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Roxy Rolles - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

602 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: indiapaleale on 10-13-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Alternative Brews. {iney Hoppy and grapefruity, a bit of spice in finish. Brownish colour with minimal white head. Can pass an an IPA. Balance with malts and even a bit of fruitiness in finish.An average for the style, I liked it but can't report any standout features.

Sammy, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.8%

djrn2, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.5%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a distinctive foamy cap that retains nicely while lacing the glass

Smell: Floral orange, with caramel, pine and a hint of wood

Taste: The malty caramel opening makes way for a very nice grapefruit citrus entrance by mid-palate; after the swallow, the citrus flavors build and are joined by the pine and some earthy complexity; some chalky aspirin on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not being a big fan of ambers and having been disappointed by more than one Magic Hat brews, I didn't think I would be at all excited by this beer. Boy, was I wrong. Very nice effort and one of the best ambers out there

brentk56, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion."

--Jack Kerouac

It's an admittedly tortured association... but here goes. Magic Hat describes Roxy Rolles as 'a wintry amber ode to the open road' and Kerouac is the author of 'On The Road', one of the bibles of the Beat Generation. I decided to use it in the end because it also strikes me as one of this brewery's guiding principles.

Equal parts orange, coral red and polished copper; an absolutely gorgeous hue that seems wintry somehow (maybe because it looks barleywine-like). The golden brown sugar colored slice of foam atop the beer has a thick, rich texture and is outstanding when it comes to lace deposition. Must be the hop resins.

The aroma delivers a ton of Simcoe hops on a caramel malt base. Even though the 'best by' date is next month, it smells like Roxy is still Rollin' right along in the hoppiness department. This beer has a chance to be one of my favorite amber ales and one of my favorites from Magic Hat.

Not quite, but it's still excellent beer. Of course it would be even better beer if malt, hops and alcohol were all increased by 50%, but that's just me. What we have here is exactly what the brewers promised. Whether it's 'winterish' or not is still up for discussion.

Each mouthful results in a fantastic flood of flavors that are reminiscent of well-toasted bread (both white and brown) coated with melted caramel, pine sap, orange-grapefruit marmalade, tea leaves and a sprinking of cinnamon. Hmmm, I wonder if cinnamon was actually added.

The biggest problem with the first few ounces was a sourness that has no place in a beer of this style. There's still a background green apple tartness that is only appreciated if one chooses to go looking for it. The hop resins are building up on the tongue and are keeping the less welcome flavors at bay.

Despite initial fears, the mouthfeel is right in that sweet spot between pleasurability and drinkability. As always, a perfect amount of carbonation (low, but effective) is one of the keys.

As far as I'm concerned, only the outstanding Thumbsucker can compete with this offering when it comes to Magic Hat beer. Roxy Rolles is an inspired creation that was built with the Simcoe-loving hophead in mind. If I had access, this would be a winter 'case beer' for sure.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive beer, especially since I am usually suspect of amber ales because of their cronic under hopped rated and oversparged grain flavors. This beer does not fall into either catagory, giving a bold pine / citrus hop flavor, substantial bitterness and a strong pine nose. The malts are equally as bold, providing a strong malt, caramel, toffee, bready pillow for the hops without waivering late. Firm and smooth textures keep the beer creamy throughout. Well headed and an overall sturdy look throughout. Finishes malty with a clean, crisp pine flavor. Best Amber I've had in a long time.

BEERchitect, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

GRG1313, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber-hued body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Heady, hoppy nose with a distinct waft of pungent herbaceousness. Some toasty, vaguely caramelly malts layered underneath.

Taste: The malts come through as a mixture of toasted bread crusts and day-old biscuits. Faint, faint caramel sweetness. Thin touch of citrusy fruitiness. Woody, herbal hops with a medium, though biting bitterness. Finishes dry and thin with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: For me it was an average beer with a bit of extra bitterness, and though I was certainly ready to give my love to this beer, particularly as it's the Season of Giving, but, well, I just didn't care for it.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

oberon, Nov 19, 2006
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

JAHMUR, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -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.

TMoney2591, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoah! Magic Hat has done it again! Roxy Rolles... Hoppy Amber Ale... Yes! It pours a reddish chestnut body with orange highlighhts beneath a creamy light tan head that holds fairly well and leaves some very nice, fine lace about the glass. The nose is loaded with resinous, piney, citrusy (orange, grapefruit), and floral hops as well as a hint of the caramelish malt beneath. The body is medium and it gently caresses the tongue with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. The flavor reveals even more hops, starting citrusy and gently piney with notes of orange, sweet grapefruit and pineapple, and then becoming much more piney and sappy once it's crossed the palate. Across the middle some mild malt reveals itself with a caramelish and biscuity character. Some other yeasty fruit sneaks in at the swallow, with apple, pear, and berries; and a touch of buttery diacetyl appears in the finish, helping to neutralize the tangy, juicy, and piney hops - leaving the palate refreshed for another sip. It lingers, gently bitter and piney with a gentle smear of butter, for what seems like forever. A very enjoyable ride! Certainly worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Jason, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has a heavy burst of grassy hops, along with some notes of caramel, citrus and smokiness.

