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Fat Angel - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

273 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Fat Angel, rest his soul, had a complex palate that balances the rich pleasures of malt with the crisp refreshing flavor of hops with a finish that is fresh and clean. Eminently drinkable, Fat Angel brought divergent tastes together to create a satisfyingly smooth harmony.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: taez555 on 11-18-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 273 | Reviews: 215 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by WanderingFool:
Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminded me of a lighter flavored version of the Magic Hat #9. It pours a nice clear amber color and is topped by a frothy white foam head. Lots of lace is left behind as the glass empties.

Above the beer hovers an almost fruity aroma (similar to the #9), but has a more malty smell mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is flavored filled. Toasted malts are first noticed and followed by a light caramel before finishing with a mildly hoppy taste. A sticky sweetness is left behind in anticipation of the next sip.

This is a very drinkable beer and another winner from Magic Hat.

WanderingFool, Jan 25, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer seems a little underatted when living in Vermont this was my beer of choice on tap,geeting a chance to try it again in the bottle was a treat.Pours a deep golden almost copper color with a light to medium foamy head,the aroma is hoppy and a little fruity.On tap the fruitiness comes thru more than in the bottle,it seems more hoppy in the bottle.Seems to taste a little different a new recipe?Anyways I still enjoy this beer and get it whenever I can.

oberon, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of Todd
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Overall a pretty decent ale. Cloudy amber with a thin foam lace. Woody/grainy aroma, touch of veggies. Very crisp and grainy up-front, which is why I'd recommend that you let this warm up a bit and mellow. Light fruity pear flavour, very light sweetness. Ringwood yeast character fights with a thin layer of hops, and wins. Hops are herbal in character and soft on the palate, but there's a quick refreshing flash of zest that smoothes back down quickly. Finish runs dry.

Todd, Mar 27, 2002
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

generallee, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a freshness date notched. "A paler shade of ale." on the bottle.

Appearance: Tarnish gold in colour with a touch of chill haze. The head is bubbly and sticky all over.

Smell: A refined floral and sweet hop aroma, some esters come through also.

Taste: Smooth, clean and crisp. A prominent hop bitterness and a handful of veggie/floral hop flavour meet up to a rounded malt which runs sweet, a bit toasty and a little chewy. Some fruit (pear), grain and a dash of diacetyl in the background. A great hop finish from the East Kent Goldings and a little grain in the end.

Notes: More complex than it looks ... very flavourful but refreshing at the same time. A good dose of hops in this brew.

Jason, Mar 31, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle cap says, "Don't Piddle where you Fiddle", but I knew that already. Fat Angel pours a clear, orange amber body with a creamy head that stabilizes at 2 cm. Patch lace decorates most of the pint glass.

Aroma has fruity hops up front, mostly grapefruit with a hint of orange. Sweet malt backbone has a toffee character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an explosion of fruity hops. Carbonation is moderate.

Taste is fruity hops, with pear and grapefruit, and some grassiness and pine cone in the background. Well balanced with the sweetish malt. Some Parkay margarine buttery flavor is noticed(ah! the Ringwood yeast!) More English in style than American, for a pale ale, but a typical New England hybrid.

Very tasty, and refreshing. I wish I could find Magic Hat in my area. The gems of wisdom under their bottlecaps would surely improve my well being.

merlin48, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.Best before date of "Feb" Pale, cloudy, orangy. mild hop/yeast nose. tiny bubble film left after a moment or two and leaves nice lacing. This is a delicate, english style pale ale. Moderatly hopped and with a nice soft malt backbone and smooth mouthfeel. I like it. Its subtle, delicate and nicely turned out. Would be great with salads and light fare. A nice summer brew. Also a nice brew to give to a craft brew newbie.

Billolick, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from the winter variety pack.

Clear copper in color. Thin layer of white lace clings to the edge of the glass. Scant patchwork lacing. Aromas have some fruity sweetness, a metallic note, and some earthy-grassy hops. Flavor is hoppy and quite dry. Sweet undercurrent slows down the hop bitterness. Bone dry finish, parches the palate. Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Decently drinkable.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of jakester
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a 12oz. bottle in a sampler case I bought. Expiration date is notched on the label. Bottle says "A paler shade of Ale".

Pours a mostly clear copper with a slightly off-white head of foam. Carbonation is evident. The head quickly drops to a coating on the surface, with some lacing.

Aroma is of very pleasant floral hops, sweet caramel malt, and I'm guessing Pride of Ringwood yeast. Years ago, everybody used this yeast. Very distinct smell.

Flavor is fairly crisp and clean, and yet there is definitely sweet there as well. A proper level of bittering, floral/grassy hop flavor, and toffee/caramelly malt. This beer tastes like it smells! There is a long, pleasant bitter finish. This beer is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is sweet at first, but then seems crisp, dry and refreshing. Carbonation is soft. Some stickness on the lips.

If you are looking for a pale ale as a pounder, this could be it.
Well balanced, intriguing flavor, and only 5% ABV. I suppose there are some who wouldn't like the yeast character, but I kind of like it.

jakester, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +13.6%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gold with a hint of orange, little head that subsided. Excellent sweet malt aroma that recollects Magic Hat's superior, if fruity, #9. Decent malt profile is tarnished by too-tart finishing hops and a raw spoilt-cider quality. Too bitter for me, or I guess not bitter in the right way. I think the yeast plays a large part in setting the flavors off each other. For a superior ale with an excellent hop bitterness, check out Magic Hat's Blind Faith. This beer got better warm, but it doesn't work in its designated style, and doesn't stand up to Magic Hat's better beers (which succeed despite falling outside of strict category guidelines). Not bad, just not good enough.

