#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by Backer2004:
3.4/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
First time I've seen anything by Magic Hat on draft in NC. Since it's not my favorite style, I'll do my best to comment versus it's BA style description:
A generic form of flavored beer, some breweries actually use real fruit or veggies, though most use an extract, syrup or processed flavor to give the effect of a particular fruit or vegetable--not sure what is used here but definitely has that fruit plus corn flavor and smell that changes to fresh hops near the finish.
Usually ales, but with not much ale character to them and commonly unbalanced. Malt flavor is typically hidden with a low hop bitterness to allow the fruit or vegetable to dominate--do notice a bit of hops and little malt character.
Worth trying but for me, not worth buying again anytime soon.
Serving type: on-tap
12-27-2006 02:31:23 | More by Backer2004
More User Reviews:
3.48/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
(no freshness info - poured into a British pint glass)
A: relatively-clear, sunny, yellow-amber colored liquid with a mild haze... keeps a < finger-width head for a minute... head falls, leaves a thin, frothy cap which holds till the end... spits of lace here and there
S: huge, extract-fruity aroma - not too far off from a peach Jolly Rancher mixed with a cough drop... no hops (unless the Cascade is lending some highlights to the candy-fruitiness), kinda tough to tell what impact the yeast has... wee bit floral
T: certainly a British bitter (or cream ale) base with some minerally esters and a decent bit of hop bitterness floating beneath the haze of somewhat white wine fruitiness... not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests - actually, it finishes rather dry despite a swipe of light crystal malt up front... the bitterness gradually asserts itself more and more with each sip... I suppose the fruit flavor is a fresh apricot, having only had nasty, sulfury dried ones - could be construed as mildly peach and/or cantaloupe... dry, sort of biscuity-bready malt pacing around in the background, delicate toastiness... dandelion-like (petals and stem) aftertaste
M: smooth-ish, mildly frothy-creamy flow... flash of soft sizzle at the back of the palate... very easy to knock back... blanket-soft and dry
O: it's not all that bad a drink - I could certainly understand it being popular amongst young kids who don't enjoy the flavors of traditional ales and lagers - real beer!
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 03:56:34 | More by Bouleboubier
3.01/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter
A: Solid copper with a tiny collar and minimal head that is gone as fast as it is there.
S: Just a nondescript fruity scent with no real hop or normal beer scents.
T: Just slightly fruity, which makes this a tolerable pale ale for me. Weird flavors here, and just a strange fruit beer.
M: Smooth, with barely any felt carbonation. Bit of carbonation felt on the end of your palate.
O: Leftover from a Fourth of July party, so I can't complain. The rest of this one will be made into pancakes, and the other beers will be given to my family when they come over tomorrow. It is a not quite pale ale on the label, but it is given as a fruit/vegetable beer on here, which makes this a weird beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 01:54:25 | More by gillagorilla
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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