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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: soccerman7 on 08-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

25 IBU
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Ratings: 920 | Reviews: 322
Photo of centbeerfest
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a sample bottle into a small tasting glass.

Nice orange amber color. Little bit of haze. Very little head or carbonation
Smelled of tobacco leaves or a mild cherry cigar.
Gives of some of the characteristics of an Octoberfest style beer, and has a slight cherry finish to the flavor. Just enough to tie it into what you have come to expect in a Magic Hat beer.
Wee bot of smoke flavor as well.

Nice alternative to the flood of Octoberfest beers and uniquely Magic Hat. Very drinkable.

Photo of bamojr
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden tan with a fluffy head that is quite thick and likes to hang around. Smells very bready and a bit of a skunk undertone. lots of spicy malts and a hint of skunk in the back which gives the brew a nice bitter flavor. the fluffy head makes for a very creamy entrance on this one. This is a great example of how to really use malts to their fullest potential.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

A nice little extra thrown in during the latest Bliss tasting. It pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises nutmeg, toffee, toasted caramel, very light cocoa, mandarin orange syrup, and hot cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel comes across as more buttery than burnt, and the spices settle down and kinda drift about lazily across the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a prickly feel. Overall, a pretty nice beer, one that stands as a unique O-Fest alternative for the fall season. I wouldn't mind having more of this, really...

Photo of chicagobill13
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't like the smell of this beer. It doesn't have a head at all. However, let's get into the positive of this beer, this is a very good beer. I don't like the fact that it doesn't tell you what the beer is on the bottle. I took a chance. I love this beer. I am not a red ale or amber fan but I love the malt taste of this beer. it has a little hoppiest to it not much. It has a very good mix between it. It is perfect for the beginning of fall. I wouldn't say the later stages. I am very happy to give this an awesome score. I hate magic hats beers but this one. it was worth the money.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a hazy amber orange - a few fingers of off-white head that quickly drops to a film.

Big malty nose, caramel.

A sip is carbonated lightly but firm, light body - almost like a lager to start, sweet malt through the middle, some burnt caramel and a turn towards mild earthy bitterness to finish.

Solid beer, perhaps a bit of a diacetyl note mid-sip, but overall pretty drinkable.

Photo of mattkoon
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this "hex ourtoberfest" in a variety pack from magic hat. When I poured it I noticed the color right away. It has a slightly foggy orange color. Magic hat has some pretty uniquely colored beers so this was right in line with some of there others.
the smell of this beer is nice as well, a spicy swirl of malt and fall flavors. I was however a little let down by the taste. It feels like order to achieve drinkability they might have lost some of the potential flavor. On the same hand if you are willing to sacrifice flavor for being able to pound like 10 of these this may be right up your alley.

Photo of bpw28
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Four finger bone white shaving cream head, great retention, reddish brown (about a 19-20 SRM), very nice lacing, stedy stream of small carb bubbles.

Smell: Doughy malts, floral, slight lemony/coriander smell, very clean nose.

Taste: Medium roast malt, floral that turns piney on finish, hop bitter back bone, slight honey sweetness, mellow yeastiness on the finish, light body, a little too strong carb (IMO of course).

Final Thoughts: I like it. It's a good simple which I'm a fan of. It isn't knock your socks off, but its a enjoy on your porch on a cool fall sunday. I'd buy this again.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangish color with a decent line of lacing and spicy notes on the nose. A bit of a thin body, malty sweetness, tart, then turns bitter with some nice balancing hops. Caramel sweetness with an extremely floral essence. Very smooth and easy to drink. Just the right combo of rich and herbal fruitiness and balancing hop bitterness. An interesting style, I cannot really pinpoint. Fits the fall season, though, and well worth a try, or two!

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet, breaking the goblet in. Beer is red, and clear, with a thin white head, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is weak but mildly malty sweet.

Beer is medium in body and surprisingly bitter but oddly so, the forward has a lager like feel to it with the hints of sulfur-ish yeast character. It is not horrible, decent, I might even have it again.

Photo of JMad
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer pours an amber/ copper color with a thick egg-shell colored head. It smells of toasted caramel malt, butter and toffee. The taste is big on toffee, with earthy hops bread and caramel and a slightly smoky bitter finish. It has a medium body with low carbonation and a bit of a dry finish. This was a decent Octoberfest, has more of a bitter side than most which I did enjoy.

Photo of PrivateEquity
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Not much head or lacing. Dark amber / light brown color.

S - aroma is probably The best part of this beer. Malty with a hint of smoke.

T - earthy nutty taste that doesn't really stand out.

M - Mouthfeel is just about right.

O - Overall an okay Oktoberfest. Worth a taste, but probably won't go back.

Photo of whitenickcannon
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At first appearance the beer had a slight head with a burnt copper color and transparent. It had a small head which went away in short order.

This had a mellow feel with just the right amount of carbonation for me.

The taste was good with hints of toffee and even slightly smoky taste as others have mentioned.

I have only had one, but I will try another one in the future to see if anything new stands out to me.

Photo of eggodoom
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a nice orange/red but transparent. Little head that disappeared almost immediately. smells of sweet malty caramel. I'm not getting fruit. Taste mirrors smells malty caramel the sweetness hits from beginning to end. Carbonation livens up the party with a slight tingling sensation. Absolutely no lacing. There is no real depth here after malty caramel it is pretty flat. I liked it, didn't love it.

