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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

279 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 279
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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womencantsail

California

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Derek.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a large white head.

S: Very lemony with plenty of yeast to go along with it. A nice combination of citrus peels and a light floral hop note. It's fairly bready with some other sweet malt notes such as a touch of cracker. A light spice, perhaps some apples.

T: A bit more bread than on the aroma with some yeast and maybe toffee. There is a lot of citrus character, particularly lemon, with a mild grass note. Not much bitterness, but a lot of sweet fruity esters.

M: A bit on the light side in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Kind of funky for a Belgian IPA, but a lot going on and some nice flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 04:16:19 | More by womencantsail
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Cresant

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. 2011 vintage. The body was golden amber in color with a large pithy, tan head. There was minimal lacing but but sheets of fine foam slide up and down the glass on each drink.

The smell was, not surprisingly, of grandpa's basement. Spices and apples too. Peppercorn. Belgian yeast character.

The taste was spicy and boldly bitter. Wow, a nice combination of Saison/IPA. Fruity and drying. There was a distinct lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium to light in body. There was a mouthfilling, fluffy carbonation. Nicer than I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 13:23:41 | More by Cresant
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep copper yellowish body with a beige head that is thick and last a good bit. There is some strands of microbubbles that trail to the surface.

S- The green earthy hops has some black pepper saison yeast notes to it that grow as the beer opens up. The yeast and pepper notes start to take on a Dijon mustard quality as it warms.

T- The dry crisp green hops have some tropical fruit qualities that become mostly lemon as the beer warms. The sight watery taste fades to a touch of sweet malt that grows a bit. The finish is peppery yeast and pungent bitterness that has a woody note to it aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a big scrubbing bubble finish.

O- The hops are nice and big but the peppery yeast character is a bit to bitter and hides some of the hop depth. The pepper and hop bitterness make it a bit to harsh in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 21:15:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from my notebook.

Pours out a deeper amber color tinged with reddish highlights...and a nice fluffy foamy head that leaves mediocre lacing. Medium body, very sharply carbonated, smells of citric hops, belgian peppery yeast, and honeyed apple wedges. Taste is a lot more bready and doughy than the nose had led me to expect, a pleasant surprise! Also has the same peppery Belgian yeasty tones, sweet honeyed apples and citric hops from the nose in the flavor... there is also a very faint tart element that I didn't discover until after the beer had warmed up some towards room temperature.

It really does come across as an odd hybrid between a lighter more subtle Saison and an IPA. My only complaint is that the Saison elements sometimes aren't strong enough to shine through the overlapping IPA citric oil. If only there was more....funk. I never found any horse blanket funk in this brew, only a faint tartness, which is why I called the Saison "subtle". Maybe about 20% more raunchiness would have worked better for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 14:59:45 | More by WastingFreetime
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy deep orange color with almost a red center. The foam cap is ginormous on this beer, lacing is quite nice.

S: I get a bread-like aroma and those typical yeasty qualities that belgian beer is known for. The aroma also carries some of the hops out of this beer which are quite floral.

T: Its a nice beer. Flavors include: bread, flowers, peppers/spicy notes, and a tad of tangerine zest.

M: Medium bodied and heavily carbonated with a bitterness that carries the b aeer across the palate and through the experience.

D: Drinks quite nicely. I'll have to keep this one as of my regulars.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 05:09:54 | More by tlazaroff
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy ruby amber topped by a thick, bubbly head that just won't die and sinks its claws in to the sides of my Duvel tulip and won't let go. Gorgeous.

Lots of c-hops and funky Belgian yeast. Perfumy. Peppery. Rustic.

The taste is a prickly bitterness, grains, dried orange peel, and floral hops. Finishes dry and crisp with a lingering pine bitterness and light peppery spiciness. There's a light touch of caramel malt underneath.

Light bodied with a crisp carbonation. Probably the weakest aspect of an otherwise great beer.

It tastes like I imagined it would: A cross between a Belgian IPA and a saison, and a harmonious one at that. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 02:07:09 | More by MeisterBurger
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear, dark, golden orange color. It poured with a large, airy looking, big bubbled head that faded to moderate lace.

s: An appealing combination of wet, lightly funky, earthy hay, and lemony, flowery hops. There were also milder fruit elements of apple and pear.

t: The taste is a pretty big departure from the smell. Sweet, kind of muddled tasting grains dominate up front. The finish is a clash between a too strong Belgian yeast clove note and a largely flavorless, herbal hop flavor.

m: Light carbonation made this feel thin.

o: I was excited by what I smelled, but this just doesn't come together well. The bottle read "vintage 2011", so this may have just been too old. Oh well, I'll continue trying New Holland offerings because they do take chances and their bottles are reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 19:24:47 | More by DIM
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

taken from notes - thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing, enjoyed from a duvel tulip from the chilled 22oz bottle.

