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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPANew Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

281 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.07% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Fermentation character from Belgian-born yeast, envelops bright hop character with a spicy, tart Farhouse funk. Original Gravity: 12.2 ºP, ABV: 5.07%, IBU: 53 "

(Beer added by: PhineasGage on 05-28-2011)
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izhehaller

Indiana

5/5  rDev +34%

08-11-2012 20:04:19 | More by izhehaller
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rustrose

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely deep copper in my Gulden Draak tulip, hazed with hops, showcasing a very nice sticky off-white head. Starts around two fingers, lasts pretty well. Leaves enchanting layers of lace all the way down the glass.

Pine hops meld beautifully with peppery tones from the saison yeast, along with a bunch of citrus zest that I can’t pin down to either yeast or hops. Very lemon zesty. Some earthy notes. I love the way the pine notes smoothly transition right into the Belgian spice. This one smells hoppy and spicy in a good way, a very natural and elegant harmony—quite a contrast from the juxtaposition created by Stone, which feels like two elements at war. Saison yeast was a really great choice for this beer.

Wow. Super dry. Extremely lemon forward. Tons of lemon zest, along with grapefruit and some pine. Hops seem really well balanced. There’s definitely a firm bitterness, but it rises as a gentle swell and never gets too obtrusive. This tastes like a saison that got hoppier. Malt fights hard to keep up here, only managing to get in a very brief suggestion of lightly sweet dough that is quickly followed by a gentle saltine crackery finish. Despite the subservience of the malts, the hops never seem to lurch out of balance. This is clearly a hoppy beer, (though not as much as a regular hatter), but it seems to hold true to a Belgian identity, with poise and balance and strong drinkability.

Some may complain that this is not in-your-face hoppy enough. I think in this case, unlike other Belgian IPAs that seem interesting as a novelty but fail to improve upon the standard IPA recipe, I actually like this better than regular Hatter—seems more balanced, more inviting—all around a more elegant and refined drink, that keeps inviting you back for more. Definitely drinks more like a hoppy saison than an IPA. And in my personal opinion, if you want to have a good Belgian IPA, the Belgian part has to take the lead, with the hops enhancing the character. Otherwise it becomes a struggle for control, as in the Stone Cali-Belgique. In this beer, the elements are not in competition. They perfectly complement each other.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, reflecting a Belgian approach. The body is medium. However, with some time, this becomes soft, fluffy, and fairly light.

Drinkability is really good—I polished off a bomber in no time. Also, it’s really nice to see a beer that accomplishes great flavor with less than 6% ABV, bucking the general trend both in IPAs and Belgians towards high gravity. This packs in a lot of character without sending you straight to the couch to crash.

Cheers to another great beer from my alma mater! In my opinion, this one really shows the potential breadth of the emergent Belgian IPA style, by introducing a saison yeast to the dance. Most Belgian IPAs have focused on tripels or golden strongs as the launching point, but this shows how beautifully the lemon and pepper zest of saison yeast can blend with the right varieties of hops. It just fits perfectly. Bravo! This is not just a novelty; it’s a beer you could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 05:48:21 | More by rustrose
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bort11

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Karmeliet tulip. Huge fluffy light tan head floats and bobs on the surface. Amazing retention and wonderful sticky lace abounds. The body is a copper color with a mild sediment haze. This is a very exciting beer to look at.

The smell is mild, but all the notes are there. The fruity/citrus hops are predominant, but I still get trace hints of a Belgian yeast funkiness. I'm thinking the large foam cap is trapping a lot of the smell in. The taste releases everything that was contained in the smell. Large, juicy grapefruit flavors, but then finishes dry with a mild Belgian yeast tartness.

The mouthfeel is mild and very dry. The New Holland website says the Farmhouse Hatter has an ABV of 5.07%, but it feels a little higher than that. It makes me want to go out and try the other Hatter variations. At $4.99 a bottle it's an easy way to explore the different variations.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 14:49:27 | More by bort11
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a couple years ago in the brewpub on tap. Liked it then. Let's see the bottled version.

Poured into my New Holland Pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with a big, two fingered light tan head that stands up rather well. Leaves some nice lacing.

Aromas of citrus hops, a little farmhouse funk, and that characteristic spicy, peppery saison yeast. In the back there somewhere, is a little caramel malt.

Flavors of citric peel hop bitterness, peppery yeast, and a touch of caramel malt. The finish is long, bitter and peppery, with some funk thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel is dry, with a puckering, astringent (in a good way) bitterness.

