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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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1,519 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,519
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 37
Gots: 78 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-02-2002)
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Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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

Such an incredibly simple, but nicely done IPA. Kudos!

Poured a very clear, wood-toned brown color. Lots of incredibly tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the top where a cap of white foam resided. Dissolved to a thicker than thin film. Nose is springy, minty hops.

Flavor is very subdued for an American IPA considering some other offerings of the style from some overzealous brewers. Very light bitting hops give a nice balance to the malt base. The hops kind of linger along the tongue. Medium body with a slightly dry, crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 01:00:39 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of jvande7


4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 pack. No freshness date.

Not a big fan of the label, but I am a HUGE fan of this beer. I dig the New Holland logo on the cap a lot, but the crazy mad hatter guy on the label looks silly. But looks can be misleading, because this is my favorite IPA.

Sexy little bubbles, sensual american hoppy-goodness aroma, golden-amber color with a very slight haze.

Crisp, hoppy, refreshing taste. Very drinkable, and a good clean mouthfeel. This is my first review, so I will work on my beer vocab, but I know what I like. Give this great midwestern example of an American IPA a chance... you won't be sorry.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 17:23:38 | More by jvande7
Photo of rsyberg01


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Wacky label with the mad hatter on it. No bottled on or expiration date.

A - Pours an orange amber, which is also kind of hazy. Head foams up to about two fingers and then flattens to cover the beer with a kind of off white lace.

S - Pretty strong hop and citrus character. Definite presence of orange. Very floral and delicious smelling. A little bit of roastiness in there, very little though.

T - Orange peel and hoppiness hit first. A hint of malt with more citrus run though. Bitter and slighty sweet. Good ration from one to another.

M - Crisp and resides for a moment. Finishes clean and fresh. A little bit hangs out in between each little sip.

D - A good beer for a warm day. The bitters in this kind of make it get tiring after a while but the line for that is about four or five. A good, solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 04:30:55 | More by rsyberg01
Photo of Gritsak

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep copper with a small offwhite head.

S- amazing aroma of grass, pine, citrus..

T- dominted by a grassy, p'ine flavor with a slight malty balance. There is a slight "medicine" aftertaste, but it doesnt hurt the flavor that much.

M- medium body with decent carbonation.

D- up there pretty high.

overall- very nice overall flavor that is dominated by hops but balanced with a slight malty presence. Definitely one of the better ipa's ie had in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 01:35:46 | More by Gritsak
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber body. A little hazy, topped with a thick, chunky head that sticks around. The smell is a wonderful spicy, fruity boquet of hops, with a bit of malty backbone to balance things out. Nice!
It's hoppy. But it's got plenty of malt to balance this beer. It's a really nice drop that I can't get enough of. Along with Bell's Two Hearted Ale, this beer represents the best of Michigan's IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 16:36:41 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of PBRstreetgang


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy bronze with a creamy two and half finger head. Shows decent retention and produces a sticky patchwork of lacing. Centennial and Cascade in the nose; a bit of toasted malt aroma hides in the background, but the juxtaposed scent of the Saaz hop seems to dominate here. Sweet munich malt upfront, followed by strong biscuity malt, and a herbal tea flavor, possible from fuggles hops. Aftertaste is only somewhat dry, full of piney/citrus american hop flavor, but not too bitter. The complex blend of hops from different continents is matched exceedingly well with a complimenting malt profile. Medium body and carbonation give it just enough crispness to stop the hop oils from affecting the mouthfeel. The grist bill and hop varieties are out of the ordinary and consequentally very interesting. At the same time; this is very drinkable and balanced. Quite a noteworthy India pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 03:59:07 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion this is one of the best IPA's available in South Carolina...I find in my quest for hops I am drawn back to this one many times.
A- Dense thick, almost cappuccino like, off white head....very thick bubbly lace that remains around the glass....and the ale itself is a dark amber/gold... with some orange-ish hints.
S- Big cirtusy refreshing hops....and malts I think toffee and caramel to balance...but don't get me wrong the hops remain predominant.
T- Citrusy hops, and light caramel malts....well balanced for an IPA but still leans on the hop end pretty strong....wonderful bitterness and a long finish.
M/D- moderate carbonation, average IPA body weight....this could be a wonderful session beer if it was not so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 21:49:29 | More by jameaterblues
Photo of deadsquirt


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was quite a nice surprise. I bought a 6 pack on sale at a local distributor ($5)... not expecting much for the price. This is a nicely hopped session-style IPA. The overall taste and mouth feel were quite good. Not as hoppy as I would normally like in an IPA, but definitely not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 02:48:32 | More by deadsquirt
Photo of doubleipa


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

Had this on tap at Kclingers (Hanover). Noo head to speak of, with average lacing. It does have a nice strong hop aroma, but not incredibly intense. Typical pine resin, citrus ... Copper in color, but, a bit hazzy, though. I wouldn't call this a "hop head" beer as the promotional material suggests.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2006 16:34:57 | More by doubleipa
Photo of Jason


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date to be found.

