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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,495 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,495
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 33
Gots: 70 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-02-2002)
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spointon

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep orange/gold color with a thin head and decent lacing. Good carbonation throughout the glass gives a bit of a tiny-bubble sharpness. The aroma and the taste are the overwhelming elements of this beer.

The aroma is over-the-top hops with a strong hint of citrus (as it should be for this style).

The taste follows the nose and brings huge hops, fruitiness, grapefruit-citrus and a hint of malt. At times a biscuit flavor is present near the end of a taste. Has a bit of a dry finish, again perfect for this style. Mouthfeel is outstanding.

Overall, this is an outstanding America IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 05:20:04 | More by spointon
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cameraman

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An amber to golden color with a cream colored, two finger thick head forms. The head soon laces slowly down the glass. The scent of sweet malt starts out the aroma, then the aroma of citrus, floral, and grassy fragrances begin to slowly blend itself in and overtake the malt. The malt comes out at the start of the flavor and dominates, till about the halfway point. That is when the grapefruit flavor begins to intensify, bringing along touches of pine and grass towards the end. A thin, watery feel, with a mild feel of carbonation coming in halfway. The finish is dry and clean on the palate. This is a solid IPA, a very good aroma and solid flavor, make this a very good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 03:16:53 | More by cameraman
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy, golden color. Medium, creamy, off-white head. Decent lacing.

Bit of fruit/sweet flavor, pineapple and some peach. Spicy and peppery. Plastic/phenol note, detracts from smell somewhat.

Bitter more than sweet. Grassy. Lingers nicely. Biscuity middle. Some citrus. Not getting much else.

Medium body. Medium + carbonation, almost biting. Not very dry for an IPA.

Pretty good overall. Fits my taste preference quite well in that it's imbalanced towards bitter, but still has a pretty solid malt profile. Not terribly complex, but a solid, easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 15:45:49 | More by
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.

Dispensed into a snifter from a 12oz brown bottle. Murky, sunset orange colored beer with a white head. Great lacing leaves tons of stripes and pox behind. One finger white head dissolves into a rather pedestrian collar around the edge of the beer.

Very piney and resiny in the nose. Some sweet caramel malts back the pine aromas. Even some lemon rind and grapefruit.

Piney hops are the first dosage of flavor smackdown. A bit lacking in the mouthfeel. Thin and a bit wispy. Hop bitterness is pretty good. A little unbalanced with the malts, but overall, a decent beer.

I was pleased with this one but there are better versions of the style out there. Even in MI. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 22:09:54 | More by SaCkErZ9
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bassmantin

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful orange color with nice white head. The glass is absolutely polluted with sediment. I'm not sure what's going on here, but this beer is full of particulate.

Smell is good with solid balance of hoppiness and sweetness. Taste hits with a nice maltiness up front that lingers as long as you will let it. Bitterness hits in the aftertaste and verges on offensive but never quite gets there. Nothing mind-blowing but still a good beer. Not sure what those particles floating around in my glass are, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 04:08:43 | More by bassmantin
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Poured a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. I went ahead and poured the dregs and was rewarded with a ton of hop residue in suspension in my glass. Nice orangish-amber color with a good white head. This thing is all about lacing.

Big citrusy hop aroma, balance nicely by some caramel sweetness. The hops begin to dominate the taste but quickly give way to a more balanced mix of grapefruit and earthiness. Finishes nice with some bitter hops and a return of the caramel sweetness. Finally gives way to a lingering grapefruity bitterness that stays with me a while. Nice!

This American IPA has some body to it, which I appreciate. Rather slick in the mouth. Carbonation level is right on.

A nice drinkable AIPA in my opinion. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 22:41:35 | More by ZimZamZoom
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semihobo

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz from sixer, store manager assured me that the turnover was high and that the pack was fresh.

Dull peachy amber, head is tiny but hangs around. A little hazy.

Aroma is grapefruit with a little pine, hops are dominant, some sweet malt, classic floral IPA. Very strong but not one-dimensional, loving it.

Taste is a little flatter and bitterer [is that a word?]. Some of the delicate notes from the smell are gone. No sweetness at all, taste is thin, with hints of apricot and peach. I think other bottles have been better, maybe the pour was funny... will review the last one in the pack if it's different.

Mouthfeel is a little dull, the hop finish on the tongue is not that pleasant.

