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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Review 54: New Holland Black Hatter

Review 54
New Holland Black Hatter: 5.56% abv

Doesn't take a whole lot of education to guess what this one is. That's right: today's countdown to Hatter day is a black IPA. So what does the Black Hatter have to offer that grandpa White Hatter and the old classic do not. That's what we're here to answer, and to start, the picture reveals that extreme creepiness is a start. 

But onto the tasting notes. On the nose, one gets a bombardment of flavors, including apple, grape, pine, oak, orange, grapefruit, slight vanilla, whipping cream, minteral earthiness, with floral notes and a wet dewy grass smell as well. 

The taste doesn't fail to be equally as complex as the smell, with cream and vanilla on the arrival, malty notes, sweet and tangy citrus notes of lemon, lime and orange, and slight grapefruit. The finish closes the beer of with a nice long presence, being malty and having plenty of wheat and hops, as well as floral notes, vanilla, rye, lime, slight coffee, and a hint of nuttiness. This beer is complex in nature and well crafted, but not as balanced as desired, with more prominent citrus notes than anything. Still a very enjoyable beer. 

Score: 9.0/10

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