A- One finger of sea foam head, decent retention as it sticks to the glass a bit. Mildly hazed orangey amber color.

S- Hard citric of grapefruit & mellow tobacco hop aroma melds well with hints of toasted grain.

T&M- Sufficient crispness in a medium body ... pretty smooth as well. Both toasted and caramel malt flavors cradle the semi-brash hops, grapefruit and tobacco ... sizable bitterness as well. Finishes semi-dry with a long lasting hop flavor.

D- Well balanced yet enough hops to please if not keep a hop-head content. Paired well with a smoke ham, pineapple and goat cheese pizza.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 00:25:54 | More by Jason
Photo of merlin48


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

Found a few bottles of this at a fruit market in Evansville, while looking for fresh yellow corn. What a find!
Pours a hazy, rust orange body with a two finger offwhite head. Retention is very good and lacing is excellent.

Aroma is excellent, opening with citrus florals like orange blossoms, followed by fresh mown hay, honeydew melon, and a soft malt backing of caramel and honey. Very nice to the nose.

Mouthfeel reveals a medium body, backed by slightly above average carbonation that deftly mingles the hops and grain bill.

Taste reminds me of a honey drenched orange blossom. Citrusy and floral hops mingle delightfully with a caramel/honey malt backbone. Malt character is somewhat grainy, but works well here. Finish is very clean, only slightly dry.

A real winner here. Exceptional balance. A threat to displace Bells Two Hearted Ale as my standby IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 00:43:50 | More by merlin48
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours an cloudy copper with thick fizzy head, and a whole lotta lacing. I like the aroma, but more faint than I'd have hoped, hearvy on pine and a nice grapefruit rind. Reminds me of 'raw' but it isn't raw in the least, just kind of a really exciting feel to it, lots of things to explore. Taste is a nicely hopped over with a husky, earthy malt and a really nice finishing bittering. Smooth and chewy with just enough carbonation to keep it lively but not aggrevating. Very nice. For whatever reason, I think this is a really good beer, but just don't like it as much as I think I should, if that makes sense, but definitely one I'd grab again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 02:44:05 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden light brown body with a thick creamy white head. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.

S- This beer has a strong pine hops smell with a faint pale malt note.

T- The taste of pineapple weed hops has some pale malt notes finished off with a bitter pine finish.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel

D- This beer has big pine hops with a nice pale malt backbone. It would be nice to have a bit more depth to the hops to make it a little more interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2006 23:30:05 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Phatz


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

This is a very tasty easy drinking IPA. I have never have never had a New Holland Brewing Company beer before. I was very pleased with this one and I will certainly seek them out in the future.

Appearance: Pours a peachy amber color with a tinge of orange

Smell: Bold citric grapefruit hop aroma, and a bready malt fruit flavor (like hints of pineapple) in the nose. Very enticing..

Taste: This is a bold flavor but not obnoxiously big, it is still easy to drink it is simply a full flavor of pine, grapefruit and toffee fruit flavored malts nicely blended in a taste that leave you thinking "WOW, Now that is an American IPA." Pretty exceptionally standard, (if that makes sense).

Mouthfeel: Medium body beer with just enough carbonation, but not too much that it would intrude on the tinglyness that the hops make on you palate. Creamy, smooth and easy.

Drinkability: This is a high quality easy drinking tasty beer. Hop-heads will like it. I enjoyed one; but the big hoppy IPA’s are hardly sessionable for me.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 06:03:17 | More by Phatz
Photo of sulldaddy


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this at the Kclingers closing. I am pouring at room temp into a mug that I got for being best man for fish113d.
The beer pours a clear amber color with just a bit of cloudiness in the bottom of the pour. I cut the pour after a bit of yeast escapes into my glass.
The aroma is prevelent upon opening the bottle. I get pine sap and grass with a bit of herbal mix and some citrusy grapefruit. How many varieties of hops are in here?
A soft fluffy off white head foams up and rests about 1 cm above the brew. The head fades gradually to a thin surface layer.
First sip reveals an average to lite body with very mild carbonation. Nice to have an IPA that isnt trying to be "extreme" or Imperial. Just an easy drinkin IPA. The flavor is briefly sweet caramel and rolls to a bitey pine sap and aspririn astringent hop mix. There is some rindy grapefruit in there too. Amazingly complex hop mix and all without being overwhelming IMO. No hint of alcohol anywhere. I really enjoy this brew and wish I had a few more for nites when I just want to open a beer enjoy it and not be wasted or palate killed.
Check it out!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 03:13:51 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of Imstillthegman


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

Pours a golden amber color with a dense, two finger, off-white head. Aroma is mostly citrus with some earthy pine and hints of malt. Hoppy citrus flavor with a decent malt presence. Not over the top in any way. Slick, dry, bitter finish. Nice, crisp mouthfeel. I would have another if I had one more.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 02:17:50 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of mcallister


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

Awesome color; deep golden with bright hues shining through out. A fluffy off white 2 inch head with great retention tops this brew. Slowly fades to thick sticky lacing.

