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 cdizinno
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass at the local Flying Saucer.

A: Mildly hazy copper/orange color. Nice head and moderate lacing.

S: Grapefruit, mild pine hop aroma and woody grain.

T&M: Nice and crispy. Smooth, medium bodied, and well-balanced hop and malt flavors. Mild bitterness that is mellowed by the aging. Finishes semi-dry with a long lasting hop flavor.

Great stuff.

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Photo of shamsoftabriz
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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Photo of balzern
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Appeared an amber color; typical IPA appearance. Foam was about 2 fingers and lasted about 8 minutes. Lacing was moderate.

S- Smells of caramel, vanilla, citrus hops, and finally oak. The oak was not dominating but did have a presence.

T - Citrus hop flavor with chewy caramel. If you have ever had a Cabernet wine you know what oak is like. This beer had the oak flavor without the spice of the wine which was kind of cool. The hops provided a little bitterness but were not overpowering and were pretty moderate. The chewy caramel was nice - kind of reminded me of the little caramels that were available in doctor's offices or something.

M- Like I said before it was kinda chewy and coated my mouth with a slight oily resin, yet, it did have moderate carbonation. Pretty enjoyable mouth feel.

O- I would say try this if you had a chance and it was affordable (paid about 5 dollars for a bomber) and you wanted a moderate intensity IPA. The oak gives it an almost regal quality and was a nice experience tasting the oak and the hops working in tandem. Get it if it is available but don't go out of your way to run and get one.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent coppery glow with a finger high cap of firm beige foam on top. Keeps a thin skim and some bubbles always present and coats the glass with a ton of sheeted lace.

Aroma is made mostly of some orange and peach tones along with leafy portions to its hop load. A nice bold addition to oaky sweetness mixing with deep breadyness and caramel builds as it sits.

Wondeful taster with a very well-rounded oaky sweetness wrapped in a caramel soaked breadyness tanged with orangey/peachy tropical hoppyness. Nice balance and boldness as its not overly heavy on the body allowing its sweet-sided nature and girth flow freely among the hoppy stuff.

Boldly set medium body with a low ended carbonation that sits well and drinks down thusly. Nice feathery bittered finish of leafy orange tea tinted hoppyness and coating of oaky bourbony sweet warmth.

Very solid stuff and blurring the lines, if not all together crossing them, of reaching Imp. IPA standards in my book.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage
Poured from 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Aroma: Apricot, lemon, grass, graham cracker, and (inhales, exhales) vanilla.

Appearance: A hard pour creates a one finger, persistent off-white head. Body of the beer is hazy orange-amber. Leaves less lacing expected for an IPA.

Flavor: Wow!!! Very nice oak right up front, vanilla, piney hop, a light honey sweetness, and a relatively subdued bitterness lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and medium full body. Less-drying/tannic than I'd expect for an IPA.

Overall: A very interesting and enjoyable take on the IPA. The vanilla/oak flavor shows up front-and-center, but I also love how it complements the hop flavor that one would expect in an IPA. This is certainly one that I'd buy again, and I suggest you give it a try as well!

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Photo of Wildman
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewpub:

This beer poured a murky light amber color and formed a bubbly snow white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, caramel and oak. The falvor was of hops, caramel and vanilla. The body is medium light and the finish is sweet yet light.

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Photo of chaz410
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this mean beer at the mellow mushroom in greensboro.
Pours a yellow tinted amber body with thick white head.
Smells of subtle flower and citris hops mixed with vanilla oak notes and caramel malts.
Taste mostly of oaky sweet malts. Flavors are enhanced by the aged hop textures. Floral and pinneapple notes ride over the vanilla oaky woood character and biscuit malts. A nice crisp grapefuirt finish along with a smooth barley and woody malt character.
Smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a 10 ounce snifter at Beer Run.

A: Gleaming orange (like a less artificial IrnBru). No head. Barely clear and really pretty.

S: Citrusy hops. Some sugars? Good, but not much going on.

T: Super-good! Round, sweet, malty-fruity. Hops are subdued and act more as complimentary accents. The endtaste has an odd dryness (maybe an oakiness?) that seals the deal for me. Damn fine IPA.

M: Transitions from wet to dry, soft to tingly. Interesting and good.

