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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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1,526 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,526
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 41
Gots: 82 | 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 Chaz


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper in color, with off-white head and decent lacing that lasts and lasts. I find the Hatter's color especially appealing tonight; the bar's knackered wood mouldings and brass rails compliment the hue of the beer, as Christmas lights reflect off the monster Libby highball. Nose is multilayered, with floral hops alternating with a big dose of spicy pine and citrus (grapefruit, mmmm!) Hops follow through at first sip, and in a big way: biting the tongue, cleansing the palate, leaving an unctuous slick of piney resin and a classic lingering (and slightly medicinal) bitterness. On the second sip there's a touch of yeast shimmering amid the drier, pale malt profile, and the body is light to moderate. Mouthfeel is lighter-bodied but adequate for showcasing the hop over the malt, and is very easy-drinking. Mad Hatter is also well-balanced, with a light fruity character (granny smith, cherry) that's a touch tart and tangy, and enough of a sweetness peaking through to make this brew much more than yet another one-dimensional hop bomb of an American IPA. Dry finish, with equal parts tartness, bitterness, and fruity overtones in the aromatics - even a bit of yeast hanging in to the end! A slight touch of hot booziness somewhere in there also, but very drinkable and well-balanced overall. Finally I can't help but to think of Bell's Two Hearted while drinking this, and not merely for the Michigan (or local) connection, as the two brews share some similar characteristics. Still, there are as many differences as similarities: Two Hearted is its own animal (fish?) and has been for a while, and in the same way I've noted some taste changes in the Hatter over the years, and these are changes for the better. At any rate, the Twin Cities is officially a Hophead Haven, with three or more excellent regional IPAs on tap - with the addition of Hop Devil when it's available (I had this at Stub and Herb's and due to a lack of Hop Devil they'll have Hop Wallop on soon.)

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2006 20:47:50 | More by Chaz
Photo of BeerBelcher


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

A solid IPA all the way around. The bold hoppiness and lack of citrus notes of this beer reminded me of Avery's Maharaja, but I think Maharaja is a bit better.

The color was orangey and hazy with an abundant amount of large white bubbles, which hung around as I drank the beer making some good lacing.

The smell is of dry hop bitterness, but without a lot of fruitness.

Taste is also boldly bitter, driven by the hops, but the taste is dry, not citrusy or piney sweet the way that say a Three Floyds Alpha King or Gumballhead is (citrusy) or Pliny the Elder is (piney). To me., this boldness without sweetness reminds me of Avery's Maharaja, as I previously mentioned.

Mouthfeel is pleasant and cleansing...it tingles the tip of my tongue, and sticks to the back of the roof of my mouth. Other IPAs also seem to register their taste (tip of the tongue) and stickiness (roof of the mouth) in the same way.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 13:41:22 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of Grundle20


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

Pours dark copper in color in to a pint glass. There is a sticky off white two finger head to cap it off.

Basically oily hops in scent but the scent is mildly corrupted by a overly present detergent scent. It's alright but that detergent hit really takes away from it.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
It drinks smooth with a mild bitterness on the front of my tongue. The flavor is comprised of a medium malt body of caramel notes and an oily apricot hop presence. The finish is dry and clean and leaves me with a slight unwashed citrus rind taste that fades after a minute or so.

It's not quite as brutal as other American IPAs which really adds to this styles already high drinkability. It's good and relitively mild which ultimately makes a nice above average drinkability for this beer.

Bottom Line:
This would be a good IPA for a bar. I think it's more accesible to non-hopheads. It's still hoppy but presents a good enough balance to not shun away lesser fans.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 20:56:29 | More by Grundle20
Photo of flexabull


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off... this poured from one of the most ridiculous bottles I have ever seen. It looks like a deranged clown with long fingers holding a bottle. I think New Holland needs somebody else to design their labels...

Anyways... the beer looks much better than the bottle, big white head, and a bright orange gold colored beer... a biz hazy.

Aromas are quite nice. Pine and citrus hops dominate, smells a lot like what I think an IPA should.

Flavor is pretty good. Hoppy and bitter up front, beer is very crisp, and very dry. Finish is a bit lacking, but there is a touch of maltiness there... but not much.

