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Rye P.A. Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 327
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 19.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of maximum12
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Surprised & jazzed to see this unexpectedly land on shelves at a local shop. We had this at a beer festival over three years ago & it was a highlight of the day; of course, that was after five hours of sampling, but here's to hoping it lives up to that distant memory. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pours a peachy cloudy ligt orange with respectable carbonation & no hint of sediment. The smell is divine; spicy rye, bitter citrus hops, pale malts. Wow!

Rye P.A. Hatter brings both elements like a Thome strikeout swing. The rye is full & toasty, slipping spice & warn grains into the mix, & that just doesn't do it justice. The rye is simply perfect. The Hatter underneath is there, piney hops & quiet bitterness that roll underneath the waves of the rye, which reasserts itself with a firm hand after the hops pass through. Drinkability is a 8.4 on the Richter scale; this is one of those rare bombers that wouldn't be any chore to drink on a school night. Highly dangerous.

One of the best rye beers I've ever had & a masterful rendering of hops & rye. One of the rare beers that lived up previous expectations, this is a bloody classic; dare I say nipping up to the border of perfect. Snap one up if you see it.

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Photo of dwren89
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
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.


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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

@ Owl Farm, Brooklyn NY

Deep, cloudy orange with a clingy white head. Reeks of dank citrus hops and rye spice. Tastes like it smells. The sweet malt and citrus battle it out with the rye spice and sharp bitterness. A very raw, in your face beer yet balanced too. Very well done.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker amber with a thick foamy white head, light carbonation. Hoppy smell with light citrus hints. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the flavor is a nice hoppy goodness and not at all overpowering. I find many ryes too strong, but this is quite delicious and drinkable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy amber color with a thick, creamy, 2 finger head. Awesome sticky lacing with great trailing. Lacing holds on tight. I don't think it can get much better than this.

S- Grapefruit, tropical fruits, rye, pine and caramel. Strong aromas that mix together nicely.

T- Grapefruit, orange, pine, citrus rind and rye over a nice malt backbone. Rye compliments the flavors and brings them all together very well. Sweet citrus, pine, citrus rind aftertaste. Awesome.

M- Medium to heavy body. Super smooth with a nice oily coating left behind. Dry finish with lingering bitterness.

O- This is one of the the best Rye IPAs I've had. When its fresh, every aspect being graded is flirting with perfection. As it ages, the citrus fades and the rye becomes more prominent, but its still enjoyable. The lower ABV makes it dangerously sessionable, as well.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first of the modified Hatter IPAs. From the foiled 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. 2012 vintage.

Pours a vibrant hazy copper. A solid two-finger, cream head displayed excellent retention and super sticky lacing.

Sweet and spicy rye upfront with a solid citrus/piney hop backing. Nothing crazy complex, but a very nice smelling brew.

Spicy/biscuity rye upfront melds with a nice citrus hop middle, these two flavors really play off each other nicely. More caramel malt in the back, and a whiff of alcohol in the finish. Moderate bitterness throughout that lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium in body. Creamy texture coats the mouth well and is balanced by moderate carbonation. Dry in the finish. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a great twist on the standard Mad Hatter. I am partial to rye beers, but this is an excellent example of the style. As intended, the hops initially take a backseat to the complex malt profile but come roaring back in the finish to let you know this is still a hoppy beer. Well done New Holland. Recommended to any fan of rye beers or IPAs. Cheers!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of zbuc919
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this, real nice citrus aroma upon popping the top. Poured with a real nice foamy head, still pouring out the nice hop aroma. Tastes moderately sweet with a well balance hop bitter through the middle. The aroma mellows out over the course of the imbibationness. Finishes with just the right amount of rye spiciness. Another really nice New Holland brew in the Hatter series, will be picking this up again.

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Photo of matjack85
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up this 22oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for just $4.99 a bottle. No freshness date, but the label says " 2012 Vintage" on it and this is already June of 2014, so I'm hoping this one isn't over the hill yet.

The beer poured a slightly hazed bronze color and made a 1½-finger white head that lasted about a minute. Lacing was decent.

This smelled like fresh baked rye bread with a little sweetness underneath. It was a great smell.

The beer tasted like rye bread with caramel drizzled over it. The dry hopping also gives it some citrus peel bitterness. The beer is very well balanced - not too sweet, not too spicy, and not too citrusy, with the end result being a delicious neer.

Smooth and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

If you like rye beers, this is one you absolutely must try.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy amber with s lifht haze that clears as it warms. White, clingy foam collar descends slowly.
S: Spice, rye spice, earthy hops.
T: Starts creamy, malty and spicy, finishes with an astringency and a grapefruit citrus rind hop bitterness that lingers.
F: Rich creamy texture, medium body and carbonation.
O: Fairly mild, flavorful, refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up the second day this was on shelves in chicago. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours a lightly hazy light orangeish colored body with a short but long lasting bright white head on top. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- spicy rye malts are the first things to greet my nose. after that i get some bready and biscuit like malts with some added caramel sweetness. decently hoppy. pine and grapefruit.

T- the taste starts out with some biscuity and bready malts. after that i get some caramel which adds a mild sweetness. spicy rye malts move in next. nice and hoppy at the end. mostly grapefruit and pine.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is about average also. nice and bitter.

O- i like rye IPAs, and this was no exception. ill be picking this up again. i like the affordable price of $5 a bomber also.

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Photo of Marty30
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011 poured into A Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. Very nice looking pale straw colored body with a 2 finger offwhite fluffy head,that sticks around for a minute or 2.Very sticky lacing.Decent carbonation coming from the lazer etching.

S. Pineapple and grapefruit are upfront.In the backend the rye and earty tones come through slightly.

T. Wow more bitter than I expected. Pine and grapefruit dominate,also a touch of lemon.You get some of the rye bread quality's in the back just like the smell.

