Roxy Rolles - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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608 Ratings

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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: indiapaleale on 10-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

As the leaves line the trees with colors bright, the Autumnal Amber Ramble comes into sight! Roxy Rolles pours in her wake foliage fallen and a perfect pairing of malt and hops.

40 IBU
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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich deep amber with a tight 1/2 finger slight off white head that stuck like glue to the pint glass,ahh nice piney hop aromas overtop of sweet caramel a hint of roastinee quite nice.The hop profile didnt show itself as much on the palate the pine profile took a backseat to the bigger sweetish caramel malt base the piney,resiny hop came late into the finish.A nice quaffing relatively hoppedup American Red,I would buy again for sure.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Brewed with an English Ale yeast, pale, crystal, and dark crystal malts, hopped with Brewer's Gold, Simcoe, and dry-hopped with more Simcoe. An against the grain winter seasonal--we love it already.

Nice and bright, tarnished copper-colored brew, with a beige head, lacing and clinging stick. Floral, grapefruit, spicy, some mint and green wood in the nose. Super smooth on the palate, light and creamy, but rounded. Big and bold spicy-grapefruit hop flavor with a grassy edge and citric snap. Raw, leafy, and coarse on the tongue. Some chalky aspirin, too. Malt characters have no ground in the hop dominance, but they do pull through in the form of some biscuit-husky tannins--doughy at times--and there's a slight bready sweetness and drop of caramel that emerges as the beer warms. Wicked dry finish, with a lingering aspirin note that all leaves the palate bone-dry and smacking for more.

Though it does lack malt balance, the ride is an even one, and it is what it says--a "Hoppy Amber Ale." It's also nice to see so much damn hop flavor from a beer that's only 35 IBU, proving once again that hop usage doesn't need to be reckless to be big and bold. This one could give most IPAs a run for their money and is a "must try" for hopheads.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle from the Ship of Fools variety pack. This was a dark amber with a medium creamy coffee head. Some nice lacing. It had a malty aroma, as well as some sweet, musty yeast. A creamy taste, with some citrus hops. A little spicy/nutty flavor when warmer. Pretty good beer.

Photo of generallee
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a Brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a deep amber colored body with some visible carbonation and very good clarity. On top sits a modest light tan head that hangs on well and makes some nice spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has good strong pine and citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and lemon.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a solid, rich malty base with very solid and pleasant citrus hop notes throughout. The hop bitterness builds towards the finish and lingers a bit before it slowly fades off the tongue. It has a solid medium to full body with a smooth yet lively texture and nice carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is a very solid brew and quite enjoyable.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer us a typical brown with a malty nose and a hint of chocolate. The head on this beer is a tan the interesting part is the white lacing it leaves on the glass. This beer start malty sweet and finished with a chocolate bitterness. In between the two is a sour fruitiness similar to that of a dopplebock this is what sets it apart from other browns. This is a flavorful and drinkable brown.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber/copper color with a nice frothy, off-white head that retained remarkably well with nice lacing.

Smells of candy sweetness and much floral hops.

Tastes of mild malts with the bitter hops taking over really quickly. Ends pretty dry and bitter aspiriny. The flavor isn't very "full", perhaps even a bit thin. It reminds me a lot of Cascazilla from Ithaca but not as good. Definitely not bad though, by any means.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability - great session beer.

Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Patchy light tan lace crowns the glass, good head retention and clarity to be looked at. Hoppy aroma that lets some malt in, a nose of mandarin oranges, wild flowers, caramel and sweet bread. Very smooth with a medium body. Hop profile flexes with an ample bitterness that throws a woody, herbal and slightly citric flavor. Malt sweetness is there but enough to hold the beer together in body and flavor. Hints of caramel and bread crust. Bit of fruity yeast, mineral and drying herbal hop flavor in the finish.

Hoppy Amber Ale or American Winter Warmer? It has a bit of a northwest flare but still holding on to the Magic Hat traits. Either way, I highly recommend this drinkable ale.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle decants a mostly clear copper body with a healthy offwhite head. Attractive spiderweb lacing is all over the glass. Pleasant aroma opens with fruity peach, quickly followed by a blast of spicy pepper and some toasted caramel. Medium body and carbonation with an earthy feel. Taste has some fruity peach and subtle caramel and plenty of hop bitterness. Hops impart elements of citrus, pine, and spicy pepper. Rather exciting for an amber. Very drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer with "drink before"dating of Feb, '07 notched onto the rear label. Pours softly reddish amber and cloudy. Dark tan, long lasting head and leaving fine amounts of sheeting and sticky blotchy lacing. Nose of mucho resiny hops. Full flavor amber, hops tasting bold and fresh. Hearty ale, balance of a respectable bed of malts and a piney, resiny jolt of sticky hops. Nice offering from Magic Hat. Easy quaffer, nice for the cooler weather @ 5.8%. Recommended

Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a sixer at Macy's in Celebration so this is what I I selected.
Pours a chestnut color with amber highlights with the help of some natural light...two finger head with no effort and leaves thick lacing as it recedes.
Nice balance of roasted malt to fruity hops in the nose...some piney scent too.
Taste is pretty darn good...the malt may just win out the battle here, as it is sweet up front and in the finish, but there is a decent hop profile to distinguish itself from your typical amber/red.
Mix of citrus hops and floral hops complement the balance and finishes quite clean.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is a touch high.
Overall, another offering from Magic Hat that is beginning to make me pay more attention to the recent happenings in Burlington, VT.
Well done...

