New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA - New Holland Brewing Company
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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
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
Slightly hazy bright orange color and a gigantic head from an average pour. There was a ton of carbonation during the pour.
Smell is a spice and cloves, sour apple, and grapefruit.
The flavor leads with a lot of wheat and peppery spice. The finish is crisp green apple with light tartness. The hops are subdued, but do show up as citrus and add a moderate bitterness to it. The flavor is a little light.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Well carbonated and crisp.
Overall, a good beer and a nice combination of styles. My only knock on it is that the flavor is on the light side. I understand that's where they were trying to go with this one, but I think they could have took it up a notch and still kept it light and crisp in body.
06-20-2011 00:05:03 | More by Vonerichs
3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
Picked this up a few days ago at the Whole Foods in Clarendon. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip. 2011 vintage.
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.
t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, mint, cloves, pepper, eathy notes, and floral hops. Heavy on the pepper and spices; a bit of a step down from the nose for me, but still good. Again, reminds me of a saison.
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. Would give another shot and looking forward to trying the other Hatters.
06-16-2011 22:10:17 | More by mdfb79
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
Copperish, hazy golden color. Rich yeast and pine hop aroma. Thick and creamy head. Nice carbonation. Mild citrus/ fruity taste. Nice hit of hoppy bitterness which quickly leaves and leave the base flavor of the beer behind with a light tartness similar to a Saison. Great beer for all types of heads, during any season.
06-16-2011 07:54:22 | More by elginirishpunk
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Poured from a bottle into my tulip.
A - A golden orange and clear body with some amber/crimson hues. The head started large and bubbly with a white color but it died to a medium sized ring and left a decent lace.
S - Grassy hop with an herbal back end and just a slight fruity sweetness. There is just a slight funky yeast smell in the back.
T & M & D - Very herbal front end of this beer. Then it thins out and opens itself to some fruity sweetness. This is where the funky comes in with some sour yeasty notes all over the back. A thin mouthfeel with a slightly metalic back end, but it is light and crisp.
O - An interesting beer. The sour funk is not as pronounced as I wanted but the belgium IPA is a decent compliment. I applaud the effort.
06-14-2011 00:06:27 | More by CuttDeez
4/5 rDev +7.2%
A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.
S: The funk definitely overwhelms the smell with this beer, but there are also traces of hops and malt.
T: Tasted of mild hops, a little citrus, malt, yeast, and that inescapable funk. This latter element is a new thing to me, at least in terms of this style, but it's an interesting addition. Kind of plays like a saison crossed with a Belgian IPA.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.
O: This is an odd type of beer that won't appeal to everyone, but is definitely worth trying.
06-10-2011 13:17:49 | More by avalon07
3.05/5 rDev -18.2%
Deuce to pint. The appearance is the best thing about this beer. I was eager to try it, as I like both saisons and IPAs, but the combination is worse than its separate parts. I am giving 3.0s for the rest of the categories. And while there's nothing average about this beer, when you put it all together, it's an average brew - at best.
06-10-2011 00:24:56 | More by b3shine
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
22 oz., foil-capped bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A- A moderate pour, careful to save the sediment, created a 1-1/2 to 2-finger, khaki head. The body was a clean, deep golden-orange with moderate-heavy carbonation. The head settled to a fully covering foam that left great, sticky rings and webbing about the glass. Really a beautiful beer.
S- It's a nice mix. Earthy and grassy hops combine with sugary sweet malts and a mild funk. It almost seems a "standard" IPA (good, but not suggesting the hybrid style). Warmth brings out more of the Belgian qualities, especially a spicy/herbal aroma.
T- A LOT more funk than the aroma initially suggests. Puckering sour overwhelms at first sip. It's not bad, just unexpected considering the scent. Another sip and I appreciate the sour and pick up a grainy backbone that's balanced by a grassy, near minty, hop flavor Much more balanced than the first sip suggests. A lemony finish dries and cleans up the flavor. Peripheral notes of apple skin and black pepper. Spice is kicked up a notch with warmth.
M- Near bone dry. Heavy carbonation creates a foamy effect. Significant body keeps it from getting too "pop-like." Pretty gentle without any trace of ABV.
O- It's a really nice beer and reasonably priced. No problem finishing the bomber. Unexpectedly Belgian flavor when compared with the initial aroma. I'd buy it again. Very competitive with my previous experiences in the style.
