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Magnifico - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 12
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:
"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."

(Beer added by: OldIronLungs on 08-08-2011)
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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.

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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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 23, 2013
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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.

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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.

Kinsman, Jul 03, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

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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.

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Magnifico from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
84 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.