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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

875 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%


Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A malty amber ale with hints of toffee and caramel and a slightly smoky finish.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: soccerman7 on 08-01-2010)
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jampics2

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Magic Hat Hex is just an average looking beer. It has a copper color with red and orange streaks.  A small ring of head is unimpressive, and next to no lace is left on the glass as I work my way through. 

The smell caught me off guard. This beer is fruity as all get out. Some brown sugar and slight sweet caramel from the malt represent, but they're blanketed by peach and white grape scents. This all adds up to a weird and somewhat disconcerting experience, especially when the style of beer has nothing to do with fruitiness.  Just an odd bird, maybe this should be an odd notion beer and not a full release. 

Thankfully, the fruit is gone from the taste. The palate comes across more as  toasted malt mild earthy hops. The only odd flavor is a touch of bubblegum. The beer is  still strange but is tasting like an Autumn spin on the amber now, and I think I'm finally starting to see the connection Magic Hat is going for.   

Hex has a clean finish with residual medium bitterness. The carb is a touch light and the body is a touch thin.  But the mouthfeel isn't bad, just nothing out of the ordinary. Overall, I'm not a fan of this beer, but it isn't horrible. In my humble opinion, this is a  poor attempt at something new and was really unnecessary - the traditional Amber and Oktoberfest styles have a wide range of beers that push the envelope without weird flavors and scents. And don't get me started on the miseducation that comes with Magic Hat labeling this an Oktober beer. 

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 22:28:04 | More by jampics2
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Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.