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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A robust renovation of the India Pale Ale. Assertive dry-hoppying provides an aromatic telltale nose, indicative of the bitter symphony to follow. Bold hop character with lively grapefruit and citrus notes. 20° Plato, Alc. 9.4% by Vol.

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3.5
Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2005
On tap at New Holland. Deep orange/amber body, medium off-white head. Potent aroma of grapefruity, piney hops. Flavor was pretty much of the "hop juice" variety, with strong grapefruit rind and pine, backed by light caramels and biscuit (well, I think so...the hops *were* quite strong, as I mentioned!). Not the most creative stab at the style, but it meets the criteria and has the right "punch."

3.5
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2006
yellow/orange body with medium, white foamy head...aroma is heavy in floral and grapefruit hops...flavor is heavy in these hops, and has a piney and bitter finish...this beer is lacking in any malt complexity however, and is missing the chewy, sugary malts that i would expect to see complementing such hops in an imperial IPA

3.5
bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a deep, dark amber bordering on brown. Remarkable lacing stemming from the thin dissipating head. Fruity, hop based aroma with some sweet maltiness. Smooth candied sugar, piney hop flavor which fades into obscurity on the finish. I really think this is what the regular Mad Hatter should hold itself up to as I just think this should be bigger/bolder. Still pretty good though.

3.5
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2008
On tap at GTMW. Poured clear, rich caramel with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up juicy grapefruit and spicy black peppery notes upfront, which formed an interesting contrast.. pale malts and grapefruit deeper down, with detectable alcohol warmth.. quite nice. The flavor had juicy grapefruit and pineapple throughout with black peppery alcohol and cloves surrounding.. warmer finish with a thick, sweet impression. Warm on the palate and heavier-bodied with OK balance.. the strength threw it off a little.

3.5
dmschefke (583) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Pours an amber orange with thick off-white head that dissipates quickly, very little lacing. Aroma of very floral hops, slight citrus, and slight pine. Flavor matches well with the addition of caramel malt to balance. Mouthfeel is slick. Decent, but nothing special.

3.5
JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2009
22oz bottle from Blacklick Wine & Spirits. Clearish amber color with a big tan head. Citrusy aroma of oranges and grapefruit with notes of sweet malt. Citrusy hop flavor up front, giving way to a vodka astringency and bready malt before the bitter finish. Not bad, but I like regular Hatter better.

3.5
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Sampled draft on tap at the brewpub (Holland, MI). Pours a very nice hazed amber with bits of gold, huge offwhite head that coats the glass, laces, sticks around well. Aromas are decent florals, light citrus and pine with some underlying sweetness. Initial is noderately hopped up front, earthy and pine with florals, pushing away from much fruitiness. Some nice underlying toffee malt is sweet, but let’s the bitterness stay at the front. Finishes dry, with decent floral bitterness on the palate. Overall, an underflavored and under hopped brew, but decent overall.

3.5
BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Has a clear red-copper pour with tints of orange and covered with an off-white and some ale colored head, there is medium effervescence maybe a little more lively, and left lots of creamy lacings on the glass, I got an aroma of hops as I pop the cap, aroma of citrus, flower and piney hops along with light toasted malt and orange fruit sweetness with the pour, flavors of grassy and citrus hops with toasted malt and orange-peach fruit, hop bite is not as big as the nose proposes, faint alcohol taste as the ale warms, alcohol did not ruin the experience, mouth feel is medium maybe a little more, and a little alcohol warmth on the palate, this was ok.

3.5
hopdog (13212) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2009
22oz bottle. Poured a medium amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, some citrus, and some floral hoppiness. Tastes of citrus, pine, and some toasted caramel. Lighter alcohol in the finish.

3.5
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Tap at Capones. Pours a hazy copper with golden notes and a large foamy/creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of caramel malt with some fruity, citrus and floral hop notes. Aroma if light. Flavor has a lot of caramel, nuts, toasted malt and some piney, grapefruit and floral hop flavor. Also getting some tobacco notes. Bitterness is moderate and mouthfeel is lightly sweet.


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