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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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1,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 168 | 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 IntriqKen
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful IPA...thanks jpm30.
Pours IPA yellow orange with a nice full finger head of white foam that melts to very thick and sticky lacing.
Aromas of citrus hops...fresh pine and grapefruit.
Taste is sweet light pale malt that gets overcome immediately with grapefruit peel hops.
Aftertaste becomes clean citrus peel that dries the palette and leaves you thirsty for another sip.
Mouthfeel is very creamy for an IPA reflecting the sweet malts.

Photo of GimpyCane
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: poured murky amber hue w/ a 3 inch rocky white head, Left a excellent amount of lacing.

smell; decent scent of malt, I got a good whiff of bread, slight citrus hoppy aroma

taste and mouthfeel: began lightly sweet, light body and ended moderately bitter, dry, soft carbonation and an astringent bite that wasn't pleasant.

drinkability: maybe easy for some but the astringent aftertaste made it hard for me.

Overall, I was not that impressed w/ Mad Hatters IPA. One thing is for sure, I will give it another shot and see if I have a different experience.

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

pours out a hazy amber ice tea hue with lots of white foam rising three fingers up the pint glass.
Smell is citrus and hop. Some sugar and some alcohol are present but hard to detect.
Taste is tart and sweet with those wonderful hops leaving a nice bittersweet aftertaste in the mouth. This one gives Three Floyds Alpha King a run for it's money.
Mouthfeel is very clean and not a lot of the resin remains on the tounge.
This is a very drinkable brew and is so much easier to find than the Three Floyds Alpha King.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

This IPA poured a cloudy, amber/brown color with off-white foam that settled and clung in places to the glass. The smell was lightly malty with bitter hops. The taste was dominated by the bitter hops with some malt, though not sweet, and a bit tart. The mouthfeel was dry with medium body and moderate carbonation. The hop bitterness lingered in the finish and aftertaste. This was an OK IPA; perhaps this was an older bottle.

Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a orange glow(sort of). Small egg shale colored head that holds together well. Lots of watery lacing.
Smell is where this beer really stands out. You get the whole gamut of hop odors. Piney, grassy, citrus, floral framed my a nice malty sweetness.
Hops start out kind of mild in the flavor with a subtle peach flavor but slowly increase to a full force citrus finish. Think grapefruit and lemon peel. Mixed in are some grassy flavors and just enought malt to hold it all together. Nice grassy hop after taste that lingers for awhile.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of sticky. I can feel the hops, or is it the sweetness, sticking to my teeth.
This is a very good beer that I wish I had more of.
Thanks to beckje01 for this fine beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I could drink this all night long. Poors a nice amber, with a thin head but lots of lacing. Head stays for a while as well. Smells wonderful, loads of hops, nice piney smell, but the story here is the taste. BAM! Hops all over, fantastic, strong pine taste upfront, just perfectly bitter. This is a crisp and refreshing beer, I could drink these for days. Truly one of my favorites and hightly recommended.

Photo of Vancer
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11/4/07 Year later, another one - still freakin' too soapy. Not a good one.

Amber orange pour, plenty of sticky sliding laces. Looks good.

Big ol’ aromatic pine, orange, citrus and floral hops that I’m sniffing. A regular pot-porri of aromas. Darn thing was pretty soap and harsh in the tastes, disappointing. Doesn’t have a bottling date, so I can’t say how fresh it was.

It has a sharp and crispy texture, in summary I would have more of these boys, I just wouldn’t seek it out.

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

Pours a lightly hazy amber color with a thumb sized beige head that falls to scum that leaves behind some lace.

Aroma is nice sweet and fruity soft citrus pink grapefruit, orange, and some mangos.

Taste is the same sweet malts nice fruity hops leading into a light medium bitterness. Mostly citrus hops grapefruit with orange some spicy hops show up in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium a little zesty but seems smooth overall.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable solid IPA. Thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

Photo of xav33
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Holland Mad Hatter IPA
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, tumbled down the rabbit hole 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a hazy copper orange with a frothy mostly lasting white head with excellent lacing.

Smelt of moderate lemon/lime and floweriness.

Taste was upfront strong grassy nutty bitterness with light lemon accents followed by a strong earthy resiny bitterness accompanied by a moderate toasty bitterness on a long slighltly bittersweet flowery finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, watery on a dry finish, soft then lively carbonation, with heavy astringency.

