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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
85
very good

106 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 300
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: PhineasGage on 05-28-2011

"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 "
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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 300
Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a generous white head and good lacing

S-malt, yeast, bananas, spices

T-bananas, biscuit, slight yeasty funk, some citrus, cloves and some grassy notes, bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slight crispness

O-an interesting Belgian IPA with a unusual mix of flavors (312 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Holland Farmhouse Hatter

Poured into a Schlafly tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very nice bright golden copper color with a nice thin head that recedes quickly leaving some nice lacing stuck to the sides for the glass. NIce and bright with some very slight haze. (4.0)

Aroma is of piney and citrus hop notes that have a slight spicy and yeasty backed aroma. Notes of grain and bread are present. (3.0)

Flavor starts off with some citrus hop notes followed by some slight pine. Then there is a slight funk that overtakes the hop notes with some nice yeasty esters and some nice spice notes. There is a bit of a metallic note on the flavor but it kind of smooths out after a bit. There is some more funk on the back end with some crisp dryness on the backend. (3.0) (3.0)

Overall. This is not my favorite. Its a bit mild on both ends the Belgian and the IPA side. Middle of the road for me. (3.0) (911 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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). (2,425 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 (488 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
3.92/5  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! (1,407 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy and orangey very dark golden just leaning copper/amber. Lots of active bubbles zing up through the haze. Gigantic bone white / light khaki head of huge bubbles towers up out of the glass. It turns rocky as it settles to a clump in the middle and then a skim that retains very well. It leaves gobs and curtains of lace all over. Superb appearance.

S: Citrus (more fruit than hops) & some estery tropical fruits. Peppery yeast with good funky and earthy notes. Malts are crackery & doughy biscuit with a bit of juicy caramel sweetness. Smells very interesting & inviting with fair strength. Way more forward on the Belgian/saison character than on the hops (which is okay by me – I like saisons). Some medicinal, herbal & citrus hops are there, but not at all forward and blended nicely with yeast character.

T: Malts up front briefly with biscuit & crackery notes, a touch of caramel, and sweetness that is reduced from the nose but still there & with a candy aspect. Comgination of yeast notes & hops quickly overwhelms and pushes malts to a supporting role. Close on the tails of initial malts & sweetness is a troika of citrus (fruity & lemon), spicy/perppery yeast, herbal hops that forcefully dominates the middle. After bursting on the scene it grows more complex. A firm bit of rind joins the citrus. The peppery & spicy notes are joined by yeasty earth and funk. The herbal hops get both woody and more citrus. Overall, the palate is far more bitter & hoppy than the nose. Earthy funk, citrus rind, & woody herbal linger long in the finish. Soft bit of tartness throughout.

M: Medium-light body with carbonation a bit over-matched. Very much more would be too much. As is, it is brisk and quenching. Mosty dry with an under lying tartness, but there are some sticky lip-coating sugars. Finish has more tartness and is quite drying from both attenuation & hops, and probably from the earthy/funky yeast notes as well. Very saison feel.

D: Far more a saison than a Belgian style IPA or Pale. Earthy & funky & a bit tart rather than fruity and phenolic and hoppy. Hops, while substantial, are not in IPA territory. Marketing, names, and pigeon hole aside – this is a damn fine beer. A fine saison too. Very tasty – the drinking leand more to intereting than to easy – and quite refreshing too. (2,322 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bit of a gusher. Dull yellow in color. Forms a huge off-white head that has surprisingly good retention leaving a large merengue floating on the surface for several minutes after I poured the beer. Plenty of lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly light. Lemon, grass, sugar cookie, some light citrus and just a hint of vanilla.

T: Starts with a mild sweetness. Some pale malts, white bread, a light peppery spice and a little grassiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium with appreciable carbonation, a dry finish, and a mild bitterness.

O: A decent beer with an easy drinkability. Belgian qualities are present, but are not overpowering. (639 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a foiled top, vintage date on the back label.

