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Michigan Awesome Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Gatordaddy on 05-31-2014

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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by TheHoppiest:
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with a white sticky head that leaves ample lacing.

Nose is subdued, with hints of citrusy crisp hops.

Taste is mildly hoppy up front, with pleasant bitters on the back end. Pine is most prominent of the flavors.

Slightly soapy mouthfeel, thinner than I like for an IPA. Easy drinking.

It's been a while since I tipped back a New Holland brew. Michigan Awesome fits the profile, though, of what I remember about their IPA's. Tasty, easy drinking, but ultimately, not terribly memorable.

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Photo of Sparty1224
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Couldn't sleep tonight, so thought I'd crack a beer for my first review on BA! Not a whale, but gotta start somewhere.

22 oz. bomber poured into a Founder's pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, though I believe it to be around 3 months old.

A: Pours a dark, red-amber body with a nice half-finger white head that sticks around.

S: While I can smell the hops, I'm getting mostly the bready, biscuity malt aromas. Some faint orange and pineapple aromas in the background.

T: The hops don't really jump on my palate, probably not so fresh. Getting faint orange and tropical fruit flavors, but mostly just the malty backbone. Not very exciting.

M: Maybe slightly over-carbonated, but a nice mouthfeel for an IPA.

O: So I've had all the Hatters that NH has bottled, except maybe Imperial Hatter which I think was a year old when I tasted it. This one comes up in the middle of the pack for me. It doesn't do anything exciting and doesn't really improve on the original Hatter. Seems to be just a promotion for the Michigan Awesome brand, which is fine (they make cool shirts!). This would probably be more enjoyable if it was fresher, but it's not terrible. If you want a good Centennial beer, grab Founder's or Two-Hearted instead.

Recommendation: Pass, unless you're a die-hard NH fan and want to try all the Hatters.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We open a fresh bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. Coloring is a bright and shining golden orange coloring, supporting a two finger head of taupe, pond-style bubbles. Lacing is striped but broken, while carbonation appears to be lazy. The nose gives a beautiful hop profile of herbals, pinecones, grapefruit, and heavenly fruity nectars, meeting with coppery metallics, graham cracker sweetness, sweet tart candies, pineapple and peach fruitiness, burnt caramel and pale malts, mineral water, and distant molasses. The flavoring gives an earthy, slightly bittered shell of this deliciousness, with resinous and grassy hop cones, caramel, amber, and pale malts, envelope adhesives, substantiating bitter yeasty richness, dirty basement mustiness, cork, homegrown herbal leafiness, copper, and bittered grapefruit juiciness. The body is solidly medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left coated, but lightly dried and peeled of waxy coating. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth are all notable. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks and shares easily.

Overall, since the mad release and expansion of their “Hatter” series last year, we’ve been anxiously awaiting to see what they would put out this year. This is no let down. To start, the aroma is amazing. The hops are tangible and damn near palpable, sticking to ever mucosal surface you’ll let it. This is true of both flavor and aroma. I know we talk about this a lot, but the balance is also worth noting. The hearty hop profile would fizzle out if it didn’t have a boisterous malt frame to stand against, and yet again, we found nothing to be out of proportion. The sticky, fruity hops of the nose draw you in, while the remainer of the beer keeps you hooked and stationary. “Awesome” certainly lives up to its name, and is the best of the series we’ve enjoyed to date.

Photo of KFBR392
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark orange color. Head of a finger and a half on the pour which was present while drinking. Rich rings of lacing left behind at each level. Above average active carbonation.

Smell: getting some of that signature Centennial hop front. Pine with medium bodied fruits. Sweet, doughy caramel envelops some of the hop profile on the body. Resin and lingering pine pull this one through.

Taste: Hmm this is a bit surprising. The malt profile really takes over and stifles the hops. Some medium bodied caramel sweetness meshes with saturated citrus and bitter pine. The hops take on a touch of soapiness but nothing too distracting. Fruits and rich malt finish the back end.

Mouthfeel: bitter pine lingers but gets balanced out by the malt body. Bright carbonation pairs well with the malt body.

Overall: a solid brew from new Holland. Was hoping for more of the signature Centennial hop profile but enough comes through. For the price its worth it.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; no bottle dating, but was recently released. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/grassy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of juicy citrus/grassy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of juicy citrus/grassy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange with a lingering two-finger head
S: Actually fairly malty with caramel and fig, then generic hops underneath the malt. Not bad but not what I expected given the style
T: Matches the nose - more malty with caramel then some generic hops
M: Medium-bodied, fairly sweet
O: I appreciate using all local ingredients but I think the quality of the beer suffered a bit as a result. Would be better with a bit less sweetness allowing the hops to shine more

Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep amber with a big creamy off-white head. Head has incredible retention and leaves big lacing. The aroma is robust, with significant helpings of pine and citrus. The taste is surprisingly lacking in depth compared to the aroma. It's not terrible, by any stretch. But the hops seem muddled and undefined and there is little noticeable malt character. There is a nice weight to the body and a nice crisp finish courtesy of the hops. Overall a, good ale.

Photo of hackmann
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Appearance: lightly misty; deep amber body with a one finger head; good staying power; half way done and there still is a ¼ inch head floating; some lacing

Aroma: light nose overall; lightly toasted grains and a touch of dusty citrus peal

Flavors: nice touch of bittering with a hint of citrus meat; toasted grains; and that’s it

Mouthfeel: light fine carbonation for little fizzy feel; medium body overall; moderate bittering; simple;

To the Point: an okay tasting simple IPA; I can’t say that I would look to buy this again; it is easy to drink; this beer would be good with bar food;

Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant copper with a foamy khaki head. Lots of floral and nutty, caramel malt. I'd say malt is dominant. Pine is evident. Malt also dominates the flavor profile. There's a bit of metallic character that's offputting. The finish is slightly bitter.

Photo of Ego
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

eyes...
michigan awesome head! huge fluff here, 2 full fingers of foam even after a few minutes, lacing is excellent, slightly burnt orange hue, lots of carbonation is crashing the michigan awesome party, pretty nice looking glass of suds

nose...
bready malts, some caramel (slightly burnt?) notes, very slight floral hop notes (reminded me of fluggel hops in say Fullers ESB), overall very subdued but not offensive like midget polo in a kiddie pool

taste etc...
unfortunately the taste follows the nose... guy fieri would say this took a detour from flavor-town, I don't want to be a hatter-hater but this just leaves me blah, mostly this is biscuity with a small hop presence, there is a modicum of bitterness but not much to satisfy a hop enthusiast (I said that holding my pinky up in the air while sipping and petting my teacup terrier named Lady BarkBark), this beer could be replaced by 1,000 other beers, it isn't terrible it just isn't special in any way, shape or form, this is like seeing another ghost hunter type show that never delivers Bigfoot...

verdict?
if this is what michigan thinks is awesome... no wonder detroit is in the crapper...

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Michigan Awesome Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.