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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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1,638 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,638
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 41
Gots: 124 | 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 brewandbbq
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a chill haze. A quarter-inch head of white dissapated quickly to a few whisps of spongy foam.

Aromatics are fruity with light malt. A grassy, earth note steps forward, followed by pears, orange pith, and grape jam.
Tropical and somewhat floral, but timid and restrained.

Thinnish bodied and lightly carbonated. Almost crisp.

The pallet starts with juicy, tropical hops, followed by light malt.
A light mix of tangerines, pears, melons, and grapefruit. Grassy and fresh, but a bit small for the style, and finishes very quick. Bitterness is low and alcohol is nill.

Tasting quite fresh, but the hops are restrained and the body is thin.

brewandbbq, May 14, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cask into a pint glass at Barley's smokehouse mini cask festival.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazed yellow orange with a light film of big bubbles forming a penninsula of white foam over the top. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Citrus and noble hops forming an excellent combination of English and American IPA, big hops and a hint of Munich and two row malt.

Taste- Creamy with big signature cask flavors, hops and moss. Noble hops linger on the finish, slightly bitter, malts also on the finish. Little to no carbonation, very English styled on the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel- Bitter, creamy, medium light bodied, buttery, lightly astringent, not carbonated.

Drinkability- Very nice and I will buy a sixer of this fine IPA soon.

blakesell, May 11, 2008
Photo of tastybeer
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks rather nice topped by a large dense orange-yellow tinted bubbly head. Beer is a woody brown color and mostly clear. Aroma is pine, earthy, and mainly orange and lemon citrus. Smells like dank outdoors and a little resiny with light malts underneath. Taste is heavier on the pine/coniferous outdoors flavors. Somewhat minty also. Bitterness is solid and texture is smooth but resiny. Easy to drink and nicely hoppy.

Not a bad IPA to pick up once and awhile.

tastybeer, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of KC8LTL
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited the brewery and saw Mad Hatter on Cask. I had to try it.

Appearance: Orange with about a half inch head when served. Head disappeared while drinking it, but I enjoyed it for a long time. No lacing.

Smell: Citrus Hop smell, but hardly that aggressive.

Taste: Citrus Hoppy IPA, but remarkably balanced.

Mouthfeel: Serving as a Cask Ale give a certain smoothness and almost creamyness. I enjoyed each sip.

Drinkablity: A sessionable IPA. I wish this were available in Traverse City like this.

KC8LTL, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland Mad Hatter
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. radiant burnt orange color. off-white head with good retention. lacing is mild at best.

S: aroma is of simcoe hops, but I could be wrong. Dry citrusy hop aroma, earthy fresh cut stems as well. I am also picking up cascade hops as well.

T: very mellow flavors. light citrus tones, along with some iced tea hints from the malts.

M: very smooth and mellow. very mild tastes compared to the aromas. medium body.

D: very nice session IPA. I enjoyed it as much as I expected I would. I can't remember who I traded this with but it was well worth it.

paulthebeerguru, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Hazy, bright copper with golden highlights. Foamy, white head composed of large bubbles. Walls of webbed lacing with quite impressive strength.

Bright pine and spruce detected from across the table; clean and crisp. Bright citrus: lemon, grapefruit, pear with no hints of alcohol. Faint hints of melon.

Pine-flavored hops and brisk citrus flavors: lemon, orange peel, pear. The bright hops soon fade to a modest toasted malt breadiness; clean with some wheat and grains coming through. Slight mustiness with a mild spice in the finish.

A light, medium in body; light, pleasantly active and clean throughout. A nice balance in both texture and flavors.

A pleasant, easy-drinking IPA. Good tasting enough to grab a six pack, but not an IPA that will blow you away.

NEhophead, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange color. One finger off white head. Fades slowly into thin foam layer which leaves moderate lacing in the glass.

S - Citrusy hops. A grapefruit aroma is the strongest. No real smell of malts.

T - Bitter citrusy hops with an underlying grain taste to balance. Well balanced for an IPA.

M/D - Very crisp and full bodied. A good IPA.

ckeegan04, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of YankChef
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight american pint glass

Appearance: very pale amber/golden color with a thin wispy kind of head that had decent retention

Smell: Fragrant with a bit of rose petal and apricot and a certain pine aroma as well.

Taste: Much more mild than I was anticipating and if i were in a blind tasting I would imagine it was a sort of timid pale ale. Decent hop bite in the middle but noting eye popping. I would say that SNPA is hoppier than this by far and in the realm of IPA's this one is about as average as it gets.