Overall, a seemingly pleasant IPA, that tastes wonderful at first, but then bites back too hard and dies flowery. It's like an A.D.D. hop. The hop taste is too generalized and all over the place and not enough malt backbone to settle it down. Still pleasant on the nose and eyes and foretaste though.

Photo of Magpie14
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: pale golden color with bubbles moving throughout. A soapy cream colored head with strong lacing

Smell: a strong hoppy smell with strong earthy characteristics. Also sutle grassy scent, a very distinct smell!

Taste: a full spiced, citrus, hop flavor with a bitter aftertaste....nice! It definitely explodes with with hops. A slight malt flavor shows up but goes away quickly. Does not coat my tounge like other good hoppy beers have and it is not as fresh tasting. Has sort of a medicinal quality that seems somewhat unatural?

Mouthfeel: not to bad....a good feel overall with smooth finish. Slight watery finish. It's very drinkable!

give it a try! I don't think this beer will find a way to my fridge again. But "New Holland" does have some solid beers....just not this one....for me at least...overall a pertty good beer

Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date that I can find, poured into a pint glass

A—pours slightly hazy amber with an off white ¾ inch fluffy head that lasts for 5 minutes or so, thick lacing is produced that resembles sea foam

S—citrus and spice, faint candy sweetness, some grape aroma as well…like grape Kool Aid…odd that I am picking that up, I think

T—citrus and pine is very strong in the mouth, has some peppery zip, the sweetness is hidden until the end, finishes on the dry side

M—crisp and sharp, light/medium bodied, good carbonation

D—a solid IPA. Glad I bought a six of this. The rest will be much enjoyed.

Photo of terrabyte
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark yellow, bordering on amber. Very low head, if any.

Smells like a typical craft IPA. Lots of grapefruit with a large pine presence.

Taste is also typical of a well crafted IPA. Lots of tart grapefruit up front, ending with a bitter pine hoppy aftertaste. Just like the other 5 I had this week. The only thing missing here was the middle. After your tongue gets tied up at the beginning, nothing complex really happens in the middle. It is quickly followed by the aftertaste I described.

A crisp drink, very dry.

I have no complaints. It's just that they have a lot of competition.

Photo of Cresant
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a pint glass. Orange/amber body with two fingers of head. Lacing was substantial.

Smell was citrus hops. Sweet.

Taste was bitter and juicy, tangelo. Mild sweetness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel was zesty and interesting. Enough carbonation, oily hops, & alcohol tingle to keep you coming back for more swallows. Very drinkable AIPA.
I would order this one again.

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

12 oz bottle -> goblet
no date info

Pours a light orange amber with peach notes when held to the light. A small head leaves dish soap puddles and sheets of lace.

Nose: Very fruity nose with strong underripe pineapple bursting from the head.

Taste: Initial taste is dominated by sweet malt, which is quickly slammed on its head with a deep hop blast that ends with a long sweet then sour bitter burn. This isn't a DIPA?

Mouth is thick and dry. This isn't a DIPA?

What a surprize, wasn't expecting too much from this, i only grabbed it cause it was a fresh case at the store. Must buy more soon.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cool cartoony bottle and awesome name. This one pours brownish orange, hazy with some peppery looking sediments, a two finger pillowy head and sheets of lace. Good head retention.

Sweet and zesty in the nose. Loads of grapefruit and citrus rinds supported by a firm biscuity malt backbone.

A nice warm malt fruitiness accompanies the center-stage grapefruit hops. I tase apple, grapefruit, and grapes. Spicy and peppery also, but not over done. This is a very complex and tasty IPA!

A bit chalky in the mouth, this one is zesty, playful, and light to medium bodided. I could session the hell out of this wonderful IPA. It's very carbonated, zesty, and drinkable and I love the apple / applejuice notes and grapefruit hops.

This is one of my favorite IPA's, especially for sessioning.

Photo of cproioi
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a hazy copper color body with a creamy white head which left decent lacing. With a constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma was very citrus grapefruit hoppy which could be from the Cascade hops. The taste followed to aroma closely with a citrus hops flavor and then a slightly toasted malt flavor creeps in late in the taste. The mouthfeel was light and finished very dry. There was pleasant carbonation present on the tounge. My only complaint with the beer was that the aroma made me think I was going to be drinking a huge hop bomb but the hops bill could of been more intense for me.

