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Fat Angel - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
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)
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Photo of UnionMade
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrives looking a pale-ish orangey gold. Attractive color, with great clarity. A thin white head rests atop the beer, lasting well into the pint. It dissipates into a thick collar about halfway through, and stays that way until the end. No lace.
The aroma is a mild pale maltiness, with some toasty, biscuity quality. A light diacetyl butteriness sneaks through the malt and moderate grassy fuggles hops. Hints of esters reach up, adding a bit of pear to the overall impression.
The flavor starts with some biscuity, toasty malt. A light yeast presence comes in towards the middle, blending with a slight pear flavor. Mild fuggles hops provide a bit of herbal flavor in the finish, with just a little butteriness, and a mild, balanced bittering. Some yeast remains in the aftertaste with a touch of biscuity malt. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, with a slightly slick, buttery mouthfeel that really comes off as quite smoth.
Not a bad brew. Nothing really amazing, but pleasant enough a session beer. More towards the british style, with a softer, less outspoken hop presence in the finish. Definitely drinkable, but nothing that knocks your socks off.

UnionMade, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of Stimack
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, let me start by saying that I have had many of the Magic Hat products in the past and for some reason I have a hard time getting into this beer. It is one of my least favorites that they currently brew. I don’t think it is a bad beer it just does not make me crave one.
The pour of this brew has been a bit cloudy and has a hazy golden color. It does have a nice white foamy head that lasts for a good time and finishes off with very nice lacing. The smell is nice, can sense a good deal of malt with some floral/fruit hints. The taste is not bad, has citrus/fruit characters and also has a bit of a hop/sharpness to it that seems to go well with the brew. The feel is light in the mouth with pretty good carbonation. Over all not a bad beer to say the least, just not one of my favorites from Magic Hat.

Stimack, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, best by month notched on label.

Bright medium gold hue. Clear, with a slight chill haze. Creamy looking almond coloured head retains well, leaving a nice ring of lace behind.

Fresh cut grass & a touch of orange, along with biscuit aromas.

Sweetish biscuit & grassy hop flavours. A somewhat herbal & slightly sour flavour lingers. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

xgrigorix, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

ppoitras, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale orange in color. The aroma is in no way strong, but I could smell more malt than I could taste. There's something about the way most Magic Hat beers taste that I always like. Maybe it's that old yeast strain. This is one pale ale that makes great use of hops. Often times, pale ales with evident hops are unbalanced, but this just has a slight bitterness that works well. A fine example of the style.

BeefyMee, Jan 02, 2004
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 feloniousmonk
3.98/5  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.

feloniousmonk, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Drain the bladder before it gets fatter"

This beer poured a crystal clear orange/amber body with a small creamy white head.

The nose was very soft and yet oh so complex. Malt, fruit, yeast, a mix of citrusy american and earthy english hops. All the flavors are very present but just so completely mellow and subdued.

The taste was along the same lines. Very smooth and very clean. Malty, a soft berry fruity yeast taste. Like raspberries, cherries or banana. Very fresh and present citrus and earth hops with a very even mild bitterness.

I usually stay away from this beer for some reason, but it's really an amazing beer. Transparently clean. Very drinkable. An amazing mix of all these simple ale flavors. They just come together perfectly. You can taste the hops, the malts and the yeast. It's not overly hoppy like the Blind Faith or the defunct Bob's First. It's just a great session beer that tastes like it was made the purest water on the planet.

taez555, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Gavage, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of hungryghost
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, deep amber with a healthy, lasting head.
A lightly floral hop, almost musty smell.
Steady hop taste, but not overpowering. Sweet maltiness, almost fruity.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, not as much carbonation as I was expecting.
First time having this, if you offer me one I would take it but would not go out of my way to purchase Fat Angel.

hungryghost, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"A Paler Shade of Ale" - I'll have to ponder that one for a while. Struck me as something of a lighter, more understated English style of pale ale. A little grainy in the flavor profile, but well balanced overall. Some very mild orchard fruit flavors in the hops, just barely there. Not as impressive as some of the other MH beers I've been fortunate to sample, but a pleasant quaffer, nonetheless.

Brent, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of silks636
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a local pub. Cloudy light amber color with a beautiful sticky white head. Excellent retention and large white sheets of lacing. Very fruity nose with a touch of lemon and pear. Taste was hoppy and grainy with a hint of lemon over a subtle sweet malt. Crisp finish that eased in to a light herbal aftertaste. Mouthfeel was light and tingled with vigorous carbonation.

