New Holland Black Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by granger10 on 06-30-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
354
Reviews:
98
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
38
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kynap55
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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

22oz bottle. 2012 vintage. Served in a Red Brick snifter. 

Pours deep but opaque brown with two fingers light khaki head. A little lacing.

Smells of fire roasted grapefruit,  cloved orange and smoked fresh cut grass. A more subtle take than many of the style I've tried. 

The grapefruit it a little more pronounced in the flavor. Bitter citrus followed closely by softer aspects of charred wood, black pepper, rind, dark malts and dough.

Feel is light to medium with an almost heavy hand on the carbonation. Bitter grapefruit lingers in the aftertaste. 

Not a stand out in this growing style but not bad either. At $5, it's not a bad value either. 

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a stout glass.

A: Pours a nice mahogany with a big tan head. Nice lacing as well.

S: Big hop resin and dark grain. Citric and oily, dark chocolate.

T: Mild grapefruit, bitter spice, oily leaf, dark grain, roast, toasted bread.

M: Almost thick-bodied, fine carbonation, creamy.

O: Might be my favorite of the Hatter variants. Pretty decent.

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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 danp14
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2012 reviewed fresh.

This devious-looking Hatter's just darker than cola-colored brown-black, light seeping through at the edges. A tan head grows to a finger in height. Retention is good and the thick foam that remains after it fades leaves pretty thick lacing in patches in good density down the glass.
The focus seems to be on roast, with an earthiness and a vegetal quality before a more leafy, herbal bitterness comes out from the hops. This isn't as aromatic as the original Hatter, though the malts play nicely.
The flavor is oddly tame and not particularly hoppy, though a bit; I might think it was an old batch and the hops were faded if I didn't know it's fresh. The bitterness that comes out is a mix of pith and an acrid touch from the malts, as a charred note mars it. I'm not sure what happened, but I don't think the execution is here. The bitter edge in the finish is bracing, but not because the bitterness itself is too much. Think raw dandelion.
The feel is good, about a medium body with a brightness to it that seems to contradict its thick, dark look. Crispness never fades and it's smooth underneath.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with 3+ fingers of khaki colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Brown bread, some charred grain

T: Peppery hops, a touch of nuttyness, plus piney notes up front. Some charred grain as this warms, some caramel, grapefruit & woody hops plus dryness. Finishes with grapefruit & some woody hops, dry & a bit of charred grain, just a touch of pear fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation, nice balance

A good black ale, this above par for New Holland, one I would reccomend

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rich540
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of boonejag75
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of SDG1070
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bigmoose125
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of amishbooze
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of pentasyllabic
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of nrombes
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of salinasa
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of srv33
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour, inch head, great lacing. Smells like an IPA. Tastes like an ale with a bit of slightly smoky malt with a decent amount of hops. Roasted malt is prominent in this blend and works well adding balance to this beer. Unique and very drinkable. If you get a chance to pick this one up, go for it. One of my favorites from New Holland.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With sharp flavors coming from all angles, the grain, the hops, the alcohols all take turns with their assault against the palate. It reminds me of when I first tried IPA and couldn't fathom who would drink it by choice.

Black hatter begins with a dark, bark brown pour that constructs a short statured but densely creamy foam stance. Moderate on retention and lace, the beer doesn't really sing best the head character that's expected of IPA. However, the dark color gets me every time.

Vegetation plays on the nose with a lot of earthy and fragrant scents: tree bark, citrus, leaf, and straw blend for a very sharp and earthy aroma profile. Any softer caramel or bread scent offers slight rebuttal but at a distance as not to interfere with the aromas of hops or char.

Flavors are every bit as sharp as the taste of heavy toast, coffee grounds, chocolate, and burnt caramel deliver a decidedly dry malt character that acts as sparse support for the dominance of hops. Lead by grapefruit pith, the sharp and excessively bitter beer also attributes subsidiary flavors of leafy hop matter, twigs, tree bark, leaf, straw, and lemony sassafras. It's somewhat obvious that we're getting a lot of chlorophyll, tannin, and phenolic character from the hops and grain along with the more desirable oils and resins. It seems that the dry roast and high attenuation brings further attention to the vegital character.

The pang of hop bitterness and grain-derived astringency seems to attack the palate immediately, and without allowing the creamy carbonation or malt structure to fully support the hop dryness or alcohol. This leaves the beer lackluster in mouth feel and ushers in a quick finish of char, wood, and citrus snap.

The beer is pleasurable enough to drink, but the problem is that the beer has a tough time competing with the black IPA of Southern Tier, Stone, or Rockers.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber split with my gf, poured into a globe. 2012 batch.

a - pours a deep garnet color and forms a thin cap of tan foam. head calms quickly to a thin film that lasts for the duration and leaves thick swaths of lacing in the glass.

s - grapefruit, cola, grass, faint honey.

t - roasty malt character with faint dark chocolate undertones. grapefruit notes come in and crest into a mouth puckering wave of pine resin bitterness that hangs on the tongue for quite a while. unfortunately, the bitterness washes away all trace of the other flavors.

m - lighter side of medium with adequate carbonation. finer co2 profile and lots of hop oils lends to a creamy but slick feel.

o - pretty good, but doesn't hold a candle to the stone or deschutes takes on the style. i actually prefer regular mad hatter over this version. worth a try i guess but not a beer i'd drink often.

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New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 354 ratings.
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