Thrasher, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color with a big creamy lingering head. As the bubbles on top pop, leaving big craters in the foam, it sounds like Rice Krispies. Distinct aroma of malt, hops, and citrus. The flavor is inviting and hits the front of the tongue with slight malt, peat, and hop bitter. The flavor morphs as it makes its way through the mouth - rolls down the sides of the tongue with honey, and finishes at the back with warm, strong malt. Mouthfeel is a bit tingly, but the flavor is so good that you could drink these all night.

far333, May 21, 2003
Photo of niknar
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap with dinner while visiting Rutland, VT on business. Served with tons of delightful head that lasted forever and left a huge crust along the top of the glass... excellent! Lighting was way too low to determine true color. Smell was unremarkable, but seemed to contain some hints of citrus. Taste was quite nice, but seemed to remind me slightly of a wheat ale for some reason. Not a high percentage like a true weissen, but still gave me that mild impression. Could have been something in draft lines?? Mouthfeel was light and somewhat average, but certainly pleasant. This is a very drinkable session beer and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to try it. I'd have brought home a six-pack if the opportunity allowed...

niknar, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.03/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appears a copper brown hue with a cream colored healthy sized head, with nice even patches of webbed lacing. Aroma is band aids with some mild malt sweetness and detectable hops kind of nasty to think of let alone smell. Flavor just sucks I can't believe they tried to brew a beer that tastes like this there is a bitter sourness to it that I find just doesn't do it for me a slightly nut flavor, wow I don't remember the last time I poured out a beer. This just isn't good in any way light thin mouthfeel no interesting textures, what the hell band aids this tastes like a homebrew gone terribly wrong. Drinkability like i said it's going down the drain, what more do I need to say.

WVbeergeek, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.8%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fat Angel- Magic Hat "And no Oompa- Loompa's"

poured a nice peach/ apricot orange with a decent white head that held up well.
Smell was of hops and a very slight apricot, not as strong as #9.
taste is of hops, apricot, honey, and citrus.
Mouthfeel is a little watery but smooth and crisp. A very slight bitterness as an aftertaste.

Overall, a good beer but this is 2nd fiddle to #9. Just like pepsi is to coke.

NJpadreFan, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of tastybeer
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber, gold colored. Smells light and floral, with a buttery bread-like sweetness. Taste is similar and there's bitterness throughout the finish. Real easy to drink. Pretty good but it'd be nice if there were more of evething in the smell and taste.

Not bad...Good summer beer.

tastybeer, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

AP: Crystal clear, deep red amber in color. Plenty of activity, thin white head, dissipated quickly. Left a scattered thin lacing cover.

Nose: Nutty, semi-sweet malt

Taste: Semi-sweet malt, wheaty and nutty. It also has a bit of an aluminum, metal type taste, it's hard to nail down exactly but it's rather unpleasant.

MF: Crisp, lively, good bite but a bit thin feeling.

DA: Physically easy to drink, a bit of a chore mentally though.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This pours a clear amber with a large foamy head. The smell is weak with some floral scents and malt sweetness. The taste starts with some carmel and nuts ands ends with some hop bitterness. The m/f is light,but not well balanced. The sweet malt and bitter hops don't go well in this beer. This beer is a little disappointing, I really thought this would be better,but it's really just an average beer.

jmz62565, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy pale ale, akin to an IPA. Carbonation on the aggressive tongue tingle side. Malty nominally satisfying aftertaste. British style. Bit of bitterness. Orange citrus and peach flavors from the hops. Medium mouthfeel. Had on tap a year later at the brewery and about as good, a pass.

Sammy, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of Reverand
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy appearance with little head retention. at first the ale was very basic,but after warming up a bit more of aromas and tastes appeared.

Reverand, Apr 29, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A careful pour will leave a slightly hazy amber body with little head; but a rough pour will bring up a foamy off-white head with just slightly more haze. Unfortunately, what head there is drops almost immediately to just a collar. A swirl of the glass will bring it back up - short but nicely creamy - but it drops away again just as quickly. It does, however, leave spotty lace throughout the glass which adds to the appearance. A strong aroma of Ringwood yeast hits you almost as soon as you pour it - buttery, lightly earthy, mildly nutty, and a touch fruity (dried apricot) - with some grassy/floral hops (Goldings?) and a slight touch of caramel-tinged maltiness. The body is medium and combines with a very fine and moderate carbonation to create a creamy mouthfeel that's quite appropriate for the style. Its well-balanced malt and hops act as a springboard for the characteristics of the yeast, with some hop flavor appearing as it crosses the palate. It finishes dry with a rush of bitterness and then a lingering buttery note. An enjoyable beer for those fond of English ales and not adverse to Ringwood; and an excellent example of the Ringwood's character for those who are unsure of what it's like and want to learn.

NeroFiddled, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

cliff1066, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of MattFrenzy
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh how I love Pale Ales, and this one is no exception. Magic Hat scores another win with Fat Angel. Very smooth and crisp, starts with a hob bite then smooths out with a touch of fruit. After a few its just plain smoooth. Nothing is more refreshing ice cold... the fat angel does what the fat angel pleases, or so I've been told.

MattFrenzy, May 10, 2004
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nice red gold brown,with a decent head and retention. The smell was typical pale ale malets and some bittering/flavoruing hops, citrusy-spice.

The mouthfeel was nice, there was a definitive grapefruit hoppiness that contrasted the maltiness quite well. If you deig IPA's, its almost that hopped. You will dig this pale ale.

andjusticeforale, Nov 20, 2005
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Fat Angel from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.