dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2011
22oz bottle pours a clear copper with a very tight 1 finger head. Aroma is wood barrel, toasted malt and a hint of earthy hops. Taste is everything I could ever want from a 5.1% alcohol beer. New Holland seems to have perfectly replicated the barrel character of the ethereal Dragon’s Milk in an incredible low-alcohol IPA. Big taste of vanilla oak barrel, followed by a mildly grassy hop note and a long caramel oak finish. Medium bodied with lower than average carbonation, this beer is creamy and delicious. Overall, this is a nearly perfect brew, great for a $5 22oz. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Really enjoying barrel-aged IPAs, and this one is quite good. The wood aging imparts a nice gloss of smokiness and a hint of whiskey flavor to the taste. Further, it takes the edge of the bitterness, but the hoppiness is still a primary note. Dare I say that aging seems to work more for IPAs than for stouts? Recommended! A-
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone zoucrew102 (2046) - - SEP 21, 2014
Bomber. Oaky aroma with floral hops as well as a bit of bourbon. Pours copper colored with a good soapy off white head with good retention and lacing. Good oak flavor with a bit of bourbon-like flavor with smooth mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a good floral hop flavor with a slightly bitter bite. Excellent barrel aged ipa with great balance of hop and malt! crazy_cat_lady (678) - - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle at beerbistro, but don’t remember when.
Warm brown colour with off-white head. Nice lacing. Oaky, slight bitterness. Quite nicely balanced. bigred024 (26) - South Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2007
Filled with hops. A good beer to eat with beef or spicy dishes. Dry-hopping provides a distinctive and floral hop aroma, while the lively and hoppy body is subtly balanced with delicious malt notes.
YoDude (10) - Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
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. Cybercat (6011) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Pours a beautiful clear chestnut with a thick, fluffy, and rather persistent ivory head. Aroma is quite hoppy and fruity, as much apple and pear as citrus, sweeter than most IPAs I have sampled. Oak and bourbon hints come out in the hoppy, lively flavor, as well as a hint of caramel; fruit notes are not as prominent as in the aroma. Texture is smooth and creamy, yet fairly fizzy, leaving a nice hoppy and woody finish. Get your Hatter on! jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Super pleased with this beer. It does have the IPA hops but the barrel aged makes it smooth with some yeast and biscuit flavor with caramel and alcohol. Lovely. onceblind (10293) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Clear brilliant deep copper under a thin foamy white head. Brilliant nose of citrusy hop depth, some floral hop resins, a touch of dry grassy hops and a brilliant fresh nose about it all, mixed with coconut and vanilla oak tannins with a little toffee sweetness underneath. The oak tannins themselves show through a little too sharply on the flavor, but its backed by piney floral hop resins and a residual grapefruity zesty twang. Deep and nuanced with complex hop notes that arent easy to pin down, with a clever oakiness featuring wood and coconut tones. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pours an amber/orange color with a thin off-white head that is slow to fade to a thin ring that left behind lots of sticky lacing.
Smell; there were mild hints of grapefruit and touches of pine, but for the most part the oak smells stood out a lot.
Taste; man did the oak flavros stand out in this one. At first it was a bit hard to pick out any othe flavors, but I let it sit for a while and the grapefruit hops made an appearance, with a nice malt backbone. The oak aging made the bitterness and the citric flavors more subdued than the normal Mad Hatter, and made for a much smoother drink. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and just a little bit oily.