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New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: granger10 on 06-30-2006)
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Photo of mrfrancis


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an oily black with subtle brownish amber highlights and a creamy tan head that leaves only a modest amount of lacing as it recedes.

S: Aromas of cream, dark chocolate, pine, spruce, herbs, lemon, and lime are present on the nose.

T: Sweet, malty notes of caramel, treacle, dark chocolate, dark bread, and cream are matched by zesty hop notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, herbs, pine, and spruce. The finish is earthy and bitter with bread, chocolate, herb, lemon, and pine flavors.

M: Medium-bodied and mildly resinous. Carbonation is active and crisp. Super easy to drink for the style.

O: An incredibly approachable, easy-going American black ale. It is more simplistic and straight-forward than many other examples of the style, but this actually works in its favor. More balanced and with a better integration of flavors than many ales of this style, I recommend this one highly to fans of hoppy dark ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 18:48:03 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of tmm313


3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks exactly like a Porter in the glass. Darkest possible reddish brown with a quickly dissipating 1/2 finger head. Good lacing.
S- Weird... Prunes and booze with a touch of chocolate and spicy hops. Notes of tropical fruit when you really dig in. How can I be smelling so much alcohol? Its just over 5%.
T- Dark fruits up front with a touch of caramel, followed by spicy hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some citrus. Pine and char on the finish.
M- Thin with slight carbonation. Drying.
O- Rye Hatter is one of my favorite beers, so I was expecting much more from this one. When my wife asked me how it was, I paused for a minute and finally answered, "It's confused." I'll stick with Rye.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 13:24:37 | More by tmm313
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Black Hatter has the colour of a midsummer night: black, but never without a twinkling of colour. Admittedly, however, even the bright LED light on my desk fails to reveal any substantial clarity, not even along the normally vulnerable edges of the glass. Its head is less a hat and more a scarf - it wraps around both the beer's surface and the glass.

The aroma broadcasts competing notes of roasted mushrooms, minty greens, lemon juice and caraway seed. It gives me an idea for a salad. Black IPAs typically balance chocolatey malts and earthy hops but this one seems to lean more heavily towards the lupulin; there's not a ton of roast, certainly nowhere enough to simulate coffee.

Black Hatter is a fairly reserved Black IPA that intriguingly offers notions of apples on par with those of pineapple; it plays out on the palate like a clash of cold versus warm climate tastes: woodsmoke, roast grain and coniferous trees versus coconut, green grass, and fleshy citrus. Any semblance of chocolate or coffee is menial compared to the earthy, herbal notes.

I can't speak from experience (and you shouldn't speak of meal pairings unless from experience) but if my imagination serves me correct, the brewery's suggested food pairings of arugula in vinaigrette and portabella stir-fry should work brilliantly; the beer has forest-y earthiness, citrus acidity, as well as bitter leafy green qualities. How could it not pair well?

Black Hatter is a dark beer pointed in bright citrus fruits, carob, dried Provence herbs and minty flavours. Hopheads will rejoice: So gloriously luscious! And indeed they should (especially at $4.99/bomber). That said, it does lack the rich mocha notes and muscularity of the style's best examples which makes it a somewhat incomplete example. Still, I definitely enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 05:28:14 | More by biegaman
Photo of hoody711


3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a huge fan of New Holland stuff. Dragon's Milk is good, but they've never really stood out as a brewery with a great lineup of fantastic beers, like Bell's or Founder's (but very few breweries are). Obviously BIPAs are amazing, so picked this one up on a whim.

A - pours almost a jet black with a 1-2 finger head that is mostly tan.It settles in a couple minutes but leaves a good lace on the wine goblet I'm drinking out of. Not much wrong with this one to be honest, on the appearance front at least.

S - amazing nose on this beer. Floral and citrus hops, nice sweet chocolate backbone. Really nice here too. I don't get any of the booziness at all, but I can't find the alcohol content on the bottle either, so who knows?

T - hmm, it's a different beer than what I smelled. There's some breadiness and a definite malt character that changes to a kind of funk, but the hoppiness never really makes itself known here. The funkiness lingers and basically makes me angry that all that loveliness in the nose isn't present.

M - a little oily and sticky. The carbonation is great. It's somewhat refreshing - I'm still angry that it doesn't taste better.

