Imperial Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

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#2,504 ranked American Imperial IPA | 9.38% ABV

New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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Reviews: 256 | Ratings: 715
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 17 May 2016.
Hazy orange-amber body with a very good, off-white head. Patterned sticky lacing left on the glass.
Aroma: quite fruity, mildly pungent, and reeking of "citrus hops".
Flavor: largely follows the aroma. Moderately high bitterness; Hints of spices and soft ripe fruits.
Feel: Medium body and medium+ carbonation.
Overall: a drinkable hop bomb with high but partially hidden alcohol.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served chilled into a pint glass. Packaged 5/16/16.

Imperial Hatter is a slightly hazy copper color with about an inch of white head. It settles quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is hoppy also malty and boozy. Not super fresh but you can tell the hops are there in force.

Flavor is malty sweet up front with caramel and toffee. The hops come through with big bitterness but less hop flavor than most. It's more balanced than a lot of DIPAs so I think American strong ale is more suitable.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and smooth with low carbonation.

Overall a good beer but not a great imperial IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A darker than average pour, this one leans light auburn and orange, elements of darker red to it. 1/3" white head dissipates quickly. Aroma didn't kick down big dry hop gems.

Taste, crystal malt, caramel feels, a little bit of c hops, maybe some simcoe. Alcohol decently hidden with the caramel heavy notes at least. Comes across as a standard high ibu, high abv, moderate hoppiness kind of dipa with lots of caramel malt notes.

Its good but not great. Mouthfeel is its best trait.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet pine hop nose and flavor is caramel first then light pine hops. Higher ABV is hidden. Decent DIPA. $3.29 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of mesotheliomans
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Plenty fine DIPA. Looks to be fresh. Definitely a DIPA. All the flavors you'd expect and bold. Little sweet for my liking but overall delightful. Obviously a lot of competition in this style, this is perhaps upper third of the most aggressive imperials but I don't find myself craving more than one before moving on to something else.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber in a pint glass. This fine imperial pale ale pours a lightly hazy glowing amber with tinges of red and a fantastic head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick pool, and excellent sudsy lacing. Nose of honey dipped citrus fruits of pineapple, mango, oranges, lemon zest, and sweet candy malts. Flavors exceed the nose with pineapple up front, mango and orange notes to the middle, and lemon candy with a piney hop aftertaste coming through on the rear providing balance against the malt backbone. An excellent mouth feel, medium carbonation and a dry bitter finish, As good as it gets! One of the best DIPA's on the market.


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Photo of Suds
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is copper colored liquid with a medium white head. The smell is at once both hoppy and malty, with a booze background. The flavor is intense, with a nice balance. Warming and sweet malt are prominent. Full In body. Excellent.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've heard a lot of opinions about this beer. Some people just LOVE it and some don't so I was excited to give it a try!

It's a amber colored beer (a little hazy) with a one finger high head that dissapears fast down to a <1 mm thin head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Oups! This is a huge nose of orange marmelade, caramel malt, biscuit, fudge, butter, candy and whipped cream.
Taste: It's big but not as the nose promise... Orange, citrus, marmelade, bread, pine, resin and honey.
Body: Solid medium to full body. A sweet, creamy, taste. Not all that texture that I want from a DIPA. Dry. A medium bitterness.
ABV: 9.4% - Hard to say because of the sweetness. Great but not overwhelming.

Well... My verdict is: Great Imperial IPA but a little average...

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer boasts 10% ABV and 80 IBUs, but it really tastes more like 7% ABV and 50 IBUs. It is a good beer, but not stellar.

Look-Pours a pleasant cloudy light golden color that has some copper hues in a white light.

Smell-It has strong aromas of citrus hops and sweet malts just like any other popular IPA.

Taste-It tastes just like it smells with sweetness and monotonic hoppy flavor. It is good, but it just isn’t unique.

Mouthfeel-It has a mild smoothness and weak carbonation. Alcohol isn’t not nearly as biting as you would expect from a 10% brew.

