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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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1,605 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 41
Gots: 108 | 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 Limberg316


4.72/5  rDev +24.2%

This is an amazing IPA! It is a full-bodied, incredibly hoppy beer. It has a fantastic balance between bitterness and sweetness that sets it apart from other IPA's. It pours with a solid golden color and alittle head. It smells of hops, tastes of hops, and finishes of hops. I can't recommend this beer enough!

09-09-2007 02:19:27 | More by Limberg316
Photo of Applesauce1


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH. This has become one of my favorite and most dependable beers.

Appearance: orange-brown with a nice haze and 3/4" white head on the pour
Smell: lots of hops (flower type smell)
Taste: delicious; lots of hops (not balanced, much more on the hoppy side); hint of citrus flavor and some pale malt taste
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinkability: could do two in a night, but not back to back...the hops might wear you out a little

09-05-2007 05:14:41 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of surlyseth


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

A: Hazy gold-orange with med to small head.

S: Pine, a little citrus. Not much else.

T: Um...I wasn't sure if a beer could have too much hops until I tried this one. It starts off all well and good, but finishes with a really off taste. Can't put my finger on it, but it's not good. I may have a bad bottle from a sampler pack I put together.

M: Decent feel, but there's a drying on the finish that's not so pleasant.

D: I can't get past that odd finish. Something mustn't be right here.

I may have to give it another go...but I'm not risking it on a six pack.

09-04-2007 02:01:18 | More by surlyseth
Photo of Dalem


3.8/5  rDev 0%

You can't judge a book by it's cover or, in this case, a beer by it's label. The Mad Hatter looks like some creepy morph of Phil Spector and Bill Wyman rendered by a high school artist. Don't let it scare you though because it's what's in the bottle that counts.Scentwise it's a bit more grassy than what is usually expected from an IPA but the smell of sweet hops are easily detected as well. A slight grapefruit tartness and a malt base is found in the taste but not to overbearing from either and I found it to be a nice balance. It's not over the top in the hops as a lot of IPA's are going for these days and times like this it's a good thing. A very crisp and clean in the mouth with light carbonation. The aftertaste has a bittersweet thing to it that lingers just for the right amount of time. I'd put in the same neighborhood I put Victory's Hop Devil and that's a good place to be.

09-02-2007 06:20:18 | More by Dalem
Photo of kimcgolf


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

A very tasty IPA from a brewery I had not heard of previously. Pours to a reddish orange, with decent carbonation and a nice white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is a bvery strong, very enjoyable floral citrus (mostly grapefruit) and loaded with hops. The mouthfeel is tingly and somewhat bitter, and the taste is more of the citrus hops. The finish is bitter as expected, and the entire beer does not disappoint.

In summary, this beer reminded me an awful lot of a FFF Alpha King, maybe without the malt, and I ranked it just slightly below.

08-28-2007 01:44:46 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of malibujohnny


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

the aroma from this beer is very pleasing.poured into a pint glass.very small head that lasted until about 3/4 of the way though.I think this beer has a great balance between the malt and hops.I was actually thinking it would be a tad hoppier.the taste i gathered was a grapefruit and slight pine taste.i enjoy this beer very much and buy it on a regular basis.I suggest you do the same

08-21-2007 20:49:34 | More by malibujohnny
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

a mostly clear copper/amber in appearance with an off-white small head and decent lacing. aromas of grapefruit, light, sweet caramel malt, and subtle flowery aromas. taste is where i think this could be improved, as this had very little malt sweetness to balance out the moderate (for an american ipa) hop bitterness. lingering resiny bitter finish. almost medium in body with an appropriate level of carbonation. drinkability is good, i wish more flavorful and complex beers such as this were made under 6% abv.

08-20-2007 02:06:06 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of shadow1961


3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

New Holland's Mad Hatter IPA pours a finger of foam over a hazy
amber brew. Carbonation is active and steady, and the nose is
floral and herbal hop. The flavor is a bit of malt up front with an
herbal/grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, unfortunately.
This is another IPA which I feel would benefit from a little more

08-10-2007 08:10:18 | More by shadow1961
Photo of bennetj17


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Clouded, copper appearance. Thin tan foam supported by what looks like pretty weak carbonation. Dank citrus hop aroma with some sweet caramel in the background. The hops remind me of cut grass, although it maybe is a bit stinky, like cut grass that has been sitting around for a while. Weird.

The taste is not too sweet, with dry toasted malt flavors coming through as the hops are more subdued. There is a hint of orange-citrus in there, and the finish leaves a decent bitterness. Moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel, medium thick with a bit of a watery smoothness.

