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Roxy Rolles - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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602 Ratings

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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 Foxman
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a ruddy garnet, a bit murky and deep amber at the margins. A finger of light beige head dips soon to bubbly pith. Rules of lacing lay penciled across the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a rather brief malt assertion, with a flash of sweet caramel and vague fruit, but the hops grab the limelight and cling tight, with dry citrus and pine needles tossed about wantonly and crisply.

Upon tasting, the malt again slips in first, a bit more notable here with caramel candy sweetness and a berry touch that are each promptly dried by the influx of grapefruit dry and pine resiny hops, spicy and edgily crisp. The malt tries again with a small residual biscuit nudge, but the finish lays waste to that with a very crisp, dry, and refreshing legacy. It's assertive in a way that the style would not anticipate, but it's quite tasty in doing so.

Perhaps a bit north of light bodied, the malt has some measure of presence, but it's the hops, sassy, spicy and glowing, that lay the oils down and give a real impression.

The crisp, snappy edge to this beer had me thinking wheat, which I know it hasn't, and of Simcoe, which I knew from first whiff that it certainly does. It stood up admirably to a big bowl of quite-hot wings, the oily resins helping to wash the capsaicin away before it did too much damage. It flows easily, with a very refreshing way about it, making it nicely drinkable. It's a pleasant surprise that this Magic Hat offering is well more than a novelty offering. In fact, it's a real nice accompaniment to whatever spicy thing you might be eating.

Foxman, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Suds
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew is a murky, light burgundy color with a decent head. The aroma is faint, with modest toasted malt aroma. There’s a bit of caramel and some floral hops as well. The taste much more pronounced, with a full sweetness up front, solid malt flavor, and a bitter finish. There’s a little pine and fruit, and a slight graininess. None of the flavors particularly stand out as dominant. The beer has a medium body and relatively low carbonation. There’s also a little slickness that become increasingly notable as the brew warms. Although not a beer that I’d seek out, this was drinkable and fairly enjoyable.

Suds, Jan 23, 2007
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 JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, hoppy session beer. Has the hop bite of an IPA without the firepower. This is one you could sip all night and enjoy the hops aroma and taste.
Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a medium, light tan head. The head fades to a covering of the glass and hangs in there. Fairly good lacing on the glass. Aroma is impressive for an amber ale. Nice hoppy, citrus aroma. Taste is very good, like a lighter hopped SNPA. Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit light but not watery.
Drinkability is very good. Enough taste to keep you interested and not enough abv to complicate your evening.

This one is a winner.

JayQue, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much as I like hyper-hopped IPAs and DIPA's, a solid American Amber is always a hit with me. This beer reminded me a great deal of North Coast Red Seal Ale, which is my go-to beer. Nice malt base with a touch of caramel malt. Hops are liberal, but not overdone for the style, with a bit of spruce. At 5.8 abv this is a bit on the high side for a session beer, but otherwise is something that could session quite well. Thanks to far333 for the sample.

Something about the label is a bit freaky, though. Reminded me of the motorcycle rider from Raising Montana.

Brent, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been met with plenty of mixed reviews; for me, it is by far the best Magic Hat beer I've had. IMO, MH is kind of clown beer, cleaverness trying to overshadow the beer, not this one though.

Nice hoppy body, with a strong, but mild afterbite. Nose is equal. Flowery, but at the same time sour/bittter. Sometimes I piick up some apple cider, crossed with bitter roots...strange combo, yes, but it meshes well.

Highly drinkable, next thing I knw the sixer is gone...uhmmm!!!

FLAbeergutinMASS, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of hopsaplenty
2.35/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, best before the end of Feb 07 notched on label.

From the bottle cap: “Don’t try to prevent a predestined event”

Fuzzy garnet. Big bubbled steady tan foam that slowly dimples down leaving some strands of droopy lace. Aromas are of soft pine, caramel, fleshy peach, and stone fruit as well as a solvent-like cast floating on top. Roxy is not rolling as there are no carbonation streams. The flavor is of pine splashed with watered grapefruit juice leading into a strange metallic and vegetal-like finish. An odd and unpleasant mushy, moldy fruit flavor adheres to the tongue lending a greasy feel. Thin and watery mouthfeel, lacking any body whatsoever, and the carbonation is nearly non-existant. An unenjoyable beer that rolled right into my sink.

hopsaplenty, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of jhollick
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I came in expecting this to be a winter warmer type beer. After a sniff, I knew I was mistaken. Poured a deep and attractive amber color with some orange highlights. One finger head appeared, but quickly subsided, leaving a ring around the glass.

