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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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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  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

22 oz. bottle, vintage 2013. My third beer from New Holland Brewing Co., keeping my expectations low based on my previous experience with this brewery. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazed ruby / dark orange colored body, with a quarter inch of fizzy white foam which fizzles away within seconds of pouring. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S - Smell is strange, but unique. Bitter faded pine hops, sweet caramelized malts, some dirty earthiness, & smooth whiskey. Smells almost a little bit too much like whiskey.

T - Taste is of smooth creamy vanilla / wood characteristics, whiskey, lots of sweet caramel malts, dried raisins, and just the faintest hint of bitter citric / pine hops buried in the background.

M - Feel is light and creamy. Finishes sticky and dry, with perhaps a slight mineral aftertaste.

Overall, it definitely exceeded my expectations, based upon my previous experience with the New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA, and New Holland Golden Cap. I will definitely be interested in giving more of New Holland's beers another look after this. It reminded me a bit of the Great Divide Rumble IPA, although Rumble is a far superior beer. For $4.99 a bottle, this isn't a bad way to go.

New Holland Oak Aged Hatter ---3.5/5

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of bobhits
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I feel like I've had this on draft and wasn't disappointed, but this bottle isn't doing it for me.

The flavors here are that of toffee, light hops in the back, some oak, and a good bit of bread that's nearing toast (undercooked toast).

The aroma and looks are all what you'd expect so no need go there.

The real flaw in this beer is the mouth feel is watery and runny. Their is a lack of carbonation which higher abv beers can get away with due to their intense flavors, but at under 8% this one needs something to liven it up. Instead the beer is unpleasant to drink.

If this were carbonated I think it would be a pretty decent beer all be it a bit over priced. As it stands however I cannot recommend it at all.

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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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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