Rye P.A. Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 kuestegg
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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 rcjennings
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice fresh C's hops. At least initially minimal malt presentation and no sense of rye.
Attractive amber, slightly cloudy. Big full rich head.
Nice little spice to the flavor from the rye. Not overdone. Well balanced malt flavors with a pushing bitterness that near excess, but backs off just enough.
Moderate body and some fullness to the carbonation.
Drinks pretty easily. There is noting Wow about this, but it's a good basic beer.
Thanks younger brother.

Photo of GRPunk
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle of 2012 vintage poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- even a delicate pour created a dense, deep khaki head of 2-1/2 fingers. this rested atop a clean copper body with loads of carbonation emanating from the nucleation site at the bottom of the glass. Retention was at 1-finger and left awesome sticky rings on the glass.

S- hoppy/rye goodness at the crack of the cap. Underlying sweet, malty goodness comes off as brown sugar and really brings a good balance. Rye is very distinct. It all comes together as organic and herbal.

T- much as aroma implies. Solid hops and rye work together, though the hopping kind of steals the show by just a touch. I'd like to see a bit more rye. Very dry finish is herbal/aspirin-like and seems a bit harsh.

M- moderate body evens out the heavy carbonation. Hops are dry and somewhat biting.

O- Founders Reds Rye is my benchmark for the style. While this falls a little short, it's still quite solid. $4.49 for the bottle is a pretty good buy. Cap says "lay.". A nap does sound good right now.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012.
{I do want to point out that I had an infected bottle of Vintage 2011 last year. Given New Holland's quality of beer, I knew this should have been better than it was and I was excited to see it on the shelves again this year. $4.99 a bottle makes it worth the retry.}


22oz bottle, poured into my New Holland 20oz glass. Ale is hazy copper with a tall, frothy off-white head tat holds great retention and leaves lots of chunky lacing on the glass. Aromas are citrus, grapefruit, caramel, fresh pine, floral hop, lemon zest, faint rye in the background. Tastes are complex and juicy with earthy, spicy, peppery rye on the forefront, followed by caramel, toasted grain, pine, and grapefruit. Some faint acetylsalicylic acid on the finish also. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, and the piny hop resins coat the palate and linger on the finish. Overall, I am now satisfied with this beer, and glad I didn't write it off. I love rye beers and was very disappointed after last year's run. This was good, and exactly what I was expecting from New Holland.

Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of JackieTH
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark copper with an inch of loose off-white foam. Smell is earthy, rye, spicy with mild background elements of caramel malt.

Taste is pleasantly bitter, noticeable rye elements, it's a little spicy. Floral notes. Transient malt elements do not quench the lingering hop bitterness.

In my opinion, the main negative aspect of this beer is the mouthfeel. It's a bit too thin, and light, and seems to fall apart across the tongue.

Overall, this one has solid positive elements going for it including a nice spicy hop bitterness however the lack of a solid crafted body really is a bit disappointing.

Photo of hardy008
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a 3 finger off white head, with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, rye, and caramel. Smells somewhat sweet.

The taste is mildly sweet with a good amount of bitterness. Not overly bitter though. There is grapefruit, oranges, citrus zest, rye, caramel, spice, and pine. Some of the flavors are light, and not easy to detect.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a bit of a grapefruit aftertaste. I am glad I decided to try this. Not as good as the Black Hatter in my opinion, but still good. Worth buying again.

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 Humulus85
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

Photo of salinasa
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a clean strong copper color with some orange hues. There is a nice 1 inch frothy sticky head that forms and recedes very slowly. It leaves a nice sticky lacing on the sides. The head is slightly off-shite and pretty dense.

Aroma is delicious. Spicy rye hints mixed in with some grainy and bready malt. This is underlain by some nice slight caramel notes and bready undertones. Good slight piney hop notes on teh back end of the nose give it an aromatic and "outdoorsy" note. Nice and earthy.

Flavor starts off with some nice grainy spice. Nice earthy tones with some good bready malt tones as well. Grassy and herbal tasting with nice slight citrus and pine notes rounding out the palette. There is a nice bitter middle to it that is intermingled with the spice notes. Very nice. Slight caramel notes on the back end that get finished off by some citrus and bitterness as well. Crisp and clean. Pretty light and easy to drink.

Solid Rye Beer. nice spicy notes with a good mix of caramel form the malt and some solid hops backing it up. A bit on the midl side though unlike Founders take on it.

Rye P.A. Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.