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 "

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Photo of doughanson78
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to bobpack for this.

A: A dark orangish copper in color. A touch of haze. Huge 3+ finger head, slight orange tint. Very bubbly. Awesome retention and lacing.

S: Lemon and oranges. Light citrus and floral hops. Coriander spice. Belgian yeast comes through. Some fresh grass. Light clove. Light bready notes.

T: Bready malts upfront. Very spicy and citrusy in the middle with a touch of bitterness. Lemon and orange peel. Very grassy towards the end. Belgian yeast throughout. A very light touch of alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. A touch of dryness. A little funk in the aftertaste.

O: Not as good as the other Belgian IPA's I've had. It's decent and definitely drinkable and refreshing. At only 5% ABV I'm surprised I get any alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This would be a major disappointment if I were expecting a Belgian IPA, but I was expecting a farmhouse (saison) with an IPA and Belgian taste. So it is still a big disappointment, because it is almost all farmhouse (saison), then slightly belgian, and lastly a little IPA.

It's a flavorful brew that you should not refuse. Don't expect a big beer because it is understated. The alcohol is pretty low for anything that says IPA on the label. T he aroma is first rate and almost a redemming quality.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy light amber-orange with a pillowy 2-finger head. Solid retention and decent retention followed.

S - Noticeable Belgian notes (reminiscent of your typical saison) present themselves in the nose alongside a very muted hop profile

T - The flavor profile is almost the inverse of the nose. Here, a few funky Belgian notes are subdued upfront, but floral and slightly piney hop profile dominant the flavor.

M - Almost medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a lingering bitterness

O - This is definitely an enjoyable brew, however, I don't think the nose or flavor profile was where NH's description lead me to believe. Had the hop profile been more present in the nose and the Belgian notes more present in the flavor, I would've enjoyed this even more.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my tulip.

A - A golden orange and clear body with some amber/crimson hues. The head started large and bubbly with a white color but it died to a medium sized ring and left a decent lace.

S - Grassy hop with an herbal back end and just a slight fruity sweetness. There is just a slight funky yeast smell in the back.

T & M & D - Very herbal front end of this beer. Then it thins out and opens itself to some fruity sweetness. This is where the funky comes in with some sour yeasty notes all over the back. A thin mouthfeel with a slightly metalic back end, but it is light and crisp.

O - An interesting beer. The sour funk is not as pronounced as I wanted but the belgium IPA is a decent compliment. I applaud the effort.


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Photo of hardy008
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange with a large off white to light tan head with good retention and a sticky lace. The aroma has floral hops, pine, grapefruit, pepper, Belgian yeast, and a small amount of peaches in the background.

The taste is just like the aroma. Much less sweet than I thought it would be. Is also hoppier than expected and there is a lot of pepper flavor. The peaches come through more as the beer warms.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, and dry. Has a bit of a peppery aftertaste. Well worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buddy brought over a stinger of Farmhouse Hatter to try....and it was quite tasty. The appearance is a cloudy copper with thin white head. The nose provides a bouquet of hops, clove and banana. The taste starts with hop and malt which is really nice, then the beer turns very tart and finishes with the clove, banana, and spice common to belgium ales. The tart finish lowers the mouthfeel for me, but overall this is a pretty good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of jmich24
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Duvel Tulip
S: Citrus hops, funky bread like yeast, spicy, herbal, and a touch medicinal.
A: Bright tangerine orange, big fluffy two finger head, stick lacing and nice head retention.
T: Starts with a herbal citrus hop kick, then come more spicy notes including cloves a bit of green apple. Funky the whole time. Not much lingering bitterness.
M: When first opened it was over carbed and sharp, on the thin side.
O: Great Nose, hoppy with some Belgian funk. It was way over carbed when first opened, I let it sit and settle a bit before giving it a negative review. It was just okay overall. The Belgian side was good and funky, the IPA was not nearly bitter/hoppy enough for my tastes.

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Photo of TrentFox
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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 TheHoppiest
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy rust color, with a thick ivory head comprised of tiny bubbles. A fair amount of carbonation keeps those tiny bubbles in business, replenishing from the bottom as quickly as they transmute to the air from the top.

Tangy smelling, with an obvious Belgian yeast profile mixes with sweet caramel malt and piney hops for a rather complex aroma. The smell says farmhouse funk with a hoppy ending.

Taste starts off bitter and sharp, acerbic to the palate and drying upon the tongue. Peppery spice, wet straw and tobacco garnished with a twist of lemon combine before finishing with a bit of tart.

Medium bodied, clean and dry, with abundant carbonation, this leaves the tongue feeling as if I dried it with a towel.

This is my second in New Holland's Mad Hatter series, and while I appreciate their adventurous attitude, I've not sure I'd run out and have this again. Its more spicy herby farmhouse ale than it is IPA, and can't hold a candle to other Belgian IPA's like Flying Dog's Raging Bitch.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from my notebook.

Pours out a deeper amber color tinged with reddish highlights...and a nice fluffy foamy head that leaves mediocre lacing. Medium body, very sharply carbonated, smells of citric hops, belgian peppery yeast, and honeyed apple wedges. Taste is a lot more bready and doughy than the nose had led me to expect, a pleasant surprise! Also has the same peppery Belgian yeasty tones, sweet honeyed apples and citric hops from the nose in the flavor... there is also a very faint tart element that I didn't discover until after the beer had warmed up some towards room temperature.

