Magnifico - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldIronLungs on 08-08-2011

"Do you ask, “Who is a ¡Magnifico!”? IT IS A PITY TO ASK SUCH A QUESTION! Dear friends Magnifico is one of our most favorite seasonal offerings -our friendliest beer ever. In 2011 we slip him into our line-up without fuss, all by ourselves on a private world-party tour of a small part of Boston. We swear nobody comes, but no admonishments!

This year, he says hello again my friends and this time he’s in bottle too."
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Reviews by LarryV:
Photo of LarryV
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really like most Pretty Things offerings, this one's a bit of an anomaly. Pours an opaque yellow, aroma is really off putting. For lack of a better description, almost like burnt vomit, I really don't like the aroma of this beer.

Taste is decent with a twang of hoppiness and a dry finish. Glad I tried it but I won't be buying this one again. There was no way to tell if this was an older bottle or not since the dating system was not used (Bottled in <month> <year> nothing being selected)

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, brooklynbrews!

A slightly hazed darker apricot or peach skin in color. Very persistent, whipped-cream style, near-white head. Lots of sticky lacing left all the way down the glass. A gorgeous beer, no matter how you slice it. Truly something special to admire in the glass.

Not a very expressive aroma, even after a little bit of warming. Some toast and mild biscuit, with just a touch of a fruity hop character I would call apricot.

Surprising bitterness leads the way, along with mild straw, and a little bit of lingering apricot hop character finish. Cracker and pale malts throughout. Very drinkable. A bit of an earth or dirt character as well. Nice, but nothing standout about it.

Medium bodied with near-high carbonation.

A tasty little low ABV number, but unexciting almost across the board.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty Things Magnifico

Appears cloudy golden apricot, white head fine lacing. Aroma earthy citrus with some English yeast notes, nice pungency. Flavors abrasive hop action with wormwood yeast open fermentation like nuances dirty earthiness weighs down the palate. Mouthfeel again a bit harsh especially for such a low alcohol beer. Overall I will try it again this sample is extremely fresh just some flavors not meshing very well.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass (they always seem to be drinking from them...)- pours a hazy golden straw color with one finger of head, mild retention and only a few dots of lacing.

Smell is mild but interesting- definitely some malt (maybe a little rye as well), as well as a subtle hop presence. Nonetheless a pretty earthy smell.

Taste is surprisingly complex for such a low alcohol content beer- definitely seems like there's some rye to this one; I get some sharp notes mid-palate after initial malt sweetness. Bittering hops take over towards the end, perhaps in conjunction with yeast, to provide a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- a little resin, light body, moderately carbonated. I love this one- an excellent summer refresher.

Photo of Kinsman
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy and bright orange in the glass with a nice bit of white head. Some bready and doughy notes on the nose which sit nicely alongside a slight fruity character. Some grassy hop character as well.

A good balance of flavors in a light package. Malts stand strong but don't over power the more delicate hop flavors. A nice mix of earthy/grassy notes with some nice Cascade citrus pop and rounded out with a healthy dose of IBU's.

Mouthfeel is a light and a bit bubbly. Overall, low-ABV beer that goes big on flavor making for a great easy drinker.

Photo of bum732
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Bitter, perfume-like hops, light grapefruit peel

L: Cloudy golden yellow, creamy white head dissipates. Decent lacing.

T: Bitter, dry maltiness up front. Medium high herbal/citrusy bitterness with some herbal hop flavor. Light malt character with a dry, slightly chalky finish.

M: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation.

Kind of an older bottle (June 2012). So maybe unfair to judge, but not a huge fan of this beer. Very bitter and dry.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Publick House, was stunned to see it on the menu! Review from notes.

Poured into a mug a fizzy, translucent grass yellow color.

Earthy hops on the nose. Seemed to me to be dry-hopped with a noble hop - and I see Sterling on the press release now - very similar to Saaz/Hallertau.

A sip is clean, dry and crisp, the malt was pretty dominated by a very strong earthy bitterness (definitely Magnum!). Lots of carbonation, medium/fuller bodied - overall I found the bitterness biting with the firm carbonation and a touch overwhelming and couldn't finish my mug. I won't dock many points because I had this late in my evening after some sours. I should have had started with it, the 3.4% was great.

