New Holland Imperial Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of hwy61mb
2.31/5  rDev -39.5%
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 kingcrowing
2.38/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage, thanks to my buddy for this gift!

Pours a quite dark and muddy brown with a very small white head with very little lacing. Nose is almost like a barleywine, it's quite malty and sweet with more of an earthy/grassy hop note, but it's subtle - based on the nose this isn't a hop bomb, in fact I almost get some chocolate on the nose.

Taste brings it much more into the IIPA range, it's quite sharp, bitter and astringent. The malt is there and it's quite sweet, almost like 90min IPA or even, as I said earlier, like a heavy barleywine. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and syrupy, somewhat low carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.

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Photo of zimm421
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Appears a dark caramel color with orange hints. Has a below average white head, minimal lacing, and the head dissipates quickly.

Nose is very sweet. Caramel and sweet bready malts. The label says bitter with grapefruit notes, but i'm not getting it. Disappointing. Taste is more bitter, but the finish is just straight bitter, not much going on.

Mouthfeel is heavy and very sticky. Average carbonation. Overall, I was disappointed, hoping for more out of this. Not complex at all, and not interesting to me...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy dirty orangey color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt base with light floral hops. Taste is too sweet for the style with some floral hops though not as much as expected. Body is above average with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I found that this was way too sweet for the style and not enough hops presence - bottle has been kept in fridge since I received it though I wonder if this was maybe a bit too aged.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.75/5  rDev -28%

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 wedge
2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2011 - I have no idea when this was bottled, but I bought it with a New Holland rep present, so...

Clear, dark reddish copper colored body with a creamy off-white head that settles as a patchy sheet. Spotty lace. Dark citrus, sweet bread, caramel malt, pine, apple, mild chocolate, subtle booze...not bad as far as aromas go, but not what a DIPA should be. Flavors of black tea, vague orange and peach, with some dark pine resin. It just doesn't seem as fresh as it should be, but I'm confused as to whether this is year round, seasonal, or what? A little better than medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a solid trailing bitterness. Again, it's not terrible as a beer, but it's very far from the numerous great examples of the style. The fact that a brewery rep sold me on it and it says "Vintage 2011" and nothing else...maybe they brew it once a year? I don't know. Nothing special...

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Photo of steve8robin
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at a beer shop in OH. 2010 vintage, 12oz bottle...

A: An agressive pour yields a murky medium copper color that has a 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace, but never completely disappears. Good.

S: I can smell this one from the table. A nice piney hop blended with a sugary malt, and blended perfectly! Some citrus / grapefruit appears in the middle and some toffee hidden on the backend. Very good!

T: Wow, how did this one fail? After the scent, I was so excited. A strange boozy mess. I get booze upfront with a bitter dry, unflavorful hop and some caramel on the backend. A very odd blend of flavors. What is their brew trying to do? Eh.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A very dry finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this is not a good example of a DIPA. It seems like this beer is confused on what it wants to be. Smelled great, tasted confused. An odd blend of booze, IPA, and barleywine. Don't both about this one at all.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber with a 2 finger off white head that took a minute to dissipate. Left a tiny bit of lacing behind. Smells a of some caramel malt up front, wit ha bit of grapefruit, and a tiny bit of pine. Not the best smelling iipa, but not the worst.

Eh, flavor is all over the place. Has some bright notes, but some weird notes as well. Has a good bit of sweet malt flavors, more than I prefer in the style. Hop profile touches on grapefruit and pine mostly, with not enough citrus or tropical fruit. Finishes slightly medicinal, and I get a bit of a band aid flavor from it. All over the place.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

... made a trip up to NC a few weeks ago and had to visit "Bruisin' Ales". Good store, but I'm not sure of third best in world. Anyway... picked this up and honestly, I'm not too crazy about it.

A - Deep copper color and very clear

S - Hoppy, but not very bright, also picking up some diacetyle I think - something dense in there.

T - not a fan, I'm missing the bright/citrus hops I love so much. Also, alcohol is NOT very well blended/disguised. At the end of every sip I get a huge rush of ethyl alcohol - not very pleasing.

M - meh...

D - If you don't mind the burn (and I think I'm growing numb to it as I type), it might be alright, although at 9%+, I don't think you would want to drink to many of these at once.

