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
85
very good

1,774 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,774
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 168 | 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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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice clear amber/light orange color with an off-white ½" thick creamy head. The head recedes reasonably soon leaving a nice ring of foam and patchy foam on the surface. Sipping initially leaves behind rings and sheets of lacing which eventually thin to patching lacing later on.

Smell: The aroma is soft and pleasant and is all about citrus from the hops with little else detectable except maybe a touch of pine.

Taste: As predicted by the aroma, the flavor is full of soft citric hops with lots of grapefruit and lemon zest with maybe some pine resin in the background. There is very light caramel malt sweetness under here but only to smooth the rough edges and keep the hops from becoming boring.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is full to medium-bodied and softly smooth. The carbonation is adequate. The finish is medium-long and softly dry and bitter in the end.

Drinkability: Now this is a very drinkable beer and one I thoroughly enjoyed, so I'd be happy to have more of this beer and am looking forward to my next chance to have one.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale cream head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is strongly hoppy with an undertone of malt and a hint of citrus. Flavor is fairly hoppy and a little malty, but not complex. Texture is smooth and fizzy. Not too shabby.

Photo of Shumista
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Mad Hatter pours a amber/copper color with a fluffy white head. The head sticks around for a while and lots of lacing is present.

S- Piney and citrusy hops dominate the aroma.

T- Bitterness starts off light and builds until the aftertaste which is strongly bitter. Hops have a citrusy bite, light malt in the background.

M- Think for the style in my opinion. Crisp, refreshing.

D- Very high for the style. The low alcohol content makes this an IPA that is very sessionable.

Pretty good refreshing, lighter, drinkable IPA. Good for a hot day. Other than that, nothing groundbreaking though.

Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light amber with a one and a half finger head.

S- Mellow yet assertive citrus and piney hop aroma.

T- The malt is a good balance of grainy and light caramel sweetness. The hops ease thier way in and get noticed without completely bulling out the rather delicate malt profile. They procede to ride out into the light finish.

M- Light bodied and crisp with good carbonation.

D- I'll consider it again.

A nice, approachable, seesionable IPA. A good choice for an introductory IPA.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JordanEllwanger for this

Poured from a 12floz bottle into my FFF pint glass

Pours a light almost dirty looking copper color with a two inch very lightly tanned bubbly head. Average

Smell is that of dried fruit. Very pleasant smell with the likes of oranges, tangerines, lemons. Pretty sweet smelling. I also get some honey, caramel, and bread like malts.

Slight sweet upfront taste with not that much citrus flavor I got in the nose. More caramel malts show up on the taste buds with a sweet syrup taste.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, it tickles the tongue. Crisp and refreshing aftertaste.

Overall its a good solid beer I recommend to try but nothing to fancy I would pick up again.

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

on tap, poured into standard pint glass

a: translucent amber/brown color. Foamy off white 1/2" read with good retention, reduces to a lacing cap and coats the side of the glass.

s: piney and citrus hop aroma, sligh hint of malt and alcohol

t: piney hop pierce the palate quickly extinguished by a citrus bite. Finishes balanced by carameled malt.

m&d: light to medium bodied, has a dry mouth feel. Very drinkable.

Solid IPA, there are more flavorful ones out there but this is a solid choice.

Photo of weasbri
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color. Impressive head which really stays around and leaves a bunch of lace on the glass. More than lace really, it's so thick.
Very hoppy aroma, pine and grapefruit.
Good hoppy bitterness, not overwhelming to the palate though. I probably expected more from an "American" IPA, but it was nice to not have it fall on the extreme end of the bitterness scale.
The hops do hang around, even though I'd say it has a fairly dry and clean finish to it.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a resinous herbal hop and sweet orange hop.

The taste was upfront herbal hops that lingered through the swallow. Light doughy malts detected as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner sid eof the style.

Overall a flavorful and hop forward IPA.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy head, hazy and cloudy coppery color. Malty overall, with caramel and toasted biscuity malts. Cascade hops, the dominant element of the aroma, contribute a strong floral hoppiness. Nugget and centennial hops and citrus and pine notes. Balance is very good, and it gives a great drinking experience.

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

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear gold-ish orange with two fingers of foamy ecru colored head. When the head diminishes it leaves a nice creamy film across the surface, with great sticky lacing.

