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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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768 Reviews

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Reviews: 768
Hads: 1,976
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 19.63%
Wants: 55
Gots: 311 | 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: 768 | Hads: 1,976
Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with garthwaite. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" of off-white head over the slightly cloudy honey-colored brew. Laced well. Aroma is dominated by piney hops, with a bit of maltiness lurking in the background. Taste is hops from the get go, with pine and an unexpected punch of citrus. Wish it was a bit maltier, but that's nitpicking... Mouthfeel is good and crisp, and this is could be very drinkable, if I had more than just one more bottle.

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Photo of twilight
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a light orange beauty with a slight head that just looks so inviting. so nice. The first thing I notice when I smell is the scent of grapefruit. this is going to taste awesome. The sip. Yum. Grapefruit and hop, but with the slightest hint of the malt backbone. Every subsequent sip takes me Hop prevalence and then fading to the malt undertone, then coming back as the hops dissolve into the cracks between your palate filling it up with the bitter goodness. Oh, yes, yes... YES! Mouthfeel is a little more carbonated than I'd like, perhaps interfering with the hops, but overall, a nice IPA.

Thanks to Mike (TikkiGodxxx for the sample)!

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Photo of benmiliron
2.43/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Paid $8.99 for a 6 pack.

This is the super-hoppy IPA that so many people complain about. Enormous alpha content, highly acidic and tongue burning. I was very dissappointed in this brew. As the IPA saga rolls on, my palate leans more and more towards a good malt balance with the mind-numbing hops. See Avery's IPA for a classic example. I can detect little malt in this brew however. The mouthfeel is "stinging".

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Photo of jayb
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first IPA experience, and a delightful experience it was. Mad hatter poured out orangish in color, maybe a little copper. a good plain white head emerged and thinned out, but stayed until the end of the glass. left a decent amount of lacing, respectable. at first whif, this brew smells very citrusy, like grapefruit. Smell and taste correspond. also, a slight piney taste to it as well. a good bitter flavor. to me, the taste stayed the same to the end, really no change at the bottom of the glass. mouthfeel was light and crisp. Finished dry, i needed a sip of water. this beer is a good thing. i enjoyed my first ipa experience. New holland does some fine work. next up on the ipa list is the bell's two hearted ale in the fridge. lets hope for the same enjoyable experience

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Photo of chilidog
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mad Hatter pours a hazy copper/orange color with a smaller head that dissapates quick to almost nothing.The eggshell head dose leave alittle lace in spots. A mild citric hop on the nose. Taste is crisp, clean cirtic hop with hints of grapefruit and orange peel. A slight sweet malt is blended and balanced well. The mouth feels abit dry with a coat of hop oil on the lip. The mouth is left with a hoppy aftertaste. As the beer warms, the hop seems to kick up to true IPA standards.

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Photo of cretemixer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddled copper with a head the consistency & color of sea foam. It slowly fades to a solid layer.
Enticing hop aroma. Coniferous with a caramel malt back.
The flavors are rich. Full bitterness that lingers. A mild alcohol presence is noted too. Remains juicy to the finish.
Creamy texture with lively, prickly carbonation.
A solid IPA worth seeking out on your travels through Michigan.

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Photo of nomad
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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

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Photo of marcellaproust
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of pheurton
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of BCMan
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of budsboy
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of shapudding
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of nortmand
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

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Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of putnam
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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.

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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.