New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA - New Holland Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
Farmhouse Hatter looks indeed like a farmhouse product; the nectarine coloured beer is clearly unfiltered and has a head thick as freshly churned butter. Its complexion is murky enough to make it appear thick as glue. Lacing hangs proudly down the glass like championship banners.
Farmhouse Hatter has a fair amount of tropical fruitiness (mango, pineapple especially), much more so than I'd expect from a Nugget and Centennial hop bill. Perhaps yeast esters are partially responsible? Regardless, it's a well crafted recipe that pairs graininess with grassiness, the farm with the orchard. And there's definitely a rose garden in the mix too.
The beer coats the palate in lemony citrus notes, preempting any biscuity flavour from the malt as well as the apple, peach and pear-like esters of the yeast. All parties manage to play nice, however, and create a flavour that is greater (and more unique) than the sum of its parts. Orange and assorted citrus arrive late on the scene but provide a breezy acidity.
The aftertaste can be intensely perfumed, as if I'd been gnawing on rose petals, and is loosely reminiscent of an herbal tea (reminds me of a spiced rooibos). Munich malt, however, provides some bready and lightly sweet coffee cake notes too. Indeed, despite a very substantial malt base, the beer is light and breezy nonetheless, excellent for warm weather quaffing.
Farmhouse Hatter makes great use of Saison and Abbaye yeast as well as American hops, combining them all with rich malt to create a super agreeable beer that is layered and hearty yet super approachable and ideal for casual drinking. New Holland aren't in the habit of making crappy beers. Definitely give this one a go. You'd be mad not to.
09-20-2013 01:50:25 | More by biegaman
4.18/5 rDev +12.1%
A very nice clean dark copper pour with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head which dissipated slowly and left behind lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma of farmhouse peppery saison yeast is dominant, grassy hops, wheat bread.
The flavor profile is very tame, which isn't a bad thing. There's a nice grain bill present.. Lots of barley but also getting a hint of rye, maybe some wheat. The hops give off a nice citrusy flavor (grapefruit) albeit very subtle. The yeast again is dominant and very nice - peppery with a subtle Bretty tone.
Medium body beer with moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and sticky on the lips.
I saw this sitting for the past few years on shelves and never bothered picking it up. It's been hit or miss with new holland beers, but it seems like the price was just right for my thirst. Picked up this year's bottle and I am very glad I did so. This is a wonderful, yet subtle, display of a Belgian IPA.
08-11-2013 14:18:56 | More by facundoCNB
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/14/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, grapefruit, pear, apple, clove, banana, pepper, caramel, floral, grass, light pine, light bubblegum, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest, pear, apple, clove, banana, pepper, caramel, floral, grass, light bubblegum, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, clove, banana, pepper, caramel, floral, grass, light pine, bubblegum, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and malt flavors; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. All around great balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
08-07-2013 03:45:31 | More by superspak
New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
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