Mad Hatter India Pale Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
793 Reviews
Mad Hatter India Pale AleMad Hatter India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Reimagined" for 2015. ABV increased to 7.0%. IBU's at 55. Also a slightly different hop profile, Citra, Michigan grown Cascade, and Centennial hops.

Added by Todd on 03-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 793 | Ratings: 2,136
Photo of ManapuaMan
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange hue with a puffy head. Pine, grapefruit, tobacco, toasted malt. Hefty bitterness balances the citrus. Spicy aftertaste - nice surprise that adds to the complexity of the brew. Slight alcohol presence combines with the hops to leave a lingering warmth on the palate.

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Photo of DrQuantum
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not horribly impressed, to be honest. Head is weak, though the lacing on the glass is pretty nice. Crystal clear like apple juice, which is unusual in an IPA. The taste is pretty bland, and the IBUs just not up there where a good IPA ought to be. It drinks smooth - too smooth, really. Has the mouth feel of a "soft" brown ale, rather than the pungent bite of a Citra-hopped IPA that I was expecting. I'm quite surprised the IBUs come in at 65 (according to the packaging of the 6-pack I bought tonight) - feels like something more in the 40's. I'm not getting any pine, citrus, or any particular IPA-like flavor with this one. Won't be buying it again any time soon.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Color is hazy orange with a medium head. Aroma is pine and citrus. Flavor is lighter hops but stronger citrus with a sweet finish, similar to a double IPA. This is a really tasty IPA that focuses more on taste (apricot and tangerine) and less on hops. I normally find DIPAs too sweet, but this one really hit the spot.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a sea of mediocre IPAs, this was a great surprise. Great body, beautiful aroma, perfectly citrusy flavor...very big thumbs up on this near perfect embodiment of what I think an IPA should be!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a review pre-Citra hop addition, back when it was the old non proprietary C hops.

Light copper, 1/3" white head. Clarity is up. Forest nose. Dry hopped well.

Taste is a little more mellow on the hops, usual mix of Cascade and Centennial. Good stuff, well hopped, but not crunked out on hops. Other than that, toasted pale malts that stay out of the way, lighter in body.

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Photo of Sandrat
2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours nice, a bit of yeast floating around.
Pale copper with a cloudiness.
Thin eggshell head that fades fast, but leaves a little lace.
Not much nose, faintly flowery but nondescript.
Taste much the same as the smell, a little flowery.
Slightly unpleasant aftertaste. (I really don't like flowers in my beer.)
Overall kinda boring, not Madd at all.
If this is a comment on the midwest, it is not flattering to the region.
Overall disappointing, and what stands out is not good.
Oh well.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mad Hatter is a nice IPA that pours amber-bronze, a bit hazy with nice head action and great lacing. This brew smells of citrus and hops with a bit of malt. The taste is pretty spot on, medium-body with great balance to highlight the citrus hops with a bit of a malty after-kick. The hops blend is beautiful and makes the Mad Hatter quick flavor deep and complex. Delicious meal in a bottle.

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Photo of gopens44
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This hazy orange beer has a stubborn foamy, beige head that leaves behind sticky lacing quite well. Nose is pretty complex actually, as I'm getting grapefruit, grassy stuff, earthiness and sweetness. Tastes right along the same lines, but grassy takes center stage in this medium bodied beer. Good product right here.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange color with a moderate foam head that quickly recedes to nothing. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the sides. Littered with tiny bits of sediment.

Aroma of pine, pale malts and fruity, candied malts. Very sweet, almost more of something you'd expect from a Barleywine.

Taste again is very sweet, with citrus, pine, and again some thick candy malts, oddly thick for an IPA, frankly. Hints of caramel. Malts are a bit too strong. Grapefruit is fairly dominant, and there is a strong hint of alcohol, surprising considering its modest 7% ABV. Cloyingly sweet and bitter on the finish, and comes off a bit more artificial than desired. Just overly sticky and sweet. A nice departure from the fruit hop bombs that dominate the IPA landscape these days, but not so sure that this was successful.

Medium bodied, and quite sticky of an IPA. Sweet and more bitterness than you' expect for 55 IBU. Still fairly drinkable despite these qualities.

Overall, a respectable effort to brew a slightly different IPA than what you'd typically expect on the market. Although it is not my cup of tea, I could see others enjoying it and I would say this is, at worst, worth a try.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the Mad Hatter.....picked this up off the Meijer single shelf. It pours cloudy copper with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent is a nice pine with some citrus peel accent. The taste is good....maybe a bit sharp but definitely has the pine citrus zeal. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and well worth a taste.

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Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I left the Pacific Northwest knowing that I'd be leaving behind many great IPAs. I headed to the Midwest hoping I'd find many more. So far I've tasted Founders All Day IPA and swooned. Best session IPA I've tasted!

And now to try New Holland's offering. I used to do open mic nights at their brewpub many moons ago (before I could appreciate beer, no less!). Finding a six-pack of this at World Market (plus 20% off!) was enough to get me try this out. I have enjoyed each beer more than the last. Have to say, this is considered by my picky IPA taste buds to be one of the best, hands down.

Good work, New Holland! Keep 'em coming!

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Photo of plumberman63
1.83/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

pours carmel color and cloudy, looks like apple cider. Aroma piney grapefruit (ugg). Taste follows nose. piney grapefruit, bitter. kinda thin. Not my kind of beer got from daughter , not something I would have bought. But tried it and to not good.

