Magic Beaver Belgian-Style Pale Ale - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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Reviews by MacQ32:
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
A - Pours a great glowing orange, quite opaque. Dense tan head with great retention and strong lacing.
S - Very Belgian. Lots of coriander/spice and citrusy orange juices. Slightly dry but lacking bitterness.
T - Dry and bitter up front, quickly transcends into a citrusy orange spiced Belgian profile. Bitterness returns in a big way at the finish and through the aftertaste. I'm a fan.
M - Medium bodied+, mild carbonation, very smooth, quite drinkable.
O - Quite good for the style, would include this in a Belgian Pale Tasting
06-25-2014 00:10:06 | More by MacQ32
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3.36/5 rDev -10.2%
750mL bottle from ThatCracker (thanks!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a goblet.
Pours a dirty semi orange hued brown with a two and a half finger off-white froth on top. Maintains a nice layer of head throughout and leaves huge, thick sheets of clumpy lace.
Clove, bannana, floral earthiness and a little bread.
Tastes much more bitter than the nose presents. Old citrus rind, funky mildewed pine, plant stems, bananna bread, clove, pepper and orange pulp. The are some nice flavors but it seems disjointed.
Oily medium body with sharp carbonation. Bitter orange peel, clove and yeasty bread finish.
Some good stuff here for sure but my palate is left confused and wishing they'd chosen a style and stuck with it. Too bitter for the Belgian notes to fit and too much clove and bananna to really resemble a pale ale. I get it, that's what a hybrid style is bit for my tastes the beer world was just fine without this one.
05-19-2014 23:21:45 | More by ThickNStout
3.46/5 rDev -7.5%
1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Body is reddish brown color, small white head that dissipates quickly to a small collection of bubbles on the surface and a ring at glass edge. Minimal visible carbonation.
S: Banana bread, clove, hops, sweet malts and Belgian yeasts.
T: Hoppy, a bit of a shock at first. After a few sips and acclimating to the hops, the Belgian character begins to come through and follow the nose, though slightly muddled from the hop note.
M: Medium light body, gently carbonated. Bitter, slightly dry.
O: The Belgian character is in this one, but the hops are just too much. The Belgian Pale Ale flavors are there, but overwhelmed. Perhaps bottle aging this for a few months would bring more balance. Not a bad beer, but not great either.
04-10-2014 02:30:17 | More by Badger6
3.71/5 rDev -0.8%
massive thanks to mopps who hand delivered this bottle after a long road trip to come to a tasting. enjoyed from a LCCB snifter.
a - brew poured a fairly still, but lightly carbonated (looking) cherry chestnut. the head was oily and where the beer meets the glass at the surface there is a fresh foam that clings to the glass as it dissolves leaving small oily patterns on the surface of the brew.
s - i immediately notice some common signature LCCB odors on the nose. belgian candy, bubblegum, bananabread, clove. on the sweet side, but not too much. maybe it is suggestive from what i know about the brewery, but has a fresh clean organic vibe.
t - immediately i notice that this aint my pappy's BPA...but a modern twist with a surprising bitter slap of hops coated over a BPA. the hopping is definitely an interesting twist, but a bit over the top for me. i find my taste buds searching through the resiny bitterness looking to pick out the bubblegum happiness that the nose suggested. once my palette adjusted to the hops, the BPA jumped out more. it is a really nicely done BPA with everything that the nose advertised. tasty, but i'd love the hop to be cut down to about a third or a quarter of what it is now.
m - full and bitter. this one assaults your mouth, but it holds that great fresh water base that i've found in other LCCB beers.
o - overall an interesting take on a belgian classic. the belgian base seems to be spot on with what i dig. LCCB seems to really get the whole belgian thing...in a way that few american brewers get. perhaps it is the water or ingredients...but now, after having tried 3 of their beers, i can definitely pick out some signature characteristics that are really pleasing. i look forward to checking out the last bottle i have and seeing more from this brewery. i'd also love to take a bottle of this and put it away for maybe 6 - 9 months to let the hops fade a bit...would probably be spot on for my tastes. cheers
11-22-2013 02:03:16 | More by cosmicevan
Magic Beaver Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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