Roxy Rolles - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

459 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 459
Hads: 608
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | 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 RusImpStoLuv
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice winter is coming type ale, though not too high abv's, gives you a nice warming feeling. Rich with caramel and grapefruit aromas, as well as grapefruit flavor. Balanced with a closing bitterness that is pleasant. Overall, one I like to enjoy when possible, very drinkable, giveit a try. Cheers! (298 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper in color, with a moderate off-white head, which retains well. The lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Abundant caramel malt and a moderate pine hop presence.

Taste: Opens with a strong flavor of caramel malt, with an odd, slightly tangy note, seemingly a touch acidic. As the taste progresses, toasted malt notes appear, although the sourness remains in the background. Finishes with a lingering, mild sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant, with no hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very decent red ale, its a pity that it is no longer made.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (739 characters)

Photo of lilbrewmonkey
2.2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Disagreeing with the Bros on this one...

Appearance, lacing, mouthfeel all perfectly fine; only I didn't want to feel it in my mouth. I wanted it to go away.

Although no seeming microbiological flaws, the beer definitely seemed under (or weirdly) attenuated. Too residual-worty and with the oddest damn hop mis-balance I've experienced in a while. The notion of the overly tropical fruity hops doesn't help the whole ordeal either, but generally (sorry MH), this tasted like someone's early-effort homebrew. Sorry, a total miss for me. (537 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish color with a nice off white head. The smell is hoppy piney and a little earth with a nice malt presence. The flavor is slightly sweet with a good hop bite to balance it out. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp finish. Over all a great beer (303 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (960 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first time I had this beer I found it to be kind of on the gross side. The second time and all the times after that I found it to be better. The beer poured out as a brownish amber color with a yellowish fan head. There is a decent lacing for this beer. The smell gives of a pretty good malt and hop profile. The taste has a good balance of flavors too but it seems to have a toasted or burnt quality to it. The mouthfeel is drinkable and about medium bodied. Overall Roxy isn't too bad but it's just not my favorite from Magic Hat. (536 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, on tap at mellow mushroom in asheville.

The pour was pretty good with a nice medium amber color with nice clarity to it and a small white head on top. Aroma of nice carmael malts and a dose of piney hops. Warming really brought out the sweet notes here, very solid. Nice medium body and very well carbonated. Strong caramel and bready malt undertones were very prominant with hops an afterthought but strong enough to really shine through in the finish. Mild dryness and a smooth, sweet note to finish it off.

Overall very solid and a nice sessionable, and malty ale. I was actually quite happy with this one and glad to have grabbed one for sure. (670 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting is from notes from a place called The Farm on old Rte 22 and the bartender Mary was very knowledgeable about all the beer she served us that night, we did several halve pours and all were very delicious. If you are ever in the Burgettstown area and happen upon it stop for a few you will not be dissapointed.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a slight head good lacing on glass.

S: Aroma is of Malts(dark) and spice. Very little hops at all.

T: Taste is that of the same Dark malts and spice.

M: Highly carbed and a slightly alkylyn taste.

D: With its lighter mouthfeel very much a drinkable beer. (610 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle I'm cracking open now is way past its' prime. Luckily, I'm very familiar w/ this beer, it being my favorite from Magic Hat to date. Hopefully we haven't seen the last of it. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice copper color w/ an average head and decent lacing. Great hoppy aroma, lots of citrus and pine; slightly spicy. I'm picking up touches of caramel and toffee as well. There's a nice maltiness to this one as well. Balance is the key for this one. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, smooth, and refreshing. Drinkability is great, very flavorful and easy to drink. This makes a great session beer packed with flavor.

I really hope we haven't seen the last of Roxy Rolles. It's the best thing Magic Hat offered. (743 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown copper tones with thin beige head and little lacing.

S- Faint hints of caramel. Hops and toast. Sweet malt.

T- Hops is slightly overbalancing the malts. Sweet malts, biscuits, caramel, nutty and hints of citrus with spice.

M- Medium balance with a dry finish.

D- The best beer Magic Hat offers. Nice medium nutty beer with faint hints of citrus. Very drinkable. (380 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost Notes

A-Pours brown with chunky head.

S-Sweet, brown sugar sweet. Bready. A bit hoppy as well.

T-One of the better Magic Hat brews in my opinion. Following the nose, bready, caramel malty, and some nice hops in there too.

M-Nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied thats pretty slick.

D-Not a bad drinker.

Always got it in a variety pack when I thought Magic Hat was the bomb. It was my favorite. (397 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,280 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 9 Feb 2010.

