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Single Chair Ale - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Single Chair AleSingle Chair Ale

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453 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2002

Single Chair celebrates the uniqueness of the Mad River Glen Cooperative Ski Area in Vermont. Medium bodied and ideally balanced for all tastes, Single Chair's tempting light golden color, heady aroma and smooth liquid go down effortlessly and often!

17 IBU
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Ratings: 453 | Reviews: 152
Photo of dbrauneis
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very slightly hazy pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with light aromas of fruity yeast and grassy + floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with a very light amount of sweetness and a hint of corn adjuncts. That is followed by a light flavor of light fruit yeast (apple) and very light floral + grassy hops. Light amounts of bitterness are present in the finish but does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy enough to drink with well hidden alcohol but not very interesting, not sure that I would grab this one again.

Photo of Zephan
2.13/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Did not enjoy. One of the worst beers I have had

Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It only takes one. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises old stale grains, a bit of hard water, and mild wet grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with a honey-laden-biscuit-style sweetness tossed in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this was a pretty weak pale ale, English or otherwise. 'Nuff said.

Photo of Jeff_Winger
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice and refreshing, a good summer beer.

Photo of dca1972
1.66/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Awful. Save your money, better value to go with Molson Golden. Called a 'golden ale', but taste like a cheap lager. Agree with the previous reviewer who noted the site, metallic taste. Trying to get thru the six pack, but only left me with a headache and bad taste. Magic Hat always was hit or miss, but never this bad... Just noticed the addition of Rochester, NY to Burlington, VT on the bottle. No good beer has ever come out of Rochester, or the Genesee river. A huge strike out for MH. I will avoid from now on...

Photo of Findlayfiend
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty enjoyable golden ale. Smooth drinking without being uninteresting.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, corn flake, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, corn flake, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with lots of grain forward characteristics, but there is a sour and metallic combination in the taste that makes this one a bit of a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light pale yellow in color and has minimal visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of yeast and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, also having flavors of pale malts and floral hops.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little yeasty for the style (approaching what you would expect from a saison) but is relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of maxbass
2.22/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Yellow ale, light carbonation. Not a pleasant aftertaste. More bitter than expected from an ale. Won't be buying again.

Photo of founddrama
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lively and light. Pretty normal for Magic Hat. I'm into it.

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bright golden beer is opaque, pretty thick in the look. The head is a small whitish one that falls off after a bit. It has an effervescent quality, bubbling lightly the entire session, and lace is light to moderate.
The aroma takes a minute of warming to fully develop. Some soft white fruits flesh balance a dusty note with a certain spiciness. Hops are light, flowery but balancing off a bit of honey sweetness.
It's generally dry, and crisp in more than the feel, as it were. Something like ginger bites, but not too hard, and it has an herbal element. Hops get stronger as it goes, adding a woody, earthy and pithy bitterness against the dry malts and light honeysuckle notes. A hint of graininess and a ghost of cardboard sneaks into the finish, but not enough to taint too heavily.
When the bite calms from a heavy start, a good crispness remains consistent and it really smooths out. Soft carbonation makes it creamy, and the bite comes back at the end of each sip.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Grainy Pilsner malt light apple light floral spicy hop.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.23/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Single Chair Ale brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice thick white head. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There is also a hit of sweetness in the smell of this brew. The taste is rich with flavor. You pick up on the sweetness at the end of this brew. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth and refreshing. I like how this brew goes down smooth, with no bad aftertaste. Single Chair Ale has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. Magic Hat Brewing Company did a nice job with this brew. Overall I'm giving Single Chair Ale 4.5 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

Photo of TTripp725
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very disappointing. I feel that this beer has potential but it needs a lot of work. For starters its very watered down and lacks flavor

Photo of hosehead83
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale gold with a quickly dissappearing cap of thin white foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, faint biscuit.
Taste-Pale malt, a bit flat and lifeless to be honest. kind of a bummer.

Photo of mamaraza
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this at the casino. Very watery with no perceptible taste until a sharp bite finish. Not very interesting but drinkable.

Photo of Owen1313
1.09/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Terrible, very first time I've completely disliked a Magic Hat beer, of any variety. It's bland and light, and honestly I'd prefer a budweiser or PBR if this was the kind of taste I wanted to drink because honestly those are better than this beer.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is sweet and bready malts. I get some pils type aroma also.
The body is very light straw with a bright white head. the head is about a finger tall and is tightly beaded. The carbonation is very aggressive and sure to get the head going.
The taste is good. It's sweet and malty.
Finishes slightly bitter and sharp almost like a pils.
It's a good beer but over carbonated.

Photo of predikit
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow, left a fizzy white head that receded very quickly. Leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smells very simple, yeast, barley, a beer smells like a beer at this rate.

Taste is pleasantly light, toasted barley malts, with a minor hop bite. Very simple, not getting any odd notes for unique ingredients like Magic Hat is known for. Very straight forward, light golden ale.

Mouthfeel falls a little short for me, light bodied, but ends up a bit oily, or else this would be a straight rate.

Magic Hat has charmed me in many ways, and if they make a plain beer, well that's fine. I enjoy plain beer too.

Photo of mnrider
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours pale golden yellow. Large white head. No real retention or lacing.

S: Spicy. Herbal hops. Malty. Sweet fruits.

T/M: Malty. Crisp. Bubbly. Decent hop presence. Medium bodied. Clean aftertaste.

O: Just okay. Nothing special with this beer. Another plain beer from Magic Hat.


Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle on February 15, 2015.

Photo of Slatetank
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this in a mix-a-six at Wegmans enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is a golden shade with light hazed and quick dropping white head with very fine bead. The smell is somewhat sweet with a light yeast ester that is kind of fruity. The feel is okay, very light without much sweetness or malt texture moderately high carbonation with somewhat dry finish.

The taste is decent with gentle malt flavor with a somewhat yeast oriented flavor with a mild tanginess and bready quality combined with the light grain flavor. There is not much else going on -I am surprised it is 5%, it is pretty drinkable in general, but as far as flavor it is not much better than average. I might try pairing this with some spicy chili or wings, but it misses the mark unless you want a palate cleanser.

Photo of PGRADY
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quality golden ale, but definitely nothing too special in terms of taste. Preferably drank under 40 degrees. Very drinkable and smooth. I am glad that Magic Hat continues to mix it up

Photo of BEERWOLF1951
2.22/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Very mildly flavored, almost boring. Highly carbonated,refreshing, and very sessionable at 5%.

Photo of puboflyons
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 7, 2015.

The pour is straw yellow with a slight fogginess to it and and quick lasting white fizzy head. Some lacing.

The aroma is like all of those Magic Hat beers. It has this overwhelming buttery, vegetable oil yeast character that really takes away from the other good aspects such as the toasted malts and grass.

About a medium body.

Like the aroma, the taste is taken over by this butter, vegetable oil greasiness that buries the toasted biscuit and bread character one might expect. It ends reasonably clean and crisp.

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Single Chair Ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.