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Jinx - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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422 Ratings

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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 WanderingFool


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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 +6.7%

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 +11.5%

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 +12.5%

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 +15.5%

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 +12.5%

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 +12%

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 +24%

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 +12%

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 +3.5%

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 +12.5%

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
Photo of beergeek279


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is a dark amber, with a wispy white head. The smell is a sweet malt with hints of smoke. The taste is a fairly sweet malt balanced by a mild to medium smokiness. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

Quite a nice little smoked beer. This probably would be an introduction to a smoky beer. Gotta love Magic Hat and I may well have this one again.

12-21-2003 02:19:44 | More by beergeek279
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 UnionMade

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

The beer pulls from the engine with a nice cascade, slowly settling into a deep umber brown, topped with a dollop of cream colored head. Excellent clarity, with sticky cobwebby lace and good head retention.
The aroma is richly malty, with a freshly cracked graininess. Some chocolate malt is apparent. Moderate grassy and citric hops. A touch of estery pear, with notes of toffee and coffee maltiness.
The flavor starts off with lots of malt. notes of toffee and some cocoa, with some sweet caramel crystal malt. A touch of peaty smokiness. Very faint. Light pear and plum esters in the middle, traveling into a delicately hopped finish. Some grassy/citric hops, providing a slight bitterness. A walnut-like dry finish, with lingering maltiness in the aftertaste. A pleasant graininess in the aftertaste, as well. Creamy, smooth cask conditioned mouthfeel.
Much nicer from the cask. The subtle flavors seem to have matured somewhat, and come through much better, with a better profile to the hops. The malt works much better with the low carbonation. I'm a fan.

12-02-2003 22:09:29 | More by UnionMade
Photo of francisweizen


4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

This is a dark red/brown brew with a small head of tan foam. The aromas are interesting and consist of a weird fruitiness (figs) as well as some dark roasted malts, and just a hint of hops and smoke. The taste picks up where the aroma left off. A bit of a smoky taste, combined with weird tasting whisky or rye (?) malts. Their are some hops in the finish as well as a long and smoky after-taste. The mouthfeel is creamy, and smooth which makes this beer an easy drinker. Kind of like a malty, smoked, octoberfest brew, and one of the best fall seasonals to pass my lips this year!

12-02-2003 01:25:07 | More by francisweizen
Photo of yankeeheel


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a dark clear amber with a small off-white head. The smell is slighlty smoky with some hints of dark fruit and malt coming through.

The taste is rather pleasant and highly malty. Lots of dark fig, cherry, and plum, with a slight astringency. Doesn't taste as smoky as the smell would lead you to believe. Not a bad brew. Kind of like a soft porter that took a weird detour and mated with a scotch ale.

11-24-2003 00:53:01 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of edchicma


4/5  rDev +6.7%

All around...a very good beer...nice dark caramel color with a decent lace after the head disappears. Smell is malty with some alcohol presence. Taste was sweet with a dryness on the finish with some hop presence...nice touch. Mouthfeel was substantial with a bit of a syrupy consistency...a good touch for a winter brew. For the 6.9 abv, very drinkable. I couldn't drink a lot of these but a few on a winter's evening sounds just right.

11-21-2003 23:03:31 | More by edchicma
Photo of ZAP


4/5  rDev +6.7%

Quite a tasty beer .here...russett colored...minimal lace...nose is sweet with a hint of peat like smokiness...body is sticky sweet...taste is sweet...hints of maple syrup....and some very soft smokey notes...finishes with just enough of a hop twang to keep the sweetness in check..

Tastes like a wee heavy to me...or maybe a wee medium as the body is not quite thick enough to score in the wee heavy range...anyhow....very good beer....very enjoyable...I would drink this again...