The head is about 3 fingers from a vigorous pour color of ecru with rocky topography and rides a golden amber body w/ moderate haze and lace clings well and retention is very good, the bead is fine. The aroma has a wild yeast tinge with slight earthy essence and some citrus and floral hop compliments the yeast is really expressive with some slight stone fruit accents with slight sweet cherry tinge w/ some golden plum and mild spice odors. The feel is bitter up front with slight sweet malt compliment and subtle tart accent from the yeast with spiced quality from the hops with moderately high carbonation and semidry bitter finisih with slight alcohol in the feel.

This comes off in flavor somewhere between a saison and ipa with some slight earthy tinges from the yeast with an almost funk influenced light horsey taste with slight citrus and fruity hop flavors with slight tart elements and spice accents with some gentle sweetness and biscuit from the malt in the background. The alcohol is mild in the flavor with some bitter hop and slight grassy notes with a hint of pepper as the beer finishes. I thought the flavor was pretty good, it has some 'farmhouse' yeast elements and the hoppy aspect is pretty high overall but the combination of the yeast and the hops used isn't the best fit, it is tasty and I would drink it again, but not necessarily the best example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 14:58:49 | More by Slatetank
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BierFan

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a small chalice.

Hazy coppery honey colored body with a decent off-white head. Good lacing. Characteristic Belgian yeast notes and fruity American hops in the smell and taste. Very well balanced between the hop and yeast flavors without one dominating the other.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 06:42:02 | More by BierFan
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Soapy head with giant bubbles that leaves lace digging down the sides. Cloudy orange with hints of yellow beaming through, a good looking beer. About what you might expect from a style like this, nearly a blend of the two.

Spicy on the nose, farmy like a saddle, a little woody and even somewhat fatty.

Spicy throughout the tongue like a Saaz IPA, but with a distinct lemony top note and strong earthy backbone that subtly creeps through, earthy, malty and filling.

The maltiness is what sticks with me, keeping with it just a hint of the hoppiness still there. added depth really builds as it comes to temperature.

I can see where this derivation of the Mad Hatter comes from, adding another chapter to the beer's history.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:46:56 | More by mdcrouser
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy rust color, with a thick ivory head comprised of tiny bubbles. A fair amount of carbonation keeps those tiny bubbles in business, replenishing from the bottom as quickly as they transmute to the air from the top.

Tangy smelling, with an obvious Belgian yeast profile mixes with sweet caramel malt and piney hops for a rather complex aroma. The smell says farmhouse funk with a hoppy ending.

Taste starts off bitter and sharp, acerbic to the palate and drying upon the tongue. Peppery spice, wet straw and tobacco garnished with a twist of lemon combine before finishing with a bit of tart.

Medium bodied, clean and dry, with abundant carbonation, this leaves the tongue feeling as if I dried it with a towel.

This is my second in New Holland's Mad Hatter series, and while I appreciate their adventurous attitude, I've not sure I'd run out and have this again. Its more spicy herby farmhouse ale than it is IPA, and can't hold a candle to other Belgian IPA's like Flying Dog's Raging Bitch.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 21:25:48 | More by TheHoppiest
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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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plfahey

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pours a nice amber-copper hue with a slight haze and a decent sized ivory head which laces nicely on the glass.

Aroma-Definitely delivers for the style-spicy, grassy, and hay like hops blend seamlessly with belgian hop funk-orange and lemon citrus, slight spicy phenolics, and pungent, earthy yeast. Underneath it all is light, bready malt, with just a dab of caramel.

Flavor- Quite good-the beer finish is complex and multi-faceted. It opens simply, with sweet, bready malt and a trace of earthy yeast, before expanding onto the palate with citrus, spice, and moderately high hop bitterness. The finish is solidly bitter, and grass/hay hops carry on into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with rather high and effervescent carbonation. Hop bitterness is never astringent, but leaves the palate quite dry.

In short, I think this is one of the better Belgian IPAs I've ever had. I could use a little more hop character in the aroma, but the aroma was still quite complex and satisfying. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 04:02:39 | More by plfahey
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a hazy amber/gold with a couple of fingers of white head. Very fragrant with citrus and pine from the hops and a good dose of Belgian yeast spice. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Starts off with plenty of hop bitterness. Finishes with some Belgian spice. Very drying from hops in the finish as well. Very fresh tasting, which I always like. Interesting beer. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 19:42:16 | More by homebrewhawk
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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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biga7346

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Good head retention, golden bronzeish and firm, clear.

N - Lots of Belgian spices, white pepper, clove, fresh bright like herbalness like fresh parsley stands up to dank hop oil, drying oakiness, and some barnyard funk, old wood and white wine.

T/M - There's a clean lager-like thinness that is slightly off-putting, other than that it drinks like an earthy saison mixed around with some hoppiness; oakiness, drying, a fleeting suggestions of leather strap. A little confused about where the beer should be going, but it is a clean refreshing taste. Doesn't really follow the nose and there is a watery fleeting finish.