O - bummer dude. This beer had a ton of promise till I tasted it. Don't get me wrong: it doesn't taste awful, or even bad, but it just smelled like it had so much more. Worth a shot, but not close to the best BIPA I've had.

Edit: after warming - a little more spiciness comes out in the taste. Upgraded slightly.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 21:15:28 | More by hoody711
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

“Vintage 2013” served in a snifter.

Very dark brown body, nearly black in the glass, is covered by a thin and fragile, light tan head. The head soon reduced to a ring but left decent lacing.

Smells like an IPA with extra sweet malts. Its rather floral, and more roasted malts come out as it warms.

The flavor reflects the hops, the sweet malt, but also plenty of dark roasted malts. Floral, spicy and citrusy hops flavors with a little earthy and tropical fruit flavor. Nice finish and lingering aftertaste with hops and dark roasted grains in good balance, although ultimately only the hops remain, and a mild bitterness.

M: The body was medium; medium+ amount of carbonation lent some crispness.

O: A milder, gentler, better balanced black IPA without the clashing flavors of some others.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 23:34:53 | More by chinchill
Photo of Eeroomnhoj


4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle of Black Hatter the other day and poured it into a small wine glass (hey, it's all I have). Poured nicely without a lot of carbonation. The other reviews mentioned citrus flavors but I really don't taste any, I taste something bitter but not sure what it is. Even though it is a dark beer, it isn't super heavy. I like the alcohol level, not too much and with a little bit of a bite.

I could not see myself hanging around on July 4th drinking these all day. I could see drinking one or two. Would buy again!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:57:22 | More by Eeroomnhoj
Photo of Franziskaner


4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good carbonation level. Intense citrus hop aroma is very inviting and leaves me wanting for more. Intense hop taste and mild carbonation tickles the tongue fading into dark malt flavor. Not a ton of roasted malt flavor, but enough for me. Viscous mouthfeel. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:33:54 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of thecheapies


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Red-black color. Lacy beige head. Looks very sticky.

Mildly malty (light coffee and cocoa) and nicely hoppy (grapefruit, herbaceousness, light pine). Not too showy.

Floral pine-y with some resinous flavors. All coupled with light coffee roastiness and maltiness. Mellow, but not without bitterness.

Medium-bodied... maybe a little fuller. Carbonation is lacking, however. Could use some livelihood.

Okay black IPA. Very forgettable. Nothing I'd seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 23:50:56 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sucker was cheap, cheap, CHEAP! Only $5/bomber.Pou

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Poured as black as night, with a light, 2-finger mocha head that resembled a souffle somewhat.

S: I got more citrus than dark malt, which in many circles is a good thing. However, this IS a Black IPA. I wanted a bit more roast.

T: Definitely an IPA, not sure about the rest. Not a lot of bite to the citrus (maybe that's what they were intending with the dark malt), but still pretty good.

M: There was rounded, non hop-bomb finish to the end of it. I liked that. This wasn't sweet in any way and the lacing was absolutely insane.

O: I think this is slightly better than the overall average here on BA, especially considering the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 20:28:45 | More by Chaney
Photo of WoodBrew


3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Black Hatter...and I think it is pretty good. Another fine creation by Holland. The beer pours a almost opaque black with teh deep ruby hugh. The head is at least a finger thick and is leaving a lace. The smell has very fine hoppy with pine leaning tones. There is not much in the form of roast or malt. The taste is a bit bitter than I would prefer from a black ipa....would like a bit more roast and malt to start and then let the hops clean the pallete. The beer has a light to moderate body with smooth carbonation. Overall it isnt bad....but definitely not the best. I like the flavor with the lower abv which makes this a potential session brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 00:31:48 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Beer_Runner

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label states: “Vintage 2012.” There are no dates on the label or bottle that are more specific.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass created about two fingers of a dense and slightly clumpy head, light mocha colored head. After a few minutes the head dissipated to a collar and left some fairly good lacing. The brew was a dark cola color with a red hue, and it was opaque.

S: The aroma consisted of dark, sweet malt and floral hops with a hint of citrus, too.

T: The taste consisted of mild roasted malt and a strong floral and citrusy hops flavor the bordered on harshness. There was also a little earthiness to the hops flavor.

M: The body was to the lighter side of the medium range and it was very smooth with a medium amount of carbonation.

