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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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1,829 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 45
Gots: 204 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-02-2002

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

i like ipa's.. my favorite style..this on is just an all round good ipa it has the right color it has the lacing it has the smell of citrus and malts and piney hops ..it pretty well balanced the mouthfeel is not bitter smooth for an ipa..this ipa was easy drinking with citrus sweet malts and hops..not an over the top ipa but a good one will drink again in singles only wont go out of my way to find it but will recommend it..the ipa market is so saturated

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright orange with a brillant clarity and a light beige 1 finger bubbly head that lasted a few minutes before lapsing to a patchy covering. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: The nose had a flowery hopping of citrus and pine along with a sweet caramel malting. It started off with a moderately strong presence but faded to only a gentle reminder after a few short minutes. Light fresh juicy grapefruit pulp is detected on the finish. Overall if the aroma retained its initial impression this would of faired much better, so sniff early to get a good appreciation before its gone.

T: The flavor was crisp with a very nice bitterness of dried flowery citrus and grapefruit that was balanced against a soft sweet caramel toasted malting. The bitterness increases upon the swallow with tart lemon peels notes and a dry flowery fade that was just enough to make you eagerly await the next sip without being overwhelmed. Overall the flavor was amply hopped but very smooth with a light flowery dryness concluding things.

M: crisp with a medium body maltiness that gives this a good solid feel. A beautiful flowery coating teases the tongue with just the right amount of proportions.

D: Nice drinkability, very crisp and smooth bitterness that was just right making this an easy drinking session ipa. A perfect 6 pack opportunity that shouldn't disappoint and one that is enjoyable in numbers.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a brilliantly clear deep golden color with a thick, very clingy white head. The aroma is medium-high hop; floral, citrus and a bit of sweetness. The flavor is medium-high hop flavor (citrus, grassy and piney) with a low smooth bready malt in the background. The bitterness is moderate-high and provides some balance. The body and carbonation are both medium. Overall a tasty IPA with wonderful lacing, worth a try!

Photo of Mauerhan
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle opens with a hiss pours a hazy golden amber. A slim layer of white head is there for a minute a touch of splotchy lacing.

smell is slightly malty with a moderate hop presence. not much to the smell a bit on the thin side.

taste is spot on with the smell. I get a slight citrusy bitterness before the malts come in but other than that im not getting much off of this. frankly I am underwhelmed.

At this point ive pushed myself through half the glass each sip is kinda rough to get through. a bitterness lingers on the palate and not in the way that is desirable.

overall good attempt but there are so many other options out there.

Photo of ATPete
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a bright, transparent orange color with a small off white head that clings to the glass. Fresh hop aroma with a fruitiness like that of Trix cereal and a cookie-like malt sweetness. Leafy and bitter with a fruity aftertaste, good balance and sharp with carbonation. A good sessionable IPA built for the hop head.

Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a thin white head that settles to a wispy cover and a bubbly ring that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of pine/resin upfront with some citrus and a bit of bread.

The taste is of musty pine/resin with some grapefruity citrus with caramel sweetness. It has a sharp, bitterish bite in the finish.

It has some astringency and a medium body.

A nice IPA overall.

Photo of katan
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into a pint

A - Dark golden in color. A bit of hazing. Lots of head formation, a hair off white in color. Very bubbly, looks very carbonated.

S - Very assertive, aggressive american hops. citrus, pine - very earthy. Almost stings the nose. Unable to detect malt or yeast.

T - Starts off with a very light flavor, almost completely balanced between bitterness and sweetness - nearly neutral. Mid-stream starts to show the high ibus that are backed up by the huge dry hopping. Finishes with the slam of american hops, cascade, simcoe, amarillo come to mind. Aftertaste finally reveals some nutty and bready malt notes.

M - Moderate to strong body - seems thick as far as IPAs go. Carbonation bite hits the palette. Oily hop texture in the aftertaste.

D - This just doesn't feel like a session IPA to me. ABV is in line, not filling, no obvious bad attributes. However for me I find this hop assault on my senses to be more of a 1 or 2 and done.

A solid offering overall.

Photo of adamette
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery during my visit there within the past week into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Medium to light brown body. Minimal but creamy head. 3.5

S Light hops. Some sweetness too. 3.5

T Nice balanced IPA. Hops dominate but then again, they should. There is a nice malt background to balance things out. 4.0

M Moderate to high mouthfeel with some syrupy stickiness. 4.0

D Good. 4.0

Photo of Ragingbull
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold to light amber in color. Foam head that gives way to a covering of lace. Foam on the glass and some light prickle. The nose has a floral hops character. Mild hops attack and pleasant flavor. Nice balance. The malt and the grains have a nice flavor and mouthfeel. The beer has a nice structure to it. Solid flavor characteristics.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Holland Mad Hatter IPA. 5.8% alcohol.