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Photo of ordybill
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky orange to amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is hops, citrus and malt. The taste is a very nice citrus and malt blend.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber, with a huge sudsy head of off-white bubbles. Heavy lace, too.

Aroma: Pine and bitter citrus.

Taste: Pine and bitter grapefruit, with a bitter finish. A solid and classic IPA, but not one I’ll endeavor to revisit anytime soon. by the malts. This one definitely tastes aged, and it’s not good.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a creamy off-white head.
The aroma is citrus, orange juice and malty sweetness.
Taste is citrus and pine with a lingering pithy finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and almost creamy.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1/10...pours cloudy amber with a hearty 1/4 inch of white foam. Citrus pine nose and a touch soapy. High malt open, quick switch to a sharp pine that fades out. Peppery close. A really well blended IPA.

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a medium amber color.

The aroma hits of orange peel, sticky pine, juicy grapefruit, a sweet breadiness.

The flavor hits of juicy grapefruit up front, bright floral honey, onto lingering pine needles, a candy sweetness in the middle, onto a lingering sticky resinous and piney finish as it sticks on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium with the bitterness cutting the upfront sweet fruity grapefruit candy.

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Photo of stephens101
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fiery ruby red with a quickly fading tan froth. Has a calming aroma of resin, pine, caramel and apricot. Sweet caramel forward with a fruit middle that leads to a a lasting pine finish.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden amber body, a few lazy bubbles here and there, off-white fine head, dots of lace. Tropical fruit on the nose with an afterthought of mint. Hop spice. Flavor switches it up; intense pine resin on the palate with fruit (tangerine, mango) factoring on the finish. Malt provides a bit of caramel sweetness, but not enough to balance the high bitterness. Feel has a syrup quality, and fine carbonation adds to the cooling evergreen bitterness.
Packs a hop punch that will satisfy both fruit and pine seekers, while maintaining refreshingness and accessibility for even non-hop heads. Good balance while still being an American-style (unbalanced, hop-dominant) IPA.

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Photo of ribby
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opened the bottle and its like the perfume counter at Horne's Department store is having a promotion for Chanel No. Hops! The hop aroma is immediate and strong. Given the strong aroma it is no surprise that hops dominate the flavor, perhaps even more than usual for an IPA. Nobody expects a balanced IPA, but with Mad Hatter it is not unreasonable to ask whether any malt flavor is detectable. My answer is at most indirectly. For such a heavily hopped beer, this easily avoids the pitfall of excessive bitterness. If the question is whether this is due to having enough malt to mitigate the bitterness, of to an exceptional selection of hops, I vote for the latter. My taste buds are not that precise, but my general impression is of citrusy hop flavors.

Cloudy light Amber in color.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was an amber color with an off-white one finger head. It dissipates at a nice pace leaving some stringy lacing running here and there in a mostly messy sort of way.
The smell takes in caramel, toffee and toast over top of some grapefruit rind, a little bit of grassiness and then some piney hops, nice blend.
The taste was moderately sweet with the bitterness striking a pose to stand beside the sweetness. Does it? Well, somewhat. There's a mild citrusy sweet to bitter aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a fine sessionable feel about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the hops to burst a sly bitterness on my tongue.
Overall, its a good AIPA, one that could go well with its respected food. I could see myself coming back to this.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12pz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Amber colored with a bit of a reddish hue. Hazy. Creamy off-white head retains at a half inch. Patchy lacing.

S: Big-boned malt base brings scents of caramel, toast, and toffee. Hints of red fruits. Zested grapefruit, grassy, slight hint of cannabis, pine bark, wet leaves. Perhaps a touch of mango.

T: Fat caramel and toast malt base. Hops balance, but don't exceed the malt. Earthy, pine, bark, grassy. Wet leaves. Hints of passion fruit and mango. Sweet finish of caramel malt and piney hops.

M: Sturdy medium body. Full and chewy thickness. Low carbonation.

O: An IPA that is clearly struggling to keep up with the times. It's got a bit of an identity crisis. Built very much like the ipas of yore, it's more about balance than complete hop dominance. That would be ok, but the beer just doesn't seem cohesive anymore. The hop profile is weird and disjointed. The en vogue citra strain is just thrown in amongst the old faithful centennial and cascade varieties, and it feels out of place. It seems like a desperate bid to stay relevant. Like when a sixty year old guy buys a sports car, a new wardrobe, and hits the tanning salon. At some point you have to accept what you are and move on.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear golden color, with a small snow-white head and modest carbonation.

A immediate and juicy citrus smell. Also feel some subtle caramel in the nose. Great smelling beer

Taste is dominated by bitter hops and malt. The citrus character prevalent in the smell is not at all as present in the taste. I detected a sourness in the aftertaste as well. A disappointment after the glorious smell.

Carbonation is quite light, as this remains a very drinkable beer.

Paid $11 for a sixer.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, dull orange with a slightly off white head
with superior side glass lace and good retention.

Aroma: leads with citrus hops. along with some bready malts.

Taste: More of the same, citrus with notes of grapefruit and spicy hops
balanced with toasty malts. Nicely balanced IPA.
Has a dry bitter finish.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. No apparent freshness dating. Pours a dull burnt orange with a hazy clarity and a tight, quarter inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a solid, consistent skim. Wavy bands of lacing are evident during the tasting. Nose expresses candied citrus, an earthy/herbal quality and a hint of rind towards the back. Taste consistent with nose all on a light, toasted malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a pleasant carbonation just shy of lively and a trace of oiliness to the texture. Overall, pretty good - I question the freshness but not at all unpleasant and nice balance with the malt.

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Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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