Farmhouse Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Farmhouse Ales were originally brewed as “Provision Beers” by farmers in Belgium and France, brewed in the winter months to be consumed during hot summer work days. They were traditionally brewed light and refreshing to aid in both hydration and energy. Wheat and Pilsner malts were used to lighten up the body of this Mad Hatter version. It was also fermented hot with a strain of Belgian Saison yeast to develop flavors of green apple, pepper and fresh cut hay. Brewed for Hatter Days

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Photo of delta490
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured a lively orangey amber. A big foamy white head takes a minute to settle down and leaves sticky lacing as it does. The aroma is mild, with just light hints of malt and a touch of yeast. The taste has a little bit of spice, but not much funk. It's kind of bland, as it goes along. The mouthfeel is adequate, with a just little spicy bite. It can't seem to decide if it's an IPA with a Belgian twist or a Belgian Wit with an IPA twist. In the end, it's muddled and not really either..

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a massive head (all head until I poured it carefully); the flip side is that the stickage is great as is the lacing

Smell: Bready, peppery, stone fruit, phenolic and lemony

Taste: Bready, up front, with the yeast quickly adding a stone fruit/peppery dimension; citric lemony bitterness develops in the middle, though the finish adds an herbal/phenolic element

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad beer but not the best Belgian IPA but certainly enjoyable

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Photo of lochef81
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first experience with a saison or a farmhouse ale. I'm reviewing this beer but still not quite certain about the style or my affection for it. The ale pours a hazy golden copper with a very thick white head that is quite long lasting and leaves a slight white lacing behind. The aroma is sour and earthy with notes of orange bitters, grass, and herbaciousness. It sips smooth with a light to medium body. The flavor is quite tangy. Slightly sour and has a slight bite of alcohol. It is pleasing on the palate and invigorating on the brain with questions of what all is happening in this ale. I've enjoyed te differences in this ale from what I am used to but still not sure if it is a beer style that I will return to often. That being said, I can say that this is a very well crafted and enjoyable ale. Which, at the very reason price, should most certainly be picked up and tried even if the style is not completely your cup of tea.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden orange with a thick, pillowy white head that takes quite some time to settle.

S: Aromas of kumquat, tangerine, bitter orange, lemon, lime, herbs, grass, caramel, biscuit, and woody spices fill the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, sweet cream, crackers, minerals, kumquat, bitter orange, tangerine, lemon rind, lime zest, herbs, grass, and spicy yeast are surprisingly well integrated. The finish presents a pleasant mixture of spicy yeast, biscuit, herb, grass, bitter orange, kumquat, and lemon notes.

M: Rather slight in body, this ale goes from mildly resinous to dry fairly quickly. Delightful, active carbonation tingles on the tongue. Feels very airy in the mouth. Easy to drink.

O: A nice, easy drinking ale with some complexity and a superb integration of malt, yeast, and hop flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Sam's in Durham, NC. Poured into a New Holland pint glass.

Pours a darker golden color with an inch thick white head. Attractive and appropriate looking pour. The smell is yeasty and big on the citrus. Thought this was a saison from the name, but the nose tells a much different story. Taste is more of the same as the nose, with a good bit of added hops. Nice balance, true to the Belgian IPA style, good hints of citrus and lemon. Easy to drink. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable and refreshing IPA true to the Belgian style. Having it fresh on tap was definitely a plus. I'd have another.

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Photo of Chaney
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured a clear, gold/amber color with tons of visible carbonation and a nice two finger off-white head.

S: Hoppy and grassy, but fortunately more towards the hop side. Like a pine cone with lawn clippings.

T: Pretty assertive with a very prominent Belgian yeast strain (banana) poking through the citrusy hop profile. Lots of flavor packed in here.

M: Nice and spritzy with a slight booze warming and an infinitely non-subtle hop slap on the finish.

O: Fun, fun, fun. Good stuff, good price tag.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark and clear orange color with two fingers of off-white head. Left behind a good amount of lacing.

Nice aroma of orange, mango, bubblegum, candy sugar and spicy notes.

The taste was much like the aroma with a spicy bite, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, mango, orange peel and candy sugar.

Light-to-medium bodied and dry with a lighter carbonation.

A very tasty Farmhouse Belgian from New Holland. I'm ready for another.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2102 Vintage.

This bottle had about half a year’s time on it. At first crack of the cap it started foaming over. Clearly nice carbonation with a lot of life—very bubbly! Appropriate for the holiday celebration where I brought it.

This poured a golden tan color topped by some nice foam. There’s an estery aroma with a nice hoppy spice kick to it. I get an estery orange blossom scene. The flavor is clearly ‘saison’—estery and lively—with a crisp bitterness and some orange peel on the finish. It’s enjoyable even if (I presume) the hops have faded. I get a combination of orange peel and some stinky cheese characteristics as it opens.

The Farmhouse hatter has a definite rustic edge and a mild funk to it which is welcome in this day and age of mass-produced play-it-safe saisons.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled May 8th 2012.

