New Holland Imperial Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
256 Reviews
New Holland Imperial HatterNew Holland Imperial Hatter

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.38%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a half-liter beer glass.

Appearance: Nearly perfect. Pours a deep amber color, with burnt sienna undertones. Mild-to-moderate carbonation is present. The head (which began at a whopping three fingers) recedes slowly and leaves a thick, chewy-looking lacing on the glass. It stops at about 1/2 finger and recedes no further. Yes!!

Smell: Lots of stuff going on here. Fruity. Floral. Full-bodied. Funky. Fresh. Some flowery hop action is supplemented with a carob/vanilla bean scent. A mild breadiness entwined with mellow citrus finishes out the sniff. You really have to strain to smell the alcohol in this one. Looking forward to tasting it!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Perfect, in my opinion. Beer enters with a smoothness from the hop oils. Grapefruit vibes mingle with bitter hops and sweet herbs. The malt is actually really tasty in this, and compliments the hops perfectly. Just a touch of mellow sweetness as the beer begins to bubble. At this point, the malt really takes hold. Aftertaste is very, very horrible hop breath on this one. A gentle coating of hop oil and a mild sweetness. Awesome.

Overall: One of the best beers I have ever tasted. Really glad I tried this one!

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage

A- big enough tulip for a big enough head. Glowing murky reddish orange body topped by a beautiful bubbling beige monstrosity that looks like creamy foamed liquid hop saliva. Righteous swirly lace. Under the cap it says "lust". Very fitting indeed.

S- the aroma profile here fits my ideal for a double ipa: 1) a background of marshmallowy vanilla cookie toffee malt and 2) resinous earthy deeply musky hops. Everything else from there can be variable. Luckily, this one is on the outer space positive end of the spectrum. Earthy damp and mushroomy, sweet sugar cookie, beer saturated grapefruit and a red meaty quality. Alcoholic fumes with undertones of mango and passion fruit.

T- that whole ideal standard that I mentioned in the aroma translates well here. A little drier and less sweet than led to believe but that's perfect as too much sweetness can ruin my day. Ballsy hop character laid over that marshmallow toffee cookie malt. White grapefruit, pineapple, bitter orange, like leaves, pine, glory. Finishes long and bitter with tingling alpha acids.

MF- softly carbonated and succulent bodied with a slipperiness on the palate that goes on forever along with the impression of tannic dryness. This beer feels oak aged.

D- bomb ass imperial with old cracked out cracky on the label. Very pleased with this one. I give it a 10 out of 6.

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Photo of djmitche
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in Holland. A nice, clear red pour with a thin lacy head. The aroma has the nice piney effervescence of cascade (?), but is not overpowering. The taste matches up: tasty, resiny hops without the distraction of complex malt. This us probably a bit hoppy for a session beer, but I will be daydreaming about these hops for days.

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Photo of e11a627
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared with hu5om and newk340 at Bodega.

A: Yellow, golden-orange. 1/4inch ring of foam. Pretty lacing.

S: Hoppy, citrus - orange/grapefruit aroma.

T: Grapefruit punch, delicious hops - just the right amount.

M: Initially it is very hoppy, bitter. Post-swallow is so amazingly smooth. Surprised and impressed.

D: It's an imperial IPA but did not hit me in the face with that hoppy taste which was enjoyable. Left a very clean finish - SO smooth! I could even consider this a session beer. I could definitely have a few.

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Photo of Raime
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours ruby with a two finger head that sticks around long after the pour. Leaves beautiful lacing. Absolutely stunning look from this beer.

S - Mild malt, strong grapefruit, mango, orange, wheat, and lemon.

T - Medium malt, grapefruit, lemon, mango, grapes, banana. Taste matches it's younger brother.

M - Medium carbonation with a medium to heavy body. Works well for this brew.

O - Maybe I'm biased due to my love of the original mad hatter, but this is a very good beer that I would have again.

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Photo of Intimidtor
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood OH as a to go beer. I didn't locate any date on the bottle.
A: Poured into my GLB Christmas Ale glass. Poured a medium amber color with 1 inch of head. Nice sticky head and great lacing.
S: Very sweet, hops, pine, what I want a Double IPA to smell like.
T: Absolutly perfect. Great hop bitterness, perfectly blanced by malt sweetness. Citrus, pine, alcohol is very hidden.
M: Hard to do any better, creamy, sticky head, smooth finish.
D: When they taste this good I cant stop. Very good.
Summary: I believe that this one is heavily underated. This is a great beer and should be considered in the same level as Southern Tier UnEarthly. This is a must try for DIPA drinkers. I will pick up another bottle soon. UPDATE:: as of 4-20-10 they now sell this is a 4 pack of 12 oz bottles for $16.

