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I picked up a 6 of the New Holland White Hatter for two reasons. One, its touted as a Belgian Pale Ale and Belgians are one of my favorite styles of beers. Two, I loved the label. I don’t know the history of the Hatter Series (yes, i looked. i havent found anything yet). But here is a link to the Hatter Beers as a series: http://newhollandbrew.com/hatter-day-hatters
LOVE the labels.
Anyway, Pale Ales and Imperial Pale Ales (IPA’s) are my lest favorite beer styles. I was kind of hoping for more Belgian, less PA. That being said, it IS nicely done. It’s a pretty dark yellow, light orange color. With an aggressive pour, only produced a small head but even 20 minutes later there was nice carbonation going on and really nice lacing on the glass. (go ahead. say it . . .)
Its got a nice citrusy, hoppy, floral smell to it. I tend to like the way PA and IPA’s smell more than how they taste. It tastes like a nicley done, mild Pale Ale. A little hoppy, a little citrusy, with a bit of bitter bite on the back end. New Holland makes great beers and I can safely say if you like Pale Ales, you should give this one a try. But I probably wont pick up another of the White Hatter for myself.