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 Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Champagne Cellars. Initially a very sour and then the woodiness takes over. Very Good drinkability, the barreling was effective. Lacey on a lighter yellow body. Hoppiness was well integrated and about right. A wood, whiskey and hop aroma.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a hazy golden amber body.

S: very simple and somewhat mild aroma mostly of oak and caramel malt with little of the hop aroma coming from the base IPA.

T: sort of bland really with oak, some earthy and herbal hops. The base IPA is really lost in this one. this one gets a little watery in the finish.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: hops are mild. the flavors are good and drinkable but a little watery and simple especially for any kind of barrel aged beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid and more characterful than Mad Hatter, this oak aged version contributes more roundness, complexity, and mouthfeel that is lacking in the original.

Like the Hatter, Oaked begins with a bright copper color with strands of straw and amber. A mild haze allows for a diffused glow through the glass. Good head formation and retention is aided by the oak aging.

Hops and caramel take center stage in aroma while a mild bready malt and nutty/woodsy note back up the straight IPA scent. Low on esters or phenols, the alcohol scent provides mild nail polish remover-type sensation.

Caramel and dried woods give rise to the maltiness and allows for greater depth of flavor. Likewise, the sharp hop flavors and bitterness are smoothened with the oak conditioning. Still, the candied falvors of grapefruit, orange peel, and pine resins control the beer but in a slightly reserved manner.

Creamy and malty early on, these textures are amplified a bit because of the marshmallowy affect from the oak tanins for a fuller mouthfeel. Transitioning from malty creaminess towards hoppy and alcoholic dryness occurs late for a snappy and zesty/dry finish. Caramel, woods, and leafy/grassy hops linger well into the finish and aftertaste.

This is definately an improved version of Mad Hatter, but the beer's ordinary base recipe doesn't allow for all the intangibles to make this a particularly memorable beer- even with the added oak complexities.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a light amber color and a modest head that leaves a bit of lace

Smell: Floral citrus, but more tea-like than a typical IPA; tempered by the oak

Taste: Opens with the biscuity malt and citrusy grapefruit flavors you would expect; the malt flavors tend to balance the fruit by mid palate, with a lingering subtle barrel flavor in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The effect of the oak barrel on this one is very different than what I expected; the beer didn't have the big wood and vanilla flavor; in fact, the oak was very subtle, but added a sweeter dimension to the bitter IPA flavors

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft serving in a small 8-10 oz. New Holland glass for Hatter Days.

Dark orangey copper body, compact head of light tan foam. Some rising trails of visible carbonation. A halo of drippy lace forms on the opposite side of the glass. Retention is ok, though the foam eventually breaks apart.

Without knowing the base beer is an IPA, it seemed more like an oaked amber ale, there was little in the aroma to indicate hops, it was malt-forward with a touch of oak. Flavors were similarly malty with a light oak dryness in the background. Hint of light wood, vague citrus peel, and vanilla, but pretty understated. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Overall ok, probably wouldn't order it again. A pretty mild beer, and not much of an IPA.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Broadway Brewery, Columbia, MO

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy orange/amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, vanilla and some caramel. Just a faint hint of oak or wood.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and toffee with vanilla notes. The piney hop bitterness is very mellow and smooth.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was interesting. I don't know if I sold on oak aging an IPA, but it was still pretty tasty.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Rustico.

Pours copper-orange with an off white head. The nose is of grassy and citrus hops with some oak presence. More oak in the taste with a bit of dry bitterness. Feel is a bit strange in its hop and oak relationship. I prefer the regular version of this beer as the oak really hasn't done too much for it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a nice head of off whites foam on top of a lightly hazy, copper color body. The foam settles at a fairly quick pace and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Dark toffee and spicy toasted oak with some pine hop character in the background.

T - Caramel malt up front wit some lightly fruity hops. Notes of red apple and toffee in the middle. The beer finishes with sweet malt spicy and floral hop notes and lingering red apple yeast notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it is not particularly hoppy and almost comes across as more of an English strong ale than an IPA. The impact of the oak aging is apparent, but subdued, comeing out more in the aroma than the flavor profile. Not bad overall, but not exactly my cup of tea...

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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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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 5/9/2013. Pours crystal clear orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, pine, vanilla, toffee, oak, caramel, light clove, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and barrel character; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, pine, vanilla, toffee, oak, caramel, light clove, and floral earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, vanilla, toffee, oak, caramel, and light clove on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop notes with barrel character; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged IPA! Very nice balance of hop notes, malt, and barrel character; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My labels says 7.12% abv

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers of pearl
colored head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Lemons & pine, butterscotch & sourness.

T: Piney & oakyness up front, dryness & some sourwood honey up front. Puckery sourwood as this warms, along with a bit pineapple hiding on the edges, then grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, great balance

I really liked this one, a lot of hops coming through, nice oakyness too

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220z bottle into my Otter Creek glass. Deep amber in color with a thin, sticky white head. The head faded to a thin covering and left some great lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it.

The aroma mixes a citrusy, juicy hoppiness with a woody oak and light vanilla flavor. Pretty good aroma overall. It had more balance in the aroma and the hops really came through. I would have liked some more of that balance to carry through in the taste.

