TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Binnys (Naperville, IL). The only of the new Hatters I havenít had previously. Didnít want to miss a New Holland bottled offering (Still canít pull the trigger on Beerhive or Four Witches). Pours a richer golden orange hue, healthy striking glow and deeper orange colors with a gentle haziness. A frothy whitish head sits atop, dies to a small layer that laces ok. Sticks around as a decent sized ring. Aromas are distinct citrusy and floral hops, lemons and oranges, grass and florals meet touches of estery fruit, Belgian yeast offers touches of apple, pear, gentle orange peel. Some gentle cool herbal spices, touches of grapefruit, florals, weeds, gentle kiss of pine. Solid, if not a bit cumbersome and loaded, but in a slightly messy way. Initial is more Wit influenced up front, lighter end of medium with some cool and herbal white coriander, gentle grass, and flaked wheat up front. Middle shows some sweetness, bready and a bit doughy, pale malts, some cereal grains. Gentle spice, firm dryness coat the palate as we move back into the finish. Some richer dryness, florals, grass, kiss of pine. Mellow sweet fruits, dry bitter hops kinda set the pace into the overall experience. Iíve always found this combination odd.. But the Boulevard version probably offered the best. This is ok.. But overall, would be hard for me to drink often. A well hopped Belgian. Some good, a couple spotty parts, but a solid beer overall.. Just not necessarily in my wheelhouse.. So itís just ok as far as my scores indicate. Your results may vary.
dmac (3505) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber from Spirits Red Bank. Poured a hazy orange/gold with a fuller fluffy white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, pepper spice, over ripe banana and a touch of garlic. Fuller bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation, a bit too full for a hot summer day. Flavor of dry citrus rind, wheat, bad oranges, toast, yeast. Good stuff just a bit to full for 95*.
vyvvy (3419) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy golden with a smallish white head. The aroma has a soggy musty graininess, orange and some cream. Not really getting coriander or hops on the nose. Medium body thatís a bit fuller than expected and has lots of micro semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with a very mushy musty malt presence, some wheat and spicy hops. There is a hint of spice and citrus, but not as much as youíd expect for something label as a Belgian White. The finish has earthy hops with some pine and grapefruit. However, the musty malt stays towards the front. Okay, but would prefer it to be a bit crisper and have a different sort of malt presence.
DrSilverworm (3985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Thin white head, bubbles on the side of the glass. Mildly hazy golden yellow color. Head fades to minimal, but leaves decent bits of lace. Nice, lighter crisp carbonation, drier finish. very nice balance of Pale Ale and Belgian flavors. Satisfying amount of hops -- with spicy and orange peel flavors. Nice zesty balanced taste. Quite easy to drink, and refreshing. Good orange aroma, very tasty. Coriander, wheat flavors. Nice to enjoy with a Potbelly italian sub
dutch23mp (245) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
just as advertised a very refreshing belgian style white that is so nice and easy on the taste buds. Pour like looks like and taste perhaps better then the import. a bit of a citrus hint very light and great for sitting on the porch or deck on a summer day. Very enjoyable and thus the good rating. 22 oz bomber.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured hazy medium golden with a well-retained white head. The aroma picked up pineapple, white pepper, floral notes, and earthy wheat over mixed, lighter-skinned fruits and lesser bready notes. The flavor found pineapple, tart wheat, and floral notes throughout.. bready base.. somewhat muddled flavors from the hops and yeast.. finished bitter and grainy, with some earthy yeast too. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. the yeast and hops didnít always work well together in here.
HoppyAlesToYou (152) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured this from a bomber into an imperial pint glass, foregoing my New Holland High Gravity Series tulip since it only holds eleven ounces and I was not sharing. It settles well, with a typical white ale cloudiness and pillow like white head. The aroma is mostly spice, coriander in particular, with resinous hop undertones. It is difficult to detect much else behind the strong spiciness, which also overwhelms the taste. The mouth feel is creamy and soft, presumably from the oats. While I do not plan to revisit this yearís edition, I may try it again next year in case the spice is dialed back.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma is rather light and consists of citrus, coriander, Belgian yeast, and mild grapefruit. It pours a hazy dull gold with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin soapy film. The flavor starts with citrus and coriander. The finish has light-moderate pine, grapefruit, and a touch of peeper. Itís light bodied with somewhat lively carbonation. Overall, itís more "White" in the nose. The flavor is more like I light/mild IPA with some coriander and light pepper.
LinusStick (2698) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Meh...a decent summer beer. Very crisp and refreshing but not very flavorful. Aroma was weak. A distinct graininess to it with light malt and cucumber present. Pour was a nice cloudy light gold with a one finger white head. Taste was slightly bland. Coriander and stale hops with a slight citrus twang in the aftertaste. Thereís hints of Belgian yeast as it warms. Nice strong biting carbonation and very light crisp finish.
HonkeyBra (2849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. An odd serious from New Holland here but the price is right. Pale yellow pour with thin white head. It looks like Iíd expect it to. Aroma of wit spice, strong pine and green hops. It certainly has a Belgian twang to it. Flavor has a nice wit spice component combined with a strong hop note, focusing on pine and resin. While Iím drinking this I picture Iím on the sea eating lots of seafood. Or maybe Iím just hungry. Lots of notes of coriander and pepper. Mild saltiness. Light bodied, finishes on a light bitter note. Itís fine. Series are always interesting, if only for the story they tell. This one. Itís ok.