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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,692 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,692
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 43
Gots: 142 | 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 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
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Cloudy copper hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some solid lacing.

Sharp piney hops (do I smell Centennial?) among a little bit of brown sugar.

The hops don't show up as much in the flavor. The bitterness is still there though. The hops do a great job of balancing the sweeter malts. Full bodied with good carbonation. The hops slowly fade at the end.

Even though the hop flavor wasn't abundant, this is still a very good and highly drinkable AIPA. Very well balanced. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter reddish copper with an interesting haze to the body, good carbonation floating to the top, and stairs-like lacing hinting around the top of the glass.

Smell: Balanced pine and resinous hops with hints of sugar from the malt. A bit of brown sugar and chocolate also in there.

Taste: Hops ala pine and resin with some citrus and earthiness in the background. Milder fruit malt backbone is there, but the lingering effect is subtle resinous hops on the tongue, with some darker and earthier chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a lighter feel at the end due to the nice burst of carbonation.

Drinkability: The best brew I've had thus far from New Holland. Balanced and not going to the ends of the earth, but a moderate alcohol content and nicely meshed flavors make me want to buy more of this in the future.

asabreed, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very nice cloudy shade of copper with a one-finger off white head. Much better looking than the other time I tried it and there were huge chunks floating around. A bit of lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and piney hops. A bit of floral/perfume-like notes in the back along with a bit of caramel malts.

Flavors of piney and grassy hops with some citrus. Not very complex. Finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is where this thing really shines. Medium bodied and very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

I had tried this a few months ago and wasn't really impressed. I tried it again tonight and still wasn't that impressed. That is, until I sampled a spoonful of the Panang Curry that I was cooking and returned to drinking. That really kicked the flavor department up a notch. With that said, it's a highly sessionable IPA that I certainly recommend.

roadhouse, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of toddhett
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Penny copper color with off-white head that faded reasonably quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Right after I poured the beer, I smelled Fruit Loops. Strange, right? It's not an overwhelming aroma, but the sweet fruit smells like a breakfast cereal.

T - Not too much there. Some grass. Bready malt with bitterness on the back end. Actually, I like the maltiness of this beer.

M - Nice thickness. Has the feel of a serious beer without venturing into syrup territory.

D - Since there isn't that much to this beer, I can drink a lot of it. It's a good everyday beer, but I like other IPAs more.

Note -- I had a Stone IPA a few hours ago, and it's possible that my tastebuds are still recovering. :-)

toddhett, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served during in a pint glass during "Pint Night" at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

A: Decently golden in color with a slight orange hue. White foamy, slightly uneven head of about 1/2 inch or so. Good lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops are well combined and very pungent. There's not much else going on but the aromas are incredibly pleasant and inviting.

T&M: The first rush is all hops, nicely bitter but with an interesting light mellow sense about it. The malts kick in just about then... complex and light in flavor relative to the hops but it allows for something near balance in texture. Carbonation is light and fine, allowing for just a bit of a creamy mouthfeel - an interesting contrast to the cutting bitter hops. Finish is long and hoppy, with a slight oily moughtfeel and more hops lingering on.

D: I had about half of the pint on its own before the food arrived and it was very enjoyable. It went down easy and was incredibly satisfying. When the food arrived, I did notice that the brew changed completely to me. The bittering components came through much more sharply and some of the smoothness fell away. But you can't beat it for a palate cleanser! It was like a fresh experience with each bite. I have to say that this is very enjoyable and highly drinkable. Recommended!

SIRIUS2, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i picked a sixer of this up earlier this week. this is one of three ipa's that i got. i am a bit of a hop head so i was excited to try. it poured nice. nice steady carbonation, about three eights of an inch of head that stuck around. beautiful hop aroma. the taste was quite good. smooth flavorful hop and fruity mix. this is a good beer.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

giblet, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Whole Foods in Cary last weekend, it's a new brewery for me but I'm always looking for new IPAs to try, especially in summer. This one pours a very attractive golden orange color with a medium white head that shows strong initial lacing. The nose is a tasty melding of citrus and piney hops but could stand to be a little more assertive.

