#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by tubacharlie:
3.83/5 rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A frothy head fills the top half of a half liter glass mug as a rocky top forms, then stiffens up a bit as the large bubbles below slowly recede while transforming into a thick layer of foam over the brew.
An intriguing aroma wafts from the mug, kind of like piney woods with fruit, as if you stumbled upon a cider mill in the forest. The ale is kind of a muddy burnt orange color, with plenty of random carbonation action keeping the head fresh.
The flavor doesn't disappoint, with a bit of sweetness up front, followed by bittering hops intermingled with citrus, green apple and cereal grain flavors. Extra fizzy in the mouth, this brew goes down well with nice hot pizza. Not quite a pale ale, as the label says, but worth the price of admission.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2011 01:47:36 | More by tubacharlie
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3.61/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I will be updating this review at a later date. Not sure if maybe I got a bad six pack here. First one I had tonight was much more what I recall of the beer, but the second one had some issues. This is in a batch from "Play Under the Cap" (contest begins 5/1/14 and ends 9/1/14, so it may be that it was older in the store and mistreaded - wife bought it, so not sure yet where /when). I wanted to give a review a go though with a beer I knew, OR THOUGHT I KNEW, because I had NO IDEA this was classified as a fruit beer. Plowing onward...
A: Same golden color as normal (I have this beer often - see below) but seems I have a bust on the head this time (warning bells).
S: Also seems a little different, but may be because I'm trying to be more thoughtful. I am picking up more of a fruity note than I recall ( result of new knowledge? ), and catching a whiff of biscuits.
T: Not hitting the apricot note that seems prevalent in other reviews I read after seeing the fruit/vegetable categorization (see below again, I'm thinking more veg), and am really struggling with this because a) I love apricot so think I would hit it and to some extent I guess I see it, and b) never thought fruit with this beer in the past. As I think about it I keep hitting in my mind BRUSSEL SPROUTS (also a favorite of mine - think tiny sweet cabbages with slight under note of bitter) so may explain why I always had an affinity to the product. Kind of a hint of tea too, and maybe encouraging more in my mind green/veg aspects.
M: light and effervescent, with a velvety but clean finish, but with the effervesence another mystery to me on the lack of a head
O: Have been a fan since I first had one, and what I use it for is a "balance" beer. Normally don't have much on hand at home, and have too many people I know that are not into big beers and are pretty much old school pre-craft beer consumers. So I like to use it as a way to have beer on hand and not challenge them too much, but still gives me something to enjoy.
I am going to have to get a LOT more PRACTICE in reviewing and learning how to put up a good description of my beer experiences.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 04:31:58 | More by DAHoffman
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,495 ratings.