Brewery: New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, Michigan
Beer: Mad Hatter IPA
Serving: 12 oz bottle
Glassware: Imperial Pint
Information: 5.25% ABV, 12.5° Plato.
Style: American IPA
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
Pairings: “Spicy dishes, greens and aged cheese.”
Mad Hatter pours a beautiful golden amber color with sparkling clarity. An ivory head rests atop with good retention and gnarled fingers of lace reaching up.
Effervescently hopped, Mad Hatter erupts with green floral and citrusy American hops. Earthy touches add further depth white a smooth malty base keeps the madness in balance. Golden pils malt and a drop of gooey caramel add their sweetness nicely.
Toasted amber malt abandons the sweetness the nose offers in exchange for a lighter body with a slightly metallic finish. The hops remain powerful but not of the AIPA’s of new, rather old, original, classic. Earthy tones of dry leaf and light lemon citrus finish out.
Medium-light bodied, there’s a clear malt backing to the hops but the beer seems faintly thin regardless. Nicely balanced in terms of bitterness, it’s quite considerable but non-intrusive and drinkable; complimentary to the dry finish.
Remember when American IPAs were actually sessionable, not outrageous? Yep, this is one of those; hoppy but not ridiculous, balanced but full of flavor. I’m only distracted by the faint metallic finish and thin-feeling body that seem to come and go, but otherwise this is a great and easily drinkable IPA!
Grade: 76 / 100 – Good