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New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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289 Ratings
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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Black Hatter has the colour of a midsummer night: black, but never without a twinkling of colour. Admittedly, however, even the bright LED light on my desk fails to reveal any substantial clarity, not even along the normally vulnerable edges of the glass. Its head is less a hat and more a scarf - it wraps around both the beer's surface and the glass.

The aroma broadcasts competing notes of roasted mushrooms, minty greens, lemon juice and caraway seed. It gives me an idea for a salad. Black IPAs typically balance chocolatey malts and earthy hops but this one seems to lean more heavily towards the lupulin; there's not a ton of roast, certainly nowhere enough to simulate coffee.

Black Hatter is a fairly reserved Black IPA that intriguingly offers notions of apples on par with those of pineapple; it plays out on the palate like a clash of cold versus warm climate tastes: woodsmoke, roast grain and coniferous trees versus coconut, green grass, and fleshy citrus. Any semblance of chocolate or coffee is menial compared to the earthy, herbal notes.

I can't speak from experience (and you shouldn't speak of meal pairings unless from experience) but if my imagination serves me correct, the brewery's suggested food pairings of arugula in vinaigrette and portabella stir-fry should work brilliantly; the beer has forest-y earthiness, citrus acidity, as well as bitter leafy green qualities. How could it not pair well?

Black Hatter is a dark beer pointed in bright citrus fruits, carob, dried Provence herbs and minty flavours. Hopheads will rejoice: So gloriously luscious! And indeed they should (especially at $4.99/bomber). That said, it does lack the rich mocha notes and muscularity of the style's best examples which makes it a somewhat incomplete example. Still, I definitely enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

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New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.