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Imperial Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

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Imperial HatterImperial Hatter

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.38%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 714 |  Reviews: 256
Reviews by Ivegotmule:
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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 kzoobrew
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured down the center of the glass producing a three finger egg shell colored head. Decent retention with plenty of thick lacing.

Floral and piny hops are dominant with a subtle grapefruit aroma set just behind. Pale malt aroma barely peaks through before vanishing again beneath the hops.

Grapefruit pith backed by a strong floral flavor. The hop flavor balances bitterness and the sweeter citrus flavors well. Lightly sweet pale malt is settles in the background. The absense of excessive caramel sweetness is very nice.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth texture, lightly sweet on the tongue. Dry finish is pleasant and proper for a good DIPA.

Very drinkable for the style. While not my favorite DIPA it is a great fall back when others are not available. Certainly the strongest of the IPA family offerings from New Holland.

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Photo of Lozanoa11
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BreakfastStout
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at New Holland Brewery, served in a 10 oz. tulip glass. Nice head that quickly dissipates and leaves some modest lacing. Nice piney floral smell. Solid malty taste with a balanced mouth feel. Doesn't kick you in the ass with over the top hop bitterness.

Overall this is a tasty IIPA. Just short of fantastic but good enough that I picked up a growler to sample with my brother-in-law over Christmas. Let's see if this is tasty enough to put down his Backwoods Bastard.

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Photo of mgobrew
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper, dirty penny color quick forming and leaving tan head with slight lacing.

S: Slight citrus weak grapefruit, very faint floral hop aroma.

T: Bitter grapefruit with caramel malty combo a little pine but seems weak for imperial.

M: Creamy and carbonated with a crisp dry finish.

D: Very drinkable for an imperial, it hides the alcohol well so it could lead to trouble if you're not careful. Not a bad beer but nothing special in the sea of IPA's in Michigan and beyond.

12 ounce bottle poured in a snifter at room temperature.

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Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JratBones
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dedrinker
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rish coppery color and an off-white, dense head.

Aromas of sweet malt and floral hops.

The tasting more floral hops - but not much for the style - and the full backbone of sweet malt gives a lush body to the beer.

I would like more hops in the aroma and flavor. It seems imperial only in the specific gravity.

Quite drinkable, but disappointing in the hops department for a $7.99 22oz. bottle.

There are better beers out there for 2-3 dollars less per bottle.

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Photo of DCon
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $3.50 (Employee Beer Price). Tapped from the Black New Holland Handle with the Mad Hatter on it into a .47l New Holland Tulip Glass and has a Keg Date of May 10 (2011).

Aroma- Great hops, mainly citrus with a hint of a skunky mary jane hanging out. Hits the nostels pretty hard with this aroma and dig it!

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger, creamy white head that dies very quickly. Has a dark amber body that is semi-hazy and then leaves TONS of sudsy lacing.

Taste- Easy hops here... Mostly earthy and citrus hop tastes with a ton of sweetness. Leaves a medium hop bitterness and doesn't ever punch hard, just smooth and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, and Smoother than it should be... Not enough hop on the palate or whatever should be here for a 2X IPA.

Overall Impression- A great IPA but a DIIPA? Not sure I can call this one such... Nice citrus taste and aroma but then not much else... I'm a huge fan of the Mad Hatter and should just stick to this one! Can't even believe this one is 9.4%. Well Hidden!

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tulipcitybob
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of wpreynolds
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a small goblet, Imperial Hatter is dark, burnt orange with a nice off-white head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is very robust with the hops, something I always worry about with a bottled, strong DIPA (that was not even in a cooler at the store). This one has punch, equally resin and citrus, very robust, nice dry hopping, some spice and not hot.

Taste is big and hoppy, definitely a nice DIPA that won't get confused with a strong ale. West coast hop profile, spicy, resiny citrus, some lemon, decent sweet malt, with complementary but not overly bitterness.

Mouthfeel is oily but a bit dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty high if you like big IPA. Due to my bias to west coast IPAs, I thought this would be a boozy malt bomb, but it's the real deal. Dank and clean, very tasty, big hops, well. done. Went down easily, and I'd like another!

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Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Mikedhoppy
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ArrogantB
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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 natemort13
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Vintage 2011"

Appearance is very ambery with highlights of orange

Sweet and citrusy with a sweet caramelly presence. Lots of orange. Nice floral bouqet

Very bitter hop presence with the citrus and caramel malt. Some stinging alcohol. Lingering hop bitterness.

Medium full bodied, medium carbonated.

Overall, nice bitter full bodied ipa but relatively unremarkable in the land of amazing dipas.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of hopulong
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hwy61mb
2.31/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip with very little head, but some lacing. The reddish brown, cloudy beer smelled spicy and a little sweet. The taste is also spicy and a bit hoppy. The taste is almost sour. It's kind of thick, a little carbonation. I couldn't drink very much of this. I usually really like New Hollands offerings.

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Photo of renaveg
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark gold with moderate off-white head. It smelled like earthy caramel malt, with a little lemon hops. It tasted like earthy roasted malt and caramel, with some lemon and herbal hops. It was somewhat thick with decent carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was surprisingly not hoppy. It tasted like a 2 year old IPA, but my bottle was fresh. It had decent body and hid the alcohol quite well, so it was easy enough to drink. But I'm just not impressed by this brew. Needs a lot more hops to keep up with most other modern double IPAs.

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Photo of FedExPope
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 714 ratings