#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
2.44/5 rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
On tap at Stone Pub. Pours a mellow amber-orange color with highlights of burnt sunburst around the edges; slight haze but not enough to completely cloud your eyesight to the other side. Fizzy, bone-white head goes almost as quickly as it comes. The aroma is fruity, light, and crisp; apricots, oranges, peaches - sounds great, right? Unfortunately the smell comes off a little too contrived, artificial, and errs on the side of medicinal. Not enough to abhor the beer already, but it doesn't bode well for how it's probably going to taste. Hits the palate with a thin-almost medium body, crisp, snappy, and fizzy. Takes over with the fruity sensation right away - apricots still in the forefront, with some peaches, tangerines, and pears on deck. The strange, vitamin-like medicinal character is actually less apparent on the palate then it was in the aroma, which is a good thing, but I still have to smell this sucker every time I bring the glass to my mouth. A bit of grain and pale malt flavors along with a flower-like hop character which is unfortunately mostly shoved aside by the fruitiness. Low bitterness start to finish, highly carbonation with an aftertaste of artificial fruits and a touch of yeast.
I commend this beer for being almost somewhat of a "gateway" brew that brings people from macro style lagers to the wonderful world of craft beer. It's lighter, not abrasive, easy on the palate; so it's easy to see why newcomers will enjoy it. Unfortunately, it doesn't hold a candle to the rest of the craft world, and once you expand your tastes, this one is easily forgotten, and in many cases, eventually frowned upon for having a weird, medicinal astringency.
Serving type: on-tap
01-24-2013 13:01:34 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: small head, not much lacing, golden color
Smell: fruity--peaches, apricots, citrusy
Taste: Again, fruity, but not overwhelmingly sweet, but still well balanced--lots of apricot and nut flavors
Mouthfeel: The mild/moderate carbonation gives a great refreshing feel, not overwhelming, well balanced
Overall: All around a great beer--crisp and refreshing with fruit undertones but not a lot of great visual aspects
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2014 00:39:18 | More by sonnens4
3.34/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Tasting glass on tap at Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine.
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a short white head and moderate carbonation. Looks somewhat lager- or cream ale-like.
Aroma: Smells of citrus, malt, toast and biscuit. The aromas are fairly muted. Smells more or less like a pale ale to me.
Taste: It has a crisp, refreshing taste that follows the nose. It's not great, but it's pretty pleasant and inoffensive.
Mouthfeel: It's a bit thin, but not to the point of being a deal breaker. It's light of body and sessionable.
Overall: Very average little brew. I'm not sure what the supposed secret is, but I'm guessing it's something along the lines of "we made an OK pale ale and there are thousands of OK pale ales so let's say it's got a secret."
Serving type: on-tap
04-22-2014 02:34:25 | More by illpass78
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,125 ratings.