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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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent American IPA, Centennial hopped. Some C hop aroma, good balance of caramel. Good bitterness and citrus juice, piney resin. A bit of head on golden yellow. Good carbonation making for a very good mouhfeel for an IPA, and satisfying. This has been brewed for a while and maybe that's why it is a bit disapointing to real hopheads.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a hazy, amber body with crimson hues.

S: grapefruit citrus, toasted malts, and grains. weak overall however.

T: citrus, earthy and floral hops. decent amount of malts.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: fairly standard IPA. Nothing super special about this one but its still very drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

yeasty and bitter, like a mikkeller warmup or something, i liked this ipa. pours cloudy and dull golden color, with an inch or two of lazy white head. the nose is funky yeast and bitter hops, high alpha varieties providing some solid pucker, and a relatively light malt profile. yeast and hops are an underappreciated fusion, and this beer joins them well. the summery style yeast meets dead of winter feeling hops, cold and dry and memorably bitter. finish is long and oily from the hops. good carbonation and a medium to full body for an ipa. i would have expected more alcohol from the nose and taste of this, maybe in the 7% range, and i was surprised to learn its as low as it is, because it does seem to lack a little punch. in any event, this is a fine ipa, in need of some gentle refinement, but its a standout in the too often generic ipa world.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The mad hatter is a pretty good ipa as it is. The hops are there and you can tell that as soon as you open the bottle. This beer is a pretty stand ipa for the most part. I really liked the aroma most. The smell of the beer is actually better than the taste. It's got a slighty hazy yellow color and a sticky head on it. Not too bad at all.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops-grapefruit stands out in particular. There are also some hints of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is citrusy and has some hints of caramel and malty sweetness from the underlying malts. There is a moderate amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: The beer is medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: It has a very good balance and isn't overly bitter, making this quite easy to drink for an IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good session beer. Begins with a grapefruity aroma, blended with bready malts and sweet fruitiness. Tastes similarly with emphasis on a grapefruit flavor and orange, lemon, and barley hints. Body is lighter than usual, allowing floral and flavoring hops to stand out. Little in the way of complexity or variety, but still pleasing to drink. A light copper flavor displays near the finish along with a drying, grassy flavor. Would make a good session beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at the Old Chicago in Southgate, Michigan, whilst watching two NFL games and one MLB game simultaneously, as appears to be the custom in these parts.

This beer appears a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of creamy, soapy off-white head, which leaves some nice droopy, splotchy lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of significant citrus, pine, and caramel. The taste is bitter citrus peel, even more astringent pine resin, and a somewhat cowering caramel toffee maltiness. The carbonation is moderate, and a bit zippy, the body medium weight and as smooth as the hovering hops will allow. It finishes fairly dry and hoppy.

Prognosis (in between the hootin' and a hollerin' after after every Tiger or Lion burp): a decently hoppy, almost balanced IPA, something for that sane hop craving - those of you who get it know what I'm saying.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium amber color with a rocky head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Primarily floral hops with a bit of grapefruit pith and pine; a touch of malt underneath

Taste: The initial malt backbone is quickly overtaken by a delicate burst of grapefruit pith; very piney as well; the finish is dry and very hoppy with just a tinge of sweetness on the tip of the tongue; there is also a floral tone on the finish that I particularly enjoyed

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp, with a good level of carbonation

Drinkability: This is a fine IPA for your inner hophead

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of medium bitter hops with some noticeable caramel malt. Taste is a middle of the road mix between some bitter hops and sweet caramel malt. No floral notes or citrus notes discernable that would have provided differentiation within the style. Average body with some average carbonation. Overall this is not bad but just really another middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of oline73
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a small layer of off white head that goes away pretty quickly.

Smell: A bit malt forward given the style. Sweet with some fruity notes, I'm picking up apricot. Some citrus hops are in the mix well.

Taste: The malt flavor is a bit weird here. There is a flavor that just doesn't seem to belong, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Very bitter with hops in the finish that make me think of chewing on grapefruit rind. The bitterness just crushes any chance of tasting anything else.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: Just an average IPA. The hops just killed everything else. There was something weird going on with the malt, but I couldn't pick out details because the hops obliterated them.

