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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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1,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,685
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 43
Gots: 139 | 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 jerskine
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a really nice dark copper color; foam dissipated quickly and lacing was minimal

S: For an IPA it's really lacking on aroma; I don't really know what I'm smelling, maybe some caramel and earth-like vegetation scents

T: I realize this is an IPA that's a little lower in terms of ABV, but that's no excuse for the miscued flavor that emanates from this beer; very minimal hop flavor dominated by malt and overbearing metallic flavor that is left after each gulp

M: seems a little higher carbonated than most IPAs; pretty drinkable with no hoppy resin feeling left by other IPAs

O: Not a terrible beer by all means, but a very poor representation of an IPA. I probably won't be buying New Holland brew again any time soon.

jerskine, May 22, 2011
Photo of sweett3k
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer from Holland. Holland MI. I lived in New England and drank beers from the west. Southwest Michigan rein supreme when it comes to handcrafted beers. This brew is a nice dark orange color with a great frothy head. Aroma is mild hops and malt. Taste is you traditional American IPA, floral and bitter. Good decent IPA overall.

sweett3k, May 09, 2011
Photo of b3shine
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

b3shine, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of dmfrench
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light yet heavy bright pine/apple and caramel IPA

A: Slightly hazy deep copper orange body, topped with a thick one and a half finger white head that settles within a few minutes to a thin film. Minimal lacing.

S: Grapefruit and spicy hops, caramel underneath, and a hint of green apple.

T: A very bright, yet potent acidic hopping... much more piney and resinous than in the nose, though spice, green apple and lemon pith are there, in that order. Malt is a strong yet unobtrusive foundation of sweet caramel. Flavors are very well blended, and somehow they are light on the palate while still being extremely potent. Finish is longish and on drying, resinous piney hops.

M: High carbonation, pretty fine texture, fairly weighty for the ABV. Just a little chalky.

O: Substantial yet light, well blended, apple... a fine brew.

dmfrench, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of mattkoon
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy brown. This ipa has a lot of the typical ipa mash up flavor but there is a uniqueness to it that surpasses most. It's very crisp and fresh combined with the complexness of the ipa flavor. Loads of citurs and piney hops- there is just something extra that I can't put my finger on. The fresh crispness of mad hatter lifts it up over the compatition.

mattkoon, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Pjhuppenthal
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is closer to the English Style than American. The smell of the beer is floral and pine, but it does not have that wool sweater feel on your tongue. This is a good starter to this type of beer, its not over done. American IPA's have more of a citrus hop profile. This is a Good Beer! Nice job New Holland!!

Pjhuppenthal, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in pint glass.
{re-sampled and reviewed on 10/2011 with a sample that was significantly hazy).

Pours a nearly clear amber with a 1-finger off-white head. Head has good durability.

A - A clear aroma of citrus fruit rising from the table as I pour this beer. Upon closer examination, I find a sweet, complex aroma that is both fruity and floral. There's a malt backbone here too.

T - rather as indicated by the aroma, this is a relatively sweet IPA. I'm sure the hop flavor will be too light for some, but this is the best Amer. IPA I've come across for use as an introductory IPA for those used to less hoppy beers. Still, adequate strength of flavor and great quality in this well-crafted blend of hops and malt. Has a substantial hop flavor and aroma, yet has no hop 'bite'; nor is it overly bitter. Perhaps a bit timid for style, but adequate hop flavor for production of a lasting hoppy aftertaste.

M - body is a bit light but this is relatively smooth for an IPA and has a nice dryness in the finish. Good carboation.

O - excellent choice as a sessionable and fruity IPA. Refreshing; not challenging.

chinchill, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange colour with thin white head. The head settles down to a thin ring on top of the beer. Smells of floral hops and bready malts, almost closer to an English IPA I think. Mild bitterness in the flavour, huge malt profile. Medium bodied mouthfeel. A pretty good IPA.

kwjd, Apr 02, 2011
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 Buggabeer
2.38/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A It's a nice looking beer in the glass. It is a rudy amber color and poured to a 2 finger head which lowly dissapeared. Really nice lacing aroung the glass. Good Appearance : )

S Average smell for an IPA. I would like to have more hop floral aroma. I get a mild hop floral with bread and a slight spice. Nothing impressive here.

T There is a very sharp metallic hop taste that takes any enjoyment from this beer. Like a friend of mine said best it taste like your sucking on the bottle cap. Not enjoyable at all. : (

M Nothing bad or good to say a very average feel it has a nice carbination to the beer. The feel of the beer has nothing to do with why I wouldn't want another.