A decent IPA overall, but not much here to set it apart from all the others...

08-08-2007 05:58:26 | More by bennetj17
Photo of scoobybrew


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a clear bright copper color with a foamy head that is very well retained. The aroma is very hoppy with faint traces of malt. The flavor is dominated by hops with the malt very much in the background. The body is medium to light with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is an above average American IPA and a good example of the style. I'd like to see a little more malt though with a bit fuller mouthfeel, but nonetheless, it's still enjoyable.

08-08-2007 00:18:33 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Nice shade of amber and not quite translucent. The head was clingy, almost soapy like a cask ale's head would be.

Smell: Lovely, lively c-hop nose. Centennial only? I would have guessed Simcoe as well. Totally fresh and flowery.

Taste: Mid-range carbonation and body pushes the hops to the forefront, surprisingly easy to drink for such a hoppy ale. It's bitter for sure, but without going too astringent. The floweryness of the hops make it taste totally like a strong green tea with extra herbs. I enjoyed it a lot!

07-31-2007 23:41:56 | More by Goldorak
Photo of BeerTruth


3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

Thanks to Scoobydank for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear copper hue with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is ok, but not the best for this style. Smell is a dirty pine with with some mild citrus. Not much else in the nose. Taste is pretty basic. Not a whole lot that stands out. Bland earthy pine hop flavor with a bit of caramel malt. Aftertaste is semi-dry. I just feel it's a bit watered down for the style. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Needs a bit more complexity, not a whole lot there.

07-29-2007 03:37:23 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of Risser09


3.8/5  rDev 0%

12 Oz Bottle Poured Into A Wine Glass

Appearance: Bright golden orange beer with translucent color. 1.5" white head with various bubble sizes. There doesn't seem to be many bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Juicy hops, grapefruit and bubblegum. Gin and peppermint linger in the background.

Taste: Bitter lemon at first then followed by piney hop oil. Pine needles, lemongrass, maybe some lemon basil. Not overly complex but perfectly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Not overly drying in the finish. Moderate alcohol bite, despite the low ABV.

Drinkability: Since buying a growler and enjoying every last drop, the bottle is a little bit more of a disappointment. The growler seemed thicker and more resonating. Either way, IPAs are always a good call, and this is definitely something to revisit.

07-28-2007 01:29:19 | More by Risser09
Photo of tgbljb


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured an medium amber-orange color with massive off-white chunky head. Much sticky lacing.
Smell is loaded with piney, citrusy hops and a bit of caramel malt in the background.
Taste is extremely nice with a firm hoppiness at the front end moderated by a slowly developing malt character..
Finished with the perfect bland of malt and hops to create one great beer.
Perfect drinkability.

07-09-2007 22:32:15 | More by tgbljb
Photo of AaronHomoya


3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

12 oz bottle.

Apperance was a light amber color with good, white head. Pretty decent retention and moderate carbonation.

Smell was nice and hoppy with a lot of piney hop aroma going on. Taste started out pretty nice, with a bit of malt and more hop flavor, but the finish was very pine bitter in an unpleasant way.

Mouthfeel was fairly medium-bodied. Drinkability suffered due to the harsh, unpleasant bitterness in the finish. Still, was a pretty decent IPA. I'd drink it again, but probably won't be looking to buy it again soon.

07-07-2007 14:27:08 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of Durge


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

It's interesting seeing all the different opinions on the same beer. Hard to figure some times, but this one really hit my wheelhouse pretty well for a very drinkable, tastey IPA. This poured a huge sudsy head that still had brownish-white lumps left on the bottom of my mug. It has a deep amber hue with a bit of cloudiness. I smell a lime-spice-malt combination that is pleasant. The first taste washes over the tongue in a creamy and beautiful blend of hops, a little apple and charcoal with a malty finish. It is lightly carbonated but this brew seems to taste even better as it warms in your mug. This may not turn on the hard core hop heads but I found it to be mild yet flavorful IPA and it was unusually creamy, a quality I find to be unfortunately rare. I wish I could buy this around my home state but was glad to have found some while traveling. Excellent and very drinkable.

07-05-2007 00:30:49 | More by Durge
Photo of cooncat


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Serving from an in date 12 oz. bottle - reviewed 7-4-07

Pours a very light copper into my glass, and with a somewhat vigorous pour, produces a solid inch of foamy white head. Head retention is admirable, and there is good sticking to the sides of the glass all the way down. A little haze in this bottle (chill haze?), so not stunning in clarity.

The nose was evident while the glass rested on the table. I was able to detect grassy and piney hops in abundance.

