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Vinyl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

604 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Vinyl sails in on her shining wings as the spinning sun returns. She is the season-shifter, bursting from her cocoon to sing the ancient song of vernal yearning and to summon spring's sweet green return... Her metamorphosis becomes our own. Her thirsts are shared by all. Drink in her mysterious elixir as the revolution blooms again...

24 IBU
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1.8/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bomber purchased at Vingo's in Whiting, NJ.

Pours a very dark amber, almost chesnut brown color with dark golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off-white head. Excellent retention only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Toasty caramel malt aroma with hints of biscuit and toffee as well as a pungent earthy hop character. The hop presence in the nose is very earthy and almost smells like soil/dirt. There is also a slight metallic character that isn't very appealing.

Medium bodied with a dry piney hop presence that lingers troughout over a slightly yeast, grainy and metallic malt backbone into a very earthy long dry finish. Hints of sweet corn, solvent and grain and the hop finish is very dirty/soil like. This tastes pretty much like an unpleasantly hoppy adjunct lager. Avoid.

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2.02/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Best by Date reads Mar312011. So I'm a litle late.

A= Pours a deep red color with a nice big two finger head on it that holds steady retention and lacing. The head is an off white color.

S= Smells quite boring. I picked this up without looking at the best by date because I figured their spring seasonal would be ready to drink around spring time... I was wrong. I'm not sure if the lack of aroma has anything to do with it being a week or two out of the best by date however. Really just smells like a tad bit of sweet malt.

T= The taste is just like the smell. Weak and boring. There is a suprising roast malt aftertaste to it. WTF is that.

M= Average carbonation and mouth. About right for the style.

O= Ok I missed the best by date by a few days. I bought the beer because I thought it was a SPRING seasonal. Interesting. The snow litterally just melted off the ground today and my spring seasonals are already old. This beer isn't impressive and not worth trying.

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2.24/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour: deep reddish brown, moderate head that breaks down quickly to a thin wispy lacing the lager over. Lacing becomes nearly non-existent about a 1/3 through the beer. Slight smokeyness to body similar to an unfiltered etc.

Nose: Malt, a little cream almost berry-esque a little hop at the end

Mouth: Light, malt/fruit slight sourness...the unfiltered apperance is just that an appearance, there is a slight malt to the finish.

This isn't me being a staunch Ale-er, but I don't believe this lager offers a proper depth of character. I think nearly all food pairings impossible minus the more delicate asian fare. Any other food simply overpower it ....

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2.42/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Finally reviewed this after my fifth bottle. I really enjoyed the first one I had, but after that it just kind of went flat.

Appearance - A very caramelized earth tone. Brown and sort of plain looking with some slight transparency. Decent lacing but little head.

Smell - Smells sort of like rotting flowers. Slight malts are noticeable; but I fail to get any hint of hops.

Taste - A very caramelized malty taste. Quite yeast-like. Slight floral notes. I can't really tell that this is a red ale.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Easily drinkable at 5.10% alcohol. It can taste watery at times with floral notes. A slightly unbalanced watery alcohol taste is sometimes present. This isn't a bad beer; but compared to other ambers and lagers it is towards the bottom of my list.

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2.47/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass, VINYL braces you refreshment with its Oktoberfest-esque color and head. Your hopes are then unceremoniously dumped by its vaguely woody and in no way fragrant smell.

The taste that follows is slightly better. Minor German-style malt upfront that quickly fades into slight bitterness. Ever so slight herbal/woody hop flavor in the aftertaste that is really almost imperceptible. Overall, the sparse positive notes in the taste rapidly diminish leaving a dully sweet, perhaps mineral aftertaste. Not refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good with low carbonation. Pretty smooth and if there were better flavor characteristics here, then more carbonation would improve the experience.

Why did they choose this name? Have you ever tasted vinyl? It is just another muddled, directionless beer from Magic Hat who seem to never make test batches of their recipes before going all the way.

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Vinyl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.