Sunday, March 17, 2013

New Holland Mad Hatter IPA

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (829) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark rusty orange/almost burgundy-like hue. Hazy and cloudy, but not completely opaque. Forms an average sized, white, frothy head which mostly dissolves but does leave plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A strong floral fragrance plus significant sweet malty notes.

Taste: Usually, I’m not a fan of sweeter, thicker, stickier India Pales Ales, but in the case of New Holland Mad Hatter IPA it works (mostly because it’s not that thick, sticky or sweet). A well-balanced IPA that has a lot to offer. Honey and toffee malty flavors from the two-row, Munich and crystal malts, plus citrus flavor and a hint of resiny or vegetal quality (a hint of garlic) from the Centennial and Nugget hops, respectively. A dry, slightly starchy bitterness up front immediately followed by a surprisingly rich malt character. More citrus bitterness at the apex, but it washes away on the finish leaving a pleasant aftertaste. This beer shows you don’t need a ridiculous amount of hops or aggressive bitterness to make for a very good beer.

Drinkability: I was genuinely impressed by the amount of flavor and body of New Holland Mad Hatter IPA considering it’s only 5.25% ABV. It’s not simply a pale ale with extra hops, it truly is an IPA all around. The mouthfeel is thicker and fuller than most of the weight, but comfortable with a softer texture. There’s only a mild dry bitterness that lingers, so it’s easily tolerable. Though not quite refreshing per se, it’s definitely versatile making it ideal as a stand-alone drink or something to work with the right food. 
Grade: 8/10