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Single Chair Ale - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Single Chair AleSingle Chair Ale

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342 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 342
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)
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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
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

djrn2, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -10.7%

zestar, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought a growler home from Vermont after visiting the brewery. The beer poured out as a clear golden color with a good looking white head on top. The smell of this beer is almost a splitting images of #9 without the apricot. The same goes for the taste... remove the apricot flavor and you have Single Chair. I found it to be interesting that they were nearly the same brew in my opinion. I like #9 and I found Single Chair to be good also. This was nice to have back at home because it's one of their brews that isn't distributed. Overall, enjoyable refreshing brew

Knapp85, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -10.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

zeff80, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

somewhat less than a pale ale in my opinion. pours almost clear beach sand color with a one inch white head that dies out after a couple minutes. the small is qute malty, but on the lighter end of the spectrum. no hops to really speak of aromatically. flavor is a bit more balanced than the nose. this is just an easy drinking session beer, with nothing to really set it apart. the hops only present themselves in the finish, which is mildly bitter. feel is fine, lighter in body and well carbonated. i tend to like my pale ales with a little more going on, fuller body, more hops etc., but if you want a nice cruisy drinking pale ale, this could be your beer.

StonedTrippin, Jun 16, 2012
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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/17/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, some hops and some faint citrus.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of grain and a light malt character up front. Then some mild caramel and citrus sweetness comes in along with a decent hops presence to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not the best beer overall, but it's very poundable and beats the typical swill beers.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what rock I've been under, but according to the back label of this 22 oz. bottle, corporate ski lifts are a huge menace in Vermont, and Magic Hat has come to the rescue, it seems.
Color is cloudy golden, with a small, but firm white head.
Nose: fresh and fruity, soft and citrusy, but a faint whiff of spice.
The actual ale, however, had little impact on me and my taste buds. Light hops, light malt, light everything, really, although not altogether lacking in taste. Drinks down real nice, too, so that wasn't a problem. I geuss I was looking for something special that I just did not find.
But the next time I see one of those corporate ski lift baddies, I'll sock 'em in the nose!
thanks again to paceyourself!

feloniousmonk, Apr 24, 2003
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
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -10.7%

beernads, May 25, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with a sizeable white head that leaves thin patchy lacing.

The smell is grainy - a bit cereal-ish - slightly grassy with some floral notes.

The taste is of light grain - some grassy/floral notes with ginger-like spicing. Finishes dry.

It is light-bodied with ample carbonation. Dryness lingers.

I received a kegerator as a gift. On a whim, not having had this beer, I decided to get a sixtel. Nice choice (lucky gamble?) This beer would appeal to both craft and macro drinkers as it is light, subtle and drinkable. Has characteristics of a typical macro lager (though I know it is not) with a ginger-y spiciness. Interesting - and certainly an "easy session" brew.

jwc215, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

oriolesfan4, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -10.7%

InspectorBob, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

wrightst, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

imperialking, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to grassrootsvt for this...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head and scattered lacing around the glass.
Smell is of lemongrass and light cream filled dough.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild soapiness to the flavor.
Mouthfeel is lightly lemony and thin.
Drinkability...nothing knocking my socks off here. Seems pretty average.

weeare138, Mar 03, 2006
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 LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

LXIXME, May 07, 2014
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Trashcat, Monday at 09:50 PM
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Single Chair Ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.