A: Pours an opaque bright orange gold with a 2 finger puffy white head. Tons of visible carbonation in the glass. Head takes a few minutes to dissipate and leaves some splotchy lacing.

S: Has a nice yeasty and hop blend. Spicy attributes to it, sort of a soapiness but also earthiness.

T: Yeasty and malty but balanced out by some nice bittering hops. You can taste all of the aspects of the beer and they are quite pleasant, but doesn't lean any one direction except perhaps belgian in general.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Very easy drinking, just a tad sticky from the hops but thats not bad.

Overall glad I could give this one a go, could be a little better fresher and on tap but still tasty nonetheless. Good for those who like things a little funky.

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Photo of AmitC
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Farmhouse hatter farmhouse IPA poured from a 22oz bomber into my large snifter.

Vintage 2012.

Amber color. Over one and half finger thick white bubbly-creamy head that persists very well. Slight haze that makes it translucent. Good bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Aroma : Awesome is the word that come to mind. Good mix of belgian ale flavors and IPA hops. Peppercorn and grassy floral hops. Slight fruity tones as well. Strong aroma. Smell rises as soon as the cap is half open. Quite complex. Nose has some pepper mint flavor as well.

Taste: Flavor is almost as complex as nose. Slight malt upfront with hop backbone. Spices and fruity taste as well. Bitter dry finish. Overall bitterness is quite less compared to a regular English or American IPA. Slight after taste of pepper mint that follows the nose.

Mouth feel : Very excellent medium bodied finish. Smooth. No astringency. Carbonation is a tad on the higher side though but does not take anything away from drinkability.

Style Rate: 4.5
Personal Rate: 4.5

Only drawback is low alcohol content. Otherwise top draw stuff.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with an inch-plus head of white. Stringy lacing and a mostly solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with candied fruit and citrusy hops. Candied apples, pears, mango, and sugar-dusted grapefruit with a hint of grape jam.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Cut grass with citrus and wet hay starts the palate. Spicy hops with earthy undertones and a tropical fruit background.

Finishes with grass-rubbed citrus fruit, pine dew, and a hint of pineapple skins.

Very nice beer. The nose is a bit subdued for the style but it has plenty of complexity and a decent hop bite.

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Photo of TrentFox
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured some of a 22oz bottle into a belgian glass.

A- A slow but hearty-at-the-end pour gave two fingers of light tan head, which dissipated over the course of a few minutes to leave a thin layer of foam and medium lacing. The color is a bright light amber. Moderate carbonation bubbles are visible.

S- The smell is very yeasty with clear citrus notes. There is something almost nutty as well. It has that nice funky smell you get with some farmhouse ales.

T- The taste was interesting, and not quite what I was expecting. It drinks like a belgian IPA, but one that has a more serious yeast presence. It is somewhat sweet and has a light malt backbone. It finishes on the definite sour side, with flavors of lemon and a tart grassy/piny taste.

M- It is medium bodied, with light to medium carbonation. It isn't sticky, like some belgians with high sugar can be. It is pretty smooth, though the sourness drags a little.

O- I like this beer, and especially enjoy the prominent yeast, though the finish is a bit on the sour side. The 5% ABV makes it pretty easy drinking. And the lemon and grass/pine notes are enjoyable. Still, it doesn't establish itself as a real competitor to other heavy hitter Belgian IPAs. It would pair well with savory and rich soups or stews, where the lemon and hops could provide good contrast. This beer was a surprise from my girlfriend, and certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I probably wouldn’t have tried this, but every Hatter variation was only $5 at the bottle shop; couldn’t pass up a Belgian-style IPA at that price.

Brewed sometime this year (“Vintage 2012” on the back of the bottle).

A: Pale yellow-orange body, slow-moving head of thick white foam. Quite a bit of chunky retention, with layers of lacing coating the inside of the glass.

S: All the sweet, luscious aromas of juicy hops, emphasized by herbal Belgian scents: lemon zest, grapefruit, spicy herbs, and citrus. Slight esters and yeasty banana in the back, followed up with some notes of clove and pepper (like your typical saison). Good balance between spice and hops, but it never takes any big chances.

T: Same as the nose: nice hop and herb back-and-forth, but pretty timid overall. Flowery, soapy hops with notes of pine, berries, and citrus, with characteristic Belgian notes of spice (Noble hop-like). Chewy saison maltiness, showing traces of biscuit, peach, and only slightly apparent cherry-vanilla tastes. A bit of grass and coriander blends it together; it’s not too layered, adding to its not-too-complex character. Finishes mildly tart and dry; very midly.

M: Feels just like a saison: chewy, frothy yet smooth overall. Satisfying, but a little more carbonation would put it more to style.

O: An enjoyable beer – I could see myself buying this at a bar and being very happy.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA pours a slightly dark golden color, with a nice size white head. There is a nice strong floral hoppy aroma. There is a nice strong floral hoppy taste, but then it blends with bits of a sweet candy like taste. Nice strong flavor, and a nice little kick of bitterness form the hops. Overall I found this fantastic. It has a typical floral bitter IPA, that mixes with sweet Belgian candy flavors, I found it unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes.

