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: 2,149 |  Reviews: 793
Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, particle-laden peach. A wet, large bubbled, lacy head above.
Tingly hop aromatics of lime peels, grapefruit juice and iron. Toasty malt appears as well.
Begins malted, with dryish flour-coated bread, ever so lightly toasted. Hints at caramel, but this is not sweet at all. Hops enter with fury to spare. Citric rinds (lime and grapefruit), pineapple, dried herbs and searing metallics. Loads of hops in this dude. Quite bitter, but not overbearingly so. And tasty!
Medium bodied. Low to medium carbonation.
This is a rock solid IPA.

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Photo of Jables
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

**Sampled at Piccadilly Beverage Shops with Zach in Champaign**
poured a really light pale gold. The smell was crisp with some floral hops. Flavor is like a pale ale taken down a notch as opposed to up on a notch on the hop scale like an IPA should be. The hops are nowhere in the neighborhood of good IPAs like Bell's Two Heart, Dreadnaught, or Avery IPA. The mouthfeel is thin and uneventful. The drinkability is high because while it is not too hoppy it is also not offensive. I think it should also be noted that this brew does not live up to the hype printed on its own packaging, it appears New Holland is very, very proud of themselves.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright copper hue, thin bubbly head, incredible lacing and retention throughout. A thin hoppy aroma, some floral qualities also on the nose. A blast of hops up front, soureness and some grapefruit notes throughout the body. Oily slick, hops dominated, bitter and tangy towards the end; rather reserved for the style, a decent IPA based on the smoothness, yet not close to being seated with the best in it's class.

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Photo of aracauna
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit reserved for an IPA. Nice copper body with a soapy heady that clung nicely to the glass even after fading. The aroma was fairly malty with a thin sheen of hop aromas. The hops were equally modest in the flavor, although I could pick out some slight grapefruit notes under the malt. The flavor was dominated by the malts and a nice yeasty fruitiness that seems to make pale ales just a little more satisfying. The malt profile was surprisingly similar to Dogwood's Pale Ale, and the low levels of hopping for style made it seem more appropriate as a hoppy version of an English Pale Ale (which is what the Dogwood beer claims to be) instead of the IPA listed on the label. The malt is mostly notes of caramel, wood and a bit of graininess. Slightly bready. Tasty and easy-drinking, but can't really pass for an IPA.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best IPA (on tap and in bottles) in the state of Michigan. Two Hearted Ale and Founders Centennial IPA were quite good, but this IPA is awesome. It had a unique hop taste with an almost perfect blend of malt. Took some home to friends in California and it came out on top in a strictly Michigan IPA taste test.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.79/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bronze, deep copper color with alots of suspended sediment, a full beige head, decent carbonation, and sheets of lace. Very nice citrusy grapefruit hop aroma. Good malt balance for the huge hop rate; nicely balanced !! Medium-full bodied and creamy with a finish that is not too bitter.

Wish I had more than one of these - an IPA to drink all day !!

per N.H.B.Co. website: Munich, Caramunich, and Carapils Malts. Nugget and Centennial hops. O.G. 1065. IBU 52.9 !!

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Photo of granger10
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is some of my friends favorite beer and they stand by it no matter what I say. But I do not think this beer is that well made. It seems like an overdone ipa (if that's possible). Super hoppy. No malt. Lack of any carbonation adds to the hoppiness of the beer. A sour grapefruit also accompanies the hoppiness. I can see how hop heads, like some of my friends, would love this stuff. But I can't get into it.

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Photo of Realale
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with hints of red and gold. Slightly off-white very fine huge rocky head settles slowly and stickily to a rocky complete cap leaving substantial lacing.

Nose is lemony/grapefruity hop with an undercurrant of biscuity malt. Some currant and a touch of spice come out with time - very nice.

Midweight in the mouth. The malt passes very quickly on the palate, and there's a bit of nice hop flavor with it. The finish is very long, and very bitter. Good bottle-conditioned mouthfeel, but could be carbonated at a higher rate to help balance the bitterness. This one really emphasizes the bitterness of the hops, rather than the flavor, and is a legitimate take on the I.P.A. genre. Really needs more malt to be more than average in taste.

