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Jinx - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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411 Ratings

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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 Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

A very nice smoked beer. Arrived the colour of a two year old penny with a short tan thick crown. The carbonation is very lively. The nose has a smoky almond scent to it.
The body is a medium full.
The taste has a mellow chocolate/marshmellow/light spice mash to begin balanced nicely with a turn to the hops to finish.
The smokiness allows the transition from malts to hops to go almost unnoticed.
Very well done.

01-07-2005 02:28:45 | More by Shiloh
Photo of NEhophead


4/5  rDev +6.4%

1/2 gal growler, given as a gift direct from the brewery.

Faint creamy white head with not much retention. Spotted lacing with good strength. Crisp auburn in color with noticeable carbonation.

Spicy and slightly smokey malt aromas. Cinnamon, nutmeg as well? The smoke aroma is very subtle yet is certainly a main component in the aroma.

Lightly toasted malt flavor with interwoven spices. The smokiness starts immediately and disappears once a mild tartness takes hold. Ther's also a rustic hop bitterness joined again by a smokey aftertaste.

Medium bodied; well balanced and coats the palate nicely.

A pretty hefty beer at 6.9% abv for the style. A very interesting and flavorful effort by Magic Hat. This is one that I'll go back to in the future.

12-28-2004 14:51:23 | More by NEhophead
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

I bought this beer with the intention of being surprised at what type of beer it is. Since the Magic Hat cases tend to be SO descriptive [cough, cough], all I knew about this beer was that it was an ale.

Upon opening, I got the best message under the cap that I've ever gotten from a Magic Hat: "Rip off your skin and see we're all kin." Right on!

The beer pours out a perfect brown color with a good amount of head. Nice aroma and taste with a lot of complexity. Lots of flavors and aromas going on here, but they were hard for me to pick out. The taste is definitely smoky, but it almost reminds me of a wheat beer in a way as well. Maybe it's the dry aftertaste it leaves in your mouth. Despite that, I found it to be very drinkable and it held up nicely as a session beer for me that night. This beer leaves you wondering exactly what it was you just drank.

12-21-2004 21:20:28 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

Well, I do love Magic Hat, but I wasn't expecting a smoked beer when I took my first sip...

Oh my god. Don't drink a smoked beer without first knowing it's a smoked beer. It almost made me throw up. Pours very dark brown with a hint of amber. A finger of head that was moderately retained. Smell had some hops, malt, and fruit with smokiness around the edges. So, I take a sip. OY! Has a little chewy fruitiness, dominated by smokiness, balance of hops and malt is good but I can't get past this supreme smokiness. If that's what you're looking for, then great. For me, I couldn't get past 1/4 the bottle. Mouthfeel is quality, of course, it's Magic Hat. Tried hard to not rate it from my likes, but it cost the beer points.

12-15-2004 03:12:41 | More by aquatonex
Photo of Southernbrew


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

I will start by saying that after a bad Rauchbier experience several months ago, I was a bit nervous about this, turned out to be no problem.

Pours a brown, maybe brass color, little head but nice lacing. Aroma is not that smoky. A hint comes through but I smell fruits and a faint alcohol well before the smoke.

First taste reveals a flood of flavors. Neither the hops nor malts dominate and a very fine sweetness shows up as does a well suited bitterness. When you're not looking, a whiff of smoke shows up and while you're busy with that, the alcohol flashes and then begins the tummy-warming process.

Very strange beer, after being disappointed with my first Magic Hat offering, my interest is rekindled, as is my interest in another bottle.

12-13-2004 17:23:11 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

Clear chestnut brown in color with a moderate head of dense beige froth that sticks for a few minutes, before receeding into a thin veil.

Malt notes dominate the nose with hints of scorched caramel, toffee, brown bread. and delicate Beechwood smoke. Traces of floral hops come out as it warms. The smoke is definately nice and not overbearing as in a Aecht Shlenkerla Rauch beer.

Flavor starts off with caramel and toasty malt notes with a peat and hardwood smoke and some peppery floral hops in the finish. Not a huge smoke beer, but tastey and sessionable. There's a nice toasty, warming sense brought on by the delicate smoke and 6.7abv.