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Photo of shanblur
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage printed on label. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Hazy orange with yellow and red highlights. Minimal white head leaves moderate lacing.

S - Piney hops aroma dominates. Not much else in the aroma.

T - Bitterness from the hops coats the tongue up front. Fairly strong piney hops flavor and a minimal malt flavor. Hides the alcohol well.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but there are better imperial IPA's out there.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!

A: Pours somewhat clear yellow/orange with moderate head and lace.

S: Aromas are odd - hops with some weird astringency. The beer tastes off. This is a fresh bottle and I don't think it's infected, it's just off.

T: The taste is sharp and biting. The hop bill seems unusual. Perhaps New Holland was trying to be creative or experiment with some different hops, but in my opinion, the result is a failure.

M: Bitter, sharp and astringent.

D: Not the worst beer I have ever had, but also not very enjoyable. This was the only dud of what was a memorable night.

Notes: I would be willing to try this again and re-review if the beer tastes dramatically different.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
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 hosehead83
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Sam Adam's "bubbble" glass
Amber/gold in color with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Faint citrus and hop notes
Taste-Understated citrus and hop flavors leading to a noticeably warming finish.
Overall I expected more from this beer, especially for the price($4.39 for a single!) Many better DIPA's can be had for less money that are much more aromatic and flavorful. Freshness wasn't an issue because "Vintage 2010" is printed right on the label. A middle-of-the-road DIPA that's just not worth the price.

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Photo of claminat420
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a golden amber color with a creme/ off white colored head. medium lacing.

S- just a malty, piney, and slight floral scent.

T- dry and bitter but lacking a good hop taste. the alcohol is watered down or either just clashed with the hops giving it a equal victory. caramel malt is very noticable.

M- slightly more than medium bodied. carbonation is ok.

D- 2 out of the 4 pack is all i could do at a time.

Overall- the only thing this imperial ipa has going for it is the alcohol is hidden pretty good. i was hoping for more of a hop blast but this one is very well rounded considering the malt for an imperial ipa. if you're into that i say go for it but as for me being a hophead i wont pick this one up again.

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Photo of enfield249
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark copper red, with honey colored highlights.

S - Malty, grainy and slightly caramel.

T - First thing that hits me is sweet, then some herbal hop flavor that really blooms up.

M - Very strong hop bitterness, cloying, but not unpleasant. Almost no CO2 feeling.

D - Not bad for a IIPA, but very strong alcohol wise, and would make for hard drinkin'.

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Photo of cokes
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Vintage 2010.

Somewhat hazed, weathered bronze bodied with a low-slung head of patchy suds. Retention is on the low side, lacing is moderate to low.
Apricot, grapefruit, guava, and peach aroma, filtered heavily through bread. Yeah, it's alright, but it seems completely stifled. As it warms, metallic, brown bag, toffee, and sherry notes arrive, making it seem aged (which it's not) or oxidized (which it shouldn't be).
Caramel breadiness is first through the mouth, which is actually two separate things that merge almost immediately. Way in the background, some dark fruit maltiness is manifest, raisins and dates, and touches of brown sugar. Hops take their star turn, and fizzle immediately. Limp grapefruit peel, rusted iron, blood, wet weeds. More raw brown sugar seeps in, as though it senses that the hops aren't holding up their end. Some oxidized brown bag and woody notes pop up late, and finally a lingering grassy bitterness. Alcohol never really shows.
This drinks far lighter than it is. The build is medium full, if not slightly smaller, and the carbonation trickles out, but it doesn't effect the drinkability, which paradoxically is this beer's strong point.
It reminds me most of an aged SN Celebration (which is one I've stopped cellaring due to these type of results). It's a bit bitter, a bit malty, but faded to a point that neither impresses. That's not a ringing endorsement for a fresh DIPA.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Vin 2011 was poured into a tulip glass which showed off a deep deep hazy amber - any darker and it would be brown. Topped by a fleeting light brown head leaving some nice bubbles about.

Some sweet malty aromas and ripe tropical fruits. Somewhat subdued for a DIPA

The flavors were all hops smothering the fruit and floral elements that might lie beneath. Very hoppy, no doubt; but simplistic and lacking balance and depth.

