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Mad Hatter India Pale Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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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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Photo of AlphaRanger
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Slight hazy amber/copper color. Good head retention and solid lacing. Dissipated into a nice creamy foam.

S- Bready maltiness. Not too much hops up front which surprised me a bit. A bit of spicy earthiness comes through.

T- A bit malty which again, surprised me as I was hoping for a bit more from this seeing as I've heard such good things about this beer. Not so much floral compared to the sort of spicy bitterness I was getting.

M- Pretty much what you would expect from a beer of this type. Although it seemed a tad bit undercarbonated, which lended a sort of smoothness to it. But undercarbonated nonetheless. I enjoy hoppy delicious bubbles dancing on my tongue!

O- Somewhat disappointing. Certainly didn't live up to the billing although I was still grateful to be able to sample this. If you have other options, pass this one up. You won't be missing much.

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with apricot highlights and a fleeting one inch cream head that dissipates quickly.

Soapy, floral hops and citrus begin the aroma. Bready caramel malt is at the finish. Grapefruit and tangerine mingle with herbal hops.

Toasted breadcrust forms the backbone of the flavor profile, with a fairly bitter finish closing things. Floral hops and grapefruit pith add intrigue. The balance is decidedly bitter and floral.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency.

Overall, more malty than some. Lacks the citrus flavor promised in the aroma.

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Photo of dougbassett
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die" -- #11 of the ones I've reviewed.

I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one -- I went in not expecting a tremendous amount and ended up really enjoying it. Pours a very appealing dark golden brown with a fluffy head. The nose is a very light citrus, which doesn't accurately signal at all the intensely citrusy flavors -- I've had hoppier IPAs, and bitterer IPAs (and frankly better IPAs) but I don't think I've ever had a IPA quite as *citrusy* as this one turned out to be. In my beer-drinking experience, anyway, it's rather unique.

It has a light mouthfeel, which I'm of two minds about -- on the one hand I'd probably appreciate something a little weightier, but on the other hand maybe the body had to be this light to contain the citrus flavors.

Probably more refreshing in the summer than when I'm drinking it (before Xmas), but quite a nice beer, I think, somewhat unusual for the style.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly hazy copper colored beer with a short lived head. The lacing is patchy. Kind of mediocre, really.

Smell: The highlight, no doubt. Smells awesome. The spice mixed with the piney and flowery hops is awesome.

Taste/feel: The taste just doesn't quite do it for me like it does other people here. There's a lot of bitterness, and it's lacking some balance. It's tasty at the front, but at the end of the sip there's too much lingering bitterness for me on some of the sips. It's still no doubt a tasty IPA, but not as great as others are saying, in my opinion. The feel is appropriate -- not too thin, but nice and drinkable like an IPA should be. Refreshing.

An above average IPA, but not a must-try. The aroma of this one would make an awesome candle though.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of yooperjb
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber color when poured. Very little head or carbonation reaction during pour.

S - was very pleasant, floral aroma. Strong citrus with hints of hops.

T - a delicious hoppy flower with great citrus hints once warmed in the palate.

M - Seemed strangely a little under-carbonated at first but got better after a couple sips. The apparent lower carbonation actually worked very well with the taste.

O - this beer was a pleasant change from all the West coast IPAs I'm used to. It has a very pleasant fruity taste and leaves a great lingering floral taste on the tongue.

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Photo of cfinch2
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of milwaukee512
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of NEDmiller
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Brad7132
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of pogoowner
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of brn9000
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of JG-90
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a chalice

A- Cloudy amber in color, pours a very small 1/4" head, which quickly disappears to leave just a touch of foam around the edges

S- Smells very nice, does not have a large hop smell but just enough. Great fruit and citrus smell. Unfortunately, the smell was by far the best part.

T- Very underwhelming for an IPA. Very small hops flavor. The wonderful smell of fruit and citrus did not translate into much taste either. Is a little too bitter considering there is not much hop presence.

M- Seemed slightly undercarbinated and a little biting

O- Pretty disappointed in this beer especially with the high rating online

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Photo of ironwill54
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JennieKoeper
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BYOFB
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of C-Dog
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of HughRTall
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of brewsterz
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 2,141 ratings
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