Poured in a 0.4 L Radeberger mug. Large lacy light brown head. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy dark iced tea color, reddish brown. Smells of yeast, squash and earthy mushrooms. Nutty, a bit astringent. Some sweet cider notes throughout. Earthy bitter finish, some caramel in aftertaste. Medium body. Mild ethanol.

Not likely to get this again. (376 characters)

Photo of Petrislav
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz poured into pint glass

A: Pours a full brown/amber, topped with two fingers of frothy light tan head

S: Citrus, citrus peel, grapefruit

T: Sweet grapefruit hops, not bitter, light roasted malt

M: Medium bodied

D: Tasty, hoppy but not bitter, and not filling (267 characters)

Photo of JHackney87
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass from bottle

A-Very impressed with pour, dark caramel colored, with a light brown thick head. With every drink I took I could see where the liquid once was.

S-At first the malty goodness took over, then I was left with a sweet caramel secent, with a hint of floral

T-Very full bodied red ale, it start with a malty maple flavor with a strong fruity finish which comes together very well.

M-Great carbonation, different flavors

D-Very good to sip on. (480 characters)

Photo of VenaCarva
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To quote my friend- "This is a spicy bitch."

A- Nothing special, really. Lighter brown color, average head, if you get a good pour. Nothing crazy.

S- A strong, but pleasant smell. Don't really know what else to say.

T- Actually, this tastes alot like Stone Brewery's "Arrogant Bastard Ale", only much milder. Being that ABA is one of my absolute favorite beers, that should be taken as a compliement.

M- Again, nothing special. It's not rough, but not really smooth either.

D- I could have a few of these. We'll leave it at that... (537 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Winchester Tavern shaker pint glass.

Pours a rich, nearly hazy amber red, with a creamy two-finger-thick head that leaves a thick bit of lacing on the side of the glass. The nose is mostly pine and citrus, the hops clearly dominating this category, though there is a very faint hint of wheat trying to peek in from behind the clouds. The taste transports that wheat forward a bit, though the hops continue to pump in the piny citrus regardless. Not all that surprising, the body is moderate, the carbonation steady, all leading to a pretty drinkable brew. (568 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep complex brown color. Very nice khaki colored head retention. It smells malty with a few quality hints of hoppy notes. The falvor is simple but nice. Has an earthy flavor profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. A very nice offering, I hope they make it available next fall. (311 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of berserker256
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The local Meijer has single bottles for a large variety of beers $1.49 so I picked up a bottle of this. It pours out a dark carmel color and has a huge large-bubbled light tan head that sticks around forever. I smell sweet carmel malt, floral hops, and a little bit of fruityness. A citrus fruit like a tangerine or a clementine, perhaps. The flavor has several characteristics that combine into a pretty damn good beer. Flavors are sweet/sour fruit, sweet maltyness, maple, and hoppy pine. Good sort of tart aftertaste. Nice consistancy and texture and good to sip on. (569 characters)

Photo of beeragent
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a light brown, forming three fingers of off-white head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Hops dominate the nose along with a noticeable malt presence.

T - The malts coat the palate, slightly sweet, with a slightly citrusy hopped finish.

M - Medium bodied however heavier than expected. Good carbonation throughout with a smooth finish.

D - Good flavor and very smooth body. Low enough abv. to make this a sessionable ale, however nothing really stands out to seperate this from the rest. (546 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish hue (good carbonation bubbles) with a little head and a nice lace that lasts.

Smell: Has that hoppy smell that red ales are famous for. Very inviting!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Just as the smell indicates, the hops is what this beer is all about!some citrus notes as well (grapefruit?) Pleasantly light and crisp with an easy-medium body. a bit "spiky" in some places, but overall, smooth.

Drinkability: yet another good brew from the magic hat lineup. got this one in a mixed pack, and so far i've been impressed with their quality. not sure just how many of these i would drink in one setting ( 2 or 3 ), maybe that's why it was in the mixed box. all good things in moderation, i guess. (719 characters)

Photo of whtguitarguy
2.22/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I has this in a mixed pack, and was quickly turned off. Pours to a reddish brown color, with an ok head. Smells like flowers, from all the hops in it.The taste of the Hops are not overwhelming but they are still there in force, rather bitter, but has a slight sweet character. Not good. (286 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a mahogany color with a nice tan head. However the head was gone pretty fast. Lacing was really good. Smell of this beer was toffee and taste was slightly however the hops blew away what would have been a great beer. No buy again. (293 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (295 characters)

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Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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