Tasmanian Hatter
New Holland Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #895
Ranked #7,757
4.02 | pDev: 9.95%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Tasmanian HatterTasmanian Hatter
Notes: Tasmanian Hatter brings you flavors from the region of the Tasman Sea. Galaxy hops for Australia and Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand combine with Mosaic from the Pacific Northwest to present bright, tropical flavors of mango and citrus beautifully framed with biscuity malt character.

Pairings: grilled seafood, unagi and lamb.

55 IBU
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 199 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am so excited to review & rate this beer! I miss having Dr. Joel Armato as their PHL rep as he is not only a great guy, but he put on one of the MOST memorable PHL Beer Week events EVAR - a Beerlesque show at POPE (?)/SPTR (?) All I really remember is that it was in the evening, following a full day at the PHL Naval Shipyard with me in dress blues as a USN retiree. I wound up onstage with the lovelies at one point. 8=O

From the Bottle: "Galaxy India Pale Ale"; "Tasmanian Hatter brings you flavors from the region of the Tasman Sea. Galaxy hops for Australia and Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand combine with Mosaic from the Pacific Northwest to present bright, tropical flavors of mango and citrus beautifully framed with biscuity malt character. Pairings: grilled seafood, unagi and lamb."

Oh, man, I would LOVE to eat some lamb! Maybe for Easter this year … In the meantime, I will just have to be satisfied with this beer. I started by Pop!ping the cap & giving it a slow, gentle, C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. It needed an in-glass swirl to form just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with great retention, leaving a load of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a musky tropical fruit quality, like a steady diet of papaya. Mmm. Mouthfeel was a little thin, not watery, but not up to snuff, either. The taste was very tropical fruity, but the emphasis remained on papaya with a slightly smoky muskiness. I basically subsisted on tropical fruit for several months & papaya was my go-to since not everyone likes it. It is a very densely fleshy fruit & the taste is not really sweet. This beer exhibited those same qualities. It was earthy, musky, lightly smoky, only semi-sweet & very satisfying. Finish was semi-sweet, but as I said, this may not be for everyone. YMMV.

Feb 17, 2019
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Oops! Bought this one a year old!

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a nice off-white head and a wall of lace.

Aroma: Nose still holds tropical fruit still! Impressive!

Taste: Bitter hops and a rich malty body. I can taste the age here on the hops, as they seem way dialed down. Not a bad beer, but not at the top of it’s game. Will re-review if I find a fresh bottle.

Jun 15, 2018
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DuaneL from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Michigan! This IPA is really different; almost musky in flavor. Unfiltered. Lots of character, just bursting with it. So glad we are able to get this in nearby Maryland at our favorite Elkton store, Stateline Liquors.

Oct 01, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a nonic a chill hazed burnt orange with a full finger off white head that settles very slowly into a frothy mass.Herbal/grass and sweet onion stand out most in the nose along with lightly sweet biscuit base,not as fruit as expected.The tropical fruit comes thru much more on the palate,overripe pineapple and mango with that sweet onion coming thru as well,a hefty caramel base holds up to the hops but to me never gets to be too big.A nice hop profile with nearly no bitterness,really nice.

Aug 12, 2017
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Pour is a golden orange with a finger of tiny, tightly knit bubbles. Aromas of juicy tropical and citrus fruits, with nice biscuity/bready malts. Flavor follows through, with citrus /orange/mango/grapefruit / pine notes balancing the biscuit malts and finishing a touch bitter. Quite nice.

May 21, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on February 7, 2017. The galaxy hop aromas and flavors of tropical citrus and mango take a back seat to the biscuit malt. I won't seek this one out again.

Feb 09, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy amber (SRM 9) with slowly rising bubbles under a ½” off-white moderately persistent foam cap.

S: Caramel, citrus, melon and biscuit aromas.

T: Has a creamy melon biscuit tangerine citrus attack. Hop flavors are medium high with a drying astringency on the finish. Hop bitterness is medium high.

F: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Full flavored and very drinkable.

Jul 24, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold to light brass in color with an inch of densely packed creamy beige head. Moderate lacing. I smell notes of overripe pineapple and mango. I taste that overripe pineapple with hints of mango and a dank, vegetal finish. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

Jul 16, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is very grassy, with light dank notes and a big punch of orange and grapefruit. Notes of peach and mango surface late.

Flavor reveals a lightly sweet, toasted caramel malt backbone, which is contrasted by sharp grapefruit juice, finishing fairly resiny bitter and grassy. Earthy notes linger in the aftertaste. Would be better without those.

Jul 04, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of tropical fruits - pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Sweet fruitiness with a toasty caramel backbone.

Jun 27, 2016
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 29 days of age, in an IPA glass.

It looks great with its more than 1F linen white head over a copper-orange colored body. The head has lasting retention and leaves heavy splatter lacing. Beneath there's active carb, and slight chill haze. An inviting look.

