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New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%

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 chanokokoro


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 05:55:13 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of BEERchitect


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2012 03:14:31 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of divineaudio


3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 22:54:50 | More by divineaudio
Photo of deebo


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 22:12:45 | More by deebo
Photo of JackieTH


3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 04:25:13 | More by JackieTH
Photo of hardy008


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 22:17:48 | More by hardy008
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 21:59:58 | More by tdm168
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 22:34:05 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of JohnnyHopps


2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:14:18 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of superspak


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 04:35:57 | More by superspak
Photo of Florida9


3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:41:08 | More by Florida9
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

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

Pours pretty much black with a two-finger, really light coffee colored head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma of grapefruit and orange rind up front. A nice caramel and roasty pumpernickel bread smell as well. Hoppy up front. Bittering grapefruit and pine hop flavor to begin. Very dominant, especially before the beer warms up a bit. Thick roasty caramel malt in lue of the traditional coffee/chocolate notes you usually see with a Black IPA. Malt comes out more and more as the beer warms and adds a nice balance. A touch more citrus hops and the very end. Really nice starter Black IPA if you're new to the style.

250th Review

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 00:46:38 | More by uustal
Photo of warnerry


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

A - Pours black with a solid finger of tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Grapefruit and a bit of pine hops. Some roasted malts and a bit of bitter chocolate.

T - More roasted malt in the taste than in the nose, otherwise follows the smell pretty closely.

M - A little thinner than I would like, but decent creaminess. Finishes with a slightly oily bitterness.

O - A pretty good black ale, but not something I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 01:33:07 | More by warnerry
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black bodied with thick beige soapy head that leaves 3/8 of an inch retained head. Pleasant Cascadian citrus aromas, and inviting. Creamy mouthfeel, spot on the style. good drinkability. Roast, some citrus and decent hop bitterness.Thanks for bringing back Chris.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:35:51 | More by Sammy
Photo of scruffwhor


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown cola color with a nice tan head and foam with solid lacing after each sip. Hard to see, but this beer is bubbling just fine.

Roasted citric orange peel, almost burnt bread crust, and some grilled pablano peppers. Interetsing aroma.

The bitterness is a mix of roasted oarnge peel and singed malts. Very roasty with an awesome bitter counterpoint. The malt has a "pumpernickel bread left baking in the oven too long" flavor. Bitterness sticks to the palate from start to finish, but with a long, slow fade on the finish. The malt stands out from middle to end, but hops dominate.

Crisp and resiny palate, not a session beer for me, but flavor and worth trying again, and sharing.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 00:20:08 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of dudecandle

New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into chalice:

A: Beautiful ruby-brown near black body, with a solid dark-mocha head, with solid retention and lacing. No complaint here.

S: The citrusy-caramel combination gives it an almost medicinal anise-like quality. Not sure how I feel about this. Very funky.

T: Huge orange citrus and minty hops all the way through, with some other, subtler grassy hops poking through in time. Good, roasted malty chocolatey-caramel undertones complement the hops surprisingly well.

M: Good medium body, particularly for the style.

O: So hard to put into words. The flavors aren't necessarily the best, but they somehow complement each other surprisingly well. The orange/malt combo with the pop of mint has a dessert-like quality. More importantly, since it's so complex, I just kept going back for more, because I felt it was impossible that a beer tasted like that on the previous sip. Whackadoo.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 15:12:24 | More by dudecandle
Photo of tavernjef


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a fairly portesque brown and settles in the glass a very solid brown with a modern dark burnt orange cast when up to brighter light. A slimming but thick foamy cap of dark beige builds breifly. Crumbling down to a whispered skim and bubbly collar ring. Lots of lacing in broken globby sheets stick on the glass.

Aroma is quite clean with a mighty pull of hops bringing in orange tones and candied grapefruit bits. The chocolate roasty tones underneath build very nicely along with some burnt grains as it warms, adding for a complexing mix about the aroma.

Taste is a bit thin with some burntness of orange peels, a twist of curdled cream, a touch of lemongrass, and a tinge of burntish bitterness as it finishes. The roast or chocolate malts are barely pulling any flavor thru the overall weaked hopitude it creates.

Thinner medium body without a whole lot of length to it and short on any finishing complexity other then the apparent orange hop notes and a slight taint of burnt roast.

I have liked the Hatter series, but much like the Rye, this comes up quite short when compared to the Oak aged, which is by far superior and the top of the group.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 00:36:32 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Holland


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

A: pours dark brown on the sides to black in the center. Has a bit of head at first, but it dissipates quickly. You can still see the carbonation in this one - they're medium sized bubbles.

S: smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and fruity hops. Interesting combo.

T: tastes very much like it smells - no surprises. Hops and carbonation give it some bitterness, though there isn't a lot of thickness or sweetness to balance. Kind of reminds me of a good dark chocolate except for the....

M: mouthfeel was thin for such a dark ale, and there was a lot of carbonation. It brought out the bitter flavors, but less carbonation would be desired for me.

