New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
This is not my first sampling of this brew (although it is with the new label). It pours out with two fat fingers of head and a non-hazy orangish brown and has great retention. The aroma is potent with woody, hoppy, floral notes. The taste is like a hoppy punch in the face - bitter bitter bitter, and too much so for me. I hunted for anything malty and couldn't find it. I feel like I'm drinking dandelion greens or something. That disappoints me, since I'm mostly a big fan of New Holland and they're here in West Michigan. I know IPAs are supposed to be hoppy, but it's too much for me. At the very least, there's nothing to balance it out. That said, it does have good mouthfeel - pretty creamy for an IPA. In terms of drinkability, that bitterness really lingers, and I'll be able to put this down easily enough but I don't really want more. Darn.
05-02-2007 01:58:31 | More by MDekker
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured from the bottle a clear dark gold with a creamy head that melted away to about a quarter of an inch. Nice lacing to the end.
The smell was my favorite part of this beer. Floral hops abound in this one.
A definite mix of citrus and a nice malty presence.
Mouthfeel was light and slick. Carbonation was mild yet still had a little fizz to it.
This is a nice sessionable IPA that I will have again for sure.
04-17-2007 22:08:56 | More by Monkeyknife
4.4/5 rDev +15.8%
Dark golden yellowish-orange. Nice head reduces itself to a thin film steadily, with sheeted lacing. Actively carbonated.
Citrus presence upfront, with floral accents. Very nice - bold.
Orange & grapefruit citric notes, balanced well with a nice matly backbone. Hops are present and accounted for, but not blistering the tongue.
Smooth & creamy initially, leading way to a nice wet, but snappy finish.
This is one hell of an IPA, just as good as I remember it from years ago. I will be revisiting this one alot through the next couple of months, that's for sure. Well crafted and absolutely recommended!
04-17-2007 20:24:05 | More by scott
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
Beautifully golden in color with a couple of tiny, white bubbles. The head was really minimal on this one.
Strong, floral hops are the primary aroma here, with sweet citrus jumping in, such as grapefruit and lemon. Also some additional fruitiness, perhaps grapes. Pine is also present.
Taste isn't much different than I expected from the scents; piny, floral hops and citrus notes, but it's very well-balanced and smooth. Like most IPAs I've tried, sweet up front, but bitter toward the finish.
The feel is a lot thicker than I imagined, fairly dry as well. Pretty tasty and highly refreshing, I'd definitely grab another if I had one, though not nearly as good as some others in the style.
04-03-2007 04:25:45 | More by dogger6253
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
12oz bottle in pint glass
Pours with a very creamy head with a hazy amber color. There is not much to the nose but, the taste is good.The hops and malts are well balanced but I like a little more hops punch in an IPA. This is a solid IPA (representative of the style) but not one of my favorites. I would be happy if someone offered me one of these but, I don't think I would buy it again.
03-29-2007 23:58:11 | More by wspscott
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
I haven't had a Mad Hatter and quite awhile, so I decided to have one and take some notes. This was a favorite on trips to Michigan before I could find it around Chicago.
This Mad Hatter pours an amber-orange hue with a persistent eighth-inch of of white foam on top. There's not much to say about the nose on this beer; there's a bit orange blossom fruitiness. The flavor is good with caramel malts mixing well with citric hops. The mouthfeel is smooth, but the body seems a bit light for an IPA. As I sip away, some little bits of lace is left on the sides of my glass enhancing the appearance. I like the balance between the hops and malt. The finish is assertively bitter and long, with a bit of sweet malt stickiness. Overall, this is a very enjoyable IPA. I think I got a hold of an especially tasty and fresh bottle of this beer.
03-26-2007 01:48:17 | More by marcobrau
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours a slightly amber golden color with smallish head. Decent lacing. Aroma mostly floral hops with a little pine which follows into taste. Taste is predominantly floral with a little pine in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice, very full feeling. A good IPA but not exceptional. I would drink it again but probably will not seek it out.
03-21-2007 22:19:54 | More by Duster72
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden brown color with a thick two finger head. Nice retention and lacing.
Smell: Nice floral hop smell. Definitely some pine in there. Citrus notes are abound (grapefruit and orange).
