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New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of corby112


3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 16:23:00 | More by corby112
Photo of latackbeer


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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!!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 05:08:06 | More by latackbeer
Photo of rapidsequence


4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:39:10 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of Ryan011235


2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:20:08 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Pencible


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 00:56:54 | More by Pencible
Photo of zeff80


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 20:49:53 | More by zeff80
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 22:42:53 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Bung


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. It's black, darker cream colored head on top. Recedes to just a thin layer.

Aroma, mild earthy hops some pine, that's about it. Faintest roast.

Pretty balanced roast malt with herbal and piney hops. This is like a hoppy Schwarbier. Finish with minimal roast and pine.
Straight forward though not spectacular by any means.

I like the body, high end of light, lively carbonation. Very drinkable, certainly sessionable. Probably the most sessionable black ale I've had.

Kind of more of a cross between a Schwarz and an IPA. I have a feeling this could be best on draft.
Enjoyed this more than the Oak Barrel Hatter.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 03:05:18 | More by Bung
Photo of jera1350


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

Coffee black bodied with a thin soap sudsish looking tan head. A bit of lacing, some retention.

Some light hop notes with an even lighter roasty malt scent.

The roasty malts are there adding notes of coffee and dark chocolate. The hops are also there adding some bitterness which compliment the malt. A nice subtle flavor that perhaps makes this a bit more drinkable.

Smooth, but maybe a little thin. Light-medium body with a dry finish.

A fine beer. Pretty drinkable, but seems to be missing something. I would call this a good introduction to the style. Fairly priced beer as well, although I won't reach for this one again personally.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 01:25:59 | More by jera1350
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, hints of coffee, chocolate, and sweet oatmeal. In the taste, pine like hops and small presence of coffee, although a bit watery. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. More a porter, small hops, just about average.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 14:17:25 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of WastingFreetime


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

Bomber date stamped 5/16/11.
Looks black coffee colored with a nice craggy head + lacing. Smells of pine needles and soft faint charred roast. I must emphasize that there are far more pine needles than malt in the nose, and in the taste, the dominant roles are reversed. As in, it tastes mostly of peppery earthy char malt with centennial hop signature on the finish. Speaking of finish, this ones a dry one. Almost a bit too...dry. But such is the nature of Black IPAs so I won't hold it against it. Medium-light bodied, with a nice astringent finish.

With the low ABV as it is, this is one of those "sessionable" beers. It doesn't really do anything badly by my book. I searched and searched in vain for the metallic aftertaste so many other BAs have described but I could not find it in my bomber. One hopes that perhaps they may have fine-tuned out some kind of problem that used to exist. I'll be looking for this one again next time I am in a black IPA mood.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 01:07:41 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Vonerichs


3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black, opaque color with just a border ring of head.

The nose is a borderline burnt roast, some pine, and a musty earthy smell.

The taste is all over the place and didn't seem to blend well together. I like the pine aspect to it but the charred malts is distracting. There was a strange aftertaste like a copper penny. After I drank mine I read some reviews and see that others have had a similar experience and describe a metal flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and is dry.

Overall, I wasn't very impressed with this Hatter variation. The flavors didn't mesh well and the aftertaste is foul.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:21:21 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of titosupertramp


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

A: Pours a cola colored dark brown. Finger of tan head that leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. Not much of a film, but lots of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, a good bit of pine and a little citrus. A little on faint side, but it's good.

T: Pretty well follows the nose except I'm not getting any coffee in the taste. Roasted malts, chocolate. The hops seem to be fairly well balanced here with pine and citrus. There's an earthy finish as well. There were some off flavors(metallic and plastic) at the beginning that quickly fade as the beer breathes and opens up a bit.

M: On the thin side of medium. Does leave a nice coating behind though.

O: After I got past the initial bad impression of off flavors, this opens up to be a pretty nice beer. I'd certainly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 22:03:01 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of JamnesCameron


4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage, first bottled version, I think. Remember having this in the brewpub two years ago. Glad it's bottled now.

Poured into my New Holland Pint glass. Pours a clear deep garnet with a sandy tan colored, rocky head. Head stands up pretty well, leaving some lacing.

Aromas of grassy, citrusy, hops, with a hint of roasted malt and dark coffee.

Flavors of lightly roasted malt, dark coffee, citrus and piny hop bitterness. Finish is medium, with a nice citrus peel bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a nice mouthcoating bitterness.

Overall, a very nice, balanced, ABA. Not too roasty. Roast malt and hop bitterness pair nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 04:03:27 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of ahq514


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

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Tulip glass

Pours a nice solid black color with a decent head the quickly dissipates to less than a finger.

Smell is faint, but from what I gather, I get some citrus hops and some roastiness.

First thing that hits is the hops. Some citrus, but mostly bittering hops that complement the dry, roastiness of the brew. Coffee lingers in the background from the roast that precedes it. Unfortunately what knocks this down is a metallic taste on the finish.

A little on the light bodied side from what I was expecting. Carbonation seems right on for the style.

Overall it was a good beer, not great, but solid. Love the bitterness and roastiness combination, but not a fan of the metallic aftertaste and the lackluster aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 03:45:40 | More by ahq514
Photo of alleykatking


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Pours a dark brown color. Half finger khaki colored head shows light retention. Left some medium sized streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S- A tame aroma for a black ale I thought. There was a light roasted malt throughout the entire nose but it was layed under longer whiffs of floral and bitter hops, light bready malts, and hints of chocolate. The alcohol was light which fell in line with the whole aroma profile of this beer.

