Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale AleOak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.12%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedHaze on 12-26-2005

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant chestnut producing a 1” white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Vanilla, malt, fruit, melon.
T: Starts malty supported by big, large pitted fruit flavors and a hint of melon. Hoppy bitter finish.
F: Very creamy, medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: Nice, drinkable beer but needs just a little more cow bell.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've tried a few of the "hatter" brews from New Holland, and this one seems to be the most underwhelming.
the oak age is something you either enjoy, or wish it was just absent in this type of beer.
this one may be the latter.
by all means try it if you like Oak Aged IPAs, but for me it takes away instead of adding.
regardless, it's an agreeable beer full of hoppy bitterness and the right balance of malt to add some would say an over the top sweetness, but goes well with the aging.
also, cheap and available.

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Photo of mchegash
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - 3.5/5
A moderately clear orange-brown color. Medium amount of head (bottle was a gusher though, so head died down to minimal within a few minutes). Can see a moderate amount of smallish carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Overall, a nice look.

Smell - 4/5
Hops (citrus?), some deep malty sweetness, maybe some bourbon or molasses...some kind of thicker sweet smell. I liked the smell

Taste - 3.5/5
A sweet bourbon-molasses-vanilla flavor, (I assume this comes from the oak-aged barrel), combined with some citrus-pine hops and perhaps some maltiness. Not really my kind of beer, but it was an interesting taste. Leaves a not-so-pleasant hoppy aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - 3/5
Medium-heavy in body, a little bit creamy. Carbonation is light. I felt like this beer should have been a little lighter in body. It felt way to thick to me. Also felt syrupy.

Overall - 3.25/5
I was less than thrilled by this beer. Yeah, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't really that great either. Not something I would get again. In general, while I like New Holland a lot, I am always disappointed by their Hatter beers. For only $5, it was worth trying once.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very hoppy aroma. The flavor is unfortunately underwhelming. Slight citrus character and dryness. Slightly herbal hop flavor. Medium bodied. No perceivable oak flavor.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

My wife bought me a bomber of this. I probably wouldn't have tried it otherwise. I mean, an oak aged IPA? So, okay. I gave it a good pour into a snifter just to give it a good chance. Appearance was nice, amber, clear, good head, moderate lacing. First sniff was full of caramel. So was the second, and I hate caramelly pale ales. Bad sign. But first taste was okay--lots of caramel but it was tempered by oak and hops, even if both were somewhat subdued. Not a lot of complexity, as in NONE, but not bad either. Body is fairly light, except for the heavy caramel that sticks to your tongue, and carbonation leans a little high, which, thank god, cuts the caramel. Overall? Better than I expected. But I won't be seeking it out again.

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Photo of stephens101
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with a rolling tan head to completion.

Fusion of caramel malts, earthy hops, orange and grapefruit to the nose.

Rich and fruity with a solid floral hop bite that extends to a somewhat spicy end.

Smooth with a woody edginess and faint fusel alcohol.

This is fine dining.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2/5  rDev -46.1%

A friend shared a bottle of this, I wish he hadn't. Dark orange-amber. Smells malty, oaky. Flavor is oaky, alcohol, actually pretty bad. Drain pour.


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Photo of MIbeer27
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage

The bottle pours with an amber/copper color, roughly 2 finger, off-whtie head that slowly fades, but never disappears.

Smell is rather faint with citrus and caramel sweetness taking center stage. Maybe hints of oak as the beer warms.

Taste follows the nose with a good balance between the aforementioned citrus and caramel, although the caramel sweetness begins to take the lead as the beer warms. Faint hints of oak characteristics show up late on the tongue after drinking.

Mouthfeel is medium from the sweetness, cut slightly by the citrus bitterness. Still a pretty crisp beer.

Overall, I was expecting a little bit more oak from an oak aged beer, not just trace amounts as it warmed. The beer itself was good, though maybe a bit sweet for an IPA.

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Photo of brureview
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland is now available in my area for the first time so I tried this beer.

I started out with a Spiegelgau glass, and then I switched to a Pretty Things balloon glass which I often use for Bourbon barrel aged beers.

The beer poured a dark copper color with a one finger head.

The aroma is excellent, toffee oak and fruit. Unusual in an IPA.

The mouth feel was moderately carbonated.

