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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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Ratings: 1,822
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 46
Gots: 199 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-02-2002

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Photo of AllFineThings
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought on tap and also bottled. The head is a good inch to inch and a half high and the smell is very fresh and mildly hoppy.

Not a hard core IPA-Nothing to say, except that it tastes good: mild notes of citrus, some hop presence, is one of my first IPA's

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

Picked up a bomber at Plaza Liquors in O'Fallon IL

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with aone finger of off white head. Head has moderate retention leaving a film on top and thick wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is foral and piney hops, decent caramel malt presence.

T: Taste starts with a nice piney hop burst. Thin floral hops coupled with a nice malt backbone fill out the middle. Light citrus grapefruit finishes out the beer.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy on the tongue with an oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, relatively well balanced, tasty and drinkable.

Photo of mdruiz
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a 12 oz. from the local cellar.

Pours a dark copper-amber-ish colour. Pours a finger and half of white head, then turns into a thin lacing around the glass.

Aroma starts thick and sharp, then gives way to fruity, yet dark flavors, and finishes grainy.

Starts with an acute sharp taste of toasted malts, followed by full dark flavors of other toasted grains, and finishes with slightly fruity finishes.

Has a fluffy feel to it with an even coating f mouth feel.

Very quaffable, goes down very smooth.

Photo of boatshoes
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap during a recent visit to Brews Cafe in Granville. Interested in trying this one as I've mostly been enjoying west coast IPAs as of late.

Appearance- Comes off the tap a medium amber-orange with a touch of haze and about a half-finger of off-white head on top. Head dies back pretty quick to some spotty patches here and there, no lacing to speak of.

Smell- Very mild. Some fragrant orange and grapefruit but a surprising amount of bready maltiness as well. Very much reminds me more of an English IPA from the nose. Hops present but smells balanced.

Taste- Nose very indicative of the palate. First thing I notice is some citrusy hops leaning towards the side of orange pineapple. However, the balancing malt shows through a great deal as well. Noticeable breadiness and a touch of caramel sweetness to finish off. Very balanced for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is good, being adequately carbonated and substantial. Drinkability gets knocked just a bit as I find this IPA to lean to far on the side of balanced to keep me overly interested.

Overall, a nice balanced IPA. Again, struck me more as an English than American IPA and one should keep that in mind going in. Decent and could be sessionable if the flavor interests you enough.

Photo of BeerGodz
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden orange color, nice fluffy head, good lacing

Smell: Hoppy, sweet, floral

Taste: Up Front: Hops, pine, grapefruit. Finish: Orange, spice, malt, slight bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light and dry

Drinkability: Not the hoppiest IPA out there, but it has good balance between the hops and malt. At 5.8 abv, this is a session beer and a step up the hop ladder for Newbeez.

Overall Impression: This is a solid brew from New Holland. Nicely hopped, although a little light in body. I'm actually drinking this beer with a hat on my head - heehee! It didn't take me to "Wonderland" but, I'll have another...

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

Bottle stamped 10/6. So it's not an ideal bottle, maybe a little bit past it's prime.

Pours a nice golden copper color with a slightly off-white head sitting on top. Retention is decent, as it shrinks to a small sheet in ten minutes or so, and does manage to leave some nice lacing.

The nose is much more hoppy than I anticipated given the bottle date. Floral and citrus hops, light grapefruit and orange notes. I get the creeping maltiness that lets you know this isn't the freshest it's ever been, but it's close.

As soon as the liquid hits my lips, I'm blasted with a piney bitterness. But then, as if by magic, it's gone completely. It's only there for the briefest of seconds. I get a much more maltier finish than I was expecting given the nose. I get a slight metallic taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I anticipated, but probably is around medium. Sweet and slightly dry finish, no bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is decent, but nothing special.

Overall, a nice IPA, but not something I would see out again. In a world with way too many IPA's this one is easily forgettable.

Photo of StoneBlueTree
2.2/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Unimpressive. Average bitter hop taste. No fruit or floral notes to be had. If you are looking for more than your average IPA, this is not the beer for you. Light body. Copper color. Dry finish. This is the first beer from this brewery that I'm not totally impressed with. Can't like them all I suppose.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this as a cask-conditioned ale at Fiddler's in South Bend. Looks great as an IPA--big white head that laces well, nice reddish-amber color. Great lacing. Smell is of citrus hops, with a bit of wood and grassiness coming in. Taste is watered down with some oak notes, a bit of citrus, and some pale malt. Taste likes any cask conditioning has killed the hops. Small body, not coating, not prickly, not really anything. Decent drinkability due to the watery-ness with hints of decent flavor. Just not really impressed with this one.

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

Had a couple of bottles down at Bob's Pub last night. Review from phone notes.

A- Pours a coppery amber color. One and a half finger white colored head. Light spotty lacing is left. While drinking this turns into skirted lacing.

S- Citrus hops burst in the front with a strange off aroma I can't quite make out. Caramel malts are in the middle of the aroma. Bitter hops bring up the tailend of the aroma.

