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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPANew Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.07%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Fermentation character from Belgian-born yeast, envelops bright hop character with a spicy, tart Farhouse funk. Original Gravity: 12.2 ºP, ABV: 5.07%, IBU: 53 "

Added by PhineasGage on 05-28-2011

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Photo of uustal
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a giant thick white head. Lacing and retention off the charts. Nose of Belgian yeast, grassy hops, lemon zest. Nearly identical flavor profile. Begins with yeast and light Belgian spices. Followed by citrus zest, mostly lemon. Pine resin hops, peppery spice and a touch of saisin funk. Definitely a hopped up saison that varries just a bit from your typical Belgian IPA. Spicier and funkier Belgian IPA

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Cresant
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. 2011 vintage. The body was golden amber in color with a large pithy, tan head. There was minimal lacing but but sheets of fine foam slide up and down the glass on each drink.

The smell was, not surprisingly, of grandpa's basement. Spices and apples too. Peppercorn. Belgian yeast character.

The taste was spicy and boldly bitter. Wow, a nice combination of Saison/IPA. Fruity and drying. There was a distinct lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium to light in body. There was a mouthfilling, fluffy carbonation. Nicer than I had expected.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky ring of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeastiness, phenolic funkiness and dried fruits.

T - Very spicy and yeasty with a phenolic taste. Some sweet caramel and green apple flavors.

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

O - This is a really nice Belgian IPA. One of the better brews I've had from New Holland.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of manbrognig74
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden amber with a huge, dense white head that lasts forever. Leaves beautiful Brussels lace.

Smell - Spicy and aromatic Belgian yeast slightly overshadows the hops. Subtle aromas of banana and bubblegum; stronger notes of cloves and mint, with a touch of resinous citrus peel hops and just the faintest hint of caramel.

Taste - Echoes the aroma to some degree; definitely lots of spicy clove and lemon peel, ripe fruit, exotic yeast, and a dry mineral finish.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured cold from the bottle a semi-opaque bright copper to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass with a near two finger, frothy, long lasting white head leaving a blanket of sticky lace to the rim after each sip.

nice aroma of belgian yeast and citrus hops. very pleasant.

citrus hops forward, belgian yeast also present, much less farmhouse funk than the glass i had on tap a few days ago. lemon rind, nice malt backbone.

creamy smooth, medium bodied, big carbonation, very subtle bitter and even subtler farmhouse funk.

overall - very enjoyable on a hot summer day liek today.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Soapy head with giant bubbles that leaves lace digging down the sides. Cloudy orange with hints of yellow beaming through, a good looking beer. About what you might expect from a style like this, nearly a blend of the two.

Spicy on the nose, farmy like a saddle, a little woody and even somewhat fatty.

Spicy throughout the tongue like a Saaz IPA, but with a distinct lemony top note and strong earthy backbone that subtly creeps through, earthy, malty and filling.

The maltiness is what sticks with me, keeping with it just a hint of the hoppiness still there. added depth really builds as it comes to temperature.

I can see where this derivation of the Mad Hatter comes from, adding another chapter to the beer's history.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Farmhouse Hatter pours a lovely tangerine hued amber color with a nice frothy head that is beige in color. The head has wonderful retention and lacing. It fittingly looks like a head that is part IPA and part Belgian ale.

The aroma is predominantly hoppy with plenty of juicy citrus notes such as grapefruit and mandarin orange. I also pick up some pineapple and a bit of pine that mingle in with just a rumor of spicy yeast esters. All of this is supplemented with a nice biscuity malt character.

Wow, the flavor is so different from the aroma that I am a bit flabbergasted. The Belgian yeast comes through way more, adding plenty of funky spice and a slight tartness to the flavor. The hops seem slightly more restrained and way more bitter. White grapefruit takes the place of the ruby red that I smelled in the aroma. The blend of citrus hops and yeast definitely give this beer a sour citrus sort of vibe. The malt is pretty much overshadowed and just adds a sweetness that is balanced out by the tart and bitter. As the beer warms some nice apricot and peach flavors start to come out.

The mouthfeel is medium with a fairly lively amount of carbonation. This beer is exciting on the palate with the bitterness, tartness and carbonation getting jiggy on the dance floor that is my tongue.

This is a very interesting and enjoyable brew. I have to say that before I took a sip I was thinking it would be good, but boring. After tasting it though, I have to say that this is a really interesting beer that has some nice flavors. Not the best Belgian style IPA by a long shot, but certainly a fun beer to drink. I would definitely recommend people give this a try.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second of the modified Hatter series. From a 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. 2012 Vintage

Pours a clear, dark copper. A stiff pour produced a modest one-finger cream head. Moderate retention left behind some decent lacing. Was expecting a more pronounced Belgian-style head. NOTE: with the second glass I used and very aggressive pour that did yield a very nice, three-finger head that lasted forever and had some serious lacing.

A nice blend of spicy/fruity Belgian yeast, and classic piney, slightly astringent American hops upfront. An apparent, but not prominent malt backbone. Very interesting nose.

Starts like an American IPA, finishes like a Belgian Saison. Bright, piney American hops upfront quickly segue to toffee malts. Then the Belgian comes to the front with bananas and cloves, and a slightly funky finish.