Pine, tropical fruits, candied slightly, and lots of 420 aroma. After a bit, some toasted malt comes through. Earthy and fresh.

Some base malts, tropical fruit, both a touch sweet. There's some citrus flavor. Floral and that unlawful tea, too.

Feel is just about medium, and that's good. This beer is crisp and easy drinking. The hop finishes strengthens as it lingers. Alcohol and sweetness are detectable.

It covers the hops bases. Not bitter, but hoppy. Not too boozy or sweet, but malty enough. Fair drinking IPA
with enough abv.

Jun 24, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dank hops and tropical fruit/grapefruit/pine. The flavor is tropical fruit, grapefruit, slightly nutty malts and a bitter/dryish/slightly alcoholic finish.

Jun 17, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a long time.

Oct 29, 2015
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tmryan21 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap 9-14-15.

Look: Great looking IPA. Orange and hazy with a head that stuck around for a long time.

Smell: Tropical fruits - mango and pineapple were the most present for me. Some dank notes as well.

Taste: Fits the nose. Major tropical fruits and subtle dankness. Very little malt came through, but it was definitely there.

Feel: Medium-bodied and not overly bitter.

Overall: I was a big fan of this one. I typically like more hop-forward beers so this was right in my wheel-house.

Sep 15, 2015
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JamesMN from Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

No bottling date.

Appearance: Orange/caramel in color and murky to the point of being opaque. Very thin off-white head. Laces well.

Aroma: Bitter pine and overripe orange. I've become something of an expert on old IPAs, which is an unfortunate side-effect of the over-saturated three tier system we live in, and this one smells past its prime. However, given the lack of any date on the bottle, the review continues.

Taste: With a hop bill of A-listers the likes of Mosaic, Nelson, and Galaxy, I was expecting a tropical, dank explosion of hop flavor. Unfortunately this is just an orangey/caramel mess. The only redeeming quality is that it is not overly sweet and in fact is balanced quite nicely. I'm not getting any of the many signature flavors that these hops are known for. Smooth, if a bit sweet in the finish. Aftertaste of more overripe orange.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with smooth carbonation. Below average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: This lack of dates on bottles (and cans) makes finding new great beers difficult. It's impossible to accurately gauge a beer (especially an IPA) without some sort of reference to the time frame. Given the list of hops in this one, it's likely great fresh (it's hard to screw up Mosaic and Galaxy). Would I drink it again? Not without an indication of freshness.

UPDATE: I looked into New Hollands bottle dating. Apparently the code E015 that I overlooked represents May 1st, 2015 (why not just use Julian dating?). My grading still stands, this was over three months old and far from a quality product.

Aug 16, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent bar-pour head (1 cm). Impressive ring lace even after the head settles to ring bubbles. Light anber in color with a light haze.

I smell sage and rosemary behind the traditional floral hop aroma. I find this interesting, complicated and attractive.

Very brief malt taste, although it continues as a solid base. The bitterness is quick and a bit grapefruity. Subsequent sips makes it seem far more neutral flavor wise. Full bodied with neutral carbonation.

Aug 15, 2015
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founder's Harvest Party pint glass. Bottled on 5/1/15, making this just over 3 months old.

A: Pours a nice, hazy cider orange color. Very pretty. Soft white 1/4-finger head.

S: Some bitter tropical fruits. Pineapple, blood orange, pine needles, grass. Good balance on the nose.

T: Tangerine, blood orange, grapefruit, pine. Nice malt balance in the finish.

M: Full, good carbonation. Aftertaste is quite bitter and dry. 7% is about right.

O: So this is the 10th Hatter I've had now, I think. My favorite one they stopped making, Black Hatter. This is probably the best one I've had since then, though. I thought Black was big and bold and took the series in a nice, new direction, and that's what Tasmanian is doing here. Nice balance of all different kinds of hops that work really well here. At 3 months old, it's not super fresh and I'm sure it popped more back then, but it's still really good right now.

Recommendation: Whether you've had the base beer or not, this is still one worth seeking out. Top notch for the series and a great beer overall for NH.

Aug 03, 2015
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this earlier tonight up at the Cloverleaf since they had only one case of this in stock. I loved the Schlafly Tasmanian IPA and especially the Bon Bon 2X TNT IIPA from SingleCut and with that in mind, I hoped that this would taste and feel like those did. While not as dank as the latter, it reminded me a lot of the former and went down just as easily. No hop burn here and the ones from the southern hemisphere make this IPA different from anything else that New Holland has come out with!

Good pour out of the bottle to this as the beer had a cloudy goldenrod hue and a fairly frothy head. Not a strong aroma but the floral, citrus, and mango notes of the Galaxy hops subtly came through in the nose and a bit more in the taste. The Mosaic hops make this beer not quite as exotic as it could have been and probably contributed to the fairly oily mouthfeel to this as well. Moderately full body because of the biscuit malt and a hint of the fruit flavors in the aftertaste complemented the layers of lacing that was left in the glass I poured it out in, as this became more and more appealing as I worked my way through it.

