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Single Chair Ale - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Single Chair AleSingle Chair Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

340 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by lbkornlb14:
Photo of lbkornlb14
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just returned from big z beverage in Huntington. Bought a growler of this magic hat single. Was described as "#9 w/o apricot". Immediately upon opening I got the whiff of a budweiser-esqe beer. Beer pours a nice golden color and retains nothing but a millimeter or so of head. No lacing. Boring type flavor. Think budweiser but a little better. I guess I was expecting more out of magic hat. Malty and a slight hop finish. You really have to look for it. Overall not impressed. Drinkability however is excellent on a hot day.

lbkornlb14, Jun 14, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

aszatk01, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of kevrob802
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

kevrob802, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of Magic Hat, but the name of the beer intrigued me, and it's not a bad beer. An orange color with a small head. It had a floral aroma, with some fruit (?pear) detectable. It had a sweet taste, nicely hopped. Fairly assertive. I would drink this beer again.

lordofthewiens, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Todd
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1.375 pint bomber bottle. No freshness date. My bottle cap says "Ripper - Dipper - Zipper - Sipper".

Appearance: Pale golden in colour. Pillowy white foam head; good retention and stick.

Smell: A yummy spicy (ginger-like), hoppy/herbal, fresh and malty aroma.

Taste: Light-bodied, but even. Smooth and creamy. There's a calm malty sweetness (sugary) that ebbs its way across the palate. The beer then goes dry, crisp for a brief second then blends down with notes of ginger, strong "green" herbal flavours, oily woody hop character, wheat and mild husky tannins. Soft Ringwood characters linger in the background, but are tame in comparison to the rest of Magic Hat's product line -- a nice change. Finish is dry with tannins and has a semi-oily coating on the palate, with lingering herbal notes and paper.

Notes: From the back label: "The age of corporate mergers & acquisitions is dramatically changing the face of skiing in Vermont. The Mad River Glen Cooperative bucks the trend by remaining independent. Single Chair Ale is our 'tip of the hat' to the Co-op mission of maintaining their unique character for present and future generations. www.madriverglen.com"

What a great offering from Magic Hat. Totally surprised me. I love the character of this beer, especially the hints toward ginger. Truly unique. It too bucks the trend in many ways. Interesting flavours, easy drinking and brings a level of social awareness.

I could easilty see pairing this with sushi, or other fish meals.

Todd, Mar 31, 2002
Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. Clear pale golden color, white head does its job of keeping together or at least as long as it takes to finish this brew. Smells of pears, dusty biscuits and delicate wild flowers. Ample crispness, very smooth with a lighter body. Clean palate, maltiness is a bit watery but with some chalky biscuit graininess. Mild fruitiness meets the modest bitterness from the hops. Dry finish.

Not too bad, easy to drink with a no frills attitude. If you are looking for something with a bit more oomph then this might not be your beer.

Jason, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Billolick
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

32 ounce growler fill.

Pours light straw, hazed , unimpressive lack of a head, just a thin off white collar and no lace left behind. Boo

I cant smell a thing...Boo

Thin flavor, just the faintist hint of hops and malts.

Very unimpressed with this one. Never been a big MH fan, and I never have any sort of expectations for their beers, but this is truly a new low.

Billolick, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single Chair begins with a smooth, malty nose that bears a remarkable resemblance to hot buttered French bread--the quality kind served before a meal in fancy restaurants. Beneath that is a slightly sour (in comparison) layer of fresh wheat, smelling like wet wheat fields, as well as light, sparkling fruit esters such as berry and apricot.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a strong wheat and grain note, resembling biscuits, toast, and Grape Nuts cereal rolled into one, as well as a hint of rice cereal. A slight bitter bite at the edges tells of hops, but there is little taste to that hop presence. Very light fruit esters--again, apricot and berry--linger at the extreme edges. Mostly, however, the taste is grains, and the beer thus resembles sucking on fresh malt. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, while this is still far better fare than, say, a Bud, the beer lacks any distinctive characteristics, and also lacks diversity in its flavor profile. A few more sugars and fruit esters would have helped here, or at least another handful of hops.

jondeelee, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a slender pint glass. "condoms prevent mini-vans" on the bottom of the cap.

pours out more of straw yellow color than golden with a slight haze. 1 1/2 fingers of white soapy head that faded to a ring a few minutes after the pour. no real lace to speak of. a decent amount of carbonation bubbles.

has kind of an artificial fruity apricot aroma very similar to #9. also noticable are some grains and maybe a hint of lemon citrus.

just a slight hint of the fruitiness found in the aroma, but not really apricots, maybe a light berry flavor? grains are there with some lemon citrus hops that provide just a bit of bitterness in the finish to round things out.

super light mouthfeel, just a touch watery. lots of carbonation.

overall, not really sure what to take from this beer. definatly wasnt brewed to be a pale ale, so im not really rating it as one. more of a blond/ golden ale. not something i would really buy again, but an easy drinker, that any beer drinker could enjoy.

