Black Hatter
New Holland Brewing Company

Black HatterBlack Hatter
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Black Ale
Ranked #496
Ranked #34,319
3.71 | pDev: 11.86%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Black HatterBlack Hatter
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 355
Reviews by Beer_Runner:
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.

 1,070 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of mikeburd1128
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

 706 characters

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

This beer pours pitch black with some blood red around the edges. The beer has a hop dominant nose. There is an impressive amount of citrus notes as well as a heap of pine needles. The flavor is also all about the hops, the pine and citrus come through full force. There is not a ton that would give away the "black" part of the beer other then the appearance, the roasted malts and other dark flavors aren't too strong. However this beer drinks really well and is a worthy version of the original.

 498 characters

Photo of AlMarzo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of tmcarter23
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bootsdomino
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Says review optional. It is not

31 characters

Photo of danp14
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of beerme626
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kynap55
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of dragomni
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mikediesel124
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mjmadsen21
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

 620 characters

Photo of jhillwastaken
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of chanokokoro
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a globe glass

Pours opaque black with a two and half finger off-white head. The aroma of pine, citrus rind and roasted malt, although a bit more understated rises from the glass. Pine and citrus rind dominate the opening of this brew which transitions to a mild dark chocolate roastiness, and then finishes dry with citrus-like bitterness and a touch of roasted malt. Adequate carbonation, lighter-medium bodied brew. I've had Black IPA's I liked more, but I've also had some I didn't like as much. A solid, tasty brew.

 553 characters

Photo of djtomain
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of BTFU
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours deep black with a big off white head, some ruby coming through the light on the edges. Smells of pine hops and lots of roasty malts. Very nice. Flavor is hop forward, with lots of pine, some earthiness, and then a good bit of roast. Creamy finish on this one and rather pleasant. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Overall, this was actually pretty decent.

 369 characters

Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 355 ratings