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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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1,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,622
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 42
Gots: 117 | 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 HappyHourHero
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Big bubbled, cream colored head about an inch thick. Head faded slowly leaving a nice looking coat of lace. Golden orange colored beer, transparent with very little carbonation. Nice piney hop aroma with a bite. Light mild malty flavor joined quickly by a tasty piney hop flavor, finishes just barely bitter. Body is just short of moderate, the beer feels light as it glides across the tongue. Hops in aroma and flavor are fresh and tasty. A good, interesting, IPA.

HappyHourHero, May 19, 2004
Photo of mikeys01
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle, courtesy of CRJMellor. Color was a bright clear shiny orange, like a new basketball perhaps. This basketball-colored beer was capped with a light fluffy white head, leaving nice arching lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is very floral hoppy and sweet, and a bit malty. Taste brings out a nice, well tempered bitterness at first, with notes of grapefruit. Plenty of biscuity malt flavor in through the middle, adding a nice smoothness to it. Finish is just dry enough with some lingering hints of citrus. Although not extreme in any aspect, this is a highly drinkable IPA, very tasty.

mikeys01, May 18, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Huge creamy white head and hazy golden body. Very nice looking brew, the huge cap of foam is a nice change up from the flat looking IPAs I've been trying. Aroma is a bit muted. Flavor is very nice with a well balanced hop flavor and malt flavor that still makes an appearance. Very nice.

Sixpack595, May 13, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

I always feel like I am commenting on the hops in USA IPA bottlings rather than a "beer." This one is no exception.
Startling aromas of grow-room just before harvest seem appropriate to the style. Sticky, nutty budlets of resin and peppered, scorched brioche. Very assertive.
On the palate it is dry, with maple-glazed grapefruit rind teasing the edges of the caramel and pecan-flavored, thrusting, creamy texture. Finishes with lemon and black licorice. A very successful example of a style I'm not currently enamored with.

putnam, May 03, 2004
Photo of silenius
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

It pours a nice orange amber color with a smallish head that drops down to some nice skim on the top of the beer with some largish bubbles packed in the middle. The lacing is pretty darn nice looking! There are some dust sized yeasties suspended in the beer that at first glance look like carbonation.

The smell is light piney/floral hops. Definitely there, but not big. Maybe this bottle is a little old. I don't know.

Taste is actually pretty malty for an IPA. At least the one's I'm used to drinking. The hops is more of a back palate aftertaste than up front. My burps are hoppy, however.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and creamy with a little bit of a bite on the tip of the tongue.

This is a decent beer that I wouldn't think too hard about when drinking. I'd buy it over any macro, but there are plenty other micros out there that make better in my opinon.

silenius, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

This beer looks appetizing enough. Clear and golden orange in color, full of miniscule bubbles and topped off with a small creamy white head of foam. The aroma is full of sweet and fruity hops, almost piney with touches of floral notes. The taste is pleasantly bittersweet with more of an accent on the hops than the malty side. The sweet malt that comes through is right along side the hoppy bitterness, and the two make a very nice couple. Bready graininess and fruits including pears and cherries come through. The finish is full of flavors that dance on the tongue. Nothing harsh about this beer, just overall pleasant. Very enjoyable!

Thanks to trbeer and BIF7 for the opportunity to try this one.

pezoids, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Light tan head. Clear copper brew.
Big hop aroma is mostly piney with some floral and grassy notes as well. Pale malt underneath the hops.

Taste shows a big piney hop flavor. Some floral as well. Biscuity, toffee malt backbone falls a bit short of balancing this one. A bit of resinous hop oil lingers at the finish.

Good body and mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good IPA. Big thanks to TwelveVoltMan for the bottle!

PhantomVodoo, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to trbeer and BIF 9.

12 oz bottle.
Pours a nice orangy amber color with a decent light tan head. I had to force-pour it a bit, but it still wasn't too bad. The head lasted for some time and the lacing was average.

This brew has a massive floral hop nose. Piney, critic and sweet (there is a definite subtle malt character in the smell)

This brew seemed a bit malty for me. Especially when you consider that the smell was so dominated by hops. That is not to say that this was not a good IPA, but I was a little taken aback when I tasted compared to what I smelled. I would have also expected a better finish. I usually like my IPAs to have a dry finish but this one was not so much.

While this is a fine example of an IPA, I have had better. I have heard nothing but great things about New Holland, but this brew was somewhat dissapointing. The nose led me to believe something it was not. I would, however, have it again. It is a mighty fine session brew and I'm sure I could drink more than one, now knowing what to expect.

