New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
302 Ratings
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 b3shine
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deuce to pint. The appearance is the best thing about this beer. I was eager to try it, as I like both saisons and IPAs, but the combination is worse than its separate parts. I am giving 3.0s for the rest of the categories. And while there's nothing average about this beer, when you put it all together, it's an average brew - at best.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz., foil-capped bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A moderate pour, careful to save the sediment, created a 1-1/2 to 2-finger, khaki head. The body was a clean, deep golden-orange with moderate-heavy carbonation. The head settled to a fully covering foam that left great, sticky rings and webbing about the glass. Really a beautiful beer.

S- It's a nice mix. Earthy and grassy hops combine with sugary sweet malts and a mild funk. It almost seems a "standard" IPA (good, but not suggesting the hybrid style). Warmth brings out more of the Belgian qualities, especially a spicy/herbal aroma.

T- A LOT more funk than the aroma initially suggests. Puckering sour overwhelms at first sip. It's not bad, just unexpected considering the scent. Another sip and I appreciate the sour and pick up a grainy backbone that's balanced by a grassy, near minty, hop flavor Much more balanced than the first sip suggests. A lemony finish dries and cleans up the flavor. Peripheral notes of apple skin and black pepper. Spice is kicked up a notch with warmth.

M- Near bone dry. Heavy carbonation creates a foamy effect. Significant body keeps it from getting too "pop-like." Pretty gentle without any trace of ABV.

O- It's a really nice beer and reasonably priced. No problem finishing the bomber. Unexpectedly Belgian flavor when compared with the initial aroma. I'd buy it again. Very competitive with my previous experiences in the style.

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Photo of manbrognig74
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 rustrose
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely deep copper in my Gulden Draak tulip, hazed with hops, showcasing a very nice sticky off-white head. Starts around two fingers, lasts pretty well. Leaves enchanting layers of lace all the way down the glass.

Pine hops meld beautifully with peppery tones from the saison yeast, along with a bunch of citrus zest that I can’t pin down to either yeast or hops. Very lemon zesty. Some earthy notes. I love the way the pine notes smoothly transition right into the Belgian spice. This one smells hoppy and spicy in a good way, a very natural and elegant harmony—quite a contrast from the juxtaposition created by Stone, which feels like two elements at war. Saison yeast was a really great choice for this beer.

Wow. Super dry. Extremely lemon forward. Tons of lemon zest, along with grapefruit and some pine. Hops seem really well balanced. There’s definitely a firm bitterness, but it rises as a gentle swell and never gets too obtrusive. This tastes like a saison that got hoppier. Malt fights hard to keep up here, only managing to get in a very brief suggestion of lightly sweet dough that is quickly followed by a gentle saltine crackery finish. Despite the subservience of the malts, the hops never seem to lurch out of balance. This is clearly a hoppy beer, (though not as much as a regular hatter), but it seems to hold true to a Belgian identity, with poise and balance and strong drinkability.

Some may complain that this is not in-your-face hoppy enough. I think in this case, unlike other Belgian IPAs that seem interesting as a novelty but fail to improve upon the standard IPA recipe, I actually like this better than regular Hatter—seems more balanced, more inviting—all around a more elegant and refined drink, that keeps inviting you back for more. Definitely drinks more like a hoppy saison than an IPA. And in my personal opinion, if you want to have a good Belgian IPA, the Belgian part has to take the lead, with the hops enhancing the character. Otherwise it becomes a struggle for control, as in the Stone Cali-Belgique. In this beer, the elements are not in competition. They perfectly complement each other.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, reflecting a Belgian approach. The body is medium. However, with some time, this becomes soft, fluffy, and fairly light.

Drinkability is really good—I polished off a bomber in no time. Also, it’s really nice to see a beer that accomplishes great flavor with less than 6% ABV, bucking the general trend both in IPAs and Belgians towards high gravity. This packs in a lot of character without sending you straight to the couch to crash.

Cheers to another great beer from my alma mater! In my opinion, this one really shows the potential breadth of the emergent Belgian IPA style, by introducing a saison yeast to the dance. Most Belgian IPAs have focused on tripels or golden strongs as the launching point, but this shows how beautifully the lemon and pepper zest of saison yeast can blend with the right varieties of hops. It just fits perfectly. Bravo! This is not just a novelty; it’s a beer you could drink all night.

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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 PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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New Holland Farmhouse Hatter Belgian IPA from New Holland Brewing Company
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