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Humble Patience - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

252 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The result of mystical exhortation and strange portents in the sky, Humble Patience was complex without being heavy...a marriage of many riches. An Irish-Style, deep-ruby Red Ale with tantalizing layers of flavor.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-02-2001)
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Reviews by travolta:
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travolta

California

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

12 oz bottle
Apperance: Way dark brown, until held to light, then it is amber slamber! Head was white, two fingers, slightly rocky. The head hung around a bit and laced well. Not amazing head or lacing, but respectable.

Nose: Nice, light hops, old bananas, brown sugar, sweet.

Taste: Smoked, prunes, brown sugar, molasses, sluggish on carbonation right until the end. Not a whole lot going on. Lightly bitter.

Notes: This was a letdown. A simple letdown.
Notes 2: Everyone keeps talking about nitro stuff. i didnt think this had anything to do with nitro.

04-14-2004 03:51:45 | More by travolta
More User Reviews:
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landonh485

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-06-2011 02:19:04 | More by landonh485
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Todd

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Presentation: On tap at Cambridge Commons (Cambridge, MA). Served in a "Humble Patience" English-style pint glass.

Appearance: Deep ruby red to brown with a 2-finger thick off-white nirto-creamy head that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Fairly clean nose with hop and fruit aromas. I swear I can pick up very faint anise & liquorice smells too.

Taste: First taste is that of any other nitro'd English/Irish-style ale (Caffery's comes to mind). Silky smooth mouthfeel with a light even sweetness, followed by lightly toasted malts, watery grape, earth, wood and more fruity characters. Roasted malt flavours fall in the corners of the palate. Bitterness is somewhat citrusy, but not overwhelming, smooth and well-rounded. It's also quite raw in texture (bitty) and consumes the palate in its uniqueness -- leafy coating throughout the mouth with a gentle astringency (if such a thing).

Notes: A very smooth and easy drinking ale. It's obvious that Magic Hat is going after the nitro UK import market, and this is a hell of a contender. The "Never Premature" slogan on the pint glass notes its slow pouring nitro birth.

09-02-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-08-2013 03:59:28 | More by iemailjack
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Heady start, dark amber brown

SMELL: Toasted grain, diacetyl funk, burnt sugar, dried dates.

TASTE: Crisp, wet, loose body, toasted grain, modest hops, vague fruit, biscuity, faintly buttery, toffee, dry finish.

Not half bad, more than enough flavor to go around even though the malt character seems a bit light. The brewer keeps it interesting enough to keep on drinking.

09-20-2011 02:42:16 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12 oz bottle, "please consume by date" of "March" I assume thats 2004, but cant be sure, can we.
Pours dark amber, with a dark tan head. Nce malty nose. Malt dominates here. Notes of vanilla, dough and honey. A pleasant, smooth, easy to drink quaffer. Low hopping, sweet, smooth finish.

02-22-2004 00:04:59 | More by Billolick
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far333

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Deep mahogany/ruby color barely allowing any light through. Beige foamy head that sinks slowly. Aroma of toasted malt, light hop, and a hint of cocoa. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and rolls the roasted malt flavor over the tongue. Flavor has undertones of nutty chocolate and fig and mild hop bitter. Malt and chocolate seem to pick up in the finish, and then subside to let a bitter hop aftertaste surface. Fine lacing is all that's left in the glass from top to bottom. I'll have another.

05-29-2003 13:21:04 | More by far333
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours an almost light brown with a rather large and foamy eggshell colored head. Thick and creamy looking. Smells a little estery with a bit of caramel. Tastes a little more porterish than red ale like. Lots of nice toasted malt with a hint of dark fig or fruit in the background. I swear I almost get just a hint of really dark/burnt malt hiding waaayyy in the back, but it may just be my imaginanation. Tiny little bit of hops at the end make for a nice easy drinking beer.

02-04-2004 22:02:59 | More by yankeeheel
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Appears deep amber safe to call it a mahogany with a cream colored beige head leaves a consistent healthy patches of lacing throughout the beer from the sizeable two fingers worth of head. Aroma a biscuit malt character along with cereal and caramel tones also derrived from the malted barley along with a decent amount of hops detected in the aroma. Flavor is a bit harsh with bitterness with only touches of the caramel, bready malt sweetness coming through to balance the dominant flavors. Mouthfeel with a medium body slightly chewy and a bit overcarbonated making going down a little harsh on the throat. Overall drinkability is middle of the road for me glad to approach a new beer just lacking in the flavor category to make it something really palatable for my likings.

08-06-2003 00:24:56 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz. bottle with best by date of 30 Nov. 2011

A- Pours a lovely red brown with about 1 finger of short-lived off-white head. Leaves some nice lacing that quickly slides down the sides of my wet glass.

S- Aroma has a roasted malt scent that is would be pleasant, but there are too many alcohol esters (I know: with only 4.8% ABV!) given the weak strength of the other components.

The taste is much better. As expected, it primarily features a medium roasted malt flavor, but there are some spicy hops in the mix. The dynamics are unusual, however, with the hops becoming a little less pronounced in the finish which is where the toasted malt flavor comes through most clearly. In any case, a fine finish nicely shaped by both the Apollo hops and the malts.

