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Magnifico - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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85
very good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
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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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-03-2013 03:14:15 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-30-2013 18:49:12 | More by sendbeer
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rEBELlION

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-24-2013 17:03:08 | More by rEBELlION
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LostHighway

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-21-2013 22:26:52 | More by LostHighway
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brureview

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-06-2013 20:04:02 | More by brureview
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-06-2013 14:22:13 | More by DelicateDelirium
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-03-2013 15:04:04 | More by pisano
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kirkse

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.4%

09-03-2013 03:58:48 | More by kirkse
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VictorWisc

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-21-2013 00:30:52 | More by Remdog
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Bizoneill

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-16-2013 23:15:15 | More by Bizoneill
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 15:50:11 | More by BEERchitect
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 04:03:20 | More by DavoleBomb
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cjs61679

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

08-04-2013 03:17:17 | More by cjs61679
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13%

07-28-2013 22:12:38 | More by aorloski
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ehammond1


3.31/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:59:56 | More by ehammond1
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-24-2013 19:40:38 | More by Hanzo
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 16:04:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-21-2013 02:13:41 | More by DIPAFAN
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-20-2013 17:26:26 | More by tom10101
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-12-2013 05:57:19 | More by Kelp
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in: JUN 2013

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a thin cap

S: Some nice fruity notes comes through first, along with a light Belgian yeast note. Some pine comes through as well

T: Starts off with a bit of yeastiness and fruity notes and goes into a bitter piney note that doesn't mesh that well with the fruity notes. Finishes with more of the piney bitterness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Some nice flavors for a 3.4% brew, but they don't mesh all that well. The fruitiness really clashes with the piney hop notes and kind of throws things off. Nice for a session ale, but kind of an odd brew overall

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 03:52:08 | More by BEERMILER12
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-05-2013 10:34:27 | More by IPAFrankieH
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-04-2013 15:17:05 | More by Larrydoherty
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Tschnab

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-03-2013 13:19:10 | More by Tschnab
Magnifico from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
85 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.