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Friday, June 8, 2012

Review 56: New Holland Rye Hatter

Review 56
New Holland Rye Hatter: 6.12% abv

We're still counting down. And tonight, we're counting down with some malted rye. This one represents a very different style in the hatter family. Besides the nice color, there is a lot to be had from this one, and so I'll just jump past the gumpy overalls guy and move onto the tasting notes. 

On the nose, we have caramel, malt, hops, lemon, honey, ginger, slight pine, anise, vanilla, and a rum-like sugarcane note, coupled with slight earthiness. The nose is one of the most complex noses in the Hatter family, and also pleasant and blended. The taste is creamy, with lemon, pine, hops, malt, rye, caramel, a spicy character, malt, apple, and sugarcane. This is again very complex and pleasant. The finish is spicy and bitter,with grapefruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon and lasts quite a while. 

It is definitely a long finish, although it does not provide nearly the complexity and quality as the taste and nose. Overall, this is great beer, with a slightly less complex finish and unbalanced taste, with a stronger tartness. Definitely worth trying.

Score: 9.0/10

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