New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale AleNew Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
787
Ratings:
2,105
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
19.9%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
396
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 787 | Ratings: 2,105
Photo of hophead723
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: This beer's body is interesting; the color is mostly classic amber but when held up to the light you get a light golden aura. The sticky lacing clings but brings no rings. Droopy till the end.

Smell: It smells like someone tried to brew a west coast IPA for the first time using a home brew kit and malt extract. The aroma is choppy and expressionless, but does contain the appropriate elements of subtly tropical hops and a sticky sweet aroma of molasses-like malt.

Taste: The taste is similarly two dimensional like the aroma. I get alpha acid bitterness upfront and then a very simple malt at the end. It is 1+1=1.

Feel: This is where this beer really falls short; normally you would expect a pleasant coating or a creaminess but here all I am getting is simply and sticky malt extract.

Overall: Not very well executed. The ingredients don't play well together and the balance is off.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one held a great balance between malt and hops. They compliment each other well and still allowed for the hops to shine through. This is definitely worth a revisit.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is now called "Midwest India Pale Ale".

A : A nice peach mango glow, deep and rich IPA coloring. Opacity is 90%. The head is sticky and 2 fingers tall, leaving lacing on the walls of the glass.

S : Discarded citrus rinds, slight wood, a bit of dank armpit. A little bit of moldy bread. At the end it "tings" with a polite cantaloupe (through the hole) note.

T : Very fruity explosion right out front, blooming outwards violently into pine and biscuit malts. This literally explodes and morphs in your mouth like some kind of otherworldly IPA candy. Lingering notes include melon rind, fruit skins, and some residual starchiness.

F : Fizzy pop rocks-like carbonation, with a creamy underbelly and a starchy, oily finish.

O : Not a fan of IPA's but this is a solid one. The pop rocks beer candy version of a classic IPA. I'd have it again.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light Amber with small head but nice sticky lacing through the glass. Great round piney floral aroma. Flavor follows beautifully. Mild lingering bitterness. Very nice beer but the palate grew a bit weary toward the end of the glass.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours reddish amber with a slight haze under a thin off-white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: resiny Pacific Northwest hops
T: Malty with an assertive bitterness. Caramel, peach to apricot, starts sweet and then the hops enter in and dry out the finish with a slight astringency.
F: medium body, medium high carbonation O: Easy to drink big flavored beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never had the original Mad Hatter, so my only perspective is this new re-imagined version, which I definitely enjoyed. Received in a trade with mikeyson4 recently.

This pours a light amber, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like zesty fresh pine, grapefruit, and orange. Smells pretty nicely hoppy.

This was really nice. Citra, Cascade, and Centennial is definitely a winning combo here, with nice pine and herbal bitterness, with a good amount of grapefruit and orange rind. It's pretty bitter, which lingers for a while.

This is medium bodied, with a very crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Despite never having the original, I have a feeling this reimagining improved the beer for sure.

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Photo of ZachDow7
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very much like the redialed 2015 variety...great aroma from the (all Michigan) grown hops. I think that is pretty cool. Little bit of extra malt then I prefer, but a very solid IPA. Will definitely purchase again when seen fresh in the store.

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Photo of SpiritusFrumenti
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Generally a fan of New Holland's creativity, but this bottle disappointed. A bright copper hue has an unmemorable smell. The taste crests of hops that quickly transitions into a stark caramel followed by...noting at all. Mouth is left feeling refreshed. I know others may more prefer this, but I'll be buying more dynamic IPAs in the future.

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Photo of Matty412
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Quite refreshing! Smooth! Nice floral aromatics, not overly bitter. Well balanced with a clean extremely smooth finish! I'll definitely buy this again!

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with off-white head. Floral notes and some citrusy pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes smooth for an IPA.

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Photo of Trooper92292
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. Very different for an IPA, this is due to it being from the North (Michigan) and this style of IPA is more balanced than hoppy. It's a fun beer. It would be great to try this with IPAs from each part of the country to taste the varies in IPAs.

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Photo of hardysf
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy hop aroma. Intense hop aroma as soon as popping the top. Poured into glass and the hop aroma kept building. Some citrus and some pine.

A bit hazy in appearance. Taste was sweet, almost with some honey and some biscuit. Citrus and pine hop flavors to counter. Pretty well balanced. But maybe a little sweet after taste.

A huge upgrade over mad hatter 1.0!

