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 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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Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper color with 2 fingers of rocky, very light tan head. Leaves a good bit of lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Pine resin and citrus.

T: Starts with strong sweet caramel malt but then is followed by hoppy goodness in the form of pine and bitter citrus.

M: Medium body and appropriately carbonated. Slightly bitter mouth residue.

D: A "balanced" IIPA in my opinion, but done very well. While the malts are present, they are not at the forefront and seem to be there to provide a very sturdy backbone for the heavy hops. Not very complex and the nose could be a little more assertive, but otherwise, nicely done.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise. ABV of 9.4%. No "bottled on" date, but it's only been available in bottles for like a month so I know it's fresh.

Appearance: Head is a little small, but that's forgiveable given the abv. The body of the beer is a hazy dark amber.

Smell: Mmmm...fresh tart aroma of citric American hops. Definitely has a hefty maltiness to it as well.

Taste: Very fresh hop flavor balanced out by a fair deal of sweetness. Nice big bitter finish.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a clear amber with a thin ecru head.

S - Really pretty faint, but maybe it's just me.

T - Bitter, piny, green shoots, tart, hoppy. Mildly sweet backend and fairly strong alcohol finish.

M - A bit too thin bodied for the style, in my opinion.

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Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a tap at Kelleher's in Peoria, IL

A - Copper color with a nice one finger head

S - Sweet caramel malts with hops, hops, hops. You can tell this is a DIPA for sure.

T - Pretty solid. Citrus hops dominate the taste and are balanced out by some caramel malt.. Not too complex, but hopheads will definitely enjoy this one.

M - Smooth but thin as it goes down. Leaves a dry finish

D - This is a good DIPA and is very drinkable for the style. It is nice and hoppy while maintaining decent drinkability.

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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 BeerSox
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic.

Deep amber hue, bordering on copper. Slightly hazy. A one finger dense tan head slowly settles thin cap with a thick rim along the glass.

Plenty of sharp hops, giving some light spice with a little bit of pineapple. Slightly toasty malts in the background. Very floral.

A little bit of grapefruit, along with some more tart pineapple. The malts add a bit of a sweet bready flavor, slightly toasty. The alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied.

Not a bad DIPA, full of sharp hops, and good for the hophead. Recommended.

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Photo of Viggo
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luckily we ended up at HopCat on Hatter Night! Imperial Hatter on cask, served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark orange, some reddish highlights, very chunky and thick off white head forms, drops an ass ton of lace on the glass, keeps a very thick layer, looks great. Smell is real nice, big grapefruit and pine, lots of floral, very hoppy, caramel and biscuit malts, grassy, very pungent and spicy, very balanced, hop character is great. Taste is real nice too, grapefruit kick at first, caramel malt, some light biscuit, super smooth, pine and floral, more grapefruit, alcohol is well hidden, big hoppy and bitter but balanced finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, insanely smooth, alcohol is well hidden. This was pretty great, perfect DIPA for cask.

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

sampled on cask at hopcat june 12/09.

pours hazy orangey amber with a big dense off-white head. the head drops very slow with lots of lace.

aroma is nice. light citrus - grapefruit and orange. pine. white bread. light alcohol. at first it seems mild, but as you take a deeper sniff the alcohol and hops really jump out and take hold.

taste is good. big blast of bright and slightly sweet citrus - orange, tangerine, grapefruit. light alcohol. white bread. biscuit. just over medium bitterness level. mostly dominated by bright citrus, light sweetness, and mild alcohol. bit of caramel and toffee.

mouthfeel is good. very low carbonation level. just over medium body.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. nice hop and malt depth. works really well on cask too. good stuff!

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

New Holland is a pretty decent brewery. I have had a lot from them, but nothing really stands out in their lineup, although all their beers are pretty good. This is a new one from them, their Imperial Hatter.

A: Pours a nice amber, caramel color. Semi-hazy. Nice foamy head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

S: Nice hoppy smell. Mostly pine, but a little citrus and herbal notes in there as well. Malt smells a little toasty.

T: Pretty nice taste overall. A good mix of pine and citrus flavors. Pretty bitter and dry. Maybe some orange or grapefruit in there. The caramel malts come through in the finish. It is a little toasty. The weakest point of the beer is the finish. You taste the alcohol quite a bit. There is also a heat to go along with it. Also seems a tad watery tasting in the finish. Not much lingering flavors and very clean. Other than that, this is a very solid IPA.

M: Medium bodied and very slick and oily. Bitter and dry finish. Good overall.