Had a few during a long session last weekend, felt like this one was a winner... must re-review. Still, this stands for now as a great smelling IPA that spent everything on the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 04:34:45 | More by semihobo
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montageman

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer has sentimental value for me. Back when I was first starting to drink craft brews, I saw a 6 pack of this stuff and thought the label looked cool, so I bought it. At the time, this was the most bitter beer I'd ever had, but now it seems tame. Amazing how drastically things change.

Deep and rich amber in color, there is little head to speak of, but some lacing is remains. The aroma is sweet with a hint of citrus and pine in background. The taste is smooth - heavy citrus/grapefruit up front with a nice earthy finish. Mouthfeel is rich better than others I've tried. I could drink this stuff all night long. I would love to try this on draught. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 01:21:11 | More by montageman
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atrus138

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange color with a nice foamy head. Moderate lacing, but doesn't stick around long.

Wonderful smell of citrus and hops. Very potent.

Wow. This is a great example of the IPA style. Absolutely loaded with citrusy hops. Tangy grapefruit, some lemon. Not for the weak of heart. Piney aftertaste, especially upon belching.

Medium bodied. Very easy to drink, especially considering the wallop the taste delivers.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 00:01:20 | More by atrus138
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard to review this one, as I'd just been blown away by my first Bell's Two-hearted a few moments before. Had a bottle of this at Beerbistro in Toronto, and although it is certainly decent, it doesn't compare to the Bell's. The Mad Hatter has pretty much everything an IPA should have, though. Good balance (slightly on the citrusy-hops side), little bit of sourness in the aftertaste, some woodsy notes as it warms up. Quite drinkable, regardless of the 'competition' that night.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 21:28:17 | More by crwills
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a slightly opague golden color, with a medium white head.
Piney hops and caramel malts are well-balanced along with midl roasted grain and citrus. Very good and decently complex.
The taste is piney and floral hops balanced once agian with slightly toasted and sweet caramel malts. Citrus and alchol are in there but pretty subtle.
Bittersweeet due to citrus and piney hops fades into sweet, with a hint of carbonation. Very good and balanced. Medium-bodied adn crisp feel. Overall impressive and a very good representation of doing it without overdoing it for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 17:37:22 | More by sinistrsam
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morimech

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice clear, golden colored brew. The head isn't large and doesn't stick around but does settle down to a cap. Leaves moderate lacing. The smell is floral, pine, and citrus hops. I never smelled an IPA that the floral came through so well. Most are overpowering pine. The taste has a bit like perfume, floral and bitter. It has a nice medium body but carbonation is a bit weak. Leaves crisp and clean, Not the most powerful hopped beer out there, but it has a different hop taste. A nice change up but I couldn't drink too many of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 00:47:59 | More by morimech
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Wasatch

Utah

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jpm30 for this one.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, nice little islands and sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy/malty, citrusy, some pines, and caramel. The taste is a good blend of hops and malts, some nice citrus and caramel. Medium body, a well rounded brew. Drinkable, a nice IPA glad to have had a chance to try it. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 01:41:38 | More by Wasatch
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice amber/orange color. 1 inch white head that lasts a decent amount of time and leaves good lace. The problem withis beer is that there are so many large chunks of yeast sediment that it is almost impossible to get a pour without so many floaties.

S-Smells gokay, grapfruit hops, caramel malts and biuscuit malts, not necessirilly complex

T-Really brash hops upfront. Grapefruit, green hops. Biscuit and caramel malts. Really brash hop bitterness that lingers long. Astringent, dry finsih

M-good carbonation but light body

D-All that being said I caould and did have several in row

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 00:16:41 | More by jackorain
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bozebus17

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange-copper with a generous white head. It doesn't persist very long but leaves a trail of lacing in its wake.

The aroma is extremely strong. I could smell it from the bottle after I opened it before even pouring it into the glass. There are all kinds of things going on with the hops here; citrus and pine come through the strongest. Very inviting smell.

Taste is similar to the smell, there is a broad spectrum of character from the hops. There are definite juicy grapefruit flavors, citrus, and pine. I also notice a nice residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium and crisp. It has a nice dry finish that leaves me wanting more.

This is a very nice IPA. I don't think it is overwhelmingly bitter and it is very approachable. It could do well with just a little more toasted malt character, but I am nitpicking. I'd drink this one anytime. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 11:55:10 | More by bozebus17
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Limberg316

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing IPA! It is a full-bodied, incredibly hoppy beer. It has a fantastic balance between bitterness and sweetness that sets it apart from other IPA's. It pours with a solid golden color and alittle head. It smells of hops, tastes of hops, and finishes of hops. I can't recommend this beer enough!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 02:19:27 | More by Limberg316
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Applesauce1

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH. This has become one of my favorite and most dependable beers.