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber red with a white head. First whiff is of hops, but then you get malt which makes me think it will be a nice balanced beer. This is definitely a hoppier amber ale, with a nice hop flavor (maybe grapefruits) but also enough malt to make it balanced. I know that American Amber/Red Ale is somewhat of a catch-all term, but this is what I want when I drink a beer of this style. This beer is very drinkable and goes down smooth. Great beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown with a very thin off white head. Nose is malty ad sweet with a bit of bitterness.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy and bitter with quite a bit of almost homebrew twang - kind of an earthy flavor. I' not a huge fan of that flavor but otherwise it's pretty solid.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells strongly of hops--a lovely grapefruit scent that promises quality ingredients, as well as time and effort spent on making a good brew. There's also a very light grain smell, but by and large hops dominate the nose.

They are also the first taste to come across, the grapefruit bitterness translating nicely to the tongue and providing a medium-strong bitter buzz, comparable to a good quality IPA. Malts provide a nice sweet background on which the hops can play, bringing a lightly fruity sugary undertone, from which apricot and apple notes can be picked. The aftertaste is almost exclusively grapefruit-bitter hops.

Overall, this is an excellent brew, and of far better quality than most of the fare offered at a typical liquor store. It doesn't necessarily bring anything *new* to the table--plenty of beers fall into the "hoppy amber ale" category--but what it does do, it does definitively, and reflects the brewers' obvious love for the craft.

Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle cap: Share a popcorn ball with the apostle Paul

Honey colored with a thick beige foamy and dimpled head that sticks around long and sends lace up the sides of the glass.

Big aroma of bright citrus hops, a little doughey malt in the background.

Interesting mixture of red ale flavor laced with citrusy hops, floral notes, and sweet fruit. Just a tad bit of smoke and some caramel, finishes clean with an orange peel bitter. Fairly balanced, although the hops are pretty much center stage.

Mouthfeel is thick and full upfront, a little tingly on the tongue, then morphing to a tannic powdery feel.

Not an earthshaking beer, but I wouldn't mind this one being part of their regular rotation. I could easily kick out 3 of their year-rounds in favor of this, and it's way better than the double IPA.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a merky brown with a nice thick off white head, great lacing and retention. Smell isn't too strong, I almost smell grass in it, which is odd for this style. Could be my nose. Taste is just a basic amber. Has a little bit of a bitter aftertaste, which isn't really too appealing. Mouthfeel is fair, just the right consistency.

I'm finding that I am starting to stray from liking Ambers, and this is definatly not one of the best I've had.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful look to it body slight hazed amber ruby forming a thick beige head that rises well above the rim of my glass lacing is thin with no even pattern forming put it is definitely clinging. Aroma is full of floral, pine scented, and somewhat perfume like hops nice sharp grain sweetness caramel and dough yeast combo ride along as well with an underlying flow of acidity. Flavor it is what it says a hoppy amber ale cereal caramel malt sweetness blended with a healthy amount of bittering hops in the flavor I'm getting more pine, earthiness, with a trace of floral hop bite, none of my beloved high alpha acid citric flavors kicking in but it's working in this amber ale. Really hits you with some deep caramelized slightly burnt malts than with some pretty much unrelenting hop bitterness good stuff. One of the best Magic Hat brews I've come across in some time now. Mouthfeel is straight up smooth and even with carbonation body weighs easy with a medium body just a touch of stinging acidity in the finish, but hop burps are on the way. Drinkability, it's always nice to see something other than winter warmers during this time of year enough malt and spices give me some friggin' hops, here's enough to hold me over one the beer stock runs low. I can get this one at the grocery store and it fulfills some portion of my hop head status, can't beat that.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a mixed sixer from Whole Foods on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a one-finger yellowish-tan head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a patchy layer on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of robust malts and piney and citrus hops. Reminds me of Troegs Hopback Amber.

Tastes very good. Robust malt flavors take over up front, then give way to citrus and pine, with citrus being more prevalent. There's a good bitterness at the end that lingers along with the pine flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a good thickness with active carbonation that goes down with a nice coarseness.

Drinkability is very good. I could have a few of these with no problem. I wish I had some more.

Overall this is far and away my favorite Magic Hat that I've had to date. Be sure to pick this one up if you see it around.

Photo of pwoods
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle from a sixer bought at Krogers(Finneytown) poured into a pint. Best before clearly labeled.

I'm so glad my local Krogers carries these seasonals in 6ers. Wish they would had Jinx in 6packs instead of just the variety. Anyways...