(As a side note I would like to note that after getting more than one questionable beer (this one included) the place i picked this up from is not good at stock rotation and i think this beer was victimized)

YankChef, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. brown, non-dated bottle poured into a pint glass.

The word "to" was revealed underneath the cap. I'm guessing if you buy a case of this stuff, you can have a poetry "cap slam."
(See website for details.)

Pours a hazy/cloudy copper with a thin, off-white head and plenty of suspended sediment. Moderate lacing.

Grassy, dry-hopped aroma. Not much else going on.

Toasted biscuit flavor followed immediately by a one-dimensional hoppy bitterness that lasts. Way. Too. Long.

Not very complex or well-balanced. Could have benefited from some malt addition. Unpleasant drying finish.

Won't be bringing a six-pack of Mad Hatter to the next IPA tea party.

CaptainIPA, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mad Hatter pours a clear orange color with hues of gold. Rockin a large, fuzzy, white hat.

Lots of lemony citrus, pineapple, and piney hops in the nose, with sweet caramel malts flowing beneath.

Solidly medium body with loads of oily, creamy, and fine carbonation. Toasted and biscuity malty flavors compliment the lemony citrus and earthy pine hops. Bitterness is light.

I liked this one okay, it has a great look and mouthfeel, but it seems a bit muted. Nice balance though and no major faults.

Slynger, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce single bottle from Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI. fo $1.89 in late March, 2008.

The label (as shown in the BA picture) sez: "delicious beer delivered with painstaking consistency, that's our philosophy. We'll give you a while to drink it in." Not Bad.

Pours a dark golden-orange with lots and lots of head. Huge and frothy throughout the session.

Aroma is biting. Sharp. Leafy, herbal, weedy hops.

Flavor- no indication of malt to be found. A Very hoppy IPA. Very bitter- quite mad muching on spruce trees like this- excuse me whilst I go get my hat. This has a very distinctive character that I quite like a lot, but it's all about the hops. Started out good, and got better as the glass emptied.

Dukeofearl, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of demitriustown. Thanks!
Pours a lovely cloudy orange color with a nice sized offwhite head. Smell is citrusy, orange, and some earthy hops with some citrusy sweetness in the nose as well. Taste is crisp hoppiness with nice bitterness, and a lighter flavor than smell and almost a strange ashy flavor to it at the end. Still some citrusy flavor. Medium bodied with slightly bubbly carbonation. Goes down pretty easily. Nice beer, but could use a fuller flavor.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first New Holland beer, thanks to joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This one pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam and some decent lacing. Head retention is average...just a fine broken layer after a few minutes.

The smell is fairly light to me. Some citrus, some caramel malt.

The taste has notes of caramel malt, citrus, pine, and earthy hops, and finishes with a bitter bite. Mouthfeel seems to be medium, carbonation is also medium.

Interesting flavours here but I don't feel a real harmony going on with the malt and hops. It just seems a bit rough for my tastes but I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

Bitterbill, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no best by date on it. I initially disliked the logo but its growing on me.

Pours a hazy orange with a thin head that lasts for a long time. Solid lacing on the side of the glass that stays a long time too.

Scent is weak for an IPA but has a nice earthy hop nose. Slightly grapefruit like with a malty undertone.

Taste is initially malty but those earthy hops creep up and take over. There is a nice bitterness to the brew and it mixes well with the little citrus/ grapefruit taste. There is also a twinge of caramel and a very fine floral aftertaste but a toasted malt flavor eventually takes over.

A good IPA that could be a little more hoppy if you ask me. On the other hand this might be a good one to introduce someone into the style. Its not overpowering and the mild ABV makes it a breeze to drink.

jbphoto88, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with slow, steady carbonation. Some spotty lacing observed down the glass. Smell is a nice balance of hops and malt. Good and fresh with a piney hop scent with a biscuity malt and light caramel. Taste is much of the same. A little grapefruit with pine and solid malt backing it. A balancing act with hops taking the edge. Medium bitterness in the mouthfeel and not overly bitter, making this a very drinkable IPA. Quality stuff, here.

ncvbc, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of lpayette
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a couple fingers worth of head that leaves plenty of lace behind. The smell of hops is immediately noticeable just upon opening the top. The dry hopping seems to have worked quite well here. The taste is solid with plenty of hop flavors that one would expect in a good IPA, but it also has just the right amount of malt to balance it quite perfectly. All this leads to a very pleasant mouthfeel and makes this a beer that you can either choose to savor slowly or guzzle down for refreshment on a hot day.

lpayette, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color into a pint glass with a nice white head. Head fell quickly for the most part. Some lacing on the glass.