Big sweet grapefruit, and floral, pine forest aromas. Very pungent smelling with a lively malt twist.

Good amount of IBU's on the palate. Very resiny, mouth coating hops, flowery pine, with a citrusy lemon, grapefruit at the finish and a sweet malt backbone.

The only problem I had with this beer was it's mouthfeel was lacking somewhat in the finish, dissipated rather quickly.

Could drink many of these, at least until my toungue dried out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2006 20:32:49 | More by mcallister
Photo of trep

West Virginia

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

A murky amber orange below a frothy white head.

Floral and sweet juicy hops accompany a sweet malty backdrop. Perfectly balanced.

Perfect. Stone IPA went up to the test against this and it failed in comparison I guess. Mad hatter is fierce hoppy goodness. Floral and malty, this one stands up to the best IPA's in the land. Celebration Ale/Alpha King step aside, Mad Hatter is here to be crowned the king.

Perfect carbonation, perfect mouthfeel, if Alpha King or Two Hearted stood up against this in a blind tasting it would be demolished. You could drink this all day

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 07:54:44 | More by trep
Photo of tallar


3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden-amber color with a very foamy, but thin head that leaves behind a lot of lace.

Smell: Pine and citrus are apparent. Not the most impressive smelling IPA I've had, but not bad either.

Taste: Pine and citrus are again apparent with a definite malt backbone there to balance the bitterness. Overall, very crisp and dry tasting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy with a medium body.

Drinkability: Pretty decent. Overall, a very solid beer. Not the best IPA I've had, that honor still belongs to Bell's Two-Hearted, but a good session beer nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 23:32:52 | More by tallar
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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

New Holland- Mad Hatter IPA

On tap at Isaac Newton's. Newtown, PA.

Appearance- Dark mahogany brown with very little head but decent lacing.
Smell- nice balanace of pine and citus. Slight malt hints.
Taste- Just like the smell pine and citrus equally balanced with the malt. Not very big on the flavor.
Mouthfeel- smooth with little hop "bite".

Overall- a decent IPA. Not a big one on big/ bold flavor but an easy drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2006 23:19:27 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of beermanbrian


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color. Head is somewhat lacking but i had it a little too cold so that could be the problem. There is a nice film on top the leave good lacing. Smell of grapefruit. The hops comes through as more of a pine in the taste. Nice bitterness level is balanced by a nice malt backbone. A very nice beer, solid in every aspect. Glad I picked this one up while I was in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 01:46:02 | More by beermanbrian
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North Carolina

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

Yellow-amber in color with a foamy, pocked white head that leaves a substantial lace on the glass.

Aroma is quite hoppy - pine and citrus, sharp and bitter. The feel is crisp, tart, and dry, with more pine, more citrus. Packs a big punch up front, but then fades fairly rapidly into a warm, crisp, dry citrus finish.

A very good IPA - not the best I've had, but still excellent.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 00:29:07 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of Gaisgeil


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent 'little' IPA from one of my favorite breweries. There is nothing over the top about this brew, but I really think that is it's greatest strength. It's the perfect goto IPA for session drinking, hoppy enough to be enjoyed, but not so much to burn you out, a great combination. Pours a golden, slightly amber in color with a creamy thin head. Nose is mainly floral hops, great aromatics, inviting. Taste is similar, but grapefruit dominates over the floral and herbal elements. There is a decent malt backbone there too. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, which in my book is about perfect to style. Drinkability is very high in the IPA category.

Very nice, I shall return again during the warmer months ahead.


Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 09:44:24 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of Brian700


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a nice pale with a white head that settles down to a ring around my glass.

The aroma is mostly of floral hops.

The flavor is pretty average in my opinion. I hear a lot of people talk up this beer but I wasn't really blown away. It has the balance of an average pale. Decent hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium/moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer but nothing to ooh and aah about. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 04:35:15 | More by Brian700
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice beer from New Holland. Poursout to a hazed pumpkin color with a big head of dense foam. Lots of lace, lower carbonation. Aroma of fresh flowery hops and buttery malts. Nice. Taste wasn't as aggressive as I had thought it would be, but it's still nice. Medium bodied hops zing the tongue right off the bat, with some backbone of sweet malt and mild corn grains. Mouthfeel was decent, but I'd had prefered it had more of an oily note to it. Drinkability is north of average. A definite possibility when sessioning an IPA. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 00:10:04 | More by Frozensoul327
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