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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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1,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,824
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 46
Gots: 200 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-02-2002

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of nanobrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of MNJR
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle at the brewery in Holland in early October '11 and drank it the next day, so I assume it was fresh. Maybe a bad batch, I don't know, but this beer was not enjoyable. I know and understand IPAs, so I'm not just mistaking the style for something I don't like. Normal appearance, big foamy head, smells not too bad, but a bit piney. Then the taste: pine, pine, more pine, Pine Sol maybe, Listerine, grapefruit twang. That's it. Three dimensions: pine, astringent (or floor cleaner), and grapefruit. Hard to get it down. I only drank it because it was a beer after all, so I could not pour it out. Sorry I will never buy this again. I am a fan of New Holland, too. They make some fantastic beers (and great whiskeys) and I love the brewpub in Holland. So, what went wrong here?

Photo of wingman14
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich dark orange with a frothy white head that leaves lacing. Smell is dominated by sweet hops, citrus notes, mostly grapefruit. Nice deep flavor, huge hops up front with a slight malt coming through in the middle with the hops finishing. A tiny amount of bitterness comes through in the aftertaste. Mostly smooth medium mouthfeel, the high level of carbonation detracts a bit. Overall a tasty beer, good flavors, exactly what you expect out of an IPA. No one flavor is overdone or annoying, not too sweet, with a nice hop kick.

Photo of jsprain1
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours just a shade darker than the average IPA with a thick, long lasting, white head.
S- The aroma comes across as being very fresh. It has a very green aroma to it. A touch of tropical fruit and a touch of caramel as well.
T- The hops come through but a bit too much on the bitterness and not enough on the resiny hop flavor. There is some pine note and a bit of pale malt, but the general bitter note is a bit off the rails.
M- The body is quite light. It needs a bit more substance. More body would help. Carbonation is medium-light.
O- This one was a subpar beer for me. Other than getting a bitterness fix it didn't work for me.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Laundry 101 in Kent. Not much in the mood for reviewing, so this will be a short one.

Appearence - Looks like your traditional IPA. Amber orange. Laces to the glass nicely. A light froth on top.

Smell - Hoppy and citrusy.

Taste - A fairly basic IPA, but it is definitely tasty. Extremely well-balanced hops with a bit of lemon zest and citrus.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Very smooth and light-bodied. Quite refreshing and reminds me more of a summer IPA.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint.
H251 printed on the neck (Aug. 25, 2011), 12° Plato, 5.25% ABV, pairings listed.

A - Mad Hatter pours a beautiful golden amber color with sparkling clarity. An ivory head rests atop with good retention and gnarled fingers of lace reaching up.

S - Effervescently hopped, Mad Hatter erupts with green floral and citrusy American hops. Earthy touches add further depth white a smooth malty base keeps the madness in balance. Golden pils malt and a drop of gooey caramel add their sweetness nicely.

T - Toasted amber malt abandons the sweetness the nose offers in exchange for a lighter body with a slightly metallic finish. The hops remain powerful but not of the AIPA's of new, rather old, original, classic. Earthy tones of dry leaf and light lemon citrus finish out.

M - Medium-light bodied, there's a clear malt backing to the hops but the beer seems faintly thin regardless. Nicely balanced in terms of bitterness, it's quite considerable but non-intrusive and drinkable; complimentary to the dry finish.

O - Remember when American IPAs were actually sessionable, not outrageous? Yep, this is one of those. Hoppy yet not ridiculous. Balanced but full of flavor. I'm only distracted by the faint metallic finish and thin-feeling body that seem to come and go, but otherwise this is a great, drinkable IPA!

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a small layer of off white head that goes away pretty quickly.

Smell: A bit malt forward given the style. Sweet with some fruity notes, I'm picking up apricot. Some citrus hops are in the mix well.

Taste: The malt flavor is a bit weird here. There is a flavor that just doesn't seem to belong, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Very bitter with hops in the finish that make me think of chewing on grapefruit rind. The bitterness just crushes any chance of tasting anything else.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: Just an average IPA. The hops just killed everything else. There was something weird going on with the malt, but I couldn't pick out details because the hops obliterated them.

Photo of mdvatab
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
No bottle date.

