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

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.12%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 492 |  Reviews: 161
Reviews by b3shine:
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2.61/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deuce to pint (frosty). Appearance was average -at best. Way too clear for its type, with virtually no head. Smell wasn't good. Cheap, wet wood. Taste was sub-par as well. Tastes like a flat, wooded (chipped) Killian's. Mouthfeel was its best attribute, and that's only because it goes down easily. Overall, a MAJOR disappointment.

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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 oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad Hatter was the first hopped IPA I ever had and so I have a soft spot for this beer,the Impy hatter I liked alot more than the oaked version.Poured a deep copper with a tight 1/2 finger white head,aromas were of citric hop and deep vanilla-like oak.Flavors started out with big cirtic/oine pine flavors melding into a really hefty vaniila/oak flavor that takes over the finish.It has complexity but do I want all the oak flavors mesin with my hop flavors...no,some may like it more than me.

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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Maduro.

Appearance: Utterly higgledy-piggledy orange copper body with a thick and creamy white head. Honestly, one of the thickest and most cloudy bodies I have ever seen. The amount of particulate matter suspended in the beer is uncanny. A true milkshake. Perhaps the dregs at the bottom of the barrel?

Aroma: Wonderful sweet, but subtle vanilla and oak. Barrel aging effects are very light and not overbearing at all. Touches of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and coconut.

Flavor/mouthfeel: Matching well with the nose. Pine balances surprisingly well with the vanilla. The tropical notes in combination with the thick and creamy mouthfeel and vanilla make this taste like a smoothie or blended drink that one might have on a cruise ship. It is simply delicious.

Drinkability: Just fantastic. I feel like I got an off sample of this beer that was somehow far better then it regularly is. If I can get more pints like this, I will happily take them.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Uptown grille in Commerce MI.

A_Dark amber. Thick eggshell white heat that dissipates into a thick foamy ring. Lacing smothers the glass.

S_ Earthy,woody oak upfront followed by piny subdued hops. Great oak aroma.

T_Bold but not overpowering oak. Smooth vanilla. Wood. Grassy pine. Terrific example of an oak aged IPA.

M_Thick and creamy. Very sticky on the lips. Full bodied.

D_ I wouldn't want to drink a whole bunch of these. This is a beer that deserves your full undivided attention. Great to savor.

This is a very close second to Dogfish Heads Burton Baton on my list of best oak aged IPAs.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear copper/orange with one finger of tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S - Oak is quite prominent in the smell, moreso than any hop character. Not sure how much of that is due to this bottle being a few months old. I had this on tap in July and remember it being more hoppy. Seems to be some bourbon notes, but I'm not sure if this was actually aged in bourbon barrels. Some faint citrus hops and decentmalt presence.

T - As with the smell, hops are subdued in re taste, but comprise grapefeuit and line. Oak is again very prominent, with faint bourbon notes. Quite a bit of biscuity malt. Finishes quite dry and oaky.

M - Disappointingly thin mouthfeel. Big tannin presence on the finish.

O - I remember enjoyng this more on tap, should have reviewed it earlier. The oak presence and subtle bourbon notes are nice. More assertive hops and a but more body would have improved this one.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quick, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: light oak, bread, and citrus hops

Taste: citrusy hop start followed by a bunch of breadiness and light oaking

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter body and less bitter finish, dry end, medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: An ok ipa base beer that the oaking adds to but in nowhere near overpowering. The flavors here are more delicate. I would get this again, but there are others I would go to first.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure if I'm digging the hoppy beers out of the barrel. This is the classic New Holland IPA after being on the oak. Appears a slightly murky amber orange hue with minimal creamy white head. Nose blasts you with barrel aging effects with some minimal charred wood, loads of vanilla, and boozy whiskey. Hidden in there were citrus and floral hop doses. Flavor for me was dominated with the barrel aging, I knew I was drinking an IPA but at the same time I couldn't focus on the hops it just seemed like the barrel aging and hop bitterness were clashing rather than becoming a nice cohesive flavor. Caramel maltiness, more vanilla and oak with citrus and floral hop flavors clashing. Mouthfeel overall was fine carbonation trickled through and barrel aging effects clung to the palate and really stuck around. Drinkability was average not my cup of tea, as stated this barrel aged IPA thing has to slow down as one of the trends in microbrewing.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tulip at The Comet.

A: Coppery amber pour, smi clear. Moderate head with decent lacing.

S: Sharp hops, lots of acidic grapefruit and pineapple. Big bourbon and loads of oak. Vanilla as it warms.

T/M: The sharp grapefruit and bourbon hit right off the back and it's hard to tell which is which. Bourbonis pretty raw, almost stringing. Malta barely touch base with a hint of sweetness and
some balance. Medium body withasting bitterness.

D: A. Touch rough but interesting and tasty.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH.

A: Transluscent, walnut-shell color with a little lacing.

S: Rich oak resin

T: Oak and nuts balance out the hops perfectly. The combination almost makes this taste like a very drinkable thin nut brown ale.

M: Thin, but not in a bad way--coats the mouth and leaves a wonderful aged oak aftertaste.

O: Loved this. Unfortunately, all the bottles at Vintage were gone. Hoppy bite + aged oak smoothness = one tasty beer.

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