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Mad Hatter

September, 2015
Judges Rating: 
95
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Very nice citrus and pine aromas spring from the glass along with with subtle hints of wood. The beer suffered a bit of chill haze, but was nevertheless a gorgeous light copper color with good carbonation and small, tight bubbles that left attractive lacing on the glass. The flavor features prominent citrus and pine resin from the heavy use of Cascade hops. Sometimes, you can get an American IPA that is not well-balanced -- either too much alchohol or too many hops -- but with New Holland's revamped Mad Hatter, this was not the case. Both alchohol and bittering hops were extremely well balanced in this beer, and the carbonation was right on, resulting in a medium body and excellent mouthfeel. It was smooth to the last drop, and had a nice clean finish in the palate. An enjoyable and perfectly balanced American IPA.

 

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