Unlike in the smell, Mad Hatter brings the taste full force in the initial sip. Withering, bitter, and very dry, the hops give you the pine and floral notes you expect but also back them well with malt, although there isn't much sweetness to be found. I don't live the mouthfeel, which seems a bit heavy and takes the refreshment and quenching aspect of this beer down a few notches. It just seems dull and lifeless compared to many AIPAs and doesn't match up well with the rest of the beer.

Overall, decent and drinkable but flawed. Still, you could do much worse, and probably will.

daliandragon, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with a medium head that fades to good lacing. The aroma is hoppy, almost a bit briny. The flavor is strong, with nice piny hops and good bitterness on the finish. The brine character comes through on the flavor, which is otherwise fairly citrus-like, leaning toward bitter lemon or orange. The mouthfeel is meaty and refreshing with light carbonation. This is a good beer.

Seanibus, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I grabbed this on a return trip to Michigan, since I had not seen it locally available. Tremendous AIPA! One and one-half lush fingers of durable white foam coat the glass with dense rings of foam lacing. The aroma is lush with citrus hops, boding well for this already. If you love hops, it's impossible not to love the taste of Mad Hatter IPA--grapefruit, lemon, orange--an excellent combination of the sweet citrus and the somewhat gritty texture of heavy hop load. Delicious, and somewhat of a quaffer, though this is one to patiently savor.

Complex, well-hopped, semi-sweet. Bravo, one of the better IPA's I've ever had. Highly recommended.

Gehrig, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle with no freshness date, poured into my DFH pint glass yields a crystal-clear copper-amber with three fingers of soapy, pale-ecru foam that retains in a misshapen cloudlike structure and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells perfumey, spicy and sweet, with malty caramel and evergreen, herbal hops.

Taste is primarily biscuity malt and dark herbal notes, with a wrong, wrong flavor of wet cardboard that happily vanishes into the bouquet as the beer warms. More appropriate flavors linger, including a splash of grapefruit with a touch of caramel and a spicy note. A sticky bitterness that presents itself as the least bit salty closes the show.

Nice and drinkable.

cvstrickland, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a marvelous rocky head that leaves the stickiest lacing. Nearly perfect in appearance. Very floral nose with hints of tropical fruit and pine. Very malty for the style, hops are not as big as I would have hoped. Slightly citrusy, very nice malt backbone. Very smooth, extra creamy and an incredibly easy to drink. Just too much malt flavor for this style. Not sure if this is an old bottle, but the taste seems a little off for the style. It's very bitter, but the taste doesn't match up to the nose. Not the best of IPAs but I can roll with this one.

KeefD, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish amber with a touch of off-white head.

S- The hoppy aromas are backed by a big malt backbone. In fact, the malt presence is so high, that it threatens to overwhelm the hops, although it never does. Still, it gives the beer an almost English IPA feel. The hop aromas don't seem as piney or citrusy as they are in most American IPA's either; they're more fruity and earthy. Combined with the strong caramel from the malt, they give the beer a unique smell.

T- This beer is bone dry from head to toe. Any sweetness that may have been hinted at from the smell is nowhere to be found. In fact, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of flavor, period. There's no discernible malt flavor, and the hops add a bit of woody earthiness, but aside from that, there's not much. This beer really only hits at the back of the tongue with an assertive bitterness. This seems to be a classic example of too much hop bitterness and not enough flavor.

M- Fairly thin with moderate carbonation.

D- Low ABV and thin body should make for a fairly drinkable beer, but the lack of flavor doesn't lend itself to multiple pints.

