Mad Hatter India Pale Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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Mad Hatter India Pale AleMad Hatter India Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 2,145 |  Reviews: 793
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +2.1%
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 jaydoc
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 oline73
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of superspak
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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 zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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 mothman
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too malty. On tap.

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Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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