LOOK: Towering froth, hazed amber

SMELL: Green peppercorn, chalky yeast, lemon grass, tart apples, dried grass, papaya

TASTE: Nutty yeast, toasted scali bread, fresh cut apples, passion fruit, mandarin oranges, bitter phenols, buttery, grassy, salt, hop bitterness, bone dry finish

Taking the farmhouse ale to another level with the hopping here, a bit over the top with complexities here but it seems to work sip after sip. A lot of fun to drink. (514 characters)

Photo of uustal
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a giant thick white head. Lacing and retention off the charts. Nose of Belgian yeast, grassy hops, lemon zest. Nearly identical flavor profile. Begins with yeast and light Belgian spices. Followed by citrus zest, mostly lemon. Pine resin hops, peppery spice and a touch of saisin funk. Definitely a hopped up saison that varries just a bit from your typical Belgian IPA. Spicier and funkier Belgian IPA (427 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Top pops and head pours everywhere. Once it resides, you have a golden saison with still massive head. There is some serious farmhouse funk coming off this thing, yeast, grass, hay, pine. Light mouthfeel, more saison than IPA but the flavors are a bit muddled. Hay, yeast, lots of light hay, dry, some grassy hops, a little spice. Pretty good, not great. (354 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A softly steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a more than glass filling, five-finger thick, light tan colored crown of froth; The head slowly subsides with a very varied texture, leaving a structurally sound mesa of a plateau floating in the middle of my glass. The beer is an amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, red tinged, gold-amber hue when held up to the light. The nose smells of spicy Belgian yeast character mixed with fruity American hops; notes of lychee, concentrated apricot, woody pepper, slightly medicinal sweet ginger, touches of children’s aspirin and a big candied citrus zest aromatics. The finish has a toasted, lightly browned cracker maltiness. There is an almost tobacco like character to the medicinal side of the nose.

The beer is mostly dry and gets drier as it rolls across the palate. There is a firm, but not overwhelming bitterness to this beer and it gets augmented by some spicy yeast phenolics; there is a touch of clove character as well as some pepper spiciness. Up front there is a perceived sweetness from the bright hop character that contributes notes of lychee, tangelo zest, sweet Meyer lemon zest (or a sort of sweet lemon note) and some big floral citrus notes. The body of this beer is fairly light, lighter than the standard Hatter, nicely quaffable.

This is quite a bit more enjoyable than I was expecting. The mix of vibrant hop character and spicy, earthy yeast character works quite well. (1,470 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with three fingers of extremely thick fluffy off white head. The head fades, but very slowly. Leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Malty light and a bit fruity. You can pick up some citrus hops, but they don't really dominate.

Taste: Fruity, bread like malt up front. The hops show up about half way through each sip and a bitter hoppiness continues through the finish. There is a mild herbal flavor that lets you know this is belgian.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is alright, but I would have liked more hops and more of a Belgian presence. Kind of boring, but not bad. (728 characters)

Photo of codsmith
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a dark dirty orange with a dense and massive white foam head that extends out of the glass.

S: Has a somewhat slightly sweet in the foam; fairly funky and awkward. Once the head dies down there is a earth and spicy hops and Belgian yeast hop aroma. There is somewhat of an acetone aroma as well that is caught in the head

T: Has some of the classic Belgian taste and feel, but a very earthy and spicy hop mixture. Plus, an odd strain of yeast that brings some funk to the finish and also that weird acetone that came out in the smell.

M: light-to-medium body, but sits somewhat heavier...as Belgian's tend to do. Goes down smooth, but maybe a touch above appropriate carbonation levels

O: I enjoyed a lot of the other beers in this series, but this one just missed the mark for me.

O: (815 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber orange with a foamy white head that has great retention.

S-Funky with some peppery notes. Nice.

T-Great farmhouse funk in the front, peppery and spicy. Some hints of hops toward the finish but this is not very hoppy. But then, regular Mad Hatter is not all that hoppy for the style either. Very nice flavors.

M-Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

O-A very nice funky farmhouse style. My favorite Hatter.

HV (439 characters)

Photo of rmcnealy
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a standard pint glass.