Body is light to medium. Crisp, Belgian-style carbonation lifts it off the tongue nicely. Dry like a good Saison. A bit thin, but highly drinkable.

Overall this is a tasty and interesting take on the IPA. It struck me as a good American IPA that just happened to be fermented with Belgian Farmhouse yeast. Criticism: the overall beer was a bit thin in both flavor and ABV. While a fun, and intricate little brew, they could have amped it up a couple notches. Recommended if your a fan of the style or are looking for a cheap and different bomber for the night. Cheers!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep copper yellowish body with a beige head that is thick and last a good bit. There is some strands of microbubbles that trail to the surface.

S- The green earthy hops has some black pepper saison yeast notes to it that grow as the beer opens up. The yeast and pepper notes start to take on a Dijon mustard quality as it warms.

T- The dry crisp green hops have some tropical fruit qualities that become mostly lemon as the beer warms. The sight watery taste fades to a touch of sweet malt that grows a bit. The finish is peppery yeast and pungent bitterness that has a woody note to it aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a big scrubbing bubble finish.

O- The hops are nice and big but the peppery yeast character is a bit to bitter and hides some of the hop depth. The pepper and hop bitterness make it a bit to harsh in the finish.

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Photo of Chaney
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Jason
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with a foiled top, vintage date on the back label.

LOOK: Towering froth, hazed amber

SMELL: Green peppercorn, chalky yeast, lemon grass, tart apples, dried grass, papaya

TASTE: Nutty yeast, toasted scali bread, fresh cut apples, passion fruit, mandarin oranges, bitter phenols, buttery, grassy, salt, hop bitterness, bone dry finish

Taking the farmhouse ale to another level with the hopping here, a bit over the top with complexities here but it seems to work sip after sip. A lot of fun to drink.

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

Served chilled into a standard pint glass.

Poured a light amber color that was hazy but looks well filtered. Had a large cream color inconsistent head that stuck to the sides of the glass otherwise fleeting to a thin layer. The aroma wasn't overwhelming but was very refreshing none the less. It was more on the citrus hoppiness side with slight tangerine, slight grapefruit with an overall floral freshness. A slight biterness at the ends that fades slowly. A great beer that I'd drink again. Good offering.

Found at Cardinal Liqs, Niles IL

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Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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 PDXHops
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a narrow tulip. Hazy gold with a pleasingly long-lasting head and loads of lacing beginning all the way at the top of the glass.

Belgian aromas take a backseat- way in the back- to what appears to be plentiful American dry-hopping. Not terribly bitter, but the hops are well showcased by a very dry finish. A bit peppery, a bit spicy, a bit clovey, plenty hoppy. Funkiness more pronounced in the flavor than the nose. A bit more carbonation would take that finish to a whole nother puckering level. Paired nicely with some mussels frites.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from pry-off 22oz bomber with silver foil over the cap and neck to a large wineglass. The only dating information available is “Vintage 2012” printed clearly on the back label.

Appearance (4.5): Seriously attractive pour on this, the head isn’t out of control but it’s tight and leaves a ton of lace on the way down, as it recedes. What is there is off-white, kind of cream-colored. The body, meanwhile, is a rich amber color and just slightly hazy. Many, many streams of bubbles rise to the surface, and this beer looks great.

Smell (4.5): The Belgian side of this beer actually smells more BSPA than “farmhouse” to me, but it definitely smells nice. Pretty good biscuit and clove notes in the nose, plus some banana and pear fruitiness. The hops also are evident here, citrus fruit and somewhat tropical in character, and slightly dank—bright citrus becomes more prominent as it warms.

Taste (3.5): This is definitely bitter. The first thing you get is a medicinal, yeasty character, somewhat chalky, but it quickly transitions into an herbal, astringently citric bitterness, like chewing on fresh lime peels. There’s a solid Juicy Fruit kind of sweetness that must be coming from the yeast underneath, which comes NOWHERE close to dominating the mix of flavors but just kind of floats along underneath. The body develops a definitely earthy character as it warms. The finish is good, solidly bitter, not overpowering, but slow to dissipate, and it finishes dry. There are some very good elements here, but it doesn’t totally mesh—definitely smoothes out and gets more even-handed as it warms, too.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium-bodied, it’s got an even, smooth, but somewhat one-dimensional carbonation that tingles slightly going down. Dry in the finish, not too heavy or oily by any means. Does a good job, nothing spectacular.

Overall (3.5): To me, this beer is like a classic saison, done relatively well, with a ton of bittering hops thrown in. It’s not FANTASTIC as a Belgian style, and the IPA side of it could use a little more malt depth / grain richness, some solid dry-hopping, and more flavoring hops, in my opinion. This would POP with a richer grain body and some serious tropical hop flavor. It’s pretty good, for sure, but not excellent in any way, outside of the appearance (which is damn good) and the smell (not quite as good, but very good in its own right).

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours golden in color with a nice thin white head with really good retention.

S - light hops and belgian yeast. Bready malts.

T - very citrusy and fruity up front then finishes dry and bitter.

M - light bodied and medium carbonated.

O - nice dry Belgian ipa. Light and wild

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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
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