Aroma is tangy grapefruit and pine hops, with a spicy hop character underneath. On the tongue, however, only the pine hops shine through. Lots of bitterness without much sweet malt or sweet citrus to help balance. Long bitter, hoppy finish. Strong malt backbone presents itself more as a canvas for the hops rather than a measure to balance them.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, but this feels a little thin. Bitter finish makes me want another drink to quench my thirst. A solid IPA, but nothing particularly special.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours light semi cloudy copper with a thick pillow head that takes its time going away. nice puffy retention. beautiful lacing.

light scents, i had to stick my nose in the glass to catch some dry hopped notes. maybe light floral.

light up front with a light citrus pine and floral kick and a stronger bitter and malty finish. not bad!

perfect body and carbonation. drinks smooth but isnt too light. carbonation adds to the beer and doesnt take away.

a good IPA. nothing mind blowing but very approachable and very easy drinking. good entry level.

Photo of wchesak
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A - hazy copper, not as dark as a typical IPA, light tan foamy head with good lace

S - piney, grassy hop smell with some malty caramel

T - really picked up the roasted malts before the dry, citrus hop flavors take over and ride the rest of the through the swallow

M - crisp, medium bodied, good carbonation

D - the higher malt presence threw me for a loop, I was really in the mood for something with the hop totally taking over, not to say I did not appreciate the nice balance and certainly a change

Photo of MithosYggdrasil
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Marked 10/6 as the best served by date.

Appearance: A dark and hazy shade is poured with a creamy, thick white head.

Smell: Floral and citrus were the dominant hints, but I aslo noted a less strong presence of pine when taking whiffs of this IPA.

Taste: The roasted hops now arise with the taste, as well as the hints of the smell matching up pretty well with the taste. Well balanced, and the alcohol is hidden very well (which I suppose should be expected with a less strong IPA).

Mouthfeel: Very, very crisp and smooth. I would say this is likely my favorite part of the Mad Hatter IPA.

Drinkability: An enjoyable beer all around. I think it's a nice beer to drink both as someone who is experienced in beer, or someone who is looking to move into the IPA style of beer.

Photo of Colt4540
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint mug.

A- A hazy amber color with a very little off white head. It leaves good lacing though.

S- It has a caremel malty smell that is stronger then the citrusy hop smell. It blends fairly well together.

T- Finally the taste of hops came through. By the smell I was a little worried. It is a very well balanced beer though. The roasted malt flavors blend nicely with the hop bitterness.

M/D- It is very crisp from the hops but not oily. It finishes clean leaving well blended flavors on you tounge. Not real filling and has a fairly low ABV which makes this a really drinkable beer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2009
An ample pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, lightly tanned, pale head. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows a lightly hazed, red tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is all about the hops with fruity / citrusy nose playing the up front role. Behind this is the scent of fresh pine needle and a spike of biscuit like grain. The up front hop character reminds me of ripe lychee, tangelo, candied apricot and bright citrus jam. I really like the aroma on this beer.

Fairly dry, this beer has a light malt sweetness to it. The beer is pretty easy drinking a the lighter body make this quite quaffable. The dryness accentuates the herbal hop flavors (pine and even a touch of hemp) and amply biting bitterness over the fruity hop notes that dominated the aroma. The fruitiness is still here, just much muted and more as a spicing to the overall flavor; a touch of Meyer lemon zest is noticeable as is a hint of apricot essence. The finish has a bit of bread-like / cracker-like malt to it that helps to round out the bitterness just a bit.

Not a bad beer, the flavor doesn't live up to the juicy, hop laden promise of the aroma, but it is still not shabby. This could use a bit more malt character to support the fruity hop notes in the flavor, but I do like how quaffable this is.

Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a darker shade of orange. The head rises to 3 fingers in height. Very foamy with a huge rocky top. Crazy retention and lace.

S: Lots of nice grainy malts with hints of caramel and a light biscuit like toast. Floral notes really stand out along with just a bit of pine.

T: More malt than hops. Lots of nice biscuit malt with some sweet malt to back it up. Hops are mostly floral. Very flower like but nothing I can put my finger on.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with pretty good carbonation.

D: It's a solid beer, but no where near one of the best IPA's out there.

Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark gold with white head. It smelled like copper and faint caramel malt, with a bit of cultured yeast. It tasted like copper and mild honey and bready yeast. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very basic IPA. It had a fairly clean and enjoyable flavor, but nothing too exciting. It had decent body and was easy to drink, but just wasn't a highly refined brew.

Photo of atpben
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Tap House in Ghent yesterday. Came in a pint glass. Appeared a copper-orange color with a small head. Lots of hops and pines in the nose. Lots of bitterness with citrus and pine. Starts of bitter but ends with a nice flowery finish. Very dry IPA. I enjoyed this quite a bit. A solid IPA.

