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 It’s 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 (3004) - 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 ’grapefruit IPA’. 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 Bell’s two hearted. Hops, Hops and more Hops. some grapefruit notes and well balanced bitter finish, very good
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
That’s funny, I don’t remember Michigan being on the west coast...I liked this a lot, it’s 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. It’s 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.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2004 After a couple of years, I keep coming back to this one. The nose is one of the best hoppy aromas on a beer. Sweet citrus, sticky pine resin and fragrant flowers. Unfortunately, the flavors are not quite as nice as the nose, but are still pretty good. Not the best IPA ever, but one, of which, I can drink several. The cask conditioned variety is also quite amazing.
9/6/2004: Very crisp and clean. Nose of significant hops (citrus, floral, and spice). A nice maltiness to the body before the extremely clean and bitter finish, led to a nicely balanced beer. Splendid.