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New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 350
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: granger10 on 06-30-2006

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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 350
Photo of hopsolutely
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.42/5  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.  (660 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (517 characters)

Photo of srv33
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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. (1,879 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (327 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.4/5  rDev -35.3%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of uustal
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of dudecandle
3.94/5  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. (901 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,164 characters)

New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.