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a hazy copper-amber. The head rests as about one finger and lacing sticks a bit.
Strong hops in the aroma with citrus and just a hint of grains in there.
The strong citrus / grapefruit and pine hops hit the tongue first and balance well with an underlying caramel malt back before being overcome by the hops. There are some grains in there as well, but again, very strongly earthy, raw grapefruit and pine taste. A dry hops bitterness finish lingers.
The body and carbonation are both moderate and there's a crisp bite in the mouthfeel.
This is a great example of the style and a tasty, refreshing beer.

Photo of sjclay00
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this IPA. A good beer for introducing drinkers to the IPA style. Not to overwhelming
A- A hazy gold color. Small head
S- Smells definitely of hops and hints of orange
T- Taste hoppy but not to strong. Very smooth for an IPA
M- Very crisp with moderate carbonation
D- Drinkabilty is high with this smooth IPA. Could easily dust off a six pack of these

Photo of Spidey13
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mad Hatter pours a slightly hazy, gold color with a big, fluffy, off-white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The nose is very hoppy with grapefruit and pineapple notes. There are also some nice caramel aromas.

However, for me, the caramel does not come through on the taste. The taste starts off pretty watery with not much flavor until mid-sip when spicy hops really show up, followed by some harsh bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and so is hte carbonation.

Overall, this beer didn't really impress me. A middle-of-the-road IPA.

Photo of projectflam86
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice orange/copper color with a frothy white lace that leaves behind some stick.

S- Nose is made up primarily of strong hop and ester citric scents. Floral and pine smells come through as well with a bit of malt in the back.

T- Initial citrus and pine flavors with a sharp hop bitterness in the finish. Malt seems to help balance the hops in the beginning but eventually succumb.

M- A bit chewy with ok carbonation. Bitter aftertaste lingers.

D- A nice brew that doesn't quite compete with others in the genre but holds its own none the less.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a deep hazy amber with an awesome oatmeal colored creamy looking, fluffy head. The head is easily over 1/2" that eventually receeds to about 1/8". It seriously looks like some oatmeal on top of the ale. Very nice lacing.

S: A strong floral bouquet, very much like wildflowers with a musty and dusty hoppiness. This beer is definitely heavy on the malts. The maltiness is not overwhelming but lends to a nice sweetness in the nose.

T: There is some nice hoppiness, but for an IPA, I believe it is a little heavy on sweet malts. Granted, I enjoyed this beer, and do often, but trying to rate fairly. There is definitely a caramel sweetness that detracts slightly from the hop bitterness.

M: This beer is like a breath of fresh air. It is light to medium bodied with a cooling sensation. It has lively carbonation, yet the bubbles are tiny...by no means is this a gaseous beer. There is definitely a dry and bitter finish.

D: A nicely crafted brew that hits the tastebuds with a great hoppy bitterness and a substantial malty backbone that pleases the palate. It is clean and refreshing. I didn't find this IPA to be overly complex, but it is enjoyable.

Photo of littleshamrocks
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light to medium copper in color with a thinner than expected cap of white foam. For the most part, very clear and bright with ample carbonation. Leaves behind a line of lacing with each drink I take.

S: The aroma suggests a nice balance to this brew. Floral hops are in the forefront, while the underlying malts flavors range from hay to bready and the just below the surface hops come in spruce-y and citrus. A bit of peppery spice as well. Pleasant.

T&M: Medium to medium-full body with a decent amount of tongue tingling carbonation. A spicy hop character starts this off, followed by some toasted grain malt and grapefruit rind, and finishes up with a lingering bitterness and a moderate astringency.

D: New Holland has a winner with the Mad Hatter. Bitter but balanced, this is a quality example of my personal favorite style. I especially enjoyed the range of the hop profile. The only negative that I can mention is common for all New Holland beers- No Freshness Dating! Come on guys help us out.

Photo of soupyman10
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sixer of these as a birthday present from a friend. Not bad at all. Pour is solid, with a nice copper colored beer with a solid head. Nose is highly floral, if fairly mild overall. Light toffee also. Flavor is nice. A well-balanced IPA, almost British-tasting in that regard. Not particularly fruity, and the caramel maltiness plays a nice balance off of the floral hop flavor. Body is good, appropriate for the style, and with spritely carbonation. Overall, this is a solid IPA, one that I'd have again.

New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,774 ratings.