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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 pezoids
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of koolkat
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of MaineBeerMan
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of kelticblood
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of StevieW
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Label has neon like "Fat Angel" stamped on it. In the background of the label, is a faint pink pig head with wings and a halo. Allrighty, I have no idea what the hell that means.

Medium golden to light amber color. Full, creamy off-white head. Laced the glass faintly to the bottom. Smell is somewhat acidic, faintly hop filled, but very mild.

First taste is smooth, malt filled background and mild hop flavors. No striking hop presence, keep in mind it's an English Pale Ale, not an overly hoppy American Pale Ale. Full sweet slightly subtle malty background. Very creamy, medium bodied, full flavored pale ale. Just a touch thin and watery finish. Flavors fall apart. I had it with a grilled chicken, corn on the cob, and green beans. A good beer to compliment a big meal.

Photo of LarryV
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored, pours a thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of raw hops, rather acrid I thought. The flavor was a bit malty, but the bitterness of the hops prevailed. Perhaps it's the East Kent Goldings they used to dry hop it, but I didn't care for the flavor of the hops. Mouthfeel was okay, a bit on the thinner side as most Magic Hat brews seem to be. I couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 of these without needing to move on to something else. The more it warms up, the more pronounced the bitterness gets, and the more acrid the smell seems to be.

Photo of Kwak
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fruity aroma .
Head : Was small pale thin full of flavor.
Body : Haze pale yellow with a sharp golden color.
Taste: Hoppy pleasing flavor spicey malt taste.hoppy aftertaste.

Good showing from magic hat my #1!

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.

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color with a 1/4 inch head that lasts for a bit. The smell is very typical of an english style pale ale. The taste is malty and very well balanced. The aftertaste is smooth but not very prominent. This is a beer that I would try and bring people over to the "good side" with. I have always liked MH and they have done this one right as well.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six of this on Saturday night. Cloudy amber color, pours with no head. Great "ale" taste. The malt and hops mixed just so. I easily ripped through all six bottles, craving more. I like the pig on the label.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly not the best from the Magic Hat line, but nothing bad about it either. Lacks the bitter aftertaste of many a pale ale, but no complaints here from me. A smooth, easy drinking ale. Excellent for the good ol' American Beer-B-Q. Magic Hat is magic...oh worrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pale and refreshing. it is a fine somewhat pale ale that can hit the spot on a hot summer day. you could call it a textbook summer ale. ziggy piggy, and suck one down like the boys

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a slightly hazy copper. A nice bubbly, dense white head tops the beer and laces nicely. A nice dry-hopped aroma is present. Like a boquet of hop flowers. Taste is nice. One of the better English Style Pale Ales I've had. Great malt backbone. Slight hop notes really make their presence known. They dangle and tease. Giving the drinker a reason to buy another. Very easy drinking EPA also. Another nice effort from MH.

Huge Thanks to Davo for this beer.

Photo of beernut7
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fruity aroma, orange in color with a lacy head. Spicy hop profile with a pretty clean finish. Could have used a little more bitter and a litte less spice on the hop side.

Photo of packetknife
2.55/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like the term copper for its color. Didn't hold a head, had a bitter after-taste. I really didn't like this beer. It was bearable but nothing more.

Photo of AaronRed
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper color, not much head. Flowerly aroma continues until end of the beer. I was not crazy about the taste, but I liked the slight bitterness in each sip. Texture was fine, not very complex or rich. Good to drink with grilled meats in the summer months.

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.

Photo of jermar
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to have a very dry aftertaste following a pretty classic English pale ale flavor. Must be the high attenuation from the Ringwood yeast, but I prefer a little malt sweetness... The downside of Ringwood,,, Perhaps more caramel in the malt ledger would have taken care of the problem, but with Ringwood's vociferousness, you never know...

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.

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.

Photo of pbrian
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not your run-of-the-mill pale. Pale in appearance but loads of flavor. Toasty/biscuity malt flavors and finishes bitter and mouth-puckering dry. Very drinkable, nice addition to the fridge.

Photo of xXTequila
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like this one from Magic hat alot. Smooth somewhat creamy and very clean tasting.
As good as all the others in their line of beers.

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Fat Angel from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.