Photo of frazbri
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Holland Mad Hatter IPA poured clear, clean copper, topped by a dense, cream head. Good lacing remained on the glass. Aroma consisted of pine accented with grapefruit; bold and beautiful. Upfront bitterness was followed by a little fruit and peat notes. Body was medium with med/high carbonation and a dry finish.

I like Mad Hatter. It has great west coast style hop presence. Look for it on tap. (though the bottle is good too.)

Photo of Maestro
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice IPA. The malts are as pronounced as the hops and that goes a long way with me. The nose is both grassy hops and bread/biscuit. The taste is a big wallop of flavor. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, bread, biscuit, toast and tea. Lots of goodness packed into this beer. Mouthfeel is bold. Drinkability is great. I will look for this IPA again.

Photo of UncleFlip
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review CD: 'Instruments of Terror' by Laika & The Cosmonauts
Review glass: New Glarus Brewing Co. pint glass

Had this handed off to me at a big UU convention up in VA in July. Just getting to the review now.

First thing I noticed was the foam pouring out of the bottle soon as I opened it. This could get interesting.

Letting it sit for a few minutes before pouring was a good thing. Foam was still at the mouth of the bottle, but in the glass, the head did not shoot up out of control. Head is fluffy, just off-white, with a hearty honey coloured liquid under, just a touch hazy.

Smell is thick malt, with stale hops over the top. A little ashy quality here, too.

Flavour is thick, round malt, with just hint of fruity hops up top. I tend to like IPAs a bit sharper and hoppier- but then, I guess I'm getting a greater fondness for the PacNW styles. (On second taste, there sort of a Cracker-Jack peanutty-caramel hint here. It's not unpleasant.)

Carbonation is just ever so slightly higher than I like. It's not enough to drive me away, though. Liquid is hearty enough to please.

Not the most drinakable in my book. Just zigs when it should zag. Your mileage may vary.

Be well

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a large shaving creme-like head'went down the side of the glass.Huge rocky head,orangy light coppery like color,tiny particles afloat in the beer.Slight hint ot carmel and citrus smell.Not a lot of taste for an I.P.A Just didn't seem hoppy or malty enough.Has a nice sharp aftertaste that slowly creeps up on you.
a very drinkable beer,just an average beer for the style.More like a pale ale to me.

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

Nice solid, balanced AIPA. Amber-orange in appearance with a large head and some decent lacing. Smells grassy, with some lemon. Lemongrass? Sure. Taste is orangey, slighty bitter, acidic, earthy. Mouthfell is nice, with some weight but and overall refreshing quality. Drinkability is great. This would session nicely. A bit too average, though.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear golden-orange color with a small white head that recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is very grassy with faint citrus notes. The taste is a bit more balanced between the grassy and citrus hop notes, and has a nice bitterness. The mouthfeel is spot on for an IPA: medium bodied with active carbonation. Overall, this is a good IPA that I would certainly buy again, and a nice new addition to the Minnesota beer scene.

Photo of scluffman
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium orangey/copper color with a thin head. Nice lacing.

The aroma shows typical IPA hoppiness, along with some pine needle to go with citrus zest notes.

Pleasing flavors with good hoppines and balance. Not overly carbonated. Has a pleasing dry, hoppy finish to go with the light-medium body.

Not over the top in any sense. A good solid effort. This is the first beer out of my Mix-n-Match sixer. (I think I'll have to buy a full sixer next time.)

Photo of maundythirsty
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slighty cloudy, dark amber beer underneath a huge pillow of a white head that laces thick. Serious pine and perfume hops smell that comes out to greet you.

Big flavor. Substantial malt supporting a full pine forest. No sharp edges to it. Very round mouthful of beer. Medium to thick mouthfeel, lightly carbonated.

Wish I'd had my first Mad Hatter while the summer was still young. If not a knock-out, pretty darn close. I'll have another.

Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright sub-amber appearance with a pale 1/2 inch head that lies flat on top. Fairly intricate laces on the glass. Fresh orange-ade aroma, a little black pepper. Lighter mouthfeel, carbonation is active but not excessive. Flavor is nice, slight malt and plenty of hops, marginally oily with a strong citrus rind signature. Finishes with a slight drying along with the overall bitter profile. If the smell was slightly more complex and the flavor featured a little more than acrid grapefruit notes, I'd put this one higher, but as is, its a nice IPA and one of my favorite New Holland brews to date.

New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.