The taste pretty much follows the nose, with grassy/piney hops in the forefront. A swirl in the mouth can help you to pick up on some bready malts and a little yeast. These are notice a bit more as the beer warms, but, as it should be, the hops dominate. Mouthfeel is medium, and just about where I'd put an IPA. A very quaffable brew, and, with an ABV that isn't over the top, an excellent selection for a session beer. For snacking, I'd pair this up with some cut up pepper-jack cheese, or some kettle style popcorn. (Pizza with banana and/or jalapeno peppers and this beer would make for an excellent evening)


07-04-2007 18:00:22 | More by cooncat
Photo of CortexBomb


2.93/5  rDev -22.9%

Fairly typical IPA pour, orange, huge head on top. Smell is big on the floral hops, natch.

The flavour on this is heavily dominated by the floral and citrus hops from the aroma. As the beer warms, the floral can become astringent and unenjoyable. There is some malt backbone to the beer, but not a lot.

Mouthfeel, decent, but nothing spectacular. The hops do their job, but the body is somewhat light. Drinkability, not great. As I mentioned above, the beer becomes more astringent tasting to me as it warms, which negatively impacts this category.

Overall: not a terrible beer, but not one of my favourites either. If I want a Michigan IPA, I tend to take Centennial, Arcadia IPA, or Two-Hearted over this in a walk.

07-02-2007 15:37:39 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a light amber with a good head and decent lacing. The smell is somewhat light, but there are elements of citrusy, earthy hops, grapefruit rind in particular. The taste has that same grapefruit flavor, but with notes of pine and a touch of citrus juice as well. Very clean flavor and quite drinkable. Refreshing, but a little thin in the body department. This one is a good summertime ipa.

06-22-2007 19:29:10 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of crookedhalo


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a bronze color with some golden highlights. Fluffy, rocky off-white head that lasts for a good 30 seconds. Lacing left as the beer subsided. The aroma's subliminally telling me "Two-hearted". It most be that kind of IPA, the one that has the candied hop aroma to it, slightly grassy. Well, after sipping, it has slight similarities, but not what I was expecting from the aroma. Mad Hatter is very well balanced, the citrusy hops take the foreground, but the sweetness from the pale malts is not left behind. Additionally, it might seem to some hopheads that it is a watery IPA, but to myself the thinness that I pick up on is very clean tasting and makes for a nice IPA. Good carbonation for the modestly lighter body. Overall, a very sessionable IPA that I'd pick up again.

06-09-2007 00:46:02 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Reed415


4/5  rDev +5.3%

A - Pours a pale orange color, almost no head

S - Hoppy pine with a lot of citrus

T - Citrus hop dominate, Spicy, has a refreshing bitterness. Very well rounded beer

M - Medium body, mild carbonation

D - Very refreshing beer, with much flavor. Very good IPA

06-06-2007 02:40:53 | More by Reed415
Photo of kirok1999


3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

Pours a light golden with a nice rising head and sticky lacing. Smell is mostly hops, grapefruit, grass, pine with some caramel malts in the background. Taste is pretty much the same but a little less, much milder than I had expected. The hops dominate with grapefruit and grass in the front with some very mild caramel to back it up. Mouthfeel is thin and slick.
An average IPA, nothing to brag about, nothing to complain about either.

06-05-2007 22:00:30 | More by kirok1999
Photo of genog


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into a pint glass. Color is a tapered light orange to amber. Thin white head that retains throughout session.

Smell is a hoppy floral aroma.

Taste is a strong cascade hops? with a slightly citrus feeling. At the tip of my tongue it is a strong hop presence, followed by a malty backbone.

Very smooth mouth feeling. Wish I had more of these to drink.

06-02-2007 02:45:25 | More by genog
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%

Pours a fairly dark amber color for an IPA, plenty of white frothy head with bit soapy bubbles. A strange mix of citrusy hops in the nose with some malty, toasty undertones in the nose. Flavor is a rush of hops, unknown to me but not signature American, but with a finish that is so reminiscent of bread. I can't get by the malty character of this beer, it is just fresh baked bread with a slight bent to a whole wheat cereal. Whereas the hops of this beer are quite generic it is the malt character that really shines. It is unique but not really something I'd like to drink all the time.

05-03-2007 20:17:46 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of icemonkey908


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a beautiful hazy orange into my pint glass. The hoppy aroma is immediately noted as the head begins to form. The nose is a little earthy upon closer inspection but still very nice. The taste is hoppy...very bitter, but not in a bad way. Overall an above average IPA and a good example of this style.

05-02-2007 03:07:53 | More by icemonkey908
New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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