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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale AleNew Holland Mad 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

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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 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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Photo of golf_sierra
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy dark amber with a lot particulate. Great citrus aroma with predominantly citrus hoppy bitterness in taste. Malty enough to not be a complete hop bomb, but very little sweetness from the malt. Lower carbonation and slick feel. Really enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of pweis909
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- gold to orange, with substantial haze. Foam recedes to a thing 2 mm within minutes.
Smell - Some citrus comes through.
Taste - sweet caramel overpowers the hops.
Feel - Thick, coats mouth. Too heavy.

For me, this IPA is flawed by what I presume to be a heavy handed application of caramel malt. I prefer a dryer beer that lets hops aroma come through more.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. The reformulation is no joke here. Lots of citrus and some tropical fruit with an assertive, yet not over the top bitter finish. This is a very underrated IPA. For the cost and availability, it's up there with Two Hearted for me. 90+ is a no-brainer here.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very underrated IPA, enjoyed 2 of these with some meatloaf and mash potatoes after getting off work at 11pm.

just enjoyed 2 of these with baby back ribs, hamburger, hot dog, and NJ sweet corn.

a very grapefruit forward aroma and fantastic citric taste. maybe it's me but i love centennial hops. i never had this before it was "updated" but the new update has made this beer fantastic, it might be my new go-to ipa

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Hazy copper pour and white head fades fast, leaving nice lacing.
Smells nice but is very light and smells like a typical ipa, pleasant but nondescript citrus hops, some dank.
Tastes nice and earthy and piney, smooth with grain, tobacco, subtle dank and malt.
Just a highly drinkable pine/ malt ipa that doesn't punch strong hops
bitterness at you. Well-crafted, and a refreshing change from citrus-forward bitter IPAs that saturate the market these days.

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