redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Spicy rye on the nose with caramel and hints of brett. Pours a golden amber with a thin white head. Spicy bitter with caramel malts, very dry with spicy funky brett notes. I don’t think the brett is supposed to be in there but it does work!
Headbanger (3425) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 8/4/11 ’11 Vintage (Binny’s Downers Grove)-44° in Lager Glass-Pours a hazy amber with a huge off white head. Aroma of rye, citrus, and hubba bubba chewing gum. Taste of rye, hops, malt, and grass. Big carbonation. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. Nice job.
DrSilverworm (7649) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle 2011 vintage, purchased for $6 from Dutch’s. Clear amber color, little head, some lacing. At first I was expecting this to be an IPA, but was suprised by the little bitterness or hop aroma. Specialty grain makes more sense, now that I’m on the ratebeer profile. Dry texture. Good, rye bready aroma. Malty and indeed a bit creamy. Satisfying enough in the rye department, but there just isn’t really much to this beer. Decently drinkable, at least.
ajd6c8 (70) - USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely the best of the Hatter series. Love the Rye. Very spicy (maybe a bit too much). Doesn’t really smell like much. It’s all flavor here. Tons of carbonation and lacing. Worth picking up if you haven’t had it, but isn’t quite as good as the top-tier Rye IPA’s out there.
demitriustown (1103) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber: Aroma has a big bold hop aroma, citrus, grapefruit, tangy tart scent. Appearance is a cloudy orange with a medium white head that lingers. Taste has got more of the twangy rye characteristic that the aroma, almost a chewy note on the backend. Hops are prevalent in the taste as well. Palate has got nice carbonation, medium mouthfeel, and an aftertaste of citrusy and bitter hops with an overtone of the rye. Overall, It smelled awesome right off the bat, and it tasted decent. But after a while it got kind of doughy. Good but not great. Cheers!
frankenkitty (1961) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
While I was saving this for a special occasion, "SCREW ALL THIS GOVERNMENTAL RED TAPE," seemed an appropriate occasion as well. Despite being adequately chilled and undisturbed, this pours with over 3/4 head, spongy and yellowish, over a light-hazed, orange-tinted-amber body. Candied, piney, bubblegum aroma, with touches of green wood behind. (I have not chewed gum of any type for many years, but this made me recall those supersweet, pink blocks of waxpaper-wrapped gum with that sugary, white residue...) Extremely UN-matched flavor to the aroma, which was at first quite off-putting. Mild honey notes to what I would call an, "extreme ESB." If I hold my breath, the flavor makes more sense, and I find lightly-sweetened, caraway rye toast. The pairings, as listed on the label, make perfect sense ("blue cheese, blackened seafood, herb-roasted poultry")... sharp, potent flavors which would "pair with" (i.e. "compare to") the sharpness of this beer. But I do not see such pairings as being "balanced" nor "complementary". Regardless: Thick, very good. Excellent?... Form your own opinions. It’s definitely worth a try at the price. ~~~~~~~~~ Vintage 2011; Bomber from Binny’s, Orland Park, IL, about 2 weeks ago.
Hair6a11 (1393) - Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Houston, we have a gusher. After the extreme level of head receded; I notice a murky golden pour - the head, mind you, was off white in color. This brew fuses in it’s simplicity; spices, grains, and hops. I felt like it worked well on the tongue; I stress simplicity because this is not a long finish by any means. But - a drinkable hopped up rye with that dab of honey sweetness coupled with citrus notes and american hops seemed to work for me.
italianjohn (2410) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange pale golden pour lots of sticky lacing with foamy and soapy head .... aroma of rye, earthy, tea and light citrusy hops ..... taste is of tea, spicy bite of rye, little earthy and lots of sugar with faint citrusy hops ..... ends dry with a bitter hop and malty ..... an average brew not enough rye too much sugar
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
courtesy of ty. drinks pretty well. hops are a bit astringent in this one. nice malt profilem the rye isnt too strong. lends a really nice orange color. fun series from new holland with better than expected results.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unfiltered, golden color with a dense white head that never quits. Floral and spicy hops along with caramel and rye bread. Medium-bodied, very creamy mouthfeel. Well-balanced flavor with caramel, rye, big hops, and an assertive bitterness. Finishes dry. Superb. A great rye-twist on the Mad Hatter.