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 (2948) - 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 (2214) - 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 (3740) - 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 (3255) - 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.
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours turbid orangy copper with 2-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is yeasty funky spice, orange marmaladey citrus fruit, hops. Tastes dry, citric, with orange zest, spice, florals. Fairly complex and stays dry throughout. Smells sweet, tastes dry and floral and hoppy. Nicely done.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Moderately cloudy amber pour, initially quite a frothy head (bottle was a lil’ gusher) but settles into nearly nothing carb-wise. Strongly fruity aroma, sour apple and apricot along with the mildest of funk. Body is a bit watery, fading quickly much like the carbonation. Flavors are bready, occasionally a bit sweet, and plenty of bright, semi-tart fruits.
beernovice39 (3101) - Montana, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a cloudy amber with a thick off white head. Scent is spices with straw. Taste is spicy with lemon and yeast notes.
thegreenrooster (3154) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a orange with a small soapy white head. Aroma is hoppy and spicy. Flavor is a decent enough hop profile with some fruity Belgain yeast to round things out. Probably not the best Belgian IPA I’ve had but this is adequate and tasty.
argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Large, pillowy off-white head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, spicy, straw/grapefruit, bubblegum. Taste is moderately sweet, spicy/yeast, straw/lemon, some grapefruit. Watery light-medium body, light resin.