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 portia99
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle received in a trade with brokenleadedcask. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip (received as an extra in a trade with Vurt - thanks!).

A - Pours a beautiful dark copper, crystal clear with tons of bubbles rising constantly thorughout the glass. Dense two finger, cream colored head with good retention. Leaves behind lots of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of citrusy hops - orange and grapefruit. Good fruityness and some dark caramel aromas too. Good double IPA a nice hop forward focus.

T - Stong alcohol presence here that pervades the entire taste experience. Sharp hop bitterness and citrusy flavors. Strong malt backbone underneath the hops...full and rich, lots of caramel.

M - Thick and chewy malt body - very full. Strong carbonation with a certain smoothness and creaminess to it. Bitterness is sharp and lingers for a good long time.

D - Not really, but tends towards being a sipper of a double IPA. I find this to have the character of a strong ale opposed to a double IPA. Alcohol is high at 9.4%, limiting drinkability...I'm definitely getting thru this bomber without a problem, but I think it is all I'm having tonight.

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Photo of jera1350
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a slight cloudiness. Short dirty white head that reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Big fresh ripe citrus backed by sweet caramel malts. My mouth is watering.

Wow, not what I was expecting. It's as if the malt leads the way and is backed by some piney and citrus hops. For me, as a DIPA, there's just too much malt. Malt is sweet but overwhelms the piney hops. Tastes nice, but just needs a little more hop bite.

Medium bodied, mostly soft and smooth feel. A little roughness comes from the carbonation.

Nice balanced DIPA that goes down nicely. Alcohol is felt in a warming sensation as it goes down. Overall, a pretty good DIPA, but not near the top.

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

22oz bomber received as an extra in a trade....perhaps from iceicebaby or Tyson?

Appearance: Dark and malty drown red with honey folds. A frothy 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt and floral hops.

Taste: Caramel malt, floral hops, a touch of astringency, a touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch chewy, and very nice!

Drinkablity: The flavor profile is the only thing holding me back from rating this brew higher in this category.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty-two ounce bomber pours a mostly clear, orange/amber body with a two finger beige head that has some legs. Plenty of creamy and sticky lace hangs on the glass.

Aroma is grassy hops with a grapefruit edge. A hint of toasted caramel lurks beneath.

Mouthfeel has medium carbonation and body.

Taste has a dominant grassy hop bitterness with a grapefruit edginess. So grassy, it borders on the verge of cat urine, a note I've previously encountered only in Bells Hop Slam. Alcohol is well hidden. Finishes with a grapefruit rind dry bitterness.

A bit too much grassiness in the hop profile for my taste. Still, a very desirable DIPA that I will buy again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 7/22/09

A - Clean, deep colored copper. 1/2 inch head dissipates to patchy bubbles with intermittent lacing.

S - Full-bodied nose; juicy citrus hop notes predominate - grapefruit & orange. Very piney as well. A touch of caramel & faint hints of candied malts.

T - Deep-seated grapefruit with a nice dry piney bitterness. Slightly toasted characteristic with a spot of something akin to nougat.

M - Smooth, creamy carbonation balances well with a duly-noted resiny grit. Nice heft to the beer on the palate.

D - I found it incredibly well-balanced throughout. I quite enjoyed this one & would definitely consider buying it again. I had a half pint on draft the other day & it was excellent as well.

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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 BigAl723
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. I've wanted to try this for a couple weeks so I was excited when I saw it on the rotate board.

A: Outstanding! This is one awesome looking beer. Golden and slightly amber. Fairly dark and murky for a double IPA but the head is what really caught my eye. It was about two inches thick, tan and full.

S: Sweet and fruity. Grapefruits and citrus.

T: This beer really emphasizes the hops. The taste is a lot like the smell. Malt comes through towards the end. Cotton candy and grapefruits.

M: Fairly heavy in the mouth with medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Very tasty. This beer has a really good IPA taste that flows quite well.

Overall, this is a solid IPA. Another quality brew from Holland, Michigan.

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Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours copper orange with a pillowy2+ finger head that left notches all down the glass

smells of fresh pine wit some some sweet carmel malt in the back ground but then again it had me at fresh pine

taste is bitter pine and some grapefruit hops then it becomes sickly sweet carmel malts - also has a buttery bubble gum flavor - i want to rate it higher but just a little too sweet - nothing that will keep me from buying it again though

mouthfeel is somehow light? yes - creamy finish - a beer that smells/tastes like this normally is oily and medium body and slick but this is dangerous and light

drinkability - the only down fall to this beer was how sweet it is - as much as i loved this beer i struggled to with the bomber thinking i would go into a coma

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll admit I wasn't too impressed with this one on-tap, but I figured I'd see if it was better from the bottle. 22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip a crisp dark orange with a nice frothy eggshell head. Aroma is pine hops ahead of caramel malts. The taste is a nice balance of pine hops and burnt caramel malts with the hops up front in the initial and malts dominating the lingering finish. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence and decent carbonation. This one is much better out of the bottle than it is on-tap, one I'd have again if it was a buck or two cheaper per bottle.