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Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Semi-hazy, dark golden/copper color. Kicked up a nice billowy three finger head. Aroma was light and flowery with just a touch of sweet honey notes. The flavor had some nice mango and tart lemon notes, followed by a honey sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, wiht nice carbonation. Overall, this was a pretty pleasant beer, not bad at all, would buy this one again.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: a bright hazy burnt orange color, with some deeper amber color towards the middle. 2 finger solid off white head

s: juicy pineapple, mango, and passionfruit. sweet toffee. a slight grainy/oaty hint. slighty dry crackery aroma

t: right away the flavor seems dominated by a sweet maltiness and ripened mango. there is a dank herbal flavor in here as well that is like a sweet tea leaf flavor. there is a hint of lemongrass, and some pine bitterness. finishes with some mango

m: medium, almost sticky mouthfeel. lower carbonation

o: not sure the age of this bottle, but it seems dominated by the malts. its not bad, but i would like to see some more of the juice from the tropical fruits. enjoyable though, and i'd drink again

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Photo of gonzo000
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. Not a lot of hoppy IPA quality, but good. Dry hopped, honey taste to the beer. Darker and heavier than most IPA's. This was not my favorite, a bit thick.

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Photo of EmGM
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: hazy amber
Smell: hoppy, a bit sweet, a tad malty, a little caramel scent
Taste: piney (?), hoppy, deepish malt, a tad fruity- more tropical fruits
Aftertaste: hops and malts stay with you a bit. a little citrus almost
Overall: it's okay, again not a hops person but pretty good in general

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Photo of drpimento
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad for a session IPA. Great appearance with a large fluffy frothy long lasting head, and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy honey amber. Aroma is hops, pine resin, caramel. Flavor's like nose, Bittersweet up front with a bit of carbonic tang, some off flavors in the finish. Body is a tad thin and carbonation a bit light. I recall having this before and it being better.

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Photo of 303beer
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice white dense head. Nice copper color to it. Has some lacing to it. The smell is of earthy hops. Let's drink it. Again earthy hops. Very drinkable. Nice. Not a big fan of ipa but I have lot of respect for what this brewery does so I bought it. Happy I did and so are the people I'm drinking with.

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Photo of Brewndruid
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap, man had her.
Perhaps my rating of this beer is not fair, as I have made it clear before I am not a hophead, I enjoy well hop beer, but I do not drink beer for the sake of having the bitters. I can possibly stand. And like some of the Breckenridge beers this beer falls distinctly into that category it is over hop harsh and rough

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Photo of mchegash
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a medium dark golden orange, with many fingers of light beige head. An average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer. Small particulates can be seen throughout the beer, making it quite hazy.

Smell - 3.5/5
Citrus, grassy hops, some dank mustiness as well. Slight floral notes.

Taste - 3.75/5
Light ever-so-slightly-Belgian-like malts, some breadiness, very subdued hops profile consisting of citrus and floral elements. Not much of the dank mustiness in the taste. Overall this is actually quite delicious.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Crisp at the start of the sip, gets creamier over the course of the sip, leading to a very smooth, slightly creamy trip down the throat. Slightly more full than medium bodied. Slightly syrupy, slightly less than medium carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
This is a decent IPA. Slightly better than average.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- straw copper color, loose foamy head.

S- dank apricot, sweet tobacco,lemon grass.

T- herbal grapefruit, some dark fruit dank. A light to moderate bitterness. My guess low 60ish ibu. Dry on the back end with floods of crystal malt and dank fruit lingering. a bit of cheap pale malt alchohol in the aftertaste.

M- medium body. Average carbonation.

O- the beer lives up to the description. Loads of hop flavor backed up by some crystal malt to balance. Exelent example of an American dry hopped ipa. Enjoy!

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Photo of khargro2
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Purchased at Liquor Barn in Hamburg area of Lexington.

L: Hazy orange color, thin layer of lacy head
S: Very floral, grapefruit smell, earthy
T: Matched the nose, but it was a little dry. Grapefruit was prominent with a rough malty finish.
F: Lacy finish, very malty.

A little concerned about the freshness...hard to make out, but I believe the bottle code is I173. Either way, it was not the most pleasant IPA I've had recently.

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Photo of beddie23
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unique taste for an apa. Bought a sixer after weeks of eying this on the shelf. Good bitterness with nice balance, can't pinpoint the exact taste that gives it the unique quality I mentioned but its there. I would buy again

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Photo of Taybeh
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a stange
a: earthy sienna with a 1 inch foamy cap
s: citrus, leafy and earthy notes,
t: caramel and toasty malts provide some solid balance (for an IPA) with the earthy green tea-like hops, with some additional hints of grapefruit peel and mild spiciness.
m: a little on the thin and watery side, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth and mildly bitter...finished moderately dry.

overall: nice and a little unique. Nothing to go out of the way to find, but I'd be happy to drink again.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange and very amber with a fat tan head of foam. Good clarity and those bubbles are loathe to fall. They spot the glass as you drink. Nose is a nice bit of malty brown sugar and tangy citrus. Grapefruit. A slight bit of dankness but not overpowering. Sweet grass. Taste is delicate. It has a good crisp bit of malt and all that lovely citrus. Little bit of light fresh orange and some earthy grapefruit. Drinks light and very easily with only a measure of bitter and a taste of twiggy pine to take this one to the finish.

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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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