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Jinx - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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very good

426 Ratings

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
It’s OK to be a Wee Heavy. Much has been made of the ills of smoking. Jinx thinks there’s nothing wrong with it. For years, he stood strong with his peat-smoked whiskey malt mash. He held his head high when others made fun of his wee heavy physique, becoming a mainstay in Magic Hat’s Night of the Living Dead Variety 12-Pak. People said he’d never attain an Original Gravity above 15.1 degrees Plato or an ABV above 6%. He proved them wrong. Take Magic Hat into the next alellenium. Vote Jinx.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 12-06-1999)
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Photo of Sodamhwf

1.3/5  rDev -65.3%

This was one of the worst beers I have ever had. It has a chemical after taste. I love all styles of beers. I can not understand the high ratings it's gotten on here.. I had to pour 8 oz out. I just couldn't drink it. I like all the other beers magic hats has. But Wow!!!!!!

08-10-2014 03:54:28 | More by Sodamhwf
Photo of HuntDaddy540

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -46.7%

08-27-2014 03:16:34 | More by HuntDaddy540
Photo of Duesler


2/5  rDev -46.7%

08-16-2014 13:02:57 | More by Duesler
Photo of Naugled

New York

2.05/5  rDev -45.3%

12 oz bottle served in flute.

The fruity esters really hit me hard. I smelled strong peaches and caramel in the aroma. Not what I was expecting.

Nice tan head that quickly subsided.

Deep copper brown color and clear.

Unimpressive mouthfeel, with medium body and smooth and sweet. OK carbonation.

Very light hop flavor and bitterness in flavor and aroma.

Metallic flavors very apparent, copper, iron, tinny, as well as iodine. Sometime a peat smoked malt can have these flavors out of proportion.

Not sure when this was brewed but it certainly didn't age well.

Not a very drinkable beer for me, I certainly won't have another.

02-22-2009 16:47:58 | More by Naugled
Photo of semihobo


2.42/5  rDev -35.5%

12 oz best by Dec. 08. Served in a chalice.

Rich dark brown with ruby edging, piddly head, no lacing.

Smells of mixed nuts, tobacco, and grass. Sweet caramel malts, very musty and earthy. Complex and largely devoid of traditional scents.

Earthy tobacco taste, not too sweet. Lots of peat and a touch of smoke. Some flatly acidic bitterness. Maybe it's just that this is a Scotch Ale but it tastes "wee" bit like... scotch. Generally herbal and medicinal.

Decently thick mouthfeel with carbonation that is just a bit too sassy to fit here.

It's complex, but I didn't really enjoy it. Glad there were only three bottles of this in the Participation 12er. Below average.

10-24-2008 03:11:27 | More by semihobo
Photo of lemonlime311


2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

02-02-2012 05:01:36 | More by lemonlime311
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

01-30-2012 06:19:49 | More by slimntubbs
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

02-20-2012 18:15:27 | More by chrispoint
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

03-13-2013 23:02:02 | More by chippo33
Photo of jamie2dope


2.6/5  rDev -30.7%

I missed the initial release of this beer, which sort of sucked, but luckily there was a twelve pack left at Atlas up the street. It poured a dark brown coloration, with little heading at all. Smell had some sweet sugars, tree bark, caramel...all somewhat weak but nice overall. Taste was to be honest a bit on the sour side. I could taste some of the smokyness to this beer, but it didn't really add to it very much. Mouthfeel was also quite a bit lighter then I remember it being in recent years. One or two of these was more then enough for me. It's sort of unfortunate considering I really used to enjoy this beer. Maybe I got an old bottle or something. I'll probably give it another chance next year. Cheers

12-22-2006 23:47:42 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of aaronh


2.63/5  rDev -29.9%

"Life's not heaven on Route 7"

Hazy copper tinted dark amber beer topped by a minimal amount of off white head. Peat and some type of disinctive hop aroma. Slightly earthy, seems much like some brown ales I've had aroma-wise. Northern Brewer? Perle? I don't know. (At this point, worries about similartes to Bell's Amber and/or Cottonwood Low Down brown are surfacing.) Ahh, true to form. Taste is dominated by a woody, earthy bitterness that reminds me of eating dirt. A bit of smoky peat and malt sweetness saves it a bit. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh and grainy. Drinkability is OK. I just can't get past the dominant earthiness. Every once in a while, I find a beer with this flavor profile. The previous two similarities were mentioned above. Time to start investigating this beer in relation to the otehr two to make sure I don't make something like this. It's a solid beer; I just don't care for it. Some people like blondes, others brunettes. Well, I like the latter, and this is more like a redhead. Or maybe a punk chick with pink hair. Just not my type...