Overall-I enjoyed the beer, but it definitely wasn’t unique. It was the average run-of-the-mill IPA that is a dime a dozen. The flavor was flat and one dimensional, but it wasn’t bad.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had both from a bottle and on tap at the Pig & Fiddle.
L: Pours brilliant orange tinted amber under a 1” cream colored clingy foam collar.
S: Grainy malt aromas, grapefruit,
T: Attack starts with some caramelly malt, spice, resin then some melon notes and citrus from the hops then it dries out on the finish with a slight hop driven astringency. Citrus flavors grow pithier as the beer moves over the tongue. Finishes dry.
F: Very creamy, medium full body, medium carbonation
O: A very pleasant beer with complex, layered flavors.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and earthy hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character breadiness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a decent alcohol sting comes in. The hops presence is subdued for the style but creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of weirdohappy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Maybe it's the hoppiness, maybe I'm turning against the IPA, but in any case I wasn't impressed with this beer. Nice pour, cloudy amber with a full head that slowly reduces to a creamy foam. (You know what I mean). Highly bitter hoppiness is the taste. After half the bottle I look like the cat on the label, got a top hat on, some kind of card stuck in it, bow tie. Suit coat. One eye bigger than the other. Lips kind of drawn up from the bitterness. How do they knkwbwhat I look like?!?

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Bomber from Costco.

A: Pours a dark, clear copper without about a finger of head, mild retention of this toffee colored head.

S: Caramel, molasses, sugar, sweetness. Not much in the way of bitter hoppiness.

T: The flavors above with a slightly more hop character and a bit of astringency on back end. Booze is well hidden.

M: Creamy and full. Not as fresh as I'd like. A beer that's a meal.

This is above average, but I wouldn't beat the down doors for it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Very clear, dark copper body with a very thick, billowy head; sheets of clinging foam sticks to the glass (4.0). Excellent combination of malt sweetness and piney hop aroma; mild orange and tangerine scents (3.75). Tasty blend of caramel, zesty hop bitterness, and a very subdued hint of alcohol heat; melon-like fruitiness (3.75). Heavy body; smooth feel overall with a bit of raspiness popping into the picture; fairly dry (3.75).

Well blended and balanced powerhouse IPA. Malt sweetness and body mate well with the hop bitterness and aroma, neither component outshining the other. Both grains and hops do an excellent job of keeping the alcohol taste in check. Big and delicious...

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

22oz bottle purchased for $5. Unfortunately it was bottled in May, not sure why they sent three month old beer for their first foray into Colorado nor shy I bought it. Dark orange, almost amber. Smells like dead hops, stale. Tastes like alcohol, malt and stale hops. Pretty disappointing.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served into a snifter from a CO2 pressurized growler filled at New Holland's brewpub in Holland, MI.

Appearance: A clear copper color. The off-white head dissipated into a foam ring fairly quickly.

Aroma: Nice piney hops with a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Piney hops again with a surprisingly good, strong malt backbone. The other major presence was a slight vanilla, bourbon barrel aged component -- a pleasant addition. The hoppiness, bourbon barrel, and a slight alcohol hotness were all very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A medium body. (Won't comment on carbonation as I could control this with the CO2 pressurization.)

Overall: This beer was a very pleasant surprise as I'm not into big hops. What made it for me was how well-balanced the beer is. It had a complexity without being overdone. I'll definitely get this again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, low carbonation, copper in color, cloudy

Smell: pine, bread, and caramel

Taste: pine, bread, caramel and light grapefruit

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet start with bitter middle and dry bitter end, medium carbonation

Overall: Wow this beer gets bitter in a hurry. This is tasty, but a sipper. I do like the way the bready taste interacts with the pine. That said, I enjoyed regular Mad Hatter much more.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly; heavy lacing;

S: malt and alcohol sweetness; grapefruit in the background;

T: follows the nose; very little bitterness in the finish;

M: thin; light to moderate carbonation;

O: I would have liked a little more hop character;

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy orange color with a two finger head of billowy foam atop the brew. As the brew sits the head fades rather slowly leaving a fantastic level of white foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a grapefruit and pine smell along with a little bit of a bready aroma. A moderate amount of a caramel smell as well as a little bit of a tropical fruit aroma are there as well, producing a malty and moderately hopped aroma overall.