O: A well-balanced IPA that holds my interest. Sweeter, stronger, more complex, and just plain better than the normal Mad Hatter. I would love to drink it again -- definitely recommended.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last of the new Hatter series. Poured into, you guessed it, my New Holland pint glass. Pours a clear, copper hue, with a rocky, yeast head of about two fingers. Drops to about a quarter inch of froth. Leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aromas of raw oak, some funk, some caramel malts and that citrus hoppiness.

Flavors of new oak barrel, woody, with that citrus peel bitterness, some caramel malt, and a touch of funkiness. Finish is long, with oak and citrus hops fighting it out, but the oak win in a long lingering fade.

Mouthfeel is dry, astringent (in a good way), with a mouthcoating bitterness.

Overall, a very nice beer. The oakiness is a bit raw and harsh. Could use a little time to round out and mellow. But it is a nice complement to the citrus hop bitterness and the light malt backbone.

Of the four I've tried, I'd put Farmhouse Hatter, first, followed by Oak-Aged, almost tied with Black Hatter, and Rye Hatter bringing up the rear.

Nice beers all around.

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Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried all of the Hatter project brews at New Holland. With the exception of the Black Hatter they all pretty much looked the same so the appearance in these reviews become pretty redundant.

Clear copper, orange with a caramel hues. Little white head dissipated quickly, and left behind good sticky lacing.

Sweet vanilla, oak, coconut, pineapple reminiscent of a pina colada in the nose. Some hop and malt present but somewhat masked by the oak.

Oak worked fantastically with this one. Taste of new american oak, leaving a freshly shaved coconut quality on the palate. Hints of vanilla, pineapple, and orange zest. Creamy mouthfeel teases the taste buds and leavs you calling for more. Very good and easy to drink. Hope this one makes it to the bottling line.

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Photo of nickadams2
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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Photo of YoDude
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber and poured with a one inch thick head. Head slowly recedes to a ring while ample lacing is retained from the initial pour line.

Smell: The nose hits you a foot from the glass; floral hops and vanilla with a hint alcohol get the mouth watering.

Taste: Vanilla and toasted oak lead to a sweet caramel and bitter finish.

Mouth feel: It has a full body and good carbonation, with a nice finish of alcohol warmth and lingering resin bitters.

Overall: Of the Mad Hatter variations, this is my favorite. The Kentucky oak barrel aging really adds another level of flavors to this solid American-style India Pale Ale. Drink it fresh. No need to age any further as New Holland has done it for you. I will always pick up a bottle when in stock at my local beverage retailer.

Serving type: 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

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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 RedHaze
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the New Holland Brewpb.

Pours an amber/orange color with a thin off-white head that is slow to fade to a thin ring that left behind lots of sticky lacing.

Smell; there were mild hints of grapefruit and touches of pine, but for the most part the oak smells stood out a lot.

Taste; man did the oak flavros stand out in this one. At first it was a bit hard to pick out any othe flavors, but I let it sit for a while and the grapefruit hops made an appearance, with a nice malt backbone. The oak aging made the bitterness and the citric flavors more subdued than the normal Mad Hatter, and made for a much smoother drink. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and just a little bit oily.

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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 Fanhitter
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011 Labeled Imperial Pint bottle; poured into glass.

Poured out, the beer has a mild, quick bubbling before settling down with a smoky orange-brown hue. A minimal amount of head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin froth atop the glass.

The smell of sweet ripe apple is strong, also a very woody, sour apricot note can be detected as well. The hop aroma lingers well behind the earthy, fruity nose.

A nice sweet maltiness is complimented by mild spiced vanilla flavors. Maple, a toasty caramel hint and even a faint piney flavor creep in to the palate as well. A faint sour peach flavor settles in after consuming half the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily. Similar to Guinness in a big draw, but a bit more active due to the bubbles. Very enjoyable; makes a 22 go down like a 12 oz.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer that is big in subtle flavors. Nothing is offensively overdone with this beer. The balance is exceptional, and well executed. I look forward to trying other HATTERS in the series as well.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to bobpack for this one.

A: Beautiful, perfectly clear, orange. Big one finger, off white, rocky head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Huge wood characters, beautiful. Like being locked in a freshly built cedar or oak closet. I can't get much of anything else. Maybe some light malts or hops, but it's so well blended into the wood characters that you can't really place it.