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Photo of ralree
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Half-transparent. A bit of head, but it's an IPA.

S: Fruity, a little sweet. Not much smell, really.

T: Nice roust hop flavor, not too much grain on the front. A bit tangy and sweet. Aftertaste of major barley.

M: Light, dry, good carbonation.

D: Goes down perfectly.

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Photo of beerhan
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the third high gravity from New Holland that I have had and was very unsure whether or not I would like it because of the regular mad hatter being so average. Nonetheless I picked up a single and was very impressed. A couple days later I find it on tap in town. . Definitely an amazing beer. This version of the hatter has a fantastic floral bouquet aroma with a very sweet taste. This is one intense beer and hard to realize that its alcoholic.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 ABOWMan
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This wonderful ale poured a nice clear copper/orange color in my pint glass. There was one finger of fine white head which disappated slowly and left nice lacing throughout the duration of my tasting.

The aroma was of mouthwatering green pine, pine resin and citrus ... yeeehaa!

The flavor was a nice blend of bitter hop, orange, citrus peel, malt and caramalized sugar. Even though the abv is up there, I din't feel that the alcohol flavor was prevalent with this beer. Just a balance of hops bitterness and malt sweetness.

This ale had a full rich mouthfeel that was neither overpowering for a beer of this type or thin on the palate. Just refreshing sip after sip.

If it wasn't for the abv. I could drink this beer all day long. Do yourself a favor and pick one up to try. If you're a hop head, you'll really enjoy this ale from New Holland.

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Photo of fear025
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma:A nice sweet, mild, fruity aroma. There are kiwi and kumquat flavors, not grapefruit, but still citrusy.

Appearance:This amber colored beer is a fair amount darker than the original Mad Hatter. It has a small amount of lacing.

Taste:This is a quite potent beer. You get the alcohol burn, you get the massive hops in the foretaste. It's pretty much straight bitterness without any tartness. This is a even, mellow bitter, that's not super astringent. It doesn't have a bitter aftertaste either. The malts are also rather mild, but it sets a nice stage for this huge bitterness play. On subsequent tastes, I get more apricot notes with a lot of sweetness. The hop bitterness keeps sticking with you on the mid and aftertastes, not at all unpleasantly.

Mouthfeel:The carbonation is wonderful with small bubbles that foam up in my mouth, giving this beer a creamy aspect.

Drinkability:A fantastic example of an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This poured a nice amber color that had a nice white head that left good lacing as it fell. This was also quite a bit darker than the regular mad hatter.

S - The smell had some malty sweetness and earthy hops. There were a lot of fruity and citrus notes.

T - Right away you get the malty sweetness, and very shortly after the hops hit you. There is very nice hop bitterness, but it still seems decently balanced, but the hops are definitely the star of the show. There are also some nice citrus notes. The finish is hoppy and bitter, and it seems to stick to your mouth and slowly fades away. There is definite alcohol presence in the taste as well.

M - The mouthfeel was good. It seemed creamy and you could feel the carbonation bubbles tingling in your mouth a little. It had a nice medium body, and it went down smooth.

D - I would say that the drinkablility is great on this one. It goes down smooth, and it is a great example of this style of beer. I could drink these all the time. Good job NH. Cheers.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown reddish with a very thin white head

S- Sweet hoppy with a fruity base, more of an apple scent than the other typical citrus scents

T- Starts sweet with the hop flavors and a bit of maltyness. The hops hit nice and bitter in the middle. Citrus hops are the most noticeable but the bitterness is never overwhelming. Some of the more herbal/earthy hops come out at the very end, more noticeable the more you drink of the beer.

M- Low to moderate carbonation and a creamy and thick texture. Coats the mouth leading to an aftertaste that is nice and lingers for a long time.

D- This is a good offering from a brewery that is quite underrated in my mind, very drinkable, especially for a 9.4% beer. Big enough though that it still takes time to finish

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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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 jeremyd365
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looked and smelled great--solid cloudy orange with a great citrusy hop nose. The flavor was a real hop smack but not overly bitter. Very drinkable. I'd get this again if I didn't have to pay $9.50 a bottle where I was. Worth trying for sure, though!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You have to say wow to this kind of amazingly powerful brew. It's thick and hoppy and malty and boozy. and all pleasantly so. Sometimes a monster beer like this is in some way nasty. This one is not.

It's almost sinful that they managed to brew up such a nice beer with such monster taste. It's creamy, no bite. The booze is there, but it is nice too. The aftertaste is a wonderful hops and malt mix.

