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White Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 555
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 32.23%
Wants: 8
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 06-03-2012

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i am quite surprised to see this beer rather so low on here. i find it delightful, and different from the rest. the belgian yeast isnt nearly so ester laden, not so fruity and dominating, its just drying and complimentary to everything else going on. wheat base is a little darker than most, with a bronze hue to it and a nose propelled primarily by the orange. seems like more than just orange peel, but flesh too, especially in the flavor, like it was just fresh squeezed right in. the chamomile is subtle in this, but adds another layer thats accentuated by the yeast. more green tea bitterness than anything else, herbal, fun, bright. its hopped more like an american pale ale than an ipa to me, not subtle, but not huge and oily and bitter either. its in the middle somewhere, with hops that balance and add backbone to the citrus of the orange. the finish is clean and light, and thats where i taste the belgian yeast the most. great carbonation, thicker body for the style too, which makes it rather satisfying. a very cool take on the style, and i think this beer deserves a little more credit than it currently has. not the best white ipa out there, but one of the more interesting ive had lately.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

If IPA is supposed to be the style where malt character is most suppressed in order to allow hop bitterness, aroma, and taste to become showcased best, then it makes absolute sense for a Belgian-style IPA to use the timid base style of witbier to display such hop character.

The appearance is spot-on for Belgian witbeirs: hazy straw in color, light enough in milky yellow to be called canary. The yeasty haze allows for a shy glow of light to emit. The higher carbonation and loose foam character yields modest head formation, low retention, and low lace. The head character of both Belgian style ales and hoppy ales should be better.

The quintessential aromas of witbier play out with a light doughy scent of baking breads and sugar cookies; and then the spicy/fruity balance of coriander, white pepper, and zested oranges offset the fruit of lemons and apples. But then the more brash aromas of hop introduce herbal, grassy, and grapefruity notes that quickly dominate the aroma profile.

Flavors follow similarly as the light fruity sweetness, cracker-like malts, and marmite provide a wobbly base for the soft coriander and orange peel and the sharper taste of hop derived grapefruit flavor, muddled herbs and grasses, hop vegital matter, and sassafras to dominate. With the modest malt taste, the beer leaves me wanting the support that I miss in American IPA with their firmly kilned 2-row barley.

Light in body, its thinness exposes the grain astringency of over-worked barley and wheat. It also doesn't allow for the disguise of the rougher edges of hops with sweetness or body. It's mid palate is light to the pace of becoming watery before falling to a flimsy fragrant and herbal finish.

But somehow I rather enjoyed this hastily stitched together beer. I still feel that witbier is a formidable base style to experiment with high hop character. Although it's alcohol is slight and and the support is sparse, I rather enjoy the complex complement of spice to hops and feel there's a lot of potential if the witbier part were more authentic.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale gold color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and grains. Some caramel and fruitiness.

T - It tasted very citrusy with some candy-like flavors. Good blend of grains and caramel with a touch of spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is an interesting ale. It definitely blurs style boundaries.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass a slightly orange tinged lemony yellow with a half finger white head that left a few broken chunks of lace as it settled pretty quickly.Spiced phenols and tropical citrusy fruits really stand out in the nose over top of toasted grain.Very citrusy on the palate,I mean the citrus really jumps out at ya,mild phenols and again toasted grain underneath.Not bad with it's big citrusy flavors but not real overly complex.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, gold body with a smallish, brief, white head.

Smell: Soft, faintly toasted wheat malt notes and a touch of yeasty dough with the range of spices utilized here atop the floral, citrusy (in addition to the citrus peelings in the spice repertoire) hops.

Taste: Malted wheat in the fore with a thin sliver of sweetness and slight dough accent before the blitz of spices, hop flavor, and bitterness crackled over the tongue. Feels like there are a few too many members of the spice blend, then, when added to the resiny, leafy, citric hops, the flavor ends up a bit muddled and a bit medicinal. Drying, bitter, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, modestly effervescent.