Body is just barely medium with a smooth texture and cfreamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. One of the better Magic Hats.

12-08-2004 16:23:32 | More by AlexJ
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Walked under a ladder while simultaneously dropping a mirror with this one on 11/26/2004. 16-oz. pour in a shaker glass at Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center.

Thin sheet of almost-creamy head to start. Clear, deep mahogany hue that was, frankly, enchanting. Focused malt crank at nose, with a bit of a sweet, raspberry note that raised a nodding eyebrow. Holy burnt ochre on tongue that, without knowing what style this was before ordering it, was an excellent surprise; also, a slight hop bunch seemed to loop around as well. Pleasantly drinkable, and perhaps more so for me as I generally do not go for MH offerings.

11-29-2004 21:54:53 | More by Truh
Photo of Erix


3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

Appearance: Not a bad looking beer. Dark coppery color with a morderate creamy head. Some sediment on the bottom does detract from the overall look.
Smell: Really malty. Smelly of a kind of juicy malt, sweet and fruity. I don't really get much smoke here..
Taste: Sweet. A little sweeter than I really like, but allright. Some alcohol on the exhale, and a bitter hop bite rounding it out. I really don't see this as a smoked beer.
Mouthfeel: Mildly chewy, but mostly smooth and minorly alcoholic. Nothing wrong here.
Drinkability: I got a six of this by trade, and while I won't let it go to waste, this will not be my beer of choice from the fridge. A rather average beer. Won't look for this again.

11-19-2004 02:30:41 | More by Erix
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

Clark's Ale House in Syracuse on tap. a scotch style with significant peat. Full of flavour without the smokiness of a true smoked beer. More like a smooth single malt scotch flavour. Had again a year later on tap at the brewery and wasn't as good.

11-18-2004 04:09:56 | More by Sammy
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

i sampled this one years ago whilst living in boston and despised it. clearly the worst brew in the mh family, i though at the time, and have avoided it since...until now. it's certainly better than i remember it but still nothing to write home about. i guess maybe i just don't get this one. it pours a very nice ruby colour with a farily thin head that leaves virtually no residue on the glass. the smell is odd: somewhat smokey, some what rubbery, somewhat malty, but totally average. the flavour is equally perplexing as, while it does have smoke notes to it that are pronounced at times (especially at the start of the brew), there are too many other weird flavours thrown into the mix to call it a true smoked brew, i think. like with the smell, there is a rubber flavour at times which is quite out of place. i picked up some cooked vegetable flavouring as well. odd, but it works for the most part, i guess. this one is quite simply hard to pinpoint. its too scattered for me to say that i enjoyed it but there's nothing glaringl wrong with it. try it for a change of pace but i can't imagine myself sampling more than one per season, at best.

11-18-2004 03:49:21 | More by SixpointJMH
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

12 oz. bottle best before 12/2004. Pours a clear cola brown color with a beige short-lived head. Some graininess and scorched caramel in the nose, pretty subdued. Is this a smoked beer? Tastes more like a brown ale with some browned apple fruitiness. Smokiness is very minimal, but plays pretty nicely with the rest of the beer. Earthy and woody, with some tea-like tannins that balance out the malt. Rather unique brew; pretty drinkable. I'm a little surprised the ABV is 6.9%, it's well hidden. Overall, it's a pretty nice beer, smoked in the medieval sense that all beer used to be boiled via a wood stoked fire.

11-08-2004 19:05:36 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Dark, roasted brown color and a pokey, off-white cream head, leaving thin but copious lacing.

I quaffed before I whiffed here. Taste was smokey (surprise, surprise), of burnt vegetables, which I didn't fall in love with--but certainly became friends with. Malts in the mouth are sweet, which helped to soften the smokey blow. Notes of sweet cherries in the mouth. Aftertaste of dying vegetables and dry, roasted grains.

The name of the game here is smoothness. A spectacularly smooth brew. Smooth, even carbonation and even medium body.
Seemed to get too sweet after a while, which is my major complaint.