Appearance: orange-brown with a nice haze and 3/4" white head on the pour
Smell: lots of hops (flower type smell)
Taste: delicious; lots of hops (not balanced, much more on the hoppy side); hint of citrus flavor and some pale malt taste
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinkability: could do two in a night, but not back to back...the hops might wear you out a little

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 05:14:41 | More by Applesauce1
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surlyseth

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy gold-orange with med to small head.

S: Pine, a little citrus. Not much else.

T: Um...I wasn't sure if a beer could have too much hops until I tried this one. It starts off all well and good, but finishes with a really off taste. Can't put my finger on it, but it's not good. I may have a bad bottle from a sampler pack I put together.

M: Decent feel, but there's a drying on the finish that's not so pleasant.

D: I can't get past that odd finish. Something mustn't be right here.

I may have to give it another go...but I'm not risking it on a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 02:01:18 | More by surlyseth
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Dalem

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You can't judge a book by it's cover or, in this case, a beer by it's label. The Mad Hatter looks like some creepy morph of Phil Spector and Bill Wyman rendered by a high school artist. Don't let it scare you though because it's what's in the bottle that counts.Scentwise it's a bit more grassy than what is usually expected from an IPA but the smell of sweet hops are easily detected as well. A slight grapefruit tartness and a malt base is found in the taste but not to overbearing from either and I found it to be a nice balance. It's not over the top in the hops as a lot of IPA's are going for these days and times like this it's a good thing. A very crisp and clean in the mouth with light carbonation. The aftertaste has a bittersweet thing to it that lingers just for the right amount of time. I'd put in the same neighborhood I put Victory's Hop Devil and that's a good place to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 06:20:18 | More by Dalem
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty IPA from a brewery I had not heard of previously. Pours to a reddish orange, with decent carbonation and a nice white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is a bvery strong, very enjoyable floral citrus (mostly grapefruit) and loaded with hops. The mouthfeel is tingly and somewhat bitter, and the taste is more of the citrus hops. The finish is bitter as expected, and the entire beer does not disappoint.

In summary, this beer reminded me an awful lot of a FFF Alpha King, maybe without the malt, and I ranked it just slightly below.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 01:44:46 | More by kimcgolf
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malibujohnny

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the aroma from this beer is very pleasing.poured into a pint glass.very small head that lasted until about 3/4 of the way though.I think this beer has a great balance between the malt and hops.I was actually thinking it would be a tad hoppier.the taste i gathered was a grapefruit and slight pine taste.i enjoy this beer very much and buy it on a regular basis.I suggest you do the same

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 20:49:34 | More by malibujohnny
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

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

a mostly clear copper/amber in appearance with an off-white small head and decent lacing. aromas of grapefruit, light, sweet caramel malt, and subtle flowery aromas. taste is where i think this could be improved, as this had very little malt sweetness to balance out the moderate (for an american ipa) hop bitterness. lingering resiny bitter finish. almost medium in body with an appropriate level of carbonation. drinkability is good, i wish more flavorful and complex beers such as this were made under 6% abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 02:06:06 | More by MrMcGibblets
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shadow1961

Minnesota

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

New Holland's Mad Hatter IPA pours a finger of foam over a hazy
amber brew. Carbonation is active and steady, and the nose is
floral and herbal hop. The flavor is a bit of malt up front with an
herbal/grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, unfortunately.
This is another IPA which I feel would benefit from a little more
malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 08:10:18 | More by shadow1961
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bennetj17

Arizona

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

Clouded, copper appearance. Thin tan foam supported by what looks like pretty weak carbonation. Dank citrus hop aroma with some sweet caramel in the background. The hops remind me of cut grass, although it maybe is a bit stinky, like cut grass that has been sitting around for a while. Weird.

The taste is not too sweet, with dry toasted malt flavors coming through as the hops are more subdued. There is a hint of orange-citrus in there, and the finish leaves a decent bitterness. Moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel, medium thick with a bit of a watery smoothness.

A decent IPA overall, but not much here to set it apart from all the others...

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 05:58:26 | More by bennetj17
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a clear bright copper color with a foamy head that is very well retained. The aroma is very hoppy with faint traces of malt. The flavor is dominated by hops with the malt very much in the background. The body is medium to light with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is an above average American IPA and a good example of the style. I'd like to see a little more malt though with a bit fuller mouthfeel, but nonetheless, it's still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 00:18:33 | More by scoobybrew
New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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