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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

762 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 762
Hads: 1,960
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 56
Gots: 298 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-02-2002

"Reimagined" for 2015. ABV increased to 7.0%. IBU's at 55. Also a slightly different hop profile, Citra, Michigan grown Cascade, and Centennial hops.
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Reviews: 762 | Hads: 1,960
Photo of nomad
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange and caramel combine to make the color of this beer. The head is soft and white though not large. Some lace shines down the glass. It's been served to me a little on the colder side, but when it warms up it smells of citric hop scents, a dying sense of pine, and some esters of fruitiness.

The best part of this IPA is the smooth drinking profile aided by great carbonation. Lots of roast, grapefruit, and husky rough bitterness flavor the brew well. The finish isn't oppressively long though sharp and happenin'. Maybe because the keg has been up for awhile (at Ten Stone in Philly) the beer has integrated extremely well, so the opposing malt and hop flavors create a flat, interwoven line for a profile. Hued but not blah, though.

A drinkable American IPA, straight-up. Textbook without being boring. (815 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed orange...white head...nose is pretty big..smells west coast with citrus a dominant aroma along with some tobbaco like earthy notes...
This is a well hopped IPA...just the way I enjoy them....good bitterness but also a nice sweeter floral/leafy hop flavor...malt backbone keeps this balanced...finishes dry and bitter...

This is a top-notch IPA....relatively complex...seems balanced and hoppy at the same time....that's a good thing...really a nice beer (471 characters)

Photo of marcellaproust
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery yellow color with an immense, clockwatch inducing head. Smells like bitter grapefruit, with some dry bitter herbs (say, thyme). Tastes bitter hops the full way through; grapefruit hangs in the background but is prevented from emerging as full-blown fruit by the assertive hoppiness. There is a pale strawberry presence-- not the sweetness but rather like unsweetened strawberry flavoring--on the end. Crooked Tree and Bell's Two Hearted are better, but not shamelessly so. (480 characters)

Photo of pheurton
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a shade darker than newly minted pennies, topped with a layer of ivory foam. patchy bits of lace cling to the glass. crystal malt, orange peel and earthy hop aromas in the nose. medium bodied, well carbonated but still quite chewy. full mouth coating resinous flavor that is a hop amalgamation. starts slightly citrusy then goes for more of the tobacco leaf earthy hop flavors towards the end. slightly piney throughout. malt character emerges as the beer warms, with more noticeable soft caramel and toasted grain flavors. finishes dry and pleasantly bitter. well constructed and manages to maintain a unique hop flavor among the vast sea of ipa's. i'd buy it again. (667 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to the glass with a towering firm white head. Clear deep amber liquid. Wonderfully fresh Amarillo hop nose, smells great -I love Amarillo hops!- Crisp and biscuity malt profile blends well with the strong hop flavor. Finishes up bittersweet, long and tasty...a great session ale, packs plenty of flavor. (319 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

NEW HOLLAND'S IPA pours out of a 12 oz. bottle with some useless jargon on the label.

Hazy, dim orange pour with tight off white head that transforms into a halo coating. Sticky lace scoots down the glass.

Brilliant IPA aromaof pine resin and fresh grass. Even notes of sassafrass and bushy leaves are hinting out. Good IPA scents.

Smells great! Tastes ok. A bit powdery while going back fry and sweet. Lacks the agressive sweet sugary hops of an IPA, but decent.

Last swigs: Refreshing summery IPA. (512 characters)

Photo of BCMan
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a caramel color that was slightly cloudy. The pour released the strong hop aroma which was a good indication of the taste of to follow. The hop flavor was good and strong but not over the top. The taste was crisp with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a nice beer. (272 characters)

Photo of budsboy
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow orange with a foamy white head that sticks around a while and leaves lacing.

Very hoppy nose - thick pine - with a malty sweetness in the background.

Taste is wonderful. Mildly hoppy at first, then bursting with a puckering tartness of citrussy, flowery hops and ending slowly, fading away bitterly.

Only slightly oily, not over-the-top carbonation, almost full-bodied.

This beer is way, way too easy to drink. I wish I had more than three. (484 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a medium head with a brown/orange hue. The head goes away quickly but leaves some lace. The nose is very piney and hoppy.

The taste is like grapefruit, pine and some malt in the background. I think this beer would balance with a little shelving, but I am not complaining. I like this beer. Although there are alot of hops it is not overpowering and a little malt comes through. (395 characters)

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber with a good head and fairly vigerous carbonation.

Fantastic piney blast of hops. Man, it smells potent!

Nice piney hops, and not much else. Good stuff, but there is a slightly unfinished feel to it.

A bit harsh, on account of all them hops. The mild unfinished quality knocks the overall mouthfeel down a half point.

Tastes good, smells even better. A good beer, and I will probably be rounding some of this up again. Maybe a touch of age would temper the hops a bit and really move this beer up a notch. (527 characters)

Photo of shapudding
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a nice golden with a thick and creamy head. Scents of freshness, fruity, hops. The taste is very hoppy with a nice bite to it, very good flavor. Visually pleasing label, and I always enjoy ones that entertain me. This one says it is "the most wonderful punch in the nose you'll ever experience". cute!
Very drinkable, nice session beer. (360 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber with an inch of white foam. Smell is dominated by hops, with a background of malt. Taste is again domnated by hops, but rounds out with a nice malty touch. Perfect to what I expect out of an IPA. Very smooth with a tingle of carbonation that disappears mid swallow, very nice. Very drinkable for hop heads. Smooth and refreshing, best served just under cellar temperature.
On a separate note, probably the most flavorful burp ever! (450 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark golden color and formed a very light tan bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops and caramel. A flavor of malt, hops, caramel and some citrus. The finish was sprite with some bitterness. A pretty nice IPA. (303 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel amber with an orange glow hell let's just call it copper nice full cream head leaves tightly packed fine even lace. Aroma: Really nice citrus pien cone mix of hops gotta love it with a solid malt backbone brings strong caramel malts influence. Taste: Classic IPA high hop bitterness nice hop flavor warm bread flavor with grapefruit toned hops nice. Mouthfeel: Medium body carbonation a bit sharp but creamy texture is excellent. Drinkability: A perfect all around IPA when yearning for something refreshing and substantially hoppy turn to this beauty. (572 characters)

Photo of gueuzegeek
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice golden color, nearing amber. It was pretty clear. The head was a nice full fluffy one which left some very nice lacing as the drinking experience continued. The aroma was superb. lots of piney notes to be taken in. There was a definite citrus presence in the taste in addition to the pine. This beer really tasted like it was tapped fresh from the fermenter. It had a very nice lingering green taste to it. I think this may be one of my new faves. If I can find it easily, I will definitely get it again. Nice artwork too! (546 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (465 characters)

Photo of mikeys01
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (614 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (287 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (526 characters)

Photo of silenius
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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. (879 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (705 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (437 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (435 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,194 characters)

New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.