Mad Hatter India Pale Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
2,136 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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Photo of SupaCelt
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad Hatter pours forth from it's vessel showing a hearty tan glow. Seems a bit richer in colour than many of its class. A modest and fleeting head crops up and disappears into the body of the brew in moments.

The nose is not overwhelmingly intense. Earthen, roasty, subtle fruit rind, and pine allude to what the taste will bring.

The taste is a nice morphing cascade of bitter acrid hoppiness and the aforementioned fruit and mildly piney tones. The finish is dry and satisfying. Mouthfeel is on the high side of light approaching medium with moderate carbonation. Nicely concocted. One could surely down these and not grow tired if so inclined.

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Photo of foXXtail
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"You mean you can't take *less*. It's very easy to take *more* than nothing." - Louis Carroll, the Mad Hatter's response to Alice

Everyone should try more of this beer. Pleasant and fairly well rounded, this World Beer Fest award-winner (as I understand it) is good for drinking in a bar with some nice spicy wings. Its hop characteristic is a strong player without being too overpowering, producing that perfect partner with capsaicin.

The color is a strong copper amber with a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. The aroma was fairly complex, and full of fruity (cherry?) and pine tones. The woodsy pine smell hinted at the hoppy taste to come, which was delivered smoothly and excellently, fading into a fruity (plum and cherry) hop taste. A smooth brightness and medium thick mouthfeel round out the rest of the brew.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: new copper with a thin white head and little lacing
Smell: bitter hops
Taste: good blend of piney and citrus hops, a little yeast at the end, not very well balanced
Mouthfeel: medium
Drinkability: good for two or three, but overly hopped for a good session

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Photo of Beaver13
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with lots of miniscule floaties. It has a white pillowy head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

Its aroma is piney, grapefruity centennial hops...yum! It dissipated rather quickly though.

The flavor is some sweet doughy malts followed by a big bitter bang. It has a strong lingering bitter floral hop aftertaste, almost a bit too much. It's similar to the Founder's Centennial and Bell's Two Hearted, but definitely less balanced. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side.

Overall, a nice IPA. A little unbalanced though.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper in color with an off-white head. Cool lacings surround the glass throughout this tasting.

Smell: Pine to the nines! A biting pine resin smell with no malt presence. Very fresh and appropriate for the winter months.

Taste: follows smell. Pine and grapefruit juice. Wow! Prickly and biting.

Mouthfeel: Medium and slighly creamy. Crispness is noted due to the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a hop slam so I couldn't imagine downing more than two of these per session. Definitely palate busting goodness. I really liked this one...

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Photo of mentor
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from "trbeer" in trade and consumed a few days later in December, 2004. Pours straw & light orange (a little bit cloudy) with a 1.5 finger tan/orange fluffy head. No sediment in the bottle. Grapefruit citrus can be smelled from several feet away. A closer sniff revealed strong grapefruit, some orange, and perhaps a hint of apricot. No malt or caramel to my nose. Tastes, piney citrusy bitter hop with a persisitent, but gentle, sweet beneath to carry this hoppy treat. A very dry finish, perhaps appearing so strong because the hop bitter is so potent. They did a nice job on the hops...there is a spike of clean underlying bitter and a flowery rough hop bitter on top. Unfortunately, I can't really pick out any distinct malt flavors, as the hops carry this all the way. Medium body and sharp carbonation on the tongue. Nice job all around. An enjoyable beer, but not one to drink all night. Thanks trbeer!

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, honey colored with a chunky off-white head that sit high like meringue and reaches up the sides of the glass. Aroma is fresh and bright, sweet malts and cotton candy, and flowery and citrusy hops. Aromas are well balanced. Flavor is restrained upfront, some maltiness, followed by a rolling thunder finish of increasing citrus and piney hops all the way back, with a clean finish. A bitter hop tingle lingers. Excellent selection, thanks to BuckeyeNation for passing it on.

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Photo of karengarys
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy deep amber. Little foam sits on top, then dissipates quickly. After a few minutes, it looks like it has no fizz at all.

Smells quite hoppy. As you would want. For an IPA anyway. I pick up some floral, a little sweet, pine and grapefruit rind.

Taste is consistent with smell - mostly pine hop and grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel is not great, but not bad. Starts out hoppy, ends up in a dissiipated creamy finish.

Body is medium - decent enough to have a heft, not too thick.

There is quite the bitter aftertaste. Not good.

