Holtguy (178) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours a pale, cloudy orange. Aroma is that grassy peppery saison with some citrus in there. Taste is wonderful. New Holland did the right thing here, didn’t overpower us with hops, giving the beer very solid hop flavor and bitterness, but not too much. This raises the typical bland and mild saison (in my experience) to a new level. Excellent brew. zizzybalubba (1870) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2011
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours dark orange with a thick white head. The aroma is exactly what I expected from the name, a hoppy saison. So far so good. The flavor also meets expectations. Flavors of leather and soap (really much better than it sounds) blended with bitter floral hops. Really quite good and a bit of a surprise. If you like saisons (more saison than IPA) you really should try this interpretation. jgb9348 (6281) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Slightly hazy copper coloured amber tinted body with a perfect, two centimetre tall slightly-off white head. Aroma of fresh hops, a touch of black and white pepper, pungent yeast, corn, curacao and a bit of lemons - nice indeed. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence; Deep resiny and grassy hop flavour at first with a great mildly spicey middle and a good yeast and herbal finish, showing a variety of complex flavours ranging from IPA to Saison then finishing with a Wit - very nice. Aftertaste shows more hops than anything else, but some alcohol is noticeable, a few spice kicks from the pepper and a lot of yeast is still present. Overall, a great beer and a belgian-styled IPA if I’ve ever had one. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-July-2011 and sampled at home in Washington on 30-January-2012 as the 100th rater for this fine beer from a finer state - Michigan. bhensonb (15251) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Bomber from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours hazy light orange with a slight beige head. Aroma is mixed citrus and mild barnyard. Med body, almost. Flavor is barnyard with something like fennel and citrus. Finishes quite earthy. Funky eve. DrnkMcDermott (3101) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
22 oz. bomber, $4.99 at Binny’s, June ’12. Pours a hazy honey color in my smallish goblet. Foams mostly coagulates around the edges. Quite a strong smell of alcohol considering its "basic" abv. Malty farmhouse taste is wrapped in hop bitterness, I think there’s some fresh hops involved, too. Should very much be in the saison wheelhouse. Claims of funk may be overstated, but there some nice spiciness from yeast and warm ferment. No reason not to like.
MattyKakes (117) - Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2013
New Holland farmhouse is good.. I love Belgian inspired ales, and this one is good. You mastered the recipe. I’m not going to make out with it... it’s all good though. No hard feelings . You are good in my book. Enough said!
chucklemation (1687) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Pours a copper color with a light white head. Has a citrus and hoppy aroma, with a bit of what must be the farmhouse funk. Flavor is citrus, spice, and lots of bitterness. Very good. hayduke (5218) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Strykzone. . Poured a hazy light orange with a good beige head an moderate lacing. Nose is citrus and some barnyard funk. Medium in body, Lively mouthfeel .Flavor is good barnyard with citrus. Earthy finish. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Foil wrapped, 22oz bottle. Vintage 2013. Orange-amber color, white foam. Hop aroma, floral. Nice bready funk nose. Funk flavor. Barn, grains, & floral hops. Finishes with yeast flavors of barn cobwebs, old hay, loads of herbal hops. Very complex & true to style. Maybe the most layered of all the Hatters I’ve had. (4113) Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUL 26, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-13-12-
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.