Drinkability is good, very easy to knock a few back. I would rather spend my time with something else though. A decent brew, but nothing to write home about.

silks636, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Burren in Somerville. A hazy peach/amber color with a sticky head that leaves very nice lacing. Smells hoppy and of vegetables with a hint of pears. Taste is hop dominated with a definite pear flavor that is intriguing. Floral/perfume hops on the finish. A lot going on in this beer, hops aren't balanced well. I would have liked to have more of the pear flavor come out.

chaduvel, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of Boto
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a bit of an Amber color. This beer is pretty much a good rendition of a typical English beer. Amber colored, with a bit of a head. Malty nose with a bit of hops. Similar tastes of malt and a little hops. Nothing spectacular here, but yet a good rendition of the style.

Boto, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a 12 oz. bottle. The color is copper, with some head. The smell is sort of musty. The taste is not very good...a very muddled hop-malt combination, a very cardboard diacetyl taste , with an even worse aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability...why would I want another?

When I knocked this beer over and spilled about half of it out, that was probably the best thing I could have done with this. I absolutely hated the first bottle I had, and I wanted to give the 2nd a fair chance, but I just knew it was going to not be good, and I was right. A true disappointment from an otherwise splendid brewery.

beergeek279, Aug 26, 2003
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 86MonteSS
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

They call it a "paler shade of ale" but whatever it is, it sits on the fence to beat the band. I've had enough pale ales in my relatively short beer drinking life to know what's good and what's not and this one's kinda "eh." It's got that distinctive Magic Hat fruitiness to it, but that's about it.

Altogether it's still what I'd call a good beer, but it cost me over $8/6 pack, and I'm probably only 2 hours away from the brewery. Not only that, but the guy at the counter at the beer store asked me for even more ID after I showed my perfectly legit driver's license. Seriously, what in the living hell is this world coming to when you hassle a 21-year-old for buying a paltry 6-pack of some fruity college brew?

86MonteSS, Aug 07, 2003
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 aaronh
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"All my friends are Brown and Red"

Hazy medium amber beer topped by a loose but moderate sized head that fades to a layer of foam. A bit of a oaky, charcoal note is wrapped in malt and hop aromas. It's a nice variety, but nothing outstanding. The taste leans heavily on the bitter side, but dipped in butter, with the herbal woodiness from the aroma coming through. A hint of lemon citrus is also present shortly before the bitter end. The the long, lingering buttery aftertaste kicks in. The mouthfeel is spritzy, with a bit of a seltzer water tang. The body is fairly light in the mouth as well. The drinkability is ok, but nothing notable. All in all, a very average beer with a bit of a funky hop profile.

aaronh, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of marburg
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Magic Hat brew poured with a bronze-ish color and a rapidly dissipating white, big-bubbled head. Soft, floral hop aromas lead into a sandy, grainy flavor and mouthfeel. Light hops lend a wet herbal flavor to this beer at mid-palate and a nice, half-crisp bitterness to the finish. This one feels like it's trying to be a little bigger and badder than it really is, but it's tasty and easy to drink nonetheless.

marburg, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of bmills1608
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight hazed darker gold color with a smallish head that fades to wispy film in about a minute. On the nose, a very interesting nose I thought, was a rustic hop aroma, fresh and very herbal, a little fruit, quite a nice nose.

Taste - right off the bat I detected a roasted malt taste, which sort of surprised me for a pale ale. Flavors of tobacco, light malt balanced fairly well with some yeast??, and mild fruitiness (lemon) also seemed to be jumping around in there. If I had to choose one word to describe the whole experience it would be - earthy. Mouthfeel was fairly lightly carbonated and fit the bill just fine. Finish was mostly herbs and drying with some astringency thrown in as well.

Overall impression - I am curious as to the yeast Magic Hat uses. My guess is it is a big contributor to the character of Fat Angel, I can't put my finger on it specifically, but something is up with the earthy-dirt-tobacco quality I detect and my guess is it is yeast related. This beer reminded me of Yard's ESA. Both have a certain rustic or rough edge charm to them. I like this ale, it would be fun to drink a bunch with some trouble making outlaws.

bmills1608, Jun 19, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber with light white lacing...
Aroma is of earthy hops and some malt
Taste is bitter and hoppy...a hint of malt...not as strong as i expected from the aroma
good mouthfeel and I could drink a couple...not alot...there are better beers out there

stegmakk, Jun 05, 2003
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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid English-style pale ale. This beer pours out a nice orange-like, amber colour with a small, whispy, white head. The aromas are of hops, fruits and that ringwood yeast that we all know and love. The taste is very English. This beer is fruity, hoppy, malty and buttery. The mouthfeel is not too thin and the drinkability is excellent. Overall, this is a damn good magic hat beer, but I prefer the blind faith to this one...


francisweizen, May 14, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep gold....I like English Style Pale Ale's and this one certainly exhibits a lot of characterists of one...Biscuity....buttery....E-G hopping all the way......maltiness provides a pretty nice backbone....Finishes on a bit of sour note which is why I dropped the mouthfeel a little....overall this is good/above average Pale Ale in my book...

ZAP, May 10, 2003
Fat Angel from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.