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Roxy Rolles - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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599 Ratings

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 13
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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Photo of RonfromJersey
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.

RonfromJersey, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of Gasp100
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.

Gasp100, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of mnj21655
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.

mnj21655, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of scarletfire79
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.

scarletfire79, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of Freshie
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.

Freshie, Dec 09, 2006
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 eberkman
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.

eberkman, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of jackorain
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.

jackorain, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
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.

mmmbeer, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
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*

goodbyeohio, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of Saint
3.5/5  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.

Saint, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of taez555
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

taez555, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 27, 2006
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 SteveO1231
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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.


SteveO1231, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Doomcifer, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of AudioGilz
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent darker amber color, with a smallish yet sticky head. Aroma involves hops, and that's about it. It's very herbal and crisp. Holy hell! Hops domination in the flavor, too much for my taste actually; mainly because there's no balance whatsoever. Any malt character is almost nonexistent, and the bitter puckering hop character is way too strict, without any of the preferred flavors I like from very hoppy beers, such as citrus, herbal, spicy stuff. Sadly, I am stuggling to finish this brew. I'm sure some hopheads will enjoy this, but if you like a more complex hoppy beer, seek other choices.

AudioGilz, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce "tulip" shaped pint glass.

A - Nice reddish amber with a nice off white head. Glass laces up nicely.

S - A nice grapefruity hop aroma, along with a grassy smell.

T - Big hop bitterness runs into a clean tasting amber ale with some decent malt flavors to balance it out. Still, hops definitely dominate the taste and the beer finishes nice and clean.

M - A nice medium bodied amber ale.

D - A nice brew to drink nice and cool. Satisfies a hop fix and still goes down easy.

Note: Different than the maltier winter brews we always see. A nice easy drinking ale.

EStreet20, Nov 19, 2006
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
Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a sixer at Macy's in Weymouth...no Celebration so this is what I I selected.
Pours a chestnut color with amber highlights with the help of some natural light...two finger head with no effort and leaves thick lacing as it recedes.
Nice balance of roasted malt to fruity hops in the nose...some piney scent too.
Taste is pretty darn good...the malt may just win out the battle here, as it is sweet up front and in the finish, but there is a decent hop profile to distinguish itself from your typical amber/red.
Mix of citrus hops and floral hops complement the balance and finishes quite clean.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is a touch high.
Overall, another offering from Magic Hat that is beginning to make me pay more attention to the recent happenings in Burlington, VT.
Well done...

warriorsoul, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a clear amber with a large, foamy, off-white head. Sticks lacing follows the beer 3/4 down the glass.

S - Mild hops tickle the nose, followed by a citrusy/floral aroma. A little "wood-sy" pine in the background.

T - Starts with a hoppy feel that melts away with a mixture of caramel and malt; the hops return on the crisp finish. Any bitterness is cancelled out by the lingering feeling of malt. I really enjoyed the sweet-hops.

M - Medium body blends well with the caramel flavors. Lack of bitterness on the finish also bodes well with the malt.

D - A very good seasonal selection. Stronger flavors than other Magic Hat offerings, but not overpowering.

JohnnyM2002, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

under cap: "Take a Day to Roll in the Hay"

Pours an off-white rocky head atop an great amber color. Looks inviting (and leaves lots of lace).

Aroma is all juicy hops...big sweet hops, certainly not the spikiest hops ever, just earthy and round. In a blind test, I'm almost certain most would think this was a Double IPA, or at least an IPA on the level of Bell's Two-Hearted. It's not totally one-sided, but wow, that's far more hops than your usual amber/red ale offers.

The flavors aren't surprising, considering the aroma. Big round juicy floral hops, with a slight malt backbone carrying the primary flavor and helping to give a little depth to this beer. Freshly mowed grass, grapefruit, orange, nuttiness and caramel fly by. Mouthfeel starts creamy but thins out too quickly. But it's quite nice and does the flavors justice. Citrusy, astringent finish.

A tough one to call. This is like a sweet, innocent amber ale corrupted by a big, bulky IPA. The IPA wins. No matter what you call it, this is a great beer. (Can't say I'm into the name or little story behind the character on the label, but whatever...) Seems a lot bigger than 5.8%...nice job!

Metalmonk, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper color, slightly cloudy. Initial one and a half finger cream colored head. Nice retention with some large bubbles on the side of the glass.
S: A hopped up amber ale? hmmm. Good background of sweet caramel malt. Hoppyness is a blend of citrus and pine.
T/M: Pine and citrus hops are the first flavors to cross the finish line, however, the rest of the field basically quits. Initial flavors are there, but have no legs and dissappear pretty quickly. Bitterness in the finish that lasts awhile with a toasted grain like aftertaste. Dryness walks in unison with the bitterness. A bit too thin for my palate.
D: At first impressive, but tails off rather quickly. I wonder how this would do on tap, or better yet on cask.

bjohnson, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of orfeu
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystalline bronze with a thick cloud of off-cream crater-pocked foam. Utterly still by appearance. Big aromas of citrus pith (grapefruit and tangerine) ride out atop a caramel-candy sweet malt base. Some pineyness, too. Flavor seems a bit...off: citrus hop flavor appears in a brief flash, then there's a strange smokey and buttery taste, kind of like movie-theater popcorn. A little orange peel flavor toward the finish, then a weird sweet smokiness at the end. Sort of slick mouthfeel, medium body. Decent for a winter seasonal, but this isn't gonna fool anyone into thinking it's in the same league as Celebration and Santa's Private Reserve.

orfeu, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Roxy Rolles
12 oz brown bottle
Best before February 2007 clearly notched on the back label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a reddish-orange with an amber tint. Fluffy head on top that provides some nice patterns of sticky lacings.

I like the nose. Pronounced whiffs of citrus and piney hops with a sweetness in the background.

Juicy caramel and roasted malts with a touch of honey up front. Tart hop punch on the finish with flavors of oranges, pine resin and major citrus twang. Typical for Magic Hat with a rather creamy and smooth quality. Must be their yeast strain.

This is one hopped up amber ale from MH. I'm always pleased to see the new releases.

Hibernator, Nov 10, 2006
Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.