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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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1,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,770
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 165 | 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 endincolorado
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear gold-amber with white head and tons of lace.

Smell- Slight grassy hop oil aroma with pine and citrus. Slight dry crispness, pale malt.

Taste- Lots of strong citrus and hop-bitterness, slightly dry, crisp hidden malt to balance. Very bitter finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body with decent carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty well-rounded, refreshing IPA makes for a beer I'd have a few of, given the opportunity.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a sam pint glass

A-Nice crisp clean amber color good head about 1 finger and good lace down the glass

S-Hops and a little citrus pretty light in the nose

T-The best thing that describes this beer is solid, its not outstanding in any one area but good hop quality and a nice bite. Would be a great door to stronger IPA's to know what to expect

M-Good carbonation smooth and very crisp

D-This is where this one shines very easy to drink and very smooth.

Photo of BierFan
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big, yet still appropriately sized, off-white head sits on top of a clear rusty-orange colored body. Nice lacing and head retention.

Smell: I was worried that the hops might have been dulled with time because the bottle has no bottling date but it has a fresh citric aroma of cascade hops.

Taste: The hops aren't quite as strong in the taste as they are in the aroma of the beer. A little bit of pine flavor is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is awfully watery.

Photo of LittleDon
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, it poured with lots of creamy off-white head from the start which lasted extrodinarily long compared to most of what I've had in a bottle. Lots of dense clingy lace till the bottom of the pint glass. Clear amber in color, it has a big citrus-grapefruit nose. Lots of hops on first taste with a strong medium bodied finish and noticeable hops in the end. Could have easily had another. One of the best bottle AIPAs I've had.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange/copper color with an off-white, bubbly, thick, foamy head that left a little lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and floral notes. It also smelled of roasted malts.

T - It had a strong burnt toast maltiness with a subtle hop bitterness. Some citrus flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a nice dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Solid but not spectacular.

Photo of tosshin
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

a : Golden amber, with a light fluffy head. The head dissipated quickly with very little lacing.
s : Flowery, citrus, with some pine hoppiness. I got a slight smell brown sugar.
t : Really not much going on here. Some bittering hops, and a touch of malt. Leaves a slight hint of pine after you swallow. Kind of lacking.
m : Thin and slightly watery.
d : I actually think that this beer is quite drinkable. It is well balanced and goes down smooth. It also gives you the nice flowery bitter taste you would expect from an IPA.

While, in my opinion, not the best IPA I have had it really is balanced and drinkable. I could sit down at a bar and order a few of these during a happy hour and be fine with it.

Photo of SiphonKing
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good offering from New Holland. Nice amber color with a white, lacey head. As for an ipa it is not as hoppy as it could be but has a nice floral, spicey taste. Decent taste and drinkable, a lot more hop character than some IPA's but could use more hop zing!

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled out of a variety case from Shangy's.

Uh oh, I just got a hint of cooked vegetables (broccoli to be specific). The DMS faded quickly and otherwise, this is good ripping IPA. We're talking big tart orange peel and grapefruit with a mild, light caramel malt background. The aroma has a fruit juice perfume character and biscuit note in the background. All in all, a respectable IPA.

Photo of praufs01
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear copper with a frothy off-white head and a respectable amount of lacing.

Aroma - Smells of sugar crystals and the resin from a freshly cut pine tree.

Mouthfeel - Light small bubble carbonation makes way to a thin to medium body that's dry in the finish.

Taste - Burnt sugar with a piney hop punch in the middle. The aftertaste is similar to unsweetened tea.

Overall - It's a respectable ale with an interesting flavor. It's not my favorite IPA but it is very drinkable none the less.

Photo of dismal
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice light copper color with a small head that leaves fairly quick but leaves some lacing down the glass. Hoppy aroma other than that I'm not getting much more smell for some reason. The taste is hoppy but not as hoppy as I had hoped for but still it's quite nice. Kind of citrusy and a somewhat bitter aftertaste. This beer is pretty drinkable and I rather enjoy it. I've picked it up a few times and will pick it up again in the future.

Photo of bort11
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Nice inch of off white head. Light and fluffy that sticks to the glass in a cascading lace. Color is a dark orange, clear with very active carbonation.