T- Light roasted malts in the front with hints of chocoalte to balance out the malt. Floral hops come in next and counter balance the malt flavor. Hints of bready malts toward the middle of the beer. Chocoalte malts come back with some light roast toward the ending. Piney hops give a nice crisp hop bite in this beer. Alcohol is light and clean tasting in the ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. A little watery feeling at times. Carbonation was good for the beer. Light roasted malts, chocolate malts, and bittering hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is more along the lines of alcoholic chocolate and hints of hops. Flavors were balanced for the style not too bad but a little light on the flavor. No off flavors were present. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- A nice try on a new style of Mad Hatter for New Holland. I think they went a little too safe and it shows as this is not more than a average beer. The ABV is light making it drinkable for many pints over but I would just stick to one and then go onto something else.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 00:30:09 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Nice black IPA, solid notes with a pleasing Centennial character.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Silver foiled neck, and a main label with the overall design identity of the hatter series with a dressed up hatter over a black background. Back offers a small narrative with the main description of the brew, food pairings, and notes Vintage 2011. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep brown, close to black pour, off-white frothy head, good retention, and some nice lace on the glass.

S - Nice hoppy nose, with a touch of roasted malt, hint of Centennial perfume...

T - Nice flow in the palate with a good hoppy bite, good touch of roasted malt notes, hint of citrus, faint resin, and an identifiable Centennial hop finish, which is rather pleasing.

M - Medium to medium/light body, with medium carbonation. Nice hoppy lingering character in the finish with a dry touch after the malty foundation.

O - Quite a nice dark IPA, the Centennial dry-hopping adds a nice and recognizable sense to it that works rather well.

Notes: Another nice offering in the Hatter series, with this price-quality ratio I would not mind picking it up again when it hits the shelves fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 14:02:47 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of jayhawk73


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color w/ a nice chocolate one finger head. Lots of bubbles in the head. Good carbonation and lacing. This beer is like a black hole- you can't see into it at all....

S- Hops, malt, maybe a little fruit as well. Slight hint of coffee too. Nice- not overpowering, and fairly well balanced.

T- Same profile as the nose. Nice aftertaste, which lingers a bit. I'm surprised at the weight of this beer since it's only 5.5%. It's tastes like it could be in the 7-8% range.

M- Creamy with a slight bite to the feel. Nice, and really well done for the style. Thicker that I would think for this beer.

O- Nicely done.. Pick this one up if you haven't checked it out yet, it's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 01:53:23 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black, slight tan tint, not much head or lacing.

Smell - Hops, dark malts, brown sugar, pineapple, grapefruit, some dark fruits like rasin and plum.

Taste - Very bitter, dry first taste. Plenty of hops and dark fruits. Malts are roasted and strong. Very sour with a lemon acidic flavor. Some cocoa and chocolate buried beneath the hops. Really bitter/sour. Hops are bitter and lacking citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel - Its thin and flavor is weak. TOunge gets bittered, but mouth is quick to recover. Aftertaste is lacking also, bitter but quickly gone.

Overall - Not very impressed with this. Its too bitter, lacks flavor, and too thin and mild. Black ipa's are getting popular now, i hope new holland reworks this brew, not something i want again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 04:17:41 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

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

Pours black with some reddish edges with cinnamon head that leaves lacing. Aroma of wet grass, lemon, roast, toast and slight cinnamon. Tastes of wet grass, earth, vegetation, lemon, roast, toast, cinnamon sticks, burnt bread toward the finish and then goes clean. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavors are aggressive and unbalanced. An attack of malt vs hops with no cohesion.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 01:14:39 | More by JRed
Photo of crewfan16


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Label proclaims it to be the 2011 vintage and has a new label than the old New Holland brews from last year.

a-pours dark black and doesnt let much light through at all. about 3/4" of head that stays for a minute or so and there is some great lacing as I sip it down.

s-citrus of some sort, grapefruit i think. some roasted notes, a little coffee and oak

t-very piney and citrus. charred malty backbone with a little oaky flavor. right like I would think a black ipa would taste.

m-great drinkablity. not to heavy, not to light. Just a tiny bit too much carbonation, but thats just splitting hairs.

I am a big fan of the original Mad Hatter IPA, and this one is a nice variety on it. Would like to have it again soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 23:13:41 | More by crewfan16
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. There was a big, foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A lot of malt in the aroma, with some traces of hops and coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, hops, and a little citrus. Most of the flavor is loaded in the front, leaving not a whole lot in the finish. Still, a nice solid taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a good, well made, easy to like beer. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 12:06:04 | More by avalon07
Photo of jsh420


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

pours dark dark brown with a 1+ finger off white head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of light floral and pine hops

taste is very good but there is a slight metal flavor on the back end that takes .5 off - right upfront you get a great balance of roasted chocolate malt and floral and pine hops

mouthfeel is light but not thin - good carbonation that gives it a nice little creamy feel on the finish

overall this is 100x better then the oaked mad hatter and is a solid low abv ABA @ only 5.5%

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 23:38:58 | More by jsh420
Photo of Franch

New York

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

i liked this one. i'm a fan of new holland's regular mad hatter ipa, and this was a great variation of it. the citrus/pine of the ordinary hatter shone through very well. the roasty/malty notes came afterwards, with a strong emphasis on coffee, and then back to the citrus/pine and bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 15:25:35 | More by Franch
Photo of AgentMunky


3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at Beer Run.

A: Coca-Cola brown. No head, but moderate lacing. Translucent, barely, but too dark to see through.

S: Hops. Vegetal hops. And...marinara sauce?

T: Hrmm. Huh. I'm not sure I like it. Sort of bitterly, herbally sour. Hops are vaguely astringent and the citrus is like chewing on a lemon peel. The finish is light and mediocre. The herbalness grows on me...

M: Thin and disappointing.

O: Not my favourite black ale. Drinkable if you can get past the bitter herbs, but I won't be having another. I might dry one out of the bottle...

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 20:30:52 | More by AgentMunky
New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.