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Magnifico - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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85
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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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admiralcrunch

New York

5/5  rDev +33.3%

11-14-2011 07:10:19 | More by admiralcrunch
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 22:00:00 | More by Oakenator
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in: June 2012

A: If you pour it straight into the glass like the bottle recommends, a huuuuge, bubbly yet pillowy, crater-filled, towering, white head forms. Slowly falls leaving behind a ton of lace. Hazy, pale, golden-yellow in color.

S: Big bouquet of yeast, hops, lightly toasted malt, spices, and wildflowers.

T: Pale malt, floral hops, yeast. It's so smooth and fresh that I can't go any deeper than that to find flavors. It's insanely drinkable (as it should be) and the finish is fantastic. Dry, hoppy, and with a bit of yeast.

M: Incredibly smooth, right amount of carbonation, tons of flavor for the ABV. I can't say anything bad. If I wanna get picky, I'll say the body is a bit thin at the front but from the middle to the finish, the body beefs up and becomes perfect for the style.

O: If someone on the street told me that Pretty Things made a bad beer, I would slap them. This is a ridiculously good, well-crafted beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 21:15:15 | More by Gatch
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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20%

06-18-2014 00:47:24 | More by Enriquehopnog
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20%

12-27-2011 16:17:02 | More by gdrydenc
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20%

09-14-2012 02:13:35 | More by ComRock12
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brandonasplundh

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-01-2012 20:37:40 | More by brandonasplundh
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Bapoonini

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20%

01-13-2013 19:01:57 | More by Bapoonini
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harsley

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is everything a hop forward session beer should be. It's light on the mouth feel, which would probably be my only negative. It smelled and tasted like there were hop pellets in the bottle. Full of carbonation which left a huge head lingering until the glass was empty (which didn't take too long). The malt definitely takes a back seat but it's there enough to keep things real. Color was nice and it was pretty clear. I didn't notice much "Belgian" about it and didn't know it was considered a Belgian Pale until I saw it here. I'm guessing it was fermented on the cooler side to keep the esters down and the hops either drowned them out or were so well matched that they blended with each other into one harmonious flavor explosion.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 16:03:32 | More by harsley
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a clear yellow straw colour with a two finger head that left heavy, heavy side lacing.

S - Rather light on the nose with super soft herbal and grassy hop notes. Even lighter grain notes too.

T - Really tasty here. Some really nice hoppy/floral notes that are quire smooth. Earthy grains and good citrus notes.

M - Very good mouthfeel here. Nice carbonation. Good and crisp.

O - Of course, this is super sessionable. Just because its low in ABV doesnt mean its low in flavor. Definately packs a hop whallop.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 03:25:03 | More by rudzud
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Magnifico pours a brilliant glowing orange color. Head is frothy and gigantic and it lasts forever. Light lacing. The bubbles rise in strict columns. Looks awesome.

S-Lemon and lime zest. Sweet muffin malt. Candied citrus hops and floral hops. Light grains and buttery biscuits. More intense than you'd expect from a 3.4%er.

T-Lemon and lime zest again. Grassy and flowery hops along with light citrus. Sweet bready malts and lightly spicy grains. Taste is fuller than most American Pale Ales I come across. Really tasty.

M-No skimping here. Body is (in the context of a low ABV beer) surprisingly full. Also has plenty of bitterness and lingering dryness. Sessionable for days.

O/D-Pretty Things once again demonstrates how multifaceted their brewing expertise truly is. A beer under 3.5% ABV with this much flavor is impressive. It also doesn't hurt that the beer just plain taste great. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 19:19:02 | More by VelvetExtract
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 19:49:03 | More by Hopdaemon39
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ridedammit

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 19:35:00 | More by ridedammit
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-03-2014 16:18:52 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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VictorWisc

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-23-2013 08:26:54 | More by VictorWisc
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-28-2013 22:12:38 | More by aorloski
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

09-13-2012 10:54:40 | More by bigred89
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hopandbarley28

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

01-25-2013 21:28:10 | More by hopandbarley28
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

10-06-2013 02:53:05 | More by heerboth
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-09-2013 21:56:16 | More by PEIhop
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-06-2012 22:12:28 | More by cbeer88
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 00:58:36 | More by ppoitras
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 23:31:05 | More by pburland23
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me -enjoyed chilled in a double-walled tumbler.

The color is deep golden with light amber hues, clarity is mildly hazed, the head is white and falls to about 1 finger in width. The smell is very fragrant with hops the aroma is slight grass which gives a pleasant herbal and pine tinge with light pear and orange blossom from the yeast. The feel is thin, dry, bitter and slightly creamy with yeast and toasted malt with semi-high carbonation and light astringency in the finish.

The flavor has tangy apricot elements with subtle hint of grassy and herbal hops with a light pine tinge and slight malt essence but very gentle with light pepper and hint of cracker-like flavor of dry grain with mild citrus rind as it finished with mostly dry herbal taste. Overall a solid brew in every way, a great session worthy beer which I could enjoy anytime and the price is reasonable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 18:35:16 | More by Slatetank
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz btl into a pretty things wine glass like glass lol.

A: poured with gusto! And being patient to let the head settle and then continuing on at the end of my pour I was left with a fat fingers worth of white head.... That dissapates nicley. the body of the beer is a light, slightly hazy golden/amber straw.

S: earthy barnyard hay likeness and toasty grain. Some earthy hops and citrus notes.

T: tons of flavor for such a low abv brew, toasty grains with some light earthyness and bready yeast. rustic hops with a touch of pine and then citrusyness on the finish, again tons of flavor here. Very enjoyable hop flavor, especially once it warms a little.

M: super drinkable, medium creamy body with a sharpening carbonation that really accents the hop bitterness... Which kinda gives you a slight kick to the plate in the finish. Deffinatly a dry finish, with a bitter hop aftertaste.

O: this really grew on me as I drank it and now that this review and my glass are almost finished, I'm wishing I had another bottle. Tons of flavor here, nice hop bite, some toast grains, a great refresher for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 04:41:19 | More by PeterIngemi
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Magnifico from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
85 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.