#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by philbe311:
3.35/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A - Slightly less than a finger's worth of audibly fizzy off-white colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a thin but full sheet of creamy lacing... The color is a slightly hazed pale gold... Loaded with a good bit of moderate paced carbonation throughout...
S - Very subtle all the way around... Some toasted malts... Passion fruit... Perhaps a touch of candied sugars... A vague nuttiness...
T - The taste is about what I expected... Some graininess... Lots of fruity notes... Some toasted malts... Not bad...
M - Of the lighter side of medium bodied... A slight lushness to start before turning into a bit of a fizzy mess... Even and consistent... Slightly refreshing, but rough around the edges...
D - Very pedestrian... Not a bad beer... A couple of notches above the typical BMC swill... Easy drinking... At 5.1% ABV, a couple of these could be had in a sitting, but I still wouldn't feel fully satisfied... There are better options out there...
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2011 23:59:52 | More by philbe311
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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
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