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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA | New Holland Brewing Company

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85
very good
106 Reviews
New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPANew Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
301
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
18.93%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
9
For Trade:
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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 301
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 Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice hoppy and tart twist on a Belgium-ish IPA

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Silver foiled neck, and a main label with the overall design identity of the hatter series with a hatter holding up a pitchfork over a worn light cream background. Back offers a small narrative with the main description of the brew, food pairings, and notes Vintage 2011. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber hazy pour with a rich creamy head, nice retention and rich lacing.

S - Rich smell with nice soft funky tartness, and a fresh spicy sense in the background.

T - Follows and expands the nose with a rich hoppy and tart start, citrus, sour apple, and that touch of funk woven with a spicy, peppery sense .

M - Medium body with ample carbonation. Nice bitterness with a long dry finish.

O - Very nice, the tartness add a nice edge to the Belgium IPA range.

Notes: The Farmhouse-Belgium-IPA is a bit unusual but it´s true that it either feels like a hoppy soft saison, or a tart Belgium IPA… Irrelevant in a way, given the overall pleasing sense of the brew. Maybe not overtly complex and extraordinary but it is a nice iteration of the style, and my favorite of the Hatter variations I´ve tried so far.

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Photo of n2185
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky orange with three fingers of white head that recedes into a frothy layer with a good sheet of lacing.

S: Some spicy yeast notes and sweet bubblegum at first. Lots of resiny pine hop aromas follow with a bit of a grassy smell as well.

T: There is a bit of a sweet banana and bubblegum flavor at first. The hops kick in, providing a pretty strong and dry resin flavor with a bit of pine with a somewhat strong bitterness. The beer finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp. The higher carbonation further brings out the bitter, dry flavors of the hops.

O: Not a bad beer, overall, but the flavor is lacking for me. I'd like to taste more from the hops than just dry bitterness, and I'd like the Belgian flavors of the beer to stand out more.

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with two fingers of solid head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Interesting aroma. The Belgian yeast did their job with this beer. Hints of spearmint, cloves, cinnamon, and pine.

It did not take me long to identify what this tastes like. It tastes like Skoal Longcut Wintergreen chewing tobacco. Definate mint and tobacco flavors with a little citrus in the finish. Bitterness is higher than almost any other Belgian IPA. Not much sweetness to be found.

Body is robust and nicely carbonated.

Thouroghly Belgian in influence. I did not know what to expect with this beer and was pleasantly impressed.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, green apples, small earth and a small hp. In the taste, yeasty, earthy and ends with a green apple fruitiness. A small sour bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty green apple in the aftertaste. Nice tart, great saison qualities, I can dig it!

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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 jsh420
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours hazy golden orange with a big fizzy foamy white 2+ finger head - decent retention left some spotted lacing

smells citrus hops and earthy musty fruity yeast

taste is pretty good - the hops give it a little too much tang while the belgian yeast gives you the earthy spicey clove flavors you expect

mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation - very dry

overall - this beer hit the spot - belgian ipa's are not done by the masses of craft breweries yet like how American Black Ales have taken off - not quite as good FD Raging Bitch or CC Dubbel Cannon but still very enjoyable and a solid offering

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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
22oz

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 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 Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bit of a gusher. Dull yellow in color. Forms a huge off-white head that has surprisingly good retention leaving a large merengue floating on the surface for several minutes after I poured the beer. Plenty of lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly light. Lemon, grass, sugar cookie, some light citrus and just a hint of vanilla.

T: Starts with a mild sweetness. Some pale malts, white bread, a light peppery spice and a little grassiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium with appreciable carbonation, a dry finish, and a mild bitterness.

