Black Hatter
New Holland Brewing Company

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American Black Ale
Ranked #495
Ranked #34,356
3.71 | pDev: 11.86%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 355
Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Bought at Globe. "2014 Vintage". Although I get some off flavors that I am assuming are due to its age, for an IPA that is over a year old this beer still holds it's own and has a nice complexity to it.

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Photo of stephens101
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A full-on carbonation explosion settles into a thick and rocky tan head.

Rye, toasted grain and caramel to the nose.

Pine on the tongue followed by malts and dark fruits and not much more to write about except a slight bitterness at the end.

Medium-bodied and easy to drink.

So much left to be desired from my first New Holland brew.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 22 oz bottle in pint glass. This black IPA pours a beautiful dark brown with reddish tints, HUGE almost brown head and fantastic soapy lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, dark coffee, figs, grapefruit, citrus hops, orange zest, and caramel malts. Flavors are sweet malts to the sides and front with caramel and dark fruits, bittering hops, floral hops, and citrus hops to the rear of the taste with grapefruit, resinous bittering hops, and even more hops. Bitter hop aftertaste with mild sweetness. Smooth mouth feel offset by the bracing hops.

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice crisp bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, dated 2014. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet cola with leathery roast and a little pine and fruit.

The flavor is sweet roasted chocolate malts with some fruity piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK sweet fruity black IPA.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured a jet-black brown color in a mug- good glassware for the style- with a 3f head which eventually resolved itself.

Very nice aroma-sweet, fruit, malt, and bubblegum( esters?)
The aroma eventually fades, however, with the re-pour it refreshes itself.

The mouth feel is moderately carbonated.

The taste is dark roasted malt, typical of the style.
The finish is crisp, malty textured, with dark roasts on the palate.

Overall, a very drinkable black IPA. Although Beer Advocate recommends a lower serving temp of 40F, the beer is more tasty at higher temps: the fruit , sweetness, and chocolate are more prominent.

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Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahogany red body with a very thick, chunky, light tan head; excellent lacing rings cling to the glass (3.75). Very heady and pungent pine and spicy hop aroma with soft undertones of roasted, charred malts (4.0). Flavor begins malt-forward with a roasted grain and chocolate flavor; peppery hop bitterness (3.75). Medium-heavy body; slightly chewy yet smooth and silky; dry finish (3.75).

This beer nicely separates the hop aroma and the malt flavors yet balances everything out to make for an enjoyable beverage. The hops shine in the aroma primarily and the malts make for a rich and tasty dark grain treat. Sure, there's some overlap with these things, and that's where the subtle balance comes through. Easy drinking dark ale...

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Photo of hackmann
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance: what else? It’s black with a one finger tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass

Aroma: dark roasted grains and aromatic hoppy nose – hint of floral/herbal – seems to be a hint of mineral water

Flavors: nice robust style; the dark roasted notes come through; assertive bittering from the aromatic hops;

Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation; fine fizzy feel; firm bitterness; roasted notes early, mid, and aftertaste; lingering general bitterness;

To the Point: if you are looking for bold citrus – keep looking; nice aromatic hops with a solid robust style from the roasted grains; when the roasted grains and the aromatic hops work together Black IPAs are pretty good; they are still not a favorite in my book but, I am liking them more and more when I get a good one – and this is a very good Black IPA;

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma is lightly roasty, a bit nutty, with a string citrus presence. Flavor has some dark chocolate notes that add intrigue. There's a bit of phenolic character at the finish. Fairly characterful brew. The hops don't clash with the malt.

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Photo of scratch69
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark, dark brown with a fingers worth of tan lacing. The head fades rather quickly to a thin cap that leaves a moderate amount of clinging lace.

Smell- Pine and citrus hop aroma with a hint of dark roasted malt.

Taste- Hop forward flavor like the smell with some dark fruit and roasted malt for balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a dry finish. An average amount of crisp carbonation.

Overall- A good example of a black IPA. One of the better beers that I have tried of this style.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an oily black with subtle brownish amber highlights and a creamy tan head that leaves only a modest amount of lacing as it recedes.

S: Aromas of cream, dark chocolate, pine, spruce, herbs, lemon, and lime are present on the nose.

T: Sweet, malty notes of caramel, treacle, dark chocolate, dark bread, and cream are matched by zesty hop notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, herbs, pine, and spruce. The finish is earthy and bitter with bread, chocolate, herb, lemon, and pine flavors.

M: Medium-bodied and mildly resinous. Carbonation is active and crisp. Super easy to drink for the style.

O: An incredibly approachable, easy-going American black ale. It is more simplistic and straight-forward than many other examples of the style, but this actually works in its favor. More balanced and with a better integration of flavors than many ales of this style, I recommend this one highly to fans of hoppy dark ales.