Aroma: Pine resin, then grapefruit hop notes, which are supported by carmelized sugar and mildly sweet cereal grains.

Appearance: Off-white two-finger head w/ great retention. Body resembles clear, brown iced tea with a tinge of red. Decent sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Flavor: A smooth, dry, malty/hoppy start: iced tea, pine resin, and whole wheat bread. Flavor hops show up at first, then a mild bitterness appears through the middle and lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, medium body, and a mildly dry mouthfeel.

Overall: 4's across the board, so I'm giving it a 4.5 overall. Very drinkable in all areas. While it didn't completely knock my socks off enough to give it 5's anywhere, I found no flaws or problems that would warrant anything less than a 4. This is great in and of itself-- thus the 4.5 overall. Give this brew a shot!

Photo of Ezone024
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a friend of mine from the u.p gave me this fine brew.

appears a hazy copper color with a thin white head
leaves aromas of sweet malt citrus hops.
The taste is very complex, extremely balanced... has a thin body with big taste and clean finish.

mouthfeel is very delightful, nice crisp bite on the tongue with a mellow finish.

may i suggest with roast beef or prime rib.
fantastic brew indeed!

Photo of DCon
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 FL OZ bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.99. Poured from the bottle w/o a Freshness Date into a Pint Glass and enjoyed AGAIN to review because of my fascination with the New Holland Mad Hatter Series this summer.

Aroma- Nice grapefruit hops, not very strong though.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that is frothy and stays for a good amount of time! Has a pale orange color body that is very hazy. Good lacing.

Flavor- A beginning taste of grapefruit and citrus is present. Not very big and a punch never happens with the hop, leaving it as medium on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Bit of hop but too smooth for the style.

Overall- Enjoying many times now on-tap and also in bottle, this brew is a good IPA starter for some but doesn't have enough body to support the style. I recommend this brew if you are going to enjoy a 6-pack of IPAs but not if you want anything great.

Photo of d1blet
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in a generic pilsner glass.

Appearance: Small head that dissipates quickly and pours a light golden-amber color.

Aroma: Citrus-floral hops that is sweet.

Taste: Opens piney and finishes with the same pine tones in the hops. There is a light bitterness that makes this an extremely refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel: A good amount of carbonation on the tongue with a smooth, creamy body.

Thoughts: I came to this beer with some expectations of how it's going to be like and it didn't turn out quite as I imagined. I thought it would be all more rounded IPA, but instead I was treated with an IPA that is distinctive due to its piney hoppiness. It's not particular potent or overwhelming and I have a preference for gin, so this particular IPA is definitely on my "approved" list.

Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a dark golden body with a 2' finger foamy head on top. The smell is very earthy of hops. The taste is very light of hops, i was expecting a more bite to the taste. This beer has a nice smooth mouth feel, and Overall was worth trying, maybe i have a old batch.

Photo of lurpy1
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, that's one disturbing label. I sure hope nobody was trying to draw a good picture. yeesh.

Pours a hazy amber. Nice hoppy aroma. But in terms of taste, the hoppiness is a little bit muted, I was expecting more bite. This seems to be a New Holland hallmark, sometimes the beers are just a bit too subtle. It does have a good dry finish, and overall it's a good beer and recommended. coulda been something more, though.

Photo of harrymel
2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks dentist.

A: light amber ale. This bottle foamed out a good three ounces, so that's sad. Excellent clarity. No lace.

S: smells like lemons. Yup, just lemons.

T: pine and lemons. Weird. Not very complex, but drinkable

M: medium, low carb.

O: not bad.

Photo of rapayn01
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Not much head. Orange-brown color

S - Citrus/floral

T - This is a smooth but not very hoppy IPA. The taste was satisfying after the first few sips -- I was just expecting ore.

O - I prefer hoppier IPAs, though this was certainly worth a taste.

Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange around the edges more brown in the center. had a off white head that didnt last long but left lots of lacing.

S: bready malts, floral hops, some pine earthy scents.

T: bread at first than hops drown it out but not real overpowering.

M: smooth slightly dry and not real bitter.

O: drinks more like a hop heavy ale than an ipa. enjoyed it very much. very very drinkable.

New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,824 ratings.