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Rye P.A. Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

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Rye P.A. HatterRye P.A. Hatter

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of SickGnar
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Some gusher action on the pour. Warm, robust, slightly-dark copper. A bit of haze. Lots of streams of bubbles rising to an immensely huge cream-colored head of coarse big bubbled foam. Really good retention and quite fair lace.

S: Pineapple, tropical fruit, grapefruit, & other citrus – quite a fruity/floral/citrus hop blend. Not pungent, but reasonably fragrant. Caramelly sweet, toasty grain malts in the background with a soft and vague hint of spicy rye. Some esters in addition to the fruitiness from the hops.

T: Opens with firm hops. Lots of bitterness and forceful background rustic / rough grassy character. After the initial punch calms, then notes of oranges, general citrus, tropical fruit, and grapefruit appear and slowly fade to pine, citrus peel, & resin. Malts also make a fast showing. In the lead is a sugary sweetness that is emphatically & quickly pushed aside by spicy & earthy rye. Backbone is mostly bready with some caramel and toasty grain. Softens and rounds out as it warms.

M: Barely medium body with firm carbonation (a touch over-matched). Quite attenuated. Most of what texture there is comes from hop tannins. Strongly hop drying finish. Feel gets a touch better as it warms & off-gasses some CO2.

D: Very firm rye & not as hoppy as I had hoped , and quite dry as well with hardly a hint of the malty, caramelly goodness I tend to like in an IPA. But then that is not all that surprising considering the bottle I have is probably nearing a year old & appears to have dried out (and carbed up a bit) in the bottle. It is still a very flavorful & interesting drinking hoppy rye beer. Perhaps a bit rough around the edges at this point, but quite okay. Hopefully I someday get the chance to try a fresh sample.

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Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Barnyard aroma. Cloudy light brown bodied, a quarter inch of retained head. Something funky with a nice rye edge that leads the mild spiciness. Good drinkability. Bomber with outstanding carbonation that not only foamed through, but popped my locking cap afterward.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, golden light amber with a dense cream head that lingers nicely. Good lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, pine, rye malt and a light caramel sweetness.

Taste upfront is bitter citrus peel, lemon, and pine mixed with rye, bready malt. Bitter finish of lemon and pine. Lingering light bitterness and rye.

Creamy, light to medium body. Low carbonation. Cask-like feel.

Enjoyable, easy to drink IPA. Nice hoppiness. Rye provides a nice malt base. No real complex, but good.


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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This is the fourth of the "Hatter" series that I have had. We'll see how it stacks up!

Pours a russet pumpkin color, much darker than I was expecting. A three finger creme colored head leaves moderate lacing down the sides.

Has a wonderful, rich hoppy aroma, with plenty of pine, spice, heather and peat. Smells almost like Barbasol or Old Spice; it would be great to package this up and make it into a men's cologne.

Malty and peaty to start, with plenty of oak, leafy greens and bitters. Rounds down softly, before finishing bitter and dry. The taste is not the best balanced; much more full flavored up front before fading away.

Medium bodied, this had a softer feel to it despite the dry bitterness. Alomst like the water used in making this beer was softened before use.

As wonderul as this smells, the taste and feel just don't live up to the hype. I've brewed Rye PA's that don't smell as good, but taste better. Other than to experience what a good beer aftershave would smell like, you shouldn't kill yourself seeking this one out.

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Photo of Homebrew35
1.64/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Opens with a big gush of foam. Oh ohh. This is going to be a problem. Ultra carbonation wastes about 1/3 of the bottle.
Hazy amber body with a massive egg shell colored head.

Smells of carmel, sweet sticky green apple and funk. Some lemon pledge mixed with shoe polish.

Tastes of sweet cheeries, musty blanket, toffee and earthy hops. I know already this is not right but I must tell of my experience.

Mouthfeel is medium thin with little carbonation remaining. A sticky sweet and funky aftertaste remains.

Overall this is funkified and not right. I hope this can be resolved in a future batch.
2011 vintage.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.36/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Like several other reviewers, I had a miserable experience with this beer. Upon opening the bottle, 1/3 of the contents foamed over and saturating the surface of my bar. Since many people have had this problem, it is a trend not an isolated incident. This is a poor reflection on an otherwise good brewery. The problem needs to be fixed.

What was left of the contents produced a copper colored beer with little aroma. The aroma may have already been spilled. The initial taste produced a modest hoppy flavor. However, there was no detectable rye flavor. Any mouthfeel was negligible. The aftertaste was watery and hardly significant.

I have loved many of New Holland's beers, but I really must wonder what went wrong here. Between the contents exploding for a number of people and the paltry amount of flavor, I am very disappointed.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Although the bottle should have been settled, it really popped with a ferver leading to a foamover as mentioned by the previous two advocates. Nonetheless, the beer must be drunken! It poured a medium hazy amber with an over-robust ivory white thick lace that clung to the glass. The head fleeted and potentially took the aromas with! There were no overbearing smells from this brew like I expected from a 6.5%'er. It had a spiciness expected from a pumpkin brew. Some hints of citrus and floral followed up by traces of hoppiness. The taste fades quickly leaving a suttle bitterness. A great brew, very drinkable. Not sure if there was a issue in the bottling process but after the blowover the beer was very solid.

