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Single Chair Ale - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Single Chair AleSingle Chair Ale

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340 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | 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)
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1/5  rDev -70.2%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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1/5  rDev -70.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

Massbmx, Mar 05, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

Stonehill64, Jan 21, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

Rod_J, Jun 01, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

tbone64, Mar 14, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

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2/5  rDev -40.5%

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2/5  rDev -40.5%

Kevin_Siqveland, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of jwinship83
2.1/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle picked up as part of the summer variety 12 pack. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- the pour yields a translucent pale golden colored body with a meager bright white head on top. the head will vanish before your eyes, and doenst leave much behind as far as lacing goes.

S- very mild smell here. grainy malts similar to one of the big beer companies products. some very light floral and grassy hops at the end. this is about the blandest smelling APA ive ever encountered.

T- the taste is just as mild and BMC like as the nose. it starts out with grainy cereal malts that come with a moderate metallic twang. the very light hops i could smell come back at the end. i am not impressed.

M- the body is light and watery. the carbonation is too high.

O- i wont be drinking this again. it reminds me more of a macro lager than a pale ale. i didnt know what it was going into it, and im shocked about the classification. avoid.

jwinship83, May 14, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
2.13/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16oz draft on tap, I have no idea why i chose this, i was not thinking, don't judge me.

Single Chair pours a basic pale golden color with some light orange within, a loose head died into a cap that stayed, but left no lace. This smells like, nothing, i mean, i really get nothing. Some pale sweet malt and that's about it. I can't smell what's not there. Let's make that for the taste as well, a really bland tasting pale that's bordering on adjunct with a semi rice thing going after time. No citrus at all, nothing, Im not joking. No really. This tastes like all of MH's other light offerings, I guess it's the yeast, well their yeast strain sucks. The feel is light bodied and carbed pretty well with a slight crisp on the tounge so it's got that going for it. The drinkability suffers because this is not good, but i drank it, because i paid for it. I wish I got a bottle of this, it would of been the same thing with less carb. Add this to the list of Magic Hat beers that are blah.

BARFLYB, Apr 13, 2010
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2.13/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours golden yellow, well-carbonated, foams easily.

Smell - Grassy and slightly fruity smell that isn't very strong.

Taste - Not much for flavor other than its carbonated with a mildly bitter (hoppy) after taste. Whatever taste is there is not strongly offensive, but boringly annoying.

Drinkability - Flavorless beer with an annoying after taste, would not try another one.

palffyfan, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
2.23/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a clear, very light, straw yellow with a finger and a half of foamy white head, that laced well and receded to a thin layer after a minute or so. Aroma was very light, but grains and floral hops were noticeable. Very light in taste too, almost like an adjunct, light sweet malts, and crisp hops; crisp and clean overall, but not very flavorful and a bit watery. Light-bodied and quite drinkable for even the most conservative drinker, but not something I'd ever get again...just too bland and light for me.

Magic Hat just isn't that good.

Rifugium, Aug 27, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -33%

LynnHomeBrewer, Jul 08, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -33%

RyanGoodman, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap pours a very clear gold color with a lasting bright white head smell is floral subdued and dry grain like extremely crisp body is a little thin but not super watery crisp cold sliced apples come to mind on the palette flavors are subdued and not over the top floral hop presence brings about a nice dry finish to balance the slight amount of helles lager like sweetness that is also present in the beer subtle notes of dried pares along with a caramel sweetness somewhere in the middle easy drinking but nothing special at all.

just noticed I really had to dig for those flavors. A certain grainy macro beer flavor is present as well and takes away from the subtle notes that are difficult to find anyway. not a huge fan.

jtierney89, Jan 27, 2012
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2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a white, two-fingered head, fades soon and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation. Clear pale yellow color. Nose is hoppy, starts and finishes hoppy with some bitterness. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. $2.99 for a 22oz bottle from Drum Hill Liquor, Chelmsford, MA.

jdhilt, Jun 18, 2004
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2.35/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this is a difficult beer to review.

it is refreshing, so that is one one thing it has going for it.

its also simple if you are into that kind of thing.

im just confused because the bjcp says that an american pale ale should be rich in hop and malt flavors, and this beer does not have any apparent to me.

it is refreshing though. nicely carbonated.

spitInTheOcean, May 11, 2011
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2.44/5  rDev -27.4%

TophStroh, Sep 28, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Louski, Mar 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

outoffocus, Apr 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Jamstone714, Dec 30, 2011
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Single Chair Ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.