This is yet another one that I surely need to buy again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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 rajendra82
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The orange amber colored body was clear, and the pour formed three ginger thick head. The carbonation looked subdued. The aroma was very tropical, with mango, peach, and papaya smells. There were also spicy and herbal notes in the nose. The taste was quite intense, as the spicy hops battled with the very sweet malt base. The result was not unlike sucking on a cinnamon flavored red hot. The alcohol was very warming as well, and the mouthfeel was sticky. This was a typical east coast style DIPA, with complex malt bill, lots of herbal hops, but no bracing bitterness.

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Photo of GregoryVII
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used a snifter for the Imperial Hatter. It poured a moderate head that didn't last long and had an amber, light brown color. The smell was grass and pine with a few dandelions thrown into the mix. Malt sweetness was there as well, with light fruit notes.

The flavor had a good balance between sweet and bitter. The middle ground was nutty, like a good southern pecan and before I got to the hop bitters I ran into sweet malt. The hops grow as you sip and the beer warms. It turns into a summer lawn with sugar, alcohol, caramel all jumbled together. The body was medium full with decent carbonation.

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

A-Burnt orange color...looks impressive.

S-Rich....a a lot of toffee like malt and it appears a healthy dose of hops as well...sweeter tropical fruits along with some juicy peaches...toss in some basic citrus (tangerines) as well...also some plums

T-Well done. Pretty balanced with a strong toffee like malt impression. The hops lend some bitterness on the finish and a tangerine/ mango/plum fruitiness.

M-Feels the part...full lot of malt....hops aren't shortchanged either...

O-There are so many great DIPA's out there I would hesitate to put this on the top tier but this is rock solid and highly enjoyable and not that far off the top tier...

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Photo of beer2day
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep orange with a creamy 2-figer head. Excellent retention and lacing. Very nice looking pour!

Nose is more pine than citrus, but both are present. Nice resins waft up from the glass and get much more intense as the beer warms. Nice flower and biscuit backbone.

Very creamy hit, then becomes a large hop bomb. Bitters take a long time to fade. Stays creamy in the finish. Hint of sweetness in the initial hit, but that doesn't last long.

For 9.5%, this is incredibly easy to drink.

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

Pours orange red with a one-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly. Slightly hazy. Smells strongly of hops, but with a lot of sweetness from residual sugars and a nice bready undertone.

Flavor has strong hop character, with significant sweetness but dry on the back-end. Some yeasty qualities, slightly strange for a DIPA, but not unpleasant. The combination of the sweetness, bitterness, dryness, and malt backbone give a nice complexity.

Mouthfeel is moderate, with heavy carbonation and a nice wallop of hops.

Overall a very nice DIPA. Definitely not my absolute favorite from New Holland, but once again they pretty much nail a style.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber and solid. Two finger soapy head that lingers. Abundant lacing.

S- Dank citrus notes especially grapefruit.

T- Hops. Bitter citrus. Lasting aftertaste with a mild peppery heat involved somewhere between.

M- Incredibly smooth and crisp. Perfect carbonation with every sip.

O- Great rendition of an imperial IPA. Tons of in your face hop bitterness with a dense malt balance, the backbone of a well put together beer. True to style, this IPA will satisfy most hop heads. Including myself. Cheers!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear light amber color. One finger of creamy off-white head with average retention and some spotty lacing.

4.5 S: The smell is divine. Powerful malt backbone with tons of caramel and toffee. Hops add a lovely orangy citrus fruitiness, but overall aren't very powerful. This seems like more of a barleywine than DIPA. Relatively simple, but insanely pleasant.

4.0 T: The taste is pretty good as well, though this beer seems a bit confused. It's a bit too bitter to be a good American B-wine, but also not hoppy enough to be a good DIPA. Still, it is good. It has the caramel component in full tilt with citrusy hops and a slightly higher than moderate bitterness. Sweetness is pretty much neutralized by the bitterness. Again, fairly simplistic, but it works well. I'm tempted to give this a 4.5, but I won't for now.

4.5 M: Right what I want in a barleywine-esque DIPA. Heavier medium to heavy body, good moderate carbonation, and very creamy.

4.5 D: Definitely a solid beer that I would never turn down. I'm curious to see what this is like both super fresh and aged a year.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an amazing feat of brewing prowess. It really does taste like the standard Mad Hatter, just cubed and amplified. Pours a deep and murky copper in color, very hazy with a creamy white head with great retention. Nose is very complex, varying levels of pine, citrus and biscuity malt taking turns assailing the senses. Taste is immediately hoppy, tons of pine and grapefruit followed by a one-two punch of herbal hop notes and bready and caramel-like malt notes. Very well balanced and utterly drinkable. This is a true work of art for the lover of the hop.


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