Single Chair Ale - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Single Chair AleSingle Chair Ale

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144 Reviews
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 468
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 7
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde 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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Reviews: 144 | Hads: 468
Photo of KTCamm
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from twelve oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased as part of the summer mix pack.

Pours light golden with some haze. Minimal foam settles out. Empty smell, getting nothing. Light malt taste with mild hop throughout. Orange in there. Pepper. Kind of a rind taste in there. Citrussy bittering. If nothing else, magic hat delivers another beer with a unique flavor profile and finish. (391 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with almost no head that fades quickly to a very thin layer of bubbles

S: A nice spicy hop aroma with some backing malts. Very simple, but nice

T: Subtle hops with a nice buttery malt background. Again, very simple but APA's should never be overwhelming in the taste/hop department

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Somehow not really watered down thanks to the carbonation

O: This is a very nice summer beer that is very easy to drink and is very refreshing as well. Don't expect an explosion of aroma or flavor, but definitely don't expect a shitty watered-down APA either (617 characters)

Photo of Billolick
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of palffyfan
2.15/5  rDev -35%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of pburland23
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the Magic Hat summer variety pack. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a light, straw yellow with a thin, quickly dissipating layer of bright white head. Looks summery and refreshing in the glass.

Smelled to me like one of my early attempts at homebrewing. Cidery and sweet. It smells like it is under attenuated Not a very pleasing smell.

The taste also seemed sugary and under attenuated. Too sweet and no noticeable hops bitterness.

The mouthfeel was light and the carbonation moderate but refreshing.

Overall, this one just didn't do it for me. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this beer seems like it wasn't ready for bottling or consumption. (695 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
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 (567 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear straw color with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lots of wheat bread and lemon zest, with a little grass and coriander and wax.
T: It tasted like sweet biscuit and wheat bread and honey, with some corn and lemon and coriander. It had a somewhat clean and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Kind of thin.
D: This was more like a witbier or blonde ale than an APA. The bottle claims it's a ""golden ale."" Either way, it wasn't very good. Not very clean or crisp, lacking refinement and body. Easy to drink (or chug), but not worth trying otherwise. (605 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Pours a golden color with a tuft of white head resting on top. Dissolves leaving some spotty lacing.

Floral hops and toasted grain, some cereal notes and slight fruit sweetness.

A touch of hoppy bitterness, floral and herbal ntoes. Grainy cereal malt base, some slight caramel notes. Hints of fruit with sweetness. Finishes bitter and clean.

Medium body, higher carbonation, dry and a bit rough. Not bad, not great, but pretty drinkable during the summer weather. (483 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Single Chair Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best by July 31 2011 on the side of the bottle neck
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a golden straw yellow with a bone white head on top.

Whiffs of grain in the nose with some grassy notes.

This beer showcases some grain and cereal flavors. Perhaps some herbal qualities too with a mini hop snap on the finish.

A drinkable beer on a hot summer day, but still a disappointment. I remember hearing about this beer many years ago when it was a very limited release and I was hoping for more. (542 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, best by date of Aug31 2011 stamped on neck.

appears a pale golden color with 1/2" bone white head. mild aroma of pale malt and a bit of herbal spice. taste is very mild, light malt and not really any hops. thin body with fizzy carbonation.

overall, just not much taste. good for a hot day, but that's about it. (328 characters)

Photo of rebel1771
2.61/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale yellow color with frothy head that fades quickly.

S: Smell of corn right off the bat with just a hint of hops hidden in the end.

T: Flavor starts with a slightly bland grain flavor with almost no hop presence at all.

O: This brew really misses the mark for an APA. It really isn't a bad beer just mislabeled in my opinion. (341 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a convenient St Bernardus goblet. Best before 30 September 2011.

A: A fringe of white-pale head. The beer is cloudy light-yellow and translucent.

S: Not impressed. Grainy and neutral-boring.

T/M: Hoppy light and crispy pleasant. The mouthfeel is the best -- carbonated and refreshing. Grain is the only other flavour, bringing a sweetness to the maintaste. The aftertaste is sorta watery and sorta bitter-dry (finally a splash of hops!).

O: Decent enough beer. Lagery. Not my thing. Wouldn't have again. (544 characters)

Photo of bnes09
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden colored ale. Finger head with descent retention. Some clinging lace.

Bready, grain-like smell with some citrus fruits mixed in, grass also.

Malt lies in the background with an even tone. Hops are not overpowering yet odd-tasting. There is a lot of citrus and grass flavor but it is very sour and unpleasant.

Medium-body and good carbonation. The sour flavor just leaves a dry, grainy texture on the tongue which takes a while to go away.

This is not one of the better pale ales I have had. That sour flavor just ruined it for me. (540 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the smell I get that sweet grainy pilsner smell with herbal spicy grassy hops. The taste is just like this with a bit of spicy hop in the beginning with the sweet grainy pilsner malt taste following and then ending with the dryness from the yeast and hops. It has a pretty nice lingering bitterness for only 17 IBUs I think it is. It definitely tastes like more. The hop taste and bitterness is very herbal, dry and grassy tasting. I also get a bit of a lemony taste in there as well.

