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White Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by WastingFreetime on 06-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,014
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
598
pDev:
13.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i am quite surprised to see this beer rather so low on here. i find it delightful, and different from the rest. the belgian yeast isnt nearly so ester laden, not so fruity and dominating, its just drying and complimentary to everything else going on. wheat base is a little darker than most, with a bronze hue to it and a nose propelled primarily by the orange. seems like more than just orange peel, but flesh too, especially in the flavor, like it was just fresh squeezed right in. the chamomile is subtle in this, but adds another layer thats accentuated by the yeast. more green tea bitterness than anything else, herbal, fun, bright. its hopped more like an american pale ale than an ipa to me, not subtle, but not huge and oily and bitter either. its in the middle somewhere, with hops that balance and add backbone to the citrus of the orange. the finish is clean and light, and thats where i taste the belgian yeast the most. great carbonation, thicker body for the style too, which makes it rather satisfying. a very cool take on the style, and i think this beer deserves a little more credit than it currently has. not the best white ipa out there, but one of the more interesting ive had lately.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

If IPA is supposed to be the style where malt character is most suppressed in order to allow hop bitterness, aroma, and taste to become showcased best, then it makes absolute sense for a Belgian-style IPA to use the timid base style of witbier to display such hop character.

The appearance is spot-on for Belgian witbeirs: hazy straw in color, light enough in milky yellow to be called canary. The yeasty haze allows for a shy glow of light to emit. The higher carbonation and loose foam character yields modest head formation, low retention, and low lace. The head character of both Belgian style ales and hoppy ales should be better.

The quintessential aromas of witbier play out with a light doughy scent of baking breads and sugar cookies; and then the spicy/fruity balance of coriander, white pepper, and zested oranges offset the fruit of lemons and apples. But then the more brash aromas of hop introduce herbal, grassy, and grapefruity notes that quickly dominate the aroma profile.

Flavors follow similarly as the light fruity sweetness, cracker-like malts, and marmite provide a wobbly base for the soft coriander and orange peel and the sharper taste of hop derived grapefruit flavor, muddled herbs and grasses, hop vegital matter, and sassafras to dominate. With the modest malt taste, the beer leaves me wanting the support that I miss in American IPA with their firmly kilned 2-row barley.

Light in body, its thinness exposes the grain astringency of over-worked barley and wheat. It also doesn't allow for the disguise of the rougher edges of hops with sweetness or body. It's mid palate is light to the pace of becoming watery before falling to a flimsy fragrant and herbal finish.

But somehow I rather enjoyed this hastily stitched together beer. I still feel that witbier is a formidable base style to experiment with high hop character. Although it's alcohol is slight and and the support is sparse, I rather enjoy the complex complement of spice to hops and feel there's a lot of potential if the witbier part were more authentic.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale gold color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and grains. Some caramel and fruitiness.

T - It tasted very citrusy with some candy-like flavors. Good blend of grains and caramel with a touch of spicy bitterness.

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

O - This is an interesting ale. It definitely blurs style boundaries.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 2/17/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, lime, peach, pear, apple, pepper, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, lime, peach, pear, apple, pepper, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, lime, peach, pear, apple, pepper, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness/yeast spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is an awesome Belgian IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thin top coat is very durable. Light golden body.

Flowery, hoppy aroma. Distinct but appealing.
T: taste is also quite flowery.enjoyed but couldn't drink a lot of this. Lightly bitter.
Good medium carbonation. Soft and smooth.

O: A distinct and unusual flowery PA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some tartness comes in along with some breadiness from flavors of Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. There’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass a slightly orange tinged lemony yellow with a half finger white head that left a few broken chunks of lace as it settled pretty quickly.Spiced phenols and tropical citrusy fruits really stand out in the nose over top of toasted grain.Very citrusy on the palate,I mean the citrus really jumps out at ya,mild phenols and again toasted grain underneath.Not bad with it's big citrusy flavors but not real overly complex.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours am effervescent gold/bronze with a thumb of ivory colored head. Hazes a bit with abovee average head retention & lacing

S: Pears, lemons & grassyness

T: Grassyness & pears up front, plus a touch of grapefruit rind. Orange rind & grapefruit as this warms, some crackery notes & some white pepper. Finishes with orange rind, orchard fruit & coriander

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation

Drinks easy, not a great BPA, but not too bad

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, gold body with a smallish, brief, white head.

Smell: Soft, faintly toasted wheat malt notes and a touch of yeasty dough with the range of spices utilized here atop the floral, citrusy (in addition to the citrus peelings in the spice repertoire) hops.

Taste: Malted wheat in the fore with a thin sliver of sweetness and slight dough accent before the blitz of spices, hop flavor, and bitterness crackled over the tongue. Feels like there are a few too many members of the spice blend, then, when added to the resiny, leafy, citric hops, the flavor ends up a bit muddled and a bit medicinal. Drying, bitter, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, modestly effervescent.

Overall: It's a hopped up, overly spiced witbier.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Hatter comes in many iterations these days, but today, he is like me - an old White guy and in a bottle from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, no less.

From the bottle: "Flavorfully blends the soft malt, fruity esters and delicate spcing of a Belgian White with hoppy citrus notes of an IPA. Pleasant hints of tropical fruit are framed with orange peel, chamomile, coriander and grains of paradise."; "Pairings: fish, grilled chicken, hard cheeses."

I agitated the beer prior to my usual aggro pour and as such, I stirred things up real good. It came rushing out, filling the glass with a pseudo-cascade and producing two fingers of mountainous, fluffy, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a musty citrusiness, kind of lemony, but also very dry and dusty like newspapers in an attic. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing my poor, bruised tongue like an old friend. This was like hops tea! It was really mellow, with loads of flavor, like lemon zest, mango, peach, pear, garden flowers and some black pepper. i felt like I was being lulled into a nap. The finish was quite dry, thanks to the spices, but on a hot, humid afternoon, I really enjoyed it.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The New Holland White Hatter is very nice. I am trying a 2012 vintage. I poured the beer in a tulip glass and it is light copper with thin white head that is leaving a slight lace. The smell provides coriander and slight pine tones. The taste has the scent plus some peppery kicks. The mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light clear golden orange with a thin lacing of white head

S - Belgian yeast, spice, tea, herbal

T - herbal hops, citrus, orange peel, some funk

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty nice, well balanced, drinkable white IPA. It has a nice herbal hop character as well as an enjoyable citrus note. The nose was tremendous. Overall, very enjoyable. It's definitely worth a try though it won't appease those looking for something dominantly hoppy or dominantly belgian-y.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a tall Prima Pils glass with a turbid glowing orange amber hue with a bright light off white head forming thick, you can see proteins and yeast sediment suspended in the body. Aroma is full of citrus, spice, and orange peel notes. A nice bready yeast/malt combo going on, almost like a Sam Adams Summer Ale I also notice grains of paradise on the ingredients listed on the bottle. Flavors are really combined into a spice mix pack with a mediocre IPA with citrus forward hops. Very dry presentation the bitterness comes from the spices, orange peel, and hop additions. Somewhere in the mad mix of adjuncts you have a drinkable beer, medium bodied spritzy carbonation, dry bitter finish. Overall not a bad beer and much better than some of the other White IPAs I have tangoed with.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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White Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
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