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New Holland Black Hatter

September 16, 2013

Since their push into the New York market I’ve talked a lot about New Holland. They’re far from the only Michigan brewery I talk about, and the praise is certainly undeserved. I don’t know what it is about Michigan that makes them produce such good beer. While it’s probably something logical or scientific, I prefer to imagine that one is driven to produce good beer when they’re forced to remember Detroit’s decline more frequently than the rest of us. (Please note that Holland, Michigan is on the complete other side of the ‘hand’ from Detroit.)

The Black Hatter is New Holland’s “American Black IPA,” which is a phrasing I think I will more readily accept than American Black Ale, an increasingly common term for Black IPAs. It pours a dark black with red hues topped by a nice brown head. The scent is a nice mixture of roasted malt and hops, with a hint of coffee. As can be expected of this blossoming style the body is in the middle range, with a slightly creamy but ultimately smooth mouthfeel.

Chocolate is the predominant flavor brought out from the roasted malt. Other dark malty goodness comes out in the beer and it all goes very well with the spiciness of the hops. The beer comes to a bitter hop/coffee finish that is biting but fitting. Overall, it’s a great beer I’ve had a few pints of over the past few weeks and I think you’ll enjoy it too.


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