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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,839 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,839
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 46
Gots: 214 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 1,839 | Reviews: 753
Photo of semihobo
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz from sixer, store manager assured me that the turnover was high and that the pack was fresh.

Dull peachy amber, head is tiny but hangs around. A little hazy.

Aroma is grapefruit with a little pine, hops are dominant, some sweet malt, classic floral IPA. Very strong but not one-dimensional, loving it.

Taste is a little flatter and bitterer [is that a word?]. Some of the delicate notes from the smell are gone. No sweetness at all, taste is thin, with hints of apricot and peach. I think other bottles have been better, maybe the pour was funny... will review the last one in the pack if it's different.

Mouthfeel is a little dull, the hop finish on the tongue is not that pleasant.

Had a few during a long session last weekend, felt like this one was a winner... must re-review. Still, this stands for now as a great smelling IPA that spent everything on the aroma.

Photo of montageman
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer has sentimental value for me. Back when I was first starting to drink craft brews, I saw a 6 pack of this stuff and thought the label looked cool, so I bought it. At the time, this was the most bitter beer I'd ever had, but now it seems tame. Amazing how drastically things change.

Deep and rich amber in color, there is little head to speak of, but some lacing is remains. The aroma is sweet with a hint of citrus and pine in background. The taste is smooth - heavy citrus/grapefruit up front with a nice earthy finish. Mouthfeel is rich better than others I've tried. I could drink this stuff all night long. I would love to try this on draught. Highly recommended.

Photo of atrus138
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange color with a nice foamy head. Moderate lacing, but doesn't stick around long.

Wonderful smell of citrus and hops. Very potent.

Wow. This is a great example of the IPA style. Absolutely loaded with citrusy hops. Tangy grapefruit, some lemon. Not for the weak of heart. Piney aftertaste, especially upon belching.

Medium bodied. Very easy to drink, especially considering the wallop the taste delivers.

Photo of crwills
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard to review this one, as I'd just been blown away by my first Bell's Two-hearted a few moments before. Had a bottle of this at Beerbistro in Toronto, and although it is certainly decent, it doesn't compare to the Bell's. The Mad Hatter has pretty much everything an IPA should have, though. Good balance (slightly on the citrusy-hops side), little bit of sourness in the aftertaste, some woodsy notes as it warms up. Quite drinkable, regardless of the 'competition' that night.

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

This was a slightly opague golden color, with a medium white head.
Piney hops and caramel malts are well-balanced along with midl roasted grain and citrus. Very good and decently complex.
The taste is piney and floral hops balanced once agian with slightly toasted and sweet caramel malts. Citrus and alchol are in there but pretty subtle.
Bittersweeet due to citrus and piney hops fades into sweet, with a hint of carbonation. Very good and balanced. Medium-bodied adn crisp feel. Overall impressive and a very good representation of doing it without overdoing it for an IPA.

Photo of morimech
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice clear, golden colored brew. The head isn't large and doesn't stick around but does settle down to a cap. Leaves moderate lacing. The smell is floral, pine, and citrus hops. I never smelled an IPA that the floral came through so well. Most are overpowering pine. The taste has a bit like perfume, floral and bitter. Notes of tobacco and spearmint. It has a nice medium body but carbonation is a bit weak. Leaves crisp and clean, Not the most powerful hopped beer out there, but it has a different hop taste. A nice change up but I couldn't drink too many of these in one sitting.

Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jpm30 for this one.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, nice little islands and sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy/malty, citrusy, some pines, and caramel. The taste is a good blend of hops and malts, some nice citrus and caramel. Medium body, a well rounded brew. Drinkable, a nice IPA glad to have had a chance to try it. Recommended.

Photo of jackorain
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice amber/orange color. 1 inch white head that lasts a decent amount of time and leaves good lace. The problem withis beer is that there are so many large chunks of yeast sediment that it is almost impossible to get a pour without so many floaties.

