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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

1,685 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,685
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 43
Gots: 139 | 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 JayQue
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice IPA. Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a big off-white head and good lacing. Smell is average/good for an IPA - citrus (grapefruit) and hops.

The taste and mouthfeel are very good. The citrus, bitterness and spiciness reminds me of a lighter version of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, one of my favorites. While this is a feast for hop-heads, there is some balance here as well - not a total head shrinker. The mouthfeel is rich and crisp.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a very good IPA.

JayQue, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice honey amber with a smooth tan head that leaves sticky rings of fine lace on the glass. Citrusy, wet, hoppy grapefruit and toasted grain fill the nose. Tastes like an IPA should, perfectly balanced between Bitter herbal hop and caramel maltiness. Nice chewy mouthfeel with a faint fresh mint quality in the finish. Very well made and highly drinkable.

biggred1, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with Scoobydank, Thanks Bill!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clouded orangey copper color with a light tan head that left some bits of lacing.

S - flowery, tea-like, slight citrus aroma.

T - balanced brew, sweeter malty taste upfront finishing with mild hop bitterness.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - an all around enjoyable brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. NO freshness date.

A: Hazy rust-colored brew with thick, sticky off-white head with plenty of stringy lace.

S: Loads of citrus and tropical fruit aromas and a tinge of sweet malt to keep you honest.

T: The fruity C-type hops assault continues with loads of lemon, orange, and pineapple flavors. Malt only keeps the hops from getting out of hand.

M: Full IPA mouthfeel with good coating feel, low carbonation, and dry finish.

D: An excellent American IPA with great hops punch.

argock, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the James Island Piggly Wiggly in Charleston.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates slowly, eventually settling to a medium layer of bubbles on top with a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells very bitter. There are also some floral and citrus aromas, but the bitter is the most prevalent.

Tastes very good. There's a bitter taste throughout, not just at the end. There's also some citrus taste that becomes stronger as the beer warms. A good malty taste hits in the middle - both sweet and bready.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a good thickness, and the carbonation is just right. Goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I could drink a lot of these - although the bitterness may be offputting to some.

Overall this is a very good beer. I think the mouthfeel is the best thing about it, but the taste is pretty solid. Worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Orange-amber hue w/very good head and slight haze, excellent retention, and impressive lacing.
S-Orange rind, malt, pine resin, and faint spice. Simple, clean, and good.
T-Light malt, orange rind, spice, and a hoppy aftertaste w/both citrus and pine.
M-Body is on the light side, and carbonation is moderate.
D-Drinks very smoothly and easily. Flavor is very pleasant. Quite good, but in a simple way, and without much complexity.

BoitSansSoif, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought from a grocery store in SC.
amber, nice cap and lace.
bright piney, sappy, and citrusy aromas.
bitter tang up front that doesn't carry through. very citrusy. more apa than ipa? grapefruit rind is still nagging the front of my mouth 10 minutes after i though i'd finished the glass.
a touch on the light side of medium; plentiful carbonation.
not as multifacited as expected. as an apa, a solid offering and pretty sessionable. the drying finish promotes drinkability, but it's relatively uninteresting--arguably lacking in malt and complexity.

brewmudgeon, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with a gorgeous head.
S - smells prominently of hops and citrus, with a tad bit of bread and malt
T - sweet malts followed by very bitter, piney hops. Pretty bitter during the first couple of drinks.
MF - pretty good
D - This was almost too bitter for me, then it turned into a very enjoyable brew. This was a good IPA.

birchstick, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Getinthevan
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time since I moved to Chicago and I gotta say, this is a really hoppy beer!

Appearance was a nice, dark brown/amber with a moderate amount of head a lacing. Certainly a good looking Michigan brew by far.

Smell was very hoppy and bitter with a hint of spices. Definitely wins with a great oak smell. A classy brew.

Taste was very good. It lived up to its smell with fine hops and spices with a nice palette of flavors.

Mouthfeel was good, as the flavors savored and remained on the way down. Definitely nothing fading about this IPA, certainly top notch stuff.

Drinkability for a six pack of this is certain. Grab a sixer of this and definitely drink up, as this stuff goes down well, smooth and refreshing.

