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

very good
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New Holland Mad Hatter India Pale AleNew Holland Mad 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.

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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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Photo of mnrider
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Brown Bottle into Tulip Glass

A: Pours dark amber with one finger of off white foam. retention is good and lacing is nice and sticky. Looks very promising.

S: Sweet. Citrus. Malt. Grains. Orange and grapefruit. Pungent and dank.

T/M: Smooth. Medium bodied. Hops are crisp but not bitter enough. Grains balance the beer and are toasted. Malts are sweet, but kind of come on too strong. Hops are floral with some grapefruit. Aftertaste is bitter.

O: Well balanced. Hops are flavorful, but could be a little more strong. Has an interesting taste. Nothing really stands out for me, yet it's still a solid beer.


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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is a murky caramel color. The head is cream colored and recedes to a very respectable frothy film. Nice bands of lacing cling to the glass.

Aroma: Very spicy and woody.

Taste: Very much like the aroma with a spicy, cedar body. There's some fruit sweetness buried underneath all of the musty wood. A cardboard dryness comes in the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: This beer is very woody and one-dimensional, but that's not exactly a bad thing.

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Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Pours a mild copper color with a huge head into my glass.

Spicy, floral nose with an old-school feel. More pine than citrus.

Pine bitterness upfront with a slight hint of citrus. Texture is "chewy" with a doughy finish.

Hop bite fades, soon to be followed by a butter cracker note.

Very drinkable IPA. Not the most IBUs around but a good start for those new to the style.

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Photo of Samp01
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper hued amber with a large off white head, good head retention and lacing. Aroma is floral citrus hops, some grapefruit notes and caramel malt. Taste same as aroma , has a nice citrus grapefruit hops bitterness and caramel malt sweetness. Palate is a medium body, smooth and good carbonation. Finishes with caramel malt, grapefruit citrus fruity notes, some yeast and a good dose of floral citrus hops. Overall, this was quite good, tasty and nicely balanced.

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Photo of scotorum
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this at the GABF in Boston in the Spring. Very small sample of a couple of ounces, but enough to like it, although not enough to rate or review at that time. Since then New Holland began distribution in Massachusetts, so I bought a single to reconfirm my impressions of it.

Bottled July 23rd 2014. so just about two months old. Bought last week in a mixed six.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's tulip.

a: Clear copper with a finger plus offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild pine. The floral notes it is supposed to sport may have faded after 2 months.

t: Piney hops forward over a medium caramel malt base. Bitterness lingers briefly.

m; Very smooth medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A nice IPA, a good dinner drink with spicier foods, and also a very good sipper. Competitive with most of the NE field, although at its price point (c.$12/6) it's rather high, even for an out-of-region brew. Some hopheads will prefer lighter malt and citrusier hops and I do as well, but I also enjoy malty/piney and this is such, at least at this stage of its life.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Really a great beer! I am not 100% sure what the piney lemony to me 90s taste is.....but this beer has it and I really like it!! aftertaste is very smooth and dry as well. I wish I got a little more alcohol for the money! 12$ for a 6! and only 5.25%! but it still tastes great! I would love to try it on tap somewhere! I am on my 2nd 6 pack of this and that is rare for me!

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +4.7%

12 oz bottle served chilled into a goblet.

Mad Hatter is a hazy copper colored ale. The head is short and short-lived.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, and hoppy.

Flavor is also sweet up front with caramel and oranges. The hops come through from middle to end with citrus, especially oranges and grapefruits.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and nicely carbonated. It has good balance for an IPA but a surprisingly low ABV.

Overall a decent IPA but not near the top.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3/5  rDev -21.5%

12oz bottle, $1.99. Apparently this was bottled two weeks ago so that's good. Orange color, decent head. Aroma is muted piney hops. Flavor is bitter, malty, not bad but it's going to take more than this to stand out on the shelves here in CO.

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Photo of Beric
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 20 August 2014

Appearance: Pours a very traditional amber color with a one finger off-white, foamy head. Looks like a traditional IPA would, without much too it. 3.75/5

Smell: Lots of dank, citrus and floral hops in the nose. Slight malt sweetness, but not much more too it. 3.5/5

Taste: Nice flavor with good contrast between the malts and the hops. This is definitely on the malty side for an IPA, which I like seeing. The hops add a lot of flavor and character to the beer but are decidedly not the only role. Malts add some slight caramelly notes to the beer, which make it taste and feel bigger than it actually is. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, but seemed to fall flat too early, giving it an almost furry edge on the palate. 3.5/5

Overall: A good malt-driven IPA. I'd have this one again.