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Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange/copper color with an off-white, bubbly, thick, foamy head that left a little lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and floral notes. It also smelled of roasted malts.

T - It had a strong burnt toast maltiness with a subtle hop bitterness. Some citrus flavors, too.

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

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Solid but not spectacular.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at New Holland last week. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden-copper color with a white head and a touch of lacing. The nose carries some faint notes of floral and citrus hops. The flavor is mostly just bitterness without much real hop character. Light body with crisp carbonation and a somewhat-harsh bitterness. Not a huge fan.

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Photo of superspak
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled 12/8/2011. Pours hazy orange amber color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice lacing down the glass as you drink; with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big pine, grapefruit, orange, herbal spiciness, caramel, floral, and light biscuit. Some decent aromas, but they are on the mild side for an IPA. Taste of big pine, grapfruit, floral, caramel, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish with lingering notes of citrus, biscuit, floral, and herbal on the finish for a while. Some decent flavor balance, but it is a bit too bready and grassy for my liking. A touch over the top on bitterness vs malt balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and pretty crisp mouthfeel. Smooth to drink, with no alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a decent IPA. Perhaps it is better fresher than it was, even though this bottle was only 3 months old.

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Photo of oberon
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow I am a new believer in high-hopped beer,the smeel was so floral and fresh and fruity just amazing.I always seen it at the store never bought it,what a dumbass!Hop-Heads will love this flavoral brew!

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smaller fizzy slight creamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly at least, decent lacing, a slight hazy amber orange-red color.

Nose is like a basic IPA, a mild earthiness, some orange peel and notes of citrus, a bit piney, mild resinous like notes, some caramel malts.

Taste starts with caramel malts, a toasty reddish malt and mild sweetness, with a little candy syrup flavor. Then hops, fair bitterness, spicy earthy hops with some pine, hint of orange rind bitterness, and a little candied hop note. Finish is drier at least, fairly bitter and gets more bitter as it dries, bit of a spicy hop note, little pine, little rind, and bit of that caramel malt lingering.

Mouth is med bod, mild syrupy note, decent fluffy carb.

Overall OK, nothing great, at least nothing really wrong either, a bit too much on the caramel candy malts, and hops are not my fav for an IPA, although if I had this 7-8 years ago I may have liked it a lot more.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish amber topped by a creamy off-white head that drops fairly quickly but keeps a decent collar and leaves some minor spotty lace. The aroma, however, is much better than the appearance with a boldly floral hop character that expresses some soft citrus notes over a sweetish, caramel tinged malt. The body is medium/light with a very fine carbonation that leaves it quite smooth in the mouth. The flavor starts softly fruity with a good combination of lightly sweet, softly caramel malt and floral/grassy/citrusy hop flavor. As it warms, the malt becomes more biscuity and the hop bitterness comes forward preparing you for a drying finish with some lingering grassy/earthy hop flavor. Well balanced with a firm hop bitterness and flavor that never build on the palate and allow the malt to come through with each sip. An enjoyable IPA with an interesting nose and a very good drinkability.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in pint glass.
{re-sampled and reviewed on 10/2011 with a sample that was significantly hazy).

Pours a nearly clear amber with a 1-finger off-white head. Head has good durability.

A - A clear aroma of citrus fruit rising from the table as I pour this beer. Upon closer examination, I find a sweet, complex aroma that is both fruity and floral. There's a malt backbone here too.

T - largely as indicated by the aroma, this is a relatively sweet IPA. I'm sure the hop flavor will be too light for some, but this is the best Amer. IPA I've come across for use as an introductory IPA for those used to less hoppy beers. Still, adequate strength of flavor and great quality in this well-crafted blend of hops and malt. Has a substantial hop flavor and aroma, yet has no hop 'bite'; nor is it overly bitter. Perhaps a bit timid for style, but adequate hop flavor for production of a lasting hoppy aftertaste.

M - body is a bit light but this is relatively smooth for an IPA and has a nice dryness in the finish. Good carboation.

O - excellent choice as a sessionable and fruity IPA. Refreshing; not challenging.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a finger of foamy looking off-white head. Nice full, thick retention that leaves behind some big, sticky lacing. The aroma doesn't exactly jump out of the glass. Digging a little deeper, I pick up a bit of pine, some floral accents and light citrus notes.