LuckySevens82, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

An overall solid IPA, this amber-golden brew produced a legitimate head at the very onset, yet it quickly vanished to a pesky lace in no time at all. The aroma had some citrus and hops involved, but not that etherial piney aroma I truly revel in when enjoying classic IPA's (i.e. Smuttynose IPA). A solid tasting brew, the hops and citrus essence come through in a good way. A solid IPA, and definately well above average.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%

This is the classic American IPA color: slightly hazed, orange-accented amber. The head is larger than most, rich cream in color and pitting/rocky. It also looks fairly sticky and should leave a lot of lace. It eventually falls to a thick, chunky disk that looks great, but not much lace ends up on the glass. The nose is glorious. Citrus fruity hops with nothing else to get in the way of my enjoyment. Mmmm.

Love the flavor, this baby is hopped to my liking! Forget the earthy hops, forget the spicy hops, forget the malt (except to provide a framework on which to hang these yummy hops). I can appreciate grapefruit, pineapple, lemon peel and pine, with the latter especially well-represented on the long, lingering finish. The body is solid, full and smooth. This is a quality IPA and I have no doubt that it will be a long-term member of my IPA top ten.

Thanks are in order for deejaydan. This is the second delicious Michigan IPA that he sent me in a recent trade (Founder's Centennial IPA was the other). Both are good, solid, drinkable beers without any real faults. I wish that IPAs of this quality were available to me on a regular basis, for then I would be a happy man indeed.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Kudos to TwelveVoltMand for having some cold brew waiting for us when we arrived at his place this past weekend.

Poured a clear, deep honey in color. Thick and very sticky off-white lace. Great lacing. Definitely hoppy! Citric/grapefruit in the nose. Just a dash of malty sweetness. Flavor is BITTER, almost ESB-like. An avalanche of bitterness, with barely anything standing in its way. Medium body. Good carbonation. Very long-lasting bitterness with a dash of honey right at the very end. Quite the drinkable beer.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Hazed glowing orange with small particulates suspended. Slight cinnamon colored head but a big and bubbly collar. Lacing is adequate. The nose is quite piney, citric and resiny. Nice. The hops impart a lot of flavor to this. Pine sap and cannabis resin. Bitter orange and mint leaves. Could use just a little more malt backing. What little I do get is toasted and toffee in nature. The body is medium full. This one is pretty good. Maybe just a tad unbalanced. I hope this one has no mind altering chemicals in the mix.

Thanks for the new "hat" cokes. I hope the only effects I feel from it are from the alcohol.

Bighuge, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of jeffboo
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%

An excellent IPA, this one isa very nice deep golden color with cream colored foam topping it off. Very nice,fresh citrus/earthy hop aromas pour out of the glass, resiny, slightly smokey with some malt in the backround. Medium bodied brew with a nice,complex malt profile entwind with citrus hops and a solid bitter finish. The nice hop flavors are balanced nicely with caramel, toasty malts that is oiley in texture finishing dry. Bring me another!

jeffboo, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is amber, with a foamy white head. The smell is a nice grapefruit citrus hops. The taste is a light citrusy hop with a very strong dry hopped taste to it, and a strong aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle. A treat to celebrate the end of a large project with, this is quite a fine IPA, especially for the lover of the more grassy hop taste. Quite good, and one I'd certainly have again in the future.

beergeek279, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of kwalters
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Here's an IPA that's spicy and hoppy, but not a bit over the top. I had this at a Mexican restaurant and it went very well with the spicy salsa. There's more spiciness than flowery fragrance in both the smell and taste of Mad Hatter. I liken it to middle ground between SNPA and SN Celebration.

kwalters, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of jsolack
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

Hazy orange appearance... nice lacy head. Overall looks like a great beer.

Sweet spice and strong citrus. Hops also comes through.

Crisp and light... bitter finish. Holds it's flavor over the entire tounge. Tanic at the end... like orange rine.

A bit dry and bitter on the tounge. Feels a little shallow.

Beer is a little too crisp and dry to have a bunch!

jsolack, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a slightly murky amber color. Relatively small white head but what head there is leaves tons of clingy lace on the glass.
Aroma is heavy grapfruit hop profile which totally obscures any hint of malt. Very pleasant but one-dimensional.
Flavor is sweet malt that slides super smoothly into a citrus hop finish. Nice transition and very pleasant beer.
Mouthfeel is not as "alive" or "springy" as aroma and flavor would indicate, only slightly distracting though.
Drinkability is enormously high, excellent seesion beer. I dare you try drink only one !

CRJMellor, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of jackndan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

New Holland IPA: Cloudy, deep amber color, nice slightly off-white head, leaves nice Irish rings. Light, crisp aroma, very clean, with hints of citrus. Lightly hopped IPA, nice balance between the malts and the hops. Definitely not a big bruiser IPA with the hops, but rather mild, flavorful and tasty. Slightly hop oil aftertaste, which does not last long, and leaves the palate clean and ready for the next sip. Fairly well done, a traditional English style IPA, not a hopped up American IPA.

jackndan, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy reddish-orange color with two fingers of head. There is a fair amount of lacing left down the sides of the glass. The smell is packed full of citrus and hops. Imagine if you opened a can of Dole pineapple chunks, threw in a handful of hops, and mixed it all up. That is what this brew smells like. Unfortunately the taste doesn't pack the same punch as the smell. It is fairly good, but it is a little light on the hops. Still has a bit of citrus. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and thick. The drinkability is superb, and this is an easy drinking IPA that I could down all day.