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 11 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. I would characterize this beer as a 'grapefruit IPA'. Lots of white grapefruit in the flavor. I have a grapefruit tree in my yard; Mad Hatter tastes like they juiced some of my grapefruit. It does start out nice & tart but fades in the finish. Decent, but not outstanding.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad Hatter IPA, the IPA lovers IPA! This beer poured a wonderful dark peach colour with a creamy, white head. The aromas were of fresh american hops and lovely background malts. The taste was very hoppy, floral, earthy, and citrusy, with just a touch of malt flavor in the mix. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth and the drinkability was ex-ce-llent!

Cheers to KennyD for the sample!

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Photo of frank4sail
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malt and fresh hop aroma with a slight odor of soap/detergent. Deep orange color with an unfiltered hazy look. White head leaves quickly to creade a sheen on the brew. Also a good lace also is present. Very bitter orange rind and grapefruit peel taste. IMHO too bitter without a stonger malt backbone. Medium mouth. This brew makes ya pucker. This has extreame untamed bitterness. This is an above average beer, but would not be good for ya if you don't love the hop pucker!

Cheers to inebrius for the great sample!

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Photo of MJR
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lovely amber with copper edges, along with a touch of sediment. An off-white head starts out well enough, then shrinks to a ring around the glass. Halfway through the glass, a good swirl brings it up again, and it stays this time.

Smell: The aroma's extremely aromatic with lots of pine resin and grapefruit from the hops. Very fresh and green. Underneath that is a solid base of sweet, caramelly malt

Taste: The taste is sharply bitter with hefty doses of pine and grapefruit. The bitterness is assertive and stays strong from beginning to end. There's a decent malt backbone, which tastes of caramel and toffee. Adding the yeast dregs at the end brings a bready note. The aftertaste has a slight medicinal note to the hops. The flavor is a bit on the thin side, but is still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side of medium, with a dry finish. The addition of the sediment helps a bit.

Drinkability: Good overall drinkability. This is a good, basic American-style IPA. Nothing extraordinary, but no serious flaws either. I could drink a few of these in an evening.

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Photo of powoo19
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color and nice citrus smell..Pours nicely, though the head last a short time.. It is full bodied and bitter with a heavy citrus and piny flavor..Not bad but a bit out of my taste. I did find one was perfect for the taste purpose.I give it a good overall rating for its type of beer.

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Photo of pdxlover
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6 based on a recommendation of a friend that had been to the brewpub. The beer poured nicely and had a wonderful flowery hop aroma. The taste was very good, but it is hard to really pin it to a specific style. There are a lot of hops here, but it is missing the sort of bite one would expect from an IPA. It also isn't as assertive as most of the American Pale Ales from this area (like Two Brother's Bitter End or Three Floyd's products). It has a nice flowery hop start, but this doesn't last as long as most ales. The major difference between Mad Hatter and other Pale Ales or IPAs is the very nice malt character that is apparent from the middle through the finish. The malt means that unlike other ales the hop aftertaste isn't as readily apparent. This also means that it has a smoother taste and finish than other "better" Pale Ales & IPAs. It is a very drinkable ale that personally I can't quite categorize. A nice change of pace, a unique combination of flavors. For me this is most evident in that it hasn't replaced any of the Pales & IPAs that I regularly drink, instead it has been added to my list of "regular."

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, pours hazy light amber-orange color with alot of yeast floaties, nice head that leaves a lace in the glass. It has a strong piney-citrusy aroma, medium body with a full mouthfeel, fresh grapefruity flavors with a decent bite in the end, very well done.

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Photo of FFudnam
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this wonderful beer several times since I began working at Oliver T's in October, 2002. Each time I have it, I emerge even more impressed than the previous rendezvous'.

Bottle: Brown Glass, 12 oz, with green label which has artwork of what else? The Mad Hatter! The label boasts of complex hoppiness and intense flavor. Just a primer for what is to come!

Mad Hatter pours nicely, with a gorgeous light-amber body and plenty of fizz. The head is decent, lasting longer than some other pale ales, notably Sierra Nevada.
The nose smacks of lovely hops. OH! The hops! This is the beer for hops lovers, for sure. The scent is intriguing and very extraordinary, with sweetness and scents of pear, apple, and even citrus!

