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Humble Patience - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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152 Reviews

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 258
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-02-2001

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
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Reviews: 152 | Hads: 258
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with notes of toffee and hints of brown sugar.
T: The taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with some hints of tea.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but seems to be a bit sweet for the style.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a deep red color, it looked almost brown until it was held up to the light. This beer has a nice color but an unimpressive head that comes and goes quickly. The smell of the beer had a subtle sweetness to it and an earthy element as well. The taste of the beer was mild, it was a little sweet but mostly earthy and dry. The mouthfeel was a bit too watery in my opinion. Overall it's an average brew, not y favorite but could have been much worse.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a medium head that disappeared way too fast. Aroma is comprised of roasted malt (probably some oatmeal). Taste is also dominated by roasted malt, so much that I almost though I was drinking a light stout, and the end was also bitter. Overall, this is an average beer that seems to sit between two style (Irish ale and dry stout).

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Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweetness and fruits. A good deal of breadiness.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with a grassy/earthy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay beer. Nothing fancy, but sessionable and easy-drinking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry-copper with orange peel accents. The ecru colored head is semi-firm with a bubblicious surface and leaves a few small spatters of lace that eventually turn into a fat ring at midglass.

Humble Patience smells much more malty than it does hoppy. I'm not sure how an Irish red differs from a red ale, so this nose could be spot on for the style for all I know. It consists of well-toasted malt with underpinnings of cocoa and a suggestion of dark fruit. Hops take a back seat. On second thought, they're not even that prominent. Hops are in the trunk.

There's no question that this is a Magic Hat beer. I simply don't care for the yeast they use, although it's buried to a greater extent here than in some of their other offerings. The flavor profile consists of moderately roasted malt, dark caramel and chocolate/cocoa. This just might be the roastiest red in existence. There's also a sour fruitiness that morphs into bitterness as the mouthful progresses. Light-medium mouthfeel with a low level of carbonation.

Humble Patience is strange beer, but it isn't bad beer. It looks like I'll have a little trouble finding something that I love from Magic Hat (other than Hi.P.A., this is my favorite so far). Thanks to far333 for the bottle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some breadiness from a hearty malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel, tea and a little fruit. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s solid beer overall but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, but clear. The color is a reddish dark, dirty copper. A nice head with some slippery lace.

Crystal malt sweetness in the aroma with some cocoa notes. Very light hop touch.

Some mild coffee flavors that give way to a bitter hop aftertaste. Relatively two dimensional in my opinion. Tastes good and is very quaffable. Interestingly, my initial impression is that this is a thin beer, but as I hold the liquid in my mouth, the consistency thickens up.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color, nice cocoay head. Fiercely aromatic, nutty, chocolatey, with earthy undertones, and hints of anise, spice, and molasses. Full and warm mouthfeel. Very little in the way of hops here, but massive malt, just as an Irish-style should be. Tasteful hits of sweetness follow through in the finish. Full body, substantial texture, but finishes a little flat. Appearances of dull coppery and mineral flavors. Otherwise, enjoyable.
Thanks to purplehops for the trade!

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Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a thick frothy off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It a roasted malt scent that is malty, yet dry and toastey. The taste is good as well. It has a malty flavor with a smooth, dry, and toastey finish. There are some hops in the aftertaste. It goes down easy and has good mouthfeel. This is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine red ale. It has excellent flavor as well as aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured with a thick tan/light brown head and was crystal-clear reddish brown in color. I noted lots of malty sweetness on the nose. The mouthfeel was nothing great, but there was a distinct malty sweetness both in the mouth and on the finish. It was a pleasant enough beer, but it was not enough to cause me to go running for another.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured a reddish copper color with a medium off-white head. Some sweetness and floral overtones were evident in the aroma. The beer was slightly thin bodied, but the flavor was decent with some fruitiness that was unexpected. The bitterness seemed just right for a red ale, and the carbonation was a little weak. Very drinkable, even though the malts could be slighlty more prominent.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown with a hint of red. Nice bubbly 2 finger tan head with lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is of toasted malt with caramel, toffee, along with a hint of anise and smokiness.
Taste is of well balanced malt infusion with just a hint of hops and buttery ringwood rounding it out.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a sweetness and bitterness hovering over the tongue, leaving a mild smokiness lingering towards the back of the tongue.
I'm not sure why I've never really gravitated towards this one in all the years of drinking Magic Hat. This is actually a well done beer that reminds me a bit of an English style ale.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Pint glass presentation. Very light tan head, super-dense foam from nitro, on a reddish brown brew, excellent nitro-style foam lacing. Good balance of medium malts with hops, very smooth, due to a combination of both nitro presentation and the brew's flavor profile. Could drink this all day, most every day.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on October 1, 2011. The label promises that there is an expiration date on the bottle but I did not see one. But this came from the 2011 Autumn mix pack.

The pour is a darker tone brown-red with a burst of head that fizzles in a few moments. The aroma is rather subtle with some malts, bread, biscuit, and yeast. The body is thin to medium. The flavor seems slightly bitter with a sharp, hop bite on the tail end. A weird eggy aftertaste. Nothing extraordinary here but not terribly bad.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This scarlet red brew throws out little head. What little head there is on the edges does show some lacing ability. I get some chocolate on the nose and maybe some faint hop accents. The taste is pretty rad for a red. The hoppiness and bitterness almost overwhelm the malt presence. I personally like it, but I could understand if the beer purists are clamoring for more malt in this brew. Don't get me wrong, there is a malt presence in the beer, but the bitterness and hoppiness are the main players. But there's some peat/smoke flavors as well. It tastes almost like they made a pure Irish Red and then mixed it at about a 60:40 ratio of Irish Red to IPA. Good experiment in my book. I also get some wood and grain on the palate. And it finishes rather dry with a lingering roasty bitterness.

After tasting several Magic Hat brews thanks to Davo, I'm starting to experience the little eccentric twists and turns that the brewery throws into their various beers. For the most part, they work pretty effectively. Gotta hand it to Magic Hat for showing some creativity.

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Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Humble Patience, thy name be hallowed, for you were one of the beers that came in that fabled 12 pack of Magic Hat that I consumed for the first time, nearly 10 years ago, which would spark a journey like no other.

Pours a dark brown/burgundy color with a thin head into my glass. The color seems true to style.

Let thy aroma caress thy olfactory glad. Sweet, chewy malt awaits, with just a touch of smokiness.

Your sweet, chewy malt awaits my taste buds. You're mellow, delicious and crisp.

Lingering, sweat, peaty malt accentuates a mouthfeel that is like no other.

My only regret is that I can't go back nearly 10 years to see if the beer has changed. Fortunately, it is still as tasty as I remember.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-copper color with decent sized cap of creamy off-white froth, decent retention. Scent is malt forward with light notes of roast and grassy hops. Taste follows suit, malty without being sweet, solid bitterness from grassy hops, light toasted nuts and chocolate flavors to boot. Medium bodied but finishes watery, slightly disappointing from a style that usual coats fairly well. A highly drinkable Irish Red, veering from style only in its boldness.

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Photo of ZAP
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive deep scarlet color....off white lace....nice roasted malt notes on the nose...some smokey notes too...body is medium...flavors are big on the roasted malts..also a hint of chocolate and the smokey notes are there too...very nice tasting Red Ale...a beer with character...

Finishes a bit strong on the earthy herbal hops and that adds even more to the enjoyment of this surprisingly complex Red Ale..

Very good Red...I'd buy it again....

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Humble Patience from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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