Smell is primarily citric hops, grapefruit/orange combo. Not very heavy. The slightest hint of toasted grains pass by. Taste is a nice little hop bomb. Standard grapefruit, though the malt has a bitter nuttiness. That's a nice little balance.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Goes down pretty quick. Not an overly high ABV, but I felt done for the night after two.

Blipped "Don't Come Around here No More" by Tom Petty

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

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny last weekend.

The beer pours a light amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pleasant, consisting of some light, perfumy, flowery hops. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though the beer finishes with a fairly dry, pleasant (once again) hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery, but drinkabilty is pretty good in this IPA.

While a bit simple, this is a nice enough beer. It was nothing special, but given it's low abv., it's a beer I could see having on a warm day after a work out. Not bad...

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Orange with a slight haze. A finger of off white head forms with decent retention. Good lacing as well.

S - Big on the citrus and floral aromas. Oranges and grapefruit come to mind with a big dose of flowers backing things up. Very inviting.

T - More of the nose. Lots of orange and grapefruit peel dominate early to mid palate, rounding off with flowers flowers flowers. I can't get over the huge floral component; this is almost like chewing on flower petals. There's slight malt providing a decent stage for the hops to play on but it's role is minimal.

M - Solid medium body with fairly high carbonation. Though it struck me as astringent at first, it adds a nice crispness that some IPAs are lacking.

D - Mad Hatter seemed pretty run of the mill when I first began drinking it, but as time has gone on I've become quite impressed. Perhaps not the most unique out there, this is a very nice example of the style.

Photo of naterock
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip with almost no head, deep copper with a little bit of cloud.

Smell is citrusy and sweet, a little sour but barely noticable.

Taste is really quite different than the smell. EArthy hops and more woody flavors come out in the beginning but finished clean. a malt undertone.

A bit too overcarbonated for me but overall this drinks very easy. A great gateway IPA.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One damn good-looking beer here: Tons of bubbles, which feed a huge head that leaves walls of lace as it drops. Head is soapy and bumpy, snapping and crackling as it slowly diminishes. Color is rust-orange without a whole lot of haze.

Nose is clean, offering breezy hops, bright and fragrant without seeming like a total pine-blast. Works for the style, certainly, but there's very, very little malt balance in the aroma.

Plenty of hops on the tongue, which seem to coat it and disallow any malt from making an impression. But I'm not sure there's much of that to be had. This is big on the hops, which lean to the citrus side of things and give a rind-like bitterness to the finish. Yet somehow the palate isn't totally snowballed by hops, which keeps this sensible and very drinkable.

Crisp texture, actually a little too crisp, while still a little oily around the edges. Yet somehow it lacks body. Not totally, but a little more heft or roundness would've been nice--and less carbonation.

This is my fourth one in a week, and the first time I've really put it under the microscope. On earlier meetings it seemed underwhelming. Now, in a quieter, more focused environment, I really appreciate how it caters to the hops fanatic while serving the greater good as a very drinkable, very enjoyable IPA. But if you don't love hops, you won't love this.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A two-finger head with sheath lacings all down the glass on top of an amber body. A great citric hop aroma and hints of sweet malt. Medium-bodied, slightly creamy with a great fruit taste, citric (orange, banana, lime)and heavier fruits (grape) that mix with some sweet malts like caramel to keep the beer balanced. Finishes just like an IPA should with a crisp, refreshing dry backbite that isn't overpowering. A great IPA I can saddle up w/ anytime.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy orangish-brown, with a finger-and-a-half of white head. Left a good bit of lacing.

Smell: Subdued grassy and piney hops.

Taste: Watery hops, and not much else. Incredibly one dimensional, with almost nothing to stand up to the hops. The first IPA I've had that actually tastes like "hop water". Nice bitter aftertaste, however.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and good level of thickness - probably the best part of this beer.

Drinkability: Well, it's very easy to put this down, if for no other reason than there's not much to it. Drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA. Just tastes like watered down hops. There are plenty of other, better IPAs out there.

