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Fat Angel - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 275
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: taez555 on 11-18-2001

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
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Reviews: 212 | Hads: 275
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden body with a modest head and very little lacing

Smell: Unusual nose, I presume from the Ringwood yeast; a bit of the barnyard and some Fuggles in the background

Taste: Somewhat fruity character right up front - kind of a pear and apricot mix; about half way through, the hops kick in and lead the way to a very dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly good degree of carbonation

Drinkability: What an unusual experience it was, tasting this beer; with my first sip, I thought, "Nothing special." Then, the beer grew on me. While it is fairly light and tastes a bit like a rye beer, it has a surprising bit of complexity once you give it a chance. If I could get this in my market, it might become a regular for those hot days where you seek something quenching.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an amber looking ale with a nice huge head with good retention. Aroma is quite hoppy and some sweetness can be detected. Taste is quite sweet at first and includes a lot of malt with a medium dry finish. A bit of citrus taste (orange) is also included in here - orange This tastes more like an APA then English Pale Ale; anyway it is enjoyable but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Fat Angel looked like a good American Pale Ale - golden-orange hue with a bubbly, off-white head of bubbly foam. Decent head retention that receded fairly slowly and left some lace. It smelled of citrus, grasses and a burnt toast maltiness. Those aromas came through in the flavor, too. The burnt toast malt provided a good sweet backbone. The hops brought a sharp bitter pine - more of a pine flavor mixed with the citrus. It was crisp and sharp. A light easy drinking brew. This was a nice APA with a great name. It will be missed.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucid tangerine beneath a beige cap that contains a smidgen of orange. As the head starts its descent, it begins to deposit thin, soapy sheets of lace. Fat Angel isn't quite angelic looking, but a half halo of lace is visible on the near side of the glass.

An okay nose for an APA; it's really nothing special though. It doesn't smell much like Fuggles to me since it's earthy-herbal rather than fruity. More assertiveness would be nice.

The flavor follows the path laid down by the appearance and the nose (in terms of general quality). There's a pleasant, muted burst of hops when beer first hits buds, but it doesn't hold up. Bitterness waxes as flavor wanes. Unfortunately, bitterness without hop flavor ain't my thing. It tastes like Munich malt is at least a portion of the malt bill; an odd choice for an APA if true.

As in the nose, the flavor isn't very Fuggles-like. Does Magic Hat have a distinctive house yeast? I can appreciate the same soapy flavor in this beer that I tasted in #9 (yes, I wash my glasses well). While it isn't a deal breaker, I don't much care for it either. The body/mouthfeel is light for the style and the carbonation is neither too boisterous nor too sedate.

Fat Angel isn't a wonderful example of an APA, but it isn't completely without merit. If I could subtract out that odd flavor that I suspect is due to yeast and add some true Fugglishness, this would be a very nice brew. Thanks to far333 for the bottle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, this one was serve in a pint glass during a magic hat tasting i had with my brother in law down at his apartment.

A nice bright golden amber color with crystal clear clarity came out of the bottle. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent throughout the session with chains of bubbles rippling up through the glass. A nice two inch high pillow of white foam then came over the top and settled down quickly leaving a bare centered crown in its wake. No appreciable side glass lace, but still a more the decent look to it.

The aroma was light with hints of light citrus, lemon mostly mixed in on top of a cereal grain filled base. Lots of wheat and light earthy aromas blending in, but as it warmed a light hop presences was dulled out way in the back, the aroma overall though was far too light to be really a knockout in any way. A nice light, crisp, and clean flavor was then produced. It was a classic light pale ale flavor, clean with a light wheat base, some light floral, citrus notes sprinkled through, orange, light lemon grass, especially in the finish. Great mouthfeel, with a carbonation that held throughout the session. Easy drinkability as the flavors were light, crisp and clean, with almost no aftertaste. I could easily session this one over the course of a night.

Overall while not really spectacular, this was definitly a solid offering all around. There is no really I could not put down more then a few and this is not a bad offering for a BBQ or to get someone into craft beer a little bit more. I would go for this one again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of pale hops & citrus, with notes of caramel and tea, but overall the smell isn’t very strong.

T: The hops flavor comes out first, but there isn’t as much of it as the smell leads you to believe. However, it does strengthen a bit as the beer warms. The malt character is subdued as well, but it contains citrus sweetness, caramel and maybe some nutty flavor. The after-taste goes back to the pleasant hops bitterness.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, this is one of the better beers that I’ve had from Magic Hat, but it wouldn’t be the first beer I’d choose when I’m in the store. However, might serve as a good starter beer for those looking to escape the macro rut.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark amber with minimal head. Nose is hoppy with a smoky edge to it. Fruit tones are there as well. Flavor is leafy with an almost twig like taste to it. Twig like? Yes. It tastes like tree bark. Hop influence is there, but seems to be almost watered down in a way. Something just doesn’t seem mixed right. Feel is tingly with bubbles. But the drinkability will stay low as I just don’t really dig it too much as it seems to lack balance or a cohesive recipe. Plus it has that metallic flavor which I just don’t like.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.09/5  rDev -40.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Expand your View with Things that are New", the cap tells me. Do they have the Cat in the Hat writing these things? Well, this beer is new to me, so I'll expand away...though I must say I was baffled and prepared for a let-down with the phrase, "a paler shade of pale." I've given up trying to make sense of this brewery's design and verbiage (this beer's name, the flying pig of the label), and surrendered to my sense of the surreal.
Appearance: hazy, pale apricottish color, with a sturdy collar of white foam.
Aroma: fresh and fruity, apricot, peach, a whiff of citrus, a mess of hops.
Taste: hops come first, a big, bold, buzzing bracket of them, blitzing the tongue and clinging to the palate. Those same fruity flavors recurr, also, ably matched with tasty malt. Hops never quit...body is medium, texture quit nice, ...finish is adequate, just so, quick and dry.
All in all, if I were a New Englander, I'd be quite satisfied if this was a barroom staple like SNPA is..nice session brew.
Hat (Magical or Cattish) off to rabidawg for delivering.