D With so many options out there for an IPA why waste your time here??? Spend a little more and get some Bell's two hearted or a Dogfish 60 or heck anything but this very dissapointed

Buggabeer, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Drank straight from the bottle.

The smell of the mad hatter was a perfumed hop scent.

The taste of this one was a decent batch of hoppy goodness that is smooth on the palate and does not finish with a strong bitter hop after taste.

The mouthfeel of this one is slightly dry but nice overall.

The drinkability of this is extremely high to me, because of the lack of the powerful hop bitterness. Now don't get me wrong that is not a bad thing because this is one damn drinkable IPA, and I have consumed a six pack on more than one occasion.

All in all a nice solid IPA with a crazy drinkability. Not overly hoppy but it still gave me my hop fix.

IchabodcraneIpa, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

homebrew311, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of JDizzle
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank a 120z bottle

A: Good looking copper color with a nice white head and great lacing.
S: The smell is where it goes wrong for me. I get the hops along with a soapy, swampy smell, a little malt as well.
T: Very hoppy, bitter, and malty. Really not a bad IPA. No alcohol taste at all.
D: This is a little too bitter to make it an all day deal, but not half bad. I think 3F Alfa King is far above this effort.

JDizzle, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of NotACommunist
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Orange & gold; foam fills pint glass with one and half fingers of foam which quickly dissipates; leaves great lacing... looks like a stampede of repeating beasts.

S: Quite floral with a smidge of pine.

T: Much of the same as the smell, quite tasty with lingering floral taste

M: Thin to medium body, appropriate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, enjoyable hop flavor and aroma.

Note: Sampled and reviewed (unintentionally) while watching an episode of Batman from the sixties whose villain's name was the Mad Hatter.

NotACommunist, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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

brew3crew, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of lsrose
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lot of head which gets lumpy as it dissipates, something I have seen in a lot of floral tasting beers. I has a good smell of hops but not overwheling. The taste is of a good IPA, but not too much depth. Its low ABV and the lack of depth are a little disappointing but otherwise its a great beer and one I will drink more.

lsrose, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Clydesdale
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, somewhat hazy amber/burnt orange color. The tall, amber-tinted head is moderately dense and frothy, with a somewhat rocky texture. Retention is very sturdy, and copious amounts of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Some light, sugar cookie-ish malt notes. Lots of citric hop notes - orange juice and grapefruit - with some light tropical/pineapple notes as well. Perhaps some faint herbal/floral character as well.

T: Malt is fairly unobtrusive here - some faint sugar cookie notes are all I really pick up. Fruity hop notes of grapefruit juice, orange pulp, and pineapple. A subtle undercurrent of floral/herbal flavor is also present. Bitterness is firm and sharp, quickly transitioning to a clean, dry aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body. This has an unusually low abv for an IPA, and it does show a little. Carbonation is medium-light.

D: A very nice IPA from New Holland. I like the hop profile. I feel this beer would benefit from a slightly more robust recipe - more maltiness, more hoppiness, and more body would all work well here. As a juicy/citrusy IPA, this is a welcome offering.

Clydesdale, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of MattyDonny
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Nothing too special about the appearance on this one, a warm amber hugh with carbonation bubbles persistent. The only thing off about it is it pours with nearly no head at all, maybe something other than a standard pint glass would fix this.


The smell is great on this one, the second it is poured the citrusy hops just burst out of the glass, very refreshing and clean. Reminds of of a casked beer because the hops are strongly citrus but at the same time mellow.


Tastes pretty decent, very bitter even by IPA standards, nice citrus flavor. This said, there is something missing maybe getting lost in the bitterness or citrus.


Very dry, very refreshing.


Has the refreshing lightness like most IPAs

MattyDonny, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of meatyard
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a 1-finger, white head that falls to a cover while leaving nice, solid lace. The color is a clear, dark amber and there are steady streams of carbonation from the nucleation point in my New Belgium snifter.

The smell is very mild pine hops then followed by sweet malt.

The taste is more mild pine and much more sweet malt followed by a light dose of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium+ with good carbonation.

Drinkability: No way to tell the age since it's not marked. This may be older than it should be but who can tell. As an IPA as it stands, it's pretty weak. Date your hoppy beers. There are way too many better IPAs than this to drink it again.

meatyard, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of FourPintClover
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange/amber color. Very aesthetic to the eye. Perfect finger-width head which stayed with the beer the whole time. If it would dissipate, a slight stir brought a good head back to stay for another 10 minutes or so. Lacing on the glass was beautiful.