Well, I don't like IPAs. I reviewed this as an IPA, not as what I like. If I judged this per my personal taste, I'd give the smell a 3, and the taste either a 1.5 or a 2. But, that is me, mister malt. I have a couple of friends who are IPA fans. They love that ultra bitter pine taste. I am going to give them one of these to try because I think they will like it a lot. If you like that IPA flavor, I highly recommended this brew. If you don't, and you are a malthead like me, then take a pass unless you want something interesting for the neighbors to try.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent copper; fresh, hoppy bubblegum citrus in the nose. Flavor has a very woody malt profile with notes of pine and a crisp bitter hop finish. Very well balanced and not overdone in any way. Tingly, chalky mouthfeel that finishes on the dry side. Not a hop monster in any way, but surely a wonderful session IPA.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poured out slightly hazy amber with about a 1-inch head. It left good lace around the glass as I drank it and a bit of head stuck around for a while. Aroma was hoppy with plenty of citric and floral notes. There was also a bit of sweet caramel detected, as it got warmer. The taste starts with a bit of bready malt upfront before the citric and piney hops take over added a nice bitterness. Aftertaste was a bit bitter sweet with notes of pine and caramel as it went down. Body is about medium with a nice prickly bitter feel to it as the hops go over you palette. Pretty well balanced and still hoppy IPA, you bet this is some very drinkable stuff. Another nice brew I would have often if it were available in the area, thanks to BuckeyeNation for the chance to try this.

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Photo of trumick
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium orange amber color with finger head and lots of lacing all around.

Scent is wonderful full of citrus/grapefruit, pine needles, grassy, with some light sweet malt tones.

Taste is very nice with the malt up front, just for a bit then the hop kick is incredible, piney, grapefruit that is balanced perfectly with the sweet malts. This one finishes dry with a long lasting hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied very smooth, and lightly carbinated.

I could drink these all day. The abv is just right for a session beer and the flavor and mouthfeel is perfectly suited to this beer. I will enjoy these often.

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Photo of alexgash
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium copper body with an off-white, airbag of a head.
Aroma has a backbone of modest malt (biscuity, slight toffee), coupled with stinging lemon-grapefruit hops. Well, maybe “stinging” is a bit strong of a word.
Taste begins with biscuit malt. Not too sweet or substantial though. Tart, citrusy hops roll in midway through, and provide ample bitterness. Medium-bodied IPA with a soft, smooth feel. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of Skidz
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out light gold and sits a foggy amber in the glass with a good sized off-white head with nice lacings.

Smells of citrus hoppy aromas, grapefruit and orange with a nice malty core. Dry and crackery, with that nice citric nose.

Tastes malty up front but picks up a lot of hop bitterness. Mild citrus flavors of orange and lime stand out. Malty sweetness is managed well by the large amount of bitterness this beer puts out. An all around hoppy beer, just loaded down, but it's also nicely balanced. Bits of caramel sweetness and well bittered in the finish.

Medium body, creamy and smooth in the mouth with gentle carbonation. Solid build that works wonders for the beer.

Easy to drink and leaves you feeling all hopped up. Flaovrs last long after the beer is gone, so you might as well grab another one.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy burnt orange, huge creamy head of 2+ fingers. Lots of shiny crystal lacing on the sides.

Aroma - lots of pine and juicy orange. Maintains a good persistent aroma.

Taste - a toasty caramel malt start moves quickly to an orange/grapefruit flavor. Both a fruity and sour finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy stuff, very nice.

Drinkability - a very drinkable and tasty IPA.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours out with a dark amber body and truly enormous off-white head that laces with great gusto. The aroma is light but gives a slight skunkiness that I foud surprising given the brown 12 ounce bottle. The flavor is quite good with a decent balance between the malt and hops. It has a somewhat watery body for feel but is eminently drinkable.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is just one of those beers I just don't get...I have trouble believing the wild amount of praise it has so far garnered. To me, its a watery version of Bell's Two-Hearted. But let me tell you more...

A whopping $10.29 per six-pack might have affected the final verdict...

The beer in question pours out with a rabid amount of carbonation. When that settles down, the beer is crowned with a soapy bubble head with a picaresque lacing. The beer, in its chill haze, is copper-amber.

The nose is all Centennial citric soup.

The taste on this beer is where i'm so conflicted. While it represents everything I like about IPAs (flowery citric grapefruit tones and fresh hop burps), it also represents everything i've grown to abhor. The malt is so incredibly thin it really does feel like i'm drinking some sort of watered down, mega-hopped, high gravity beer. Anchor's Small Beer came to mind in terms of thin, astringent malt base.

This beer is Two-Hearted's little brother; similarly hopped but with less mouthfeel, body, and malt character.

The taste is unpleasingly tart, bitter, acidic, metallic. A soapy bite towards the end makes me upset and doesn't justify cracking another. Imbalanced, one-sided, and plagaristic, Mad Hatter is like a beer my friend just took out of fermentation.

Blazingly hoppy, yet astonishingly tepid and only partially realized.

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Photo of bark
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is gold with a hint of red. The medium-thick foam is white.

The smell is first sweet, then, an aggressive herd of hops attacks my nose. When I recovered, I could also trace the smell of sour yeast. But mostly hops, yes.

I taste like… Tulips! There are lots (no, really. Lots!) of strong hops in the palette, some sweetness and touches of fruits, Seville oranges some elder flowers.