Taste - The taste begins with a very smooth bready and doughy flavor along with a little bit of a grapefruit citrus hop and a moderate level of sweeter fruits of tangerine and pineapple as well as some caramel. As the taste advances the grapefruit increases a bit, but never gets too strong. Along with the grapefruit comes some pine hop flavors along with the sweeter fruit flavor that was present upfront fading some. Toward the end, the hops get moderately strong, but never all that powerful and with the doughty and bready flavors remaining rather strong and a light herbal flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a smooth and moderately hopped malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the big bready flavors the thick body is rather nice and it does help accentuate the hop a bit more, which is needed, as it is a bit too low for the Imperial IPA style.

Overall - Decent in flavor, but somewhat lacking in hops. A little too thick and malty with not enough hop to be classified as an imperial IPA. A nice drinker, but overall rather not really what I am looking for in an imperial IPA.

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Photo of scotorum
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House tulip.

a: Hazy amber with a finger thick offwhite head which became a bare film of surface foam and some spotty lacing.

s: Mild citrus and pine.

t: Moderate bready malt and pine followed by some bitterness on the tongue.

m: Medium, good body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A powerful and tasty IIPA, very good sipper.

UPDATE 7/12/15: Got hold of a fourpack and having one from it now. Finding the malt more hefty and more caramel than bready, which makes it more flavorful, and the net effect is to cover the high 10% ABV amazingly well, making this a dangerous but enjoyable sipper. Raising my ratings on taste to 4.25, mouthfeel to 4.5 and overall to 4.25.

UPDATE 8/29/15: After running through the fourpack above all too quickly, bought another. Bottling code suggests it was made in late April, so it has four months on it. Same reactions as 7/12, however, just so malty tasty, easy drinking and smooth for 10% ABV. Tempted to raise my ratings for taste and overall again, but will hold off until I can obtain fresher examples.

UPDATE 1/18/17: Found another fourpack after reading somewhere that this had been discontinued. Bottled way back in May 2016 but still delicious. For 10% ABV this is a drinkable wonder.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Hop Stoopid Priced bomber, obviously that means an actually good price!

Pours a copperish color half finger of light tan head, nice lacing

Smell is pineapple, bready and caramel malt, grapefruit, pine, a spicy note aswell. Smells like your average DIPA

Taste is a dose of bready malt followed by a some citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple, pine, spicey hop note, piney bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel is medium full, carbonation is full and cleaning.

Decent offering here, glad I tried it. It is interesting, opens up malty but then hits you with the hops, kind of unique in that way, wish I knew the date instead of it just saying "Vintage 2014"

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle shared. Sampled 8-10 oz in pint glass

A- Orange/copper. Filtered clean and clear.
S- A bit of citrus hops, but I also smell roasted malts
T- Floral up front, malty in the middle, and acidy hops on the end. I supprised by the malt breaking though. Could be the sweetness the imperial IPA.
M- Good standard DIPA feel. No thin BMC crap and not too thick either. Like a woman with average curves.
O- Didn't have very high expectations, and those were pretty much met. For an imperial IPA, I can think of many others I would rather have. I won't be seeking this out.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/1/2014. Pours lightly cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and well balanced citrus hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, brown sugar, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of juicy citrus hops and a good amount of caramel/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA style. All around good complexity and balance of juicy citrus hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a hazy copper color and a decently foamy white head. Has an okay pine aroma. Taste begins with a sweet citrus flavor before turning into a dry pine flavor towards the end. There is a light amount of hops for an imperial IPA, and even the flavor is lighter than I’d expect. This is a decent beer overall, but not a great imperial IPA. I prefer New Holland’s Mad Hatter to this.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Light amount of lacing.

S - Not much of an aroma. Light amount of tropical fruit and some bready malt.

T - Nice blend of sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits. Good amount of piney hops in the finish. The hops produce a good amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Dry and sticky mouthfeel.

O - A very decent DIPA. Would definetly drink again.

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Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 715 ratings