This is a pretty good IPA. It is certainly drinkable... I'd certainly go for another one. Good effort.

Thanks for the taste Mikesgroove.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 02:33:26 | More by flexabull
Photo of IntriqKen


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful IPA...thanks jpm30.
Pours IPA yellow orange with a nice full finger head of white foam that melts to very thick and sticky lacing.
Aromas of citrus hops...fresh pine and grapefruit.
Taste is sweet light pale malt that gets overcome immediately with grapefruit peel hops.
Aftertaste becomes clean citrus peel that dries the palette and leaves you thirsty for another sip.
Mouthfeel is very creamy for an IPA reflecting the sweet malts.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 21:38:05 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of GimpyCane


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: poured murky amber hue w/ a 3 inch rocky white head, Left a excellent amount of lacing.

smell; decent scent of malt, I got a good whiff of bread, slight citrus hoppy aroma

taste and mouthfeel: began lightly sweet, light body and ended moderately bitter, dry, soft carbonation and an astringent bite that wasn't pleasant.

drinkability: maybe easy for some but the astringent aftertaste made it hard for me.

Overall, I was not that impressed w/ Mad Hatters IPA. One thing is for sure, I will give it another shot and see if I have a different experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 03:33:22 | More by GimpyCane
Photo of peabody


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

pours out a hazy amber ice tea hue with lots of white foam rising three fingers up the pint glass.
Smell is citrus and hop. Some sugar and some alcohol are present but hard to detect.
Taste is tart and sweet with those wonderful hops leaving a nice bittersweet aftertaste in the mouth. This one gives Three Floyds Alpha King a run for it's money.
Mouthfeel is very clean and not a lot of the resin remains on the tounge.
This is a very drinkable brew and is so much easier to find than the Three Floyds Alpha King.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 00:19:38 | More by peabody
Photo of UncleJimbo


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

12 oz bottle.

This IPA poured a cloudy, amber/brown color with off-white foam that settled and clung in places to the glass. The smell was lightly malty with bitter hops. The taste was dominated by the bitter hops with some malt, though not sweet, and a bit tart. The mouthfeel was dry with medium body and moderate carbonation. The hop bitterness lingered in the finish and aftertaste. This was an OK IPA; perhaps this was an older bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 18:05:52 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a orange glow(sort of). Small egg shale colored head that holds together well. Lots of watery lacing.
Smell is where this beer really stands out. You get the whole gamut of hop odors. Piney, grassy, citrus, floral framed my a nice malty sweetness.
Hops start out kind of mild in the flavor with a subtle peach flavor but slowly increase to a full force citrus finish. Think grapefruit and lemon peel. Mixed in are some grassy flavors and just enought malt to hold it all together. Nice grassy hop after taste that lingers for awhile.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of sticky. I can feel the hops, or is it the sweetness, sticking to my teeth.
This is a very good beer that I wish I had more of.
Thanks to beckje01 for this fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 02:59:12 | More by wcudwight
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I could drink this all night long. Poors a nice amber, with a thin head but lots of lacing. Head stays for a while as well. Smells wonderful, loads of hops, nice piney smell, but the story here is the taste. BAM! Hops all over, fantastic, strong pine taste upfront, just perfectly bitter. This is a crisp and refreshing beer, I could drink these for days. Truly one of my favorites and hightly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 23:38:44 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Vancer


3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11/4/07 Year later, another one - still freakin' too soapy. Not a good one.

Amber orange pour, plenty of sticky sliding laces. Looks good.

Big ol’ aromatic pine, orange, citrus and floral hops that I’m sniffing. A regular pot-porri of aromas. Darn thing was pretty soap and harsh in the tastes, disappointing. Doesn’t have a bottling date, so I can’t say how fresh it was.

It has a sharp and crispy texture, in summary I would have more of these boys, I just wouldn’t seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 21:35:55 | More by Vancer
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a lightly hazy amber color with a thumb sized beige head that falls to scum that leaves behind some lace.

Aroma is nice sweet and fruity soft citrus pink grapefruit, orange, and some mangos.