The taste of Mad Hatter can be best described as having a strong punch of hops at the beginning, followed by the more mellow pear, apple and citrus notes, with even.... a little grassiness i think? Even, for a moment... a slight amount of maltiness is apparent. Mad Hatter finishes dry, with almost no alcohol taste and a smooth bitterness which leaves me longing for another!

The mouthfeel is nearly perfect, with plenty silkiness in the body and just the right amount of carbonation for this style. Very nice finish.

I would say this beer is definitely a "session" beer, but I am partial to mixing and matching in my beer drinking sessions. So, I say... very drinkable, but not as drinkable as New Holland's Full Circle Beer.

Sehr Gut!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with Munich, Caramunich, and Carapils malts. Hopped with Nugget and Centennial.
OG: 1.065, 5.8% ABV, 52.90 IBU's

Slightly hazy light amber-orange brew forms a meringue like/pancake head that leaves awesome sticky clumps of whipped brussels lace with beautiful honeycombing. An exceptional looking beer with excellent retention and lacing, although some bottles has less carbonation than others. Nose is of very fresh citrus and pine with a touch of funky MJ/catnip skunk, similar to a Bells Two-Hearted or Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale with burnt PVC but without the overlying caramel sweetness of either. Mouthfeel is wet at first, then becomes pungently astringent in the finish with a medium-light body. Taste starts interestingly with wierd skunky smoke & catnip (like Lapsang Souchong with burnt rubber) with explosive citric hops, giving way to a delicately malty body and ending in a big bitter finish which has some astringent grain notes.

This is a very good IPA but would probably benefit from a slightly fruitier yeast (or warmer ferment) and a bit more malt sweetness. Very nicely done, and very drinkable. I'm gonna have to plan on making it over to this brewery in the spring. An interesting twist on an IPA, but I'm not sure it falls into my top-10 IPA list, as the finish is a tad bit abrasive and the bitterness is a little out of balance. It's also thinner in body than most IPA's. Relatively easy to drink.

Re-review 7/25/10-Now listed as 12.5P OG, and 5.25% ABV. No ingredients on the website are listed. In comparison to my prior review, I now notice that the body is definitely medium-light with a thinner mouthfeel. I don't notice any burnt PVC, but the bitterness is not as astringent in the finish as my prior review indicates. Quite a bit lighter than most IPAs, making it potentially more drinkable as well. I prefer my IPAs with a bit more body. Rating is unchanged.

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Photo of Viking
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-amber brew with a moderate-sized, slightly off-white head. Body is rather hazy, with plenty of apparent CO2. Head is fairly persistent, and leaves a bit of lace behind. Mouthwatering smell of floral, citrus hops. Faint undertones of sweet caramel malt also noticable in the aroma. Hoppy flavor of floral citrus dominates the taste. Flavor is respectably bitter. Caramel malt flavor is present, until the brew warms up a little, than balances the hops quite nicely. Nice, oily, bitter finish with a lingering taste of floral, almost piney, hops.

Special thanks to my sister for bringing this one to me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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 inebrius
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh Centennial hop salad smothered in a lemon vinaigrette hits the muzzle right off. Nice! A tenacious lace clings tight as a blurry peach liquid is readily consumed beneath it. Wow! An American IPA that can take on all rivals. Hops are what it's all about, yet the malt backbone is apparent and integral. Creamy smooth and damn it's gone already. If it's in the general vicinity of my lips this beer won't last but a few minutes. A new favorite.

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Photo of Jon
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant surprise, this beer pours a glowing copper liquid with a durable, creamy head. Leaves awesome trails of lace. Smell is mainly dominated by citric hops. Taste is similar, but very well-balanced. Notes of hops and citrus and complemented quite well with a sturdy malt backbone. Very smooth mouthfeel, and incredibly drinkable. This IPA is a great find in SC. It's up there with some of the best from its style.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This deep copper colored brew has a nice spicy hop aroma. The bold spicy flavor,delicate malt balance and bitter finish create a memorable American pale ale.

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Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad Hatter is an IPA from the New Holland Brewing Company out of Holland (Hope College) Michigan. A nicely hopped offering that went down great and paired well with the spicy Thai dish I was eating. Pours out to a copper color with little head. Taste is that of grapefruit with a nice dose of hops on the finish. A fine IPA.

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Photo of oberon
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
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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Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 2,149 ratings