New Holland Imperial Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

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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

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

Bottle at Mondiale 2010. Hop aromas, emminating from very golden coloured body with a white hjead and lace rings. You can see the carbonation bubbles. Good piney hops and creamy malts, hits the bullseye for the style. But you can detect the a.b.v. Bit above average mouthfeel.A little more drinkable the second bottle courtesy of Christian of Chancey Smith.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a fairly clear light amber body with

S: caramel and toasted malts, tart citrus, wood and brown sugar.

T: malt forward with toasted and caramel malts, wood, some spicey floral hops with some citrus in the finish but not your typical sharp bitter or citrus hop flavor you think of for an imperial IPA. The alcohol is very well hidden here.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: incredibly drinkable for the style and ABV without loosing too much hop flavor, the flavor is just different and less in your face than others in the genre.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pumped out of a cask, it had a nice foamy head on it. The lacing wasn't to bad. The color of the beer was a nice looking copper color. The smell was hoppy and had some earthy tones to it as well. The taste of the beer has a soft bitterness upfront that changes into a more harsh bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Overall this isn't the best IIPA, but it wasn't bad. I'd drink it again if I was out somewhere and saw it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty standard DIPA that focuses on a firm hop blend of citrus, pine, and hop resins. Yet, the beer has on extraordinary elements that make it a standout.

As all really good big hoppy beers do, this one carried a medium copper, light amber color with firm and creamy off-white foam. Very good lacing and a bit of hop haze.

Aromas and flavors mirror each other with an early focus on resiny and bitter hops. A wave of moderate malts carry a bit of bready taste, caramel sweetness, and sunkist grains. Mid-palate brings on more citrus hop flavors, mild fruitiness, and less sweetness. Later, the beer continues the hoppy citrus and pines but the malts begin to dry out into a graham cracker crustiness. All this is pretty typical of most big IPA's. Tack on a acetone/fruity alcohol note and we'll put a wrap on this one.

Body carries a lot of heavy sugars up front and the beer struggles to dry out later. Still, the beer is not a Barleywine comparison and still is validated as a big IPA. I would like more dryness and crispness though.

The heavy body that never dries out comnpletely, the hop profile that remains average, and a typical ester and alcohol profile keep this from becomming a standout. But it's good control of recipe formulation and relatively error free brewing keeps it from mediocrity also.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, vintage 2011. A souvenir from a trip to Detroit last month.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper hue, with one finger of foamy, melted marshmallow, off-white head, which leaves a singular broad, eerily Michigan-shaped swath of lace on the lee side of the glass as it drops away. It smells of fairly strong bitter citrus and pine resin, and equal to the task bready caramel malt. The taste is more kind to the caramel/toffee, bread pudding maltiness, in the face of a steadfast, edgy pine and citrus rind fruity hoppiness, underlain all by a sneaky, simmering booze warmth. The carbonation is Plushables soft, the body a solid medium weight, and as smooth as a slightly scratchy Barry White album. It finishes off-dry, the big, enabling malt having nowhere to go, what with those crazy lurking hop notes, which have ironically, and wistfully faded.

A crazy-drinkable DIPA - 9 and change points of booze, and barely a warming, nicely offset imperial IPA players, and well, this is done like dinner, before you even know it. Insert maniacal Mad Hatter laugh...

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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 zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper/burgundy color with a small, ivory, bubbly head of foam. It left some nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, citrus and burnt toast.

T - It had a nice roasted malt flavor with sweet caramel notes. The grapefruit and citrus flavors were understated but provided some balance to the bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and very sharp on the tongue. A medium bodied imperial ipa.

D - This is a pretty good brew. I enjoyed it more than regular Mad Hatter

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a darker shade of golden amber with a nice off white head. Nose brings some diverse hops with some pine and citrus zest being the most prominent. Taste brings the bitterness but not as much of the flavor from the hops. Nice bitter finish on q nice body. Drinks well and is another nice hoppy brew from New Holland.

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Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Great lakes snifter.

Pours a small amount of white head. Leaves some lace rings. Color is a dark orange copper. A pretty nice looking dipa.

Aroma: grassy/weedy hops. Big bready malt backbone. It as some fruity notes. Some orange flavors with a bit of grapefruit.

Taste: Grassy hops with some floral notes. Still, fairly malty with a little booze showing. Grapefruit citrus with some fruit notes. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but some smoothness to it. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and sticky. Hop resin feel to it.

Overall, not to drinkable for me. Split 4 ways and I really didn't even want to finish my pour. Just not the IIPA for me. Hops didn't work and it was trying to be something it couldn't be imo.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head fades away quickly but leaves decent lace.

