Magic Beaver Belgian-Style Pale Ale - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Magic Beaver Belgian-Style Pale AleMagic Beaver Belgian-Style Pale Ale

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: blackie on 10-22-2013

Belgian beer meets American and New Zealand Hops, they live happily ever after. Named after the Magic Beaver pond on the farm’s property, LCCB’s Pale Ale is a combination of Belgian Pilsner Malt, authentic Belgian yeast and and American and New Zealand hops. Delicious and easy to drink.
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by MacQ32:
Photo of MacQ32
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

More User Reviews:
Photo of HalfFull
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pour is a bit muddled and murky out of the gate after settling upright for a week after purchase. Golden to light amber in color and with a thin off white cap. Does rally a bit with decent retention and lace.

Nose is of faded hops and with light belgian notes. An odd marriage but not too off putting. That said, not too welcoming either. Notes of ethanol exceed my expectations of a 5.5% brew.

Taste is neutral and moderate yet with a nice body and effervescent carbonation. Moderate feel and a quick finish show a simple malt structure.

Overall the belgian character is minimal and taste and aroma notes muddled. Not sure of brewers intent or age of the bottle, sadly.

Photo of hophugger
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep cold cloudy color. Head is average, lacing is magnificent. Aroma is hoppy and resiny. Taste is of resiny hops, citrus rind and a nice balance of bitterness. This beer finishes pretty darn clean on the palate, has good carbonation and is balanced well.......

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Canned Jan 30 2015.

Pale amber, hints of copper orange and rust like body. Up to the light glows with a solid tangerine orange presence. While not a thick monster there is virtually no discernable noticeable carbonation, reaching to a simple one finger head, off tan to white with a creamy appearance. Manages some good staying power and population, settles to half finger and doesn't want to budge, a few circle sheets of lacing while drinking.

Interesting house? yeast character. Hints more to saison with an earthy bent, sage and florals really burst out. Faint pine notes and a bit of dank hide in the background as well making for an interesting take. Small hint of dry to soft cookie dough as well. Not sure where this is going, but comes off as hinting hop forward American with some real out there Belgian yeast strain.

Really hard to actually call this a Belgian pale ale on first sip. Incredibly classic Columbus driven hop blast in the mid palate, a true sucker for that sort of thing as a Columbus fan but really doesn't fit. Chewy malt body and depth with a steely angle that doesn't quite get metallic, flirts with grapefruit, and even a bit of tropical character and pineapple somehow washes in. Chewy malt body, with a biscuit quality as well more like a classic American pale ale. Bitter hop and tolerable finish, and a touch of mild sugar.

This is a real stretch calling this Belgian, but I suppose it just barely passes. Belgian? Barely. Confusing… Totally.. Delicious and memorable.. Oh heck yeah.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Badger6
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Wheelwright1781
2.43/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Too hoppy for a Belgian...doesn't seem to have much in common with other Belgians

Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a murky orange brown color with a 1 finger light tan head that dissipates rapidly, leaving a bit of lacing.

Sweet malt with clove and spicy Belgian yeast. Light citrus.

Plenty of sweet malt early on. Earthy. A hint of citrus here as well, but it gets blown away by the bitter one-two punch of the Galena and Columbus hops.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and light syrup. slightly drying.

Definitely better out of my over sized wine glass compared to straight from the can. Top heavy on the bitter side, but I liked that,and the sweet character as well.

Photo of Chefdad
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lovely local just down the road
This is my favorite
A great beer for curling
Pleasing easy to drunk

Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Total random grab while in FL in January, kept in the fridge ever since.

A- Out of the 750ml into my snifter with a very hazy almost murky amber not so pale body. A creamy white head up to over a finger falling to a massive frothy ring. Plenty of lacing with spots, webs and drizzle.

S- An herbal and spicy yeast off the top with some perfumy coriander like notes. Slight caramel cracked grains. American hops with citrus, floral and pine notes. Fades with time.

T- Belgian yeast with American hops delivers a hybrid flavor profile with notes of coriander and orange zest leading to citrus hops, floral, herbal, pine, pepper, lemon peel and stone fruit hints. Wheat bread, pale white fruits, caramel, nutty, toast, honey and slight banana esters.

MF- Body overall is light to medium thick with a texture of creaminess and some froth. Carbonation is medium high with a slightly bitter and spicy finish.