The taste is mostly earthy hops up front with some light pine notes mixed in. That blends into some more prominant citrus character and caramel sweetness. The taste is medium bodied with an overall fine feeling tone of smoothness and creamy carbonation.

This is a decent IPA from New Holland. I have to question the overall age of this bottle as neither the aroma or taste seemed overly fresh or assertive. Nice look to it though and both the feel and drinkibility were good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from feloniousmonk, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nicely blended mix of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel sweetness and a pleasant but not over-powering hops bitterness, all of which compliment each other well. There’s a hearty malt character but it’s not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good IPA. I could see myself drinking several of these over the course of an evening.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy copper in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer, a couple of thicker patches, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is moderately intense with the smell dominated by citrus/grapefruit hops. There is a very light underlying hint of pine/resin hops as well. I really wish the hop aroma was a little more intense.

T: Some flavor of caramel malts upfront followed by a pine/resin hops. Next you can detect the citrus/grapefruit hop flavor with some light to moderate bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This beer is easy to drink but is a little too subtle with the hop presence for my expectations. Also, the beer was a little thin/watery. The beer was definitely sessionable as the hop bitterness was not very intense. Pretty well balanced.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the classic American IPA color: slightly hazed, orange-accented amber. The head is larger than most, rich cream in color and pitting/rocky. It also looks fairly sticky and should leave a lot of lace. It eventually falls to a thick, chunky disk that looks great, but not much lace ends up on the glass. The nose is glorious. Citrus fruity hops with nothing else to get in the way of my enjoyment. Mmmm.

Love the flavor, this baby is hopped to my liking! Forget the earthy hops, forget the spicy hops, forget the malt (except to provide a framework on which to hang these yummy hops). I can appreciate grapefruit, pineapple, lemon peel and pine, with the latter especially well-represented on the long, lingering finish. The body is solid, full and smooth. This is a quality IPA and I have no doubt that it will be a long-term member of my IPA top ten.

Thanks are in order for deejaydan. This is the second delicious Michigan IPA that he sent me in a recent trade (Founder's Centennial IPA was the other). Both are good, solid, drinkable beers without any real faults. I wish that IPAs of this quality were available to me on a regular basis, for then I would be a happy man indeed.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another Joplin Macaddodles Pick up

Pours an effervescent bronze with 1+ finger of creamy pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Citrussy, piney, & rindy hops

T: Slight grapefruit hop twang, some orange peel, & a little bit of breadyness up front. Slight apricot fruittyness is some steamrolled by grapefruit & some lemons as this warms. Finishes crisp, with a touch of metallic hops sneaking past the grapefruit & a smidge of pear & apricot & dryness

MF: Light bodied for the style & ABV, slight creamyness. Looking for more malt backdone & depth of hops flavor, not really finding it,just okay on balance

Drinks pretty easy, but I expected way more from this one, just a little too restrained as far as AIPAs go...

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I could drink this all night long. Poors a nice amber, with a thin head but lots of lacing. Head stays for a while as well. Smells wonderful, loads of hops, nice piney smell, but the story here is the taste. BAM! Hops all over, fantastic, strong pine taste upfront, just perfectly bitter. This is a crisp and refreshing beer, I could drink these for days. Truly one of my favorites and hightly recommended.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good lasting head. Some spots on the glass. Solid amber color and a bit hazy.

Lots of caramel with a bit of sweetness. Not much hop nose, though. It seems to be closer to the English style of IPAs.

The flavor does parallel the smell with a lot of English aspects. The caramel is far drier but the hop is far more present--although it is simply bitter without any interesting notes. Decent body and carbonation.

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Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date to be found.

A- One finger of sea foam head, decent retention as it sticks to the glass a bit. Mildly hazed orangey amber color.

S- Hard citric of grapefruit & mellow tobacco hop aroma melds well with hints of toasted grain.

T&M- Sufficient crispness in a medium body ... pretty smooth as well. Both toasted and caramel malt flavors cradle the semi-brash hops, grapefruit and tobacco ... sizable bitterness as well. Finishes semi-dry with a long lasting hop flavor.

D- Well balanced yet enough hops to please if not keep a hop-head content. Paired well with a smoke ham, pineapple and goat cheese pizza.

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Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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