#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by HossMcGraw:
3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a pretty decent brew. Ignore it's recent trendiness, and just enjoy it for what it is: A clean, tasty, well made pale ale.
Pours a light amber/orange color, with a decent 2 fingers of head and some lacing Aroma is a bit lacking, with notes of chemicals, subtle hops and raspberry iced tea.
The flavor is initially steely and similar to your average lager, but then some hops join in and you get a decent bitter kick. Aftert that, some honey joins in and some fruitiness and more hops on the finish. Well balanced, but lacking in flavor.
Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, with decent carbonation. Drinkability is high. I would have no problem with this as a sesher.
Overall, pretty good, but it seems like Magic Hat could truly make something spectacular out of this instead of dumbing it down for a mass audience.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2006 18:20:28 | More by HossMcGraw
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
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,385 ratings.