Photo of adammills
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a shade shy of copper, brilliant, with a resilliant off white head with a rocky top. The bubble are frothy and dense, leaving a half inch head that persists.

S: Fresh cut green grass, grapefruit, a bit dank. Clean yeast profile. Minimal esters.

T: Green hop flavor up front that turns its focus quickly to the back of the palate with clean bitterness that drives and dries this beer. Some biscuity malt and a touch of crystal character balances a beer that is decidedly bitter focused. Clean.

M: The moderate carbonation melds well with this beer giving it a rather smooth velvety mouthfeel. Slightly viscous, but not a big issue.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, not too spritzy to be filling. The bitterness does entice the next quaff.

This is an enjoyable IPA and a solid representation of style. I would like a bit more aroma from this beer. But in fairness, I am unsure of the beer bottling date so perhaps I am not drinking this beer in its prime.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great thick white head that stays around and leaves thick lacing.

Smell is piney and bready malt.

Taste is less hoppy than I would expect from and IPA. Like the smell it has a bready malt and then there is the hop coming through in the back. Great medium mouthfeel that has a little chewiness. Highly drinkable beer that would not wear you out with hop kick.

Photo of david131
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost completely clear light orange in color with a few streams of carbonation keeping the craggy white head that settles to a splotchy covering and leaves amazing lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Caramel malts, grassy and citrus hops. Smells like a lot of other IPAs. Pretty clean and almost soapy. Decently aromatic.

T- A pretty well backed with caramel malt. The hop presence provides some good flavor and just a bit of bitterness. Not overly complex, but does not stand out in the slightest.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation. Not all that creamy, but it is smooth.

D- This is a decent beer. Maybe I am just spoiled, but this was just not blowing my doors off. A solid choice if Two Hearted isn't available.

Photo of stockingcpl
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew pours a nice amber color. The head is thick and sustains quite well. Additionally, lacings are plentiful. Very good first impression.

Smell: Aroma is full. Hops are present but not overpowering. There is a slight pine/earthy feel to the aroma. The totality of the aroma is a little thin.

Taste: This brew has a VERY thin flavor. I'm not impressed. The taste is slightly more agressive than macrobrew selections, but not much. Could this just be a bad batch? I would have called this a Pale Ale if I had brewed this myself. It is obvious that this brew suffered from the poor hops harvest this year.

Mouthfeel: Light and easy on the palate, this brew has few of the biting character of most IPS's.

Drinkability: For a selection that I have rated so poorly, this selection IS very drinkable...it's more of a Light IPA than anything else....certainly there is no heavy snap of traditional American IPA's. Skip this selection unless you have a reason to want it....it would bew acceptable to neophyte drinkers.


Photo of htomsirveaux
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 6 Oct 2008.

Poured in a shaker glass. Small tight creamy head. Clear dark copper color. Aroma is light citrus, bready sweet. Starts caramel sweet, becoming resiny and bitter. Slight grapefruitiness. Well balanced. Aftertaste is nicely bitter with a bit of caramel. Moderate ethanol.

Not a monster but a good solid IPA.

Photo of droomyster
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a big, sticky, white head. Whiff of strong orange and piney hops but the taste is much more mellow; in fact, its flavor is too tame to stand up to my cheddar. Hops are far duller on the palate than on the nose, and the malts are not very interesting. There are many better IPAs out there.

Photo of bheilman
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is nice and the head and lacing was really nice to look at. I'm not sure how you can affect a beer's lacing like that, but it looked great. The smell was a little off for me, a little reminiscent of plastic. The taste was good, but nothing unforgetable or unusual. I would drink more of these because it is an extremely smooth tasting IPA, however, I like mine with a bit more hops bite. The aftertaste is fine, but fades quickly.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appears a red/brown with a two finger head leaving a crown and some rogue bubbles. Lacing is optimal.

Smells earthy and fruity. Gets stronger as the beer warms.

Tastes good, not great. Hops shy away from a bitter flavor, you can taste a malt sweetness. This is slighty toward the hoppy end of balance, but balanced no less.

Mouth is thin bodied and med/high carbonation, which works here.

This is easy as hell to drink, but I would probably go elsewhere for my IPA needs.

New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.