11-19-2003 05:50:03 | More by ZAP
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

I must say that I've always appreciated the graphic design sense at Magic Hat, but with this label, they've gotten, well, too graphic! It seems like a cartoon of a woman linked with a valentine, but other aspects seem, um, labial. I mean, look at it!
Okay, now let's open it...
Appearance: a dark, coppery color, with a prodigious head of creamy foam.
Aroma: deep & mysterious, malty & rich, unfolding layers of smokiness, most unusual, woody, nutty, but overall, unique.
Taste: surprisingly smooth, this plays it quite close to the vest, never as full-on in it's attack as a Schlenkerla, but keeping those smokey suggestions rather sly, just a hint shining through. The base beer behind it feels like a rather ordinary pale bock, perhaps. Short-ish finish, light to medium in body, but full of flavor. Too careful, though, to give it high marks. Gotta like them for taking a stab at it, but it doesn't go far enough for this beer lover's palate!
Cheers to the 36LbLoveChild for the bottle!

11-16-2003 11:49:08 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of PatandDavid


3/5  rDev -20%

Hmm, what a shocker to sit down to review this one and find it it's supposed to be a smoke beer...I think they forgot to put some in the keg that was on at Redbones (or maybe I didn't notice it because I was at Redbones, all that smoked meat and everything). Anyway... The pour was a medium dark copper color. This is what I think is so funny, my notes say: clean aroma! Uhh, I tasted a malty base (no smoke detected, alas), with a flowery hop aroma. Some slight astringency in the finish. I remember I was out with a few fellow BAs, and we were all like: what is it. I can't believe this was a smoked beer. I found this an average beer, not bad, not outstanding. pat

11-08-2003 20:36:09 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of mikeys01


4/5  rDev +6.7%

The Jinx was on cask last night at Eli Cannon's for the Magic Hat tasting, a nice variation. Poured into the pint glass, it appears at first to be nitrogenated because it has a beatiful cascade effect and a nice thick and creamy off white head. Color is a smoky quartz and garnet, good clarity. Aroma is a little malty and sweet, a little buttery, with just a little bit of chutney. Medium to light bodied and incredibly smooth on cask. Taste is a mix of lightly smoked malt and a raisiny sweetness, with a little hop tang coming in the end to blend with finishing notes of alcohol. The pronounced yeast flavor of some MH beers is not evidenced in this cask beauty. Pour me another...

11-08-2003 05:09:18 | More by mikeys01
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a deep amber brown hue topped by a nice sized cream colored head lacing is present in thin sporadically patterned rings. Smells of deep roasted malts with a nut characteristic and smokey peated malts nice and robust even a presence of hops here slightly piney nose. Flavor mildly smoked deep woody, malts a slightly chocolate flavored with an herbal quality about it tasty and quite different. Medium bodied smooth light carbonation here, simple. Drinkability is quite effortless I could drink a few before the smoked effect would ware down my palate.

11-06-2003 18:06:53 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Bighuge


4/5  rDev +6.7%

Nice deep burgandy color. Slight off white head. Lacing is sporadic, but nice. Aroma has a nice faint sweetness to it. Seems like bubblegum esters and hard candy. The taste follows suit with more of the same sweet character. But unlike the nose, there is a dose of smoke flavor added to the flavor. Ever so delicate, it makes it's presence knows and integrates into the flavor profile nicely. There's a bit of a dryness on the finish that has me going back for more. Nice beer here.

11-06-2003 04:24:14 | More by Bighuge
Photo of beernut7


4/5  rDev +6.7%

Again, I have had teh pleasure of enjoying a new MH brew. Pours a deep smoky chocolate color with a thin lace on the glass. An mellow aroma wafts a moderate peet smokiness with a caramel background. A smooth body supports a mellow caramel and chocolate malt with a building, eclipsing smoke that brows right through the finish. All the flavors meld well to present a great, not overly smoky concoction.

11-01-2003 21:58:56 | More by beernut7
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Cool color. It's a brownish red, sort of a real light mahogany. Minimal light tan head.
Aroma is fruity, earthy, and woody with alcohol coming through.

Taste is quite noticeably fruity and earthy. Lightly roasty, sweet malt. Woody with notes of smoke. Hops play a secondary role and are hard to pin down, but I'm thinking citrusy and floral.

Mouthfeel just a bit thin.
Good drinkability.

This is an interesting, unique and tastey beer. The more of it I drank, the more I liked it.
Big thanks to Xgrigorix for the sample!

11-01-2003 00:13:39 | More by PhantomVodoo
Jinx from Magic Hat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.