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Mad Hatter India Pale Ale by New Holland Brewing Company
American IPA
7.00 % ABV

Mad Hatter’s whimsy is celebrated with floral aromatics from assertive dry-hopping, and a bright, hoppy body, punctuated with Centennial, Citra and Michigan-grown Cascade hops. Citrus and pleasant bitterness excite your palate before welcoming a balancing finish. 

 
Review by RedHaze on 07/28/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 9 14 3 7 2010
Pours a slightly hazy orangey-amber color, with a thick fluffy three finger head that fades to a thick cap. There's a lot of thick rocky lacing left behind.

Smell; sweet greapfruit, pine resin, with a hints of malts in the background.

Taste; Lots of grapefruit in there, as well as pine trees with a little malt to it. Not quite as balanced as I would like, but the malts do come out a little more when it warms up some. This isn't the best IPA out there, but it's still a pretty solid example of the style.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 05/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 10 13 3 7 2009
An ample pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, lightly tanned, pale head. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows a lightly hazed, red tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is all about the hops with fruity / citrusy nose playing the up front role. Behind this is the scent of fresh pine needle and a spike of biscuit like grain. The up front hop character reminds me of ripe lychee, tangelo, candied apricot and bright citrus jam. I really like the aroma on this beer.

Fairly dry, this beer has a light malt sweetness to it. The beer is pretty easy drinking a the lighter body make this quite quaffable. The dryness accentuates the herbal hop flavors (pine and even a touch of hemp) and amply biting bitterness over the fruity hop notes that dominated the aroma. The fruitiness is still here, just much muted and more as a spicing to the overall flavor; a touch of Meyer lemon zest is noticeable as is a hint of apricot essence. The finish has a bit of bread-like / cracker-like malt to it that helps to round out the bitterness just a bit.

Not a bad beer, the flavor doesn't live up to the juicy, hop laden promise of the aroma, but it is still not shabby. This could use a bit more malt character to support the fruity hop notes in the flavor, but I do like how quaffable this is.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tangfoot on 01/04/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 10 14 3 7 0
Originally reviewed 1-7-2007.

Incidentals: Bottle overflowed when uncapped.

Appearance: Poured with a great big, foamy head, but it dissipated rather quickly. Pretty good color, deep amber with very slight bubbling and an appealing, unfiltered look.

Smell: Smells very hoppy and fresh. I can already tell that its going to be good and bitter.

Taste: Unfortunately, it doesn't taste as good as it smells. It's rather underwhelming after that great aroma, and doesn't give that good hoppy "bite".


Mouthfeel: I'm not getting that distinctive feel on the sides of my tongue that good IPAs seem to produce. It's there, but not strong enough.

Drinkability: Not something that I would seek out, but certainly not bad. I think it would be a good introductory beer if you were trying to learn to taste and appreciate IPAs. It's not on my favorites, but would probably be acceptable to someone who hasn't yet ventured too far into the world of beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 7 14 3 7 0
Originally reviewed 09/02/06

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

A - Pours clear light amber color. Billowy one finger head that suggests that it'll stick around for a while.

S - Bitter hops with slight caramel malt scent.

T - Slight sweet malt with decent amount of hops to it. Little bit of citrus, slightly sweet strawberry taste. Not nearly the floral/citrusy hop flavor I was expecting.

M - Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is good.

D - I don't know, this beer seemed almost a little watered down. Not nearly as good as I remember having a little over a year ago. Have things changed?

Served In: Pint Glass

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