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Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with a thin, creamy head that descends to a thin cover, then a swirling patch. Some spotted lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is herbal and floral.

The taste is floral, herbal and leafy. It's balanced by a fruity sweetness that grows as the beer progresses. Apricot peeks through, to the point that it starts leaning towards the #9, which I like, but the fruitiness here doesn't particularly help it, IMO. Finishes with a watery sweetness. The light hops that were there at the start of the drink have all but vanishes by the end. Rather bland by the end, with an aftertaste that has something of wet cardboard to it.

The feel is light and fairly watery. Not crazy about the wet cardboard (oxidation?) that sticks around in the mouth.

Easy and light, but since I don't like the finky aftertaste, and since I found it to be light and forgettable, I wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale scent with a very fruity yeast finish and some hops as well. The taste is good as well. It has a light pale malt flavor with some munich malts. It goes down smooth and finishes with a bitter hop aftertaste. The yeast adds a fruity quality to it. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine American pale ale. It has good aroma and taste; a good drinker.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a thick, yellowish head with lots of CO2 bubbles. It had a murky orange/amber color that never settled out. There was a grassy hoppiness on the nose, which translated to a mild hoppiness on the tongue. It had a light to medium mouthfeel. The finish was dry with a light, lingering hoppiness. Not bad, but kind of light for an APA. I also noted that as it warmed, it took on a tea-like quality, especially in the mouth. I had heard of tea brewed with hops, but now, I think that I have tasted it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The contents of this brightly colored bottle poured a clear deep golden color with some shades of orange. A thick head developed with large bubbles during the pour. The aroma was floral, fruity, and sweet and overall quite pleasant. The flavor was nice as the malt combined well with slight bitterness and hints of fruit. Very light carbonation and quite dry on the tongue. Medium bodied beer, and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've walked past this brew countless times at the store and for whatever reason I picked some up today.

Pours a hazy copper/amber with a thin white head that doesn't last to long. Minimal lacing on the way down. Aroma hits me with some vanilla, some spicy hops, and a bit of caramel in the background. Taste is a watery mix of citrus hops and very minimal malt. Medium to thin body. Overall decent brew, I could see myself drinking a few on a hot summer day, but not great enough to buy on a regular basis.

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Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled through the Secret Bunny 2007 BIF and sinstaineddemon.

In the glass this is a clear amber colored ale without much head formation.

The smell is sweet and bready and that is about it. There is a minimal amount of herbal aroma here but that is the best I can say about it.

The taste begins sweet and a little herbal and woody. A bit herbal and floral tasting this also tastes salty to me. The taste doesn’t develop much, a pretty ho hum ale.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable but I can't give you any reason to pick this to drink.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a rich amber with a frothy 1 finger white head that fades into a clumpy film. Leaves streaky lacing around the glass.
Smell is of Ringwood, slightly sweet with a light apricot, caramel & toffee, with that slight butterness
Taste is about the same of the aromas with roughly the same appeal.
Mouthfeel is smooth with buttery sweetness. It's ok. I've been drinking this one for so long though, it may have dropped down a few notches since I first had it about 8 years ago.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to NutBrown for this one.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, some islands around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, and some caramel. The taste is malty, barely a hint of hops, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, but I would not call it a APA by a long shot.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a white, three finger-head that goes slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Nearly clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Smells grassy. Starts hoppy with some malt, finish is hoppier and bitter aftertaste. 12oz bottle from 12-pack $11.99 Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium amber-orange with a one finger foamy off white head that was moderately lasting leaving only a slight lacing.

S: some fresh lemon hopping, light bread notes, and sour fruitiness.

T: The flavor was semi-sweet and fruity (apples) with some fresh citrus hopping and caramel. Nothing to exciting flavor wise.

M: The mouthful was light-medium with some graininess but finished crisp on the swallow.

D: 1 or 2 will be plenty to drink at any one given time. Rather bland and forgettable.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12ozer from a mixed 12pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Underside of bottle cap said "Got Beer?" for those interested in such things...

Poured into a pint glass, formed a nice meaty head for a pale ale, which had some staying power, and left lots of lace as it receded down the glass. Nice clear orangey-blond color, with a kind of sharp, somewhat fruity essence. Can taste slight malt presence, with a tang of fruit of some sort that comes on at the end. "Crisp" seems to define this beer overall.

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Fat Angel from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.