bluejacket74 (1282) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle, Vintage 2011 as stated on label. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a somewhat hazy amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is a bit weak but still OK, the brew smells like pine, citrusy and spicy hops, along with a bit of bready malt. Luckily it tastes stronger than the aroma. It tastes like spicy, pine and citrusy (lemon peel) hops, and some caramel and bready malt. The rye gives this brew a nice kick of spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and is well carbonated. Easy enough to drink, too. I think this is a decent enough brew, itís better overall than the Oak Aged Mad Hatter I tried right before this. Itís worth a try, you could probably do worse for $5.99 a bomber.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Sugar Maple. The beer pours to an orange body with a dense white head. The aroma is bitter grassy and pine hops. The flavor is bitter hops with a spicy rye malt. Some dry grainy malts. The palate is drying and bitter.
matthewjk (890) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured from 22oz bomber - Smooth as hell, but pretty boring and bland brew. Should be more going on in the taste department. Ended up being a smooth, creamy and unimpressive rye. (-) Way too much initial carbonation!
Frank (2772) - 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 (1837) - 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 (4795) - 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 (3376) - 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 (4386) - 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 (629) - 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