Overall: It's a hopped up, overly spiced witbier.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some tartness comes in along with some breadiness from flavors of Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. There’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours am effervescent gold/bronze with a thumb of ivory colored head. Hazes a bit with abovee average head retention & lacing

S: Pears, lemons & grassyness

T: Grassyness & pears up front, plus a touch of grapefruit rind. Orange rind & grapefruit as this warms, some crackery notes & some white pepper. Finishes with orange rind, orchard fruit & coriander

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation

Drinks easy, not a great BPA, but not too bad

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thin top coat is very durable. Light golden body.

Flowery, hoppy aroma. Distinct but appealing.
T: taste is also quite flowery.enjoyed but couldn't drink a lot of this. Lightly bitter.
Good medium carbonation. Soft and smooth.

O: A distinct and unusual flowery PA.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage(June release). Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, pepper, wheat, coriander, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great strength and balance. Taste of lemon, pepper, clove, orange zest, herbal, wheat, earth, floral, coriander, grapefruit, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pepper, coriander, wheat, clove, earth, floral, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Medium high carbonation and medium body; with a slightly sticky and quite crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian White. Awesome balance of hops flavor, spices, and yeast character; and extremely crisp and smooth to drink. Fantastic, and I really did not expect it to be as good as it was. A welcomed surprise.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To me, this seems to lean into Belgian IPA territory. The back label basically states as much, and there are definitely hop tones going on here. Somewhat earthy with spice tones on there and the typical Belgian characteristics. It works for me and I like it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a tall Prima Pils glass with a turbid glowing orange amber hue with a bright light off white head forming thick, you can see proteins and yeast sediment suspended in the body. Aroma is full of citrus, spice, and orange peel notes. A nice bready yeast/malt combo going on, almost like a Sam Adams Summer Ale I also notice grains of paradise on the ingredients listed on the bottle. Flavors are really combined into a spice mix pack with a mediocre IPA with citrus forward hops. Very dry presentation the bitterness comes from the spices, orange peel, and hop additions. Somewhere in the mad mix of adjuncts you have a drinkable beer, medium bodied spritzy carbonation, dry bitter finish. Overall not a bad beer and much better than some of the other White IPAs I have tangoed with.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to stop agreeing with people who say the "black IPA" is the latest hip trendy style. Keep forgetting that the new cliche everyone is dying to try is this one, the White IPA. Take an existing style, hop it up, and give it a new name. Is that how we do things? Hm.

Anyway, let's try this out, one of the Hatter series, the White Hatter Belgian-style White Pale Ale, which I presume is a witbier with extra hops. "Ale brewed with natural flavors, brewed and bottled by New Holland Brewing Company, LLC, Holland, MI. 1 pint, 6 fl.oz." No word on alcohol content.

Clear, pale golden appearance, slim, soon gone head.

Aroma: sweet, floral, & fruity. Every bit a wit. Love it, citrus notes, orange and coriander. Very airy, and lively, and pretty, with a hoppy undercurrent.

Taste: there it is, the marriage of wit and IPA, high hopping mixed with wheat, citrus zest and spice. Smooth, sweet and sessional, for sure. But I'm not sure those hops work well in this blend. Let's keep drinking and find out for sure….

While we drink, let's read" "White Hatter flavorfully blends wheat, oats, & barley with hops & spices; artfully sewn together with delicious notes from fermentation. Pairings: seafood, fennel, mushrooms." "delicious notes from fermentation"? That's odd, never heard that before. A new way to say "yeast"?

Everything is fine with this ale except that no matter how artfully sewn together they might seem,
I don't think they work well together at all. Are going to have more of this, hoppy wheat ales, will there be India Weizens and such? I hope not. Some things are classics for a reason, and don't need tinkering.

Here comes the celery, here comes the pepper. Smooth wheat, and then just a smack of bitterness on the tongue. I still don't think the parts mesh well. A hoppy witbier is never on my wish list of beers, it's not a style that needs improvement by adding more hops.

Can I be pegged as a traditionalist? Perhaps. I'm still against imperializing everything under the sun. Wheat IPAs, India Wits, which ever way you paint it, it's just not working for me.

