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 lochef81
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber hue with a lasting thick off white head. The aroma is super hoppy. Grapefruit, pine, and grass abound. It sips clean and sticky as any good dipa should. The hoppy resin just coats the mouth in a bbeautiful way. The taste is definitely hop forward with tons of citrus and pine resin up front but there is a generous amount of malt balancing the flavor out. This is a very hop forward beer thatd please any hop head but it is also quite well balanced. It is no 90 minute but it is a damn good imperial ipa.

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

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

S- Dank citrus notes especially grapefruit.

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

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

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

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Photo of BreakfastStout
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at New Holland Brewery, served in a 10 oz. tulip glass. Nice head that quickly dissipates and leaves some modest lacing. Nice piney floral smell. Solid malty taste with a balanced mouth feel. Doesn't kick you in the ass with over the top hop bitterness.

Overall this is a tasty IIPA. Just short of fantastic but good enough that I picked up a growler to sample with my brother-in-law over Christmas. Let's see if this is tasty enough to put down his Backwoods Bastard.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty copper color, mostly clear with a chill haze. Leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma of heavy caramel and some pine/floral going on. In the taste, herbal hops, with earthy and faint citrus rind flavor. Lots of caramel and a hint of booze. Medium bodied and smooth feel through and through. Overall this is a pretty good double IPA.

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Photo of rangerred
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger off-white head. Really good head retention but just ok lacing.

The aroma is a little weak on this one. A nice tropical fruit note with some tangerine and pineapple along with just a touch of grape. Maybe just a little bit of toast from the malt.

The flavor picks up more on these fruity characteristics and there is more Earth than in the aroma. A little dankness comes through too. Some caramel and toast from the malt along with a whiff of alcohol. A fairly thick mouthfeel along with a sticky finish.

Overall, a decent IIPA but it is still fairly run of the mill. Glad I picked it up but it is probably not something I would pick up again.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip; dark hazy orange/amber with a medium fizzy white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is piney hops with some citrusey hops underneath. Taste is similar; sweet malt melding into piney bitter hops which demolish everything else. Some sweeter citrusey hops try and break through, but don't accomplish much besides a muted presence in the aftertaste, alongside some yeasty notes. Complexity develops as it warms. Overall this is a great bitter DIPA, but I'd prefer it a bit more citrusey.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into tulip

appearance: copper/amber with 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, piney, sweet malt, some booze

taste: applea, pear, citrus, very well balanced, bitterness is earthy and lingers, lots of floral herbal notes

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied

overall: A great DIPA, well balanced and dirnkable, lots of fruity notes

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two of these on tap at the brew pub in downtown Holland yesterday. Picked up a 4 pack to enjoy later. Just poured a 2013 vintage into a tulip.

Hazy, deep, amber colored body with a two-finger tan head. Thick head that is somewhat creamy and lines the glass with excellent retention.

Lighter aroma on the bottle that I expected. Citrus and piney hops that are backed by some earthy and slightly sweet malt.

I really dig the flavor of this brew. It's hoppy, but not in your face. Pine and light citrus hops up front, with a malt backbone that does not get overly sweet - more on the bready malt side. Nice blend overall.

Fairly thick on the mouthfeel, but not too heavy and relatively drinkable. Overall, I would recommend and could enjoy this regularly. Excellent beer.

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

2011 vintage

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of jep2606
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Until trying Imperial Hatter I had never had an IPA that was specifically marketed as aged by the brewery and sold in that fashion. That being said I may judge this beer too harshly because I almost feel as if I was expecting something other than what this beer delivered, while at the same time having no idea what to really expect other than that over time the bitterness of hops mellows and in some cases becomes more fruity and sweet.

In the case of Imperial Hatter I feel like I got a taste that was very much a dark fruit sensation. Specifically I though of raisins. There was a pungent taste that was unexpectedly pleasing and even now I am honestly not truly sure what my impressions of the beer should be.

Based upon the notes I have in front of me I would say that I did enjoy this beer, however I certainly need more experience with ages ales.

I gave it a personal score of 7.8/10

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A nice transparent amber color, a little finger of off white head at the top the left quickly, not to much lacing.

S: Very hoppy nose, grapefruit is very present, a slight hint of honey as well.

T: The taste is almost just like the nose, very bitter up front from the hops, little bit of sweetness and the booze is present.