I like how the dryness from the hops the sweet grainy malt taste and yeast taste perfectly combine together for a really good tasting lighter beer. This is a fantastic "lawnmower beer" and has all the right qualities of a session beer. Actually one of the tastiest well rounded lighter beers I've had. This is like Magic Hat's twist on an American Adjunct yet it has no adjuncts and has a better yeast, hop and malt taste over one any day. (929 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this out of a friends mix pack. A hazy yellow with a large amount of carbonation. No head only some puddles of bubbles. The nose is faintly grassy and wheat. Smells close to an adjunct beer. Flavor is crisp and tart upfront with some light malt notes. A lingering bitterness that is unpleasant. (302 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite refreshing, though if you are looking for a Pale Ale (as it is currently designated), you'll be sorely disappointed. As a Kolsch, Blonde or Cream Ale, it is quite nice.

It pours a straw-gold hue, translucent, and is capped with a fizzy, short-lived head. The brew offers minerality, a touch of sweetness from grain and a small amount of herbal-hop spiciness. This falls in Lager territory, flavor-wise.

I enjoy this brew for being exceptionally easy-drinking; it is damn-near a stand-in for water. (519 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale, yellow color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some impressive lacing.

Smell: Has an herbal, hoppy smell backed by some spiciness and a bit of graininess.

Taste: Has a crisp, hoppiness up front. Finishes with an interesting spicy/herbal flavor. Overall, very crisp and refreshing. I'm not sure how it got classified as an APA, however, as it doesn't have near the hoppiness one would expect from that.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Certainly an interesting and unique beer and a great summer seasonal. Once again, I'm confused by the APA label but what do I know? Regardless, this is definitely one of Magic Hat's better offerings and certainly worth a shot. (800 characters)

Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very light yellow color with a bright white head.

T: This one tastes more like a Pilsner than an American Pale Ale. Very, very light boby, almost to the point of being watery tasting. Not what I would have expected from Magic Hat Brewing Company.

S: Not much there. Grains, very light malt and a subtle hint of lemon.

M: Not as crisp as one would hope. Lots of carbonation. Overall the mouthfeel is disappointingly light.

O: This is a big departure from Magic Hat's other beers in every way. I would definately not buy this beer again, since it tastes way too much like Bud, which I do not like under any circumstances. Luckily most other Magic Hat Brewing Company's offerings are very good. This one just is not one of them. (735 characters)

Photo of turfy
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Great appearance. A clear, straw yellow color with a bright white head, which stuck around longer than I expected. Better than average lacing, too, for a beer with this light of a body.

S - Not much going on here. Grains, light malt, maybe a hint of lemon and some grassiness.

T - Crisp bite of hops at first, then the rest follows the smell. Nothing earth shattering or unexpected.

M - A crisp, bright mouthfeel due to more than enough carbonation. Not excessive, but on the high end. Overall a light mouthfeel.

O - I would call this an average brew. Nothing that would make me really search it out or drink it again. For less money, I would just buy some Bud. Nothing particularly craft worthy about this one. (747 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Bright golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours into about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Plenty of bubbly carbonation percolating to the surface. Settles quickly, leaving only a smattering of bubbles on the surface. A touch of sparse lacing.

S: Very wheaty. A nice soft grainy baked bread nose. Not really anything else.

T: Subtle grains with a very soft wheat base.

M: Very clean and crisp. Not much in terms of flavor, but somehow very full. A slightly hoppy finish.

D: This thing will disappear quickly. Hey! who drank my beer. Oh wait, that was me.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Lots o' carbonation, only a slight head, and a nice rich golden color. Nose is not complex...baked wheat bread.
Tastes like it smells. Simple grains, but full flavor and crisp clean body. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff. (861 characters)

Photo of bamojr
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite beer from magic hat but it has a good clean taste. I am used to a more unusal flavors in a magic hat and this has a very standard flavor for a brew from them. It is a well rounded brew and has good flavors I just usualy get magic hat to have some intersting flavor combinations and I feel this beer let's me down on that front. (343 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw yellow, finger head, patchy lacing

S: pine, grassy, light malt

T: sweet mild citrus, firm earthy malt, light bitter grassy finish.

M: light body, hint of slick/oily finish

O: Not bad, pretty good session beer and one of
the better Magic Hat brew I have tried. Not too
much, nor too little complexity; solid gateway brew.

PRETTY GOOD, COULD DO WORSE! (365 characters)

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer 1 of 5 at Magic Hat Sampling on 05/19/2011

Served in a pilsner glass

A : thin and straw yellow

S : a faint freshness

T : fresh and light,pretty straightforward

M : thin and crisp - refreshing

D : smooth and fast definitely a drinker

Look, smell and feel, bares resemblance to some mass produced American beers, but the taste character is more complex (364 characters)

Photo of shand
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color crested with a puny head that doesn't retain or lace very well. Aroma is sweet, wheaty, with just a bit of hops. The taste is fairly close to a pale wheat ale as opposed to an APA, it's got a smooth, wheaty taste with some upfront tart citrus and a subtle hop kick. Not the best wheat, but surely passable and thirst-quenching.

The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than normal for the style, and highly carbonated. It's still nice though. The drinkability is great. This reminds me a lot of #9 minus the apricots. I'd take #9 over this any day, but it still a pretty good brew. (658 characters)

Single Chair Ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.