Interplay between the Belgian yeast and the American hops ends up being rather nice for me here. Lots of different notes come to mind as noted above and I feel like a true balance is found.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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

Photo of danmouer
2.59/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Reviewing Linckinghole Creek's Magic Beaver "Belgian Style Pale Ale" in a can. I have been a competition beer judge for many years, and I am often perplexed by some of the categories newer craft breweries use to place their beers. It is obvious that Belgian yeast was used n producing this bree, but I can think of no Belgian Pale Ale that would ever taste anything close to this beer.

This version differs slightly from the description provided here i. That there ar no NZ hops. Instead, this can boasts of US grown Galena and "ridiculous amounts" of Columbus. To nobody's surprise that means it tastes like an American IPA with lots of grapefruit amd citrus aromas and flavors accompanied by mouth-torturing tongue twisting bitterness and tannins.

All those ridiculous amounts of hop are "balanced" by a sugary sweetness that is truly shocking for a beer labelled "Belgian." To me, a Belgian P.A. Should be something at least vaguely modelled after Palm or DeKonnikales from Antwerp. Maybe a loghtly bigger and unique version similar to Orval would fit the description, but no BPA has ever been close to this bitter or this sweet. No BPA is anything but sparklingly clear in flavor and in its visual appeal. This beer is so tannic it is cloudy with polyphenol haze.

I think ther are some hophead types who will enjoy this brew. I don't.

This beer speaks neither Flemish nor Waloon French. It is purely American 21st century IPA with some crystal malt thrown in to give a medium amber color. No

Photo of m_hall
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gentle pour into a tulip yields a deep, hazy orange beer, with almost peach-colored highlights. The two-finger head is cream-colored and slowly falls to a persistent film. Lacing down the glass is beautifully thick and gorgeous, some of the best I've seen.

Aroma is malt with pleasantly herbal hops. Rather light on the nose.

Flavors are dominated by citrus notes- grapefruit and lemon, with a rather soft, sweet caramel malt background. Coriander-like spice is present, especially as the beer warms. Less fruity ester notes than are typical in a Belgian style beer. The finish is rather lingering, rounded out by a medium-dry hoppy bitterness, floral and grassy hints.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, with mild carbonation. Not a huge heavy beer, and the fairly light alcohol (5.5%) make this an easy one to drink.

A very interesting beer, almost like a hybrid Belgian Pale/American Pale ale. The prominent Galena and Columbus hops provide dimensions not typical of a Belgian ale. Might have benefited from a touch more body and perhaps some more fruity notes to bring the 'Belgian' roots a little more to the forefront, but still a very nice beer that I could see myself drinking again, and often.

Photo of curasowa
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy, orange-ish color with one finger of fluffy head that fades with chunky lacing and a ton of bubbles along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Caramel malt, yeasty, grassy, a little phenolic and banana.

Taste: Sweet, slightly creamy malt which is quickly overwhelmed by earthy and piney hop bitterness. Some mild fruitiness on the back end, but otherwise quite bitter and lingering.

The Rest: For how bitter this seemed, it didn't get much from the hops on the nose. The bitterness really dominates here and detracts a bit from this one.

Photo of Roser
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- hazy, opaque, honey, orange, amber. Nice big foamy bone white head that remained for a good while. Superb lacing.

S- clean, spice, clove, malt, Belgian yeast aroma.

T- bitter, spicy, (slight) sour citrus bite. Tangy.

M- creamy, medium body, well balanced.

O- an excellent beer! A very good U.S. version of a Belgian pale. Highly recommend.


Photo of qchic
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rosy amber with floaties (make that sinkies). Darker than expected. Big dried orange, coriander, and clove aroma. Lots o' hops make me think this should be called a Belgian APA. I enjoy the citrus at the front, with caramel malty balance, but then the bitterness on the back end overshadows the Belgian yeast goodness. Seems a little out of place here. I think this beer could be excellent with some tweaking, but an interesting introduction to yet another newer VA brewery. Def appreciate the cans over the larger format!

Photo of cjgiant
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%

This thing isn't too pretty, a muddy river tan/light brown. The head is decent with a little lacing. The nose has a bit of cracker smell with an overall earthy smell. The smell isn't too strong, but I seem to get some pineapple, and also a strange alcohol burn, which makes little sense at 5.5%.

The taste starts with the earthy tastes noted in the smell, with grass notes as well. The flavors come out a bit more with a bit of warmth. There is a candied fruit taste that rises from the earthy front taste, maybe papaya, but the overall feel remains raw and earthy.

This beer is a bit simple, with decent flavor, but nothing to really impress. I get the earthy feel reminiscent of a farmhouse ale, and some scents of a floral IPA. To me, it's a halfway decent beer but pretty much the same as a lot of other decent beers.

Magic Beaver Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.