It has a fresh hop smell, and it is almost like thre is a pine needle smell separate from the hops. Grapefruit and floral aromas abound. Smells like a super-hopped Celebration Ale.

Mouthfeel is quite light, and almost too watery for my taste. Very oily; obviously I was correct on the fresh hops guess...the oils coat the mouth and linger for quite some time. The oils really save thie mouthfeel from being disappointing.

Taste is very piney initially, and there is a very dry, almost barkish flavor present as well. If one were to puree a Christmas tree, this might be near the taste of it. The hops are aggressive, but not overpowering. The hop flavor is what jumps out, not the usual bitterness. Enough sweetness is provided in contrast by the malts, which gives a nice and subtle caramel flavor to offset the piney smell and taste. The hop oils sit on the tongue long after the swallow, and continue to provide a variety of flavors and a punch of dryness.

I would drink a couple of these, but my tastebuds would probably be shot after that. I had this an hour or so after a Mad Elf, and it was a brilliant contrast. The fresh hop flavor and aroma is great, which is something that sets this apart from orther hoppy winter ales that I have had. I highly recommend this brew.

jhollick, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish, dark amber. Good initial head that dissipates quickly. A touch of lace.

Strong fresh hop smell--very much like a double IPA.

This is a dry beer with a lot of hop finish. Surprisingly, there's very little hop up front. Moderate level of body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Other than the hop this is a rather non-descript beer, unusual for Magic Hat

smcolw, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fresh out of my growler from the dinosaur BBQ in Rochester, NY. This stuff smells great. Decent frothy head. A little lacing. Deep winter beer red color. Slight cloudiness. Love the smell, the taste isn't impressive. Tastes like D'saur might have some dirty lines or else this is an older keg. I gotta get a 6er and see if it really so because this appeared to be promising.

I will review again.

Rudgers73, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy copper/amber color with a moderate beige head, nice active carbonation, and decent lace. Huge pine and spruce hop aromas !! Yummy ! Strong spruce and pine hop flavors but very fresh tasting and not really bitter in any way in flavor. Medium-light bodied with a crisp dry hoppy bitter finish.

A bit darker, hoppier, and bolder than SN celebration.. Top Notch ! A definite rebuy before it is gone.

Per Label: "Winter Amber Offering" & "Hoppy Amber Ale"

Per MH website:
OG: 1.064
Hops: Brewer's Gold, Simcoe
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Dark Crystal

Drink By (End of): Mar (notched) - '07'
Tasted: 01/04/07

($6.99 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as deep chestnut-red ciolor with moderate tannish head. Good retention.
Smell is loaded with hops, citrusy(grapefruit), piney, and grassy (fresh-cut). A light bit of sweetness also present.
Taste is dominated by flavorful hops, withount being overly bitter. The balancing malt helps to form the prerfect combination.
Great taste retention wiyh a nice long lingering note of the piney, citrusy hops.
Very easy to drink. Excellent beer. I wish I had bought more than one.

tgbljb, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, iced-tea ruby amber with just a dusting of a head and tiny splotches of lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma is quite hoppy (American citrus notes, light on the metal) but it also has a great caramel malt base and some enticing apple esters. The palate is well balanced between generous helpings of caramel malts and lemony, zesty hops. Some sweetness crops up just before the finish, which dries out just a tad as it fades. Overall, this is a very good beer -- true to the style, and lacking too much metallic aroma in the hops, which is a nice change from many American reds. Very sessionable and pleasant.

geexploitation, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep dark mahogony with a medium sized tan head. The smell is very hoppy,citrus scents, grapefruit like. The taste is creamy with a very hoppy backbone. Citrus hops rule this beer,but there's also some "bisquity" flavors and carmel. The m/f is medium with the hops really overpowering the other flavors. Not a bad beer,but the hops are really a little too much.

jmz62565, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of BusyNinja
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark malty, but less so than a strong ale. Plenty of hops in the nose, with a touch of grapefruit. Plenty of hop bite, but not overpowering. Lighter than a strong ale, in terms of maltiness, and much more drinkable than a DIPA. A very nice, highly poundable session beer. Had two at lunch. Would like to try it bottled sometime.