M:Medium bodied, with a sticky backbone, a good amount of carbonation.

O: Not a bad IPA, glad I was able to try it at least once, nothing wild, refreshing.

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

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

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Photo of mrw1zard
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper / amber color. Not much head, but decent lacing down the glass. Large hoppy nose to this, decent mouthfeel with a lingering effect. The ABV is definitely present in this. Probably not a session beer by any means, although I do prefer the regular Mad Hatter for that. Worth trying, but maybe only once.

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Photo of Indybier
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage.

Nice murky amber in the glass. Creamy foam w/decent lacing.

The nose has the hops, but, not as much as one might expect from an Imperial. Pretty standard nose.

Initial offering on the palate was a bitter bomb coupled w/the 9+ abv. After a few minutes in the glass the bitterness toned down and the hops came around. Not too much backbone here or complexity.

The mouthfeel is probably this beers best attribute as it has a nice creaminess to the hop and booze.

The fact that my local mega-grocer has opened it's doors to craft and has this on the shelf for 9.99, I can't complain. But, given it's sitting right next to double jack, sucks and 6xers of southern tier 2x dipa and lagunitas maximus, I probably will not be stocking up.

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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 youngleo
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a nice two inch head that was a slight off white in color. Brew itself was a light brown in color. Head didnt hang around very long. But did leave some lacing. Smelled of sweet notes right away. And also of hops and malt. Tasted slightly sweet. Also that pine taste and malt. Had a slight bitter aftertaste. Aftertaste lasted a little bit after swallowing. Pine taste also hung around awhile. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was right. Overall I thought it was a little on the sweet side. ID buy again. It just wasnt one of my favorites IPA

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Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in trade with leafsj - thanks! "2011 Vintage" is printed on the label

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/oranges mixed with some pineapple. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – I guess I have to get my hands on a 2012 bottle to do a proper review. This one is basically a barleywine. Still not a bad beer even with a few years on it. I'd like to try more from this brewer.

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

A - reddish orange color. Decent off white head - not much stick.

S - Grapefruit, hops, floral, fruity. Smells wonderful.

T- Phenomenal balance of hop bitterness and smooth rich sweetness. Dry and bitter finish - highly drinkable.

O - This is a superb DIPA - rich and easily drinkable for the ABV. Could be dangerous. This is a must have.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - Clear amber, golden, with a 2 finger white fluffy head with good retention and nice sticky lacing.

S - Strong grapefruit and pine hoppy notes, a bit of booze and a nice touch of caramel malts.

T - A fairly good dry hopped imperial IPA though a little heavy on the grapefruit/citrus notes, would love a bit more complexity and some more malt or booze notes would be nice to balance things out. Otherwise a decent but not necessarily standout DIPA.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty good, i don't mind drinking this one, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it after the first try.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of AmitC
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011. Imperial hatter from new holland. I had high expectations from this.

Pours with very little to no head. Amber- light copper in color. Translucent appearance. Some bubbles. Seems low on carbonation. After observing it in more details, you see a layer of greenish, wooden color at the top, which i assume is due to dry hopping and probably due to its age.

Smell is inviting, grass piney and citrus with tinges of grapefruit. Not the very best but still good and consistent smell. Again, seems a little subdued. Could have been stronger for a DIPA.

Taste is its drawback. Very sweet or lacking bitterness for a DIPA. To me that is something that puts me off. Could have used more bitterness or may be it is due to its age.

Mouth feel. Light to medium bodied. Does not feel full. A little oily and resinous towards the end.

Does it meet my expectations? Partially. Not a Rockstar DIPA but still a very good experimentation IPA. Worth a try. Like its alcohol strength. Packs a punch for sure. Gosh this is strong. Performs this well because of its alcohol.

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

Pours out a cloudy hazy brown that clears up with a little time. Lacing around the glass and the 1/2 finger of bubbles that stick around for quite some time.
Smell is citrus and hop. Some malt and sugar but the strong floral hop is the star here.
Taste is mellow and sweet at first then quickly the flavor goes to bitter lemon peel with grapefruit rind thrown in there for good measure.
Mouthfeel is a tad sticky but the bitterness takes over and doesn't let go. This one holds on for a very long time.
Overall this is a really good Imperial IPA. Too bad it's 3.59 a bottle.

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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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