Mad Hatter India Pale Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
2,138 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

I have had this beer before. I have had it on draft and in the bottle. We actually went to a tapping party at the Beer Sellar that featured several New Holland beers. Oh, and when we were in NYC last we had dinner at a place that was decorated like this. I love the logo and the story, even though I am not familiar with the actual book. But the name is known in all circles. Anyway, I am a BIG IPA guy, and a beer that promises to have a hoppy finish is going to be good in my book. Let’s break it down.

In the Glass: In the glass it looks like an IPA. I would say an IPA is the most consistent beer… in the glass, anyway. They always have the same head, a similar lace, and the color is always the same.

Nose: A beer like this is supposed to “pop” in terms of the aroma… and this one does. It smells bitter and the hops… it is like you are sniffing a bag of hops. It smells amazing. I wish beers like this came with a hop on the side of the glass, or a hop cone floating inside. That would be awesome! Remember guys… don’t fruit your beer. But you can hop it!

Flavor: For a beer with this low of an ABV, it packs a ton of flavor. You can really taste the dry-hop that brings out those aromas, as the beer finishes a little bit on the dry side. Not sure if those two are related, but still. The flavor is that of a good, solid IPA. It will ruin your palate, so don’t expect to drink and enjoy anything else tonight. But it tastes incredible!

Mouthfeel: It starts with a rush of bubbles, then mellows out as you swallow. The middle of your tongue just sort of sits there as the hops tackle the outside of the tongue and the top half of the throat. That leaves you with a strong flavor as you swallow and leading to the aftertaste. A good aftertaste is what makes a good IPA… good!

Aftertaste: The aftertaste isn’t strong, but it lasts a long time. I don’t need it to be strong, I just like the bitterness to sit there on my tongue for a while. The burp on this one is weak, but the tongue just sits there and holds on to that hoppy goodness.

I am a big fan of this beer. I like the label too. I wonder what they call the double IPA… a madder hatter?

Mad Hatter - The bottle says: “Dry-hopped for a distinctive, floral hop aroma; subtly balanced with delicious malt notes. Pairings: spicy dishes, greens and aged cheese. 12.5 Plato, Alc. 5.25% u Vol.”

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper orange in color with yellow hues on the edges of the glass and a deep haze. Poured with a dense, rocky, off-white foam with excellent staying power. The foam left huge sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus hop aromas up front with a touch of floral hops and a solid caramel and toasted malt beneath. A bit watery up front turning, with a smooth creamy feel thru the middle with subtle but rich carbonation. Pungent citrus hop flavors up front with pine hops growing into the middle thru the end. Nice sweet caramel and toasted malt backbone. Finished with a lingering pine hop aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of CHickman
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber orange color with big 2 finger foamy off white head with tons of bubbles in it that faded very slowly, leaving great foamy lacing sticking to the sides and rings as it went down - a solid looking IPA.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit and lightly toasted grains up front, followed by sweet malt, lemon zest, floral hops, light caramel, biscuit and light herbs; a mild nose that while hoppy is on the mellow side for an American IPA.

Taste follows the nose with citrus hops, grapefruit and lightly toasted grains up front, followed by floral hops, grass, piney hops, sweet malt, lemon, caramel, tea leaf, light brown sugar, biscuit, rye bread, orange peel, and very light spices like pepper and coriander; the hops seem muted, even though the dry-hopping has a presence, which is odd as it seems that the grains tame the hop spices.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with a smooth creamy feel that goes down easy and is almost watery with very light carbonation, a light to medium body and a slightly bitter finish. Goes down more like a pale ale or lager than an IPA.

Tasty and a definite session beer, this flows down quickly and is worth trying. A solid beer, but not a hophead special so don’t expect a West Coast IPA experience with this beer; drinkability makes up for the lower hop attack and this ends more like an English IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of smchasta
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy reddish light brown with very little head. Reflects light in a deep red, which is actually pretty cool.

Very weak smell. You wouldn't know it was an IPA if you didn't taste it. Very light grainy smell with little hop scent.

Taste has a just above average hoppyness, which works well and is not overpowering. With the appearance, you would expect a stronger taste. Taste is light with subtle spice character.

Mouthfeel is heavier than the taste but leaves a good hoppy aftertaste.

A very drinkable IPA. For the price, I would prefer something else. Regardless, you could definitely sit down and drink 5 or 6 of these without growing tired of it.

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Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 2,138 ratings.
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