This beer is a bit of an enigma. It has a very pleasant aroma that hints at a unique and enjoyable beer, but the flavor just falls flat. I don't think this beer is that old, as I believe I got it only about a week after it arrived at the store and it's only been sitting in my fridge for about a week. Maybe I just don't get it. Anyway, given the lack of flavor, I can't recommend this offering from New Holland. I hope the Dragon's Milk is better.

vtfan77, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear rich amber color with 2 fingers of foamy eggshell colored head, good retention and nice sticky lacing. Smells of hops, from grapefruit to grass and pine, with some honey, caramel, and biscuit notes as well. Tastes of grass and earthy hops up front with some honey sweetness and a firm biscuit backbone. Finishes sweet with citrus notes. Medium in body with low to average carbonation. A good balanced IPA that has lots of hop character, but isn't an explosion, has a good maltiness as well. Very easy to drink and lower in ABV, quite sessionable and doesn't destroy the palate.

HopDerek, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

Pours a clear, light copper body with a sizable, rocky custard head. A few random chunks of yeast swirl around like a wimpy snowglobe. Good retention and decent lacing. The aroma is that of a classic IPA: fresh green hops balanced by caramel/toffee malts. The hop note smells alot like Bell's HopSlam...must be the Centennial (?). I gotta admit, though, Mad Hatter's aroma borders on English IPA, with the toffee really pulling through strong.

The taste starts out crisp and malty, with caramel and biscuit notes, while the hoppiness comes on strong at the back of the palate, delivering a spicy, piney hop bite to the big tastebuds in the back. Body is medium thickness, slightly syrupy, and well-carbonated. I was fairly impressed by this IPA, as New Holland's other brews have left me a bit disappointed (i.e. Night Tripper, Red Tulip).

wagenvolks, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp copper colored pour with a decent white head that laces nicely.

Aroma is clean caramel malt and roasted grain sweetness with plenty of citrus, floral, and green herbal hops.

Flavor is nice and bitter with lemon and orange, light floral, and a grassy herbal note. PLenty of malt flavor to back up the hops. Not over the top but very well balanced and flavorful. Good in bottles too.

Body is medium, crisp and spritzy mouthfeel and creamy texture. Easy session IPA.

AlexJ, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of adams82
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy amber colour with a white frothy head that quickly dies to a film.

Smells of hops; floral, fruity, citric and spicy. The dry hop addition must have been huge as there is a massive and very pleasant hop bouquet. Nicely done!

Tastes of hops, hops and malt. The hops are very bitter and pungent; fairly citric, piney,grassy and spicy; blended well with toasted and caramel malts.

Mouthfell is a little disappointing. The body is a little light, borderline watery and the hops lend a bit more bitterness than flavour to this brew, but this is still a nice and solid American IPA.

adams82, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of mnstorm99
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper orange pour with a small white head that sticks around pretty well
Aroma, is the star of this beer, they say it's about the aroma and it is, this one is loaded with earthy and a touch of citrus hops, but all near the end.
Unfortunately, they fell short on the flavor, I love a good aroma hop, but I would be much happier with the flavor hop additions, this one has a decent botterness to it, but no flavor coming from the hops, which is disappointing. Toaste malts come through pretty well on this one as well
Mouthfeel, seems just a little thin, and this is a good IPA, but ther is so much better around here for my taste.

mnstorm99, May 28, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A crisp, clean golden with the foam from a breaking sea wave topping it.

S: Herbal hoppiness - that 'joint-like' aroma, along with citrus scents, a little grassiness, and perhaps a bit of skunkiness.

T + M: Not the same arrogance found in some, but still a very hoppy brew. Citrus flavours, with a bit of earthiness. A little bit of a tangy sweetness that comes and goes. Hops linger for some time, post-finish, and there's an expressive kick of carbonation in there for good measure.

D: Plenty of hops to be satisfying for the fans of the bitterness, and still fairly smooth. One of the better offerings I've had from this brewery so far.

Proteus93, May 28, 2008
New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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