I submitted this beer and I'm not sure what style Pretty Things classifies it as - seemed like an English Bitter to me, but I hope to learn what they call it. Tasty and sessionable in abv, but pretty boldly bitter. *** UPDATED -- had it again last night as my first beer and it was very very good. Bubbly and bitter.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains, some sweetness. Taste is surprisingly hoppy, some malts, grains, very easy drinking. The fruitiness usually found in Belgian ales seems to be missing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy light to medium golden amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light biscuit malt and citrus. Flavor follows with light biscuit malt, citrus and grassy hops with light grapefruit rind. Finishes with very light biscuit malt and lingering grassy hops. Light bodied with active carbonation. A light ale, resembling an American pale ale more than a Belgian pale, but remarkably flavored for 3.4%. Quite an achievement for the ABV. A very nice lunch beer.

Photo of SHODriver
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a tulip to a light gold with a half finger of dense off white head that retains well
S: smells slightly fruity and some spicy yeast aroma is going on as well
T: taste is slightly fruity with a bit of spice and some nice sweetness. very delicate hop flavor as well with a slight citrus and faint grassyness. swallow is more light fruityness and a bit of residual hop bitterness.
M: This beer is light with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: This is a pretty good beer. the flavors are all there and there is nothing off the mark. It drinks very easily and effortlessly. Definitely a nice beer for a hot day.

Photo of EspressoGuy
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bottled on: Aug 2013 (?)
A: bright hay with orange hints
S: like an average commercial lager or light ale; corny not hoppy (like the label says).
T: very steely and flat tasting. Tinny. Lifeless. Finishes clean and fast. Not offensive just absolutely forgettable. And certainly not "fun and happy".
M: light bodied. Bang on for a session beer.
O: This beer may have been stale but if I bought it at a reputable bottle shop so trusted their stocking. Major disappointment from one of my favourite breweries.

Photo of ridedammit
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Pretty Things session beer. I think I could drink a tone of them, one of the tastiest and yet light beers I have ever had. This is one that I could simply put my feet up and drink all evening. One of the best parts about it was the mug. A giant PRetty Things mug for their beer, I want one!!

Color is light, not too light, at least I don;t think it was (It was dark in the bar so hard to tell if it was more to the golden or pale side) Smells nice and malty but not overly so, no heavy hop aroma,. which is good, it is after all a sessionable beer. Taste was remarkable for such a light and low ABV brew. Dan really knows how to create a tasty beverage. Kudos again PT!

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. One and a half fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is about average and just a wisp or two of lacing are left.

3.25 S: Dank hoppiness which is allowed to shine due to the lack of tons of malt. Floral, herbal, and earthy. Just a hint of spicy yeastiness. Not a lot going on, but it works.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose, but better. Floral, herbal, earthy hops. Mild bitterness. Touch of spice. It's just a sessionable way to drink hops.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Maybe a hint too much carbonation, but good enough. Not really creamy, but smooth.

3.25 D: It's decent for what it is, though I definitely prefer more flavorful brews.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bright gold with a very large, very Belgian thick, fluffy head. Looks magnifico indeed.

Strong aroma of course grain and swampy hops. A little buttery. Tastes like it smells: course grain and a boat load of swampy ass hops. Very sharp and dry mouthfeel.

Dry, swampy and nasty. A love it or hate it beer I guess. I'm party to the latter.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/5/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, a good amount of hops, light caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character and Belgian yeast. Then some mild but complementary sweetness follows from flavors of citrus and caramel. The hops presence is good for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head lasts well, with spotty average lacing. Aroma is lightly of citrus and sweet pale.

Taste starts with a peek of sweet, then dominated by citrus hoppiness through the middle, and closes moderately bitter. Lot of flavor for 3.4%. Mouthfeel is soft with a touch of prickliness, and drinkability is excellent. Would revisit, again and again.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey, despite being the evil presence in a great Asimov book, Magnifico is now a beer.

Served in a big mug, pours a huge overflowing creamy 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, crystal clear pale orange color.

Nose light toasty straw malts, fruit almost lager like fruit, light rustic saison farmhouse aroma, some light citrus almost spicy hops.