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Photo of tmm313
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks exactly like a Porter in the glass. Darkest possible reddish brown with a quickly dissipating 1/2 finger head. Good lacing.
S- Weird... Prunes and booze with a touch of chocolate and spicy hops. Notes of tropical fruit when you really dig in. How can I be smelling so much alcohol? Its just over 5%.
T- Dark fruits up front with a touch of caramel, followed by spicy hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some citrus. Pine and char on the finish.
M- Thin with slight carbonation. Drying.
O- Rye Hatter is one of my favorite beers, so I was expecting much more from this one. When my wife asked me how it was, I paused for a minute and finally answered, "It's confused." I'll stick with Rye.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Black Hatter has the colour of a midsummer night: black, but never without a twinkling of colour. Admittedly, however, even the bright LED light on my desk fails to reveal any substantial clarity, not even along the normally vulnerable edges of the glass. Its head is less a hat and more a scarf - it wraps around both the beer's surface and the glass.

The aroma broadcasts competing notes of roasted mushrooms, minty greens, lemon juice and caraway seed. It gives me an idea for a salad. Black IPAs typically balance chocolatey malts and earthy hops but this one seems to lean more heavily towards the lupulin; there's not a ton of roast, certainly nowhere enough to simulate coffee.

Black Hatter is a fairly reserved Black IPA that intriguingly offers notions of apples on par with those of pineapple; it plays out on the palate like a clash of cold versus warm climate tastes: woodsmoke, roast grain and coniferous trees versus coconut, green grass, and fleshy citrus. Any semblance of chocolate or coffee is menial compared to the earthy, herbal notes.

I can't speak from experience (and you shouldn't speak of meal pairings unless from experience) but if my imagination serves me correct, the brewery's suggested food pairings of arugula in vinaigrette and portabella stir-fry should work brilliantly; the beer has forest-y earthiness, citrus acidity, as well as bitter leafy green qualities. How could it not pair well?

Black Hatter is a dark beer pointed in bright citrus fruits, carob, dried Provence herbs and minty flavours. Hopheads will rejoice: So gloriously luscious! And indeed they should (especially at $4.99/bomber). That said, it does lack the rich mocha notes and muscularity of the style's best examples which makes it a somewhat incomplete example. Still, I definitely enjoyed it.

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Photo of hoody711
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a huge fan of New Holland stuff. Dragon's Milk is good, but they've never really stood out as a brewery with a great lineup of fantastic beers, like Bell's or Founder's (but very few breweries are). Obviously BIPAs are amazing, so picked this one up on a whim.

A - pours almost a jet black with a 1-2 finger head that is mostly tan.It settles in a couple minutes but leaves a good lace on the wine goblet I'm drinking out of. Not much wrong with this one to be honest, on the appearance front at least.

S - amazing nose on this beer. Floral and citrus hops, nice sweet chocolate backbone. Really nice here too. I don't get any of the booziness at all, but I can't find the alcohol content on the bottle either, so who knows?

T - hmm, it's a different beer than what I smelled. There's some breadiness and a definite malt character that changes to a kind of funk, but the hoppiness never really makes itself known here. The funkiness lingers and basically makes me angry that all that loveliness in the nose isn't present.

M - a little oily and sticky. The carbonation is great. It's somewhat refreshing - I'm still angry that it doesn't taste better.

O - bummer dude. This beer had a ton of promise till I tasted it. Don't get me wrong: it doesn't taste awful, or even bad, but it just smelled like it had so much more. Worth a shot, but not close to the best BIPA I've had.

Edit: after warming - a little more spiciness comes out in the taste. Upgraded slightly.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

“Vintage 2013” served in a snifter.

Very dark brown body, nearly black in the glass, is covered by a thin and fragile, light tan head. The head soon reduced to a ring but left decent lacing.

Smells like an IPA with extra sweet malts. Its rather floral, and more roasted malts come out as it warms.

The flavor reflects the hops, the sweet malt, but also plenty of dark roasted malts. Floral, spicy and citrusy hops flavors with a little earthy and tropical fruit flavor. Nice finish and lingering aftertaste with hops and dark roasted grains in good balance, although ultimately only the hops remain, and a mild bitterness.

M: The body was medium; medium+ amount of carbonation lent some crispness.

O: A milder, gentler, better balanced black IPA without the clashing flavors of some others.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle of Black Hatter the other day and poured it into a small wine glass (hey, it's all I have). Poured nicely without a lot of carbonation. The other reviews mentioned citrus flavors but I really don't taste any, I taste something bitter but not sure what it is. Even though it is a dark beer, it isn't super heavy. I like the alcohol level, not too much and with a little bit of a bite.

I could not see myself hanging around on July 4th drinking these all day. I could see drinking one or two. Would buy again!!!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good carbonation level. Intense citrus hop aroma is very inviting and leaves me wanting for more. Intense hop taste and mild carbonation tickles the tongue fading into dark malt flavor. Not a ton of roasted malt flavor, but enough for me. Viscous mouthfeel. Excellent!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Red-black color. Lacy beige head. Looks very sticky.

Mildly malty (light coffee and cocoa) and nicely hoppy (grapefruit, herbaceousness, light pine). Not too showy.