The smell is wonderful! Exactly what I would want from an IPA. Good orange peel aroma.

Nice hop balance in the taste and you get the same ctirusy orange peel flavor.

Medium body that feels great on the tongue.

I could easily drink several of these. Great session beer.

head - that's what it said under my bottle cap.

toolbrew, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber color with a large inch and a half pure white head. There is good retention and nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma is notably hoppy, with a huge grassy note along with some nice pine.

Taste is nice. Similar to smell, the taste is hoppy with grassy and piney notes, however the taste is less abrassive than the smell would indicate. That's kind of a let down. There is also a slight bitterness, but not too much.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with great carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Flavors are fine, alcohol is low, and the beer drinks smooth. Could have a few, but wouldn't be my IPA of choice.

Goliath, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- goofy mad hatter, alice in wonderland style, with out the mercury poisoning.

A- slightly cloudy body amber color with an off-white tan head that sllowly faded down with a nice thick lacing.

S- strong citrusy pine is the major hop scent. strong and delicious tasting. grapefruit tones. nice wet hop scents.

T- big fruity hoppiness which was nice. theres a good maltiness flavor but the hops are big and strong and well enjoyed.

M- medium body, high carbonation

D- pretty sweet, glad i got the 6'er

Atron67, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden-orange with a tall head that drops to a thick, tight-bubbled mass, leaving behind plenty of webby lace. Very pleasant but light hoppy aroma - a balanced mixture of citrus and pine as well as hints of melon, pepper, and caramel. Suprisingly, the first taste to hit my tongue is a fair amount of toasted grain. Its pretty light overall...grapefruit, orange peel, oily hops. Light bodied with a solid bitterness.

A pleasant, sessionable IPA. Well made, but thin overall.

wedge, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- The peachy-orange beer poured with a two finger off-white head that left nice stciky rings on the glass. It had medium-heavy carbonation.

S- The aroma was more to the citrus and floral hop end of the spectrum, but there were also sweet malt aromas that snuck through.

T- There were more citrus and earthy hops heavy flavoring the beer. Again, sweet malty tones were cleary represented, but played a minor role to the hop profile.

M- The feel was a little thinner than expected. The carbonation came through a little lighter than I expected from the visuals and the hoppy nature made for a crisp finish.

D- It's easy to put back more than one in a single sitting. The hops dominate, but don't overpower your tastebuds.

Overall- It's a great example of an American IPA without becoming a "hop bomb."

GRPunk, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark orange colored body with a superb haze. The head is about an eighth of an inch and is a light tan color. I can tell just from the head fading away that there will be some nice lacing.

Smell - The hops are the mainstay in this aroma. There are firm elements of tangerine and orange scents as well.

Taste - The flavor starts with that of firm hops. In the middle there's a break before finishing strong again with a bitterer hop taste. The after-taste is when the citrus flavors really kick and take hold. This is a well-crafted taste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth texture with flavor felt throughout my mouth.

~ I'm very impressed with the all around goodness in this IPA. Everything from the look to the texture makes this brew a great choice. I will certainly recommend my friends and other BA member take on the Mad Hatter.

cdkrenz, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice orangey color with a very small head which fades quickly.

S- Smell is sweet with hints of piney hops.

T- Taste starts of sweet and malty and moves into a load of piney hops and considerable hop bitterness. Not a particularly complex or exciting IPA but it is solid none the less.

M- Medium viscosity and a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a solid little IPA and I could drink quite a few in a session. I love to try new IPAs that hold water, the last few IPAs I have tasted sucked so this is a welcome relief.

Lothore, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a clear copper under a fingers worth of white head. Good lace, good retention.

S: Smells of piney hops, not really getting a lot of citrus or floral qualities, mostly a piney, woody hop.

T: Again, a mostly piney hop, but with some slight hints of citrus mixed in. Malt tones balanced nicely, some hints of a toasted grain. Bitterness is on par with style. Bitterness and maltiness kind of finish this one out, with out much hop flavor in the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, carbonation is right on. Drinkability is good. The taste and smell are good, but nothing worth drinking over and over.

NCSUdo, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Michigan pale ales, the underrated awesome brew. Light amber and peach colored, this brew has a solid creamy white head like many an IPA. Aroma has a biting hoppy character, big hop oils; mostly piney taste with some sweet characteristics, like cane sugar and a little caramel. Not an overwhelming hop bitterness like some IPA, just a smooth, light-drinking brew here. Definitely can waste a couple rounds here.

Not quite Bell's Two Hearted, but a very good brew that's worth a look.

saintwarrick, Feb 22, 2008
New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,638 ratings.