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Rye P.A. Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

Rye P.A. HatterRye P.A. Hatter

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very good

230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: fear025 on 07-02-2010)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4%
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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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -10.1%
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 +5.3%
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%
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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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 21:28:13 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +5.8%
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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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, 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. Bigger hops than rye, but nice nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 14:14:39 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgoues blurry bronze orange hue crowned with an immensely tall and loftly thickened spongey beige foam that sits like a Hat that won't blow off in a strong wind. A blitz of lacing encompasses the glass edge with thick gluey broken sheeting.

Moderately paced aroma of rough cut rye bread and some dullish orange-sided peachy hoppyness with a bit of popping floral pine.

Flavor is fairly solid for an IPA, pretty good crunchyness about the popping hoppyness which brings in more sweet and bittering pine tones then the aroma. The citrusy stuff is there in a lengthy, yet muted orangeyness with a light spritz of lemon. Has a subdued hint to the rye crispness in front but that's disguarded quickly by the orange toned hops and some light toasty malt background. Grapefruity bitterness parches through as it finishes.

Feel is closing in on a medium body, perhaps a little looser then I'd like at the front but it pulls together quickly with a pretty beefy orange toned hoppyness. A quick snippet of rye crispness sits in there and floats around for a bit within its toasty malt.

Lengthy in hoppy tone overall and pretty solid, but the Oak-Aged Hatter is superior in balance, body, and flavor complexity for the New Holland series of IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:41:33 | More by tavernjef
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good aroma of rye, hops, malt, and a little citrus.

T: Tasted of rye, some caramel malt, lemon, and nice dose of hops. The rye gives this beer an unusual, sharp characteristic. An interesting flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer is basically a rye/IPA combo (a fact that won't please some people), it is a solid, enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 12:10:09 | More by avalon07
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3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 22:30:48 | More by bluejacket74
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of head overflowing my glass after a modest pour. That same heads recedes very quickly to a thin film of foam that lasts for all twenty two ounces. Ok bubbling.

Spicey and earthy hop aroma with toasted muffins and fresh harvested rye malts.

Nicely toasted rye and barley malts add some bread and biscuit flavors to the spicey earthen flavors of this bitter RYE-PA. I like it and hope they keep thi beer in the regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 01:29:58 | More by scruffwhor
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1468th Review on BA
Bottle to Speigleau small tulip

2012 Vintage
Purchased for $4.99 at Binny's Naperville, IL

App- A dual colored orange with a deeper copper tinge on the inside. A good off white head formed and was pretty quick to recede. The lace doesnt keep but falls with an egg white froth. Nice density on the coloring.

Smell- When you 1st smell you get a lot of creamy Rye. As more notes develop its mostly the dry hopping matched with a thicker caramel hop citrus with lending itself to a pine after aroma.

Taste- A bit of an unbalanced profile with regards to the dry hopping. Makes this take on more prickly notes and drowning out the Rye. Much more pine and citrus rind take over. As in the nose, more caramel matched with a thick bitter note. Its good but feel the Rye needs to come out more.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium prickly carbonation. Overall residual flavors from pine, resin and citrus rind keep it funky but again due to dry hopping and taking away from Rye creaminess.

Drink- Its flavorful but not what I consider a Rye beer. Small timid rye is unbalanced from the dry hopping and too much bitter. Needs to replace dry hopping with more Rye to update spice and creamy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 06:12:30 | More by FosterJM
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:47:08 | More by Brenden
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 13:53:24 | More by tdm168
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4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:35:31 | More by maximum12
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is pretty good and tons of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Citrusy hops with emphasis on orange, mango, and papaya. Caramel sweetness to accompany the bready maltiness. Not a whole lot of rye in the nose, but enough to add a touch of earthy spiciness. Earthy hoppiness secondary to the citrus and herbal underneath that. Equivalent balance between malts and hops. Good.

3.5 T: Again equal balance between hops and malts. Citrusy orange and mango with earthy undertones. Mild bitterness. Caramel sweetness with breadiness from the malts and yeast. Rye is more apparent in the taste giving the earthy spiciness that it does. Again, good.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and quite smooth.

3.5 D: Quality beer with no real faults, but not really that impressive. I think more rye would have given this more of an edge over a standard IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 20:00:54 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 17:52:42 | More by morimech
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy copper with fluffy off white head.
S: It smelled like orange and lemon zest with copper hops and spicy rye and barley malts, and a bit of honey.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and grassy hops, with spicy rye and a bit of copper and barley. It had a lasting bitter aftertaste that was mostly clean.
M: It was slightly thick with a good amount of carbonation. Lively body.
D: This was a nice smelling and tasting beer, but the finish was a bit harsh and the body was a bit thin and fizzy. It wasn't difficult to drink, but it could have been better. Not as refined as Hop Rod or Bittersweet Lenny's (especially On Rye).

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 02:03:39 | More by Pencible
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
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 230 ratings.