S - Pine, musty socks, and some spicy hop notes with some caramel in the background.

T - Sweet malt with notes of caramel up front. Some spicy grapefruit in the middle with a finish of sugary malt, oniony hops and dark toffee.

M - Moderately thick body, slightly higher than average carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Definitely a malt forward, "east coast" DIPA. The malt more than balances the hops, which is ok, but the hops are oniony and floral without much in the way of pine or citrus, which leaves the beer with a lack of what most of us think of as American hop character.

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

Mad Hatter was the very first IPA I ever had back home,it was the first beer where the aromas stood out and led me down the path of becoming a hophead...enough of that shite.Poured into a impy nonic a deep bronze with a large clingy white head that settles oh so slowly,leaving multiple rows of lace behind.A mix of resiny hop and caramel malt in the nose with the hop profile winning out,flavors are "green"with hops,leafy and herbal with some citrus notes, a biscuit base holds up well to the onslaught.Its nice with more of a herbal "green" hop profile,its not as in your face as many wich might be a good thing,I enjoyed it.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Kegatron
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful loooking, crystal clear amber, topped with 2 rigid fingers of off-white foam. Great retention here, with a massive flareup that leaves a big creamy latticework of lacing back. The aroma is floral and spice, with a touch of sticky pine to it. Robust grapefruit character really sticks out as well, sitting on top of some equally heavy grainy malts. Some alcohol warmth gives this a fume like feel in the nose. Moderate strength here to the aroma, but I was looking for maybe a bit more considering the stronger flavors at work here.

The hops are sticky and spicy, leaving a sharp sting of bitterness in the mouth. This is decently balanced by some tangy citrus, and once again, that same grainy and less sweet malt presence. The finish is fairly intense feeling on the palate, being spicy, sticky, and warm. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big firm creaminess throughout. Some hoppy slickness is a little more subtle in the body, being mostly noticed towards the backend. Good bit of heat to this as well, which really intensifies the bitterness to a certain degree and holds the drinkibility back some.

This was definitley bold but not quite brash enough with the flavors to make up for the high alcohol presence. Solid but not quite up there with some of the other great DIPAs coming out of the Midwest.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium copper body, clear, and underneath a two-inch-high head of lightly yellowish foam. Decent lacing on the descent.

Smell: Resinous, pithy and slightly alcoholic with notes of citrus pith, distilled florals, and a sliver of pine.

Taste: Lightly sweet, bready-tasting malts with a very faint toastiness. Briefly sweet. Pithy citrus and a spiciness that's sharp, like popping a hop pellet in your mouth. Medium-high bitterness. Drizzle of orange oil. The orange character remains for the dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: The raw, coarse hoppiness isn't entirely disagreeing, but one one-time helping is more than enough for me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Very young children eat their books, literally devouring their contents. This is one reason for the scarcity of first editions of Alice in Wonderland and other favorites of the nursery."

--A.S.W. Rosenbach (U.S. book and manuscript collector and dealer)

Vintage 2010. Harvest orange with diamond-like clarity and several fine bubbles streams ascending within. The Imperial looking head is closer to sandstone than alabaster, has a firmly creamy texture, develops some impressive rockiness as it melts, and is doing a bang-up job coating the glass with lace.

The aroma is classic C-hopped American DIPA. The malts smell largely pale, the hops are white grapefruit-orange peel fruity, and there's the smallest hint of alcohol imaginable. If there are enough lupulins in the house, this might be pretty good stuff.

Imperial Hatter is good beer that tastes like quite a few other American DIPAs that I could name. That isn't a knock, because truly great DIPAs are relatively hard to come by. It makes no major missteps and seems to have a lot going for it in the first few ounces.

In spite of the orange color, there can't be a very high percentage of 'darker than pale malt'. Maybe a wee blip of toasted bread and that's it. The citrus fruity hops are on the aggressive side, though their flavor and bitterness are tamed to some extent by all the malt sugars. That's precisely why IPAs (rather than DIPAs) are my favorite style.

Warming brings the expected changes: more cushy malts, bolder hops, and more mellow alcohol. The taste score still doesn't deserve a bump, but the drinkability score does. This really is an easy drinker considering style and ABV.

The body/mouthfeel is impressive now that mid-bottle has arrived. It's glassy smooth and the carbonaton is dead... solid... perfect. Amazing sheets of BB-shot lace (once the beer falls with drinking) result in a well-deserved appearance score increase.