As the beer warms up there was more oak in the taste and some fruit. There is a strong alcoholic finish in this beer despite it's lower ABV. The finish is quite nice and there is a pleasant hoppiness to it which balances with the alcohol finish.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I haven't tasted an IPA with such a strong oak presence.
I would have liked more toffee in the taste. A wider mouth glass is better for appreciating the beer.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is stunning ... crystal clear, copper/red, and a dense foam head which dissipates to a thin, gentle lace. As far as taste and smell, I was hoping for more oaky overtones but I get none of that. It seems a bit watery, actually, and the smell is very much like any IPA I've had. I feel they put more effort into the label than the beer.

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep and clear amber with a slightly fizzy white head. The head has minor retention but what little is left hangs on and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is mostly lacking with slight hops aroma. The taste is a little more robust, but not more defined. It does taste good though and there is a hint of oak and vanilla in the mix. A little thinner body for an aged beer but not terrible. Overall a good, not great, barrel-aged IPA.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured with a darker than copper hue and a off white head of sticky foam.

The nose is light but it smells like an IPA in a barrel, duh. Evident bourbon, oak, pine needles, resin and a back of malt reach the nose with subdued character.

The taste is stronger and sweeter. Bourbonesque creaminess and sweetness hits the palate first with a woodsy oakey flavor. Mid palate is presented a chocolate covered raspberry taste that took to the end for me to decipher. The finish is piney and a bit bitter.

The feel is a bit brash, with bitterness and bourbon alcohols but it turns creamy and easy rather quickly.

Very interesting and different approach to the Hatter, this accepted the barrel rather well.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a clear, dull orange color. Head is a frothy cushion with an off-white hue. The head dies slowly and as I sip, circular lacing stains are left behind.

S-Candied citrus hops, a bit of grass and some soap. The most prevalent aspect of the nose is the caramel. A bit of dried oakiness. My first thought: too sweet.

T-Upfront caramel and more unspecific sweetness. The oak is not as defined as I'd like. The oak is slightly woody and it also has a sort of spicy tobacco element but it's a secondary flavor. The hops are also a secondary flavor. Sweet, perfumey, candied hops. The sweetness is the most dominating factor.

M-Medium bodied with plenty of texture. Soft carbonation. Light bitterness. Lingering sugary-liquid feel.

O-When I think. An Oaked IPA, I first think that it's probably a bad idea. Then I automatically assume, or hope that either the hops and barrel influence are the most prominent flavors. In this beer, I find that neither the hops (what you crave when you choose an IPA) nor the oak (what you want to experience when buying a beer aged in oak) are truly the most defining aspects of this beer. In closing, far too sweet.

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Photo of Bloodreign
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Good soild tan color. Very full taste. It has sort of a wooden citrus feel. Got it right from the brewery in a growler. Not much oak to the smell but it has a very pleasent citrus hop aroma. I would for sure drink this again but the price would make me think twice.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, murky golden amber with a creamy, clinging white head.

S: Big bourbon barrel aromas of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, woody spices, charred oak, honeysuckle, toasted coconut, sweet cream, and chocolate are underscored by subtler elements of fresh herbs, blood orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and biscuit.

T: An oddly neutral entry reveals clipped notes of minerals, grass, herbs, cedar, lemon, lime, pine, and grapefruit, while faint notes of biscuit, caramel, crackers, and toffee are present in the background. The only traces of bourbon barrel aging are the subtle notes of spice, coconut, and charred oak that develop after everything else settles. The finish retains an herbal, citrusy bite with traces of biscuit and oak.

M: Medium in body and rather dry. Carbonation is crisp and prickly on the entry, but mellows out afterward. Alcohol is so well masked as to be virtually undetectable.

O: I'm not wowed, but I'm also not entirely disappointed. On the one hand, this is a very attractive beer in the glass, the nose is great and intriguing, and the mouthfeel is somewhat better than average, but on the other hand, the taste never really comes together. In the end, this does not seem bad to me, it just seems mildly disappointing. This one is sort of a missed opportunity...

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bottle (2013 vintage) into imperial pint glass.

A- Huge 3 finger foamy white head took it's time to settle down. Beer is a light amber

S - Oak and malts

T - nice mellow hop flavor some malty sweetness, vanilla, toffee. oak on the finish

M - Medium body, great carb, very smooth finish

O - Pleasantly surprised by this. I think I like it better than the regular hatter. Definitely would pick upanother one of these (especially at the sale price of 2.99 I got this) best value bomber I've ever purchased probably!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear chestnut with a thick, fluffy, and rather persistent ivory head. Aroma is quite hoppy and fruity, as much apple and pear as citrus, sweeter than most IPAs I have sampled. Oak and bourbon hints come out in the hoppy, lively flavor, as well as a hint of caramel; fruit notes are not as prominent as in the aroma. Texture is smooth and creamy, yet fairly fizzy, leaving a nice hoppy and woody finish. Get your Hatter on!

