Rye P.A. Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: fear025 on 07-02-2010

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Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Poured a coppery amber color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Lots of thick sticky lace left on the sides of the glass. A nice looking beer overall!

S- Floral hops come on out first like on most of the other Hatter beers. Light caramel malts in the middle with hints of a rye. Rye becomes a little more than a secondary aroma for a second toward the back before there is a bitter hopping and alcohol.

T- Earthy hops in the front of the beer give way to a light bready malt body. This leads up to a light rye spice toward the ending front and start of the middle. While never really over the top or big in any way the rye does its job nicely in the middle of the beer. Ending shows a light caramel malt with hints of the rye. Bitter hops in the ending give off a piney dirty flavor that goes with the beer. Alcohol is light and crisp.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Floral hops, rye, and light malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly warming alcohol, rye, and bitter hops. Flavors were balanced really well with none really dominating the other. No off flavors at all. Medium alcohol drying on the palate itself.

O- I thought this beer was the best of the Hatter series. While there was a rather bland aroma overall leaving me wishing there was more rye to it the flavor made up for it. A clean tasting beer with just enough flavor to keep me happy. Would I like a little more rye to it? Well yes but this one I will gladly take another pint of!

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The husky, grainy, and harsh earthiness of rye grains make them difficult. Hard to use in bread making, beer making, and whisky making- the taste isn't all that compelling either. But when used in conjunction with hops, the steely grain's usefulness becomes not just known- but celebrated.

In keeping with the IPA appearances, the beer is amber in hue except the darker bronze tinge of rye casts a darker color upon the beer. Surprisingly clear, there's no real indication of dry-hopping on the appearance front. Firmly capped with a frothy off-white head, its retention is tremendous and its lacing is concentric and constant. It's simply a charming looking ale.

With its signature upstart, the scent of citrus and grass deliver a herbaceous overtone right from the start. Pine needles and an overall stemmy character rings true throughout the "Hatter" series. But this time, its the rye that which the hops bounce from- providing a slightly more robust aroma and taste of bread crust, toasted whole-grain, bran, and an overall spicy earthen character that not only rides along side of its hop dominance but exacerbates it. Hearty sweet to taste- cooked caramel starts nutty and finishes woodish.

Medium-light in body, the stronghold of malt extends deep into finish and allowing for a greater impression of malt and rye. But its boldly dry finish exposes mild grain and hop derived astringency to accompany a minty-type warmth.

Where many of the Hatters are husky, rustic, raw and somewhat lacking refinement- the rye character here continues the rough-and-tumble attitude and actually reinforces it with stern quality.

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the new "Hatter" series.Poured into an imperial nonic a dull slightly hazed burnt orange tinged copper with a large fluffy two finger slight off white head atop.Love the aromas,bold spicy rye mixed with sharp citric hops,its no holds barred aroma wise.Sharp and a little tingly in the mouth and on the lighter side,a good mix of citric hops and spicy rye,there is a bit of toastiness in there.A solid American style rye beer,loaded with citric hops and full on spicy rye.

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful copper color with two fingers if tan head and a big stream of bubbles risky. Head has excellent retention and leaves a ton of lacing.

S -- Nice amount if citrus hops and rye spiciness in the nose. Slow some subtle caramel malt.

T - Though this bottle is a few months old, there is still a nice citrus hops presence in the taste, along with a good amount if rye spiciness. Caramel malt comes in midway, but plays a backseat role here. Very enjoyable taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel, slightly resinous. Nice amount of carbonation.

O - Probably the best of the Hatter variant series, this was a nicely balanced IPA with a nice hop/spice profile.

Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper orange with a big frothy creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready rye, some fruit and hops.

The flavor is sweet bready biscuit malts, rye spice, some fruit with slightly vegetal hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent rye pale.

Photo of Homebrew35
1.64/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Opens with a big gush of foam. Oh ohh. This is going to be a problem. Ultra carbonation wastes about 1/3 of the bottle.
Hazy amber body with a massive egg shell colored head.

Smells of carmel, sweet sticky green apple and funk. Some lemon pledge mixed with shoe polish.

Tastes of sweet cheeries, musty blanket, toffee and earthy hops. I know already this is not right but I must tell of my experience.

Mouthfeel is medium thin with little carbonation remaining. A sticky sweet and funky aftertaste remains.

Overall this is funkified and not right. I hope this can be resolved in a future batch.
2011 vintage.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Tasty beer. The rye is very much present and pleasant. The caramel taste goes well with the rye. I would pick this up again.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber to a rich brass hue with a quarter inch of beige head on top. Brussels lacing. The aroma is an interesting melange of spicy rye,piny hops and light malt. The taste is rye and light malt in the forefront. The piny hops kick in and the back of the palate and then it is rye and light malt in the finish. The mouth is slightly sticky and the hops and rye gently tickle the tastebuds. Not my favorite rye IPA,but still worth checking out.

