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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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286 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 105
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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Photo of WoodBrew


3.58/5  rDev -4%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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


3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

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


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

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


3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

07-15-2011 01:58:01 | More by zeff80
Photo of corby112


3.05/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

07-14-2011 07:13:06 | More by corby112
Photo of movingtrain


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

07-13-2011 23:02:38 | More by movingtrain
Photo of wchollif

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

07-13-2011 22:41:04 | More by wchollif
Photo of robwestcott


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

07-12-2011 19:34:45 | More by robwestcott
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

07-10-2011 23:36:27 | More by
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3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

07-09-2011 21:35:07 | More by fsvan
Photo of LiquidBread219


3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

07-04-2011 17:11:23 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of JamnesCameron


4.55/5  rDev +22%

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.

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

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

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

07-03-2011 01:46:50 | More by msnow34
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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Cloudy orange in color. Two fingers of a slightly off-white head..foamy. Thick, foamy film with splotchy, cake like lacing.

S: Funky, Belgian yeast. Lemony, citrus hops, toasted malts.

T: Same as the nose really. Citrus hops seem to come out a little more in the taste. Peppery spice, toasted malts, lemon flavor, earth and the funky Belgian flavors round it out. This isn't bad, but doesn't do much for me to be honest.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Leaves behind a slight tingling sensation and a little burn. Dry finish.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but I probably won't drink the second one that I bought. Think it would be a nice gift for someone looking to try something different.

07-02-2011 00:07:06 | More by titosupertramp
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Had on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Two finger off white head shows good retention. Long lasting thick layers of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is like most of the other Hatter's that night and the base Hatter beer really came through more so. Some light citrus hops/floral hops in the front of the nose mixes along with caramel malts. There is a clean Belgian yeast aroma in the backend with hints of barnyard funk. The alcohol brings this all up in the ending being the beer full circle.

T- The front of the profile shows off a nice floral hops that mixed with hints of pepper and light spicey hops. Caramel malt base shines right under this letting me know that it is not going to get too crazy. Middle brings out a little clove flavor which I would assume is from the yeast. Ending once again shows a little spicey hop that mixes along with caramel malt base and hints of barnyard funk that never gets to grow. Alcohol has a nice crisp bite to it and lets the flavor dominate over it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little light for the beer I thought. Light funk along with hints of caramel malts and bitter hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste has alcohol heat that mixes along with light funk, clove, and bittering hops. Flavors were a little more balanced than most of the other Hatters. No off flavors were present when drinking. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was one of my two favorites from the Hatter Series. It had a little more balls flavor wise but still fell a little short for me to really enjoy this one for another pint. Glad I got to try this one.

07-01-2011 00:46:01 | More by alleykatking
Photo of zoso1967


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Farmhouse Hatter pours a lovely tangerine hued amber color with a nice frothy head that is beige in color. The head has wonderful retention and lacing. It fittingly looks like a head that is part IPA and part Belgian ale.

The aroma is predominantly hoppy with plenty of juicy citrus notes such as grapefruit and mandarin orange. I also pick up some pineapple and a bit of pine that mingle in with just a rumor of spicy yeast esters. All of this is supplemented with a nice biscuity malt character.

Wow, the flavor is so different from the aroma that I am a bit flabbergasted. The Belgian yeast comes through way more, adding plenty of funky spice and a slight tartness to the flavor. The hops seem slightly more restrained and way more bitter. White grapefruit takes the place of the ruby red that I smelled in the aroma. The blend of citrus hops and yeast definitely give this beer a sour citrus sort of vibe. The malt is pretty much overshadowed and just adds a sweetness that is balanced out by the tart and bitter. As the beer warms some nice apricot and peach flavors start to come out.

The mouthfeel is medium with a fairly lively amount of carbonation. This beer is exciting on the palate with the bitterness, tartness and carbonation getting jiggy on the dance floor that is my tongue.

This is a very interesting and enjoyable brew. I have to say that before I took a sip I was thinking it would be good, but boring. After tasting it though, I have to say that this is a really interesting beer that has some nice flavors. Not the best Belgian style IPA by a long shot, but certainly a fun beer to drink. I would definitely recommend people give this a try.

