Rye P.A. Hatter
New Holland Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
Ranked #106
Ranked #25,724
3.8 | pDev: 11.32%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The husky, grainy, and harsh earthiness of rye grains make them difficult. Hard to use in bread making, beer making, and whisky making- the taste isn't all that compelling either. But when used in conjunction with hops, the steely grain's usefulness becomes not just known- but celebrated.

In keeping with the IPA appearances, the beer is amber in hue except the darker bronze tinge of rye casts a darker color upon the beer. Surprisingly clear, there's no real indication of dry-hopping on the appearance front. Firmly capped with a frothy off-white head, its retention is tremendous and its lacing is concentric and constant. It's simply a charming looking ale.

With its signature upstart, the scent of citrus and grass deliver a herbaceous overtone right from the start. Pine needles and an overall stemmy character rings true throughout the "Hatter" series. But this time, its the rye that which the hops bounce from- providing a slightly more robust aroma and taste of bread crust, toasted whole-grain, bran, and an overall spicy earthen character that not only rides along side of its hop dominance but exacerbates it. Hearty sweet to taste- cooked caramel starts nutty and finishes woodish.

Medium-light in body, the stronghold of malt extends deep into finish and allowing for a greater impression of malt and rye. But its boldly dry finish exposes mild grain and hop derived astringency to accompany a minty-type warmth.

Where many of the Hatters are husky, rustic, raw and somewhat lacking refinement- the rye character here continues the rough-and-tumble attitude and actually reinforces it with stern quality.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this, real nice citrus aroma upon popping the top. Poured with a real nice foamy head, still pouring out the nice hop aroma. Tastes moderately sweet with a well balance hop bitter through the middle. The aroma mellows out over the course of the imbibationness. Finishes with just the right amount of rye spiciness. Another really nice New Holland brew in the Hatter series, will be picking this up again.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Farmhouse Hatter was pretty good, but nothing spectacular; here’s hoping the rye will be better.

Brewed sometime earlier this year (“Vintage 2012” on the back of the bottle).

A: Pale orange with a creamy, foamy head; impressively dense retention with fairly thick (yet sparse) lacing. The solid appearance of the head gives it a very full look.

S: Roasted barley and dark (not spicy) rye are the main event, coming in smooth with aromas of earthy caramel, light pumpernickel, cereal, and a nutty, carrot cake sweetness. The malts smell a bit old and flat, not pleasant like a good malt-forward IPA. It probably doesn’t help that the hops aren’t there, either, showing only a hint of lemony bite.

T: Thankfully, the palate has more hop tastes than the nose would suggest, which certainly helps the balance. Still, musty malt and mildly spicy rye flavors are the main event here, showing the same cereal, earthy sweetness, caramel, and mild pumpernickel. Prickly, dry pine and floral bitters from the hops lay right on top of that maltiness, lightening it up to a more drinkable, citrusy, peppery palate. Finishes flowery and dry.

M: Oily and chewy, with a bit of dry bite to it. Not a single thin element to this body.

O: Not as good as the Farmhouse Hatter, but still alright. With all these variations, I’d be happy to try the standard Hatter – there’s nothing like an original.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours red with a ton of carbonation. It was clear but my glass immediately clouded with condensation. Large head stays, covering the top with a full finger throughout.

S: rye, sweetness, malt, and bitter and floral hops round this out. Something smells a bit off.

T: the rye and hops come through quite a bit, but it's not as well rounded with sweet malty flavors as it could be. Leaves a bit to be desired.

M: medium-thin body. It's not a big beer, but it coats alright and takes away the feel of the huge carbonation.

O: delicious, drinkable, and it's $4. I'd do it again, even though it's not my favorite.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Photo of Humulus85
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first of the modified Hatter IPAs. From the foiled 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. 2012 vintage.

Pours a vibrant hazy copper. A solid two-finger, cream head displayed excellent retention and super sticky lacing.

Sweet and spicy rye upfront with a solid citrus/piney hop backing. Nothing crazy complex, but a very nice smelling brew.

Spicy/biscuity rye upfront melds with a nice citrus hop middle, these two flavors really play off each other nicely. More caramel malt in the back, and a whiff of alcohol in the finish. Moderate bitterness throughout that lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium in body. Creamy texture coats the mouth well and is balanced by moderate carbonation. Dry in the finish. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a great twist on the standard Mad Hatter. I am partial to rye beers, but this is an excellent example of the style. As intended, the hops initially take a backseat to the complex malt profile but come roaring back in the finish to let you know this is still a hoppy beer. Well done New Holland. Recommended to any fan of rye beers or IPAs. Cheers!

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy amber color with a thick, creamy, 2 finger head. Awesome sticky lacing with great trailing. Lacing holds on tight. I don't think it can get much better than this.

S- Grapefruit, tropical fruits, rye, pine and caramel. Strong aromas that mix together nicely.

T- Grapefruit, orange, pine, citrus rind and rye over a nice malt backbone. Rye compliments the flavors and brings them all together very well. Sweet citrus, pine, citrus rind aftertaste. Awesome.

M- Medium to heavy body. Super smooth with a nice oily coating left behind. Dry finish with lingering bitterness.

O- This is one of the the best Rye IPAs I've had. When its fresh, every aspect being graded is flirting with perfection. As it ages, the citrus fades and the rye becomes more prominent, but its still enjoyable. The lower ABV makes it dangerously sessionable, as well.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep amber with slight brown, about 19 SRM, great clarity

Aroma: citrusy, floral, piney, spicy, toasted bread

Taste: bready and spicy with distinct floral, citrus, and pine hop character. Toasty and warming, with great refreshing quality on the finish, drying thru the finish,

Mouthfeel: Beautifully medium and smoothly drinkable body, light and nimble on the palate, not heavily weighing

Overall Impression: The best of the RyePAs I have had this far. Beautifully balanced with easily noticeable but not overwhelming rye character, great American citrus/floral/piney hop regimen, and very clean and smooth dry finish. New Holland really knocked it out of the park with this one.


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Rye P.A. Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 334 ratings