Photo of dwren89
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep amber with slight brown, about 19 SRM, great clarity

Aroma: citrusy, floral, piney, spicy, toasted bread

Taste: bready and spicy with distinct floral, citrus, and pine hop character. Toasty and warming, with great refreshing quality on the finish, drying thru the finish,

Mouthfeel: Beautifully medium and smoothly drinkable body, light and nimble on the palate, not heavily weighing

Overall Impression: The best of the RyePAs I have had this far. Beautifully balanced with easily noticeable but not overwhelming rye character, great American citrus/floral/piney hop regimen, and very clean and smooth dry finish. New Holland really knocked it out of the park with this one.


Photo of rhoadsrage
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep orange body with a swirl of microbubbles and a super thick beige head that takes up 3/4 of the glass and sticks to the glass in clouds with each sip.

S- The rich fragrant fresh hop pellet aroma is full of green and citrus notes with a strong support of fresh caramel malt that is dry. There is a touch of earthy rye that comes through as the beer opens up. All the aromas blend together and I find my self just huffing the class.

T- The dry spicy grain flavor blends into spicy green hops with a nice bite from hops and grain in the finish. The soft spice and hop hint lingers in the finish with a touch of bitterness coming through as the beer opens.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slightly slick texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is just like picking fresh hops off the vine, the aroma is so powerful and full. The taste was nice but didn't have the depth of the aroma.

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A sort of bronze, deep and murky dark orange color, this Rye version of Hatter looks the part, sans the cloudines typically accompanying the appearance of dry-hopped beers. It does have some hazy depth, though. A just off-white foam is strong and dense with a retention akin to the structure itself. Lacing is left in firmly-deposited patches.
Herbal with an evident spicy and earthy overtone belying the rye, it's also nicely hopped with strong notes of citrus and leafy bitterness. It's strong and somehow both dusky and bright, which actually makes for a nice combination. To balance, some drier bread notes of toast and crust combine with a bit of caramel sweetness.
The medium body sports a steady and firm carbonation that makes for a good, crisp and creamy movement on the tongue. As the dryness kicks in, it takes a little out of the body, but not too much.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2013 Vintage received in trade. I am worried...

Appearance - Pours a hazy rustic orange with a half a finger's width of sandstone colored head. Fair retention, breaking down to a thin, broken layer of surface suds.

Smell - Caramel and low, bitter earthiness.

Taste - Follows the nose to a T. Caramel malt base met by a leafy, earthy tea-like bitterness. Stale, woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Smooth, in the least.

Overall - I was wanting to try this brew, but unfortunately the guy I got it from missed the bottling date. This thing is way past it's prime. He's a good guy though, so I can't give him too much grief. Shows potential of what could have been, but unfortunately it's just too far gone. A certain candidate for re-review, but I doubt that will be anytime soon. PULL YOUR OUTDATED BREWS OFF THE SHELVES, DAMN IT!

Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Barnyard aroma. Cloudy light brown bodied, a quarter inch of retained head. Something funky with a nice rye edge that leads the mild spiciness. Good drinkability. Bomber with outstanding carbonation that not only foamed through, but popped my locking cap afterward.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a big, white, soft, thick head that has great retention

S - citrusy, faintly spicy, earthy

T - spicy, floral, piny, earthy, bitter, faint bread, peppery

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really nice, smooth, peppery rye ipa. I would have preferred a more citrusy hop character to go along with the spicy rye, but this hop character does it's job and is nicely balanced. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. Poured a slightly hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a fresh grapefruit like hops and a small rye presence. In the taste, dry notes of rye, mellow grapefruit like hops. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry rye and small hop citrus in the aftertaste. Overall this was a very good beer and will search for more.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours a bright copper, thick creamy head, nice retention.

light citrus hop, more of a dominating sweet malt. light spice.

very sweet and malty, light rye spice carries. light citrus and grapefruit hops. some earth and resin pine.

light to moderate carbonation. fairly full body.

overall, pretty decent. well balanced.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy orange color with a minimal head. There is a generous amount of sticky lacing.

The small has a nice citrus touch to it followed by caramel, but finishes with a strange musty scent that reminded me of wet fall leaves.

It has good flavor, though. It's pretty hoppy with grapefruit and a twist of lemon. There's a nice caramel balance and finishes with pepper from the rye.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Moderate carbonation.

This is the best of the recent hatter variations, by far. I prefer the regular hatter to all of them, but this gives it a run.

Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a large head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass.

Once smelling this beer there is no mistaken this for anything other Mad Hatter. The familiar hop bill is very aromatic with floral and pine notes. The rye can be detected underneath the hops.

The flavor is exactly how it is billed. Mad Hatter with a touch of rye. The floral and pine hops pretty much dominate the flavor but there is some rye spice near the finish. If the drinker is not a fan of Mad Hatter, there is not enough of a difference here to make a person change their opinion. I enjoy Mad Hatter and the addition of the rye just makes the beer better.

Moderate body with almost perfect carbonation. Great texture is the result.

