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Roxy Rolles - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

589 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | 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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geexploitation

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 22:19:12 | More by geexploitation
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jmz62565

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 00:10:45 | More by jmz62565
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BusyNinja

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2006 20:47:23 | More by BusyNinja
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medic25

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 05:53:35 | More by medic25
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mntlover

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 03:24:32 | More by mntlover
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mjc410

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 21:13:25 | More by mjc410
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qcitydarkstar

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 08:54:35 | More by qcitydarkstar
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 16:08:25 | More by Gavage
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Billolick

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 00:37:32 | More by Billolick
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 15:37:55 | More by weeare138
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cubang8r

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 23:25:41 | More by cubang8r
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jbramley

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 19:11:31 | More by jbramley
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Florians. Amber red body with a quarter inch of off-white head. Smells unlike most beers I've tried - like pine, orange, and apricot. Tastes bitter, piney, with some citrus. Some malt, but this is definitely a hop-forward hop-heavy ale. Medium bodied, bordering on syrupy. Hmm, not sure what to make of this one. Reminds me of Batch 375 in some ways (that was their double IPA). It's alright, but not sure I'd get it again, due to the lack of balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 01:43:06 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best By date February 2007, Sampled December 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, deep reddish amber color and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head that has some staying power to it. The aroma is quite hoppy with straightforward, brash grapefruit notes being most prominent. It is actually quite a bit more fruity in its aromatics than that though; smooth notes of lychee and apricot join notes of candied orange peel and even a touch of tropical fruit. Because of all the fruity hop notes the aroma smells quite sweet, but way in the back are some fresh, malty, biscuit-like aromatics.

The taste is quit hoppy, quite immediately. It is not as sweet as the aroma might suggest, or at least there is not enough malt sugars to allow this to taste of sweet citrus fruits. Instead the loud citrus notes take on a citrus like peel character (you know, citrus without the sweetness). The finish has a slight note that tastes like darkly roasted grain to me, but just a hint. Mostly the finish is dominated by a biting hop bitterness that is even a touch astringent at times. This could actually use a bit more of a malt backbone to carry the over-the-top hops. Without the citrus hop notes take on a tartness that does not quite mesh. Still this is quite a drinkable brew, and I will happily finish it.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 04:47:32 | More by Gueuzedude
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a reddish orange with good carbonation. The head is one finger off white and leaves some lace.

The Smell is piney, woodsy.

The taste follows, Bitter with a small line of spicy notes.

The mouthfeel is ok. Medium body ok carbonation.

The drinkability is good, But the beer has no real unique qualities. It's good but I would not buy more. MK

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 04:42:38 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a biker out in the snow for your holiday beer label. Because beer, motorcycles, and snow is a fool proof combination.

Reddish, hazy body, topped by a four-finger cylinder of bone-china-white foam. Very good lacing.

Very inviting very piney aroma, along with a healthy dose of pulpy grapefruit and orange.

Just enough caramel in the front to lay down a solid foundation before a refreshing bite of fruity hops tops it off. Bits of pine, orange, grapefruit, and a surprising burst of cherry just before the finish. Clean and quick finish and very light aftertaste.

Smooth light-to-light-medium mouthfeel. Tasty and easy drinking. As winter seasonals go, this is practically a session beer.

Been awhile since I've enjoyed a new Magic Hat product this much. Could work easily as a year round beer. Not a "sitting before the fire sipper" but you need a beer to have with dinner in December too. Take it for a spin.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 04:35:23 | More by RonfromJersey
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Gasp100

Delaware

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep Amber with reddish hue, wispy off white head with light lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of biscuit and bready notes, piney hops, caramel and toffee.
T - piney and citrus hops take center stage, but not overpowering. the sweetness of the malts (crystal) are slightly cloying, but the malts do offer a nice bready backbone with caramel and toffee which balances the hops nicely.
M - nicely carb'd and a solid hop bitterness smooths out and rolls off in the end.
D - This was a pleasant surprise. i'm not a huge Hat fan although I appreciate what they do. I LOVE good, hoppy, RED beers.... the color is awesome and I'm brewing something similar right now. I could drink this in a session and might have to grab a 12 or more if I can find it - this should be standard fare for Majic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 00:21:38 | More by Gasp100
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly opaque amber with a nice khaki head that leaves some good lacing. Smells entirely of hops (grassy, floral, earthy), very sweet. Not what I was expecting from an amber ale but very nice. Taste is much of the same. Floral and grassy hops dominate but malts are also present. Grapefruit, oranges, and grass seem to be the main hop flavors. Even with all the hops this is only moderately bitter at best. Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit on the thin side but overall pretty nice. This is a really nice beer. It wasn't what I was expecting from an amber ale but this is a Magic Hat offering so I really shouldn't be. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, the only problem is that I can only find it in mixed 12 packs but I look forward to having this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 22:07:06 | More by mnj21655
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scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

really solid offering from magic hat. pours a beautiful red with a khaki colored frothy head. smells very much of grapefruit and oranges. by the nose i was expected to get smacked around by bitterness as found in a solid ipa but that's not the case with this brew. very flavorful and smooth. orange notes with slight pine. definitly sessionable and probably the best magic hat i've had in a long time. looking forward to trying their schwarzbier. slainte.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 17:24:23 | More by scarletfire79
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA

