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New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: granger10 on 06-30-2006)
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

HoistinBrews, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of salinasa
4/5  rDev +7.8%

salinasa, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of srv33
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

srv33, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

BMMillsy, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a globe glass

Pours opaque black with a two and half finger off-white head. The aroma of pine, citrus rind and roasted malt, although a bit more understated rises from the glass. Pine and citrus rind dominate the opening of this brew which transitions to a mild dark chocolate roastiness, and then finishes dry with citrus-like bitterness and a touch of roasted malt. Adequate carbonation, lighter-medium bodied brew. I've had Black IPA's I liked more, but I've also had some I didn't like as much. A solid, tasty brew.

chanokokoro, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -7%

With sharp flavors coming from all angles, the grain, the hops, the alcohols all take turns with their assault against the palate. It reminds me of when I first tried IPA and couldn't fathom who would drink it by choice.

Black hatter begins with a dark, bark brown pour that constructs a short statured but densely creamy foam stance. Moderate on retention and lace, the beer doesn't really sing best the head character that's expected of IPA. However, the dark color gets me every time.

Vegetation plays on the nose with a lot of earthy and fragrant scents: tree bark, citrus, leaf, and straw blend for a very sharp and earthy aroma profile. Any softer caramel or bread scent offers slight rebuttal but at a distance as not to interfere with the aromas of hops or char.

Flavors are every bit as sharp as the taste of heavy toast, coffee grounds, chocolate, and burnt caramel deliver a decidedly dry malt character that acts as sparse support for the dominance of hops. Lead by grapefruit pith, the sharp and excessively bitter beer also attributes subsidiary flavors of leafy hop matter, twigs, tree bark, leaf, straw, and lemony sassafras. It's somewhat obvious that we're getting a lot of chlorophyll, tannin, and phenolic character from the hops and grain along with the more desirable oils and resins. It seems that the dry roast and high attenuation brings further attention to the vegital character.

The pang of hop bitterness and grain-derived astringency seems to attack the palate immediately, and without allowing the creamy carbonation or malt structure to fully support the hop dryness or alcohol. This leaves the beer lackluster in mouth feel and ushers in a quick finish of char, wood, and citrus snap.

The beer is pleasurable enough to drink, but the problem is that the beer has a tough time competing with the black IPA of Southern Tier, Stone, or Rockers.

BEERchitect, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of divineaudio
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

bomber split with my gf, poured into a globe. 2012 batch.

a - pours a deep garnet color and forms a thin cap of tan foam. head calms quickly to a thin film that lasts for the duration and leaves thick swaths of lacing in the glass.

s - grapefruit, cola, grass, faint honey.

t - roasty malt character with faint dark chocolate undertones. grapefruit notes come in and crest into a mouth puckering wave of pine resin bitterness that hangs on the tongue for quite a while. unfortunately, the bitterness washes away all trace of the other flavors.

m - lighter side of medium with adequate carbonation. finer co2 profile and lots of hop oils lends to a creamy but slick feel.

o - pretty good, but doesn't hold a candle to the stone or deschutes takes on the style. i actually prefer regular mad hatter over this version. worth a try i guess but not a beer i'd drink often.

divineaudio, Jun 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bootsdomino, Jun 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ccozzi, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

On tap at blackbird cafe
A. Pretty dang black with a touch of tan head
S. citrus hops not much else
T. Decent malt flavor but mostly hops. Some pine with a citrus tropical bite
M. Not much body. Fairly high carbonation. Not picking up any alcohol.
D. Pretty good.
O. A decent beer. Drinkable with a manageable amount of hops

deebo, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

The beer is very dark in the glass, like motor oil although not opaque, rather slightly translucent. A decent khaki head. Leaves copious lacing.

Smell is pine resin hop. background of roasted malt although this is certainly not as prominent as I expected.

There is a nice, crisp, resinous pine and citrus pith hop bite across the tongue. Similar to the smell. There are roasty elements lurking, but the malt only slightly diminishes what is a pleasant, moderate bitterness throughout.

This is the second of the Hatter series I've tried and once again with this particular one mouthfeel, in my opinion, is a bit weak. Too light, and tends to fall apart. It could be better crafted.

Overall, this is a tasty black IPA. I'd definitely buy it again.

JackieTH, Jun 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

silentjay, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours black with a 3 finger foamy tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pine, and dark roasted malt.

The taste is much like the aroma. Grapefruit is the most noticeable, followed by pine. Dark roasted malt is also present, but not as strong. Has some sweetness up front, and a good deal of bitterness. Nicely balanced, with good flavor.

Medium bodied, average carbonation, and has a ruby red grapefruit aftertaste. A good Black IPA / American Black Ale which I recommend trying if you get the chance.

hardy008, Jun 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

djtomain, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber

A - pitch black; off white head that's soft and dense; no retention

S - citrus, pine, a bit roasty

T - piny, citrusy, roasty, faint chocolate

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Not bad but not great. Nothing really stands out. It's smooth and drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

tdm168, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with some nice ruby hues on the edges. There is a thin off-white head with some nice dense bubbles. It is quickly reduced down to a thin film.

Aroma of hops up front with some slight citrusy notes. Grassy and herbal with a nice background of slight toasted roasty malt. Bready notes are mixed in with some slight malty sweetness as well.

Flavor starts off with a burst of citrusy and herbal hops. Not too intense but definitely very present. There is a slightly acerbic note during the middle that isn't as attractive as it could be. There seems to be a very low roasted note to the malt component. It seems that the Black in ABA is only referring to the color. The malt bill doesn't shine as much as expected. Mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste. Very crisp with an intense bitter finish.

Not my favorite ABA. Very overwhelming. The malt bill needs to be more in your face.

JoEBoBpr, Jun 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

antoines15, May 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

avisong, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.35/5  rDev -36.7%

As far as the Madder Hatter series goes, this is the second bottle I have had that has foamed over after opening. From other reviews, this problem is not unique to me. I love many of the beers from New Holland. With this is mind, the problem needs to be fixed.

Poured into a pints glass. The beer was a thin black, giving a distinct hoppy aroma. On the intial taste, my first thought was green olives. These are good on a pizza, but bad in a beer. This was accompanied by the sensation of a strong licorice taste. For an IPA, the hops were rather mild. If it did not say IPA on the bottle, I might not have guessed the style. The mouthfeel was thin, making the experience end quickly. This was help along by the blast of carbonation which probably caused the bottle to foam over in the first place. Obviously, this was not a well balanced beer.

JohnnyHopps, Apr 09, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottle 12/16/2011. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with very good retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, orange, toasted malt, biscuit, light chocolate, and herbal spiciness. Some good aromas here, but they are also very muted. Taste of big grapefruit, caramel, pine, roasted malt, biscuit, orange, light chocolate, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, roasted malt, caramel, and herbal spiciness for a good bit. Some decent flavor balance, but the hops are more prominent in the taste. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is invisible at 5.5%, no warming noticed at all. Overall this is a nice and enjoyable black IPA. Very smooth to drink; with a good amount of flavor and balance.

superspak, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Appears black from a distance, but up close you notice quite a bit of light coming through revealing more of a cola color. Forms a moderate sized light tan head colored head. Some mild lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and citrus, but the combination doesn't work so well resulting in a slightly metallic note. The taste Is similar with some lightly roasted malts, grapefruit, and a mild acidic quality that seems very out of place. Not a whole lot of hops or roasted malts or coffee for that matter. Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.

Florida9, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.