greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2003 On tap. My proximity (2 miles)to this brewery might make me biased but Mad Hatter is the beer I consume the most annually. Tons of hops but balanced well with the citrus. Great copper color. If you like Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale, this is very similar with a touch more hops. When mad-hatter is available cask-conditioned I won't order anything else.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2007 Itís a classic looking IPA. Honey colored and translucent average white head. Well balanced between the hop and the malt. Taste mostly citrus, but there is a kind of "earthy" wood taste also. Finish is mostly bitterness from the hops.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I would characterize this beer as a ígrapefruit IPAí. Lots of white grapefruit in the flavor. I have a grapefruit tree in my yard; Mad Hatter tastes like they juiced some of my grapefruit. It does start out nice & tart but fades in the finish. Decent, but not outstanding.
Superstar (45) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crisp and citrusy. Initially very pleasant, but somewhat unsetteling in the end.
hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper colored, decent head with much lacing of the glass. Smelled of grapefruit and hops. Flavor was excellent. Slightly sweet, fruity, and that bitterness is kind of sneaky. It gets you just as you swallow. Dry finish which begs you to try another.
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much of a head, but oh what hops! Dry and very balanced. I like it. A very decent effort.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent IPA right up there with Bellís two hearted. Hops, Hops and more Hops. some grapefruit notes and well balanced bitter finish, very good
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thatís funny, I donít remember Michigan being on the west coast...I liked this a lot, itís among my favorite IPAs, right up there with Stone and Hop Devil. Standard grapefruit and lawn clippings smell of an insanely hopped IPA, but New Holland showed some originality in the flavor, with a surprising explosive burst in the middle. Itís like a two-pronged assault on your palate, not just a constant attack. Appearance is about average but for some reason I liked the way that the head maintained itself during the pour after I dumped the first 2/3 of the bottle, let it settle down, and then poured the rest. Somehow the finish is a bit quieter than expected. Rather complex and original.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a descent IPA. This was the first New Holland I drank that I thought was good.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange out of the bottle, with a thin white head that lingers around the edge of the glass. Aroma of grapefruit with some floral undertones. Balanced flavour with a great bitter finish. Another strong IPA from MI.