06-05-2011 19:42:25 | More by GRPunk
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
A- Hazy Copper off-white head
S- Initial smell is citrus with the belgian style smell coming up strong with it all with definitive pine notes. Very fresh smell, reminds me of a perfect spring day for some reason
T- Very well balanced. The belgian style added to this helps mellow the hops just a bit but still allowing them to give you a good kick. The pine notes come in strong along with bits of citrus as well. Like I said makes for a great play on the original hatter.
M- A little carbonated feeling on the tongue. To me it feels as though I am drinking a seltzer water. It's not really a bad carbonation though as this beers complexities really keep it together quite well.
06-05-2011 04:07:29 | More by manbrognig74
4.68/5 rDev +25.5%
Pours a lovely deep copper in my Gulden Draak tulip, hazed with hops, showcasing a very nice sticky off-white head. Starts around two fingers, lasts pretty well. Leaves enchanting layers of lace all the way down the glass.
Pine hops meld beautifully with peppery tones from the saison yeast, along with a bunch of citrus zest that I can’t pin down to either yeast or hops. Very lemon zesty. Some earthy notes. I love the way the pine notes smoothly transition right into the Belgian spice. This one smells hoppy and spicy in a good way, a very natural and elegant harmony—quite a contrast from the juxtaposition created by Stone, which feels like two elements at war. Saison yeast was a really great choice for this beer.
Wow. Super dry. Extremely lemon forward. Tons of lemon zest, along with grapefruit and some pine. Hops seem really well balanced. There’s definitely a firm bitterness, but it rises as a gentle swell and never gets too obtrusive. This tastes like a saison that got hoppier. Malt fights hard to keep up here, only managing to get in a very brief suggestion of lightly sweet dough that is quickly followed by a gentle saltine crackery finish. Despite the subservience of the malts, the hops never seem to lurch out of balance. This is clearly a hoppy beer, (though not as much as a regular hatter), but it seems to hold true to a Belgian identity, with poise and balance and strong drinkability.
Some may complain that this is not in-your-face hoppy enough. I think in this case, unlike other Belgian IPAs that seem interesting as a novelty but fail to improve upon the standard IPA recipe, I actually like this better than regular Hatter—seems more balanced, more inviting—all around a more elegant and refined drink, that keeps inviting you back for more. Definitely drinks more like a hoppy saison than an IPA. And in my personal opinion, if you want to have a good Belgian IPA, the Belgian part has to take the lead, with the hops enhancing the character. Otherwise it becomes a struggle for control, as in the Stone Cali-Belgique. In this beer, the elements are not in competition. They perfectly complement each other.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, reflecting a Belgian approach. The body is medium. However, with some time, this becomes soft, fluffy, and fairly light.
Drinkability is really good—I polished off a bomber in no time. Also, it’s really nice to see a beer that accomplishes great flavor with less than 6% ABV, bucking the general trend both in IPAs and Belgians towards high gravity. This packs in a lot of character without sending you straight to the couch to crash.
Cheers to another great beer from my alma mater! In my opinion, this one really shows the potential breadth of the emergent Belgian IPA style, by introducing a saison yeast to the dance. Most Belgian IPAs have focused on tripels or golden strongs as the launching point, but this shows how beautifully the lemon and pepper zest of saison yeast can blend with the right varieties of hops. It just fits perfectly. Bravo! This is not just a novelty; it’s a beer you could drink all night.
06-04-2011 05:48:21 | More by rustrose
3.58/5 rDev -4%
S: Citrus hops, funky bread like yeast, spicy, herbal, and a touch medicinal.
A: Bright tangerine orange, big fluffy two finger head, stick lacing and nice head retention.
T: Starts with a herbal citrus hop kick, then come more spicy notes including cloves a bit of green apple. Funky the whole time. Not much lingering bitterness.
M: When first opened it was over carbed and sharp, on the thin side.
O: Great Nose, hoppy with some Belgian funk. It was way over carbed when first opened, I let it sit and settle a bit before giving it a negative review. It was just okay overall. The Belgian side was good and funky, the IPA was not nearly bitter/hoppy enough for my tastes.
06-03-2011 02:52:07 | More by jmich24
4/5 rDev +7.2%
22oz bottle E121 stamped on crown of bottle.
a-orangish with nice white head
s-bready yeast, bitter hops, nice sweetness--malty.
t-follows nose well. well done belgian IPA.
m-little heavy on carbonation.
o-another decent representation of new holland IPA's.
05-28-2011 02:40:18 | More by PhineasGage
New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.