The aftertaste is long lasting with a nice bitter tone, but also some citrus and honey.

This might be one of the most hops-infused brews that I have ever tasted. But the craftsmen at New Holland Brewery succeeded in avoiding it to be just another all-hops-experience.

Great stuff.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Peachy golden body, some haziness with a weak ½” of off white head. Below average retention, but it may have been a bad pour on the part of the bartender.
Smell: Nice full hop aroma, very sweetly citrus, orange, pineapple, grapefruit
Taste: A well balanced IPA, this has a good amount of dry and sweet malts that hold up to the hop character very well. Juicy citrus flavor abounds, with grapefruit and orange primarily and some sweet carmel from the malts. Finish is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.
Mouthfeel: Light across the palette, this is an easy one to sip. The malt base is carefully made to sit lightly, like a Bell’s Two Hearted as opposed to the more full character of say, a HopDevil.
Drinkability: Good. I’m interested to have it from a bottle, as I don’t really know how fresh this keg was. A solid and well balanced IPA.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer several times and I've liked it much better than the bottle that I sampled for this review. I think the bottle may have been mishandled along the way from Michigan to South Carolina, where it was purchased.

The beer poured its usual clear golden color with a very nice white head. A very inviting beer. The hop aroma was a pronounced grapefruit. And the grapefruit continued to dominate my beer experience. A huge grapefruit flavor with a hint of malt.

Other times I've had this beer it's been more balanced. The intense hop flavor is great, but for this sample it missed the crisp freshness I look for and have grown to expect in a Mad Hatter.

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Photo of Ellbert
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Burnt Orange. There are small speckles from some of the sediment I tried to dump in. It is really stuck to the bottom. The head is slightly offwhite and very sticky.

Smell: The aroma is very balanced. The is a very nice floral hop apperance but a very sweet malty backbone.

Taste: A somewhat salty taste from the hops. This also has a very "green" hop flavor. The hops as I said are somewhat salty and slightly bitter which I like. The malt backbone also makes this almost sweet. It seems like it is like a sweet/sour sauce but actually sweet/bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very oily, like fresh hops are rolling around oiling up your mouth. A nice tight carbonation makes this brew interesting.

Unbelievably drinkable. A great session brew. Very quaffable.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice orange/amber color with a finger of head that falls to coat the top of the beer. The nose is earthy hop with a sweet malt background hiding back there. The hops don't give me the same wow complexity that I have had in others, but its still a good beer. They taste earthy and almost smokey/roasted to me. The bitters linger just long enough on my tongue to make me remember what I'm drinking. This beer is just a touch under the thickness I want for this style, but its still good. Drinkability is very high for this beer. The individual components are good, but when drawn together, they make an excellent beer. I wish I had a few more of these to round out my summer.

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

thanks to granger10 for the beer

Appearance: Pours a light amber/orange color with a thick, lasting white head. Lacing is ample to the point that thick rings are formed around the rim of the glass.

Aroma: Strong citrus aroma. Definitely grapefruit, with some orange character also peaking through. Maltiness is present, and reminiscent of honey.

Taste: Very well-hopped brew, especially in the aroma and flavor categories. Grapefruit initially, with tangerine coming through in the background. There is almost an orange-blossom honey like presence in the brew. Maltiness a little overshadowed, however.

Mouthfeel: No harsh bitterness. Body is leaning a little on the light side, but it's citrus characteristics make the brew refreshing. I seem to have felt the alcohol more, but I had the brew after a long run, so that could be swaying my judgement.

Drinkability: Very good IPA, would definitely like this as a session brew.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a smooth, refreshing pale malt scent and a kick ass floral hop aroma; very nice. The taste is good. It has a crisp pale malt flavor with a powerful floral hop finish. It is smooth going down and bitter in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine IPA. It has everything; an awesome drinker.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Lazy Chameleon in Powell. This brew is a lightly cloudly brownish amber color. Medium thin light tan head and fair lacing. The aroma is a little hoppy and citrusy. Medium-bodied with hops, pine and citrus flavors. Kind of mild on the hops scale but a decent flavor profile altogether. The finish is bitter and lingering, with a touch of grapefruit. I thought this was a touch more drinkable than the bottled version, having a more crisp palate. Overall a fairly worthwhile IPA.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden amber with a frothy head about a half inch high leaving a nice lace. Aromas are ofpiney resiny hops with a little caramel and doughy malts. Flavors initally start off with citrusy hops and a bit off sweetness. These flavors are soon overpowered by a stronger hop flavor, which is a bit oily and
resinous showing off a nice bitterness. A little bread, biscuit and doughy flavors find there way into the picture giving this beer a nice balance. This beer finishes with a nice clean bitterness and hop smack. This beer has a nice light body to it and creamy well balanced flavor. Overall a nice IPA offering from New Holland.

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Mad Hatter India Pale Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 2,136 ratings.
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