O: This was a different take on IPA. The darker malt did not provide a strong enough backbone to support the hops. It lacked the sweetness necessary for balance. And, the hops flavors were one dimensional and almost harsh. Overall, it was okay, but not something I would go very far out of my way to find.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:59:15 | More by Beer_Runner
Photo of dfillius


4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of fizzy dark brown head with fair retention. Chill hazy dark brown liquid. I'd like better head retention, otherwise nice.
S: Delightful hop forward aroma. Centennial, maybe cascade? NW hops no doubt, not terribly fruity, slightly dank. No roast. Slightly estery apple is not forceful and pleasant.
T: Hop forward with only slight roast in the finish. Exactly as I like my CDAs. One of the top 5 that I've had. Slight green banana rides on the alcohol. Slight chocolate. Very tasty. Would rate it higher if the hops stayed stronger than the alcohol throughout. They end up equal near the end.
M: A tad thin at the start, becomes fuller once esters and alcohol character grows. Slight warmth.
O: Very nice and a good CDA. Will buy again, especially since it's only $4.50 for a bomber. I'd order another.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 18:53:57 | More by dfillius
Photo of hooliganlife


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle

pour was a light think black cola like with about an inch or so of head.

light citrus hops and sweet roasted malt.

light sweetness and light roasted malt. nice and hoppy through out, blend of citrus and some bittering. lots of juicy ripe fruit.

light, mild to moderate carb

for the price, this is great. i will buy a few more.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 02:39:05 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of micromaniac129


4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, deep brown black with ruby high lights around the edges. A tall tan head sits on top leaving lots of sticky lacing.
Its dry hopped so along with a nice roasted malt bill we have some pungent oily hops with a citrust scent. Taste finds a good roasted malt bill and some light hops citrusy as in the nose but more complimentory to rhe malts. Drinks well.
Smooth tasting but a little flat also. Finishes semi dry and semi bitter. A solid offering from the boys at New Holland.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 10:21:13 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep cola pour with red brick highlights glisten from the light upon exit. A dense black in the vessel with a khaki colored head that was a finger in size and fairly firm in structure has a good stay. Window dressing is kept to a minimal.

S: Sweet caramel and pine mix nicely together, smooth easy roast bitterness is enough to appreciate accompanied by a creamer touch, some mocha and a spicy bit of tarragon. Subtle complexity, just wish it should more muscle to really shine though.

T: Flavor had a spicy bit of pine-roast and licorice, burnt barley sweetness and some coffee flair. Flowery citrus and pine brings a modest level of hops to the table while the earthy coffee roastiness is left to shine.

M: Good tingle of carbonation, thick oily feel, frothy texture on the hold with a warming bitterness of burnt citrus and wet coffee grounds.

O: Overall a decent cascadian ale. Flavor was decent, but felt it fell just a bit short of being a solid good (4.0) rating with a linear complexity and lacked that spike or stand out quality. End of the day a good example, respectable, worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 22:36:32 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a small tan head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a combination of hop and dark malt. The hop aromas are mainly of a citrus nature but are mixed with a nice presence of pine as well, with the malt aroma of brown bread and chocolate.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor of coffee, nut and chocolate mixed with a lighter caramel flavor. While initially the roasted flavors are the alone and heaviest in the taste (although not really “heavy”) they are soon greeted by a surge of some hop flavors. While citrus is the biggest, there are notes of a pine and earthy hop as well. The roasted malt and caramel body at the beginning support the bitter hop flavors rather well.. In the end a roasty and slightly hoppy flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the light to medium side with the carbonation level being slightly high. A little more body and a little less carbonation would have helped those roasted notes stand out more perhaps, but regardless the feel was not too bad.

Overall – A rather nice roasty and chocolaty flavor with some nice hoppy accents. While not the greatest black IPA it is rather tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 00:42:55 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in MI in July, labelled "vintage 2012" on the bottle. Pours a clear and dark reddish-brown, almost black in the centre, with a limited but surprisingly light-coloured head.

Initial aroma was stunningly “west coast” hop, but that has faded as the pint has warmed into caramelized dark and chocolate malts. This bready malt sweetness is definitely forward at the beginning of the taste, but it transitions into a nicely hopped flavour, with lots of tropical fruit followed by a dry finish. That finish is pleasantly bitter and lingers for an impressively long time.

