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New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-17-2011 00:40:50 | More by TasteTester
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

12-12-2011 00:55:31 | More by poogas
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-28-2011 05:19:45 | More by barnzy78
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-26-2011 12:39:34 | More by Lozanoa11
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-18-2011 03:28:35 | More by nmann08
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3.6/5  rDev -3%

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.

11-10-2011 01:33:07 | More by warnerry
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

11-07-2011 01:35:51 | More by Sammy
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

09-28-2011 00:20:08 | More by scruffwhor
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

09-18-2011 15:12:24 | More by dudecandle
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

09-15-2011 00:36:32 | More by tavernjef
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

09-09-2011 14:45:09 | More by Holland
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

08-29-2011 17:43:28 | More by Hazer115
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

08-28-2011 12:44:48 | More by beerismysavior
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

08-26-2011 02:52:27 | More by jdense
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

08-26-2011 01:45:55 | More by TheHoppiest
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

08-20-2011 22:52:44 | More by Badbobx
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3.45/5  rDev -7%

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.

08-13-2011 03:24:00 | More by EgadBananas
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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

08-05-2011 03:16:50 | More by bnes09
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3.05/5  rDev -17.8%

Pours a very dark brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with a nice balance of earthy and citrus hops. At first the malt overpowers the nose with hints of chocolate, coffee bean and licorice but as it warms the hops become more apparent. Hints of earthy pine along with some grapefruit and lemon peel.

Medium bodied with a good balance of dry, bitter, earthy hops and deep roasted malt. There’s a blast of bitter earthy hops up front with hints of soil and pine which is countered by some sweet citrus. The citrus character isn’t as strong as the nose suggests with faint hints of grapefruit and citrus rind. The dryness from the hops is complimented by the deep roasted malt flavor. Hints of coffee bean, dark chocolate, burnt toast and licorice. Overall this was okay but not the best of the style. Decent balance but the hop profile is one dimensional and the malt presence is a bit heavy for my liking.

07-29-2011 16:23:00 | More by corby112
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

New Holland is a Great Brewery!!

Poured a black as night color with a great tan head!! Lots of lacing, smells of citrus and a sugar loaded coffee, the way I like it!! Very smooth hardly anything that stands out, great balance of hops and malt!!

Little boring on the mouthful, seems like it's watered down or hours old coffee.

Loved the Rye but missed me on the Black Ale!!

07-27-2011 05:08:06 | More by latackbeer
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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

22 oz bottle. $5.99 from Ned's.

Appearance: Black in the glass, but not at all opaque in the light with lots of dark ruby showing through. Light brown head and quite a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine and some sweet and slightly roasty malt notes. Nothing bad, but nothing stands out.

Taste: This is really good. Bright pine and some earthy hops notes really match up well with the never overbearing roasty flavor. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth feeling. Carbonation adds a slight creaminess. Hops resin in the finish.

Overall: This is a really good, low alcohol black IPA. Lots of flavor and feel. Not over the top, but very solid.

07-25-2011 00:39:10 | More by rapidsequence
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2.6/5  rDev -29.9%

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/24/11

Vintage 2011

Medium brown on the pour; dark in the glass but has a crimson-brown hue. One finger head dissipates to a thin layer of foam quickly, leaving a few clumps and trails of lace.

Aromas of tangy roast and semi-sweet chocolate are most notable. A hint of earthiness, too. Unfortunately the hops seem second string here. Mild notes of earthy hops and pine. Maybe a tad floral, too.

Meh. This tastes even more disappointing than it smells. In a lot of respects it's weaker than the nose (roasted aspects) and the hops are really in a dismal display. Aside from some earthiness, there's a smattering of pine followed by a bunch of crushed pill bitterness. Beyond that, it just seems disheveled and off, kind of like spoiled coffee. As it warms the bitterness becomes more noticeable and unpleasant.

Huh. The feel is strikingly thin; it certainly doesn't benefit this beer at all; far too watery. Fizzy, effervescent carbonation is much to prominent for the feel and sends everything into total disarray. Coating as it warms. Finishes a tad roasty and a lot dirty.

I had high hopes for this one and they were completely dashed. This isn't anything like what I want from a good CDA or black ale, or what have you. I'm far less inclined to try the others in the Hatter series. I drainpoured half the bottle.

07-25-2011 00:20:08 | More by Ryan011235
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

A: This poured a clear black ruby with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like bright mango and grapefruit and honey, with some fresh roasted coffee and cream.
T: It tasted like lots of citrus and mango, with some roasted coffee and cream. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a very nice black IPA with perfect balance of mostly hops complemented by dark malts. It had good body too, with no alcohol noticeable, so it was very easy to drink. One of the better examples of this style. Recommended.

07-19-2011 00:56:54 | More by Pencible
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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a cream colored head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and roasted malt. Some chocolate notes, too.

T - It had a good roasted malt flavor with chocolate and toffee flavors. Nice piney bite with some orange flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice black ale. These Hatter variations have been pretty nice.

07-18-2011 20:49:53 | More by zeff80
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Well, it could be blacker, but hey, it's still a tantalizingly deep dark brown, and the head is a beauty, all creamy and tan and long-lasting.

Nose has that certain something that defines this style, that deep roast vs. bright hops thing. A total "opposites attract" kind of character, although the incredibly clean, breezy hops dominate just a little over the black malts.

The taste doesn't totally deliver, however. It is, in fact, a rather thin flavor, not really carrying through for very long and not impressing much either. If anything, I think "ashtray" as I drink it. Not a good thing to think. Ever. The hops do keep their green, pine needle, breezy brightness, so I guess it's the "black malt" bill that ain't up to snuff here. I do like the way the hops keep singing on the tongue, they never quit! Still, this is just one of those black ales where the contradictions don't work so well...not on the palate anyway, but I still like what I'm smelling.

Texturally it's on the thin side, not quite watery, but perilously close. Stays likable thanks to a silky slickness and just enough carbonation to make you feel it.

My favorites in this style category tend to be above 7% ABV (excluding RJ Rockers' Black Perle, which I didn't love)...and this one doesn't buck that trend. New Holland beers are usually nothing less than excellent, but this one, although not a total loss, is something I have no interest in buying again.

07-13-2011 22:42:53 | More by Metalmonk
New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.