New Holland Black Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Black HatterNew Holland Black Hatter

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by granger10 on 06-30-2006

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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 nickadams2
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI

A_Dark brown with ruby red highlights. Thick khaki colored head. Lots of lacing.

S_ Hops,roasted malt,chocolate.

T_Dark fruits,roast barley,hops,hint of coffee and vanilla.Chocolate. Very nice.

M_A little thin but very smooth and very creamy.

D_Very very drinkable.

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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 beerhan
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this charm on tap at reverend's and i must say besides the imperial hatter this is probably the best of the series. A very malty BLACK hatter. A truly rare beer that should probably be bottled sometime. Not very hoppy but still a verry good brew.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage, first bottled version, I think. Remember having this in the brewpub two years ago. Glad it's bottled now.

Poured into my New Holland Pint glass. Pours a clear deep garnet with a sandy tan colored, rocky head. Head stands up pretty well, leaving some lacing.

Aromas of grassy, citrusy, hops, with a hint of roasted malt and dark coffee.

Flavors of lightly roasted malt, dark coffee, citrus and piny hop bitterness. Finish is medium, with a nice citrus peel bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a nice mouthcoating bitterness.

Overall, a very nice, balanced, ABA. Not too roasty. Roast malt and hop bitterness pair nicely.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashleys in Ann Arbor, MI.

This brew pours as black as coffee, with a little bit of tannish head.

A good, simple tasting brew. There are some hints of citrus and it is not overly hoppy. The brew goes down easily as their is very little alcohol bite or excessive hoppiness.

This is my first foray into Black Ales, but I will definitely heed the other reviews and look at others in the genre.

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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 granger10
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what style to put this under so I guessed.

Deep mohagany pour with black in the middle. Medium but durable tan head atop. Smells really roasty and sweet with a nice hop twinge in there as well. Roasted chocolate flavor with some herbal qualities. I really liked it. Tasted similar but wasn't quite as enjoyable. This still was quite good. Stronger roasted flavors, almost smoky at times, but they are tempered by the piney flavor of the hops. I always thought Hatter would be solid with a more stouty profile and I was right. Give it a try if you're at the pub.

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Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black ruby with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like bright mango and grapefruit and honey, with some fresh roasted coffee and cream.
T: It tasted like lots of citrus and mango, with some roasted coffee and cream. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a very nice black IPA with perfect balance of mostly hops complemented by dark malts. It had good body too, with no alcohol noticeable, so it was very easy to drink. One of the better examples of this style. Recommended.

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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 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 Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had the Mad Hatter, the Oak Aged Hatter, and now the Black Hatter, brewed with black malt.

Appearance: A rich dark chocolate brown with a light khaki colored head and a superb display of lacing.

Smell: Floral hops and just a tinge of bready malts.

Taste: Bitter and resinous hops are the first to the scene. There is a roasted malt backbone which is very nice and I find this brew to be dark and uplifting. Pine, zest and roasted malts. As it warms, the black malt comes out ever so slightly, but never loses hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A very impressive brew from New Holland Brewing. A good style of beer too.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color w/ a nice chocolate one finger head. Lots of bubbles in the head. Good carbonation and lacing. This beer is like a black hole- you can't see into it at all....

S- Hops, malt, maybe a little fruit as well. Slight hint of coffee too. Nice- not overpowering, and fairly well balanced.

T- Same profile as the nose. Nice aftertaste, which lingers a bit. I'm surprised at the weight of this beer since it's only 5.5%. It's tastes like it could be in the 7-8% range.

M- Creamy with a slight bite to the feel. Nice, and really well done for the style. Thicker that I would think for this beer.

O- Nicely done.. Pick this one up if you haven't checked it out yet, it's worth it.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. $5.99 from Ned's.

Appearance: Black in the glass, but not at all opaque in the light with lots of dark ruby showing through. Light brown head and quite a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine and some sweet and slightly roasty malt notes. Nothing bad, but nothing stands out.