SheepNutz, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%

Appearance: murky bronze color, short, white head, rather typical IPA look
Aroma: now we're talking, big, BIG, B-I-G! with the hops, fat with fruit, bitter, yet sweet, and complex, a cornucopia of citrus and peach, pineapple and more. Juicy!
Taste: hugeness returns in the flavor department, healthy hop content, with a firm presence on the palate, sticking to and playing with the palate. Warm and winning, this is a most excellent IPA, reminding me of a former favorite (but only because it's left our market) Three Floyds Alpha King. Long, hoppy finish, ever-so tasty, profoundly satisfactory.
The only thing I'd change is the amateurish artwork on the label.
This one would have an honored spot in my fridge, if it were only available in MN. Thanks to jeffboo for smuggling some across the state border from WI!

feloniousmonk, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Mad Hatter is an IPA in the style of Sierra Nevada with some of the floral notes familiar to Two Hearted, lavishly bittered to earn itself the classification. Leafy nose with notes of fruit, roses, and grass that opens up to sweet citrus on the palette with a raw bitter finish. The bittering's nice, but the malt profile doesn't live up to it. There's a lot of tasty sediment in this brew and its a solid pale ale. The hop schedule seems lazy and single-minded. It too clearly defines the hops as bitter/flavor/aroma instead of giving the brew a flavorful and aromatic bittering (there is a difference). According to the Web site, it is all Centennial (hence the Cascadey, SNPA quality) and Nugget. The IBUs are at a nice, tolerable level, but in limbo between IPA and APA, aggressive enough to catch your attention, but too cowardly to hold it.

I've come to identify New Holland as a Bell's-in-training and it shows here; they take a twist on Two Hearted and fall a little flat. A wonderful brew, but lacks the charisma of a legend. If only we could all come this close to legendary, though.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Nov 15, 2003
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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Color is a dark amber coppery color with a tall one inch off-white head thats thick and whipped smooth and fades down slowly to some whispy lacing. Smell has a nice hop mix of dried hops, resiny and super dried, nice little earthyness of leaves, and the malts back up with a roasted light caramel. Taste has a good amount of dried hops, bittering of a resiny dryness, with some piney dried senses of needles, bark and leaves and a bit of floral/herbalness thats nice with some lingering juicyness. Solid medium body feel, kinda chunky/pulpy too, lots of drying bitterness, not as sweet as the tap version I had this summer at the Autumn Brew Review. This has alot of dried variants thats leafy and resin filled, the grapefruit notions that were in the tap version are nearly all but vanished. Bottled Mad Hatter is better IMO then tap. Hopefully someday I hope to compare head to head.

Thank to jeffboo for the bottle!

tavernjef, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of winomark
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Appearance: Dark copper color with lots of suspended yeast floating. Almost no head.

Aroma: Good citrus and hop spiciness. Some malt tones and tannins.

Taste: Dry and bitter palate. Hops present, but well balanced by the malt. Tannic, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Mild and crisp. Good balance of bitterness and sweetness.

Drinkability: Good IPA, but nothing special. A good thirst-quencher.

winomark, Oct 20, 2003
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Hazed, particle-laden peach. A wet, large bubbled, lacy head above.
Tingly hop aromatics of lime peels, grapefruit juice and iron. Toasty malt appears as well.
Begins malted, with dryish flour-coated bread, ever so lightly toasted. Hints at caramel, but this is not sweet at all. Hops enter with fury to spare. Citric rinds (lime and grapefruit), pineapple, dried herbs and searing metallics. Loads of hops in this dude. Quite bitter, but not overbearingly so. And tasty!
Medium bodied. Low to medium carbonation.
This is a rock solid IPA.

cokes, Oct 16, 2003
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

**Sampled at Piccadilly Beverage Shops with Zach in Champaign**
poured a really light pale gold. The smell was crisp with some floral hops. Flavor is like a pale ale taken down a notch as opposed to up on a notch on the hop scale like an IPA should be. The hops are nowhere in the neighborhood of good IPAs like Bell's Two Heart, Dreadnaught, or Avery IPA. The mouthfeel is thin and uneventful. The drinkability is high because while it is not too hoppy it is also not offensive. I think it should also be noted that this brew does not live up to the hype printed on its own packaging, it appears New Holland is very, very proud of themselves.

Jables, Oct 14, 2003
New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,622 ratings.