I'm am newer to IPAs and DIPAs so perhaps you take with a grain of salt. My baseline for comparison is the Dogfishhead 90 minute and the Founders Double Trouble, both exhibiting really nice fruit, not merely hops.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a disappointment. I picked it up because of previous good experiences with New Holland beers and a love of DIPA's, but my reaction to the taste was the same as Homer Simpson's after biting into a rice-cake:

Hello! Hello! Hello, taste? Where are you?

This beer just didn't really have much of a flavor, particularly for a DIPA. It started out well enough, with a nice amber-copper color and soapy head formation. Aroma was amiss - just sort of non-existent. Flavor was the same...very mellow maltiness and that's about it. If I imagined really hard, I might have been able to detect some oxidation, but it certainly wasn't rampant. And unfortunately there was no date code on this beer to verify its age; however I thought a DIPA would stand up to time fairly well, particularly in the cooler at the liquor store.

I wasn't impressed with this beer, but I'd be willing to give it another chance. I bought this bottle at Blacklick Liquor on Broad St in Columbus/Reynoldsburg/Blacklick.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Another VDubb directive, this one outspokenly for vicariousness. (By the way, I just now learned that's a real word.) It pours a clear ruby amber topped by a half-finger of very light ecru foam. The nose comprises plenty o' pine, chives, pearl onions, and a stiff undercurrent of sweet caramel. The taste maintains the onion-y flavors (must be the hop variety(-ies) in there), along with the pine sap and sweet caramel. Pretty straightforward DIPA flavors, though, again, those hops have a rather onion-forward taste, something that does not bode well for the beer as a whole. The body is a fairly solid medium, with a light carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a decent DIPA, but those damn hops force this one into a bit of a tailspin. Beyond that, though, things seem pretty solid.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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 micromaniac129
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber colored ale thats clear and lightly carbonated. Foamy head is little and fades.
A good swirl produces a fair amount of surface foam.

A good swirl is needed to get any hop aroma.
Malts have a sweet taste maybe caramel malts.

Taste is light and bitter. A big malt backbone and a big boozey finish.

A medium mouthfeel that has a very warm and boozey finish.

Overall I didn't much care tor this beer.
There was hardly any hop taste to speak of.
A mostly malty and very boozey beer.
One and done.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from the 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a pretty clear ruby-copper into a medium-sized wine glass. A 3/4 off-white head is here and gone as soon as it came. The lacing is thin and stretchy. Lots of tiny bubbles move quickly through the beer.

S: The first whiff is a little weak. I'm not getting all that much aroma out of this one, and what I do is mostly unconcentrated floral and earth hop smell. It actually smells a little watery. I cannot detect alcohol in there, but that shouldn't be too surprising because I do not smell much else, either. There are ever-so-slight citrus aromas coming into my nose.

T: It has a pretty different fruit character in the taste than other DIPAs I've tried; I'm sensing a lot of plum on my palate. That is odd. The hops lend an earthy-floral note to the flavor, but really do not have any citrus overtones to them. The alcohol is more noticeable in the flavor than the smell. One more thing, and this is something that I've noticed from the Mad Hatter IPA as well. The finish has a little bit of a salty flavor to me, and reminds me of green olives. I like green olives, but not necessarily in my beer. I am pretty confused about this beer, actually. I do like the taste, but it's different enough than what I am used to from a DIPA that I'm not really sure what to think.

M: This beer has a pretty big feel, but a lot of that is from the high level of carbonation that it carries. I'll say it is a little overcarbonated. It does have a good puckering sensation from the bittering hops.

D: I would not turn down one of these if I was offered one by a friendly person in a social setting, but I also will not seek it out again. There are too many better DIPAs that I can get my hands on that I would choose over this.

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Photo of JG-90
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer is amber/brown color with a moderate/small head. Head has okay retention and leaves low lacing. Smells of dark bread, sweet floral hops, and caramel malt.

Starts with musty citrus, then dry dark bread and caramel malt, with a floral, slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is average (maybe a touch light) for a DIPA, a bit chewy, with just above average carbonation.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean amber to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, pine hops, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. In the taste, pine hops and syrupy like alcohol. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry hop and alcohol in the aftertaste. Alcohol in syrupy and a bit much.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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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