A- Pours a clear orange fluid with mild carbonated head that falls to a medium foamy ring around glass. Great lacing clings to the glass.

S- The smell is ripe grapefruit with hints of fresh grassy noles, light citrusy peel scents as well.

T-M- Fresh hop flavors of citrus, grapefruit and yeasty malt kick. Mouthfeel is smooth with little to sway you from drinking heavily.

D- Excellent beer.

Photo of TLove
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from mix pack.

Thin, orange body with a touch of malt syrup and a strong carbonation streak. Not much lacing. Not exemplary in smell, but has a nice showing of grapefruit, beet, and honey, with a little bit of floral hops on the nose to balance out the otherwise dominant pine flavors. Again, not exemplary in any way, but the centennial hops really bring out an emphasis on balance over hop-centric anihilation of one's taste buds. It comes off a bit sour on the back end, but rewarding nonetheless.

Did not hold up to the white bean chicken chili I paired it with, but drinking it by itself, it was substantive and very well balanced. A great sessionable IPA.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a somewhat clear copper color with huge, foamy ecru head. The head easily rose to fill the pint glass and settled slowly to a thick one finger layer that would not go away.

Pine needles and flowers up front with a lightly toasted biscuity malt base.

A touch of grapefruit and orange blend in with pine and flowers to lend a hoppy bite on top of a lightly sweet biscuity malt. A nice little punch of bitterness in the finish.

I found this to be a little thin. The carbonation seemed to be alright, but it did not have the desired creaminess.

Given the slightly thin body, it only increases the drinkability of this IPA. A good go to IPA.

Photo of whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light copper color with a decent ivory head that slowly recedes to just a layer but continues to produce some nice lacing.

The aroma is piney citrus with just a touch of biscuits.

The taste starts with a grapefruit zest quickly followed by a blast of pine resin then a bit of bready malt. the finish is slightly dry with a lingering pine note.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth and easy to drink. A really decent IPA.

Photo of alkemy
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beast into a pint glass with some aggression leaving a solid two finger head. The color was amber/orange with a frothy beige head. Lots of floral hops and citrus. Orange and resiny pine on the taste, yet it's very clean and crisp. Nice malty notes peeking out here and there, but they just linger long enough to balance that hops. Unlike DIPA's, I do like IPA's to have some balance. This really fits the bill for me. It's hoppy, yet not in your face. It's got a delicate malt balance that's just enough to let you know it's there. I'll be back.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a nice clear and bright amber color. Very little haze. A nice .5 in. head that dissipates quickly but leaves a thin film with some lacing.

S - Very nice piney smell some malt hints but mostly the flowery hops are present. Attractive but a bit dry in the nose.

T - The piney hops and grapefruit taste are there and very nicely represented but there is some sweet malt missing for my taste. Still very good though.

M - could have a little more bite and body for my taste.

D - Very high.

Photo of JamesS
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice deep copper color with some very nice head and a bit of lacing. Deep (American) hot scent with a nice malty background to it. Excellent taste, a very nice IPA with wonderful hop attributes, nice citrus and floral notes, and enough malt backing to keep it from being one dimensional. Very smooth finish with a great hop aftertaste.

Photo of atsprings
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

10oz pour at Raleigh Times served a slightly hazy orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a decent amount of citrus hops with slight sweet malts. The taste is a wonderful balance of citrus hops and sweet malts with a nice smooth finish. The beer is very smooth and easy drinking. This one is a wonderful cask brew!

Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 9/5/09

A - Hazy copper in color. 1/2 inch head dissipates quickly, leaving minimal retention. Spotty lacing here & there.

S - Big pine hop aroma with a bit of citrus, too. A touch of biscuity malt.

T - Rather earthy hop flavor; mostly pine. Some citrus hops hang around - grapefruit & orange. Malt backdrop is biscuit-like & subtle. Very tasty.

M - Medium-bodied with prickly but unobtrusive carbonation. Bitterness linger slightly, but the finish is pretty clean.

D - Very drinkable; I could session with this one. A very solid IPA.

Photo of TheViolator666
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a hazy orange color topped with a one finger white head that leaves some tremendous lacing that seems to layer after every sip.

S: Smells of hops up front, very piney. A bit of sweet malt. Fairly big smell.

T: Taste is pretty big as well, tons of bitterness that ends with a touch of malt. Some citrus, but mostly piney, probably one of the most piney beers I've had, very good. Leaves a lasting bitterness.

