very bitter IPA. Malt isn't quite stong enough either. Maybe I have a bad bottle.

M: A bit overcarbonated, but watery. Medium body. Non-astringent.

D: Goes down alright. Not too bad at all really.

08-18-2010 00:38:28 | More by ralree
Photo of king75


4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Amber/orange color with about a inch and a half head. Very solid lacing.

Smells of citrus, hops, and a slight fragrance of pine.

Taste just a little hoppy at the beginning, citrus nodes take effect towards the end leaving the drinker with a crisp refreshing taste.

Notes: a very solid IPA, not the best I have ever had, but I've had far worst.

08-13-2010 21:57:23 | More by king75
Photo of detlefchef

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%

Tasted against Torpedo and Green Flash West Coast and just didn't show well at all.

Golden peach hue with thick, lacing foam. Very herbaceous and piney nose but, absent any fruit aromas, it just came off too grassy. Thing is, that was it for the hops, because it seemed pretty washed out on the palate and had almost no hoppy bitterness on the finish.

08-13-2010 01:09:49 | More by detlefchef
Photo of beerdrifter


4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

Picked this up at Save-On, a great beer store in Mentor Ohio. Clear yellow-orange pour with quickly fading head and great lacing. Really nice fresh hop nose with a solid malt backbone and just a touch of black pepper. Great big, bright citrusy bitterness from the start. Tangerine and grapefruit with sweet caramel malts balancing it out perfectly. A little bit of perfume to it also made it stand out from the run of the mill IPA's. Just enough chewiness to the mouthfeel with a great, crisp dry bitter finish. This beer totally surprised me. Was not familiar with New Holland, but this beer makes we want more. The drinkability was over the top. This stands up to the best of the West Coast stuff. An awesome IPA!

08-02-2010 15:30:37 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of Genuine


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from the bottle a very nice copper color, not too light though. Had nice lacing but it wasn't as well as I hoped, but permissable.

Smell - I picked up pine immediately, with some nice hops happening as well. Citrus?

Taste - this is where it all came together. The box said it was a dry IPA...but I didn't find this one to be throat scratchingly dry. It was pleasant for sure. Well rounded IPA.

Mouthfeel - this one was a bit heavy on the light side...if you catch my drift. Maybe a medium.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these, no problem. Alc % isn't too high so it's a good session beer.

07-28-2010 05:18:08 | More by Genuine
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.66/5  rDev -3.7%

A light vibrant copper color, we're good. Dropped some big lace, but was also very clear.

An aspect of pine in the nose, most I've ever come across from something this far east. Taste was mellow, hops are there, they even resonate for quite a while, without being too pungent. An easy drinking ipa that isn't an insult to your lupulin taste buds.

Not a bad price on these.

07-23-2010 20:51:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Into a pint glass, it poured a light amber color, with high carbonation, yet a small white head that collapsed rather quickly and laced spottily. Awesome grapefruit smell with bitter peel, and some grassy notes. However, this seemed like a head-fake, because the taste revealed less citrus and more apple/maltiness, and a very thin abrupt finish, that wasn't as bitter as the nose suggested either. In fact, a very thin-bodied beer overall, in spite of the decent carbonation. Very odd at how much the taste digressed from the nose, and furthermore how thin this beer was.

07-23-2010 20:28:16 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of cbak999


4/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours a opaque, orange, with a lot of bubbles rising to the top.

S: A good bit of hop aroma...mainly citrus.

T: bitter with a bit of a metallic finish.

M: a lot of carbonation, maybe just a bit too much for an IPA.

This is the second time I've purchased a sixer of this IPA. I remember liking it the first time around, and I really enjoy it this time. Personally, it's too carbonated from the bottle for my liking. But other than that, a great, citrusy, IPA. I will go back for it the next time I can find it!

07-13-2010 22:56:36 | More by cbak999
Photo of fear025


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

06-26-2010 22:48:15 | More by fear025
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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Plenty of reviews on here about this brew obviously being pretty decent; I agree with one caveat. I get a bit too much of a coppery/metallic taste after I swallow. It fades to a nice hoppy finish but the copper is distinct to me. It's not just one bottle as I had 3 of the 6-pack at the time of this writing and noticed it each time. It's not unpleasant, just something to be aware of if you have similar taste buds.

06-25-2010 00:32:41 | More by IPAaDay
Photo of jt31914


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

06-19-2010 22:49:04 | More by jt31914
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (June 3, 2010). "Enjoy by 06/02/2010" is printed on the front of the very cool looking bottle.

Eyes: A slightly hazy light copper with a soft reddish hue. The head fills the glass to the rim with a full two and a half fingers of creamy, craggy foam. Moderate lacing accompanies the beer as I drink it and level lowers.

Nose: The aroma is both classic for the style and impressive. Strong citrus and not much else, but a nice straightforward profile.

Tongue: A clean one dimensional citrus hop profile dominates, and it works very well. There is barely enough malt to carry the load, and no real spice nor grassy notes, but the sharp citrus notes take the lead and don't need support.

Mouth: Crisp, sharp, but a tad weak on carbonation.

Libation: This IPA is one trick pony, but it's a very impressive trick. There are more complex IPAs out there, but few do so much with so little. A staple American IPA in my repertoire along with Bell's Two Hearted.

06-04-2010 05:14:38 | More by OttoBomb
New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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