Overall, an excellent brew. My favorite of the Hatter series to date. A very good, hoppy saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 05:17:19 | More by JamnesCameron
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dabeers

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

08-25-2012 00:03:48 | More by dabeers
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

11-29-2011 23:18:47 | More by brandoman63
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beerme626

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-17-2013 19:15:15 | More by beerme626
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Brasso

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

03-02-2014 22:54:34 | More by Brasso
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eeggles

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-10-2012 21:57:19 | More by eeggles
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21Maestro8

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

12-15-2013 04:31:49 | More by 21Maestro8
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flpiii

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-12-2012 02:14:50 | More by flpiii
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amishbooze

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-10-2012 01:00:15 | More by amishbooze
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AmitC

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Farmhouse hatter farmhouse IPA poured from a 22oz bomber into my large snifter.

Vintage 2012.

Amber color. Over one and half finger thick white bubbly-creamy head that persists very well. Slight haze that makes it translucent. Good bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Aroma : Awesome is the word that come to mind. Good mix of belgian ale flavors and IPA hops. Peppercorn and grassy floral hops. Slight fruity tones as well. Strong aroma. Smell rises as soon as the cap is half open. Quite complex. Nose has some pepper mint flavor as well.

Taste: Flavor is almost as complex as nose. Slight malt upfront with hop backbone. Spices and fruity taste as well. Bitter dry finish. Overall bitterness is quite less compared to a regular English or American IPA. Slight after taste of pepper mint that follows the nose.

Mouth feel : Very excellent medium bodied finish. Smooth. No astringency. Carbonation is a tad on the higher side though but does not take anything away from drinkability.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 4.5

Only drawback is low alcohol content. Otherwise top draw stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 00:37:08 | More by AmitC
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elNopalero

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2102 Vintage.

This bottle had about half a year’s time on it. At first crack of the cap it started foaming over. Clearly nice carbonation with a lot of life—very bubbly! Appropriate for the holiday celebration where I brought it.

This poured a golden tan color topped by some nice foam. There’s an estery aroma with a nice hoppy spice kick to it. I get an estery orange blossom scene. The flavor is clearly ‘saison’—estery and lively—with a crisp bitterness and some orange peel on the finish. It’s enjoyable even if (I presume) the hops have faded. I get a combination of orange peel and some stinky cheese characteristics as it opens.

The Farmhouse hatter has a definite rustic edge and a mild funk to it which is welcome in this day and age of mass-produced play-it-safe saisons.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 07:15:53 | More by elNopalero
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DCon

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $5. Tapped from the Farmer on the Tap Handle and New Holland Printed in Grey on the Black Base into a .47l New Belgium Tulip Glass. I was able to pour one glass of my choice before the Craft Beer Week Special Tapping @ the Wolf. Cool.

Aroma- Has nice floral hop aroma with a sweet lemon and malty background. Well balanced and even could be classified as an English IPA in some ways.. Has hints of sourness too.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that persists and stays for the appropriate amount of time. Dark Orange/Copper body that is a bit hazy and leaves great lacing.

Flavor- Starts with nice hop flavor and a fruit background. Very unsure of all the characteristics here but they are all well-balanced and sweet. Low bitterness and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves sweetness and hop on the palate.

Overall Impression- A VERY interesting Farmhouse/IPA and has to be one of the toughest beers to seek out though. Really enjoyed this thoroughly and will be buying a bottle of this as well. Hoppy, Fruity, and easy drinking. Recommend!

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 16:47:56 | More by DCon
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA pours a slightly dark golden color, with a nice size white head. There is a nice strong floral hoppy aroma. There is a nice strong floral hoppy taste, but then it blends with bits of a sweet candy like taste. Nice strong flavor, and a nice little kick of bitterness form the hops. Overall I found this fantastic. It has a typical floral bitter IPA, that mixes with sweet Belgian candy flavors, I found it unique and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 02:02:22 | More by vette2006c5r
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msnow34

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber Pours a perfect hazy orange into a pint glass with a huge head. Smells like all hops and belgian yeast, wish i had a better sense of smell as this one is phenomenal to me. Tastes exactly as descriped a cross between a saison and an ipa. Certain sips the hops are present and on others the yeast. It is however a little dry for my liking. Very glad to try this different style, I wished i had another one as it was very sessionable. I would have poured it immediatly

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 01:46:50 | More by msnow34
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Skye1024

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-12-2012 19:48:26 | More by Skye1024
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

02-26-2014 17:49:26 | More by JIMTRK16
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

04-28-2013 21:44:26 | More by zonker17
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-24-2012 01:29:35 | More by kbuzz
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

10-11-2012 13:18:41 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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JamesonRx

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

07-13-2012 06:13:11 | More by JamesonRx
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cestlavie

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-25-2012 01:37:56 | More by cestlavie
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RusImpStoLuv

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

02-26-2014 20:42:38 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
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