Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with hogtown harry and blankboy. My first brew from this brewery and our 1st of 2 centennial hop themed beers of the night. Dark yellow, big white head. Big hops in aroma. Big hop taste, pine like, long and lingering. What I am learning about Centennial, to me at least is that they are big and noticeable, but not sharp and overpowering. They almost become soft in the mouth and don’t hit the back of your throat or the roof of your mouth. Still formidable, just easy to balance, and this beer does it tremendously. Thin foamy mouthfeel is perfect for this tasty session brew. Nice job New Holland.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer offers a strong aroma of hops. The bronze colored solution is hard to find under the explosion of foam that produces a gargantuan head. The beer to head ratio is ridiculous: about an ounce of beer produces a head that ascends to the rim of the glass. This is the foamiest beer I have ever seen. It foams in the bottle, the glass, and in the mouth. After the foam subsides in the mouth the palate is introduced to thick hoppy solution that has a hint of grapefruit lingering in the background.
dflip (27) - USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
fruity aroma - mostly citrus; pours a cloudy orange with with decent, bubbly head; I really enjoyed the pronounced hops and right amount of bitterness; tasted more along the lines of a hoppy pale; overall it was enjoyable and I will drink it again
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another american grapefruit IPA. The aroma is all citrus. The color is quite fantastic, this is the exact shade I want my IPA’s. The centennial hit the front of the tongue, the malt sticks to the middle, and the bitterness lingers towards the back. An above average IPA.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Map Room. Pours just like you would expect...orange with a thin white head. Citrus hops with malt to balance it out nicely. Nothing to get excited about but allright.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pale amber with small suspended particles and a thick and creamy, white head. The aroma is pine and citrus. The flavor is very bitter pine, grapefruit, some caramel and biscuit, fairly dry. The texture is a bit thin and watery.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours orange with thick frothy head, that laces nicely. Aroma of grapefruit, hops, and pine. Flavor is pretty one dimensional, all hops.. Texture is thin and watery. Finish is bitter,dry, and grassy. Not a very balanced or complex IPA. Very average.
JFGrind (1918) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
My local beer distributor was blowing out some old cases of beers and I picked up a case of New Holland mixed case for $15.99. Case was a "bastard step child" and possibly the last New Holland product that will make it to Nicoletti’s for some time to come. Mad Hatter had a citrus hop aroma, red-yellow body, and momentary head. I was expecting an punch in the kisser from an "insanely dry hopped" beer but it never materialized. There was an overall "grittiness" to this beer that turned me off in addition to a middle of the road IPA.
OldMrCrow (2177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor
Nose is grapefruit and pine; flavor is all grapefruit feel - in a pleasant way - turning long and bitter in the finish. But the mouthfeel is troublingly thin and the beer has no attack whatsoever, leaving it just a mediocre offering in the American IPA category.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The last of a gift sixer from BBB63 (Thanks a million). I’ve actually wanted to try this one for a while. I pour very golden, dryhop haze, with a big sticky frothy white head. The aroma is great. We hit the trifecta with citurs, flowers, and spice. I also get some peachy apricot notes. That’s where the praise starts to go down hill a bit. The flavor is pretty one sided. Lots of bitterness. Its quite thin too. I love IPAs, so I’d never turn Mad Hatter down, but I was expecting more.