O: decent, interesting brew. It was $4 for a 22oz in Chicago, but I'd like to try it on tap at New Holland to see what it's like. Drinkable for a glass, but don't have 2.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 14:45:09 | More by Holland
Photo of Hazer115


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

A: Poured very dark brown with a short tan head that did not stay around for very long.

S: Had good aromas of dark roasted malts with a slight hoppy smell on the back end.

T: The color of this beer really threw me; I was expecting a really smoky dark roasted flavor but was pleasantly surprised by the light bitter hoppyness that I got.

M: Average mouthfeel, nothing really to write home about.

O: I'm glad I tried this on, I tend to like dark beers and IPAs and this one did a really good job combining the two.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 17:43:28 | More by Hazer115
Photo of beerismysavior


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide red wine glass

Aroma: Hints of chocolate with an earthy presence and refreshing notes of mint in the background.

Color: Pitch black body with a soft cream colored head. Microfine bubbles and significant head retention.

Taste: Extremely unique taste, reminiscent of pumpernickel bread.

Mouth: Medium-low carbonation, immediate bitterness, stays persistent over time. Mild to no residual sugar. Dry and bitter sensations reside on the middle-front portion of the palate.

Overall: Very pleasant beer. Surprised to catch notes of mint in the nose. Not a common beer smell, not an unpleasant one though. Silk-like texture with low carbonation made this black IPA surprisingly smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 12:44:48 | More by beerismysavior
Photo of jdense


3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. foil-topped bomber, shared by the ever generous Shawn K. consumed in Baker City, OR 8.25.11.

Deep reddish brown body, good garnet highlights when held up to bring light, no visible carbonation. 1/2 finger light tan head, slow dissipation with good retention, minimal lacing. Nose is, err, off to say the least, latex band aids, significant dose of roasted malt, hops negligible in the nose. Taste is fairly roasty, hard to get by the aroma, but there's a pronounced lack of Cascadia hops, the label mentions Centennial but having a hard time detecting much else. Mouthfeel is medium not much effervescence. It was hard to try and enjoy this after the strange aroma profile. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 02:52:27 | More by jdense
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is part of the Mad Hatter series of IPA's that New Holland came out with in 2011. I've had two so far; the Oak-Aged IPA and the Belgian IPA, and thought the Oak-Aged to be a rather good IPA, but was not as thrilled with the Belgian. Curious to see what New Holland's take on the black IPA will be.

Poured this from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass with a fairly aggressive pour that gave me a tan two-finger head. The beer itself is quite dark, impenetrable even, with the appearance of an Irish stout. Decent lacing as the head retreats to a thin foamy lid crawling up the sides of the glass.

Despite having such a heavy appearance, the Black Hatter has a very light, almost floral bouquet. Light citrus, with orange and tangerine, mix with honey and rosewater for a sweet and airy aroma.

While the aroma was surprising given the brew's appearance, its taste is not. Toasted and bitter, with a black coffee malt start, a citrusy middle, and a bitter hop finish, this has a lighter, almost watered-down taste compared to other black IPA's I've had.

Thin-bodied, with a sticky malty feel and a dry finish, despite a watery feel it leaves you feeling thirsty. Indeed, this not only has the look of an Irish stout, but the mouthfeel of one as well.

A decent black IPA, although not as good as others I've had before, like the Thornbridge Raven Black. Also, a decent IPA offering by New Holland, though not as good as its oak-aged sibling. If you're looking to complete the Mad Hatter series, definitely give it a try. Otherwise, I personally find it to be a rather forgettable entry in the black IPA market.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:45:55 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of Badbobx


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pint glass from a bomber.
The pour was nearly black with a light brown head that persisted for a third of the glass. I noticed a small amount of lacing.
The aroma was not pronounced just a small hint of roasted malt with perhaps a bit of dark chocolate.
The taste was appealing. After moving furniture most of the day, I was very thirsty. The first impression is of the dark roasted malt, then the hops came through.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 22:52:44 | More by Badbobx
Photo of EgadBananas


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to brewseum for this!

I must admit, this is a beautiful looking brew. Black when it's all said and done. Head was light tan and leaves an amazingly awesome trail of lace throughout. Aroma isn't bold at all; bits of chocolate, with some floral and pine touches. Nice bitter edge on it, with a good floral bite. Not a lot of contradicting stout or porter qualities aside from some roasted notes. Light to medium body for what it is, but no detraction as a whole...it works.

It's tasty, and overall a good brew. I good IPA, but it's definitely somewhat of a disconnected American Black Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:24:00 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of bnes09


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

Dark brown, almost black in color. Ruby hues at the bottom of the glass. Off white head forms but does not stick around for too long. Not too much lacing either.

Aroma is mainly from the hops with floral and citrusy notes.

American hop flavors of grapefruit, orange and pine needles control the show from the start. Mild roasted character creeps in with a touch of coffee and nuts. Biscuity malt backbone holds the brew together. Bitter character overall.

Medium bodied. Somewhat high carbonation. Dry feel.

Pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 03:16:50 | More by bnes09
New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.