It really does come across as an odd hybrid between a lighter more subtle Saison and an IPA. My only complaint is that the Saison elements sometimes aren't strong enough to shine through the overlapping IPA citric oil. If only there was more....funk. I never found any horse blanket funk in this brew, only a faint tartness, which is why I called the Saison "subtle". Maybe about 20% more raunchiness would have worked better for my tastes.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a few days ago at the Whole Foods in Clarendon. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few minutes and leaves two inches of head throughout drinking it. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass as well.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, light fruit, light funk/earthy notes, and very light mint. Very earthy and yeasty, pretty nice. Reminds me of a saison.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, mint, cloves, pepper, eathy notes, and floral hops. Heavy on the pepper and spices; a bit of a step down from the nose for me, but still good. Again, reminds me of a saison.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A little bit too carbonated.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style beer. Taste was a bit too heavy on the spices and pepper for me, and it was a little too carbonated, but it was pretty enjoyable. Would give another shot and looking forward to trying the other Hatters.

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Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing orange into a tulip glass, billowing head with sticking crown of lacing all around.

Lightly sweet and peachy, earthy hops in here, plenty of wet hay and Belgian yeast aromas. Dry with some complexity, fruity, vegetal hops, fairly authentic from the nose.

Mildly sweet and malty, earthy hop spice, wet hay, finishing dry and mellow. Dried apricot, basil, multigrain bread. Feel is spritzy at first, then dry. Mellow carbonation, this is the end of the bottle after all. Pleasant and true to style, a better attempt at a Belgian Saison from an American brewer.

Thanks Justin for sharing this one!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 daledeee
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Vonerichs
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy bright orange color and a gigantic head from an average pour. There was a ton of carbonation during the pour.

Smell is a spice and cloves, sour apple, and grapefruit.

The flavor leads with a lot of wheat and peppery spice. The finish is crisp green apple with light tartness. The hops are subdued, but do show up as citrus and add a moderate bitterness to it. The flavor is a little light.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Well carbonated and crisp.

Overall, a good beer and a nice combination of styles. My only knock on it is that the flavor is on the light side. I understand that's where they were trying to go with this one, but I think they could have took it up a notch and still kept it light and crisp in body.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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 wchollif
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, thanks to wino47 for this. It pours with two fingers of tiny bubbles, a hazy orange color. Smells great, nice funk and hops. Grassy on the nose with lemon and orange. The flavor is funky with spicy notes. Clove and lemon again, nice bittering hops. Dinged this a bit for the finish, almost watery. Nice carbonation helps with the mouthfeel and drink ability. Good New Holland beer, solid Belgian style IPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

taken from notes - thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing, enjoyed from a duvel tulip from the chilled 22oz bottle.

The head is about 3 fingers from a vigorous pour color of ecru with rocky topography and rides a golden amber body w/ moderate haze and lace clings well and retention is very good, the bead is fine. The aroma has a wild yeast tinge with slight earthy essence and some citrus and floral hop compliments the yeast is really expressive with some slight stone fruit accents with slight sweet cherry tinge w/ some golden plum and mild spice odors. The feel is bitter up front with slight sweet malt compliment and subtle tart accent from the yeast with spiced quality from the hops with moderately high carbonation and semidry bitter finisih with slight alcohol in the feel.

This comes off in flavor somewhere between a saison and ipa with some slight earthy tinges from the yeast with an almost funk influenced light horsey taste with slight citrus and fruity hop flavors with slight tart elements and spice accents with some gentle sweetness and biscuit from the malt in the background. The alcohol is mild in the flavor with some bitter hop and slight grassy notes with a hint of pepper as the beer finishes. I thought the flavor was pretty good, it has some 'farmhouse' yeast elements and the hoppy aspect is pretty high overall but the combination of the yeast and the hops used isn't the best fit, it is tasty and I would drink it again, but not necessarily the best example of the style.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a generous white head and good lacing

S-malt, yeast, bananas, spices

T-bananas, biscuit, slight yeasty funk, some citrus, cloves and some grassy notes, bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slight crispness

O-an interesting Belgian IPA with a unusual mix of flavors

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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 BMMillsy
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Top pops and head pours everywhere. Once it resides, you have a golden saison with still massive head. There is some serious farmhouse funk coming off this thing, yeast, grass, hay, pine. Light mouthfeel, more saison than IPA but the flavors are a bit muddled. Hay, yeast, lots of light hay, dry, some grassy hops, a little spice. Pretty good, not great.

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Photo of Etan
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark orange with a huge spongy white head. Nice lacing as well.

S: Bright citric hops, pale malt, banana and pepper esters, slight pleasing touch of dry hay funk on the end.

T: Weak, slightly fruity hops, cakey malt, banana, cloves, bright grain - and indeed a palpable tart note, mildly acidic and nice. More esters in the finish.

M: Frothy, medium-bodied.

O: Looks and smells nice, and I like the tartness, but the hops were way too weak in the taste.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Derek.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a large white head.

S: Very lemony with plenty of yeast to go along with it. A nice combination of citrus peels and a light floral hop note. It's fairly bready with some other sweet malt notes such as a touch of cracker. A light spice, perhaps some apples.

T: A bit more bread than on the aroma with some yeast and maybe toffee. There is a lot of citrus character, particularly lemon, with a mild grass note. Not much bitterness, but a lot of sweet fruity esters.

M: A bit on the light side in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Kind of funky for a Belgian IPA, but a lot going on and some nice flavors.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. $5.99 from Neds.

Appearance: Clear golden orange with a thick, rocky head and excellent retention and lacing. Good looking IPA with Belgianesque head and lacing.

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit hops along with some spicy yeasty phenolics, although these aren't really strong.

Taste: Surprisingly bland compared to the smell. There's a good amount of hops bitterness, but the hops flavor isn't very bright. A nice Belgian yeast spiciness and some light fruity esters. Thin flavor through the middle and finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated appropriately. Soft and slightly creamy.

Overall: Its a decent beer, but not as good as many others of this style. Sort of boring, too bitter (too much unopposed bitterness), and not enough Belgian flavor or hops flavor.

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Photo of lochef81
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
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