Taste: This is really good. Bright pine and some earthy hops notes really match up well with the never overbearing roasty flavor. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth feeling. Carbonation adds a slight creaminess. Hops resin in the finish.

Overall: This is a really good, low alcohol black IPA. Lots of flavor and feel. Not over the top, but very solid.

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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 tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber

A - pitch black; off white head that's soft and dense; no retention

S - citrus, pine, a bit roasty

T - piny, citrusy, roasty, faint chocolate

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Not bad but not great. Nothing really stands out. It's smooth and drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark dark brown with a 1+ finger off white head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of light floral and pine hops

taste is very good but there is a slight metal flavor on the back end that takes .5 off - right upfront you get a great balance of roasted chocolate malt and floral and pine hops

mouthfeel is light but not thin - good carbonation that gives it a nice little creamy feel on the finish

overall this is 100x better then the oaked mad hatter and is a solid low abv ABA @ only 5.5%

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. There was a big, foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A lot of malt in the aroma, with some traces of hops and coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, hops, and a little citrus. Most of the flavor is loaded in the front, leaving not a whole lot in the finish. Still, a nice solid taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a good, well made, easy to like beer. Very drinkable.

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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.

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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 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 hardy008
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 3 finger foamy tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pine, and dark roasted malt.

The taste is much like the aroma. Grapefruit is the most noticeable, followed by pine. Dark roasted malt is also present, but not as strong. Has some sweetness up front, and a good deal of bitterness. Nicely balanced, with good flavor.

Medium bodied, average carbonation, and has a ruby red grapefruit aftertaste. A good Black IPA / American Black Ale which I recommend trying if you get the chance.

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

Nice black IPA, solid notes with a pleasing Centennial character.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Silver foiled neck, and a main label with the overall design identity of the hatter series with a dressed up hatter over a black background. Back offers a small narrative with the main description of the brew, food pairings, and notes Vintage 2011. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep brown, close to black pour, off-white frothy head, good retention, and some nice lace on the glass.

S - Nice hoppy nose, with a touch of roasted malt, hint of Centennial perfume...

T - Nice flow in the palate with a good hoppy bite, good touch of roasted malt notes, hint of citrus, faint resin, and an identifiable Centennial hop finish, which is rather pleasing.

M - Medium to medium/light body, with medium carbonation. Nice hoppy lingering character in the finish with a dry touch after the malty foundation.

O - Quite a nice dark IPA, the Centennial dry-hopping adds a nice and recognizable sense to it that works rather well.

Notes: Another nice offering in the Hatter series, with this price-quality ratio I would not mind picking it up again when it hits the shelves fresh.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is very dark in the glass, like motor oil although not opaque, rather slightly translucent. A decent khaki head. Leaves copious lacing.

Smell is pine resin hop. background of roasted malt although this is certainly not as prominent as I expected.

There is a nice, crisp, resinous pine and citrus pith hop bite across the tongue. Similar to the smell. There are roasty elements lurking, but the malt only slightly diminishes what is a pleasant, moderate bitterness throughout.

This is the second of the Hatter series I've tried and once again with this particular one mouthfeel, in my opinion, is a bit weak. Too light, and tends to fall apart. It could be better crafted.

Overall, this is a tasty black IPA. I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber date stamped 5/16/11.
Looks black coffee colored with a nice craggy head + lacing. Smells of pine needles and soft faint charred roast. I must emphasize that there are far more pine needles than malt in the nose, and in the taste, the dominant roles are reversed. As in, it tastes mostly of peppery earthy char malt with centennial hop signature on the finish. Speaking of finish, this ones a dry one. Almost a bit too...dry. But such is the nature of Black IPAs so I won't hold it against it. Medium-light bodied, with a nice astringent finish.

With the low ABV as it is, this is one of those "sessionable" beers. It doesn't really do anything badly by my book. I searched and searched in vain for the metallic aftertaste so many other BAs have described but I could not find it in my bomber. One hopes that perhaps they may have fine-tuned out some kind of problem that used to exist. I'll be looking for this one again next time I am in a black IPA mood.

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