M - medium bodied beer, although off on the thin side a bit, with good carbonation; a mild bite of carbonation/hops on the tongue. Rather dry finish.

O - This is a fine red ale: Even though it is weak in aroma, it has excellent flavor, is moderately refreshing, and is a pleasure to drink.

09-20-2011 21:42:01 | More by chinchill
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle lists both the ABV and gives a drink by date.

A: Dark borwn-red with a fine red tint. It has a nice slightly tinged white head, but the retention is bad, and it leaves little lacing.

S: Sweet malt, smoke, and nuts.

T: Sweet biscuit malt, lots of nutty characteristics here, slight coffee, and a bit of oats.

M: Medium and smooth with good carbonation zing.

O: This beer comes along with the Magic Hat fall seasonal pack. It's nice nutty mellow flavor works very well for the fall. It has a nice carbonation bite, but it is still smooth and easy to drink. It is a pleasant drinking ale.

09-24-2011 16:26:04 | More by ianjsullivan
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-09-2012 01:35:49 | More by acurtis
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mbatley

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +29.8%

This one really caught me off guard. I'm not a huge magic hat fan as I'm bothered by their "cute" names of their beers. But I got this on sale and thought I'd try it as I do like a nice Irish Ale. WoW! This is a very nice, balanced ale with just enough hops to make it interesting. Overall this would make--will make an excellent "session beer." Good drinking!

03-16-2005 04:59:43 | More by mbatley
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-14-2011 22:10:09 | More by alamode
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3%

Poured huge initial head..dark redish wood. Fragrant spicey aroma. Chocalate and other malts, not too sweet, appropriately carbonated. Bit of roasted grounds, chewy, easy drink..like a draft. Bittersweet finish and aftertaste. Light mouthfeel beyond the chewy foam.Quite quaffable.

09-14-2005 02:33:55 | More by Sammy
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a deep reddish brown with 1/2" of thick, off white head. Good retention. The nose has hints of caramel, diacetyl, and faint hops. The taste is caramel and mild bitter hops up front with faint coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

Not a bad offering. A solid example of the style. The coffee notes in the taste are a little different, but not altogether unwelcomed.

10-01-2011 00:43:54 | More by tdm168
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%

What a incredible deep red color with a head that clings to the glass. Very smooth to drink with a bit of sweetness but not overwelming. Definitely a beer to try as for me a beer to keep stock of.

05-09-2002 00:21:25 | More by Reverand
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Magic Hat's Humble patience delivers a basic, satifying, malty amber ale that works well within many circumstances. Its very, very deep copper in color with a cream colored head that holds well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass. The nose offers a nice, caramel and lightly chocolatey aroma; with a splash of buttery diacetyl and a touch of grassy hops thrown in as well. It's medium bodied and has somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel as it crosses the palate. In the flavor, toasty and caramel-drenched malts are accented by a soft and rounding buttery note of diacetyl. And it's laced with a smooth thread of grassy and mildly floral hops. It finishes with a cusp of background roastiness in its long lingering malt character. Smooth. Nice. Fairly complex in character without being rich; lending it some drinkability. Humble Patience makes a great cross-over beer to take to parties.

07-27-2002 07:46:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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bamojr

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +5%

Lovely deep red with tanish head that dissipates quickly. Sweet malty smell, great Irish red smell. Very sweet and malty, with a great smokey molasses taste to it. I am yet again satisfied with my Magic Hat tastings as I am very rarely disappointed by their brews.

08-22-2011 00:16:02 | More by bamojr
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cjoan24

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-07-2012 01:02:39 | More by cjoan24
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -24%

Poured into a pint glass. Deep red color, though almost transparent. A half finger of off-white head that fell down quickly.
A wet malty smell, almost musty.
Not really impressed with the taste. Kind of "meh". A watery taste followed by a blunted sweetness.
Light bodied, almost no carbonation and smooth.
Not bad tasting, just nothing really going on. Meh.

10-15-2011 21:48:46 | More by Fatehunter
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Jon

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +5%

Dark amber with ruby tints when held to light. Frothy tan head retains well, leaving rings of lace down the pint glass. Nose is a two-way attack of smoky, toasted caramel malt and earthy bittering hops. Taste is that of well-toasted malt, sweet caramel and bitter, rustic hops on the finish. Sweetness especially comes into play as the pint warms. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Drinks fairly well overall. This is a full-bodied, well hopped, and balanced Irish-style red. A nice offering.

08-27-2003 23:44:02 | More by Jon
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-14-2011 21:50:29 | More by Hessian257
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blknikon

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

05-07-2013 22:53:03 | More by blknikon
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MattFrenzy

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Smooth, slighty smoky ale that becomes more pronouced as it warms up. Malty up front. Complex flavor that has hints of brown sugar, dates, roasted... something, do I taste vegatable or am I going nuts? Thats it, nuts! Strong but unique hop taste in the end. I've heard the nitro-tap is much different and better, which must be great cause this is quality.

05-25-2004 23:26:49 | More by MattFrenzy
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Humble Patience from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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