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 (1088) - 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 (1959) - 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.
Hair6a11 (1384) - 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 itís 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 (2372) - 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.
jstraw (1937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper with good, foamy, tan head / Mild nose of spun sugar, sour malt, and rye spice / Light to medium body, somewhat watery, with decent balance and fair finish / Flavors of toast and grain predominate with notes of dry pine and citrus / Mediocre.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with a 2.5 finger frothy, yellowish off-white head. Excellent retention, slowly fading into a thick lasting ring that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.
Earthy, floral aroma with lots of spicy, piny hops along with a sweet malt backbone and prominent rye character. Pretty dank smelling with uber fresh, resinous, oily hops. Lots of sweetness from the rye complimented by hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit. The sweetness from the rye and malt take away from the earthiness of the hops but it still smells pretty good.
Chewy medium body with a blast of dry, bitter hops that linger over the sweetness and spice int a bone dry finish. Lots of earthy bitter pine flavor up front that dominates the flavor a bit. The hop profile is a bit one dimensional with a slight spicy presence which could be coming from the rye. The rye compliments the sweet malt notes but I expected it to be more prominent in the flavor. Underneath the bitterness there are hints of rye, biscuit, toffee, hazelnut and caramel.
The malt backbone is a bit too strong for my liking and the hop profile could be a bit more complex. The rye is stronger n the nose than the flavor and Iím not sure if it improved the beer any. If anything it added a strong spicy presence that didnít care for. Still, this beer isnít bad, just not terribly interesting.
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper color with a thick egg shell head. The head literally paints the inside of the glass. Impressive! Floral hop nose. Taste was a little metallic at first but really opened up nicely. Slightly sweet and spicy rye malts are propped up by Earthy and citrus hops. Not too bitter but the hops lend balance and a refreshing flavor behind the malt.