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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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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
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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Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of DCon
4.32/5  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!

Photo of plfahey
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of bort11
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Photo of biga7346
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of n2185
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of peabody
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of DaveHack
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of SupaCelt
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Large chunks and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, earthy aroma with lots of citrus fruit and zesty spice. There's a slight pine presence but the nose is dominated by the peppery spice and sweet fruit notes. Hints of pepper and coriander along with some mango, grapefruit and orange peel. Some pale malt underneath. I was expecting it to smell a bit funkier because of the saison yeast but the nose is more reminiscent of a west coast IPA with an estery Belgian yeast twist.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that dominate the flavor and linger into a bone dry finish. Earthy with lots of soily pine flavor as well as some citrus/light fruit. The nose had me expecting a strong citrus hop flavor but it was pretty faint and overpowered by the drier, bitter notes. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel but nothing that would suggest that this is a farmhouse beer or that any saison/farmhouse yeast was used. I was pretty disappointed in the lack of this characteristic and the overall lack of complexity.

Photo of movingtrain
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle..Vintage 2011. I have never seen this before so this may be the first vintage of this treatment of the Mad Hatter.

Pours a copper-reddish-gold. Small head, but good carbonation throughout the body of the beer.

The first thing that comes to mind with this beer is a funky, wet straw smell. There are also hints of, well, that smell you get on your fingers after lighting off multiple fireworks fuses. There are some hoppy notes, chalk, damp earth, wet leaves, and some medicinal notes.

The flavor here is earthy, breaking away toward some medicinal notes (aspirin). The Hatter IPA flavor comes through this with some powerful bitterness and hoppy astringency. It is funky, that is for sure...but not incredibly balanced with the fine hoppiness of the style. The overall flavor of this beer is a sour, funky, bitter, astringent pungency.

On the tongue, the beer is a little chalky. The hoppy bitterness lingers a long time, but there is an astringent funky medicinal quality to the flavor that sits on the tongue.

Overall, this treatment on this beer is average. It is interesting...but it doesn't seem to be a fine marriage of the American IPA style and the Belgian funk.

Photo of wchollif
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, thanks to wino47 for this. It pours with two fingers of tiny bubbles, a hazy orange color. Smells great, nice funk and hops. Grassy on the nose with lemon and orange. The flavor is funky with spicy notes. Clove and lemon again, nice bittering hops. Dinged this a bit for the finish, almost watery. Nice carbonation helps with the mouthfeel and drink ability. Good New Holland beer, solid Belgian style IPA.

Photo of robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured cold from the bottle a semi-opaque bright copper to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass with a near two finger, frothy, long lasting white head leaving a blanket of sticky lace to the rim after each sip.

nice aroma of belgian yeast and citrus hops. very pleasant.

citrus hops forward, belgian yeast also present, much less farmhouse funk than the glass i had on tap a few days ago. lemon rind, nice malt backbone.

creamy smooth, medium bodied, big carbonation, very subtle bitter and even subtler farmhouse funk.

overall - very enjoyable on a hot summer day liek today.

Photo of
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden amber with a huge, dense white head that lasts forever. Leaves beautiful Brussels lace.

Smell - Spicy and aromatic Belgian yeast slightly overshadows the hops. Subtle aromas of banana and bubblegum; stronger notes of cloves and mint, with a touch of resinous citrus peel hops and just the faintest hint of caramel.

Taste - Echoes the aroma to some degree; definitely lots of spicy clove and lemon peel, ripe fruit, exotic yeast, and a dry mineral finish.

Photo of fsvan
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Thanks to titosupertramp for grabbing this one for me.

A- Nice golden color. 2 fingers of stick white head. Well carbonated. The glass is etched int he bottom, but well carbonated regardless of that.

S- Interesting smelling beer, for sure. Belgian yeast dominate, lending some spiciness. Some hops in there, but neither outwardly piney or citrus-y. Not a bad smelling beer, but not one I can't put down, either.

T- First a bit of citrus-y hops, followed by the Belgian yeast, finishing with a bit of a medicinal taste to it.

M- Big tingle on the tip of the tongue. Medium bodied.

O- I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of Belgian IPAs. I tried to adjust my scores accordingly, taking into account the style, but I am just not a huge fan of this one.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a somewhat hazy orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few minutes and leaves two inches of head throughout drinking it. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass as well.

S - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, light fruit, light funk/earthy notes, and very light mint. Very earthy and yeasty, pretty nice. Reminds me of a saison. I just wish the Funk was more in this beer the Spices kind of overpowered it.

T - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, mint, cloves, pepper, eathy notes, and floral hops. Heavy on the pepper and spices. Again on the taste side the Spices where really strong and kind of overpowered the beer.

M - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A little bit too carbonated.

O- Overall a nice Belgian style beer. Taste was a bit too heavy on the spices and pepper for me, and it was a little too carbonated, but it was pretty enjoyable for the price but I probably wouldn't seek this beer out again.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
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