Nickls (2374) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Dirty copper brown, thin eggshell head. Funky and hoppy earth aromas. Nicely bitter, touch of leather and Brett, hay as well. Lighter to medium body. Orval clone?
italianjohn (2892) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale golden orange pour thin off white head light lacing.... aroma of fruity and spicy saison yeast, peppery and herbal with a floral and funky hop .... taste is sweet and fruity with a spicy hop bite little citrusy and tart with lemon and a spicy dry finish .... not a bad brew abv hidden well
jtd6628 (361) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great beer. Smell is pleasant. Color is darker than most Belgians, a copper. Taste start fruity and carbonated and finishes with a balanced bitterness.
flatmatt (1466) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is mainly citrus and pine hops, with yeastiness following. Flavor has the pine and citrus hops with floral hop flavors and a strong bubble gum yeast flavor. Fairly bitter. It’s decent.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks again ty. nice lil saison/ipa hybrid here. nothing insane, but pretty solid brew. very refreshing, medium hop bitterness, added yeast spiciness, def didnt mind this one on a hot afternoon.
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with thick cream head. Leaves a nice lacing, but not too sticky. Aroma is floral hops, yeast and spicy herbal notes. Flavor is peppery, fennel, a bit of toffee sweetness and a dryer floral hop finish. Nice, medium body with light carbonation. In line with the others in the Hatter series....nothing spectaular, but drinkable.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured a hazy copper color with a lot of head. Spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Large chunks and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Floral, earthy aroma with lots of citrus fruit and zesty spice. There’s a slight pine presence but the nose is dominated by the peppery spice and sweet fruit notes. Hints of pepper and coriander along with some mango, grapefruit and orange peel. Some pale malt underneath. I was expecting it to smell a bit funkier because of the saison yeast but the nose is more reminiscent of a west coast IPA with an estery Belgian yeast twist.
Medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that dominate the flavor and linger into a bone dry finish. Earthy with lots of soily pine flavor as well as some citrus/light fruit. The nose had me expecting a strong citrus hop flavor but it was pretty faint and overpowered by the drier, bitter notes. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel but nothing that would suggest that this is a farmhouse beer or that any saison/farmhouse yeast was used. I was pretty disappointed in the lack of this characteristic and the overall lack of complexity.
jkwood04 (5281) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a shaker. Pours copper with an thick, off-white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, spicy yeast, and some caramel malts. Flavor strong of hops and a little yeast and malts. Average texture. A good beer.
mansquito (5343) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whole Foods Market, DC 22oz ($5): Pours a cloudy orangish color with a pretty nice white head. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, mild hops, and some citrus. Taste is much in the same way. IPA element is rather subdued, but comes out through the more powerful than usual hops. Plenty of sweet fruitiness. Occasionally sour finish. Pretty good body. Nothing outstanding, but pretty good.