T: A pale hops bitterness is the dominant flavor in the taste. There are minor flavors of citrus, spice and caramel. The malt character is there, but it’s a little thin. The after-taste is a combination of hops bitterness and fruity sweetness.

M: Very crisp but not very smooth, medium carbonation, medium body, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, has a good kick to it. It’s a flavorful beer but not quite a flavor that hit it off with me. Although Magic Hat has done worse, they’ve certainly done better.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a murky dark amber with a finger width of light tan head. It settles down into a nice looking creamy retention that leaves just huge sticky hop lacing all over. The aroma is sweet caramel malts up front, followed by a mix of floral Amarillo hops and fresh citrus.

The taste is just a fantastic, fresh blast of fresh piney hops and tangy citrus that melds into a smooth caramel backbone but the hops just dominate here, phasing into a pleasant bitterness that lasts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation that's got a little bit of a pop to it, that compliments the hop character.

Wow, I've been pretty down on Magic Hat lately, but this beer really impressed me. Just a fantastic hoppy presence and a delicioius drinkibility. I will seek some more of this out in the future.

Kegatron, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"See with your heart. Hear with your head."

Pours a foggy reddish amber. Oh, man. This nose. Talk about grass. Just a huge pile of freshly cut green grass in it's prime. At the same time it is spicy, and for the love of me, I can't pinpoint what precisely it is. As I was pouring it I got a whiff and just had to focus on it for a while. It calms down fairly soon, so get it while the gettin's good. Flavor is massively earthy and robust. Has a nice leafy tone to it and a firm hop quality to it as well. Stays very consistent throughout. Feel has some good carbonation to it and a liquid feel that is very good as well. Overall this is a good drink. Definitely worth trying, especially to get a whiff of that oh-so-unique nose. Suggested.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had an Imperial Pint of this at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, Pa.
Served cool in a nonic.
A - a light caramel brown w/ ruby highlights and a vanilla cream head of about 1.5 fingers w/ moderate lace

S - Crisp citrus scents w/ mild piney grassy odors and a light sweet malt tinge

M - A caramel toasted feel w/ nutty slightly acidic tang in the grapefruity bite.

T - A crisp hop flavor w/ citrus gets mingle w/ caramel and nutty/biscuity toastiness. There's a blend of sweet and slightly acidic tastes in the finish. The sweetness tends to get a taste more toward bland as the second half of the 20ozer is consumed

D - An average amber w/ nice hop accents, but sad to say lacks the malt character to match the hop notes and becomes very ordinary after a pint and just can't hold my interest.

Slatetank, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in late july in NC, based on notes.

Poured red/chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Some malt & citric hops

T: Nice maltyness up front along with herbal hops. Finished with caramel & citric hops

MF: Medium-bodied with like carbonation, plus good balance

Drank easy, probably one the beers from the brewery I've had. Good amber

russpowell, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Clean your plate when you're on a date" in the infinite wisdom of Magic Hat. MH is the company that got me started on craft beer and I owe them a ton of gratitude. I will start adding more of their beers into my reviews as I'm very familiar with them and haven't been reviewing them at all. This time it's the Autumn Roxy Rolles, which is different than the original hoppy Amber and this time is a Autumn seasonal.

A: Pours a fluffy 1 finger nice lookin head, that bounces around on the top of a crystal clear amber toasty brown color. Little bubbles rise up as if you beckon your nose to the rim, but man is this clear!

N: Initially a toasty malt aroma dances out the sides of the glass. I get a slight sweet caramel aroma. I get a few light crisp marzen type aromas as well giving it a very Oktoberfest style nose. Some slight European hops tickle the nose but just barely make it through.

T: Taste starts pretty sweet actually, with some strange fruits and almost raisiny and big malt quality. I think there are lots of crystal malts and some other German style malts. Then some really interesting German hops start to bitter the palate and add some interesting complexity. I get a huge earthy char taste as it matures. I do get some spicey hops as well that mix with the earthy hops.

M: Pretty creamy and frothy, lots of carbonation, a little sticky and a little too syrupy.

F: Pretty bitter, and dries off a little but not as much as I would have preferred. It leaves a strange syrupy bitter sweet taste in the mouth as it fades off, but that taste doesn't seem to go away. However, once you finish the sip the bitterness takes over and really dries out the taste, which seems to help. And a slight metallic taste, very slight, seems to poke at you in the background.

Final thoughts: An interesting take on an Autumn seasonal. They took their original spring Roxy Rolles hoppy Amber and Oktoberfested it up a few notches. Seems to have quite a bit of German malts and hops, and it seems, from what I've read, to be pretty true to what an Oktoberfest used to be as the Germans were the ones that really found a niche with hopping beers. I really enjoy this and I'm glad I found it to add to the Oktoberfest beer lineup. The only complaint I have is that it is a little too sweet for my tastes. But overall a good beer.

jlindros, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice red color with a thick offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt base along with some crystal and pale malts. The hop aroma is quite nice and balances well. The taste is good. It has a bitter hop flavor that hits you in the mouth and carries all the way through to the finish. The malts are present, but don't even out the flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew. I like the hop content and the general drinkability.

WesWes, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Mora2000, Oct 12, 2009
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Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.