06-30-2011 20:41:05 | More by zoso1967
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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a glowing orange into a tulip glass, billowing head with sticking crown of lacing all around.

Lightly sweet and peachy, earthy hops in here, plenty of wet hay and Belgian yeast aromas. Dry with some complexity, fruity, vegetal hops, fairly authentic from the nose.

Mildly sweet and malty, earthy hop spice, wet hay, finishing dry and mellow. Dried apricot, basil, multigrain bread. Feel is spritzy at first, then dry. Mellow carbonation, this is the end of the bottle after all. Pleasant and true to style, a better attempt at a Belgian Saison from an American brewer.

Thanks Justin for sharing this one!

06-30-2011 03:57:10 | More by emerge077
Photo of ahq514


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a huge, frothy, white head that took forever to dissipate. Color is a murky amber with an orange tint.

Smells like ripe citrus fruit, both lemons and oranges. It also has some earthy, grassy aromas with some subtle hints of pepper.

Taste is kind of a let down compared to the aroma. The citrus is not near as big as I would have expected or liked from the smell, although it is there in the background. Hop presence is definite though, as there is a nice, bitter hop bite as it goes down. There is also a nice presence of spicy belgian yeast. I'm not getting much a tart finish that the back of the bottle suggests, but maybe thats because I've been drinking some berliner weissbiers and lambics lately.

Carbonation seems to be just right for the style. Seems to be at a higher end of the medium bodied range. Hop taste sticks in your mouth afterwards for awhile.

Would drink this beer again as it was very drinkable. Only thing I would change is to have the citrus presence in the aroma match the flavor profile.

06-27-2011 05:03:06 | More by ahq514
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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%

Clear amber color with two fingers of solid head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Interesting aroma. The Belgian yeast did their job with this beer. Hints of spearmint, cloves, cinnamon, and pine.

It did not take me long to identify what this tastes like. It tastes like Skoal Longcut Wintergreen chewing tobacco. Definate mint and tobacco flavors with a little citrus in the finish. Bitterness is higher than almost any other Belgian IPA. Not much sweetness to be found.

Body is robust and nicely carbonated.

Thouroghly Belgian in influence. I did not know what to expect with this beer and was pleasantly impressed.

06-24-2011 21:59:25 | More by morimech
Photo of rapidsequence


3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

22 oz bottle. $5.99 from Neds.

Appearance: Clear golden orange with a thick, rocky head and excellent retention and lacing. Good looking IPA with Belgianesque head and lacing.

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit hops along with some spicy yeasty phenolics, although these aren't really strong.

Taste: Surprisingly bland compared to the smell. There's a good amount of hops bitterness, but the hops flavor isn't very bright. A nice Belgian yeast spiciness and some light fruity esters. Thin flavor through the middle and finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated appropriately. Soft and slightly creamy.

Overall: Its a decent beer, but not as good as many others of this style. Sort of boring, too bitter (too much unopposed bitterness), and not enough Belgian flavor or hops flavor.

06-24-2011 01:16:41 | More by rapidsequence
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4%

On tap in a narrow tulip. Hazy gold with a pleasingly long-lasting head and loads of lacing beginning all the way at the top of the glass.

Belgian aromas take a backseat- way in the back- to what appears to be plentiful American dry-hopping. Not terribly bitter, but the hops are well showcased by a very dry finish. A bit peppery, a bit spicy, a bit clovey, plenty hoppy. Funkiness more pronounced in the flavor than the nose. A bit more carbonation would take that finish to a whole nother puckering level. Paired nicely with some mussels frites.

06-22-2011 19:21:23 | More by PDXHops
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

pours hazy golden orange with a big fizzy foamy white 2+ finger head - decent retention left some spotted lacing

smells citrus hops and earthy musty fruity yeast

taste is pretty good - the hops give it a little too much tang while the belgian yeast gives you the earthy spicey clove flavors you expect

mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation - very dry

overall - this beer hit the spot - belgian ipa's are not done by the masses of craft breweries yet like how American Black Ales have taken off - not quite as good FD Raging Bitch or CC Dubbel Cannon but still very enjoyable and a solid offering

06-20-2011 01:42:15 | More by jsh420
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