Frank (2727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
For what itís worth, this does not seem to be simply Mad Hatter w/ rye subbed in the recipe. Itís a cloudy golden orange color w/ a long lasting head of rather large bubbles. This is something I donít normally notice. Usually, large bubbled heads fade fast. The nose is quite hoppy w/ a resinous pine and floral soapy kind of character. The mouthfeel is thick and full w/o being sweet and sticky, which is one of the nicer things rye can add to a beer. Hops move towards a more bright, citrus character once the the beer warms a bit. The bitterness in the finish is mild but firm, making this drink like a much lower alcohol beer. The execution on this is good overall. Iíd have to try it next to regular Hatter to see what I like better.
wedgie9 (1822) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted on 6/26/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle at Lush West Town. Pours bright golden orange with an average khaki colored head that slowly recedes to an even blanket of lace. The nose is not giving much away, but there is some earthy yeast aroma along with a spiciness that I associate with rye, and of course, some herbal and resinous bitter hops. The flavor is pretty much exactly the same with the earthy yeast, spicy rye, and mostly herbal with some resin hops that arenít terribly bitter. The body is fairly light with average but stinging carbonation and a medium earthy and lightly bitter hops finish.
notalush (4748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Despite quite a few bad experiences with New Holland, I keep coming back to them whenever I have the opportunity to try their beer - beers like this are probably why - quite a nice pour - hazy light amber with a thick, lasting head - noses of earthy hops, pine and tangy, spicy rye, dusty yeast - moderately bitter up front, but sweet through the middle, with a lingering, semi-dry, spicy finish - a little bit bready - moderate earthy hop flavor - quite a strong rye presence, adding additional spice and even a light sourness - herbal on the tail end - pretty good beer.
zach8270 (3352) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 22 oz - 2011 vintage) Orange pour with a thin white head. Very hoppy aroma with a dry rye bread backbone. Dry and bitter flavor at the start with a very dry middle with a good hint of rye. Dry and very bitter hop bite at the end.
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to BDR! Copper color with a large head. Light peppery rye nose with an earthy hop. The rye/black pepper picks up a bit in the taste. Fairly dusty and dry with a moderate íotherí spiciness.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz pours a slightly hazy orange with a weak 1 finger head. Aroma is just like whenever I walk into a brewery-- super grainy with bready notes and a healthy dose of piney hops. Taste is spicy rye bread and caramel up front with a lasting resinous and piney finish. Body is nice and creamy from the rye and finishes dry. Overall, this beer lacks something. It should have both a stronger head and aroma. I really like it though, but not as much as the Oak-Aged Hatter. An oak-aged version of this would be perfect.
dwm1034 (626) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bomber with Sherm1016...amber color with white head....nice rye / hoppy nose and taste...nicely bitter....hummm
sherm1016 (1110) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, split with dwm1034. Pours a nice amber color with a white head and nice lacing. Aroma is rye, hoppy. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor s bitter, hoppy, rye, with a nice bitter hop finish. Very nice.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to funkybrewster. Pours a ruby glowing orange with a tall frothy white head. Awesome aroma, fresh, clean vibrant citrus and pine, so very clean with a bright spicy kick, lovely bright grain aroma, almost a 9, fantastically clean sugared grapefruit. Flavor follows, plenty fresh, very clean, citrusy, almost a lactic tangy sour sharp sweetness, candy grassy flavor without the sugary syrup, am certainly a fan of this hop combo, the finish especially, lingering dry clean pine, with a twist of lemon and subtle sweetness. Medium bodied, fluffy sharp carbonation, easy drinking and light on the palate overall, glad itís not sticky but has enough body to hold up to the flavor, very nice.
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/22/11. 22oz bottle. Hazy burnt orange pour with a nice fluffy tan head that laces a ton. Subtle malty aroma with a touch of rye bread. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, floral hops, and a touch of metal. Not bad.