White Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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456 Ratings
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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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 Mark-Leggett
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

To much sediment in this, big turn off. Then the flavors just did not mesh at all. I would pass on this one.

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of booga73
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of beerdrinkindave
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of Jaredbuter
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of joeseppy
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of coolestmage
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%

I picked up a case of this for just under $10 at my local go to (something about distributors changing hands). For that price I had to jump, and I'm happy to report that I'll probably be going back before they run out to buy another case or two for that price.

Appearance: Pours a nice goldish red, an average colour for a pale ale. The head is off white, large bubbles, and falls pretty quickly leaving next to no lacing.

Aroma: Definitely different than anything I've ever smelled before. I guess I'd say it smells like it should, like a cross between a wheat beer and a pale ale. Lots of citrus, a bit of clove spiciness like you get in something like blue moon, and the tiniest bit of hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like you poured a blue moon into a pale ale. A decent bit of spiced wheat, some nice malt, very little hops. Feels like a low/medium carbonation with a bit of a creamy feel to it. Nothing offensive, but nothing special either.

Overall: Definitely an interesting combination. I think if the wheat flavour had been toned down, and the hops bumped up, this would have been a pretty damn good beer. As it is it is only a decent beer. For the price though, I'll drink it and be happy.

Photo of DaveOrama
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of lochef81
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -16.2%

12/04/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

First taste was...for wont of a better word..."funky".

Everything gets where it's going at the same time. After a few sips the tastes get where they're going but I'm still left with a few questions. Like where does all that lemony citrus go between the nose & the tongue? Must be that deceptive ole lemongrass hiding in the weeds. Was that coriander I thought I tasted?

Here's the best I can do: this is distinctly indistinct...but not in a bad way. I said it...hope that helps.

Photo of simplejj81
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Tasty and more malt than any belgian white, but this is a belgian style pale ale so maybe i shouldnt compare. Refreshing citrusy a bit of orange and grapefruit.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ROBSTARR
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of gwendolynjk
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Yums tasty. Yum yum yum. Drink this all day. Hey hey

Photo of OrestesMethuon
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cloying, poorly balanced, and not nearly hoppy enough, this seemingly intriguing experiment is more busy with its multiple styles than a successful blending of them.

I can see why twelve-packs of this were deeply discounted at the liquor store—and, while this beer is just drinkable enough to be worth it at a price-cut, moving through all twelve won't be an especially enjoyable experience. The mouthfeel is a bit too rich, the flavor is much too sweet, and the hops are so muted I couldn't say why—except for the fairly pleasant nose—New Holland got the idea to extol the “hoppy citrus notes of an IPA” in the back-bottle patter. The malt seems hardly “soft”, the spicing decidedly not “delicate”, and the “tropical fruit” notes do not frame the “orange peel, chamomile, coriander, and grains of paradise”, but instead amplify them substantially.

Maybe—just maybe—I'd like this a bit better on a beach in ninety-degree heat, but I really doubt even that, since the grain-bill and mouthfeel is altogether too rich to imagine the spicy, tropical qualities could ever really be refreshing.

New Holland makes some good beers; this is not one of them.

Photo of stumac
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mikus
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter. NOT a nice looking beer. Definitely unfiltered, light amber with very little head. Great carb bubbles though. Looked kind of like grapefruit juice. Some nice floral notes on the nose, also a bit of orange (and ironically grapefruit). Taste was v. nice... interesting yeasty and crisp malty notes (bit of biscuit?). Strong citrus punch. Much better than the aroma dictated. Rather light mouthfeel, with a clean aftertaste. Wasn't super excited to try his one, but there were some nice surprises anyways... unique and worth a go.

Photo of EricTKole
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DuffDadddy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

White Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.