I’m a big fan of New Holland’s The Poet stout but haven’t been that impressed anytime I’ve tried their Mad Hatter IPA. I view this beer as a very pleasant surprise and one I would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 01:09:01 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of TwelveOunces


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours pitch black with some blood red around the edges. The beer has a hop dominant nose. There is an impressive amount of citrus notes as well as a heap of pine needles. The flavor is also all about the hops, the pine and citrus come through full force. There is not a ton that would give away the "black" part of the beer other then the appearance, the roasted malts and other dark flavors aren't too strong. However this beer drinks really well and is a worthy version of the original.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 03:48:04 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of ThickNStout


3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. 2012 vintage. Served in a Red Brick snifter. 

Pours deep but opaque brown with two fingers light khaki head. A little lacing.

Smells of fire roasted grapefruit,  cloved orange and smoked fresh cut grass. A more subtle take than many of the style I've tried. 

The grapefruit it a little more pronounced in the flavor. Bitter citrus followed closely by softer aspects of charred wood, black pepper, rind, dark malts and dough.

Feel is light to medium with an almost heavy hand on the carbonation. Bitter grapefruit lingers in the aftertaste. 

Not a stand out in this growing style but not bad either. At $5, it's not a bad value either. 

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:22:18 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of Etan


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a stout glass.

A: Pours a nice mahogany with a big tan head. Nice lacing as well.

S: Big hop resin and dark grain. Citric and oily, dark chocolate.

T: Mild grapefruit, bitter spice, oily leaf, dark grain, roast, toasted bread.

M: Almost thick-bodied, fine carbonation, creamy.

O: Might be my favorite of the Hatter variants. Pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 17:26:36 | More by Etan
Photo of Shibbykaiyai


4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashleys in Ann Arbor, MI.

This brew pours as black as coffee, with a little bit of tannish head.

A good, simple tasting brew. There are some hints of citrus and it is not overly hoppy. The brew goes down easily as their is very little alcohol bite or excessive hoppiness.

This is my first foray into Black Ales, but I will definitely heed the other reviews and look at others in the genre.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2012 18:28:35 | More by Shibbykaiyai
Photo of Brenden


3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2012 reviewed fresh.

This devious-looking Hatter's just darker than cola-colored brown-black, light seeping through at the edges. A tan head grows to a finger in height. Retention is good and the thick foam that remains after it fades leaves pretty thick lacing in patches in good density down the glass.
The focus seems to be on roast, with an earthiness and a vegetal quality before a more leafy, herbal bitterness comes out from the hops. This isn't as aromatic as the original Hatter, though the malts play nicely.
The flavor is oddly tame and not particularly hoppy, though a bit; I might think it was an old batch and the hops were faded if I didn't know it's fresh. The bitterness that comes out is a mix of pith and an acrid touch from the malts, as a charred note mars it. I'm not sure what happened, but I don't think the execution is here. The bitter edge in the finish is bracing, but not because the bitterness itself is too much. Think raw dandelion.
The feel is good, about a medium body with a brightness to it that seems to contradict its thick, dark look. Crispness never fades and it's smooth underneath.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 02:29:04 | More by Brenden
Photo of russpowell


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with 3+ fingers of khaki colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Brown bread, some charred grain

T: Peppery hops, a touch of nuttyness, plus piney notes up front. Some charred grain as this warms, some caramel, grapefruit & woody hops plus dryness. Finishes with grapefruit & some woody hops, dry & a bit of charred grain, just a touch of pear fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation, nice balance

A good black ale, this above par for New Holland, one I would reccomend

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 01:00:10 | More by russpowell
Photo of srv33


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour, inch head, great lacing. Smells like an IPA. Tastes like an ale with a bit of slightly smoky malt with a decent amount of hops. Roasted malt is prominent in this blend and works well adding balance to this beer. Unique and very drinkable. If you get a chance to pick this one up, go for it. One of my favorites from New Holland.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 00:35:34 | More by srv33
Photo of BMMillsy


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours deep black with a big off white head, some ruby coming through the light on the edges. Smells of pine hops and lots of roasty malts. Very nice. Flavor is hop forward, with lots of pine, some earthiness, and then a good bit of roast. Creamy finish on this one and rather pleasant. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Overall, this was actually pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 16:58:39 | More by BMMillsy
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New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.