S- You can definitely smell the hops. It was almost reminiscent of a Sam Adams Lager. There were other smells in there I thought were floral and of some slight citrus. There were hints of a malt smell, but it wasn't prominent.

T- Hops are very noticeable when tasting the beer. Unfortunately, I thought my beer tasted a little tinny. I asked my friend how his was, if there was any metallic taste; he said his wasn't like that, so I think I may have drunk a rogue bottle. Overall, ignoring the tin, it tastes much like it smells. It's very good.

M- Refreshing. Works the gums and sort of cleans the teeth like a good ale should. It was very smooth.

D- Very drinkable. Although it's not a session beer, I feel like I could have a few more and enjoy them as if they were my first Mad Hatter. A six pack would be enough for a night, or even a week, if you want to make the beer last.

This was my first India Pale Ale, so, I'm not too familiar with it's style quite yet, but from what I have read here on BA, it adheres pretty well.

FourPintClover, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of IndolentReader
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick, orangish brown color; pleasant to look at.
S: Strong smell of hops; maybe some citrus undertones?
T: Good and strong; very hoppy aftertaste.
M: Milder than I would have thought; the punch occurs during the aftertaste.
D: This was a good purchase - I appreciated the recommendation and would probably purchase again (particularly if it ever went on sale!)

IndolentReader, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of WildTurkey
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear burnt orange. Thin head.

S: Malty smell. A little bit of piney hops. Not as much hop smell as I was expecting.

T: Malty base. Bisquite and bread. And a little bit of bitterness at the end. This doesn't seem hoppy enought to be an IPA, in my opinion.

M: Some carbonation, and some dryness.

D: It's pretty smooth and drinkable but it doesn't taste the way an IPA would for my preferences. Not hoppy enough. But it's not a bad beer. It went down pretty well, but I was a little let down.

WildTurkey, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of psuKinger
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Never had anything by New Holland before, but have had good experiences with a lot of Michigan IPA's, so interested to see how this goes. No freshness information provided on the bottle, so I am forced to assume that this is "fresh" and will review it as such. I really wish more breweries would provide this information on the label...

A: A huge thick lively white head sits on top of a hazy-golden-orange beer. I think I may have given this guy too-vigorous of a pour.

S: I pick up a moderate amount of lemon and some earthy tones in the nose. The aroma is present but not potent. Somewhat underwhelming.

T: The taste is kind of *muddled* here, this beer can't seem to decide if it wants to be an east coast IPA, or a west-coast hop bomb with that dry grapefruit/lemon/citrus flavor. The end result is that it's neither. My preference, personally, is towards the West Coast style, and this has a distinct lemon presence, but there's very little other grapefruit/citrus presence here. The finish isn't unpleasant, but it's not that punchy dry hop finish that I like in my IPA's. Caramel malts are visible in the middle and end of the taste, but lack that cotton-candy sweetness found in East Coasters.

I fear that this bottle may not be fresh... but again, with no freshness date, I'm left with no option but to assume that it is.

M: Carbonation is lively, but this beer doesn't finish nearly as *dry* as I like my IPA to finish.

D: Below average. For free? I'd have one or two of these again without much complaint. But if I'm paying? I don't feel much of any need to revisit this again on my own dime.

psuKinger, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Bronse tan brown. Orange tint. Creamy 1 inch head that lasted for a little bit. Nice lacing.

Smell - Hops and yeast, oranges, some citrus and floral overtones. Not very strong smell

Taste - Very weak, mellow taste. Reminds me alot of a fresh hop ale. Light and no trace of alcohol. Slight bitter hop aftertaste, other then that, not much malts or spices.

Mouthfeel - Thin and leaves a bitter aftertaste on tounge. No warmth from alcohol or spicy flavoring. Very average

Drinkabilty - This is way to mellow for me. There are fresh hops out there that smoke this, and certainly many many other ipa's that destroy this. I could accept this if it has better balance but all i get is some weak hop flavor. Of course, you could slam 4-6 of these with it so weak and low alcohol but, why would you want to?

wvsabbath, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- One finger off-white head on top of a clear light red toned body. Good head retention and lacing.

S- Citrus immediately, pretty faint though.

T- Slight bitterness. Citrus in the smell doesn't make it's presence known. Taste is not as complex as other IPA recently reviewed.

M- Kind of watery. Below average carbonation.

D/O- Drinkability is quite high for an IPA as this is almost a "light" version of the style. Not big on the ABV/IPA-bitterness, one could drink a lot of these in an evening if desirable. I'd reach for something with more taste and just drink less though.

Duff27, Dec 23, 2010
New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,685 ratings.