12-02-2003 23:38:04 | More by aaronh
Photo of GFSchwab

New York

2.73/5  rDev -27.2%

Out of the tap I have found to be in agreement with my peers on this beer. From the name and even the tap design, the beer looks interesting enough to give a try. However, I was somewhat dissapointed i na lack of depth and overal simplicty for what could of been an outstanding beer.

It appeared an earthly dark brown with a fading to non existant head. very tall, very dark, would of lead to a statuesque figure if there was a thin layer of head to compliment the color.

The smell was laiden with the peat used to smoke the malts, it was the first and last aroma that came to me and for the most part dominated the beer in general.

The taste was also dominated by the peat with faint notes of stronger flavors that are much more common in a scotch ale. I found it completley absent of any hop accent and it just seemed that the smoked flavor trumped over everything. Slight tofee and an alcoholic pinge resonated on my pallet by those monents were fleeting.

The mouth feel was rough, it felt like I was drinking a side of bbq'ed chicken, it left an overbearing accent from the peat thhat made it barley palletable at times.

As for the texture and overall discourse, it was an extremley heavy beer that I had diffuctly in drinking down in its entirety. The lack of balance in the flavors and the thick content made it difficult overall.

Although the peat floavor was original, and did go nicely in the realm of scotch ales, I think the peat would have tasted better as a smooth (4.5-6.0%) porter or stout. It was difficult to handle as a scotch ale, usualy the mmalts used to make the scotch ale present morethen the sufficient challenge for the beer, smoking the malts was just too much.... Although this is a testament to magic hat's willingess to experiment and try new things, which as many brewery such as this do, envelop the ethos of American craft brewing.

11-09-2007 17:34:18 | More by GFSchwab
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

07-26-2014 18:32:00 | More by TPower
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New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

07-30-2013 14:40:36 | More by Joe_Grizzly
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

10-10-2013 15:04:37 | More by harpus
Photo of callmemickey


2.78/5  rDev -25.9%

A: Copper-Amber-Brown with a very thin cream offwhite head

S: Peat smoked roasted malts.. real earthy with some hop accents

T: Honestly, the flavor is so flat and mucky.. the malts are real bland .. only the interest of the smoky peat flavor is notable

M: Medium bodied with some carbonation.. a bit jumbled on the palate some sips are lasting others not so

O: The flavor really hurts the overal impression

11-04-2007 02:33:59 | More by callmemickey
Photo of Floydster


2.8/5  rDev -25.3%

12 ounce bottle that was part of Magic Hat's mixed pack, split with a friend, poured into a small pint glass

A-Murky brown color with a very red tint, could see through it easily in the light, small 1/4 inch off white head, not much retention, no lacing

S-Smokiness, sweet malts, toffee, caramel, nuts, milk chocolate, brown sugar, fruits but could not really tell which ones, faint whiskey aromas

T-Earthy and a little skunky, malt was a little chewy, smoky aftertaste, not much sweetness like I could smell, roasted nuts, faint hoppiness at the beginning, too much malt and bubbles that make it a little hard to get down

M-Way too much carbonation, taste lasted only a couple seconds, very thin body, somewhat dry and crisp mouthfeel

D-Could drink a few bottles of this and then wonder why I did not drink something else, fairly light on the stomach, low in alcohol for a scotch ale, not very smooth

Weakest wee heavy I have tasted, must be spoiled by Alesmith, first Magic Hat brew, pretty disappointed with this beer, cannot recommend it to anybody

02-13-2008 05:55:24 | More by Floydster
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.8/5  rDev -25.3%

I was a little concerned when I bought this beer. No hops? Other beers I've had without hops that substituted heather or other mysterious ingredients for hops were challenging and just so....different. And this beer was so...ordinary. It was ordinary, but not in an above average way. Just kind of there.

Color was a touch dark. Head appearance was a bit industrial looking, with a fair amount of head comprised of consistently sized bubbles. Aroma was faint to non-existent. Flavor was a touch malty, but again, not much there. Struck me as a very mild amber ale.