The taste shows a lot of the oak to it. I get a woody oak flavor mixing with some vanilla notes throughout the beer. Behind the oak I get some citrus rind bitterness with a little bit of a juicy, hoppiness trying to come through.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty decent oak aged IPA. The oak was pretty strong but managed to be somewhat smooth. I still can't say I love IPA's aged in oak, but this one managed to not let the flavors clash too much. Pretty good oak flavored beer overall, but the IPA flavors get overshadowed for the most part.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I missed out on the tap versions of the Hatter series, so I was glad to see the bottles show up a few months later. This one pours a clear copper topped by a finger of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, buttery biscuits, pine, and light orange rind. I'm reminded of a good rendition of a slightly aged IPA. The taste holds notes of buttery caramel, light leek, light dank oak, and pine. Things do not sit on my tongue too well, frankly. The body is a light medium, with a light mdoerate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would: The flavor combination just didn't pan out very well.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, crimson coloration, under a generous slathering of creamy, off-white foam.

Aroma: right there, right off the bat, a big whiff of wood. There's the oak, hanging over the hops. They're pretty well hidden, actually.

Taste: Boom! here they are, hops aplenty, all in a pretty much English-style IPA, some herbal qualities, some fruit (apple, cherry), prickly bitterness, but wrapped up in warm, friendly malt. Hops continue to deliver on flavor, but the bitter assault is smothered, or perhaps caressed, there's a more positive spin, by the oak.
Bitter and sweet continues, toasty wood on top.

Drinkability is high, body is medium, hops and wood swim in the mouth, and spread joy throughout the land.

Unique, well-balanced, and terrifically tasty.

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

Poured ontap into a pint glass.
Hazy orange color.

The smell is of floral hops.

Tastes very well balanced, piney, earthy bitter citrus hops. Towards the end the brew a subtle bourbon note picks up and adds to the experience.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, just a slight prickly notion. Unexpected smoothness for a beer of this styling.

Overall I enjoyed this brew alot, and one of my buddies from work seemed to enjoy it as well. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Festival.

A: Orange, plenty of off-white head, good retention, plenty of lace.

S: Pine, citrus and toffee.

T: Citrus, malty body (bread & caramel), a little pine. Flavours are smooth.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation.

D: Good.

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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 corby112
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at Kraftwerk during their New Holland event. Listed as Imperial Hatter(Whiskey Barrel Aged).

Pours a very dark orange/amber color with dark burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Very odd aroma with a balance of earthy, resinous and sweet citrus hop character as well as some earthy oak, bourbon and vanilla. It kind of smells like someone dipped a clementine into glass of whiskey and sprinkled some vanilla bean over it. Hints of citrus peel and pine needle along with earthy oak, a decent amount of bourbon and a prominent vanilla/marshmallow character.

Medium bodied with only slight carbonation. Almost flat really and not very bitter for an IPA. More sweet than anything with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Grapefruit, pineapple and mango countered by the barrel characteristics. Not as hot as the BA Charkoota Rye with a good balance of subtle oak, sweet bourbon and a strong vanilla presence that smoothes things out. Very well balanced and deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A coppery pour has a bready textured, an ivory colored head atop that stood a finger high. A good rate of misty effervesce fills the inner vessel with a rapid rate of rise. Head retention is solid, lacing sticks well enough and the covering stays a bit as well.

S: Sweet boozy grains on the nose, oak chips, fresh pine juice, & sweet caramel. The oaky character is quite sweet and pleasant.

T: The flavor holds some toasted oak wood of good strength, toasty caramel and pine. Some scothcy alcohol, smoked toffee sweetness and woodsy pine stand out. Finishes with a subtle toasted oak warmth.

M: light-medium, nothing to write home about, medium bodied, easy resistance with a low rate of carbonation. pretty lackluster.

O: Overall some nice oak character, hops show a bit along with some toasted grains. Oaky alcohol warmth rounds things out, decent, but hardly one i would seek out again.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6oz. tap pour into a sampler glass.

(A)- Orange amber color

(S)- Strong pine needle and lemon citrus. The oak aging really brought out the pine scent.

(T)- Very piney and citrus of lime and orange

(M)- velvety texture for an AIPA. The oak aging really mixes things up a bit in all of the above.

(D)- Its almost wine-like in the fact that the oak barrels used bring out a bark-like appeal to it

*I will hopefully be able to try this agian, so I can give it a more respectable review*

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear caramel copper color with a fleeting half inch ivory head that dissipates with large bubbles, leaving spotty lacing.

Resin and tropical fruit start the aroma, with an underlying touch of oak complementing the slightly sweet caramel malt backbone. Earthy hops round out the profile.

Huge sweet caramel malt backbone is dominant throughout the flavor, with muted citrus fruit in the background leading into a slightly perfumy hop finish. Bruised apple, grapefruit pith, and pear add depth, and the oak tones are fairly subtle, but more evident in the slightly bitter finish.

Body is on the heavy side, with fairly low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is significant.

Overall, a bit too sweet and malt dominant for an ipa. Not enough hop character or bitterness at the finish. Alcohol is a touch offputting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/orange color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's an average amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is oak, pine hops, vanilla, caramel and some citrusy hops. However, the taste isn't as appealing as the aroma. The brew tastes like floral and pine hops, oak and caramel malt, but the flavors are subtle and seemed to be watered down. It's not a bad tasting brew, but I'm disappointed that the flavor wasn't stronger. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I wasn't impressed with this one, don't think I'll try it again anytime soon. Hopefully their Rye Mad Hatter that I'm drinking next is better.

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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 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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