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Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Cloudy Orangeish color with nice head. Aroma is pleasing. Taste has a little citrus and some malts. Hop flavor is nice and balances well with the citrus. Overall, a not overly hopped beer, but a great blend of hops delivers on this one............

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smaller fizzy slight creamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly at least, decent lacing, a slight hazy amber orange-red color.

Nose is like a basic IPA, a mild earthiness, some orange peel and notes of citrus, a bit piney, mild resinous like notes, some caramel malts.

Taste starts with caramel malts, a toasty reddish malt and mild sweetness, with a little candy syrup flavor. Then hops, fair bitterness, spicy earthy hops with some pine, hint of orange rind bitterness, and a little candied hop note. Finish is drier at least, fairly bitter and gets more bitter as it dries, bit of a spicy hop note, little pine, little rind, and bit of that caramel malt lingering.

Mouth is med bod, mild syrupy note, decent fluffy carb.

Overall OK, nothing great, at least nothing really wrong either, a bit too much on the caramel candy malts, and hops are not my fav for an IPA, although if I had this 7-8 years ago I may have liked it a lot more.

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Photo of DeanWormer
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm an Imperial IPA / higher end ABV-IBU IPA guy, but what I really crave is the perfectly balanced hop-malt blend. I want to smell and taste the malt as well as the hops. I've never found a "Session IPA" that I could tolerate and Mad Hatter isn't billed as a session, but at 5.25% ABV I can have two in place of a 10% IIPA and really enjoy the taste and aroma.

For the lower ABV and 55 IBUs, it delivers an excellent taste and remarkable complexity. The malt is right there in the aroma and in the first impression and then the hop bitterness asserts itself. None of the grassy, pungent Simcoe hop presence that I detest, but lots of the malt, caramel, pine, and breadiness that I love. If I'm going to have one or two ales I'll opt for Great Divide Hercules, but if I wanted to sit down and have several of something, this would be an excellent choice.

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Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, gold in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pine and toasted malt

Taste: pine, caramel, earthy hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel:sweet and bitter mix well, medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation

Overall: A nice and earthy dry hopped IPA. Hits the right amount of bitterness and sweetness. I could see myself having a couple of these on a hot day.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an example of a beer I bought due to the label - I was always a big fan of Alice in Wonderland (Disney version). Great label all around.

This beer has a nice copper color, a bit of head that leaves a nice ring of lace. It's medium-bodied and quite drinkable - it's not a hop bomb by any means but very well balanced. There is a solid malt presence here, nicely balanced by an earthy hop flavor. There is some bitterness on the back end but nothing too overpowering.

All the craze these days are "West Coast IPAs" - this is definitely in the East Coast/British category, but I'm equally a fan of this style. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, grassy, floral, herbal, and resiny pine hops followed by pale, toasted, and bready malts.

Taste: Same as above with nice mild bitterness. TTaste great and liking the low ABV. More towards the English than American, but very balanced and hoppy at the same time with more effort on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, refreshing, and medium bodied.

Overall: I like this IPA a lot due to its hop characteristics and low ABV. Will be enjoying more of these now that they are readily available here in Massachusetts.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper, a finger of off white head, decent lacing

Smell is a big dose of caramel, toasty and bready malt, some pine and grapefruit and a little floral hop

Taste is grapefruit, huge floral hop, big biscuity and bready malt, a light pine bitterness in the finish, sweet malt in the finish

Mouthfeel is medium, heavy carbonation, slightly dry

Decent beer here, nothing i will revisit for any reason, drinks more like a APA then A IPA, really balanced almost overly so.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good lasting head. Some spots on the glass. Solid amber color and a bit hazy.

Lots of caramel with a bit of sweetness. Not much hop nose, though. It seems to be closer to the English style of IPAs.

The flavor does parallel the smell with a lot of English aspects. The caramel is far drier but the hop is far more present--although it is simply bitter without any interesting notes. Decent body and carbonation.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; copper colored; 1 finger head that stuck around for the entire time; steady stream of bubbles coming up in the center of the glass; sheets of lace;

S: dank pine;

T: pine is front and center; moderate bitterness in the finish with some grapefruit;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a really nice beer; not outstanding in any respect, but easy and enjoyable to drink;

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A-Pours a lighter copper color with a thin while head.

S-Balanced. Hops are floral. Malt is mostly caramel. Fairly straightforward.

T-Very balanced again. Almost leaning towards being more malty. The malt is caramel and toastiness. Hops are more florals and some grapefruit.

M-Medium bodied with some subtler bitterness.

O-More balance than I enjoy in my IPAs.

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