dogfishandi, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow color, with a thin white head. Hoppy smell and very hoppy flavor. Pretty dry, with light hop bitterness from start to finish. Much more hoppy than I remember from having this when it first came out a few years ago. Very drinkable, could have many of these but the flavor goes stale after a handful. The coolest thing about this beer is that it commemorates Mad River Glen ski area, an old-time resort just down the road from Magic Hat in Waitsfield, VT. Mad River preserves the skiing experience the way it was before corporate America took over the ski industry, and still has the original single chair lift in operation that was installed in 1948 when the mountain opened.

far333, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

doremite, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of ShrinerMcBitey
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 12 oz bottle with best by date on neck, hard to read. Pours light golden, cloudy suspension like. initial head a little better than 1 finger that settles down to a thin head but hangs around for almost the entire beer. Minimal, but some, lacing

S: Faintly floral, faint citrus

T: Kind of biscuity with slight citrus hop bite. Pretty well balanced. Malt mostly an undertone.

M: Slightly astringent but not drying. Good.

Overall I like this "Golden Beer". It's not super memorable, but is an easy drinker with enough flavors to keep you satisfied.

ShrinerMcBitey, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a slight haze to it, egg shell white head forms nicely leaves fine speckled lacing behind. Aroma has a bit herbal hops, biscuit malts with a hint of rust/metallic edge, something earthy similar to the wacko beet infused beers aroma. Flavor wise it's a clean biscuit malt profile hints of herbal/earthy hops with a fruit malt driven light golden ale, pretty unoffensive at it's core. A beer I've never tried from Magic Hat and I've been trying their offerings since the early 2000s. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied sturdy carbonation somewhat creamy texture to it especially for a straight forward golden ale. Overall a decent easy going drinking beer that should be looked at for pure simplicity of the flavor. When you have had too many Double, Imperial offerings and you're ready for something you can have a couple of then grab something like this come summer.

WVbeergeek, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle of very clear, golden ale that pours with a semi-durable head and a good amount of visible carbonation.
Both the aroma and the flavor are fairly light, as expected for style. Slightly sweet and made with more light malts than hops.

Feel: near medium body with lightly crisp medium carbonation.

O: a solid version of this pedestrian style.

chinchill, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of BrianCuoz
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

BrianCuoz, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

LXIXME, May 07, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of racer2k
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft

A - Pours a golden almost orange tinted color with very light lacing and an almost non existent head to this beer.

S - A light fruity aroma that is accented by a yeasty and bready tone to the smell.

T - Very light drinking beer profile with moderate carbonation coupled with a fruity bubbly profile.

M - Some nice moderate carbonation to this beer which creates a tingling sensation in the mouth feel. This sensation lingers for a bit.

D - Very drinkable session type of beer that has a nice light character and good flavor. This would be a great transition beer from a BMC drinker over to a craft offering.

Overall this is a nice refreshing beer from Magic Hat.

racer2k, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Varkias41
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Varkias41, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of jmz62565
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at the brewery in Burlington. This pours a clear yellow straw with a large 2 finger white foamy head. The smell is hoppy with some earthy floral scents, it's not all that strong. The taste is citrus hoppy with some slight malt sweetness that's very refreshing and good. The m/f is light,but the aftertaste is abit watery. This is a good brew that I can see having a few pints tailgating or at home watching football.

jmz62565, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of marmstrong1212
4/5  rDev +19%

marmstrong1212, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of syntheticwings
4/5  rDev +19%

syntheticwings, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crackly, tight head of blinding white sits on top of a washed-out sunny yellow color. Looks very U.S. lager meets (very pale) Belgian pale ale. Tons of bubble activity.

Very clean floral aroma, but also straw, faint honey and a slight hint of sulfur. Grassy. I'm not thinking "American Pale Ale" at all, but then the bottle only says "Golden Beer," so I won't hold it to any style category. Cramming beers into small style compartments is dangerous business.

Light grass/hay, some honey, and earthy creek stone/mineral tones rule the flavor, but that's a generous use of the word "rule." Some pilsner-like sulfur hangs out too, while the hops are very polite, floral and crisp. "Understated" is the word. Although very bubbly, visibly and texturally, it has a lightness of body and a soft caress. About as nondescript in feel as it is in flavor. Ultimately it goes down without any trouble but unfortunately without much to shout about.

I don't know anything about Mad River Glen, which the label says Single Chair celebrates (a ski resort, I presume?), but I can't help but imagine it deserves better celebration than this beer. It's not bad really, just one of those Magic Hat beers I feel very "ho hum" about. It happens. Next.

Metalmonk, May 02, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat presents this in literature as a cream ale. Sampled at the brewery. Was OK, malty aroma, lace in glass. Hops, herbal, balanced. Spiciness.Golden colour. Tad of fruit and spot acidic. Served up quite fresh. Light mouthfeel. Nothing special for Magic Hat.

Sammy, Nov 10, 2005
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Single Chair Ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.