Floral pine-y with some resinous flavors. All coupled with light coffee roastiness and maltiness. Mellow, but not without bitterness.

Medium-bodied... maybe a little fuller. Carbonation is lacking, however. Could use some livelihood.

Okay black IPA. Very forgettable. Nothing I'd seek out.

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Photo of Chaney
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sucker was cheap, cheap, CHEAP! Only $5/bomber.Pou

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Poured as black as night, with a light, 2-finger mocha head that resembled a souffle somewhat.

S: I got more citrus than dark malt, which in many circles is a good thing. However, this IS a Black IPA. I wanted a bit more roast.

T: Definitely an IPA, not sure about the rest. Not a lot of bite to the citrus (maybe that's what they were intending with the dark malt), but still pretty good.

M: There was rounded, non hop-bomb finish to the end of it. I liked that. This wasn't sweet in any way and the lacing was absolutely insane.

O: I think this is slightly better than the overall average here on BA, especially considering the price.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Black Hatter...and I think it is pretty good. Another fine creation by Holland. The beer pours a almost opaque black with teh deep ruby hugh. The head is at least a finger thick and is leaving a lace. The smell has very fine hoppy with pine leaning tones. There is not much in the form of roast or malt. The taste is a bit bitter than I would prefer from a black ipa....would like a bit more roast and malt to start and then let the hops clean the pallete. The beer has a light to moderate body with smooth carbonation. Overall it isnt bad....but definitely not the best. I like the flavor with the lower abv which makes this a potential session brew.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label states: “Vintage 2012.” There are no dates on the label or bottle that are more specific.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass created about two fingers of a dense and slightly clumpy head, light mocha colored head. After a few minutes the head dissipated to a collar and left some fairly good lacing. The brew was a dark cola color with a red hue, and it was opaque.

S: The aroma consisted of dark, sweet malt and floral hops with a hint of citrus, too.

T: The taste consisted of mild roasted malt and a strong floral and citrusy hops flavor the bordered on harshness. There was also a little earthiness to the hops flavor.

M: The body was to the lighter side of the medium range and it was very smooth with a medium amount of carbonation.

O: This was a different take on IPA. The darker malt did not provide a strong enough backbone to support the hops. It lacked the sweetness necessary for balance. And, the hops flavors were one dimensional and almost harsh. Overall, it was okay, but not something I would go very far out of my way to find.

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Photo of dfillius
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of fizzy dark brown head with fair retention. Chill hazy dark brown liquid. I'd like better head retention, otherwise nice.
S: Delightful hop forward aroma. Centennial, maybe cascade? NW hops no doubt, not terribly fruity, slightly dank. No roast. Slightly estery apple is not forceful and pleasant.
T: Hop forward with only slight roast in the finish. Exactly as I like my CDAs. One of the top 5 that I've had. Slight green banana rides on the alcohol. Slight chocolate. Very tasty. Would rate it higher if the hops stayed stronger than the alcohol throughout. They end up equal near the end.
M: A tad thin at the start, becomes fuller once esters and alcohol character grows. Slight warmth.
O: Very nice and a good CDA. Will buy again, especially since it's only $4.50 for a bomber. I'd order another.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle

pour was a light think black cola like with about an inch or so of head.

light citrus hops and sweet roasted malt.

light sweetness and light roasted malt. nice and hoppy through out, blend of citrus and some bittering. lots of juicy ripe fruit.

light, mild to moderate carb

for the price, this is great. i will buy a few more.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, deep brown black with ruby high lights around the edges. A tall tan head sits on top leaving lots of sticky lacing.
Its dry hopped so along with a nice roasted malt bill we have some pungent oily hops with a citrust scent. Taste finds a good roasted malt bill and some light hops citrusy as in the nose but more complimentory to rhe malts. Drinks well.
Smooth tasting but a little flat also. Finishes semi dry and semi bitter. A solid offering from the boys at New Holland.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep cola pour with red brick highlights glisten from the light upon exit. A dense black in the vessel with a khaki colored head that was a finger in size and fairly firm in structure has a good stay. Window dressing is kept to a minimal.

S: Sweet caramel and pine mix nicely together, smooth easy roast bitterness is enough to appreciate accompanied by a creamer touch, some mocha and a spicy bit of tarragon. Subtle complexity, just wish it should more muscle to really shine though.

T: Flavor had a spicy bit of pine-roast and licorice, burnt barley sweetness and some coffee flair. Flowery citrus and pine brings a modest level of hops to the table while the earthy coffee roastiness is left to shine.

M: Good tingle of carbonation, thick oily feel, frothy texture on the hold with a warming bitterness of burnt citrus and wet coffee grounds.

O: Overall a decent cascadian ale. Flavor was decent, but felt it fell just a bit short of being a solid good (4.0) rating with a linear complexity and lacked that spike or stand out quality. End of the day a good example, respectable, worthy of a try.

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Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 355 ratings