BusyNinja, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of medic25
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle, the pour issues forth a reddish-amber color with a thick white head. Pleasant aroma of pine. Flavor is definitely hoppier than an average American amber, but not overwhelming like a big DIPA. Very tasty combination of pine tree, citrus, and malt. Clean aftertaste; a nice offering for the winer.

medic25, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper color with a small tan head that falls to a ring of bubbles that leave some sticky lace behind.

Aroma is caramel malts nice sweet with some decent hop aromas pine and citrus dominating.

Taste is hops right away pine mingled with citrus. All on a caramel malt base that barely holds up to the hops. Nice bitter pine with fruity citrus underneath. Some light caramel malts noted underneath the hops. More a hop bomb then a good amber in my opinion but not bad as I do enjoy hops.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium feels like there is some body beneath the hops even if you can't taste it. Nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is good more of an IPA wouldn't buy if I wanted a good amber but not bad for a hop fix. Needs a touch more malt to round it out. Thanks Enola for this sample.

mntlover, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of mjc410
2.28/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The pour raises a light tan one finger head over a clear ruby-amber body. The head falls quickly to surface bubbles and a glass ring. The lacing, though, is quite sticky and resilient. A beautiful beer! The nose is very hoppy, with citrus-like bitterness evident. A bit of caramel sweetness, too. The taste is very hoppy, almost abrasive, with a vegetable-like off flavor overshadowing the nice caramel sweetness. The mouth is pretty thick, with some smooth carbonation. This beer was bought at random, and I will not be drinking it again.

mjc410, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of qcitydarkstar
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice garnet/mahogany color with a two-fingered cream-colored head. The neatly stacked bubbles in the head resemble soda-like carbonation, with the heady quickly decaying to about a quarter of its original size, but with still a nice portion of creamy foam. The initial smell is noticeably malty, with a floral hop backbone. On the tip of the palate, there is a strong fruit presence (maybe grapefruit, but also apricot and mango), followed by a roasted malt taste as it rolls down the back of the throat. As far as drinkability goes, I noticed as the beer warmed that the initial citrus sparkle faded into a smooth, but unfortunately bland, malt flavor—easy to drink, rarely exciting.

qcitydarkstar, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 2" head that lingers around. Big bubbles grace the head too. Nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: floral hop bitterness and a bread-like quality are up front with some caramel lingering in the background.

Taste: this is a bolder than normal amber ale. Caramel, nice hop bitterness, plums, some citrus, and a touch of bread dough make up the main flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and smooth at the finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is sharp but brief.

Drinkability: an easy drinking and flavorful amber that many people should enjoy. Worth seeking this out, as it is one of the better Magic Hat brews IMHO.

Gavage, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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

Billolick, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA, capones for the opportunity...
Appears a transparent, amber toned gold with a small, off-white head that quckly fades out into a mild cap and collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy, orange, caramel, and some herbal notes. There's definitely a Simcoe hop blast going on in the aroma with the heavy, pungent citrus floating ontop of the malty sweet caramel.
Taste is of the aromas but a bit more muddled with some sweetness trying to meld with the bitterness. It comes across as being really sweet to balance out the huge amount of hops but the sweetness wins out IMO with a light herbal flavor hanging out on the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, candy sweet with biscuit and herbal orange peel running along the sides and back of tongue. The feel is borderline thin but it's just very dry in the finish.
I'm guessing this is Magic Hat's answer to Nuggett Nectar. Unfortunately, it falls a bit short in the overall race. The dry hopping is a nice addition in the nose but it could be done better with less dryness and a bit less sweetness.

weeare138, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of cubang8r
4.43/5  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.

cubang8r, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of jbramley
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice amber with almost an inch of off-white head that holds at about a centimeter. Heavy lacing clings to the glass. Smells fruity and hoppy, like a mix of grapefruit and a sweet orange juice. Taste is of mostly hops, but balanced nicely by the malt background.

The flavors are balanced nicely with a hint of sweetness, followed by hops, and then malts. Moves through the mouth very well and is very drinkable. A nice flavorful, but easy drinker.

jbramley, Dec 17, 2006
Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.