Taste comes with light crisp malts, light straw and toasty pale malts, some light grassy and fruity hops and bit of citrus, some lager fruits, gets fairly bitter, juicy, starts to get astringent on the finish, cracked straw rustic malt finish, lingering hops and bitterness, bit creamy even, but dry and slightly sticky.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice malt flavors, decent hops until it gets astringent, drinkable. a nice hit from Pretty Things but not right on target as there is barely any Belgian kick to this except the hints of rustic farmhouse malts, but not much of the yeast flavors, and the hops get too bitter and astringent for it's own good, the American hops add a different kick to it as well.

Photo of woodychandler
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have grown tired of looking at the massive bottle backlog here at Chez Woody and I have decided t do something about it! Namely, it's total and utter eradication. For me, the toughest part is/are the bombers, since while I could easily drink one by myself, I really do not want to. I am routinely opening the porch to visitors to enlist their aid in this endeavor and last night, Mike, a high school classmate sto pped by to help me put a dent in things. A little background on this one - it was a closeout at The Friendly Greek's Bottle Shop during a recent brewery tasting that they hosted and a fellow beerhead told me that it was aged and beyond its prime, but at the price point, it was a steal. I decided to take the chance and also to help out The Greek, who has always been very, very good to me.

From the label: "Bottled in: June 2012 Thank you for drinking our beers"; "Forget everything you know about low gravity beers! Okay, remember some of it, but check this out: it's a fun, HOPPY, fun, happy homage to the greatness of beer without all the 'I love you man' at the end ... AND it's Magnifico!"; "Pour with gusto down the center of a big glass, pausing to allow head to settle, then continue. Be patient for best enjoyment!"

I had it chilling on its side in the cooler, but when I pulled it out and held it upright, i noticed a LOT of floaties, so we quickfat put it into The Beerfirgerator for a period of time to allow for settling and flocculation. It worked! The initial pour was VERY gentle, though. This resulted in a simple skim of bone-white head. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had both an old newspaper mustiness and a lemon zestiness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was bitter, almost astringent, much akin to what I had experienced in a Calypso single-hop beer. Finish was really dry, but the astringency was a bit much, even for me. Oh well, I got my money's worth and then some, so it all worked out.

Photo of Oakenator
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden amber with some haziness visible in the glass. The head pours nicely at first but has larger carbonation bubbles than most other beers. Solid lacing. Classic ale smell with a bit of hopiness on top of it. The taste is phenomal for a beer this low strength - how they crammed this much flavor into a beer this mild is a feat. Solid hops and malt flavoring - from front to back - not leaning in any particular direction but still a very nice clean flavor. The taste even lingers for a bit. Well done, and definitely sessionable (many sessions).

Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thin bar-poured head. Settles to minute rim bubbles leaves some streaky lace. The cloudy broth is dirty gold in color.

Pleasant flowery hop with a black pepper kick. Light crystal in the background.

This a strongly bitter (said black pepper!) beer. The swallow and aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. It's hard to detect the malt base--mostly pale. The body is neutral; the carbonation elevated. Definitely a hop head beer.

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June 9, 2013 -- Bottle version

Key difference comes from the head, which is very impressive. Lumpy while settling. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. I would also consider the body to be on the thin side with the carbonation still elevated.

I did not change the scores to reflect this.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glossing over the label reveals a beer at very modest alcohol levels. The mind interprets it as low in taste and body, but only one of those things are true. Certainly its light texture offers supreme drinkability, but the level of flavors that are packed into the bottle are nothing short of "Magnifico!"

The summer of low gravitiy marches on with this light golden-copper colored ale. Its bright clarity proudly celebrates the effervescent streams of carbonation that rise from beneath. Those tiny bubbles quickly build a fluffy and arid head of stark-white foam in a light and loosely knit structure.

Spice and earth rise to greet the nose with a crisp and dry grain and crust-type of maltiness. Rounded by straw, fresh-cut grass, oranges, grapefruit, apples and pears, its obvious that the hops and esters are hard at work in here. A final tinge of peppercorn closes out the aromatic profile heading into taste.

