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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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292 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

eeggles, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

amishbooze, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

derricksmalls, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from pry-off 22oz bomber with silver foil over the cap and neck to a large wineglass. The only dating information available is “Vintage 2012” printed clearly on the back label.

Appearance (4.5): Seriously attractive pour on this, the head isn’t out of control but it’s tight and leaves a ton of lace on the way down, as it recedes. What is there is off-white, kind of cream-colored. The body, meanwhile, is a rich amber color and just slightly hazy. Many, many streams of bubbles rise to the surface, and this beer looks great.

Smell (4.5): The Belgian side of this beer actually smells more BSPA than “farmhouse” to me, but it definitely smells nice. Pretty good biscuit and clove notes in the nose, plus some banana and pear fruitiness. The hops also are evident here, citrus fruit and somewhat tropical in character, and slightly dank—bright citrus becomes more prominent as it warms.

Taste (3.5): This is definitely bitter. The first thing you get is a medicinal, yeasty character, somewhat chalky, but it quickly transitions into an herbal, astringently citric bitterness, like chewing on fresh lime peels. There’s a solid Juicy Fruit kind of sweetness that must be coming from the yeast underneath, which comes NOWHERE close to dominating the mix of flavors but just kind of floats along underneath. The body develops a definitely earthy character as it warms. The finish is good, solidly bitter, not overpowering, but slow to dissipate, and it finishes dry. There are some very good elements here, but it doesn’t totally mesh—definitely smoothes out and gets more even-handed as it warms, too.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium-bodied, it’s got an even, smooth, but somewhat one-dimensional carbonation that tingles slightly going down. Dry in the finish, not too heavy or oily by any means. Does a good job, nothing spectacular.

Overall (3.5): To me, this beer is like a classic saison, done relatively well, with a ton of bittering hops thrown in. It’s not FANTASTIC as a Belgian style, and the IPA side of it could use a little more malt depth / grain richness, some solid dry-hopping, and more flavoring hops, in my opinion. This would POP with a richer grain body and some serious tropical hop flavor. It’s pretty good, for sure, but not excellent in any way, outside of the appearance (which is damn good) and the smell (not quite as good, but very good in its own right).

fmccormi, Jul 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

tmarretti, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark orange with a huge spongy white head. Nice lacing as well.

S: Bright citric hops, pale malt, banana and pepper esters, slight pleasing touch of dry hay funk on the end.

T: Weak, slightly fruity hops, cakey malt, banana, cloves, bright grain - and indeed a palpable tart note, mildly acidic and nice. More esters in the finish.

M: Frothy, medium-bodied.

O: Looks and smells nice, and I like the tartness, but the hops were way too weak in the taste.

Etan, Jul 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

tenlbpain, Jul 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

denimdemon, Jul 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Rich540, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of adamant1912
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

adamant1912, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool label on this one... 2012 vintage pours honey colored with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Murks up a touch as I finish this, good head retention & lacing

S: White pepper, pineapple, & slight wheat tartness

T: Pineapple, lemons, coriander & wheat tartness up front, & just a little red grapefruit. White pepper
& corriander as this warms with some orange peel.

MF: Light/medium bodied, lively carbonation, nice balance

A nice American-twisted Belgian IPA, very drinkable indeed

russpowell, Jun 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Tracker83, Jun 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

cestlavie, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

kbuzz, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Ted, Jun 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

tfidler, Jun 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

bhir, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second of the modified Hatter series. From a 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. 2012 Vintage

Pours a clear, dark copper. A stiff pour produced a modest one-finger cream head. Moderate retention left behind some decent lacing. Was expecting a more pronounced Belgian-style head. NOTE: with the second glass I used and very aggressive pour that did yield a very nice, three-finger head that lasted forever and had some serious lacing.

A nice blend of spicy/fruity Belgian yeast, and classic piney, slightly astringent American hops upfront. An apparent, but not prominent malt backbone. Very interesting nose.

Starts like an American IPA, finishes like a Belgian Saison. Bright, piney American hops upfront quickly segue to toffee malts. Then the Belgian comes to the front with bananas and cloves, and a slightly funky finish.

Body is light to medium. Crisp, Belgian-style carbonation lifts it off the tongue nicely. Dry like a good Saison. A bit thin, but highly drinkable.

Overall this is a tasty and interesting take on the IPA. It struck me as a good American IPA that just happened to be fermented with Belgian Farmhouse yeast. Criticism: the overall beer was a bit thin in both flavor and ABV. While a fun, and intricate little brew, they could have amped it up a couple notches. Recommended if your a fan of the style or are looking for a cheap and different bomber for the night. Cheers!

Humulus85, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This would be a major disappointment if I were expecting a Belgian IPA, but I was expecting a farmhouse (saison) with an IPA and Belgian taste. So it is still a big disappointment, because it is almost all farmhouse (saison), then slightly belgian, and lastly a little IPA.

It's a flavorful brew that you should not refuse. Don't expect a big beer because it is understated. The alcohol is pretty low for anything that says IPA on the label. T he aroma is first rate and almost a redemming quality.

schoolboy, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy brassy golden color with over two fingers of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Alternately spicy and fruity; freshly ground pepper and bright stone fruit are both abundant. Not much indication of hops, at least at first, except for a fine thread of fresh herbaceousness. The smell turns floral and more purely phenolic as it warms.

T: Begins dry, with early acidic pine that reveals some toasted grain after acidity fades. The middle bears the most yeast influence, with esters and phenolics from the smell; balanced but still weak. The finish features a monotonous pure bitterness that is overpowering compared to the more nuanced saison qualities encountered earlier.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic yet smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While yeast qualities are true to the farmhouse label, this beer's hop flavors unfortunately distract and bore the palate. Columbus cultivar qualities stand out, going from simple pine, passing through dilute chemical plastic, and finishing with harsh unmodified bitterness. As a straight saison, or even with a more judicious handling of the hops, this ale could have been much more enjoyable.

beagle75, Jun 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

bacher468, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mrebeka, Jun 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Dyerseve, Jun 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Zaphog, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.