New Holland Mad Hatter IPA
5.3% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Slightly hazy amber-copper color, medium carbonation with good head retention.
Aroma: A medley of floral, pine and citrus hop notes over toasted malt.
Taste: Balance of toasty and sweet malt flavors with a smooth, lingering grassy, resiny and grapefruity bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; slightly slick and creamy.
Along with Bell’s Two Hearted, Mad Hatter is one of the beers that really turned me on to IPAs. It’s well balanced, beginning with a taste of caramel sweetness followed by slightly toasted grain notes and finishing with an earthy cocktail of bitter hop flavors including pine, grass, grapefruit and sometimes a wee touch of metallic. At under 6% ABV and medium bodied, Mad Hatter is highly drinkable as well as deliciously flavorful.