User29624 (1683) - - JUL 28, 2009
On tap @ Sheffield’s. Pours hazy orange/amber with thin head. Aroma of bourbon, sweetness (vanilla), caramel, and a touch of hops. The bourbon takes a lot out of the grapefruit and other hops, but it makes it smooth and lends to the aroma. Well done. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2009
On tap @ HopCat in Grand Rapids. Pours amber- gold with an off-white head. Nose is sweet grapefruit and citrus hops with some oak/ barrel and sweetness. Flavor is similar with orange and vanilla, caramel, and some tart citrus. Enjoyable alone, and from a barrel even better. Lots of oak and sweetness. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Had a chance to sample this at RFD in Washington D.C. Pours a hazy, cloudy, orange amber with a thin, cloudy white head. The aroma was the only let down, the hops were absent, some light lemons and grapefruits and the oak is faint at best. The flavor however, is excellent. Grapefruits, lemons, some tropical fruit, oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, sour mash. In my opinion, IPAs are very difficult to barrel age since most of the time the oak kills the hops but not here. It must be blended well since the oak is married well. Finish has some light heat and some light bitterness with a touch of chalkiness. Very nice, my favorite I’ve had from New Holland. JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2009
On tap at Barleys Smokehouse. Clear amber pour with a thin tan head. Orange and grapefruit hop aroma with some sweet malt and oak. Barrel-aging comes through immediately in the flavor with oak and vanilla hitting the tongue first. A bit of bourbon is next before orangy hops and a creamy finish. Sorta tastes like an orange creamsicle. Not bad, but I’m still not fan of barrel-aging this style. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Sampled draft on tap at the brewpub (Holland, MI). Pours a nice golden hue, largely clear, with big bright white bubbly head that keeps up a decent layer and clings extraordinarily well. Aromas are malty, grainy, pale, and caramel combined with a light oaky dryness with some sweetness. Floral and citrusy hops very evident, with a bit of grapefruit sweetness. The oak makes this beer, and that is big from someone who does not care for the base Mad Hatter. Finishes lightly sweet, with oak, and light bitterness. Doesn’t throw the normal cloying syrupy sweetness that I have been feeling from oaked IPAs lately. Truly, a great beer. Cheers.
LinusStick (3462) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
A decent IPA, though I am not a big fan of the oak aged IPA thing. Aroma was so so. Caramel malt with a hint of smoke and wood. Pour was a medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was like a smokey IPA. The malt and wood overpower any hops that tried to shine through. Nice novelty beer, but that’s it. zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Aroma was interesting. Fruits and a slight bourbon tone. Flavor was bourbon with not many other interesting characteristics. Not very enjoyable. LilBeerDoctor (3931) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Draft at ACBF09. Meant to get the non-barrel aged Imperial Mad Hatter, but it turned out ok I guess. I just was wondering why I was getting bourbon from the beer...Anyway, pours a light orange with a small head. Aroma of light citrus and grassy hops. Flavor bourbon initially with a hoppy finish. Actually decent for a bourbon-aged IPA (which sounded quite frightening to me initially).
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5) ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle - Pours clear amber, medium high white head. Nice hoppy smell that most IPA’s have, could not pickup any undertones. Taste is nice strong hops, a little rough, biting aftertaste. I enjoy a nice hoppy aftertaste, but something in this just wasn’t right. I did not like this IPA as much as I do others. GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Pours a clear copper, pretty carbonated. Semi-sweet beer with not nearly as much hop flavor or bitterness as I like in an IPA. OK, but not great.