Getinthevan, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad overall IPA. Pours a hazy, copper-orange color with decent sized off-white head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is hoppy, slightly floral, sweet and tangy. Bitter hoppy flavor with sour grapefruit and some maltiness to balance it all out. Nice one.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is hazy amber-orange with an off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is full of orange and citrus hop that hits you right away. Taste is amazing. Once again, orange and citrus hop are right up front but it's very smooth and not sour or harsh. Bitterness is also not too harsh and along with a decent malt backbone the finish is smooth with a touch of sweetness. A very smooth and drinkable IPA. I enjoyed it immensely.

beerkittycat, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of unionturf
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle while in SC and finally sampled tonight.

Poured into pint glass to appear deep amber/orange color and clear. Decent head and lacing and great smell. Taste was very hoppy and grapefruit was the dominating flavor. Mouthfeel was good and drinkability is good but due to the bitterness I would have to limit to a few or ruin my tastebuds...lol.

unionturf, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of umustdrink
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque dark orange color. Rocky white head fades to a film.
Lots of little dots of lacing up the glass.

S - Very pungent fruity hoppy smell, light caramel malt undertones.

T - Taste starts out with a bitter hoppy bite. Bitterness increases, but its not very hoppy, its sort of like tonic water. Finish actually leaves a nice caramely maltiness, with bitterness.

M - Thin to medium consistency with elevated carbonation.

D - Overall this is just an okay IPA. It's very bitter, but doesn't taste hoppy, and there's very little malt balance.

umustdrink, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of zebulon
1.88/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle no expiration date.

Very disappointing considering expectations after reading other reviews. This is basically bitter seltzer water. Good amber brown color and firm two inch foam. The looks are the best part.

No aroma. Initially a very slight sour lager like feel quickly turning bitter. No variation in the bitter, a tiny bit of grapefruit but really nothing of interest only bitter (I say that as one who looks for XIPAs every chance I get). Lots of light bubbles like drinking seltzer. No balancing malt or other flavor for the bitterness. Very light mouth feel like water.

All in all disappointing. Makes me wish there was an expiration date on the bottles then I could blame things on the age.

zebulon, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long neck brown 12oz glass bottle with a pry-off cap. Green label showing a leprechaun.
Semi translucent maple golden body with a lemon tinted tiny bubbled head with a few small bubbles. Good retention and nice lace.
Very fresh, oily and hoppy scent with a touch of nut.
Strong hoppy flavor, fresh and green, barely any hint of malt at all. Long aftertaste of resin hops with more resin hops.
Medium to full body with some coating and n unusually dry finish.
Very drinkable. Very strong hop presence in this brew. NOT for the hop timid or even the moderate hophead, this brew means business.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info to be found. Pours light honey amber, with that nice olive oil green tinge. Clear, light tan head, tiny bubble film and better then average lace. Fruity nose, melon and pine apple. Lots or resiny pine, citrus, grapefruit peel and also pine apple in the flavor profile of this one. Thoroughly enjoyable IPA. Go get some

Billolick, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of ETF5000
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Please forgive my naivete, this is my first review...

A- Dark amber in color, a bit cloudy but brilliant to look at. The top featured a light fluffy head about a knuckle high with excellent retention. As I drank the beer, there was a substantial amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Brilliant pine notes with distinct citrus. I'm no refined reviewer, but I sensed some orange and sweet caramely smell on top of the prominent pine notes.

T- As would be natural for an IPA the prominent, cutting bitterness of the hops was present immediately. Shortly thereafter was a sweet kick from the malt, distinct caramel notes were present. One problem I had with this beer was how the bitterness lingered long after the swallow. I enjoy a nice hoppy kick, but the resinyness lingered far too long for my liking.

M- For me this is where the beer shined. This is a medium bodied beer with light carbonation. I particularly enjoyed how the light carbonation paired with the hoppyness of this beer. Too many IPA's I've had were too carbonated for my liking, making the beers a bit too astringent.

D- I could drink this beer all night long, not too complex, but great to drink with a couple of buddies at the local watering hole.

ETF5000, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a hazy dark copper with minimal white head and seemed moderately carbonated. The hops smelled very strongly and could be tasted long before making it to the back of my throat. A very strong, floral bitterness lingered in the aftertaste. A very well done IPA.

jeremyd365, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Why is he mad? Or is he angry? Pours a very cloudy orange color with a frothy white head. Limited retention but ok lacing when the foam was there.