Taste: This is a good beer. Definitely has a nice, bitter hop taste along with a nice citrus blend. Orange and grapefruit seem to be the easiest to detect. But, there's also some mango and perhaps pineapple in there.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This definitely has a syrupy feel to it. But, it goes down well. Tends to leave a dry taste in my mouth. Overall, it's a nice offering from New Holland. This is my first of their beers and I'll try others based upon this effort. Consider it recommended.
03-19-2007 00:03:18 | More by prototypic
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
Very decent American IPA, Centennial hopped. Some C hop aroma, good balance of caramel. Good bitterness and citrus juice, piney resin. A bit of head on golden yellow. Good carbonation making for a very good mouhfeel for an IPA, and satisfying. This has been brewed for a while and maybe that's why it is a bit disapointing to real hopheads.
03-18-2007 02:57:20 | More by Sammy
3.05/5 rDev -19.7%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Produced little head. Produced a dark, orangish color with little carbonation. This is my first New Holland beer. I caught a little of that baked goods smell. Biscuits. A bit chewy and has a slight citrus taste. Leaves a slight tart aftertaste. A nice beer. Not sure I'd get another with all the IPAs out there, but it's not bad.
03-04-2007 20:52:10 | More by Salo
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Cloudy dark golden color with a creamy off white head that goes down but not away. The nose is of tropical fruits, grapefruit, spicy esters, and yeasty. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, a little watery, and a bigger fizz with a vigorous swill. The hop characters are dry, earthy bitterness, and peppery spice. Sweet and tart fruits reach the palate in the middle and it ends more bitter and yeasty. The finish is dry, bitter, grainy, and a little cardboardy. As it warms the flavors meld together more with a bigger spruce and juicy fruit character.
03-04-2007 03:58:37 | More by cabsandking
3.1/5 rDev -18.4%
Mad Hatter IPA straight from the bottle, fills the glass with a dark orange body. The off white head came to about one finger with the bubbles still rising for a while after I had actually poured the beer.
The aroma of sweet hopps that I have become acustomed to in all IPA's was the most outstanding thing about this beer. Smelling of oranges and possibly a slight lemon hint citrus is all over this.
The taste was slightly dissapointing, I am not quite a "hop-head" but when drinking a IPA I want my hopps to taste enjoyable. This had a slightly more bitter and a more dominent alcoholic taste to it than I liked. Coming out very bitter in the end but with the taste of citrus throughout with a very hoppy finish.
Leaving a very light taste in my mouth I couldnt see myself picking this up in a sixer. Maybre a once in a while beer at the bar or one when im already in plenty deep.
02-25-2007 18:30:41 | More by quikfish13
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
This beer poured a clear, copper color with a thick, sticky head that coated the glass. Carbonation consisted of very small, slow-rising bubbles. On the nose is a floral hop aroma with hints of pine and citrus. It is there upon pouring, but seems to dissapate rather quickly. The flavors expressed through tis beer consist of juniper, grapefruit, and fresh foliage. The finish is clean and dry, but very short lasting. This IPA is a decent medium bodied beer, with a flavor that would please many beginners' palates. I would reccommend this beer to people wanting to get acquainted with American IPAs. It's not too light, not too heavy. One of my favorites? No, but I do enjoy it. It's definitely worth a try.
02-14-2007 05:17:59 | More by WYVYRN527
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
5 out of 5 bottles have foamed over after being opened. Quite a hassle. The beer poured a orange copper with a dense thick head, most likely a result of the foam overs upon opening. The head lingered and left a lot of lace on my glass. The first smell I noticed was sweet and honey like. Strange, but pleasant. Flowery hops as well. Over all a great smelling beer. Upon first taste I again got honey, then the flowery hops came back. Myabe some fruit in there as well. The beer felt chunky and thick and took some time to finish dry. Drinkability was good, I think I could make this a regular IPA in my rotation.
02-12-2007 20:14:36 | More by crayphish
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
Very enjoyable IPA. Orange color from the bottle with a white head. Almost a perfume aroma with an IPA bitter finish Explodes with hops...a real winner. The Micro brew pub has a 6 sampler of different recipes of the Hatter and if youre in Holland try the Black on tap. Fabulous!
02-11-2007 22:12:56 | More by browner
New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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