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Rye P.A. Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fear025 on 07-02-2010)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:13:02 | More by Sammy
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

11-25-2012 03:15:29 | More by t0rin0
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-05-2013 00:46:26 | More by djrn2
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

09-17-2013 18:18:15 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-18-2011 03:30:15 | More by nmann08
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 18:50:29 | More by BEERchitect
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A nice citrus hop note up front along with some spicy rye malt with a nice bread note. Light grass and pine with some light fruitiness. Not the most fragrant of beers, though.

T: Fairly bitter with a decent pine flavor. Some grass and citrus peel, with a nice enough grapefruit flavor. Not much in the way of fruits, though. A decent amount of malt in rye, toffee, and caramel.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Slightly disappointing. A decent hop flavor, but nothing that really impressed me.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 21:30:04 | More by womencantsail
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-05-2013 00:45:02 | More by acurtis
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-12-2013 20:15:58 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-22-2013 16:13:02 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-12-2013 17:15:46 | More by Texasfan549
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North Carolina

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 00:36:05 | More by oberon
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3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 04:09:56 | More by emerge077
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left some thin rings of foam.

S - It smelled of citrus, rye and light pine notes. Some caramel notes, too.

T - It tasted of rye bread, caramel and some earthy, grassy, bitter hops.

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

O - This is a pretty nice rye IPA. Another good version of the Mad Hatter series.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 02:03:01 | More by zeff80
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 0618/11 notes. 2011 vintage, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky hazy orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and mod carb evident

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, pine hops, and very light grain and rye. Mostly citrus hops and fruit here, a very nice smelling IPA.

t - Taste of oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts. Again, the tiniest bit of rye. Light bitterness but not too much.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth body. An easy to dirnk IPA, and not a lot of bitterness in the mouth.

o - Overall I liked this one and think it's right up there with the normal version. I liked this one better than farmhouse Hatter personally. Would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 18:31:30 | More by mdfb79
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3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with a 2.5 finger frothy, yellowish off-white head. Excellent retention, slowly fading into a thick lasting ring that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.

Earthy, floral aroma with lots of spicy, piny hops along with a sweet malt backbone and prominent rye character. Pretty dank smelling with uber fresh, resinous, oily hops. Lots of sweetness from the rye complimented by hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit. The sweetness from the rye and malt take away from the earthiness of the hops but it still smells pretty good.

Chewy medium body with a blast of dry, bitter hops that linger over the sweetness and spice int a bone dry finish. Lots of earthy bitter pine flavor up front that dominates the flavor a bit. The hop profile is a bit one dimensional with a slight spicy presence which could be coming from the rye. The rye compliments the sweet malt notes but I expected it to be more prominent in the flavor. Underneath the bitterness there are hints of rye, biscuit, toffee, hazelnut and caramel.

The malt backbone is a bit too strong for my liking and the hop profile could be a bit more complex. The rye is stronger n the nose than the flavor and I'm not sure if it improved the beer any. If anything it added a strong spicy presence that didn't care for. Still, this beer isn't bad, just not terribly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 05:40:52 | More by corby112
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 21:28:13 | More by rhoadsrage
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is hazy and light orange hued, with 1/4" of white head and lasting retention.

Nice combo of hops and rye here. Well done. Smooth on the palate, well balanced, and full of flavor. The beer leads off with some citrus and pine, then a nice toasted bread, malt taste kicks in and balances everything out. The finish is a pleasant blend of the lightly bitter hops with a hint of the rye.

I would happily order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 02:17:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 5/9/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, floral, pine, spicy rye, caramel, grass, and floral earthiness. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops with moderate rye/caramel malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, caramel, floral, pine, spicy rye, grass, and floral earthiness. Decent amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, caramel, spicy rye, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus hops with rye/caramel malts; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Rye pale ale! All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 04:57:11 | More by superspak
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-29-2011 23:20:36 | More by brandoman63
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 22:56:55 | More by beerthulhu
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 13:53:24 | More by tdm168
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-10-2013 03:56:21 | More by sendbeer
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-20-2013 05:20:17 | More by PEIhop
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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Dark amber in color with a thick, frothy, white head to it. Pretty good head retention with some nice lacing as well.

The aroma mixes a moderate juicy, citrusy hoppy presence with a sweeter, bready, malty, rye flavor. It has a little more focus on the malty, rye flavors then say Hop Rod or Rye PA, but the hoppiness that is there is nice.

The taste shows a lot more of a malty, caramel presence to it then the aroma suggested. I get a ltitle bit of cocoa to it as well. The hoppiness is definitely much more reserved, but shows more in the finish with some citrus rind bitterness. Pretty nice flavors overall, but definitely as hoppy as I thought it would be.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer, but not amazing in the style. Nice to try but I don't think it beats out the readily available Hop Rod or Rye PA for me. Still a very good beer overall though.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:13:31 | More by billab914
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Rye P.A. Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.