Taste is the same sweet malts nice fruity hops leading into a light medium bitterness. Mostly citrus hops grapefruit with orange some spicy hops show up in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium a little zesty but seems smooth overall.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable solid IPA. Thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 19:35:50 | More by mntlover
Photo of xav33


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Holland Mad Hatter IPA
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, tumbled down the rabbit hole 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a hazy copper orange with a frothy mostly lasting white head with excellent lacing.

Smelt of moderate lemon/lime and floweriness.

Taste was upfront strong grassy nutty bitterness with light lemon accents followed by a strong earthy resiny bitterness accompanied by a moderate toasty bitterness on a long slighltly bittersweet flowery finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, watery on a dry finish, soft then lively carbonation, with heavy astringency.

Overall, a seemingly pleasant IPA, that tastes wonderful at first, but then bites back too hard and dies flowery. It's like an A.D.D. hop. The hop taste is too generalized and all over the place and not enough malt backbone to settle it down. Still pleasant on the nose and eyes and foretaste though.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 05:52:26 | More by xav33
Photo of Magpie14


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: pale golden color with bubbles moving throughout. A soapy cream colored head with strong lacing

Smell: a strong hoppy smell with strong earthy characteristics. Also sutle grassy scent, a very distinct smell!

Taste: a full spiced, citrus, hop flavor with a bitter aftertaste....nice! It definitely explodes with with hops. A slight malt flavor shows up but goes away quickly. Does not coat my tounge like other good hoppy beers have and it is not as fresh tasting. Has sort of a medicinal quality that seems somewhat unatural?

Mouthfeel: not to bad....a good feel overall with smooth finish. Slight watery finish. It's very drinkable!

give it a try! I don't think this beer will find a way to my fridge again. But "New Holland" does have some solid beers....just not this one....for me at least...overall a pertty good beer

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 01:49:10 | More by Magpie14
Photo of hanco005


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

12 oz bottle, no freshness date that I can find, poured into a pint glass

A—pours slightly hazy amber with an off white ¾ inch fluffy head that lasts for 5 minutes or so, thick lacing is produced that resembles sea foam

S—citrus and spice, faint candy sweetness, some grape aroma as well…like grape Kool Aid…odd that I am picking that up, I think

T—citrus and pine is very strong in the mouth, has some peppery zip, the sweetness is hidden until the end, finishes on the dry side

M—crisp and sharp, light/medium bodied, good carbonation

D—a solid IPA. Glad I bought a six of this. The rest will be much enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 17:12:35 | More by hanco005
Photo of terrabyte


3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark yellow, bordering on amber. Very low head, if any.

Smells like a typical craft IPA. Lots of grapefruit with a large pine presence.

Taste is also typical of a well crafted IPA. Lots of tart grapefruit up front, ending with a bitter pine hoppy aftertaste. Just like the other 5 I had this week. The only thing missing here was the middle. After your tongue gets tied up at the beginning, nothing complex really happens in the middle. It is quickly followed by the aftertaste I described.

A crisp drink, very dry.

I have no complaints. It's just that they have a lot of competition.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 02:05:29 | More by terrabyte
Photo of Cresant


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

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a pint glass. Orange/amber body with two fingers of head. Lacing was substantial.

Smell was citrus hops. Sweet.

Taste was bitter and juicy, tangelo. Mild sweetness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel was zesty and interesting. Enough carbonation, oily hops, & alcohol tingle to keep you coming back for more swallows. Very drinkable AIPA.
I would order this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 02:54:48 | More by Cresant
Photo of beerphan


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

12 oz bottle -> goblet
no date info

Pours a light orange amber with peach notes when held to the light. A small head leaves dish soap puddles and sheets of lace.

Nose: Very fruity nose with strong underripe pineapple bursting from the head.

Taste: Initial taste is dominated by sweet malt, which is quickly slammed on its head with a deep hop blast that ends with a long sweet then sour bitter burn. This isn't a DIPA?

Mouth is thick and dry. This isn't a DIPA?