T: Light sweet caramel upfront, then nothing but wood throughout the rest of the mouth with a very light piney bitterness. A slightly muted flavor but there's no mistaking it. The wood lingers in the aftertaste and nose for a while. Great taste but I would've enjoyed a little hoppiness.

M: Medium to full bodied. Very creamy and velvety. A buttery like feeling. Medium carbonation. Great aftertaste.

O: This beer blew my mind. The hugest wood characters I've ever had in a beer. It should have it's own category as it really don't have any characteristics of an IPA. Should be called a WOOD beer. A must try if you like woodiness in your beer.

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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 morimech
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of oaked aged IPAs but maybe this one will be different.

Clear amber color with a thin head that quickly settled to a skim of suds. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass. Not the most impressive looking.

I never considered Mad Hatter as having a citrus nose but something happened in the barrel that is really bringing the citrus out and bringing with it some tropical fruit.

The flavor changes again and it is almost all tropical fruit. Totally different taste profile from the regular Mad Hatter. Hints of vanilla as well. I am really liking this beer.

A little undercarbonated but otherwise has a good body and feel. A little more life would bring this beer to good levels.

I came into this not expecting to like it but I could not have been more surprised. Totally different beer from Mad Hatter.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had with Chris H, one of the true IPA-heads I know. Poured into a tulip glass. This is a beautiful beer, pouring almost the same color as the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban sitting next to it. The head starts 3 fingers deep, reducing to 1/8", with decent lacing down the sides.

Has a very pine forward hop profile, more than I'd expect from a cask aged beer. Buttery resin, hints of vanilla, and toffee, surely from the malt backbone, fill out the aroma.

Taste starts caramel toffee malt, a sweet buttery star, with a mild hop finish. Like so many oak aged beers, the hops have been mellowed out. Still, very dry finish.

This is my first of the series, and will likely hit the black IPA next. I like the regular Mad Hatter better than this, still, a decent brew that i would have again.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at HopCat in GR. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden yellow, some orange, thick off white head forms, drops to a nice ring, some lace chunks, looks good. Smell is nice, very fragrant, grapefruit and pine, lightly sugary, caramel, sweet middle, oranges, touch of vanilla and wood, quite hoppy. Taste is great, oaky up front, lots of vanilla, toasted coconut, almost bourbony, grapefruit and floral, caramel, some biscuit malt, solid bitterness in the background, nicely done. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and I really like the barrel character. Real nice IPA that more than holds up to the oak. My travelling partner did not enjoy it as much as I did.

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Photo of beer2day
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish gold pour with 1/2 finger medium cream head. No retention and zero lace.

Strong boubon nose. Fruity, piney, and woody all come togehter here.

Big bourbon flavor as well. Maybe too much so for some, but pretty tasty to me. Lots of hop and alcohol burn in the finish. Very dry finish with a piney hop bite.

Medium body despite the bif flavors.

Very tasty.

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Photo of Holland
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours nearly copper - dark for an IPA. Did it take on color somewhere in the aging, or is this a different recipe from their normal one? Small head, one finger, goes quickly and leaves a nice lacing.

S: oak and IPA smells dominate as expected - this one tends to be slightly malty, but it has a big bitter and floral hop presence. Ahhh....

T: very full of oak, then the hops hit with bitterness, and finally the finish is a beautiful malt flavor left on the tongue. It sticks around for a while, very pleasant.

M: excellent an aged beer, but this is an IPA. It still contains the great parts of the normal Hatter, but it's more smooth than crisp. I like this - it mellowed the mouthfeel through aging.

O: excellent beer - I'm always partial to oak aged beers. This was an awesome IPA, and it just got more awesome. For $4 for a bomber, I'd do it again.

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Photo of atsprings
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Raleigh Times served in a New Holland tulip a crisp orange with a thin head that diminishes to a ring and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is an intriguing blend of oak and citrus hops with slight vanilla. The taste is an interesting blend of citrus and oak that gives way to sticky oak in the finish. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. I enjoyed this one, at long last, oaked IPAs have grown on me.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample at MBGF Summer09.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hop, wood and earthy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet bourbon finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met.

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