D - Refreshing, a nice try for $4.99 a bomber and I like that NH made a whole series of these. All that being said, I see no reason to pick this up again, straddles the fence between a pale ale and a saison in not really a good way.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:06:58 | More by biga7346
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice hoppy and tart twist on a Belgium-ish IPA

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Silver foiled neck, and a main label with the overall design identity of the hatter series with a hatter holding up a pitchfork over a worn light cream background. Back offers a small narrative with the main description of the brew, food pairings, and notes Vintage 2011. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber hazy pour with a rich creamy head, nice retention and rich lacing.

S - Rich smell with nice soft funky tartness, and a fresh spicy sense in the background.

T - Follows and expands the nose with a rich hoppy and tart start, citrus, sour apple, and that touch of funk woven with a spicy, peppery sense .

M - Medium body with ample carbonation. Nice bitterness with a long dry finish.

O - Very nice, the tartness add a nice edge to the Belgium IPA range.

Notes: The Farmhouse-Belgium-IPA is a bit unusual but it´s true that it either feels like a hoppy soft saison, or a tart Belgium IPA… Irrelevant in a way, given the overall pleasing sense of the brew. Maybe not overtly complex and extraordinary but it is a nice iteration of the style, and my favorite of the Hatter variations I´ve tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 18:32:32 | More by Daniellobo
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n2185

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky orange with three fingers of white head that recedes into a frothy layer with a good sheet of lacing.

S: Some spicy yeast notes and sweet bubblegum at first. Lots of resiny pine hop aromas follow with a bit of a grassy smell as well.

T: There is a bit of a sweet banana and bubblegum flavor at first. The hops kick in, providing a pretty strong and dry resin flavor with a bit of pine with a somewhat strong bitterness. The beer finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp. The higher carbonation further brings out the bitter, dry flavors of the hops.

O: Not a bad beer, overall, but the flavor is lacking for me. I'd like to taste more from the hops than just dry bitterness, and I'd like the Belgian flavors of the beer to stand out more.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 21:04:33 | More by n2185
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buddy brought over a stinger of Farmhouse Hatter to try....and it was quite tasty. The appearance is a cloudy copper with thin white head. The nose provides a bouquet of hops, clove and banana. The taste starts with hop and malt which is really nice, then the beer turns very tart and finishes with the clove, banana, and spice common to belgium ales. The tart finish lowers the mouthfeel for me, but overall this is a pretty good beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 12:54:46 | More by WoodBrew
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Pencible

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with fluffy off-white head.
S: It smelled like orange and apricot, with grapefruit and fresh wheat and a little sour yeast and coriander and honey.
T: It tasted like zesty lemon and apricot and grapefruit, with some spicy clove and coriander and sour yeast, and a bit of sweet honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice Belgian IPA, with clean and tasty hop character balanced by sour and spicy Belgian character. Similar to a saison, but hoppier. The body could have been fuller, but the alcohol wasn't noticeable, so it was easy to drink. Not the best of the style, but worth trying once.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 02:41:10 | More by Pencible
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peabody

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out slightly cloudy ice tea with one finger of off white suds.
Smell is clove and cinammon and barnhouse hay. Some alcohol in the aroma.
Taste is bitter and a little thin. Some spice comes through but it is too little too late.
Mouthfeel is clean enough but there is no flavor retention aside from the bitter hop.
Overall just average but for the price, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 23:20:53 | More by peabody
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangish copper color with a nice two finger frothy head which leaves behind some nice lacing. The aroma is of some saison funk along with a slight citrus hop and a little sweet belgian yeast smell. The taste has a citrus hop bite to it with some belgian yeast sweetness and some spiciness. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated. Overall it was solid, it wasn't the best and it wasn't the worst. The hop bite seemed to be more prevelant than others in this class. The sweetness was a little more subdued.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 16:46:21 | More by goblue3509
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Russian River stem. Bottle date is E121 which I believe is May 21, 2011.

A- Hazy, murky orange color. Pours with a large head that settles to almost none. Soap-foam looking lacing covers most of the glass.

S- Reminds me of a stale spice cabinet. Kind of an earthy musk.

T- Bitter, quite spicy. I picture someone dumping those little McCormack spice container into this brew, lots of them. Leaves a weird aftertaste, taste like I would expect a burp would taste after drinking some of this.

M- It's a nice consistancy, there is some substance, without being too heavy.

O- A decent beer, not my favorite, but I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 01:43:11 | More by DaveHack
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the pour delivers a copper coloured and clear beer with an off white head. minimal carbonation.

the nose is sweet with a little candy and some bubblegum with modest floral notes and some funky farmhouse dinge bringing up the rear.

the taste has some sweet and caramel tones. the farmhouse qualities are not overly prevalent. this is a pretty mild brew with light bitterness and light profile.

mouthfeel is surprisingly light. the body is a bit paltry and underfed.

overall, this brew is decent. it is not quite astonishing, but there is nothing abrasive and the taste is clean. decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 11:50:43 | More by SupaCelt
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky ring of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeastiness, phenolic funkiness and dried fruits.

T - Very spicy and yeasty with a phenolic taste. Some sweet caramel and green apple flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really nice Belgian IPA. One of the better brews I've had from New Holland.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:58:01 | More by zeff80
New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
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