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

Paid $6.99 for a bomber from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a snifter to review. I'm a fan of the bottle which currently is not pictured on BA (only the blank growler is). New Hollands beers are quite attractive and usually excellent.

Pours rather thick, leaving a standard white head of about an inch. Transparent, attractive glowing orange, characteristic of my favorite DIPAs. Quality lacing, minimal head retention.

Orange and citrus hops dominate the nose, yet are held up by a noticeable malt base.

Taste is of oily, resinous hops. I'd still put this one in the more balanced category of DIPAs, but don't get me wrong, this is a tongue bruiser of a hoppy ale.

Meduim-Full body with an almost chewy thickness to it. Definitely not one for the faint of heart. Carbonation limited, yet certainly present. Lasting hoppy finish of bitter citrus hops.

With me being biased to the west coast hop profile, I must say this contends with some of the Three Floyds DIPAs for best east of the Mississippi. A quality brew from New Holland who have yet to disappoint. Hatts off!

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Photo of paulieatworld
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours hazy orange with very thin head that stays and laces nicely down the glass. huge hop profile which sweetens as the drink progresses. this one seems slightly less carbonated than the avg DIPA yet works well with the high abv. this is definitely a DIPA of note, but as far as the category goes - the competition is stiff and numerous and like most of new holland's stuff - this one's nothing to write home about.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Holland Imperial Hatter

Lightly hazed, amber to crimson appearance....dusky orange?nice white head, die too quickly in this pour.

Caramel tones, and herbal notes in the aroma, citrus-y notes peek out, then the pine, then the prickly pear, the apple...all swirled up with caramel-y, chocolate-y malt. This is no naked, raw in-your-face hop attack in this nose, it's blended and complex.

In the mouth, more of the same. Juicy malt, with bombastic hop attack coming from behind. Not a big, bitter bruiser. Not a ripper of the palate, but it is bigger than the normal IPA. Bitter and sweet, hand in hand, nicely balanced.
The extra ingredients, and the higher alcohol make this Imperial, and it becomes dominant quickly. Sweet, caramel malt remains large in the flavor, hop quotient just below.

I like this okay, but wouldn't go back for more, just not my style. Like the graphic, with a hug of beer in the Hatter's hand. What if he had brew at that tea party, how much madder would that party have been? How many more sizes would Alice have grown? Curiouser and curiouser...

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Photo of johannasclimacus
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a nice copperish-orange. It was kind of dark so I couldn't see too well, but there was a nice 1/2 fluff of head on top.

Overall, the taste was a very solid DIPA. If you like the style, you'll enjoy it, but there's not much new here. Some pine, citrus, good hop bitterness. It's not intensely bitter, so it might appeal a little bit more to non-hopheads than other DIPAs.

The only thing that really stuck out to me about this one was the mouthfeel. It could have been a product of the tap system, and I can't be sure, but the mouthfeel was very creamy. It was immediately noticeable because all of the DIPAs I've had were very crisp - especially on draft. But this had a smooth, medium, creamy feel to it that reminded me of some of the English Pale Ale's I had when I was in the UK.

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel glass. Has a dark orange color with about one inch of off-white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Just a little sticky lacing is left on the glass. Big hoppy aroma of citrus and pine. The alcohol is there but at 9.4% it is not that strong. The flavor features the citrus hops with hints of grapefruit. A little pine is also detected. The malt is not really there to balance things but on the plus side this beer is not overly sweet which I find unappealing in DIPAs. Alcohol warmth in the finish but again it is not too strong when considering its ABV. It also gives it an extra dry finish. Outstanding mouthfeel with a soft, smooth texture. Could use a little more body though. A good DIPA but short of being one of the better ones. Lacks a depth of flavor that the outstanding DIPAs are know for.

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Photo of dismal
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark burnt orange color with a fairly big white head. The head fairly quickly goes to almost nothing but stays around for quite some time. Leaves very little to no lacing down the glass. The smell is hops. I got pine hops out of the smell, also grapefruit. Taste is very similar which wasn't much of a surprise. Mainly grapefruit upfront but there is some pine lingering in there. Kind sweet at first, then bitter, followed by some more sweetness. Decent mouthfeel, somewhere in between thick and thin but a little more on the thick side. This one is drinkable, the high ABV doesn't show much and it has a really good taste. Having had the regular Mad Hatter and the Oak Aged Mad Hatter this one is just as good, if not better, than those. And like the others I'd go for this one again no problem.