S-Smells gokay, grapfruit hops, caramel malts and biuscuit malts, not necessirilly complex

T-Really brash hops upfront. Grapefruit, green hops. Biscuit and caramel malts. Really brash hop bitterness that lingers long. Astringent, dry finsih

M-good carbonation but light body

D-All that being said I caould and did have several in row

Photo of bozebus17
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange-copper with a generous white head. It doesn't persist very long but leaves a trail of lacing in its wake.

The aroma is extremely strong. I could smell it from the bottle after I opened it before even pouring it into the glass. There are all kinds of things going on with the hops here; citrus and pine come through the strongest. Very inviting smell.

Taste is similar to the smell, there is a broad spectrum of character from the hops. There are definite juicy grapefruit flavors, citrus, and pine. I also notice a nice residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium and crisp. It has a nice dry finish that leaves me wanting more.

This is a very nice IPA. I don't think it is overwhelmingly bitter and it is very approachable. It could do well with just a little more toasted malt character, but I am nitpicking. I'd drink this one anytime. Very tasty.

Photo of Limberg316
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing IPA! It is a full-bodied, incredibly hoppy beer. It has a fantastic balance between bitterness and sweetness that sets it apart from other IPA's. It pours with a solid golden color and alittle head. It smells of hops, tastes of hops, and finishes of hops. I can't recommend this beer enough!

Photo of Applesauce1
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH. This has become one of my favorite and most dependable beers.

Appearance: orange-brown with a nice haze and 3/4" white head on the pour
Smell: lots of hops (flower type smell)
Taste: delicious; lots of hops (not balanced, much more on the hoppy side); hint of citrus flavor and some pale malt taste
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinkability: could do two in a night, but not back to back...the hops might wear you out a little

Photo of surlyseth
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy gold-orange with med to small head.

S: Pine, a little citrus. Not much else.

T: Um...I wasn't sure if a beer could have too much hops until I tried this one. It starts off all well and good, but finishes with a really off taste. Can't put my finger on it, but it's not good. I may have a bad bottle from a sampler pack I put together.

M: Decent feel, but there's a drying on the finish that's not so pleasant.

D: I can't get past that odd finish. Something mustn't be right here.

I may have to give it another go...but I'm not risking it on a six pack.

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

You can't judge a book by it's cover or, in this case, a beer by it's label. The Mad Hatter looks like some creepy morph of Phil Spector and Bill Wyman rendered by a high school artist. Don't let it scare you though because it's what's in the bottle that counts.Scentwise it's a bit more grassy than what is usually expected from an IPA but the smell of sweet hops are easily detected as well. A slight grapefruit tartness and a malt base is found in the taste but not to overbearing from either and I found it to be a nice balance. It's not over the top in the hops as a lot of IPA's are going for these days and times like this it's a good thing. A very crisp and clean in the mouth with light carbonation. The aftertaste has a bittersweet thing to it that lingers just for the right amount of time. I'd put in the same neighborhood I put Victory's Hop Devil and that's a good place to be.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty IPA from a brewery I had not heard of previously. Pours to a reddish orange, with decent carbonation and a nice white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is a bvery strong, very enjoyable floral citrus (mostly grapefruit) and loaded with hops. The mouthfeel is tingly and somewhat bitter, and the taste is more of the citrus hops. The finish is bitter as expected, and the entire beer does not disappoint.

In summary, this beer reminded me an awful lot of a FFF Alpha King, maybe without the malt, and I ranked it just slightly below.

Photo of malibujohnny
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the aroma from this beer is very pleasing.poured into a pint glass.very small head that lasted until about 3/4 of the way though.I think this beer has a great balance between the malt and hops.I was actually thinking it would be a tad hoppier.the taste i gathered was a grapefruit and slight pine taste.i enjoy this beer very much and buy it on a regular basis.I suggest you do the same

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

a mostly clear copper/amber in appearance with an off-white small head and decent lacing. aromas of grapefruit, light, sweet caramel malt, and subtle flowery aromas. taste is where i think this could be improved, as this had very little malt sweetness to balance out the moderate (for an american ipa) hop bitterness. lingering resiny bitter finish. almost medium in body with an appropriate level of carbonation. drinkability is good, i wish more flavorful and complex beers such as this were made under 6% abv.

