Michigan Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

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Michigan HatterMichigan Hatter

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: no head really on a cloudy copper with golden hues body but still some decent lacing.

S: not much in the aroma, mostly some miscellaneous citrus and caramel malt.

T: not much in the hop realm here, mostly caramel malt, fairly malty actually, with some mild tart moving to lightly sweet citrus finish.

M: body is fairly light, light to medium with light to moderate carbonation. a bit watery.

Overall: This one is pretty boring. Hops are mild, not much to the aroma. Its not at all memorable

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Leaning on the heels of the "Hatter" series comes a Michigan-grown attitude about the beer that best celebrates the northern Mid-west state. Its taste is raw, rustic and true to its form.

As the beer pours a light blend of honey-amber and copper, its hazy hue is well headed with a frothy slight off-white cap and retains with clinging broken rings at each sip.

Thin caramel and honey rise to the nose just before the hops arrive- its then that grapefruit, oranges, papaya, apricot, and an almost banana taste takes the scent from citrus to tropical fruit punch.

And to taste, the early sweetness is slightly of caramel and honey and weaves deeply into fruit sweetness of both yeast esters and juicy hops. A late turn to bitterness allows for citrusy and piney resinous character with floral and perfumy grass notes. Spicy with light white pepper and a clove-like aftertaste gives this IPA a mild Belgian and German character.

Medium-light in body, the ale errupts with carbonation early but quickly settles to a slim creaminess before turning vanilla-like and minty-cool. A late texture of astringency is light, grainy and and nearly peppery to the cheeks and jaws.

Michigan Hatter is a fine rendition to the "Hatter" family. But its fruit and perfume character cause it to taste slightly Belgian-like and German-like as it steers away from the clean dialogue of dry caramel and citrus.

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 5/10/2013. Pours moderately cloudy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, caramel, toast, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, grass, caramel, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a nicely balanced malt backbone that does not overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, sticky, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is a damn nice session IPA! Well balanced and packed with plenty of hop and malt flavor for the ABV; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of nickfl
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, amber body. Musty hops with a touch of brown sugar. Caramel and toffee up front with a bit of spicy hop character and little else. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a silly sweet finish. Kind of bland without a lot to recommend it, I wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking in honor of my dad, a Michigan brewed beer.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep hazed copper color with a tightly formed one finger off white head that took it's time settling.Aromas of piney hops and sweet biscuit malts,not complex but nice enough.Flavors of piney and pithy citric hops over top of a big sweet caramel base,the maltiness is almost as big as the hops.It's not overly complex but it's packed with good flavor.

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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 3" head. The foam slowly resides.

Smell: some caramel, some citrus, and a bit of hop presence.

Taste: caramel, orange, pear, grapefruit, a hint of earthiness, and a decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Short lived afteraste.

Overall: a decent lower ABV IPA that nicely refreshes and hits the spot on a hot day.

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Photo of corby112
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear dark copper/golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately fades into a thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Floral, earthy hop aroma with a nice balance of resinous, earthy notes and sweet citrus/tropical fruit charater.  There's a stronger malt presnce than expected with hints of caramel, graham cracker, toffee and biscuit.  Soily with pine needle and spruce tip countered by grapefruit sweetness and zesty orange peel.  

Lighter bodied than expected with a earthy hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter malt notes into a dry finish.  Not overly bitter or resinous but it's pretty dry with lots of spicy grass, soil and pine needle flavor.  Citrus/tropical notes are subtle with some pineapple and orange zest providing a touch of sweetness.  More malt character than expected with caramel sweetness, toffee, bread and biscuit.  Decently balanced and light enough to drink easily but the hop flavor isn't very intersting which is odd considering the use of cascade.  

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Photo of barczar
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with copper highlights and a dense, lingering cream head that eventually dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Floral, resiny hops, with notes of cannabis and grapefruit are juxtaposed by sweet, caramel, nutty, lightly toasted malt. Hints of cat urine emerge.

Toasted, somewhat sweet caramel malt forms the backbone and is present throughout. There's a bit of a burnt character, likely due to a combination of malt and hop bitterness. Grapefruit is evident initially, but the hop flavor fades too quickly to bittering hops. Floral notes and a touch of resin add complexity. The balance is malty, but bitter.

Body is moderate to slightly full, with moderate carbonation, some hop harshness, and light alcohol warmth.

Wish the flavor had reflected the aroma on this one. Hop bitterness was present, but the flavoring left something to be desired.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pours copper in color with a creamy off-white head that holds great retention. Tone of yeast particulates suspended in the body making it very cloudy. Aromas are pleasant with caramel, fresh citric hops, rye bread, grapefruit, pine. Nice balance of flavors - bready malt, caramel, grapefruit, pine. Creamy, medium body, nice balanced bitterness on the finish. I like this IPA. I'd prefer a 12oz bottle, but this was good to try.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-tinged amber with a creamy, thin white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, cream, toffee, biscuit, herbs, pine, lemon, lime, and mandarin orange come through on the nose.