Hardly any smoke in the nose, which came as a surprise. Nose is weak.

10-26-2004 15:54:37 | More by donnebaby
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

Ruby brown clear with a razor thin wake of tight antique white head ring revealing zero carbonation.

Woody cedar nose.

First Swigs: Smokey hickory light notes. Barely rauch-like. The obligatory MH fruit detection is light over-ripe apple. Almost burnt cake.

Easy foamy swigs. Won't have another unless you are buying.

Last swigs: Toffee malts. Spiced cinnamon lightly. Roasted toasted coffee malts. Almost a clear porter.

***Post script*** Learned later that this is a smoked beer. Was not aware at the time. A surprise from the TDR bartender.

Beer is good. Happy almost smoky beering.

10-24-2004 04:11:59 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a 1/4" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted barley. It has a dry, yet fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a roasted malt flavor with a refreshingly fruity yeast finish. It seems to have some peated malts as well. It goes down easy and finishes a bit bitter and toasted. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good seasonal. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

10-18-2004 01:23:57 | More by WesWes
Photo of WanderingFool


4.1/5  rDev +9%

Jinx pours a clear deep copper color with brown and ruby hues. The off white head dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface of the beer. The malty aroma is a nice combination of caramel malt, nuts and chocolate.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is packed with flavor. It begins with a strong malt taste and is quickly followed by notes of cherry, nuts, nutmeg and chocolate. It finishes with a bitter sweet tea like flavor which lingers for a bit on the palate.

This is a well balanced nicely flavored beer. There's a background taste during each sip that reminds me of lemon tea. It's a spice that I'm having a hard time identifying. I've got to get me some more of this!

10-14-2004 23:47:06 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of dippy


4/5  rDev +6.4%

A dark amber with a frothy white crown that laces to the glass on the way down. Lightly carbonated lets this beer go down easy.

Lots of flavors here, but none really taking the lead, they are all subtle. If any is most notable it would be the maltiness of the beer, tasting like the crust on a pumkin pie. Hops fell to the back of this brew but are there to add some depth. This is my first smoked beer so I didn't know what to look for and don't think I found much smoky flavor.

This brew goes down smooth and would make a good session beer in my mind.

10-05-2004 15:05:08 | More by dippy
Photo of palma

New York

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. My first time trying this seasonal offering from Magic Hat. Dark brown orange color body with a nice looking white lacy head. Smokey, light malt aroma. Taste was exceptional. Smokey whisky flavor pairs with the light hop finish well. I was impressed with this brew considering im not one of Magic Hat's biggest fans.

10-03-2004 03:08:19 | More by palma
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

On tap at the BTAH in NYC. Pours a nice rich almond. off white head. nose of malt, smoke, nuts. Deeply malty and flavorful. Rich mouthfeel, medium bodied. This was sold as an octoberfest brew on steroids, so there seems to be some style bending going on here. Smoke notes fairly subtle. Malt caried the freight here, tasty seasional creation from MH

09-30-2004 02:46:26 | More by Billolick
Photo of Hibernator


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in a pint glass. I've always really liked this label. Cool design and nice colors. Freshness date was notched for December 2004. This beer was fresh.

Appearance provides a warm shade of brown. Creamy looking head with noticable lacings.

Smell is slightly fruity and buttery. The scent reminds me a little bit of a Magic Hat # 9.

Dry malty flavor with a smokey finish Woody and sweet flavors blend very well. Very soft and creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable at 6.9% ABV.

I'm always happy to see this beer hit the shelves in early Fall.

09-17-2004 22:06:00 | More by Hibernator
Photo of HiroProtagonist


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Jinx was served from a 12 oz. bottle with a cute label. In a pint glass, the beer was a rich clear mahogany color, and was adorned with an off-white head that left sticky sheet lacing. The nose was quite enticing with roasty, peat smokey developed malts and a zippy citirc hoppiness. The taste offered delicous smokey/roasty oaky-woody malts that pleased the tastebuds right through to the lightly astringent, zippy citric finish that left residual citrus-smoked roasty malty flavors. The body was appropriately full and the peppy carbonation worked well in such a malty beer. Jinx is a very tasty and well-crafted beer that I’d love to have available in my local.