Found at Cardinal Liq's, Niles IL

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Photo of hashiru
1.5/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I have to rate this awful - I hope it was a bad bottle, since overall other reviewers seem to lean toward raving about the brew. Also, I have enjoyed Mad Hatter in the past and in general like New Holland beers.

Half the bottle exploded in foam in the sink, where for some prescient reason I opened it. The remaining beer was enough to produce two pint glassfuls, each of which was about half foamy carbonation. The color was similar to a dirty mud puddle.

I got hardly any smell or taste of rye, hops or malt. It was not exactly plastic as another reviewer suggested, but more like library paste. Phew - what an experience.

Close to the worst beer I've ever had. Like I say, I hope my bottle was a total outlier (maybe left on a warm shelf in a sunny warehouse for six months?)

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Photo of MrTopher
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Jim (ratedz) and the other two Hatter varieties (Farmhouse and Black). Served in a Duvel tulip.

A – A dark cloudy orange color that resembles that of almost copper color, decent 1 inch head that creates a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S – A lot of citrus hops, some rye, and some spices. There is some sweetness, but I presume that comes from the malts not the rye.

T – Very similar to the nose, some good spice and citrus hops and then to tie them all together the rye. There is a finish of some sweetness from the malts, really well balanced and one of the better rye beers I have had.

M – A little thicker than to be expected but pairs nicely with all that’s going on. And the carbonation is perfect because it doesn’t make it too chewy.

O – This is the 2nd of the 3 hatter varieties I received from, I still have the Black, but I enjoyed this over the Farmhouse. Just has a good flavor profile and nice balance.

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Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful copper color with two fingers if tan head and a big stream of bubbles risky. Head has excellent retention and leaves a ton of lacing.

S -- Nice amount if citrus hops and rye spiciness in the nose. Slow some subtle caramel malt.

T - Though this bottle is a few months old, there is still a nice citrus hops presence in the taste, along with a good amount if rye spiciness. Caramel malt comes in midway, but plays a backseat role here. Very enjoyable taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel, slightly resinous. Nice amount of carbonation.

O - Probably the best of the Hatter variant series, this was a nicely balanced IPA with a nice hop/spice profile.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light orange color; HUGE 4 finger-width head, sticky lacing

S: Sweet, floral perfume, like roses or a bouquet of flowers. One of the best/most interesting smelling beers I've ever come across

T: Much like the nose; light, slightly bitter hops and wheat with a strong backbone of floral perfume and sweet roses

M: Light thickness combined with the tingly carbonation makes the beer feel as though it's just evaporating right off your tongue

O: This is a very interesting -- albeit very delicious -- beer. Would recommend picking one up for anyone who likes lighter beers with subtle and exotic flavors.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of head overflowing my glass after a modest pour. That same heads recedes very quickly to a thin film of foam that lasts for all twenty two ounces. Ok bubbling.

Spicey and earthy hop aroma with toasted muffins and fresh harvested rye malts.

Nicely toasted rye and barley malts add some bread and biscuit flavors to the spicey earthen flavors of this bitter RYE-PA. I like it and hope they keep thi beer in the regular rotation.

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Photo of beergod1
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head that quickly Dissipates. Aromas of Sweet malt and rye, not too much hops comes through. The taste has more hop character, with a bitter taste upfront with a spiced rye ending with more sweet/citrus hop bitterness. I'm getting a little too much sweetness....Pretty good, but I couldn't drink more than 1 of these at a time.

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Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $5.50. Tapped from the Black New Holland Handle w/ a Circus looking Mad Hatter in the Oval into a Blank, 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Tons of citrus hop from the get go. Also, the rye character is strong and has a bit of malty sweetness behind it. Fantastic!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that dies quick. Has a pale orange/dark golden color body that is semi-hazy. Huge lacing.

Flavor- Has a light rye taste when it comes down to it. There are floral hops brewed here and then it is dry on the finish. It seems as if the Mad Hatter IPA and a N.H. Rye beer were just mixed together since the Rye character isn't well noticed in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Moderate Carbonation, and has a bit of hop on the end of the palate with hint of rye.

Overall Impression- Very nice brew but wonder about some of these breweries' special brews like this... Is this just a mixed beer or do they really go out of their way to brew a special batch? I fully enjoyed this one by New Holland and will be looking forward to having more of the Mad Hatters that have came out (Black Hatter, Farmhouse Hatter, Imperial Hatter, etc.).

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear standard amber in color with a two finger craggy fluffy head that leaves lovely lacing with every sip. Body is a bit too far on the lighter side for my taste in rye beers, but it matches with how subtle they made it. Yes, I was expecting a bigger beer, but instead I got something carefully nuanced. A light nose of citrus hopping on top of gentle rye spiciness, standard caramel malt, all things presented in nose are exactly what I get in the taste as well. Finish resembles the standard bittering taper down of a typical APA. The only nitpick I have is that the sweetness of the malt seems about 10% too low to be in perfect balance with the hops and rye sting. Other than that, a nice refreshing effort, just a bit more subdued than I had expected.

