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Michigan Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beefytits4 on 06-02-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Sammy, Aug 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

djrn2, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

nmann08, Jul 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Leaning on the heels of the "Hatter" series comes a Michigan-grown attitude about the beer that best celebrates the northern Mid-west state. Its taste is raw, rustic and true to its form.

As the beer pours a light blend of honey-amber and copper, its hazy hue is well headed with a frothy slight off-white cap and retains with clinging broken rings at each sip.

Thin caramel and honey rise to the nose just before the hops arrive- its then that grapefruit, oranges, papaya, apricot, and an almost banana taste takes the scent from citrus to tropical fruit punch.

And to taste, the early sweetness is slightly of caramel and honey and weaves deeply into fruit sweetness of both yeast esters and juicy hops. A late turn to bitterness allows for citrusy and piney resinous character with floral and perfumy grass notes. Spicy with light white pepper and a clove-like aftertaste gives this IPA a mild Belgian and German character.

Medium-light in body, the ale errupts with carbonation early but quickly settles to a slim creaminess before turning vanilla-like and minty-cool. A late texture of astringency is light, grainy and and nearly peppery to the cheeks and jaws.

Michigan Hatter is a fine rendition to the "Hatter" family. But its fruit and perfume character cause it to taste slightly Belgian-like and German-like as it steers away from the clean dialogue of dry caramel and citrus.

BEERchitect, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: no head really on a cloudy copper with golden hues body but still some decent lacing.

S: not much in the aroma, mostly some miscellaneous citrus and caramel malt.

T: not much in the hop realm here, mostly caramel malt, fairly malty actually, with some mild tart moving to lightly sweet citrus finish.

M: body is fairly light, light to medium with light to moderate carbonation. a bit watery.

Overall: This one is pretty boring. Hops are mild, not much to the aroma. Its not at all memorable

kylehay2004, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking in honor of my dad, a Michigan brewed beer.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep hazed copper color with a tightly formed one finger off white head that took it's time settling.Aromas of piney hops and sweet biscuit malts,not complex but nice enough.Flavors of piney and pithy citric hops over top of a big sweet caramel base,the maltiness is almost as big as the hops.It's not overly complex but it's packed with good flavor.

oberon, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, amber body. Musty hops with a touch of brown sugar. Caramel and toffee up front with a bit of spicy hop character and little else. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a silly sweet finish. Kind of bland without a lot to recommend it, I wouldn't drink it again.

nickfl, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 3" head. The foam slowly resides.

Smell: some caramel, some citrus, and a bit of hop presence.

Taste: caramel, orange, pear, grapefruit, a hint of earthiness, and a decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Short lived afteraste.

Overall: a decent lower ABV IPA that nicely refreshes and hits the spot on a hot day.

Gavage, Jul 19, 2013
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2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear dark copper/golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately fades into a thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Floral, earthy hop aroma with a nice balance of resinous, earthy notes and sweet citrus/tropical fruit charater.  There's a stronger malt presnce than expected with hints of caramel, graham cracker, toffee and biscuit.  Soily with pine needle and spruce tip countered by grapefruit sweetness and zesty orange peel.  

Lighter bodied than expected with a earthy hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter malt notes into a dry finish.  Not overly bitter or resinous but it's pretty dry with lots of spicy grass, soil and pine needle flavor.  Citrus/tropical notes are subtle with some pineapple and orange zest providing a touch of sweetness.  More malt character than expected with caramel sweetness, toffee, bread and biscuit.  Decently balanced and light enough to drink easily but the hop flavor isn't very intersting which is odd considering the use of cascade.  

corby112, Nov 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

duceswild, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 5/10/2013. Pours moderately cloudy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, caramel, toast, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, grass, caramel, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a nicely balanced malt backbone that does not overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, sticky, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is a damn nice session IPA! Well balanced and packed with plenty of hop and malt flavor for the ABV; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

superspak, Jun 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Mebuzzard, Jul 30, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

sendbeer, Jul 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Zaphog, Jun 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

rolltide8425, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

scruffwhor, Jul 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Axnjxn, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pours copper in color with a creamy off-white head that holds great retention. Tone of yeast particulates suspended in the body making it very cloudy. Aromas are pleasant with caramel, fresh citric hops, rye bread, grapefruit, pine. Nice balance of flavors - bready malt, caramel, grapefruit, pine. Creamy, medium body, nice balanced bitterness on the finish. I like this IPA. I'd prefer a 12oz bottle, but this was good to try.

barnzy78, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-tinged amber with a creamy, thin white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, cream, toffee, biscuit, herbs, pine, lemon, lime, and mandarin orange come through on the nose.

T: Flavors of caramel, cream, toffee, biscuit, crackers, lemon, lime, mandarin orange, kumquat, grapefruit, grass, herbs, and pine wash across the palate. The finish is earthy, herbal, and zesty with pronounced flavors of caramel, biscuit, herbs, grass, lemon, and pine.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy in the mouth with prickly, yet somewhat restrained carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O: I'm not really sure that I can accept this beer as an IPA, but I really like the Cascade aromas and flavors the brewers showcase in this ale. If and when you try this ale, keep an open mind and do not think of this as a typical American IPA because, in truth, it is really more of an American pale ale billed as an IPA. Still, the aromas and flavors here are great. Highly recommended for fans of balanced and/or hop-forward ales.

mrfrancis, Feb 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

pathman, Aug 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with just over one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Quite fragrant aroma. Plenty of citrus and floral hop notes. A little bit of toasted, bready malt underneath the hops.

The promising malt bill did not really show up in the flavor. A touch of sweetness but otherwise this is a pure hop display. Citrus rind, orange, and quite a bit of bitterness.

Feels like a substantial IPA. The carbonation is splendid resulting in a pleasant overall texture.

Not an IPA that sets itself apart from a lot of others. Probably would mean more to Michigan beer drinkers. Wish the malt came out a little more ass I believe they used some promising ingredients.

morimech, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper in color. Clear. Forms a moderate sized head that reduces fairly quickly, resulting in a thin, patchy surface coating. Good amount of lacing.

S: Aroma is hop dominant, though I'm definitely getting some caramel malt out of the mix as well. Hops are primarily herbal in nature, but there are some notes of sweet tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Taste is more of the same. Herbal hops dominate alongside some sweet citrus. Orange, grapefruit, pine and a good dose of caramel malt. A bit of bitter spice on the backend.

M: Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, mild-to-moderate bitterness.

O: Not a bad beer, but a bit too sweet and malty for my personal preference. Hard to believe this beer is only a measly 4.8% ABV.

Florida9, Jul 12, 2013
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Michigan Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.