M/D: This one has a nice medium body and goes down without much of an alcohol bite.

Overall a great IPA, and for a good price.

I don't think my palate is advanced enough to be able to pick out individual hop varieties yet, but after reading that this one is brewed with centennial hops I think I'm beginning to understand what centennial hops taste like. This will be put to the test by the Founders Centennial IPA that I'm now very excited to test my hop recognition on.

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

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: A light copper color that is pretty clear. Had a small head that seemed to go fast.

Smell: Strong hop aroma with some fruit lingering, just subtly making their appearance known.

Taste: Starts off sweet with the fruit and malt, and ends with a bitter kick. Very good.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but not too much.

Drinkability: Very good. This is something I could get again, although there are a couple IPAs I would prefer over this one.

Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber orange with a 2 finger head that coats the glass with lacing

smell love those centennial hops

taste was a little bit of a left down - still good but i wish they used only centennial hops - there are some hops that give it just a tiny bit of sour orange and grapfruit that i think hurts it

mouthfeel is nice - carbonation is fine and good light/medium body

drinkability - i want to rate it higher but when you have had 2hearted adn founders ipa that are all centennial and are both fantastic - when you mess with what works..well i will go to these first

Photo of Vonerichs
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a deep orange w/ red and brown tint. There's a light haze but for the most part is transparent. 1 inch of head resolves quickly without leaving much residual lacing behind.

The hop profile is obvious in the smell but not offensive. Citrus fruit and floral hops in the nose, a pine and caramel malt to follow.

Those same citrus hops (orange and grapefruit) and perfume floral hops are the main course. The caramel malt adds a nice balance. This was missing the pine finish I was looking for from the smell, but overall had good flavor. There is the typical bitter ipa trademark, but again was not offensive.

This was a little thin in the mouthfeel department, but carbonation was good and the finish was likably dry.

This is a good sessionable ipa. It's put together well but really does nothing to stand out in a style that's saturated with a lot of show stoppers, in my opinion. I've had this one a bunch of times before and will have it a bunch more. It's easily available in my area and often served as the only IPA on tap. I won't complain about that.

Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a short head that breaks apart slowly leaving a few bubbles on the rim of the glass.

Smell: loads of pine, grapefruit, and hop bitterness are easy to detect.

Taste: slightly bready malt profile with caramel, pine, grapefruit, and a hearty bitterness that provides a nice bite.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish, with some dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the bitteness lingers on the tastebuds.

Drinkability: easy to drink this beer as several can be quaffed in session. Worth giving this one a try.

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

Hatter is a vivid and lucid shade of orange - it will have you thinking of colourful tropical fruits before even smelling it. The complexion is so bright, its tone so burnished, its shine so... shiny! Its light haze still leaves the beer translucent. Its frothy eggshell white head is inordinately luscious; it looks napped and softly fuzzy like a high quality suede or velvet.

This is about as pungent as I remember Centennial hops ever smelling; the alpha acids are amped up to the max. Their resiny, soapy, flowery bouquet is so fragrant and obnoxious that there is little room for the toffee-laden malt to breath through (even though it in its own right is quite pleasant smelling). These hops are downright oppressive - and I like it!

Turns out the malts can hold their own too - at least for a little while. A crispy, toasty, honey-sweet, caramel lathered maltiness starts out calling the shots but doesn't hold command for long. Even before the swallow, flavours of flower petal and citrus juice wash over the palate; the aftertaste is tyrannized by a very fruity and delicately floral taste.

And what's not to love about it? If bitterness is to have a taste surely this ought to be it. As mentioned, it is vividly fruity (dabs of orange, grapefruit) and oddly floral (orange blossom, lavender). But it is by no means too overbearing; in fact, it almost reminds me of a strongly steeped tea (although this claim may be influenced by the hints of jasmine).

I was looking for a thirst-quenching beer with a good dose of hoppiness after this hot summer evening's exercise and that is exactly what I found in the Mad Hatter. No riddles or eccentricities here - just a solid, textbook-style, good old fashion American IPA. Ten shillings and six pence? Sure, whatever they're charging for a case it's worth buying again.

Photo of pmccallum86
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light reddish gold color with a bubbly smooth head. Good retention on the head. Smell is nothing special, floral hop notes with a light malt smell in the background. The taste is of a watery IPA, hops are very underwhelming for an American IPA with just a light note in the dry hop finish. Malt is also very light, this tastes like a "light" version of an IPA. Mouthfeel is thin, very thin. As this is so thin it possibly could be considered to be drinkable. Maybe I got a bad batch as other reviews view it more favorably, but what ever the case I will not be buying this again.

New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.