To taste, all those things are present but with a virtual absence of sweetness. With all the bread and grain sweetness dissolved, the dry cracker-like taste is timid but gives a lift of brightness to the fruity apple, orange and pear flavor. The balance from pepper and hops comes easy as the ale has really no sugar to interfere. The flavors seem to float above the tongue to arrive at finish in stealth-like mode. Finishing with spicy, grassy bitterness and a crisp iron-like taste- the ale refreshes the palate with ease.

That absence of sweetness gives the beer a snappy, quick and mineral-lined texture from start to finish. Its exuberant carbonation provides a seltzer water effect to draw the ale from the tongue and offer a light prickle while at it. Unfortunately, its light "naked" character leaves the grain astringency and hop bite exposed to be felt in palate sensations.

Magnifico! does pack a lot of flavor in light body Belgian-esque form, but still- there's little to celebrate the beer beyond its light body, high effervescence, and modest taste. Yet it begs for light culinary fare such as sushi and summer salads

Photo of greybeardloon
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Bottled June 2012

A: Nice head and lacing.

S: Dusty yeast, bread and leafy hops.

T: Doughy and yeasty with herbal hops that are a bit bitter on the finish. Fairly balanced flavor.

M: Initally very carbonated, hits a sweet spot, and then quickly flattens out.

O: Remarkably flavorful beer for the abv. Unsurprisingly, it's very drinkable.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Lively carbonation. Head is creamy, bright-white, and leaves some nice sheets of lacing. Head retention is good. Small cap lingers for the duration.

Smell: Grassy. Pale malts. Graham cracker and bread crust. Mild herbal/earthy hops. Very pale. Slight push of grains. Nice floral edge with something approaching raw honey. Very mild.

Taste: Clean, floral, and pale malts. Some cracker. Mild earthiness. Grass. Extremely light. Maintains that mild raw honey edge found on the nose. Nice depth. Very mild yet complex. Small touches of yeast. Mild spiciness in the back. Toasted just a touch. Everything is done minimally.

Mouthfeel: Body is a bit on the thin side, but it works with the lively carbonation and delicate flavors. Some slight dryness.

Overall: It's mellow and it's incredibly drinkable. This is a fantastic summer beer.

Photo of pburland23
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into this Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip Ive had sitting around waiting to be filled.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy light orange. Three fingers of bright white head shot up the glass and hung around for several minutes before leaving some moderate lacing in its wake.

Smell: Very grainy with some pronounced cracker notes. Slight lemon zest too.

Taste: Wow. A lot of taste in a little (ABV) package. It's malty, grainy and quite citrusy. The finish is quite dry, seems to be a Pretty Things trademark and very bitter. The bitterness sneaks up on you, but it gives another dimension to a fairly complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a pleasing level of spritzy carbonation. The drinkability is, obviously, through the roof.

Overall: Pretty Things turns out a tasty and complex, sessionable Belgian Pale Ale at 3.4%. It's pretty remarkable what they've been able to do with this beer.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a copper/golden color with a slight haze. Fast-moving streams of carbonation rush to support a very cratered yet creamy looking bone-white head. Retention is good, and a thin blanket of lacing coats the glass.

S: Oily and floral hops with a subtle leafy backing. Yeast scents are slightly chalky and lightly spicy with a ghost-like hint of clove. Malt is light but multi-dimensional. Bready with that lightly fruity aspect- definite Munich. There's also a cookie-like expression and just a touch of sweetness. The nose is good. Light but playful.

T: Yeast character at the outset with a brief wash of chalk and vague spice. Hop oils follow that up with floral and spicy/leafy tastes. Grass too. Bitterness is very tame. After a touch of initial sweetness, the malt base goes dry with tastes of cracker, sugar-free cookies, and dry biscuit. The finish is bone dry and abrupt, leaving only fleeting thin, grainy cracker tastes and slight oily hop bitterness.

M: Light in body, but full in the mouth with a semi-firm malt texture that creates the illusion of some weight. Ample prickling carbonation. Some astringency and enamel-scraping.

O: The playful complexity on the nose didn't really translate to the taste. It's just too dry and astringent for me. The chalky yeast tastes were a bit out of place too. I feel very indifferent about it, and really, what's the point of a session ale if it doesn't leave you wanting another?

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Magnifico from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
84 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.