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Mad Hatter aged in Kentucky barrels. Round, smooth wood character brings a new dimension to dry-hopped, aromatic hoppiness.
14.0 Plato
Pairings: Smoked foods, tomatoes and beef.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2006
On tap at New Holland. Slightly hazy orange body, thin to medium tight off-white head. Big, buttery oak flavors, tannic, strongly influenced by barrel aging, with subdued citric and piney hops and light breadiness. Unfortunately the aroma was harder to detect, as they serve everything in mason jars. Oak and alcohol dominate the IPA flavors, so this is a showcase for New Hollandís oak aging process. Could use a little more heft to carry the oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2006
Draught sample at MBG 2006 Summer Festival. Nice orange-amber with a thin head. Fresh, fruity hops in the aroma, with a hint of woodiness. Flavour is very nice - a good hop heft, strong malt backbone, and a prefectly balanced thread of mellow bourbon and oak notes. This is how to barrel age a beer - very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
On tap at the brewpub on 4/28/06: Hazy copper orange pour has a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Body starts lightly sweet, with good vanilla oaky flavor and mild tartness, all well-balanced toward a dry finish. Flavors are reminiscent of butterscotch and peanut brittle. Well done and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Amber pour with medium frothy, white head. The aroma is very grainy although citrus is present. Nice medium body with good caramel malt/cascade hop balance. I believe I can taste some Amarillo hops as well. This is by far the best (never tried) IPA that I have had in quite some time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Draft @ New Holland: Slightly orange with an off-white head. Big woody and vanilla aroma that rode over the hops. Woody and vanilla flavor starts off. Moving to citrus and acidic hops. Medium body. Hops are mostly covered up by the barrel. Donít know if that is good or not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours amber with off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma of citrus, aromatic floral hops, grains and light malt. Flavor is slightly piney with citrus and malty accents. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2006
tap at New Holland: amber pour with medium frothy, white head. Aroma is of grapefruit and floral hops, grass, and light bourbon. Flavor is somewhat piney with some grapefruit hints. Solid backbone of sugar and bourbon, and a touch of caramel. Nice palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Keg at Romanís: Pours to a copper body with a dense creamy white head. The flavor is very nice. Subtle bourbon barrel aging atop a sweet and bitter hoppiness. Almost tastes lightly fruity with pears and white grapes. The aroma is lighter than most barrel aged beers. Light bourbon and stemmy hops. The palate is creamy, velvety, medium bodied. Quite good. Iím told that this is near the bottom of the barrel and doesnít have as many apparent hops as the first pours. Still, itís very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2006
On tap at Romanís Pub. Copper clear body, light tan head. Very well integrated hops and caramel with bourbon and vanilla. The bourbon aspect is "driving" and dulls the hops with a dark wood aspect. The bourbon is very noticable, but its hard to tell where that ends, and the IPA begins. So, basically very well balancedÖ. A great drink. I was a bit worried about the combination of bourbon and IPA, but it worked out well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2006
I am surprised on how well this combination worked. Still the Mad Hatter hop infused aroma,with malt background and just a molecule or two,that there might be bourbon somewhere in there. Upon the first mouthful,your hit with the bourbon full force. Its not overpowering,its not harsh,just a smooth taste that blends well with the sweetness of the malt and the citrusy sweetness of the hops. Iím sure the Barrel aged Imperial IPAís are right around the corner

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