Poured a dark orange with a thin head that leaves fits of lace. Smell is malt, and lightly citric hop. Taste has citric elements along with fruit tartness, cherry and green grapes, gooseberries. Medium-light bitterness level. With all these flavors it would seem surprising that there isn't much depth and complexity. Mouthfeel is too light and it falls apart across the tongue. The aftertaste has late-appearing sour notes that linger.

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Photo of match1112
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright clear amber body with a towering whith frothy head that stands four fingers tall. smell is real floral with hints of bread, citrus and yeast. taste is a crisp hop presence with yeasty bread and malt. mouthfeel is light and crisp yet oily with a dry finish. overall i really like this beer, easy drinkin, good taste, getcha some while you can.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A feverish macro-bubbly effervesce rages within a bengal-tiger orange colored body. A frumpy, bready, oatmeal tinted head is a bout a finger high, but sticks around nicely. Lacing is kinda weak, sparse, yet the head somehow manages to maintain a coverage thoughout the course of the drink.

S: Light smoky pine, old barn wood, musky cobwebs and grapefruit. A bit of lightly kilned orange peel, herbaceous scent of parsely and celery. Moderate level of awareness, good complexity.

T: Spicy bright and tart flavor of oranges, dry pineapple with a peppery flair. Herbaceous musky scent of hops, pine, grapefruit, tart lemon with a dry woodsy-grassy finish. Bright oranges sneak out once in awhile with a manageable funk.

M: Tightly bubbly sensattion on the tip of the tongue for mouthful. Medium body with a peppery wood finish off the tongue.Small alcohol warmth.

O: a decent farmhouse ipa, managebale funk for those who don't like it overdone. Toasted peppery flair with a decent level of hops. End of day a solid mid level B range style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy orange color with a white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – Standard Belgian style IPA with a good dose of biscuit, banana, and yeast. Mixed with these aromas are lighter aromas of pepper and a grassy like smell.

Taste – The flavor starts out more heavily of citrus and tropical fruit. A somewhat bitter orange and lemon hoppiness are mixed with banana, pineapple and mango. Along with these at the start, is a yeasty taste. As the flavor advances some of the spicy and peppery notes that were detected in the nose come to the tongue. A grassy and pine hop flavor then enter the taste along with a upsergance of the yeasty flavors to in the end leave a bitter yeast cake flavor left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light to medium side with the carbonation level being on the higher side. The carbonation is very fitting for the style and very nicely excites the tongue in light of all the bitter flavors.

Overall – Very enjoyable overall with some nice flavor transitions and a good feel.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass

This beer pours hazy orange with a one finger white head. The beer has a lightly hopped nose and the belgian yeast really comes through. This beer has a moderate bitterness and a very piney, citrusy hop profile that is on par with the other hatters. The belgian yeast really gives this beer a unique spiciness. There is flavors of clove and wheat but a spicy note only the yeast could add. It has a good deal of feel for a beer this size and its not super quick to drink but makes for a nice paced beer. Overall, its not my favorite of the hatter line up but its a pretty decent farmhouse IPA.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1436th Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip

Vintage 2012
Purchased at Binnys Naperville,IL for $4.99

App- Its a glowing amber orange with some lighter edges. A nice two finger head with some good cling. A good density and a good looking beer.

Smell- Well its a Belgian IPA, but not much aromatically. Had a good hoppy nose with a touch of yeast and a bit dry and floral. Just wasnt alot there really.

Taste- A nice beer but not great. The Belgian yeast was a bit small but the overall flavors prop this one up. A lot like the description. Dry, hoppy, floral and dry. Needs a bit more funk but was good with the pork chops I paired it with.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a lower medium carbonation. A bit right down the middle with bubbles. Residual floral, grassy flavors.

Drink- I liked this one a tad more than the oak. Really hoping the Rye will be better.

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Photo of daledeee
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle.

Poured a volumunous head with a bubbly dark orange body.

Nose: I am not sure if the head covered the nose or if it just doesn't have any.

Taste: So many of these Belgian IPAs taste like there are American Hops in them. This one is the same. OK but a little too citrus rind for a true Belgian angle.

Mouth feel is pretty good. The beer is drinkable, but there is some tough competition.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty two-finger cap of head, somewhere between off-white and tan, sits creamy and dense on top of this clear copper-colored brew. The head stays at just under a finger in height the rest of the way and leaves a mix of spotty and patchy lacing.
The smell is nice. This beer is more what I expect from the series in terms of hoppiness, a bit more hop-forward than Black Hatter. It's a nice leafy, herbal, soft sort of bitterness. The yeast offers more of the dry, almost lightly chalky quality and a touch of earthiness with a very gently peppery nip to it and a bit of grassiness is underlying.
The taste just about follows suit, but a touch of saltiness rises out right up front. The chalkiness comes out even more and into the super dry finish.
The body is medium, moderately carbonated with a brisk, consistent crispness. It's smooth enough to keep the flow moving, even creamy to a point right up to the bone-dry finish.

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Farmhouse Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 308 ratings