502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pretty hazy unattractive tangerine color with a dirty white head. Looks like a home brew. Aroma and flavor are medium piney hops, touch of citrus. Just faint rye on the flavor. Overall, pretty forgettable.
monkeychugg55 (950) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2011 Gushes a huge beige head with a cloudy copper body. Obviously infected with the huge brett present everywhere except the label. Loud brett aroma, with faint caramel, citrus, and bread. Starts out sweet with caramel malt, then lots of brett, and finishes dry just before a short blast of rye. I like how the characteristics of an American ipa are mixed with the soapy, yeasty insanity of brett. Medium body with foamy carbonation and a very dry finish that goes wonderfully with the hop bitterness. Having had two other versions of Hatters, Iím thinking this accidentally turned out better than it was supposed to. Brett Rye Hatter is pretty decent.
brokensail (12741) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a finger of off-white head.
S: A nice citrus hop note up front along with some spicy rye malt with a nice bread note. Light grass and pine with some light fruitiness. Not the most fragrant of beers, though.
T: Fairly bitter with a decent pine flavor. Some grass and citrus peel, with a nice enough grapefruit flavor. Not much in the way of fruits, though. A decent amount of malt in rye, toffee, and caramel.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Slightly disappointing. A decent hop flavor, but nothing that really impressed me.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Pourhouse. Hazy deep chestnut pour with tall, stiff and very ong asting stone head. Spicy aroma. Bitter hoppy bite up front followed by a little spice, roasted malt, butterscotch and molasses. Tart apple flavor weaves in and out. Full, round texture and a long but dry finish.
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 donít think the brett is supposed to be in there but it does work!
Headbanger (3514) - 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 í11 Vintage (Binnyís Downers Grove)-44į 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 (8328) - 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 Dutchís. 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 Iím 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 isnít 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). Doesnít really smell like much. Itís all flavor here. Tons of carbonation and lacing. Worth picking up if you havenít had it, but isnít quite as good as the top-tier Rye IPAís out there.
demitriustown (1126) - 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 (1981) - 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. Itís definitely worth a try at the price. ~~~~~~~~~ Vintage 2011; Bomber from Binnyís, Orland Park, IL, about 2 weeks ago.