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Rye P.A. Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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very good

281 Ratings
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

JoEBoBpr, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of choover14
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

choover14, May 21, 2012
Photo of vbiliyar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

A: Gusher! Glad I opened this one in the kitchen because I had to rush it over the sink. Beer itself is a very cloudy rusty colored orange in color. Unsurprisingly, this one forms a huge bubbly head that requires three pours to get a full glass. Lots of lacing.

S: Smells pretty good, a rather potent combination of spicy rye and heavy floral notes.

T: Taste is a bit off, but given the age in this it remains surprisingly hop forward. Not saying his a hop bomb, but lots of spicy floral hops and even more spicy rye. The off flavor presents itself as a sort yeasty Saison quality, slightly tart, but not quite sour. Spicy on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Heavy carbonation. Dry and spicy on the finish.

O: This beer is probably past it's prime, but it's not bad. However between it being gusher and the slight funk I wonder if something is developing in this beer that shouldn't be.

Florida9, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%

This would not stop foaming and overflowing from the bottle. Pours dark reddish color, some ruby brown coming through the edges, with a big fluffy head of course. Smell is funky and spicy with a definite rye presence, light grass hops, and yeastyness. Something off about the flavor without much hop bitterness, some rye spice, yeast funk, very light watered down malts. Relatively light bodied with lots of bubbles. Not a huge fan of this one. Seems muddled.

BMMillsy, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of rogueleonardi
4.5/5  rDev +19%

rogueleonardi, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of SickGnar
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

SickGnar, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of mjmadsen21
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mjmadsen21, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -4%

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.

Sammy, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of schultzm
4/5  rDev +5.8%

schultzm, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of sidetracked
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours clear, golden light amber with a dense cream head that lingers nicely. Good lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, pine, rye malt and a light caramel sweetness.

Taste upfront is bitter citrus peel, lemon, and pine mixed with rye, bready malt. Bitter finish of lemon and pine. Lingering light bitterness and rye.

Creamy, light to medium body. Low carbonation. Cask-like feel.

Enjoyable, easy to drink IPA. Nice hoppiness. Rye provides a nice malt base. No real complex, but good.


sidetracked, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of NvMyBeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

NvMyBeer, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

wallrock, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

FedExPope, Nov 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

SalukiAlum, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +5.8%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.8%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This is the fourth of the "Hatter" series that I have had. We'll see how it stacks up!

Pours a russet pumpkin color, much darker than I was expecting. A three finger creme colored head leaves moderate lacing down the sides.

Has a wonderful, rich hoppy aroma, with plenty of pine, spice, heather and peat. Smells almost like Barbasol or Old Spice; it would be great to package this up and make it into a men's cologne.

Malty and peaty to start, with plenty of oak, leafy greens and bitters. Rounds down softly, before finishing bitter and dry. The taste is not the best balanced; much more full flavored up front before fading away.

Medium bodied, this had a softer feel to it despite the dry bitterness. Alomst like the water used in making this beer was softened before use.

As wonderul as this smells, the taste and feel just don't live up to the hype. I've brewed Rye PA's that don't smell as good, but taste better. Other than to experience what a good beer aftershave would smell like, you shouldn't kill yourself seeking this one out.

TheHoppiest, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
1.63/5  rDev -56.9%

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.

Homebrew35, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.38/5  rDev -37%

Like several other reviewers, I had a miserable experience with this beer. Upon opening the bottle, 1/3 of the contents foamed over and saturating the surface of my bar. Since many people have had this problem, it is a trend not an isolated incident. This is a poor reflection on an otherwise good brewery. The problem needs to be fixed.

What was left of the contents produced a copper colored beer with little aroma. The aroma may have already been spilled. The initial taste produced a modest hoppy flavor. However, there was no detectable rye flavor. Any mouthfeel was negligible. The aftertaste was watery and hardly significant.

I have loved many of New Holland's beers, but I really must wonder what went wrong here. Between the contents exploding for a number of people and the paltry amount of flavor, I am very disappointed.

JohnnyHopps, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of rmcnealy
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Although the bottle should have been settled, it really popped with a ferver leading to a foamover as mentioned by the previous two advocates. Nonetheless, the beer must be drunken! It poured a medium hazy amber with an over-robust ivory white thick lace that clung to the glass. The head fleeted and potentially took the aromas with! There were no overbearing smells from this brew like I expected from a 6.5%'er. It had a spiciness expected from a pumpkin brew. Some hints of citrus and floral followed up by traces of hoppiness. The taste fades quickly leaving a suttle bitterness. A great brew, very drinkable. Not sure if there was a issue in the bottling process but after the blowover the beer was very solid.

Found at Cardinal Liq's, Niles IL

rmcnealy, Oct 27, 2011
Rye P.A. Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.