The nose is more on the east cost side. A balance of malt and hops. Some resin notes with a more piney and grapefruit aroma. The malt has a light kettle caramel nose. Some hints of diacetyl but not over bearing but a little off with an IPA.

The taste is balanced as well. There is a strong bitterness that lingers in the finish that hides some of the finishing hops. Some piney and earthy notes with a mild citrus on the backend. The malt comes out a bit sweet with mostly caramel and some toasty and biscuit notes. Some yeasty notes but nothing over the top.

The body is moderate, a bit big for an IPA. Some slickness that I associate with diacetyl, but I didn't get it in the flavor. Overall average IPA. Would like more finishing and better body, but wouldn't we all.

Oxymoron, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a radiant copper color with a abundant off-white head.

S- Scents of Lemons and kumquats as well as pine hops

T- Rich in citrus, pine and floral hops. although its runs the gamut on hop flavor none are overly pronounced. the malts do however take a back seat here. Decent balance.

M- Fine carbonation of moderate quantity. Full mouth feel.

D- A very nicely executed IPA overall. definitely worth try and quite drinkable. Mainly a stage for the hop trifecta. Very impressed without being overwhelmed.

UA8, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of johannasclimacus
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance and smell were both pretty average for me. The appearance was kind of a murky, cloudy brown, and it was hard to detect much in the smell.

The taste was very interesting, though. No hint of alcohol as others have mentioned, plus a vivid balance of toasty malts and citrusy hops, as well as a nice bitterness. Nothing is overpowering, which keeps the beer interesting in each sip. I would like to sit down with a few of these one evening just to work out the taste a little more.

I was a little sick when I had this beer, so I hope that didn't effect my taste buds much. The grapefruit taste was definitely what held the beer together, and I didn't really find this to be very bitter. The bitterness hits you at times, but I was expecting it to be more bitter.

I'm glad its not, because the levels of everything seem to be about perfect for this beer. Overall, I am glad I tried this on a whim and will certainly go for this again.

johannasclimacus, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg, PA.

A: The IPA is a leather brown color punctuated with orange marmalade highlights. A small band of head from the pour was fast to recede.

S: The aroma is fairly nondescript, some grains and some bitterness but not a lot of focus from the hops.

T: The taste adds much more of a citrusy flavor than the nose gave off. The hops are grapefruity, medicinal with an grassy undertone. There are plenty of cereal flavors throughout to support the hops and they leave a nice graininess with each sip. There is no hint of alcohol, which adds to the enjoyment of the beer. The hops leave a nice tangy taste on the palate.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty lively, showcasing a pleasant hop bitterness.

D: If only the nose were a little intense. I like the hop profile and the mouthfeel after the sip is gone. I'd like to try this one on tap.

akorsak, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of klintok21
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to glass, dark orange color and very aromatic! A mix of pine forest and apricots? To be completly honest the taste is very strong, so this was a sipper for me. I am more of a fan of APAs, but this is well worth a shot if you are a fan of any pale ale. Finishes pretty smooth with little carbonation. If I make it down to Holland (being from Grand Rapids) I would defiantly love to stop at the New Holland Brewery!

klintok21, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of boralyl
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. There isn't much head, but of what is available, it sticks nicely to the inside of the glass. It is hazy amber in color with some sediment floating around in it.

S - A bisquity malt in the front with earthy tones and citrus hops taking up the end.

M - A medium bodied beer, with a pretty smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation.

T - Nothing too complex in the taste, very similar to how it smells. You get the biscuity malt mixed in with some piny and citrusy hops. The hops that linger leaving a slight bitterness, balancing the brew pretty good.

In the end you have a pretty drinkable middle of the road IPA.

boralyl, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a finger of foamy looking off-white head. Nice full, thick retention that leaves behind some big, sticky lacing. The aroma doesn't exactly jump out of the glass. Digging a little deeper, I pick up a bit of pine, some floral accents and light citrus notes.

The taste is mostly earthy hops up front with some light pine notes mixed in. That blends into some more prominant citrus character and caramel sweetness. The taste is medium bodied with an overall fine feeling tone of smoothness and creamy carbonation.

This is a decent IPA from New Holland. I have to question the overall age of this bottle as neither the aroma or taste seemed overly fresh or assertive. Nice look to it though and both the feel and drinkibility were good.

Kegatron, Jul 21, 2008
New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,685 ratings.