T- Nice burst of citrus hops in the front of this. Light alcohol taste in the back end of this beer. Bitter hops clash with a semi-sweet caramel malt throughout this beer.

M- Light medium mouthfeel to this one. Carbonation is a little light for me. Nice citrus hops left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Some malty sweetness left on palate. Light drying in the mouth. Alcohol in the tail end of the taste.

D- Drinkable IPA which I had a couple of bottles of when I had it. Not quite as balanced as I once thought it was when I first started drinking craft. Would gladly have another couple.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body, topped by two fingers of solid micro-micro-bubbles and a rocky surface. Very good lacing.

Aroma starts piney, gives way to citrus, and finishes biscuity.

A very sweet strip of malt cleaves the tongue. General bitterness arises next, followed by juicy fruit fighting for attention.

Medium mouthfeel carries some tingle. Good solid drinkability.

A solid IPA that perhaps did not quite live up to hyped expectations.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint

A- Pours a very transparent golden orange with about a finger's worth of head. The heads receded pretty quickly but leaves some good lacing along side of the glass.

S- The smell is of pine and citrus, with pine being the dominant of the two. Also there is some bready yeast in there as well.

T- The flavor for me falls short of expectation. I get a little bit of the pine and citrus but it is underwhelming. Also there is some malt and yeast, but again, falls short. This beer is just so bland, not a lot of complexity.

M- A thin bodied beer with a smoothness to it. Almost no bite to speak of which is surprising considering this is an American IPA.

D- These go down really easy but when I drink them I can't help but to think I could have gotten something much better for the price. The overall flavor and body are lacking and hurt the overall product.

Photo of sliverX
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy orange copper tinged light amber with about 1 fingers worth of dense foam that faded down to a thick edge ring and lots of sticky lacing on the glass
Smell is big pine resin hops with a note of caramel sweetness
Wow the taste jumps out at you HUGE pine resin which on my tongue after a second or two turns almost soap like the malt backbone is heavy bready biscuit type flavors, this is most likely a bit old and I bet is nicer fresh
mouthfeel is resiny, drying, thin to medium bodied, lively carbonation
Drinkability well the after taste is just killing this for me ever had your mouth washed out with pine scented soap? I feel like I just did... not a terrible beer unless this after taste isn't due to age then I'll just stay away...

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a finger of slightly off-white head that quickly dissolves into a small ring around the glass. The aroma is soft with citrus hops and thats about it. The flavor is sweet malt upfront with some citrus hop flavors and a soft bitter finishes that is a bit grassy. Its medium-full bodied with a pleasant carbonation. This isn't a strong showcase of hops and definitely need much more aroma.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint...

A: a slightly hazy, orange-golden brew with a big, fluffy 2 finger head. leaves nice clumps of lacing as the head slowly dissipates

S: grapefruit, orange peel, and floral notes with a background of biscuity malt

T: orange, piney flavors up front followed by biscuity malt. finishes with orange peel, grapefruit, and pine sap.

M: light-medium body IPA, seems slightly oily at first, then thins out, becoming almost watery compared to west coast IPAs

Overall, this is a well-balanced IPA built for drinkability. The hops are not as aggressive as what I have come to expect from American IPAs and the mouthfeel seems pretty tame, but I can look past that in exchange for a beer that I can drink a few of.

Photo of buschbeer
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a large two finger off white head. It is amber in color. I really like the smell, big citrus notes. The taste does not seem to back up the fragrance. I get the citrus taste, but it is not as big as the aroma. It is too watery for my liking. It's not a bad IPA. I just wish the flavor matched the smell.


Photo of jmalex
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New Holland beers seem to be getting more prominent in the Philadelphia area. So when I saw Mad Hatter on the shelves, that seemed like a good way to familiarize myself with their stuff.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a clear golden amber. A one-finger white head drops fairly quickly to a medium collar and almost full cap. Lacing is splotchy but certainly present the entire way down the glass.

SMELL: The hops are fresh, grassy, and reasonably resinous. The citrus and piny aromas all but block out the sweet, bready malts beneath. The lightest hint of fruity English esters is detectable as well, but the nose is mostly about the hops.

TASTE: The hops shine again but aren't nearly as overwhelming. They offer quite a bit of flavor but ease back on any harsh bitterness which allows other flavors to come through. Unfortunately the malt isn't up to the task and presents itself as nothing more than a blank slate.

MOUTHFEEL: A bit thin, but it has enough of a chew so as not to be "hop water". The carbonation is at a good, average level.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good. The beer is dry enough to drink several of, and I'm nearly finished mine already as it is. It's lack of sweetness is all that holds it back.

A nice surprise here. It's tough to find a true facsimile of a west coast IPA made in the east. This one may be missing the overly aggressive hop aroma, but it's got the dryness and drinkability absolutely nailed. Certainly worth trying.

Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy yet glowing orangish amber body...the head stood about two fingers and was off white in color...the rocky head settled into a nice wispy cap and left very nice lacing

S - The hops are very piney with a touch of sweet citrus...once the beer warms a sweet caramel malt presence becomes noticeable

T - The flavors are really balanced throughout...the hops dominate, of course...the are rather earthy with a touch of citrus again...the bitterness is mellowed out by the caramel malts which play nicely off each other...it showed good balance with the malts coming in the middle and the hops shining at the end

M - Medium bodied...smooth and crisp...but once the beer warmed a little the alcohol started coming through which was surprising

D - A very nice earthy IPA with a touch of citrus and bold malts to stand up to the hops...I wouldn't mind having this one around...I hope I get a chance to try the Imperial Hatter

Photo of feelmefoam
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

Pours a murky orange-amber color with a foamy white head of about one inch that leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass as it fades.

Smells mainly of citrus hops with more subdued maltiness lingering background.

The taste mirrors the nose. Heavy citrus hops up front, balanced slightly with some pale malts in the middle, then chased down with a nice piney stickiness.

Nice medium body with a decent amount of carbonation, the beer is tart on the tongue.

A pretty drinkable IPA overall, a good showing from this brewery. Never tried this before, but I like it.

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

i like ipa's.. my favorite style..this on is just an all round good ipa it has the right color it has the lacing it has the smell of citrus and malts and piney hops ..it pretty well balanced the mouthfeel is not bitter smooth for an ipa..this ipa was easy drinking with citrus sweet malts and hops..not an over the top ipa but a good one will drink again in singles only wont go out of my way to find it but will recommend it..the ipa market is so saturated

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright orange with a brillant clarity and a light beige 1 finger bubbly head that lasted a few minutes before lapsing to a patchy covering. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: The nose had a flowery hopping of citrus and pine along with a sweet caramel malting. It started off with a moderately strong presence but faded to only a gentle reminder after a few short minutes. Light fresh juicy grapefruit pulp is detected on the finish. Overall if the aroma retained its initial impression this would of faired much better, so sniff early to get a good appreciation before its gone.

T: The flavor was crisp with a very nice bitterness of dried flowery citrus and grapefruit that was balanced against a soft sweet caramel toasted malting. The bitterness increases upon the swallow with tart lemon peels notes and a dry flowery fade that was just enough to make you eagerly await the next sip without being overwhelmed. Overall the flavor was amply hopped but very smooth with a light flowery dryness concluding things.

M: crisp with a medium body maltiness that gives this a good solid feel. A beautiful flowery coating teases the tongue with just the right amount of proportions.

D: Nice drinkability, very crisp and smooth bitterness that was just right making this an easy drinking session ipa. A perfect 6 pack opportunity that shouldn't disappoint and one that is enjoyable in numbers.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a brilliantly clear deep golden color with a thick, very clingy white head. The aroma is medium-high hop; floral, citrus and a bit of sweetness. The flavor is medium-high hop flavor (citrus, grassy and piney) with a low smooth bready malt in the background. The bitterness is moderate-high and provides some balance. The body and carbonation are both medium. Overall a tasty IPA with wonderful lacing, worth a try!

Photo of Mauerhan
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle opens with a hiss pours a hazy golden amber. A slim layer of white head is there for a minute a touch of splotchy lacing.

smell is slightly malty with a moderate hop presence. not much to the smell a bit on the thin side.

taste is spot on with the smell. I get a slight citrusy bitterness before the malts come in but other than that im not getting much off of this. frankly I am underwhelmed.

At this point ive pushed myself through half the glass each sip is kinda rough to get through. a bitterness lingers on the palate and not in the way that is desirable.

overall good attempt but there are so many other options out there.

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

12oz bottle

Pours a bright, transparent orange color with a small off white head that clings to the glass. Fresh hop aroma with a fruitiness like that of Trix cereal and a cookie-like malt sweetness. Leafy and bitter with a fruity aftertaste, good balance and sharp with carbonation. A good sessionable IPA built for the hop head.

Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a thin white head that settles to a wispy cover and a bubbly ring that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of pine/resin upfront with some citrus and a bit of bread.

The taste is of musty pine/resin with some grapefruity citrus with caramel sweetness. It has a sharp, bitterish bite in the finish.

It has some astringency and a medium body.

A nice IPA overall.

Photo of katan
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into a pint

A - Dark golden in color. A bit of hazing. Lots of head formation, a hair off white in color. Very bubbly, looks very carbonated.

S - Very assertive, aggressive american hops. citrus, pine - very earthy. Almost stings the nose. Unable to detect malt or yeast.

T - Starts off with a very light flavor, almost completely balanced between bitterness and sweetness - nearly neutral. Mid-stream starts to show the high ibus that are backed up by the huge dry hopping. Finishes with the slam of american hops, cascade, simcoe, amarillo come to mind. Aftertaste finally reveals some nutty and bready malt notes.

M - Moderate to strong body - seems thick as far as IPAs go. Carbonation bite hits the palette. Oily hop texture in the aftertaste.

D - This just doesn't feel like a session IPA to me. ABV is in line, not filling, no obvious bad attributes. However for me I find this hop assault on my senses to be more of a 1 or 2 and done.

A solid offering overall.

New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,822 ratings.