The booze was a tad high here but I never tasted it and only felt it once I finished working my way through this. Mild pine and a relatively crisp finish kept this as light as a balanced beer could be. While not too filling or cloying, the malt used was great and this wasn't complex or overly bitter. I wish more brewers would use hops from down under as they take IPA's and elevate them to another level. A beer like this should be in a category separate from those as the flavors and bitterness are more subdued. Worth seeking out for hopheads who want to broaden their horizons.

Aug 01, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great pine notes in the aroma. A little bit of malt in the flavor, which throws it off a bit. It's a somewhat unconventional IPA, which isn't entirely successful, but it's all right nonetheless.

Jul 29, 2015
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TooGood from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with 1.5 inch foamy white head, leaves significant lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet like honey with some fruity overtones. Taste is malt forward sweetness and smooth.

Jul 28, 2015
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Deep gold with 1+ fingers of white creamy head. Extra hazy with yeast particles.

Passion fruit, pineapple, pine sap, and candied citrus. Very light aroma, but what is there is pleasant.

The malt character is stronger than the hops. Biscuit and honey with touches of toffee and white toast. Slight white grape, slight pineapple, slight papaya, and slight passion fruit. Slight is the operative word. The hop profile is mostly a piney bitterness along with your traditional grapefruit zest.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, dry, and moderately bitter.

How you can take such amazing hops such as Nelson, Galaxy, and Mosaic and churn out a beer that tastes like a run of the mill IPA is a magical feat unto itself. Severely disappointed, but it's still beer.

Jul 21, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a recent trade.

This one pours a golden orange-ish amber, with a half inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells nice and juicy fruity, some orange, grapefruit, peach, and pineapple, I'd say. Not much in the way of malt, at least on the nose.

I definitely get more Galaxy here than Nelson, with lots of peach and orange, and a bit of pine. The bitterness from the pine grows during the session, but never gets all that fatiguing. There's some bready and slightly sweet malt on the back end.

This is medium bodied, with a pretty juicy mouthfeel. Normal level of carbonation, I guess?

This was pretty tasty stuff, can't go wrong with the hop combo here, even though I didn't pick up any distinctly Nelson characteristics.

Jul 17, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of New Holland's Tasmanian Hatter last week for $1,79 at The Lager Mill. I'm not the biggest fan of the Hatter series, but I thought I should still give this one a try to see what it's like, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes with the series and it's a little eye catching. It poured a cloudy golden orange color that took on more of orange hue when held to the light with a almost two fingers worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I thought it was a little too cloudy for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of higher sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of tropical fruit, citrus and green onion hop aromas with the fruits sticking out the most by a little bit and there's some light floral hop aromas in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a pale malt, light bready and big sweet malt aromas with a slight alcohol aroma showing up in the background. The aroma was nice, but the green onion hop aromas held it back.

T- The taste seems to be similar to thee aroma, but it's a little lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspects sticking out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that leads in the malts which impart some pale malt, sweet malt and light bready flavors. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a hoppy aftertaste. This is s a nice tasting beer, but I wish the malts added a little more balance.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it reminded me of a few Stone IPA's, but just like them this one had a little too much green onion hops for me. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, the green onion hops would start to wear on me after more than one. What I like the most about this beer is the fruity hop flavors and aromas, they are nice. What I like the least about this beer is the green onion hops aspects, I could go without those. I might buy this beer again and I don't think I would turn one down. I can't say it's a must try, but it's worth a try if your a big fan of westcoast style IPAs. All in all i liked this beer, but i didn't love it and still think it could use a little more work. It's not a favorite from this brewery or for the series and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, this one is a little better than I expected.

Jul 16, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark, hazy copper-orange body, two finger thick offwhite head, good retention, not much lacing. A bit darker than I expect from an IPA. Smells of that prototypical spicy and fruity galaxy hops; passion fruit and grapefruit-forward hop aromatics with a strong bit of bready sweetness. The combination of sweetness and Galaxy is very nice. Flavour is not quite so clean; a muddled mix of bread, honey, passion fruit, spices ending in an astringent grassy bitterness. It's still tasty, but not quite what the nose promised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, substantial, good carbonation, grassy bitterness on the backend. Overall, great smelling Galaxy IPA that doesn't quite live up to the nose as far as flavour goes, but it's pretty solid.

Jul 10, 2015
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decent look; a golden brown color with perhaps an average head. Smell? Very good. Taste and mouthfeel? Absolutely amazing. Go for this if you like bright juicy hops with just enough malt to add a smooth thickness. It's 7% but I could easily drag my taste buds through several of these.

Jul 07, 2015
Tasmanian Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 199 ratings