Poured a light amber color that was hazy but looks well filtered. Had a large cream color inconsistent head that stuck to the sides of the glass otherwise fleeting to a thin layer. The aroma wasn't overwhelming but was very refreshing none the less. It was more on the citrus hoppiness side with slight tangerine, slight grapefruit with an overall floral freshness. A slight biterness at the ends that fades slowly. A great beer that I'd drink again. Good offering.

Found at Cardinal Liqs, Niles IL (544 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange with a large off white to light tan head with good retention and a sticky lace. The aroma has floral hops, pine, grapefruit, pepper, Belgian yeast, and a small amount of peaches in the background.

The taste is just like the aroma. Much less sweet than I thought it would be. Is also hoppier than expected and there is a lot of pepper flavor. The peaches come through more as the beer warms.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, and dry. Has a bit of a peppery aftertaste. Well worth trying if you get the chance. (525 characters)

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy light amber-orange with a pillowy 2-finger head. Solid retention and decent retention followed.

S - Noticeable Belgian notes (reminiscent of your typical saison) present themselves in the nose alongside a very muted hop profile

T - The flavor profile is almost the inverse of the nose. Here, a few funky Belgian notes are subdued upfront, but floral and slightly piney hop profile dominant the flavor.

M - Almost medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a lingering bitterness

O - This is definitely an enjoyable brew, however, I don't think the nose or flavor profile was where NH's description lead me to believe. Had the hop profile been more present in the nose and the Belgian notes more present in the flavor, I would've enjoyed this even more. (775 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber with a golden glint in the big tulip. Lots of foam, which lasts surprisingly well. Rather bitter. Aftertaste is just bitter. Chalk dust in the nose. Bordering on metallic with a lot of mineral flavor. Very dry, more of a hint of sour. Not terribly bitter, but the hops do not contribute anything floral.

This is like a Saison with the malt drained out. Something about this tastes incomplete and used up. The Belgian character is there, with a touch of yeastiness, but the bacteria seems to be eating whatever malt was left. Austerity in a bottle. (554 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear light copper with three fingers of creamy tan head. Head has excellent retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - The Belgian yeast component of the smell seems to outshine the hops. This bottle is a few months old. Hops are mostly citrus, with oranges and grapefruit present.

T - Taste starts with citrus and bread malt, followed by some funky yeast and a bit of spice. Finishes quite dry and bitter.

M - Medium mouthfeel, actually a bit creamy. Finish is very earthy and bitter.

O - Not one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had, but not bad. There is quite a bit of earthiness to this one. (612 characters)

Photo of MrTopher
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for Jim (RatedZ) for send me this, the Black and the Rye.
Shared with my wife in tulip glasses.

A – A golden straw color, but a little more on the orange side, a decent haziness that is expected from the style. A large off white almost oat colored head that had great retention.

S – Oranges, maybe a little banana some Belgian yeast funk, a mild hop profile and some fresh baked bread to it.

T – Some fruity/citrus flavors in the beginning with a little funk intertwined some bready taste and also a little bitterness almost on the grassy side of the spectrum.

M – On the lighter side of medium bodied, but not to thin, decent carbonation.

O – I was left wanting a little more from this beer, but was left a little empty. I would put this more into the Belgian Pale category than the Belgian IPA. This still was a decent a respectable beer. (868 characters)

Photo of mattboyer182
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours golden in color with a nice thin white head with really good retention.

S - light hops and belgian yeast. Bready malts.

T - very citrusy and fruity up front then finishes dry and bitter.

M - light bodied and medium carbonated.

O - nice dry Belgian ipa. Light and wild (282 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light haze to this bronze and copper colored brew. One finger of head that recedes after the pour to a thin thin of foam. I like the bubbling.

Very delicate, earthy aroma from both the yeast and some light, baking biscuit dough malt. The hops add lots of earthen meadow, grass, and citrus.

The taste starts as delicate as the aroma, earthy, malty, but a little more bitter. The middle has more dry biscuit flavors popping up along with earthy dry meadow yeast and bitter American hop citrus. The finish is almost all hop bitterness in teh citric range with a little grass still holding on to the palate.

The mouthfeel is very bubbly, somewhat dry, and finishes on the metallic side. (691 characters)

New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.