A: Pours a dark, rusty red. 1 1/2 fingers of tinted head with some retention. Very thin and patchy lacing.

S: The labels speaks of hops and they called it a "Hoppy Amber Ale". Yep, that describes it pretty well. Citrus and grassy hops are quickly present and potent enough to rival a subtle IPA(subtle IPA?). A slight caramel sweetness hides in the back.

T/M: Definitely tastes like an amber ale but again, the label doesn't lie as you get a great citrus hop swirl thoughout. Not overly bitter, which I think is what helps this feel so right. Malts do their job to keep this together and within style. Medium body that almost get creamy. Slight drying finish.

D: Very tasty, I'll be buying much over the next couple months. The controlled bitterness makes it very drinkable. If the body was a little lighter, I'd love to have this early spring when the biker on the front of the bottle would be pulling his hog out for the first ride of the year.

Photo of cubang8r
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time reviewing a beer so this is more of a layman's view.
Nice dark color with very small film of a head. Clung to the glass all the way down.
Smells very hoppy with some citrus notes.
Taste like what I imagine an IPA should be. Very hoppy but not overpowering, a bit of a floral bouqet with a smooth citrus aftertaste.
Very drinkable and enjoyable, I'd recommend it to anybody and always enjoy whatever Magic Hat has to offer.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that is the color of wet brown leather with a hint of orange around the edges. Slightly hazed, you can't see all the way through the glass but maybe about three quarters. The head is khaki, bubbly and sticky.

The smell is sweet and has a nose of a wild concoction of hops. More then I was expecting which is a nice surprise for a hop head like me. Dusty hops and nice solid malts. Quite nice.

The taste is along the lines of an IPA. The barley tastes like a multi grain bread slightly toasted. The hops are citrusy with a piney resin finish.

The mouthfeel is again in the IPA family if you ask me. There is a firm bitterness and a mostly hoppy aftertaste. I'm not sure exactly what makes this a seasonal autumn beer but it sure is nice to drink. Lightly carbonated and a little dry but all in all a great brew.

Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Situation: Hoping for a Phillies win in game six of the WS--and thankful for Teacher's Convention in NJ...
Glassware: Rare Vos shaker...
Appearance: Velvet rown body; brown, cobwebbing lace atop a slightly opaque, effervescent body...
Aroma: rich, malty sweet aroma; a pleasant hop sensibility intermingles,,,
Palate: medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel that tickles and mellows with an evening balance....
Taste: grapelike pucker adorns a warming malt base--hints of caramel too...
Overall: A part of the Halloween sampler, the R.R. balances malts and hops in a rare fest feat--any member of stem ware would have fairly fit this beer... a bit identifinable, a bit more substantial than the norm, which seems to fit Magic Hat's mantra... thick and resilient.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat- Roxy Rolles

Inside the "Feast of Fools" variety pack, purchased at Magic Hat!

Appearance- Dark amber red with a frothy head. Moderate lacing.
Smell- Strong oily pine sap hops. Light caramel malt noted.
Taste- Mellow pine sap hops with caramel malt balanced nicely.
Mouthfeel- Mellow, light, slight dry bitterness in the end.

Overall- A big potential flavor that just falls short. Pretty good through regardless. I enjoyed it on tap right at Magic Hat and it and the 376 were selling points.

Photo of tastybeer
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a a brilliant red-orange color with a nice wet oily, sticky and tight head. A very pretty beer. Great retention and a wide array of spotty lace all over the glass. Aroma is really very interesting. Pleasant too. Malts are thorough and grainy with a smoothing honey touch. Hops are light feeling but full. Very flowery/perfumey, citric limes and lemons, and pine resins. Taste matches the nose pretty well but doesn't grab me as much. Mouthfeel is very textured with a sharp, sudden, but brief bitterness. Carbonation is a bit voilent, on top of the mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good, but I find myself sniffing at this more than I find myself sucking it down.

Very amusing flavors/aromas. I might give this some creativity bonus points if I could.

Photo of sschliv
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roxy Rolles pours a hazy dark amber from a 12oz bottle. A tawny head quickly dissipates.
Hops dominate the smell. I would probably have guessed I was about to drink some kind of IPA if I was blindfolded.
However, the taste is not as dominated by hops as I thought it would be. There is a carmel malt flavor that brings some balance to the hops. Beyond that, I really did not pick up on much other flavor.
This beer is light and crisp. It is possibly a little too carbonated, but not enough to give it a bad mark.
This beer is quite drinkable and a good winter ale for those who like heavily hopped ales.

Photo of weasbri
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery red color with good head retention and lacing. I actually get a good amount of malt sweetness along with the predominant hop aroma.
Very well-balanced flavor, though tending toward the hop side of things. Pine mostly, a bit of citrus, countered with a caramel undertone. Left a sort of butter coating on the tongue, and I felt the crisp drying hop finish was a nice touch.
Sometimes I think we give too much credit to the extreme alcohol beers and not enough credit to these "low" alcohol brews. This is a good example of packing a lot of flavor and nuance into what many would think is a "simple" beer category.

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Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.