T: Flavors of caramel, cream, toffee, biscuit, crackers, lemon, lime, mandarin orange, kumquat, grapefruit, grass, herbs, and pine wash across the palate. The finish is earthy, herbal, and zesty with pronounced flavors of caramel, biscuit, herbs, grass, lemon, and pine.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy in the mouth with prickly, yet somewhat restrained carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O: I'm not really sure that I can accept this beer as an IPA, but I really like the Cascade aromas and flavors the brewers showcase in this ale. If and when you try this ale, keep an open mind and do not think of this as a typical American IPA because, in truth, it is really more of an American pale ale billed as an IPA. Still, the aromas and flavors here are great. Highly recommended for fans of balanced and/or hop-forward ales.

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Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with just over one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Quite fragrant aroma. Plenty of citrus and floral hop notes. A little bit of toasted, bready malt underneath the hops.

The promising malt bill did not really show up in the flavor. A touch of sweetness but otherwise this is a pure hop display. Citrus rind, orange, and quite a bit of bitterness.

Feels like a substantial IPA. The carbonation is splendid resulting in a pleasant overall texture.

Not an IPA that sets itself apart from a lot of others. Probably would mean more to Michigan beer drinkers. Wish the malt came out a little more ass I believe they used some promising ingredients.

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Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper in color. Clear. Forms a moderate sized head that reduces fairly quickly, resulting in a thin, patchy surface coating. Good amount of lacing.

S: Aroma is hop dominant, though I'm definitely getting some caramel malt out of the mix as well. Hops are primarily herbal in nature, but there are some notes of sweet tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Taste is more of the same. Herbal hops dominate alongside some sweet citrus. Orange, grapefruit, pine and a good dose of caramel malt. A bit of bitter spice on the backend.

M: Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, mild-to-moderate bitterness.

O: Not a bad beer, but a bit too sweet and malty for my personal preference. Hard to believe this beer is only a measly 4.8% ABV.

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Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber brown color - slightly cloudy. Full head on pour retains well. Large chunky lacing on the glass.

S: Grassy, spicy hop aroma.

T: Relatively mild IPA but when considering the low ABV a lot of flavor has been packed into this IPA. Mild bitterness throughout.

M:Good carbonation and action on the tongue.

O: Good brew.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Auburn orange with a lot of unnecessary haze. Not a lot of good lasting head.

Tangy cardboard, perfumey hops, oxidized malts... doesn't smell too good.

Floral hops, some cardboard, wafery thin malts, caramel overtones, and minerality. Yikes.

Feels good. Nice weight in the mouth. Carbonation provides some good airiness.

Yeah... about no bottle dating...

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A well made low abv IPa with locally grown hops.
Had a small head over a clear amber body. Aroma was very aromatic with tropicals and florals. Malts balanced out the smell.
Taste was good though not as hoppy as the nose suggested. On the palate lean hops have a citrus flair and malts are honey sweet.
A good beer but like most IPA's of the low ABV the taste seems to get flat and washed out.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 4.99. 2013 vintage. Served in a New Holland stemmed glass.

Pours an amber hue with a finger and a half ecrue head. Head fades slowly, leaving sheets of lace.

Aroma is straight forward and pleasant. Light citrus hops and sweet biscuit.

The nose was quite indicative of the flavor. A nice citrus hop character with a big biscuity sweetness. As in the smell it isn't too complex but it's decent.

Medium feel with moderate carbonation.

Simple, no surprises but tasty enough. It lacks the depth and bold flavors I typically crave but it does well at under 5%.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We crack a bomber and pour a brew of toasted almond into our Great Lakes pints. It puts up a solid two finger head of sparkling soapy bubbles, showing the color of eggnog. This retains well, leaving cheesecloth sheets of lacing circumferentially around the glasses. A chill haze cuts clarity while tiny flecks of sediment remain suspended throughout. Carbonation appears to be highly active. The aroma gives classic citric, earthy cascade hoppiness sitting across a bed of metallic pale malts, light caramel sugars, peach, apricot, mango, and pear fruitiness, faint medicinals, Belgian-esque yeast sweetness, iron, dirty ginger, and mild bitterness of wet orange rind. Our first impression is that, while the cascades sing brightly, and sweetly, the malt base comes up big on the back to meet them. As we sip, the taste begins with pale and amber maltiness, light biscuity butters, syrupy citric, distantly piney, and nectary hops, oily tree bark, peach and strawberry syrups, and icy mineral. The middle peaks with freshly citric, floral, and earthen hops, honey, gravel, salted caramel sugars, smooth almond nuttiness, lemon cleaner, clean vanilla cake, and gritty amber malt depth. The ending wash comes with toasty pales and biscuity warmth to the malts, freshly ground black pepper, chalked yeast bitterness, white breadiness, vinyl plastics, coppery metallics, and the final wisps of herbal and floral hoppiness. The aftertaste breathes of earthen mineral, crisp metallics, oily, soapy, and dirty citric hops, bittered pale malts, brown grassiness, leafy vegetals, rye breadiness, and a drying tannic herbal tea quality. The body is medium, and the carbonation is high, with fierce prickle to the tongue. Each sip gives nice froth, slurp, cream, smack, and pop. The mouth is initially foamed, but this drips into brief pucker and slick astringency across the hard palate. The abv is easy on the soul, contributing to excellent drinkability.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its solid hoppy flavoring, and great drinkability. Through the flavoring, despite the primary use of homegrown Michigan cascades, we get a surprising plethora of varietals, with something new at seemingly every turn. This helped keep us guessing and interesting, especially against such a strong and inherently sweet, yet bitter, malt base. The feel and aroma were both kept light and lively as well, both adding greatly to ease of drinkability and general enjoyment. The nose is actually quite fruity at the outset, but this is lost amongst the depth of grain through the taste. This is a welcomed and tasty addition to the “Hatter” family.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy copper with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy lacing.