O: A decent beer with an easy drinkability. Belgian qualities are present, but are not overpowering.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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 DIM
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear, dark, golden orange color. It poured with a large, airy looking, big bubbled head that faded to moderate lace.

s: An appealing combination of wet, lightly funky, earthy hay, and lemony, flowery hops. There were also milder fruit elements of apple and pear.

t: The taste is a pretty big departure from the smell. Sweet, kind of muddled tasting grains dominate up front. The finish is a clash between a too strong Belgian yeast clove note and a largely flavorless, herbal hop flavor.

m: Light carbonation made this feel thin.

o: I was excited by what I smelled, but this just doesn't come together well. The bottle read "vintage 2011", so this may have just been too old. Oh well, I'll continue trying New Holland offerings because they do take chances and their bottles are reasonably priced.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Russian River stem. Bottle date is E121 which I believe is May 21, 2011.

A- Hazy, murky orange color. Pours with a large head that settles to almost none. Soap-foam looking lacing covers most of the glass.

S- Reminds me of a stale spice cabinet. Kind of an earthy musk.

T- Bitter, quite spicy. I picture someone dumping those little McCormack spice container into this brew, lots of them. Leaves a weird aftertaste, taste like I would expect a burp would taste after drinking some of this.

M- It's a nice consistancy, there is some substance, without being too heavy.

O- A decent beer, not my favorite, but I'm glad I tried it.

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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 vette2006c5r
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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 schoolboy
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
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 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 hardy008
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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 sholland119
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber orange with a foamy white head that has great retention.

S-Funky with some peppery notes. Nice.

T-Great farmhouse funk in the front, peppery and spicy. Some hints of hops toward the finish but this is not very hoppy. But then, regular Mad Hatter is not all that hoppy for the style either. Very nice flavors.

M-Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

O-A very nice funky farmhouse style. My favorite Hatter.

HV

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 JoEBoBpr
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Holland Farmhouse Hatter

Poured into a Schlafly tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very nice bright golden copper color with a nice thin head that recedes quickly leaving some nice lacing stuck to the sides for the glass. NIce and bright with some very slight haze. (4.0)

Aroma is of piney and citrus hop notes that have a slight spicy and yeasty backed aroma. Notes of grain and bread are present. (3.0)

Flavor starts off with some citrus hop notes followed by some slight pine. Then there is a slight funk that overtakes the hop notes with some nice yeasty esters and some nice spice notes. There is a bit of a metallic note on the flavor but it kind of smooths out after a bit. There is some more funk on the back end with some crisp dryness on the backend. (3.0) (3.0)

Overall. This is not my favorite. Its a bit mild on both ends the Belgian and the IPA side. Middle of the road for me. (3.0)

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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 WastingFreetime
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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 alleykatking
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Two finger off white head shows good retention. Long lasting thick layers of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is like most of the other Hatter's that night and the base Hatter beer really came through more so. Some light citrus hops/floral hops in the front of the nose mixes along with caramel malts. There is a clean Belgian yeast aroma in the backend with hints of barnyard funk. The alcohol brings this all up in the ending being the beer full circle.

T- The front of the profile shows off a nice floral hops that mixed with hints of pepper and light spicey hops. Caramel malt base shines right under this letting me know that it is not going to get too crazy. Middle brings out a little clove flavor which I would assume is from the yeast. Ending once again shows a little spicey hop that mixes along with caramel malt base and hints of barnyard funk that never gets to grow. Alcohol has a nice crisp bite to it and lets the flavor dominate over it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little light for the beer I thought. Light funk along with hints of caramel malts and bitter hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste has alcohol heat that mixes along with light funk, clove, and bittering hops. Flavors were a little more balanced than most of the other Hatters. No off flavors were present when drinking. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was one of my two favorites from the Hatter Series. It had a little more balls flavor wise but still fell a little short for me to really enjoy this one for another pint. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangish copper color with a nice two finger frothy head which leaves behind some nice lacing. The aroma is of some saison funk along with a slight citrus hop and a little sweet belgian yeast smell. The taste has a citrus hop bite to it with some belgian yeast sweetness and some spiciness. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated. Overall it was solid, it wasn't the best and it wasn't the worst. The hop bite seemed to be more prevelant than others in this class. The sweetness was a little more subdued.

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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 301 ratings.
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