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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: 14
Gots: 11 | 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

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 qcitydarkstar
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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 weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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 jbramley
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Gasp100
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of mnj21655
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Freshie
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of eberkman
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of jackorain
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.12/5  rDev -43.9%
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*

Photo of Saint
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amazingly hoppy for a red ale, that pours nicely with a small creamy head, that lingers. It has a intense citrus rind tang to it, with an end of lingering hoppy spice. It could do well to tone back the intensity of the hops, but for what they where aiming for, they nailed it. All around a very good beer, but not an exceptional one.

Photo of taez555
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber/tan/orange body with an off-white head.

Nose is pure juicy orange, grapefruit, lime peel, pepper and lots of resiny hops. A very oily hop smell, but just loads and loads and loads of juicy citrus peel.

Medium bodied with a slightly course mouth feel. Nice fresh toasted malt flavor. Very classic red ale. Hop bitterness and hop flavor really dominate this beer though. Just like the nose grapefruit, lime peel, loads of citrus, orange, hop resin, leaf and black pepper. Bitterness is rather in your face near the beginning and in the middle but fades near the end. Surprisingly well balanced actually as the hops are in your face but so is the amber/red ale flavors. Finishes slightly course with a mild but still there hop bitterness.

This beer is very reminiscent of batch 374, but maybe a bit more toned down. One of the best newer magic hat beers not in a mixed pack or with a #. I could drink this all day long as a session beer.

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

AP: Mahogony-hued red amber color, good activity and carbonation that creates a 1/2" deep, bubbly, cream colored head that displays excellent head retention.

Nose: A flowery and fruity hop scent hits the nose first then becomes piney and cannabis-like scented.

Taste & MF: Well, they were'nt kidding, this is pretty much what a hoppy Amber ale should taste like. It has a clean and crisp mdeium body with a taste of fruit and pine flavored hop followed by a mildly sweet malt adge that balances this bew out a bit. Cloves and spices are detected in a subtle sort of way.

DA: I enjot these hoppy Amber or Ruby ale's, this one is a very high quality example and now one of my favorites from Magic Hat.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of SteveO1231
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown pop top, Red label with Feb 07' notched. Pours a clear, dark amber with a thick creamy white head, lots of carbonation. Great chunky lacing. Aroma is very hoppy, spicy, hints of pine and citrus, smells like a diesel IPA with a bready malt backbone. Mouth feel is light on the palate, thin, and fizzy. Light malt sweetness, grain husk, bready, with a dry smokey hint. Hop bitterness hits the back of the palate lightly with a grassy/pine bitterness. Pretty good beer, interesting blend of IPA and Amber styles.


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.

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