S - Fair amount of pine and citrus from the hops. Some light caramel sweetness is also present.

T - Lots of caramel malts. Hop are fairly weak producing a light bitterness with some light citrus notes also come through in the finish.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is watery with a dry finish.

O - Decent. I wish the hops would have came through more. Very light easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber bottle "Vintage 2013" poured into tulip

look is an unfiltered orange with plenty of chunkards floating around. smell is piney, dank wet and cascadey. some spice and sweet malt as well. as it warms, an unpleasant alcohol scent comes out. surprisingly light in feel, like carbonated fruit juice. taste is a little subdued as well, citrus/pine and herbal hops, with a chalky roasted malt finish.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle (vintage 2013), poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- Clean, copper body with a 1-1/2 finger, tan head after a normal pour. Light carbonation. Really good head retention and awesome stick. A second pour clouded things up with some sediment.

S- Clean, fresh hops. Juicy grapefruit and very leafy, organic tones at first. Some grainy malts in background. Tropical fruits later. Caramel comes through with warmth with leathery notes (almost like a lighter barleywine).

T- Great balance. Sweet and bready malt backbone stands up against significant citrus and leafy/minty hops. Clean, dry finish. Hints of caramel and tobacco with warmth. Really robust.

M- Medium-full body, medium-light carbonation.

O- I love a balanced IPA, and really appreciate the use of Michigan grown hops. Maybe a bit pricy for a standard IPA @ $5.19 for the 22 oz. If not cost prohibitive (and limited availability) it could be an IPA rotation mainstay. It was a great pair with French bread and white cheddar and dill cheeses before firing up the grill for a summer, burger cookout.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium copper colored ale with good clarity and an off-white head. The head is made of rocky bubbles and fades to a ring of soapy bubbles while leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: A fairly strong citrus and pine aroma from American hops with a moderate, caramel malt note.

T: A strong hops bitterness with a medium-strong citrus hop flavors, again mostly citrus with some pine. The malt brings a little caramel malt sweetness but the balance is fairly bitter. The finish is moderately dry with a lingering aftertaste of hops bitterness.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation

O: Almost a typical Cascade Hops IPA, with a strong hops bitterness and hops flavor. There is a slight uniqueness to the hops.

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Photo of Beefytits4
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the label: Michigan Hatter celebrates our local agriculture with its Michigan grown Cascade hops from the Leelanau peninsula. Bright and aromatic, with delicious malt notes underneath a citrusy showcase of hops. Pairings: Sharp cheddars, Herb roasted poultry and curry.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had I seen the overall score on this I would never have picked this up-but hey we're snobs right?!? This sits last on the shelf gazing at Me!, so I take her home-who could resist, cute girl in a hat holding hops, c'mon.

Pours a cloudy honey that clears with a half-inch merengue head. Lacing follows down.

Smell is downright a bullseye. Sweet malt, floral hops, grapefruit pith and modest pine.

Taste is floral hop laying on the tongue and breaths nice through the nose. Really not a lot of malt which may come as a relief to some.

I find this on the lighter side and refreshing-going down smooth. Definitely not a slouch by any stretch. If your looking for a lower malt bill and mild citrusy bitterness, this is it. I say great job boys!

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Holland Brewing Company branded imperial pint glass

Pours a glimmering light copper topped with a one and a half finger clean white head. Above average retention, abundant splotchy lacing. Very light pine, fresh green tea, floral notes and hints of mint on the nose. Opens with clean herbal notes, white tea, and edible orchid. Finishes with floral notes, light pine, and moderately bitter grapefruit rind. Medium body, wonderful mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, perfect for this brew. Smooth, velvety, with just a hit of creaminess on the finish. A crisp and refreshing IPA; extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of JG-90
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a moderate sized light-tan head and is peach/brown color that has okay retention. Beer has a lot of sediment in it and leaves an average amount of lacing. Has a woody, citrusy, piney smell with a bit of malt and floral.

Taste starts with wheat bread, moves on to prickly bitter hops, pine, wood, floral, and earth. Finishes with grapefruit, lemon, and a bit of tangerine. Has a bitter, citrusy, woody, and floral aftertaste. Has high carbonation and very light mouthfeel. These two aspects (moreso the light mouthfeel) really hurt the beer in my opinion. There is some good flavor there, but the complex flavors do not seem to match up well with the light body.

Still a pretty good beer despite the problems I had with mouthfeel. Would try again if they made it again next year.

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