Photo of shadow1961
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Holland's Mad Hatter IPA pours a finger of foam over a hazy
amber brew. Carbonation is active and steady, and the nose is
floral and herbal hop. The flavor is a bit of malt up front with an
herbal/grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, unfortunately.
This is another IPA which I feel would benefit from a little more
malt.

Photo of bennetj17
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clouded, copper appearance. Thin tan foam supported by what looks like pretty weak carbonation. Dank citrus hop aroma with some sweet caramel in the background. The hops remind me of cut grass, although it maybe is a bit stinky, like cut grass that has been sitting around for a while. Weird.

The taste is not too sweet, with dry toasted malt flavors coming through as the hops are more subdued. There is a hint of orange-citrus in there, and the finish leaves a decent bitterness. Moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel, medium thick with a bit of a watery smoothness.

A decent IPA overall, but not much here to set it apart from all the others...

Photo of scoobybrew
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a clear bright copper color with a foamy head that is very well retained. The aroma is very hoppy with faint traces of malt. The flavor is dominated by hops with the malt very much in the background. The body is medium to light with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is an above average American IPA and a good example of the style. I'd like to see a little more malt though with a bit fuller mouthfeel, but nonetheless, it's still enjoyable.

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

Appearance: Nice shade of amber and not quite translucent. The head was clingy, almost soapy like a cask ale's head would be.

Smell: Lovely, lively c-hop nose. Centennial only? I would have guessed Simcoe as well. Totally fresh and flowery.

Taste: Mid-range carbonation and body pushes the hops to the forefront, surprisingly easy to drink for such a hoppy ale. It's bitter for sure, but without going too astringent. The floweryness of the hops make it taste totally like a strong green tea with extra herbs. I enjoyed it a lot!

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

Thanks to Scoobydank for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear copper hue with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is ok, but not the best for this style. Smell is a dirty pine with with some mild citrus. Not much else in the nose. Taste is pretty basic. Not a whole lot that stands out. Bland earthy pine hop flavor with a bit of caramel malt. Aftertaste is semi-dry. I just feel it's a bit watered down for the style. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Needs a bit more complexity, not a whole lot there.

Photo of Risser09
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz Bottle Poured Into A Wine Glass

Appearance: Bright golden orange beer with translucent color. 1.5" white head with various bubble sizes. There doesn't seem to be many bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Juicy hops, grapefruit and bubblegum. Gin and peppermint linger in the background.

Taste: Bitter lemon at first then followed by piney hop oil. Pine needles, lemongrass, maybe some lemon basil. Not overly complex but perfectly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Not overly drying in the finish. Moderate alcohol bite, despite the low ABV.

Drinkability: Since buying a growler and enjoying every last drop, the bottle is a little bit more of a disappointment. The growler seemed thicker and more resonating. Either way, IPAs are always a good call, and this is definitely something to revisit.

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

Poured an medium amber-orange color with massive off-white chunky head. Much sticky lacing.
Smell is loaded with piney, citrusy hops and a bit of caramel malt in the background.
Taste is extremely nice with a firm hoppiness at the front end moderated by a slowly developing malt character..
Finished with the perfect bland of malt and hops to create one great beer.
Perfect drinkability.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Apperance was a light amber color with good, white head. Pretty decent retention and moderate carbonation.

Smell was nice and hoppy with a lot of piney hop aroma going on. Taste started out pretty nice, with a bit of malt and more hop flavor, but the finish was very pine bitter in an unpleasant way.

Mouthfeel was fairly medium-bodied. Drinkability suffered due to the harsh, unpleasant bitterness in the finish. Still, was a pretty decent IPA. I'd drink it again, but probably won't be looking to buy it again soon.

Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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