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Photo of BierFan
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Very explosive head. 3 ounces of beer became 14 ounces of foam when poured into the pint glass. Very nice aroma. Subtle rye and grapefruit/flowery aroma. Dry. For some reason this beer is really reminding me of Duvel. I'm really loving this beer.

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Photo of Holland
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper amber with intense streams of carbonation rising to the top, capped by a frothy 3/4" head that won't quit leaving heaps of gorgeous, sticky, foamy lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and piney, very bright like grapefruit peel and grapefruit flesh and dark rye bread.

What I seem to get in the taste of c-hopped rye beers I can only describe as cactus. Prickly, fresh and green, almost like a raw green pepper (in a good way) or spruce, maybe it could be called spicy lemongrass? Whatever it is it is balanced against a nice caramel-malt at the core. I don't know if that cactus aspect is a combination of the rye and the hops or what it is, I only know I'm a huge fan.

Great body on this beer, nice and creamy, cut with a good level of carbonation.

Great stuff.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgoues blurry bronze orange hue crowned with an immensely tall and loftly thickened spongey beige foam that sits like a Hat that won't blow off in a strong wind. A blitz of lacing encompasses the glass edge with thick gluey broken sheeting.

Moderately paced aroma of rough cut rye bread and some dullish orange-sided peachy hoppyness with a bit of popping floral pine.

Flavor is fairly solid for an IPA, pretty good crunchyness about the popping hoppyness which brings in more sweet and bittering pine tones then the aroma. The citrusy stuff is there in a lengthy, yet muted orangeyness with a light spritz of lemon. Has a subdued hint to the rye crispness in front but that's disguarded quickly by the orange toned hops and some light toasty malt background. Grapefruity bitterness parches through as it finishes.

Feel is closing in on a medium body, perhaps a little looser then I'd like at the front but it pulls together quickly with a pretty beefy orange toned hoppyness. A quick snippet of rye crispness sits in there and floats around for a bit within its toasty malt.

Lengthy in hoppy tone overall and pretty solid, but the Oak-Aged Hatter is superior in balance, body, and flavor complexity for the New Holland series of IPA's.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonik pint glass, this makes a beautiful walnut-colored beer, with an enormous, airy head. The nose features abundant citrus, piney hop notes, on top of a faint maltiness. An initial flavor of toasted malt, contributing very little-to-no sweetness, is quickly washed away by bracingly resinous, citrusy hops. Bitterness is quite high. The rye quality of the malt is mostly buried underneath the hops, but still provides some subtle spicy, pepper character. Finishes very dry.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A nice citrus hop note up front along with some spicy rye malt with a nice bread note. Light grass and pine with some light fruitiness. Not the most fragrant of beers, though.

T: Fairly bitter with a decent pine flavor. Some grass and citrus peel, with a nice enough grapefruit flavor. Not much in the way of fruits, though. A decent amount of malt in rye, toffee, and caramel.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Slightly disappointing. A decent hop flavor, but nothing that really impressed me.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tumbler.

A: Pours a light (caramel) brown with a 1.5 finger puffy head that lingers and laces. Very active carbonation in pour.

S: Hops and spices are prevalent. A citrus grapefruit smell is present with some caramel sweetness. Earthy notes from rye, pine, etc.

T: Nice clean taste. Starts with hops and spice, some sweetness from caramel malts comes through, ends dry with grapefruit/spice aftertaste.

M: A little over-carbonated, has good coating, and a nice dry hop finish.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left some thin rings of foam.

S - It smelled of citrus, rye and light pine notes. Some caramel notes, too.

T - It tasted of rye bread, caramel and some earthy, grassy, bitter hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice rye IPA. Another good version of the Mad Hatter series.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep orange body with a swirl of microbubbles and a super thick beige head that takes up 3/4 of the glass and sticks to the glass in clouds with each sip.

S- The rich fragrant fresh hop pellet aroma is full of green and citrus notes with a strong support of fresh caramel malt that is dry. There is a touch of earthy rye that comes through as the beer opens up. All the aromas blend together and I find my self just huffing the class.

T- The dry spicy grain flavor blends into spicy green hops with a nice bite from hops and grain in the finish. The soft spice and hop hint lingers in the finish with a touch of bitterness coming through as the beer opens.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slightly slick texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is just like picking fresh hops off the vine, the aroma is so powerful and full. The taste was nice but didn't have the depth of the aroma.

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Orange/gold pour. Half finger of white head. Layer retains all right.

Mostly hoppy aroma, citrus and pine. Hints of spice from the rye.

Taste starts with lively herbal and citrus. Malty body, more toffee than caramel. Some pine that moves into plenty of spicey rye, carraway.

It wants to be creamy, but the carbonation working with the spice keep it slightly more lively. Nicely mouthfilling though, as I would expect from a grainy brew. No alcohol, really easy drinking.

My favorite of the different Hatter so far.
Overall this is rock solid. If you rate this as a rye beer rather than an IPA, it fits beautifully.

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Rye P.A. Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
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