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Photo of eaker
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Deep amber, cloudy, small amount of lacing.

S: Sweet with nice hints of oak.

T: Very upfront oak flavor that moves into a citrusy finish. Seems a little unbalanced between the oak and the hops…it just does not come together very well.

M: Loose, moderate carbonation that keeps the hops around in between drinks.

O: The oak aged barrel gives the Hatter a bit of a different experience especially given the IPA and Imperial Hatter profiles. It dulls down the bitterness and maintains a sweeter backend.

I was hoping that the oak would override the sweeter flavors with a deep resin profile, but to my surprise it did the opposite and muted the bittering of the hops and pushed a caramel flavor to the front. While I enjoyed the beer, I had a hard time reconciling the effect.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in ale glasses at White house.

A: very clear amber; big head (foamy); good carbonation; amazing lacing
S: nice burst of hops up front, then turns to yeast/malt, a lighter level than how it started; soap also comes through
T: oak foremost; thin flavor; tastes like an artificial adjunct to an IPA, not well integrated to the wort

OK, but its positives are offset by the disconnect between the oak and the IPA

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Photo of drewfull
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer from New Holland here. This is now my fourth variation on the mad hatter, and I think my favorite yet.

A: Pours well, a rich golden color with about a finger of head that sticks around fairly well. Some lacing stays too.
S: mostly barrel with some hoppiness in there. Smells delicious...
T: taste doesn't quite hold up to the smell however. A bit less flavor than I was expecting, but oaky, with a very light hops bitterness and some orange/citrus. Not bad, not outstanding.
M: a little thin overall, wish there was a little more to this one.

Overall a pretty good IPA here, and one of not that many that get some barrel in there. Enjoyed it, particularly at the $5 price point and would buy again.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark copper pour with a medium bone white head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak, caramel and yeast. Light to medium body with an oaky character and notes of caramel malt, yeast and herbal hops. The finish is dry and hoppy. Overall the oak aging is nuanced enough that it strikes a nice balance. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber red, no clarity, lots of head and sticky lace. Its a beaut..

S - Spicy hops hit first, then your senses are overwhelmed with smoky wood notes

T - Decent IPA, but the aftertaste with the wood notes dominate the end of the taste. Very good

M - Medium bodied, dry. Smooth

O - I am always blown away by how much beer takes on the wood characteristics when barrel aged. A good brew. Not incredible, but drinkable and tasty

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Photo of Flopjack
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into Tulip, Vintage 2013

Appearance : Copper with some amber touches here and there. Not the traditional IPA color that I would say most are used to because the copper color comes from the oak barrels. Lacing is there.

Smell : Very aromatic earthy hoppiness, Subtle citrus on the nose, cant quite put my finger on this one. Most of the nose comes from the Kentucky barrels.

Taste : As it first settles you get the nice refreshing bitter citrus punch that is associated with IPA's. Moving along from the IPA character your focus is shifted more towards the woody flavor that comes from the oak barrels especially as the beer warms. Hard to say.

Mouthfeel : Refreshing medium carbonation, light-medium bodied weighing slightly more to the medium

Overall : This beer is drinkable. I liked it but it is not anything special when it comes to oak aged ales. I will not seek this beer out but my curiosity led me to try it. Overall okay.

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Photo of Roman5150
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip, vintage 2013

appearance: copper with amber overtones when held to the light, with 1 finger white head, some lacing

smell: earthy, herbal, resinous hops, subtle apple, very minor citrus

taste: dank sticky hops, but you can tell the bitterness has been toned back due to the aging process. Getting some notes of apple, the oak presence is noticeable but not overwhelming, it actually balances it out quite nicely. The finish is quick and doesn't linger, very refreshing and smooth.

mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied

overall: Working my way through the whole Hatter line-up, so far I like the Michigan Hatter the best, but this one is very well done, it tastes very similar to the Michigan Hatter but with a bigger body and some wood flavors that fit perfectly. They both are similar and very good, for the price you can't really beat it.

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Photo of Gavilan
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: deep amber color, hazy

Smell: musty, earthy hops

Taste: Malty with a oak, bitter earthy hops, dank

Mouthfeel: A bit thin with very little carbonation

Overall: not a bad beer, hides the booziness nicely would have again. I appreciate the low ABV

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