queenholly (2422) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample @ ThreeFires. Caramel malt, oak, and orange hops aroma. Clear copper with a small white head. Sweet orange hops, caramel malt, oak, and vanilla flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.
kayres (327) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange with a thick off white head. Sweet oaky aroma with a taste to match. Mild hopping and slightly sweet
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BlowOffTube (258) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really solid. Pours a translucent amber with a cream colored head. Smells of sweet oak hops. Taste is strong oak wood earthy notes with a background of hops and a sweeter malt profile. Really well done and very enjoyable.
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz in pint glass. Aroma of bourbon, caramel and hops. Taste was of vanilla oak and caramel but tasted somewhat watered down. Taste grew more as it warmed. Finish of oak and hops. Was excellent with steak and potatoes.
dphoxie (103) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Not as impressed with this as I was with bottles in the past. Hops are way subdued. Guess that makes sense in an oak aged beer. Pretty delicious anyway. I love oaked beer, and this is a great way to sataisfy my desire for wood (thatís what she said?).
hotstuff (3579) - Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at 800 Degrees Three Fires (Fort Wayne) and rated on 6-12-2013. This beer has a small ivory head that had a long retention, transparent body, spotty amounts of lacing, very little carbonation observed, and a golden hue. The Aroma is malty, wood and hoppy. The Taste is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, malt, wood, and lightly hoppy. The Palate is smooth and dry. This is a medium bodied IPA. Overall, this beer is very quaffable, very dry and a beer I would recommend and also would drink again.
thedm (4857) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized bubbles that were very long lasting and left behind a very softly carbonated transparent orange colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was hoppy. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The mild flavor contained notes of oak and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
umich03jm (1333) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a clear amber-orange color with a small foamy head that quickly fades, leaves a little lacing. Aroma is an assault of toasted oak with some vanilla, light fruitiness, and caramel. Taste is very oaky, more than any other oak aged IPA Iíve had. Some vanilla and caramel are detectable too. Donít really taste much hops here, just a moderate bitterness from them. Nice mouthfeel, medium body, very smooth and a little oily. Overall, I enjoyed this but itís hard to drink a lot of it with the overpowering oak taste.
ElGaucho (2120) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Grumpyís downtown Mnpls. Nondescript aroma. Mostly clear dark amber body with a frothy light tan head. Very nice oak aspect. With the malt makes it taste caramelized. Nice lace. Discirnibly not strong (abv) for an oak aged beer. Very tasty.
YoDude (9) - Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
New Holland Oak Aged Hatter, no additional aging, 7.12% ABV
A 22oz bottle and poured into a Tulip glass.
Appearance: Deep Amber and poured with a one inch thick head. Head slowly recedes to a ring while ample lacing is retained from the initial pour line.
Smell: The nose hits you a foot from the glass; floral hops and vanilla with a hint alcohol get the mouth watering.
Taste: Vanilla and toasted oak lead to a sweet caramel and bitter finish.
Mouth feel: It has a full body and good carbonation, with a nice finish of alcohol warmth and lingering resin bitterness.
Overall: Of the Mad Hatter variations, this is my favorite. The Kentucky oak barrel aging really adds another level of flavors to this solid American-style India Pale Ale. Drink it fresh. No need to age any further as New Holland has done it for you. I will always pick up a bottle when in stock at my local beverage retailers.