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Fat Angel - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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 feloniousmonk


3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 03:35:36 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of taez555


4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 09:33:20 | More by taez555
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 22:21:37 | More by Gavage
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 03:50:06 | More by hungryghost
Photo of Brent


3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 13:38:44 | More by Brent
Photo of silks636

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2003 23:44:28 | More by silks636
Photo of chaduvel


3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2003 14:06:16 | More by chaduvel
Photo of Boto


3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2003 21:25:42 | More by Boto
Photo of beergeek279


2.25/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 01:50:04 | More by beergeek279
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.03/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 22:42:07 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of 86MonteSS


3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 06:59:17 | More by 86MonteSS
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 00:42:35 | More by oberon
Photo of aaronh


3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 03:05:27 | More by aaronh
Photo of marburg


3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 19:45:54 | More by marburg
Photo of bmills1608


3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 05:11:39 | More by bmills1608
Photo of stegmakk

New York

3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2003 17:31:50 | More by stegmakk
Photo of far333


4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 05:54:12 | More by far333
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +14%
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...


Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 11:03:19 | More by francisweizen
Photo of ZAP


3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 21:38:10 | More by ZAP
Photo of nixhecks

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Angel, in addition to having a great looking label, is also a great beer from the Magic Hat family. Poured a hazy copper with tons of bubbles. The pour produced a medium head with medium retention, very foamy, and slight lacing. The aroma is full of floral hops, indicative of the style, but nothing extraordinary. Surprisingly, despite the high carbonatino that was visible, the mouthfell was very smooth and the carbonation was a bit more subtle than I expected. The flavor was balanced well, however the bitter finish is just a tad bit to much. Overall this is a rather unique tasting beer, it seems to stay true to the pale style, while adding a little someting extra.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 10:50:24 | More by nixhecks
Photo of pezoids


3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a hazy orange gold color with a creamy white head that lasted for most of the drink. There is a strong grainy bitterness in the aroma with some fruity esters. The taste is nice and pleasant. Perfect bitterness throughout, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Very drinkable and nicely made.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2003 10:24:57 | More by pezoids
Photo of koolkat

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another Magic Hat beer to review. The fat angel is much lighter than the usual beers that I like. The flavor has some fruitness maybe an slightly estery flavor that is not altogether unpleasant. The drinkability of this beer is very high, I could easily imagine sucking down a couple of growlers ofthis stuff. I still personally prefer their heart of darkness but this one is pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 18:23:00 | More by koolkat
Photo of MaineBeerMan


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A harder pour reveals a clear amber-orange beer with a full head of white foam that fades quite quickly to a thin sticky ring.
Herbal hop aroma with a bit of sweetness that seems to also come from hops rather than malt.
Flavor is rather sweet with hints of fruitiness, crisp medium mouthfeel and a drying hoppy twang on the finish.
Nice beer from Magic Hat, rather mild and subtle for them, but still very drinkable. Would be a good session brew and goes great with pizza.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 20:09:51 | More by MaineBeerMan
Photo of kelticblood


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Delivered a tall off white head.A hazy dark orange in complexion.Very smooth mouthfeel and not very crisp at all.A medium body with fair amounts of malt.Overall a good mouthfeel.Rings of lace are shown with every sip.Mainained good head retention.Not much of a distinct taste that shows itself.A slight bitterness is noted on the finish but quickly is gone.Hops are present in the nose and in the taste.A different kind of pale ale,but very good.After taste of wheat also.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 11:02:52 | More by kelticblood
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 17:00:49 | More by NeroFiddled
Fat Angel from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.