But not a bad experiment, in the least. And, actually, what do you know, but halfway in, the best of it's parts outshine the least. Liking it more.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light clear golden orange with a thin lacing of white head

S - Belgian yeast, spice, tea, herbal

T - herbal hops, citrus, orange peel, some funk

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty nice, well balanced, drinkable white IPA. It has a nice herbal hop character as well as an enjoyable citrus note. The nose was tremendous. Overall, very enjoyable. It's definitely worth a try though it won't appease those looking for something dominantly hoppy or dominantly belgian-y.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Hatter comes in many iterations these days, but today, he is like me - an old White guy and in a bottle from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, no less.

From the bottle: "Flavorfully blends the soft malt, fruity esters and delicate spcing of a Belgian White with hoppy citrus notes of an IPA. Pleasant hints of tropical fruit are framed with orange peel, chamomile, coriander and grains of paradise."; "Pairings: fish, grilled chicken, hard cheeses."

I agitated the beer prior to my usual aggro pour and as such, I stirred things up real good. It came rushing out, filling the glass with a pseudo-cascade and producing two fingers of mountainous, fluffy, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a musty citrusiness, kind of lemony, but also very dry and dusty like newspapers in an attic. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing my poor, bruised tongue like an old friend. This was like hops tea! It was really mellow, with loads of flavor, like lemon zest, mango, peach, pear, garden flowers and some black pepper. i felt like I was being lulled into a nap. The finish was quite dry, thanks to the spices, but on a hot, humid afternoon, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The New Holland White Hatter is very nice. I am trying a 2012 vintage. I poured the beer in a tulip glass and it is light copper with thin white head that is leaving a slight lace. The smell provides coriander and slight pine tones. The taste has the scent plus some peppery kicks. The mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

White Hatter

Pours a hazed white-yellow with a white sizzling, crackling head that forms a pillowy foam. Laces the glass expertly and looks like a good looking Witbier. Smell of citrus, herbs, lemongrass, bread. In the taste, some lemony citrus, green banana, coriander, orange peel and pine all join together. Strongly bitter, which works well with the citrus peel and lemony wheat notes. Medium bodied feel, well carbonated and finishes with citrus and hop. Overall, this was a very good beer. I would certainly have it again sometime, as White Hatter makes for a refreshing drink.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a light hazy pale yellow body with a sticky snow white head that makes a bit of lacing with each sip. The second pour creates a dense hazy in the body. There is a relaxed swirling carbonation

S- The floral green pineapple weed hops take on a lemon joy soap aroma as it warms and a peppery finish. During the pour there is a wheat dough aroma but it takes on more of a hair perm smell as the beer opens.

T The dry papery green hops have some dried pineapple hop taste with some spicy hop notes in the finish. There is a watery taste in the finish that is a bit dry. A papery hop bitterness lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a slightly chalky texture with a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer starts of pretty tasty but it falls off quickly to a harsh odd hop flavor and the yeast character disappears as well.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark nectarine pour with a translucent clarity is topped off by a spongy-foam ivory colored head that was moderatly lasting. Good sense of micro-effervesce rises at a moderate pace in wavy line fashion.

S: Tangerine-orange, wheat, spicy bright hops are dominant with a bit of tropical fruitiness, mango, that finishes with a touch of tropical greenery.

T: Spicy bright hops for flavor, dry and tart of tangerines, wheat with a soft peppery touch. Tropical greenery upfront but finishes with a bitterness of lemon-citrus. Coconut indications come about upon warming.

M: Spicy mouthful, tart, light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Nice white ale, almost witbeer like malting with a pale ale bitterness that was smooth, tart but refreshing as a summer drink.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy gold to amber under a 1” persistent, clingy white foam collar.
S: White bread, light orange, spice.
T: Starts with orange, coriander and wheat with more malty wheat emerging in the middle followed by a burst of bitter, drying out in the end with a light grain and spice overlay.
F: Starts smooth with medium high carbonation and medium body with a little tang and bite from the carbonation on the finish.
O: Full flavored hybrid of an IPA and a Wit.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a witbier with some mild yeast floaties and a mild orange yellow beer. Head is excellent with a 1/2 inch that pulls back to a mild lace ring. Lacing is minimal.