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Photo of drtth
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10oz snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is clear and orange or light copper in color, with very little head. There is a ring of foam around the glass and sipping leaves some light speckled lacing.

Smell: The aroma here is full of hops, lots of hops, primarily grapefruit and pine resin, but backed up by a few hints of malt.

Taste: This beer is all about hops with minimal malt backbone and sweetness to counter the ripsaw effects of the hops. There is pine resin sharpness and lots of grapefruit upfront that smoothes out into less abrasive floral grapefruit and pine flavor. The alcohol and malt are well concealed by the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with minimal carbonation throughout. The finish is fairly long but sharp and bitter from the hops. It becomes dry early on and then just fades away.

Drinkability: This beer was fine and I was able to finish it, but one was enough both because of the ABV and because of the harshness of the hopping. While I'm glad I tried this beer I generally prefer my DIPAs with a bit more malt presence showing up once in a while to swap places with the hops and provide a break from the bitterness, even if only briefly. So there are other DIPAs I'll pick over it in the future.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy clouded amber with a full head of foam that is well retained.
Smell is of brown sugar, black pepper, and roasted orange peel.
Taste is citrusy with spices and light zesty bitterness shining through.
Mouthfeel is spicy, zingy, mildly abrasive up front with a smooth finish.

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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 BMoney575
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-14-09

Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a thick white head that settles to large, thick bubbles.

Smell is extremely clean, sweet, and fruity, but the bitterness and booze is hiding underneath. Quite boring for such a big beer.

Taste sweet and slightly earthy, with a sharp but not too intense bitterness, and a slight alcohol warming on the finish. That's about it.

Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy, about the only thing that stands out.

Drinkability is good because it's easy to drink. A little more effort would have been nice.

Overall, perhaps the most bland DIPA I've had. At least it's not offensive.

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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 sholland119
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

A-Clear amber and apricot with a thin white head and little lacing.

S-A very nice blast of citrus hops with a bit of floral hops and plenty of sweet malt behind.

T-Sweet maltiness on the front of the palate followed by lots of strong grapefruit flavors.

M-Medium bodied and a bit oily.

D-Very tasty and fresh. One of my favorite New Holland beers.


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Photo of cdpike
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Draft at Olives at the Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati, OH.

Pours a robust amber with a modest foam. Nose is floral, citrusy, fruity notes. Wonderful but very understated boquet. Big bodied and very rich--not a ton of malts but HUGE hop flavor and bitterness. There's a nice toasty kind of caramel sweetness lingering behind the aggressive bittering hops. There's also a very nice lingering floral bitterness in the finish. I'm noticing a bit of residual stickiness throught my mouth and mostly my lips afterword. It is not overly negative but I'm not sure how I feel about it...I suppose it could feel just a touch cleaner. For a big beer, I haven't noticed too much alcohol essence. This is an awesome beer from New Holland and a wonderful compliment to the rest of their great products!

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to JordanEllwanger for this

Poured into my pint glass from a bomber

Pours a very nice amber color with a frothy three inch slightly off-white head.Great head retention. As the head resides it leaves marvelous lacing all throughout.

Smell is very floral like with the smell of fine perfume. Very lavender like smell with some hints of spices coming through.

Sweet pine like taste upfront with some bitterness shining through all the way. Slight metallic taste to it with some spicyness. Very dry bitter finish to it that stays for a good minute or two.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Good amount of bitterness into it.

A little too bitter to be having more then one of these. Something you should try though at least.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Charleston Beer Exchange.

Good looking beer here. 2+ finger of creamy off white head. Bright orange amber colored beer with good clarity. Upon close inspection there are tiny bubbles of carbonation slowly making their way skyward. Excellent retention on the head. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is of sharp citrus up front, then a trailing of pine. There is a sense of lemon peel here.

Flavor is much less citrus than the aroma. Fairly nicely balanced DPA. Having said that, the hop presence is huge here. Ripe pineapple, sweet sticky caramel (not too sweet) More of a East Coast or Midwest DPA with the balance and malt presence. Hop notes stick in the back of your cheeks. You can clearly detect the higher ABV here. Not "hot" at all though.

Mouth feel is medium bodied yet full due to the level of hops. Fairly slick from hop oils.

A very good DPA. Not epic, but nice. One to try if you are into DPA's

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New Holland Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 711 ratings.
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