What a surprize, wasn't expecting too much from this, i only grabbed it cause it was a fresh case at the store. Must buy more soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 23:59:29 | More by beerphan
Photo of pmcadamis


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cool cartoony bottle and awesome name. This one pours brownish orange, hazy with some peppery looking sediments, a two finger pillowy head and sheets of lace. Good head retention.

Sweet and zesty in the nose. Loads of grapefruit and citrus rinds supported by a firm biscuity malt backbone.

A nice warm malt fruitiness accompanies the center-stage grapefruit hops. I tase apple, grapefruit, and grapes. Spicy and peppery also, but not over done. This is a very complex and tasty IPA!

A bit chalky in the mouth, this one is zesty, playful, and light to medium bodided. I could session the hell out of this wonderful IPA. It's very carbonated, zesty, and drinkable and I love the apple / applejuice notes and grapefruit hops.

This is one of my favorite IPA's, especially for sessioning.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 02:33:57 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of cproioi


3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a hazy copper color body with a creamy white head which left decent lacing. With a constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma was very citrus grapefruit hoppy which could be from the Cascade hops. The taste followed to aroma closely with a citrus hops flavor and then a slightly toasted malt flavor creeps in late in the taste. The mouthfeel was light and finished very dry. There was pleasant carbonation present on the tounge. My only complaint with the beer was that the aroma made me think I was going to be drinking a huge hop bomb but the hops bill could of been more intense for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 03:14:44 | More by cproioi
Photo of frazbri


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Holland Mad Hatter IPA poured clear, clean copper, topped by a dense, cream head. Good lacing remained on the glass. Aroma consisted of pine accented with grapefruit; bold and beautiful. Upfront bitterness was followed by a little fruit and peat notes. Body was medium with med/high carbonation and a dry finish.

I like Mad Hatter. It has great west coast style hop presence. Look for it on tap. (though the bottle is good too.)

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 18:18:56 | More by frazbri
Photo of Maestro


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice IPA. The malts are as pronounced as the hops and that goes a long way with me. The nose is both grassy hops and bread/biscuit. The taste is a big wallop of flavor. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, bread, biscuit, toast and tea. Lots of goodness packed into this beer. Mouthfeel is bold. Drinkability is great. I will look for this IPA again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 20:16:59 | More by Maestro
Photo of UncleFlip


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review CD: 'Instruments of Terror' by Laika & The Cosmonauts
Review glass: New Glarus Brewing Co. pint glass

Had this handed off to me at a big UU convention up in VA in July. Just getting to the review now.

First thing I noticed was the foam pouring out of the bottle soon as I opened it. This could get interesting.

Letting it sit for a few minutes before pouring was a good thing. Foam was still at the mouth of the bottle, but in the glass, the head did not shoot up out of control. Head is fluffy, just off-white, with a hearty honey coloured liquid under, just a touch hazy.

Smell is thick malt, with stale hops over the top. A little ashy quality here, too.

Flavour is thick, round malt, with just hint of fruity hops up top. I tend to like IPAs a bit sharper and hoppier- but then, I guess I'm getting a greater fondness for the PacNW styles. (On second taste, there sort of a Cracker-Jack peanutty-caramel hint here. It's not unpleasant.)

Carbonation is just ever so slightly higher than I like. It's not enough to drive me away, though. Liquid is hearty enough to please.

Not the most drinakable in my book. Just zigs when it should zag. Your mileage may vary.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 04:47:56 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a large shaving creme-like head'went down the side of the glass.Huge rocky head,orangy light coppery like color,tiny particles afloat in the beer.Slight hint ot carmel and citrus smell.Not a lot of taste for an I.P.A Just didn't seem hoppy or malty enough.Has a nice sharp aftertaste that slowly creeps up on you.
a very drinkable beer,just an average beer for the style.More like a pale ale to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 03:05:23 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of sacrelicio


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

Nice solid, balanced AIPA. Amber-orange in appearance with a large head and some decent lacing. Smells grassy, with some lemon. Lemongrass? Sure. Taste is orangey, slighty bitter, acidic, earthy. Mouthfell is nice, with some weight but and overall refreshing quality. Drinkability is great. This would session nicely. A bit too average, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 01:17:51 | More by sacrelicio
New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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