A really good Rye Pale Ale. The hops and rye go well together. Would of liked a little more rye though.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bomber in a pint glass, this rye IPA pours a dark amber with a solid white head that slowly dissipates to a thin layer of foam with beautiful lacing. Nose of rich caramel malts, bittering hops, and spicy rye. Flavors follow the nose to perfection with a solid malt caramel backbone, spicy herbal and bitter hops, and a spicy rye characteristic that makes this one very pleasant. Smooth wet mouth feel and a light spicy rye/hop finish makes this one a rather special brew in the IPA category. Very nice....especially coming from a guy and gal that are not hop heads.


Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Orange/gold pour. Half finger of white head. Layer retains all right.

Mostly hoppy aroma, citrus and pine. Hints of spice from the rye.

Taste starts with lively herbal and citrus. Malty body, more toffee than caramel. Some pine that moves into plenty of spicey rye, carraway.

It wants to be creamy, but the carbonation working with the spice keep it slightly more lively. Nicely mouthfilling though, as I would expect from a grainy brew. No alcohol, really easy drinking.

My favorite of the different Hatter so far.
Overall this is rock solid. If you rate this as a rye beer rather than an IPA, it fits beautifully.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark coppery-orange shows a good level of carbonation. A sturdy 1 finger oatmeal tinted head has a bit of sheen to it, is rocky and porous, and holds rather steady for a lengthy amount of time. End of drink covering doesn't leave much on the glass in terms of lacing.

S: Soft rye, soft citrus-pine comes with a low level of aroma.

T: Spicy rye, peppercorn, pine toasted bread crust with a dry caramel grain backing. Spicy, peppery caramel finish.

M: Good level of carbonation is detected on the tongue. Spicy peppery presence warms the inner cheeks. Light malt feel turns frothy on the hold leaving a bit of peppery fade behind and some alcohol warmth.

O: Ok drinkability, flavor shows flashes of peppery caramel spiciness, and a good amount of alcohol which unfortunately covers the rye contribution at times.

Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Rye Hatter"
Review from written notes.

Lightly murky orange, lasting white foam. Earthy, grassy aroma, lightly spicy but mellow overall.

Bready and mild, lightly sweet. Some dry hay notes, spicy with earthy hops, rye lends a dry, spicy finish to the beer. Medium level of carbonation, medium bodied. Overall somewhat nondescript, not something i'd pick up again, but worth a try. A mellow introductory Rye Beer.

Thanks Justin for sharing this one!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Vintage 2011 as stated on label. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a somewhat hazy amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is a bit weak but still OK, the brew smells like pine, citrusy and spicy hops, along with a bit of bready malt. Luckily it tastes stronger than the aroma. It tastes like spicy, pine and citrusy (lemon peel) hops, and some caramel and bready malt. The rye gives this brew a nice kick of spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. Easy enough to drink, too. I think this is a decent enough brew, it's better overall than the Oak Aged Mad Hatter I tried right before this. It's worth a try, you could probably do worse for $5.99 a bomber.

Photo of jsh420
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours clear golden orange with a 1 finger white head that left a little spotted lacing

smells of pine and floral hops

taste is very close to original mad hatter but with a little spice - again flavors seem watered down

mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation

overall - while i would drink this beer again i would not buy thisbeer ever again - flavors were muted and @ $8 a bomber there are way too many other options

Photo of SickGnar
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Some gusher action on the pour. Warm, robust, slightly-dark copper. A bit of haze. Lots of streams of bubbles rising to an immensely huge cream-colored head of coarse big bubbled foam. Really good retention and quite fair lace.

S: Pineapple, tropical fruit, grapefruit, & other citrus – quite a fruity/floral/citrus hop blend. Not pungent, but reasonably fragrant. Caramelly sweet, toasty grain malts in the background with a soft and vague hint of spicy rye. Some esters in addition to the fruitiness from the hops.

T: Opens with firm hops. Lots of bitterness and forceful background rustic / rough grassy character. After the initial punch calms, then notes of oranges, general citrus, tropical fruit, and grapefruit appear and slowly fade to pine, citrus peel, & resin. Malts also make a fast showing. In the lead is a sugary sweetness that is emphatically & quickly pushed aside by spicy & earthy rye. Backbone is mostly bready with some caramel and toasty grain. Softens and rounds out as it warms.

M: Barely medium body with firm carbonation (a touch over-matched). Quite attenuated. Most of what texture there is comes from hop tannins. Strongly hop drying finish. Feel gets a touch better as it warms & off-gasses some CO2.

D: Very firm rye & not as hoppy as I had hoped , and quite dry as well with hardly a hint of the malty, caramelly goodness I tend to like in an IPA. But then that is not all that surprising considering the bottle I have is probably nearing a year old & appears to have dried out (and carbed up a bit) in the bottle. It is still a very flavorful & interesting drinking hoppy rye beer. Perhaps a bit rough around the edges at this point, but quite okay. Hopefully I someday get the chance to try a fresh sample.

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Rye P.A. Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.