D: Very easy drinking. The dry finish leaves you begging for another sip. The alcohol does rear its head in there, but doesn't detract too much. I am killing this bomber rather quickly and could go for another.

New Holland claims that the Dragon's Milk is their crowning jewel, but I think this may take its place. Personally, I feel this is their best and most complex beer I have had. Much better than the regular Mad Hatter, this one is worth seeking out. Not the best IPA out there, but very tasty and easy drinking. Recommended.

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Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Slightly cloudy coppery-orange body. Full finger of creamy, lacy, light khaki head. Fresh hop nose with lots of orange, pineapple, and pine sap hops. Sugary fruit and tropical rum malt aromas underneath.

Toasted malt and bitter orange peel hops up front. Nice marmalade flavor follows with biscuit and fruit malt sweetness on the side. Rummy tropical fruits show a little alcohol before grapefruit hops and piny bitterness take away the finish. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Very nice!

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Photo of roadhouse
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber into a snifter

Pours a mostly clear deep red-orange color with a one inch off-white head that falls to a skim. Minor lacing left on the side.

Aroma is pretty much all hops, with a faint malt backing. Hops are citrusy, lots of grapefruit, some pine, a bit of spiciness, and a bit of a medicinal quality.

Taste has a slight sweetness up front that is quickly overcome by the hops that are again very citrusy with a hint of tropical fruit, orange, spicy, and a bit of pine. Finish is drying with lingering tropical character and pine. Slight alcohol warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice level of carbonation that makes it pretty creamy and full. Drinkability isn't great, but it's pretty good.

This isn't anything to go nuts about but it is a solid DIPA that I didn't mind trying at all. If you are a fan of regular Mad Hatter then this is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear, rusty orange liquid with some streams of carbonation making their way to the creamy off-white head that leaves excellent lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Grapefruit, pine, pepper, and some earthy caramel malt. Smells rather clean and enjoyable.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Rather mild for the style, but it is pretty enjoyable.

M- Slightly thin and metallic, but there is a lasting effect from the hops.

D- Goes down alright, but there isn't a lot drawing me in here. Maybe this style is becoming a little overdone.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased the day it arrived into my local bottle shop. poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. the bottle reads 9.4% abv.

A- this one pours a dark golden orange colored body with a finger of white head. the head lasts for a while and leaves sticky rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- the first thing i notice is the sweet caramel malts. after that its all about the hops. lots of fruity and citrus hops. pineapple, somehow peach, and of course grapefruit.

T- the taste tightly follows the nose. caramel malts upfront. after that lots of grapefruit and a little bit of orange hops. pineapple and peach as well. the alcohol is well hidden.

M- medium bodied with ample carbonation. once again, the alcohol is well hidden.

D- easy to finish but i was left wanting a different IPA after this one. probably something i wont check out again considering the price and i dont think this is year round brew. once the hops start to fade i dont think this will have much to offer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dullishly lit within a rosey deep orange glow, this beer slathered at the pour and a monster amount of paled yellowed greyish foam grew to the top quickly. It faded somewhat quicker then expected, yet keeps a solid fluffy collar and whispy skim staying put the entire session. Lots of webby stringed and big patchy lacing is thinnly displayed across the glass.

Aroma is deep and alluringly set in a faint juicy resinous quality of pineapple, dull peach and apricot, ghostly red grapefruit, and an even deeper amount of pine oils. Its not really all that huge on the nose, but whats there is sublime in its complexity.

Taste is firm and simple in the front with a caramel - toffee mix over very light and dulled citrusy juices. Thankfully it builds quite nicely from just past midway into a warming bitterness of pithy, semi drying portions of the grapefruit and orange splashed with pineapple and a whole bunch of pine sided hoppyness. Hefty finsiher, that warmth and bittering really gains some palate and doesn't let go until faint woody notes are left super, super late.

Body is fairly mild and smoothly offered within about a medium body. It has soft, smooth open front, and then gains a whole nother character as it rolls across the later mid ranges into the finish. From there it warms with enthusiam and bittering tones that pulls the same ace from a different sleeve, its brother, Mad Hatter.

A very well done Impy IPA that really does seem like the Mad Hatter pumped up on meeting Alice(the extra hops and malts in this case). Solid stuff.

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

This beer pours a hazy pale amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is tons of grapefruit, a lot of herbal notes, and some pine resin in the back ground. The taste has a lot more pine than the aroma, and the herbal notes are almost gone. The is a lot of citrus to it too. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a good DIPA, but not a great one. It is totally enjoyable, but every sip reminds me of what could be.

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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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