M. Smooth feel, a touch on the lighter side as this warms.Mouth is not thin, but creamy with a biting bitterness in the end. Dry finish.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer,I wasn't expecting it. New Holland hit a home run if you ask me.Must try if your into hop forward brews.I know I will be getting more.

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Photo of MrTopher
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Jim (ratedz) and the other two Hatter varieties (Farmhouse and Black). Served in a Duvel tulip.

A – A dark cloudy orange color that resembles that of almost copper color, decent 1 inch head that creates a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S – A lot of citrus hops, some rye, and some spices. There is some sweetness, but I presume that comes from the malts not the rye.

T – Very similar to the nose, some good spice and citrus hops and then to tie them all together the rye. There is a finish of some sweetness from the malts, really well balanced and one of the better rye beers I have had.

M – A little thicker than to be expected but pairs nicely with all that’s going on. And the carbonation is perfect because it doesn’t make it too chewy.

O – This is the 2nd of the 3 hatter varieties I received from, I still have the Black, but I enjoyed this over the Farmhouse. Just has a good flavor profile and nice balance.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light orange color; HUGE 4 finger-width head, sticky lacing

S: Sweet, floral perfume, like roses or a bouquet of flowers. One of the best/most interesting smelling beers I've ever come across

T: Much like the nose; light, slightly bitter hops and wheat with a strong backbone of floral perfume and sweet roses

M: Light thickness combined with the tingly carbonation makes the beer feel as though it's just evaporating right off your tongue

O: This is a very interesting -- albeit very delicious -- beer. Would recommend picking one up for anyone who likes lighter beers with subtle and exotic flavors.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thick off-white foam head that dissipates to a film. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Lots of citrus hops, rye, caramel, bread and biscuit. The aromas of citrus and rye are quite potent.

T: Starts off with a nice citrus hop bitterness. In the middle, the rye bill comes through, really calming the hops. There is also a mild amount of bready malt character there as well. On the back end the hops come back with more force but not as intense as the initial sip.

M: A nice medium bodied beer. Nicely carbonated, leaves a gritty and hoppy taste on the palate.

O: A really nice Rye beer. Nice amounts of citrus hops balance out the gritty rye. If you enjoy sipping a Jim Beam Rye, you will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Closed 4 Business

A - Low lighting right now but appears to be a copper amber color, a little less than a finger of head. Excellent thick lacing

S - Really pretty bland, some floral hops and rye spice. No malt detectable

T - Amazing. Delicious refreshing rye pale ale. Nice earthy hops and rye spice, again not much malt/sweetness but still delicious!

M - Perfect, super drinkable. Medium body, spice and stronger carbonation make this super sessionable.

O - Awesome. That's all.

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice rye pale ale, hoppy, fresh and very quaffable.

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

A - Hazy pale to medium amber pour, nice frothy head, fair retention, and some touches of lacing.

S - Nice subtle nose, citric hops, fresh and an light tart and spicy hint.

T - Nice hoppy touch, hint of spiciness, slight metallic finish in the first taste that fades and never comes back in the rest of the brew. The citric and spicy memory ride on a soft sense of caramel malt with a fruity tart hint.

M - Medium body and carbonation, with a nice soft bitter finish.

O - Nice hoppy rye take, it all comes together rather well and it is remarkably pleasing.

Notes: Nice twist on the hatter series, and a good light and hoppy take on a rye brew. And the label paper design while not extraordinary is taking a solid direction after some lazy displays once they stopped screen printing the bottles. Ah, and all things considered the price-quality ratio is phenomenal.

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Photo of BierFan
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Very explosive head. 3 ounces of beer became 14 ounces of foam when poured into the pint glass. Very nice aroma. Subtle rye and grapefruit/flowery aroma. Dry. For some reason this beer is really reminding me of Duvel. I'm really loving this beer.

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Photo of enfield249
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark gold honey in color, small white head.

S - not much there, some hop aroma of citrus and flowers. Also a little rye spice.

T - nice amount of hop juice flavor, not a lot of malt, slight rye spice.

M - light to medium. Not cloying, in fact fairly clean.

O - nice drinkable rye PA.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $5.50. Tapped from the Black New Holland Handle w/ a Circus looking Mad Hatter in the Oval into a Blank, 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Tons of citrus hop from the get go. Also, the rye character is strong and has a bit of malty sweetness behind it. Fantastic!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that dies quick. Has a pale orange/dark golden color body that is semi-hazy. Huge lacing.

Flavor- Has a light rye taste when it comes down to it. There are floral hops brewed here and then it is dry on the finish. It seems as if the Mad Hatter IPA and a N.H. Rye beer were just mixed together since the Rye character isn't well noticed in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Moderate Carbonation, and has a bit of hop on the end of the palate with hint of rye.

Overall Impression- Very nice brew but wonder about some of these breweries' special brews like this... Is this just a mixed beer or do they really go out of their way to brew a special batch? I fully enjoyed this one by New Holland and will be looking forward to having more of the Mad Hatters that have came out (Black Hatter, Farmhouse Hatter, Imperial Hatter, etc.).

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Photo of cagocubs
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tumbler.

A: Pours a light (caramel) brown with a 1.5 finger puffy head that lingers and laces. Very active carbonation in pour.

S: Hops and spices are prevalent. A citrus grapefruit smell is present with some caramel sweetness. Earthy notes from rye, pine, etc.

T: Nice clean taste. Starts with hops and spice, some sweetness from caramel malts comes through, ends dry with grapefruit/spice aftertaste.

M: A little over-carbonated, has good coating, and a nice dry hop finish.

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Rye P.A. Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
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