Dark amber colour with slight tan head. Frothy lacing.

Smells of hops, grassy and floral.

The taste is very hoppy as well, to the point where I was surprised to find out it was an amber/red ale and not an IPA. Though the toasty malt back taste could have tipped me off. Some fruit flavors permeate as well. A bit of metallic taste after awhile.

Pretty smooth with some carbonation bite. A very strong red ale, and flavourful. And while tasty, not really fitting with the red ale genre to my comfort.

Still, a nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2006 17:00:59 | More by Freshie
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WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 23:19:04 | More by WesWes
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eberkman

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep red with a tan head that thinned out rather quickly, leaving traces of lacing on the glass. Presented a nose dominated by citrusy and piney hops with some sweet maltiness. The taste was much maltier than I anticipated, but it wasn't a cloying sweetness; more of a fruity tanginess. Nowhere near the hop bitterness hinted at in the aroma; just a little bit in the finish. The mouthfeel was a little thinner and flatter than I would have liked, but not so much that it made it unappealing. Would probably be a decent session beer -- it's very drinkable, particularly with a pretty low ABV and relatively smooth taste, but there are better options out there.

Overall, not a bad brew. Certainly more palatable than No. 9, the only other Magic Hat offering I've sampled.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 03:46:05 | More by eberkman
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a very slight chill haze to it. A nice 2 finger head formed that was light tam in color. The head stayed around for while and then faded to about half its original height while I jotted some notes. It also left some pretty nice lacing on the glass all the way to the end.

S-Mostly citrus and green hops with a little malt coming in on the end.

T-Nice bitter hop profile of citrus and green. The malts I smelled barely make themselves known but are there in biscuity kinda way.

M-This is this beers leat attractive quality, with a light body and wtery mouthfeel

D-this is very drinkable, I could drink these for a whole evening if there were no other choices without looking back.

Overall-A reeally nice beer that I will look for again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 21:28:11 | More by jackorain
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz., best by February. It pours a ruby/mahogany with medium carbonation and three fingers of khaki head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is quite nice, with rich hops that contribute grapefruit, passionfruit, mango and a dash of pine needle. Reminds me very much of Double Simcoe's scent. The flavor profile is quite similar with an addition of the apricot esters which I find in so many of their brews and a medium bitterness from the leafy/green and tropical hops. Once again I am reminded of Double Simcoe and, lo and behold, the website states that it is brewed with Simcoe and Brewer's Gold. The body is medium and drying, with medium carbonation and a medium, smooth finish. One of the better offerings from Magic Hat, and one I probably enjoyed more due to trying Double Simcoe just a few days prior.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 03:47:00 | More by mmmbeer
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

2.1/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i am very mixed up about this beer.

loved it in the 'batch #' series, and the first time i drank a RR 12oz'er, i was disappointed. thought it tasted like hoppy #9. i am sitting down once more, with my last bottle, to give it a fair shake.

it looks excellent. pours amber, like its style namesake should imply. slightly hazed, overall clear. thick, creamy off-white head reduces to a bubble and cream topped haze. lacing spirals down where the foam was in slightly saggy circles.

smells sweet and fruity at first.. i guess its the rw yeast, but i also think it reminds me of the so-called apricot note they inject into their #9. whatever it is, i call it a pungent tart fruitiness that i normally don't associate with hops. there is certainly a little char smokiness to the malt in the nose, but that dissipates as soon as that tinged tang of sourness invades my nostrils. for a 'hoppy' amber, i'm not smelling success.

well, it tastes hoppy. it's like blind faith, with a salty, bready, almost pretzel-like addition to boost the malt bill. something lingers angrily in my mouth. the hops are extremely metallic, and this beer even manages to come off as boozy at just under 6%. oh, this is just foul. this is much worse than the first bottle (from the same pack). this review is over. i can't even go on. this beer must be falling apart and rapid speed (best by feb 07, according to the bottle).

*wipes tongue with sleeve*

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 22:31:05 | More by goodbyeohio
Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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