09-13-2004 05:46:35 | More by HiroProtagonist
Photo of bigbeerdrinka


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

This brew pours a deep copper color with mahogany and ruby hues.. A light fluffy white head appears about an 1/8 inch high and quickly recedes leaving no lace whatsoever. Aromas are initially malty and smokey with an almost molasses like characteristic. For flavor this brew is initially very malty, with a slight carob flavor. Following a chimney like smokey flavor is quite present and adds a nice flavor to the brew, followed by an almost nutty characteristic which added to an even more complex flavor profile. There is also a bit of sweetness and creaminess to the brew which adds quite a nice mouthfeel. Finally the brew finishes just slightly hoppy, but not bitter. Overall this brew is incredibly complex, with a splendid smoke flavor that isn't like barbeque but more like a burning pile of wood. Truly a great beer.

09-09-2004 21:45:55 | More by bigbeerdrinka
Photo of ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev +23.7%

F-ing exceptional. Magic Hat shows a great deal of restraint in many of their more widely distributed ales. The restraint of flavor coupled by the aggressive flavor profile of the style makes this the smoked ale for people who might find fully-smoked ales too much for their palate.

When I first began drinking Jinx, I did not lump it in with rauchbiers. As a fall seasonal, I put it up against HSA from Geary and Old Thumper from KBC. No, not stylistically appropriate, but when it comes to what to drink in Maine when the evening start getting cold, Jinx is one of the best choices.

A woodsy hue trumpets the autumnal nature of the brew (seasonal is AOK with me, HSA has entered a less special place since it's in Hannafod 24-7. As hard it is to say, I guess I don't need this in May.) Aroma is fantasy for those jaded by so many good northeast pales: a fine malty smoky mix that doesn't turn the stomach by being too agressive. The taste follows the aroma: the slickness that turns off some in a Magic Hat pale that is gateway for pilsener drinkers make for a gateway smoked beer that is damn (damn!) fine. Magic Hat seems to have drinkability down to a science.

Get some. I hope you agree.

08-19-2004 05:20:19 | More by ecoboy
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

12 oz bottle. Month notched on label.

This beer poured a clear, deep chestnut color with off-white foam that settled and left a thin coat on the surface. The smell was floral and fruity hops with some slightly sweet malt and a hint of dried fruit. A pleasant aroma, but no smokiness. The taste was dominated by fruity, floral hops up front, and then caramel maltiness, and then some low hop bitterness in the finish. A bit of alcohol and phenols could be tasted. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and a bit warming. The body was medium with low carbonation feel. This was an enjoyable beer, but the smoke was not really detectable.

05-23-2004 09:22:40 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of necoadam


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Knowing that this was a smoked beer, I was thinking it was going to be a little darker than it is. But nevertheless, it's a good beer from Magic Hat. Poured out a copper color with some decent enough carbonation. Decent amount of caramel aroma in there. Some fruit pokes in there as well with a light smoke aroma. Very nice. Good fruity tastes in here as well as some caramel undertones. As the beer warms up, a long lasting rye bread aftertaste kicks in. It's like eating a whole loaf of rye bread. Also, that smokiness mixes in with it. Very complex beer, but in a good way. Quite interesting. Give it a try, it's worth it.

02-20-2004 01:35:54 | More by necoadam
Photo of RocketWidget


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Comes in a 3/4 pint glass. Cap reads "It's all a Movie, but it's Your Movie"

This beer defines the color amber. Thick, delicious yellowy head billows from the top. Smell is crisp and clean. Taste is great. Burnt flavors, spice flavors, malt flavors combine, yet the aftertaste is just hoppy and burnt. Thick and yummy, this beer is an unexpected treat. Never had a smoked beer before until Magic Hat came along and showed me whats up. Thanks M.H.!

01-05-2004 02:06:33 | More by RocketWidget
Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.