By Dylan Gonzalez
Beer: Mad Hatter IPA
Brewery: New Holland Brewing
The Hatter series of beers are one of New Holland Brewing's mainstays. All of them are pale ales or IPAs but with some variety added (i.e. the White Hatter is a Belgian-Style White IPA). This time around, I went with the original Mad Hatter IPA, featuring newly christened artwork and a slightly higher alcohol content for 2015.
The beer was cloudy amber yellow and produced a thick head that dissipated quickly. It left a long lasting ring of lacing in my glass as well as a thin layer of foam running down the edges. It gave the delicious scents of tropical fruits and hops.
Flavor-wise, I noticed some mild tropical fruit and citrus notes. There was little malt presence, giving the hoppiness of the beer more of an edge. There was a decent amount of carbonation, but overall it was very easy drinking. The Mad Hatter was a solid IPA and if you are looking for a beer to casually enjoy, this would be a good choice.
What to Drink This To:
While I could suggest Lewis Carroll's timeless novel Alice In Wonderland, I am going with a different hatter. My suggestion would be issues #19 through #22 of Gotham Central, entitled "Unresolved." Focusing on a reopened case dealing with the Mad Hatter, it also involves Detective Harvey Bullock and the Penguin, but Ed Brubaker's take on the Hatter is wonderfully unnerving. Couple that with Michael Lark's creepy depiction of him and I think this makes for not just another excellent arc in Gotham Central, but maybe the best Mad Hatter story out there.
Dylan Gonzalez happens to love beer and comic books and luckily found a place to write about both because he has no idea how to actually make money in the real world. He lives in a cave in New Jersey. Tweet him at @BeardedPickle, follow his own beer blog at http://boozegeek.tumblr.com/ or email him at email@example.com.