S - Smells like a witbier with orange peel and lemon zest. I like the citrus hops that clash with the whole deal. Pretty nice.

T - I quite like it. Taste more like a a Belgium pale ale with spices. Nice orange and lemon peel with equal balance of citrus hops. Malts and spices seem to be working well but minimal spices.

M - Light to medium body easy to drink.

Overall an easy drinking white IPA and I liked it

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden apricot color with a half inch ivory head that dissipates into a pool of foam, leaving sheets of lacing.

Belgian yeast, esters of apple, pear, lemon, and peach complement a backbone of wheat and coriander to form a fairly complex aroma.

Citrus, wheat, and belgian yeast dominate the flavor. Notes of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and coriander lead into a fairly bitter finish, which becomes peppery in the aftertaste. Phenols become evident as it warms.

Body is moderately light, with fairly high carbonation. It finishes pretty dry.

Overall, a good belgian-influenced wheat beer with substantial complexity. Finish was a bit short and dry.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Rigorous pour reveals a hazy, golden/pale rust colored ale with a bubbly, white head that holds decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are fruity grapefruit zest, wheat, biscuit, orange zest, Belgian yeast. Tastes are orange peel, orange pith, grapefruit, chalk, wheat, coriander, pine, acetylsalicylic acid. Body is medium with higher carbonation, finishes bitter and astringent. Overall, it's good, but the aspirin notes coupled with its dry finish takes away from it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pouring very clear pale yellow straw, I imagine that towards the bottom, a little more sediment may make it in to the beer. A sturdy white hat of foam caps the inviting beer leaving patchy lace on the glass.

S - White Hatter exhibits a fresh hop aroma upon first whiff indicating something quite special to come... Bold citrus zest is first and foremost with lemon-lime and grapefruit leading the way followed by some orange peel, perhaps. Mild spices continue to the wit trend while delicately playing off the hops and soft wheat in the background. A pale malt base ties it all together for a great aroma!

T - Unique to say the least, pine resin and citrusy, biting lupulin gland from fresh hops jump out big here, just not in the conventional way. Plenty of spice aids in really creating a unique experience with lemongrass and coriander flavors blending together as the evolving taste incorporates soft wheat flavors and a tasty grainy pale malt.

M - Wheat and oats give the mouthfeel a creamy, smooth entry that lasts from the first splash on the tongue to the swallow but the light body and effervescent carbonation liven things up. Moderate hoppy bitterness and a dry bite finish out with great balance and a draw back for another sip.

O - New Holland's White Hatter is a harmonious masterpiece that could quite possibly be my favorite of their offerings! This delicious treat skillfully blends a moderately hopped IPA with the subtleties and drinkability of a witbier for a refreshing, super-tasty outcome! Hats off to you New Holland!

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell: grains of paradise, cardamom, and coriander

Taste: lemon, orange, peach, grains of paradise, clove, and other Belgian spices, slight other hops

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with a slight bitter end, low carbonation

Overall: A nice and flavorful citrusy wit. The bitterness is not as pronounced here as it has been in other examples of the style I have had. This is a beer I would reach for if I wanted this style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a very hazy golden yellow color with a one finger head of white foam floating atop the brew. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grapefruit citrus hop mixed with a moderately strong showing of a grassy and herbal smell. Along with these smells, comes some aromas of a more yeasty nature, a little bit of a hay and grainy smell, as well as some hints of apple and peach fruits.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter and crisp cracker taste with a bit of a fruity flavor of peach, apple, and tangerine and a decent showing of a grassy and grapefruit tastes. As the taste advances the fruit that was present up front fades all while the grass and grapefruit get stronger, all while with these flavors being accompanied by some yeasty and hay-like flavor. Some lighter notes of lemon and some spice later come to the tongue and with a little bit more grain, and grass coming to the tongue at the very end, one is left with a rather crisp and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the moderately hopped and drier flavors of the brew the feel was rather nice and helped accentuate the more refreshing and sharp tastes of the beer.

Overall – A decent Belgian IPA. Not bad overall, but nothing super exceptional.

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White Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.