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

very good
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Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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.

Added by Todd on 03-02-2002

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy burnt orange, huge creamy head of 2+ fingers. Lots of shiny crystal lacing on the sides.

Aroma - lots of pine and juicy orange. Maintains a good persistent aroma.

Taste - a toasty caramel malt start moves quickly to an orange/grapefruit flavor. Both a fruity and sour finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy stuff, very nice.

Drinkability - a very drinkable and tasty IPA.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours out with a dark amber body and truly enormous off-white head that laces with great gusto. The aroma is light but gives a slight skunkiness that I foud surprising given the brown 12 ounce bottle. The flavor is quite good with a decent balance between the malt and hops. It has a somewhat watery body for feel but is eminently drinkable.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is just one of those beers I just don't get...I have trouble believing the wild amount of praise it has so far garnered. To me, its a watery version of Bell's Two-Hearted. But let me tell you more...

A whopping $10.29 per six-pack might have affected the final verdict...

The beer in question pours out with a rabid amount of carbonation. When that settles down, the beer is crowned with a soapy bubble head with a picaresque lacing. The beer, in its chill haze, is copper-amber.

The nose is all Centennial citric soup.

The taste on this beer is where i'm so conflicted. While it represents everything I like about IPAs (flowery citric grapefruit tones and fresh hop burps), it also represents everything i've grown to abhor. The malt is so incredibly thin it really does feel like i'm drinking some sort of watered down, mega-hopped, high gravity beer. Anchor's Small Beer came to mind in terms of thin, astringent malt base.

This beer is Two-Hearted's little brother; similarly hopped but with less mouthfeel, body, and malt character.

The taste is unpleasingly tart, bitter, acidic, metallic. A soapy bite towards the end makes me upset and doesn't justify cracking another. Imbalanced, one-sided, and plagaristic, Mad Hatter is like a beer my friend just took out of fermentation.

Blazingly hoppy, yet astonishingly tepid and only partially realized.

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Photo of bark
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is gold with a hint of red. The medium-thick foam is white.

The smell is first sweet, then, an aggressive herd of hops attacks my nose. When I recovered, I could also trace the smell of sour yeast. But mostly hops, yes.

I taste like… Tulips! There are lots (no, really. Lots!) of strong hops in the palette, some sweetness and touches of fruits, Seville oranges some elder flowers.

The aftertaste is long lasting with a nice bitter tone, but also some citrus and honey.

This might be one of the most hops-infused brews that I have ever tasted. But the craftsmen at New Holland Brewery succeeded in avoiding it to be just another all-hops-experience.

Great stuff.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Peachy golden body, some haziness with a weak ½” of off white head. Below average retention, but it may have been a bad pour on the part of the bartender.
Smell: Nice full hop aroma, very sweetly citrus, orange, pineapple, grapefruit
Taste: A well balanced IPA, this has a good amount of dry and sweet malts that hold up to the hop character very well. Juicy citrus flavor abounds, with grapefruit and orange primarily and some sweet carmel from the malts. Finish is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.
Mouthfeel: Light across the palette, this is an easy one to sip. The malt base is carefully made to sit lightly, like a Bell’s Two Hearted as opposed to the more full character of say, a HopDevil.
Drinkability: Good. I’m interested to have it from a bottle, as I don’t really know how fresh this keg was. A solid and well balanced IPA.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer several times and I've liked it much better than the bottle that I sampled for this review. I think the bottle may have been mishandled along the way from Michigan to South Carolina, where it was purchased.

The beer poured its usual clear golden color with a very nice white head. A very inviting beer. The hop aroma was a pronounced grapefruit. And the grapefruit continued to dominate my beer experience. A huge grapefruit flavor with a hint of malt.

Other times I've had this beer it's been more balanced. The intense hop flavor is great, but for this sample it missed the crisp freshness I look for and have grown to expect in a Mad Hatter.

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Photo of Ellbert
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Burnt Orange. There are small speckles from some of the sediment I tried to dump in. It is really stuck to the bottom. The head is slightly offwhite and very sticky.

Smell: The aroma is very balanced. The is a very nice floral hop apperance but a very sweet malty backbone.

Taste: A somewhat salty taste from the hops. This also has a very "green" hop flavor. The hops as I said are somewhat salty and slightly bitter which I like. The malt backbone also makes this almost sweet. It seems like it is like a sweet/sour sauce but actually sweet/bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very oily, like fresh hops are rolling around oiling up your mouth. A nice tight carbonation makes this brew interesting.

Unbelievably drinkable. A great session brew. Very quaffable.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice orange/amber color with a finger of head that falls to coat the top of the beer. The nose is earthy hop with a sweet malt background hiding back there. The hops don't give me the same wow complexity that I have had in others, but its still a good beer. They taste earthy and almost smokey/roasted to me. The bitters linger just long enough on my tongue to make me remember what I'm drinking. This beer is just a touch under the thickness I want for this style, but its still good. Drinkability is very high for this beer. The individual components are good, but when drawn together, they make an excellent beer. I wish I had a few more of these to round out my summer.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to granger10 for the beer

Appearance: Pours a light amber/orange color with a thick, lasting white head. Lacing is ample to the point that thick rings are formed around the rim of the glass.

Aroma: Strong citrus aroma. Definitely grapefruit, with some orange character also peaking through. Maltiness is present, and reminiscent of honey.

Taste: Very well-hopped brew, especially in the aroma and flavor categories. Grapefruit initially, with tangerine coming through in the background. There is almost an orange-blossom honey like presence in the brew. Maltiness a little overshadowed, however.

Mouthfeel: No harsh bitterness. Body is leaning a little on the light side, but it's citrus characteristics make the brew refreshing. I seem to have felt the alcohol more, but I had the brew after a long run, so that could be swaying my judgement.

Drinkability: Very good IPA, would definitely like this as a session brew.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a smooth, refreshing pale malt scent and a kick ass floral hop aroma; very nice. The taste is good. It has a crisp pale malt flavor with a powerful floral hop finish. It is smooth going down and bitter in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine IPA. It has everything; an awesome drinker.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Lazy Chameleon in Powell. This brew is a lightly cloudly brownish amber color. Medium thin light tan head and fair lacing. The aroma is a little hoppy and citrusy. Medium-bodied with hops, pine and citrus flavors. Kind of mild on the hops scale but a decent flavor profile altogether. The finish is bitter and lingering, with a touch of grapefruit. I thought this was a touch more drinkable than the bottled version, having a more crisp palate. Overall a fairly worthwhile IPA.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden amber with a frothy head about a half inch high leaving a nice lace. Aromas are ofpiney resiny hops with a little caramel and doughy malts. Flavors initally start off with citrusy hops and a bit off sweetness. These flavors are soon overpowered by a stronger hop flavor, which is a bit oily and
resinous showing off a nice bitterness. A little bread, biscuit and doughy flavors find there way into the picture giving this beer a nice balance. This beer finishes with a nice clean bitterness and hop smack. This beer has a nice light body to it and creamy well balanced flavor. Overall a nice IPA offering from New Holland.

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