zizzybalubba (1811) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
badgerben (4884) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BDR! Clear copper color with a large head. Orangy aroma with plenty of hay. Grainy, hay and farm-filled flavor. Some general spiciness. Light orange/citrus hop notes.
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Carrboro Beverage. Thanks guys! My favorite of the new three part "hatter" series. Nice balance between esters and hops. Like all three, it’s more understated than most ipa’s, but its got some good qualities and no major flaws that I can detect.
milewide (2073) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice combination of malt body and head, with hop bitterness and yeast funk.
Not sweet! Light amber color. The best of the 2011 "Hatter" series IMO.
Nephilium (1701) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting aroma, with a touch of spiciness, pine, and a hint of vanilla. Pours a clear reddish-amber, with a huge white head. The hops come forward in this one with a grassy quality, with just hints of Belgian sugar and spice. Not bad, but there are much better Belgian IPAs out there to try.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/13/11. 22oz bottle. Clear orange pour with a small tan head. Spicy, estery, yeasty aroma with a touch of hops. Spicy yeast dominates the flavor with lingering floral hops. Nice!
TheBeerGod (6025) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours copper with a tall, foamy tan head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is funky yeast, spices, tropical fruit, malt, earthy hops and citrus. Taste is spicy with more tropical fruit, dusty yeast, flowers, earthy hops, grassy notes and toasted malt. Body is medium with a dense, bubbly carbonation. Ends with funky yeast notes, softer spice, floral hops, earthy hops, toasted malt, citrus and sweet malt.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark gold color with a small layer of white head. The flavor is funky, with some grass and a light citrus hop bitterness in the finish. The aroma is all funk and hops.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Deep amber red pour with white sticky head. Aroma of significant Belgian esters, strong pine hops, light mango and banana. Flavor is heavy on the esters, light bretty funk, bitter hops. It finishes fairly dry. The body of this beer is somewhat strikingly thin. But, there’s lots of carbonation too. I think the flavor of this beer is great but the feel of it is all wrong. This is sort of an odd dichotomy. I really enjoy the flavor, though.
tmoreau (3747) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2013 Sampled at Lunar Brewing Co. for their Hatter Day celebration. On tap, and displayed a hazed, orange/gold hue, with silky, off white head foam, and clingy, curtainy lacing. The nose was citrus and orange rind, candy sweetness, light Belgian yeast, and a little spice. The flavor presented moderate but lasting hop bitterness in a little less than medium body, with a nice dryness into the finish. Revisited at Bigby’s in Addison, IL. with more clarity in the appearance, and some floral hints as lavender in the nose & taste.