Nothing special here...IMO, not worth the money or the calories. But at the same time, it is hard for me to say anything to negative about it.

11-27-2008 00:43:08 | More by BeerBelcher
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2.8/5  rDev -25.3%

Poured into a tulip glass dark golden, small frothy head diminishing to light lacing. Absolutely no detectable nose...I could smell a thing. Mouthfeel is light. Seems like a well rounded beer, starts with a hoppy taste, then turning to a malty sweetness. I can't make my mind up about this brew...I usually enjoy most Magic Hat offerings, but this one may need another taste later...

06-06-2009 23:28:41 | More by thequeen711
Photo of pmcadamis


2.83/5  rDev -24.5%

A - This deep brown cloudy beer looks ruddy brown/red in the light and supports a massive three finger khaki head that deposits lots of thick foamy lace on the glass. The head sticks around for a long time (never falling below two fingers), and a quick swirl spatters more foamy lace around the edges on my big brandy snifter. This looks creamy, dense, and thick. Were off to a damn good start!

S - Grape Tootsie Roll Pop, grape flavored soda (Grapette?), and mild milk chocolate. Not a whole helluva lot going on.

T - There is a major grape Tootsie Roll pop flavor going on here. Its not bad, but its pretty one dimensional and it overrides other flavors here... like cola, mixed nuts, and root beer.

M - Thinner than it should be. This is light on flavor and light in the mouth... that's not a good combination for a scotch ale! Finishes clean and slightly nutty.

D - This is underpowered and pretty boring honestly. Its more like a mild brown ale than a wee heavy. The nutty aftertaste isn't bad, and its a damn good looking beer, but it somehow fails to deliver. Mediocre, really.

12-04-2008 16:08:08 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.93/5  rDev -21.9%

Too many infected bottles in the last month - I reach for a magic hat to break the curse with a jinx...

'Life in a Hurry makes everything Blurry'

Appearance - speaking of blurry, as the cap just did, this pours a blurry chestnut. A thin head, weak retention, unimpressive lacing.

Aroma - cocoa and smoked malts. Pretty nice!

Taste - brief sweetness, just a touch before a heft of smokiness clouds the palate. A thick smoke, wet wood really grabs the taste buds and doesn't let go. The finish is a sour smoky flavor, I don't much care for it. Edit - labeled as a scotch ale, I had my palate ready for something different. Reading some past reviews, this was once classified as a smoke beer. As a smoke beer, re-trying this, my expectations are better met, meriting a better score(from a 2 to a 3).

Mouthfeel - some smoothness, well-carbonated, no problems here.

Drinkability - nah, glad I only bought the single. Way too smoky and not near sweet enough. Edit - previous comments designed for a scotch ale. As a smoke beer, this is passable as an option for a cookout or something. I'd probably still spring for something else, but am bumping this a half point.

01-31-2008 02:54:12 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%

Advertised on the top label as a Peat Smoked Seasonale offering. This is a pretty quirky beer from a pretty quirky company, but generally they back it up with quality.
A darker color than their other offerings, a dark amber without much head or lacing. Some visible carbonation and a hoppy nose with a tinge of alcohol and some spices and perhaps sugar.
Now I can see why this is called a smoked beer. A hoppy, alcoholic taste with what I can only assume is the advertised peat. The aftertaste is a bit dry and gritty.
This is not my favorite beer by any means but it is original and has a nice individual character. A good try by Magic Hat but I won't go out of my way for this one again.

10-27-2005 01:39:23 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Billydieli

2.96/5  rDev -21.1%

08-12-2014 22:48:40 | More by Billydieli
Photo of Atlas1


2.98/5  rDev -20.5%

Poured a decent two-finger head, which was noticeably thin from the start, and faded quickly. No lace to mention. Smoked orange aroma with some woody undertones. A very thin mouthfeel. Malty up front with hints of citrus and brown sugar. No real hop presence. Finishes with a slightly smokey residue in the back of the mouth. I'm not very impressed with the Jinx. I tried this years ago and seem to recall liking it more, but this time around it didn't do much for me. I'll try it again in a couple of years and re-evaluate. Otherwise, I'll just find something else to drink.

09-23-2006 23:20:01 | More by Atlas1
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20%

01-09-2012 01:37:41 | More by acurtis
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Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.