New Holland Mad Hatter IPA was one of my favorite American IPAs back in the day. It's time to revisit that brew the next time I have the opportunity. Imperial Hatter isn't quite that good, but it's a rock-solid example of the American DIPA style circa 2010.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another great addition to the lineup at the cask fest at Duckworth's yesterday. Everything really came off great during the afternoon, This was served in the standard 11.5oz glass and filled to the rim. Consumed on 03/27/2010.

The pour was rather average in my opinion as the light amber colored ale was very cloudy and only had a small head on top that quickly faded leaving it mostly bare. Light carbonation streaming up but nothing to write home about. Aroma was light, hints of citrus and pine mixed with light grain and an herbal, meadow like presence. Too light. As I take a sip sharp alcohol bites the tongue but mellows quickly, but the overall profile is rather unbalanced. Sharp citrus and grain are quickly fading away from the taste buds leaving the mouth dry and looking for something else. Body is a bit thin, nothing terrible, just needed a little bit more IMO. Drinkable, but you feel it with every sip.

Overall it was decent but I was expecting more from it to be honest. Still good though.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Rocky dense head, reddish brass color.

SMELL: Spearmint, pine sap, grapefruit rid, pipe tobacco, pineapple, mango, cake batter, booze soaked golden raisins.

TASTE: Bitter, pungent, grassy, citric, minty, biscuity, yeast, hint of caramel, ripe plum, mango, leafy, dry bitter finish.

Rich with layers of hop flavor, sip by sip I understand and pick this beer a part a little bit more. Hops don't completely devastate the palate which is a good thing. Very enjoyable.

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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 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 Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass (with a texture inside, which I think killed the lacing).

Appearance - Copper colored. Makes me think it's going to be malty before I even try it. The head disappears quickly. I think my glass may not have been great as it had a weird texture inside.

Smell - Not so aromatic, really. Less than I would have expected. I smell a caramel maltiness more than hops. Maybe a bit of piny hops.

Taste - Good hop flavor, maybe not like a DIPA should have, but it's good. I've had APAs with a hoppier profile than this. Still very tasty. Hardly any bitterness from the hops. The malt flavor is apparent. Not too sweet, just enough to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel - Splendid mouthfeel. Just thick enough to justify the 9.4% alcohol. Carbonation is maybe a bit low. Makes it feel slightly to creamy for the style.

Overall - Perhaps I'm nitpicking with my criticism, because it's actually quite good. I thought maybe it was a bit astringent in the finish, but that seemed to go away after a few sips. I suppose I might have been spoiled by the recent arrival of some west coast IPAs that have made me question what a DIPA should be.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper hue with a clear body, forms with a light beige khaki tan head leaves behin fine speckled lacing with my first sip. Aromatics offer up citrus peel mainly grapefruit and a bunch of pine accents. Flavor grips the palate with hop harshness and mimimal hop flavor, go figure. Great Lakes hop heads beware this brew is pricey 4 something a single, yes it's worth a nice DIPA but this isn't as worthy as most examples bodied around that region. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied with bitterness left behindall day, the raw hop flavors describe most DIPAs but the palate here is left abused and it's quite the harsh experience. I like me some malt and hop flavor balance to go with my bitterness. Drinkability overall isn't bad but I don't think I will revisit at this pricing.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark orangish amber with a thin, thick layer of off white head that has good retention

S - at first it smells a bit of wet dog with an odd mustiness, but then there are notes of bread, alcohol, sugar, and some faint hops

T - intense earthy and piney hops, some toast, some faint caramel in the finish, vegetal, intensely bitter finish, some warming alcohol

M - full bodied, a bit warm at times, well carbonated

This is a nice beer, but it could use a bit of cleaning up. The nose isn't great but underneath an odd aroma there is an indication of intense malts. The taste however reveals none of those intense malts. Instead, the hops explode on the palate immediately revealing an intense, bitter, piney, resiny, earthy hop character. There are flashes of malt that lend some balance, but the hops still dominate. Overall, this is a decent DIPA though not the most balanced. The hops are in your face and the ABV is big so it should please a lot of people on that alone. I'm glad I tried this once, and I certainly wouldn't turn it down in the future, but I'm looking for something a bit more balanced.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass gives off a faint cream head. Color of beer is borderline oqaque see through consisting of a faint red copper to brown. Some lacing.

Smell is a sweet front going first to hop then faint apple. As you taste the drink the apples become more prominent of a Fuji sweetness but also of a strange cider quality. Hop finish of biterness also.

Mouthfeel is like an apple cider also kind of wet instead of some hop chewyness. Easily drinkable and not alcohol tasting/overpowering.

Easily drinkable, but depends on your tolerance and sweetness level.

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New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 710 ratings.
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