Photo of Groucho75
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with BB 11/30/11 2050628 stamped on the neck; poured into my Bodum double walled tumbler.

Overall a nice look; closer to a copper-y IPA than a red but still nice. The head gave way pretty quickly and evaporated after a few minutes. No lacing to speak of. Slight carbonation kept it lively but not busy.

Lots of malt on the nose, a little fruit, but not much else.

Taste is average; plenty of bread and malt, but that sharp aftertaste leaves plenty to be desired. Low ABV doesn't appear at all on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good; you could session this one all night and not feel it too badly the next day.

I wanted to enjoy this, and it wasn't terrible, but on first glass it wasn't what I wanted it to be. If I had a few more my opinion might change but for now I'll echo those sentiments previously offered: I wouldn't turn it down, but it wouldn't be the first thing I reached for either.

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of bready and roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of bready malts with notes of caramel, roasted malts and toffee. The finish has some smoky flavors and notes of spices, while the initial taste has some notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The dryness in the finish prevents this beer from going down very smoothly, although it is rather unique for the style and shares some characteristics that you would expect from an Oktoberfest beer.

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 26 Sep 2010. Served in the 0.25 L DAB mug.

Medium beige head quickly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Clear coppery brown in color. Aromas of stone fruit, melon, A says like dirty fruit. Sweetly malty, almost like a HFCS addition, fake sweetness. Slightly bitter and toasty. Some woodiness. Medium to light body. Light ethanol. Lingering lightly tart aftertaste.

Not so good as an Octoberfest, slightly better as an Amber but still not something I'd go back to.

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

This brew pours a burnt umber hue and is capped by a small off-white frothy head. The flavor here is malty and slightly roasty, not too dissimilar from a Scottish Ale. Caramel is there, but tempered with a generally mild herbal-spicy bitterness. There is something strangely sweet and fruity about this brew, and I suspect it is the yeast; I am just shy of disdaining that aspect. Overall, it is (just) okay.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tangelo orange with edges of liquid butterscotch. A standard pour produced three fingers of froth that is somewhere between ecru and ivory in color. Good persistence and a decent amount of lace result in an above average score.

An autumn seasonal named Hex Ourtoberfest is pretty much an Oktoberfest, right? Well... maybe not... since this offering is an ale. The beer smells primarily malty, with hints of wood smoke that becomes more-than-hints after warming.

Hex is pretty good, but it ain't no Roxy Rolles (which it replaced in the Magic Hat lineup). As expected, there's a big Oktoberfest vibe, given the toasted-earthy-nutty maltiness. We're now several months past the 'best by' date with no sign of breakdown in either flavor or body.

This would be much less interesting beer without cherry wood smoked malt. It actually comes across as a marzen-rauch hybrid that is roughly equal parts of each. Apollo and Hallertau hops still have life in them with respect to both flavor and bitterness.

The mouthfeel does what it should do and is right in line with the rest of the attributes. It's the correct size for the ABV/style and the bubbles are neither too scarce nor too intrusive.

Hex Ourtoberfest is intriguing beer that is actually fairly conservative for this brewery. It's still a mystery why Magic Hat kills some of their best beer (Roxy Rolles, HiPA) and keeps some truly awful beer alive. And why is their website always such a pain to navigate?

Photo of biggred1
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish, tobacco-brown with a lumpy light tan head. Rich, caramel and smoky malts in the aroma. Light, biscuity malt with a touch of smokiness and herbal hop notes. Medium light bodied with bright carbonation. A nice twist on the trad O-fest style, I like the addition of cherry wood smoked malt. Not a bad brew from MH.

Photo of dstc
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt amber color with a thick, light tan head chess falls rather slow. Thin, coating lace.

Has a mild, roasted malt nose that has a soapy quality or something, can't quite place it.

Nice roasted, flavorful malts up front quickly followed by an odd flavor I cannot place, much like the aroma. Not bad though.

Thin to medium bodied with average carbonation. Bit of a bite on the tongue.

Not a bad brew, something just a bit off but ever so slightly.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a clear brown-amber that is slightly redish with little to no head. Smells rather malty and faintly of caramel. Tastes greatly of the many malts used and some hidden caramel flavor, but not really sweet at all. Medium-bodied with a decent texture and average carbonation, Hex finishes smooth and lightly smoky. Not a normal fall/Octoberfest brew style, but interesting. I will have one if someone offered me this, but will not reach for it.

Photo of racer2k
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a bottle of this beer in to my favorite pint glass.

A - Color is reddish amber. Beer creates a thick creamy one finger head that retains some light to moderate lacing around my glass.

S - Robust sweet malty front end profile that is highlighted by a fruity nutty presence to the smell.

T - This beer has a is a heavy duty malt backbone with a hint of bitterness on the front end. There are some hints of apples in the aroma.

M - This beer has moderate carbonation and a smokey mouth feel that fits very well with the slightly hoppy baseline.

D- Overall a good drinking session beer with a pretty innovative flavor profile.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a clear red/amber body with an off-white head that recedes quicky.

S: A dry blend, but balanced, nose of sweet toffee, earthy hops, spices, a bit of sourness, as well as toasted & grainy malts.

T: A well balanced flavor of sweet toffee, dry toasted malts, and a bit of a bitter herbal hops. In the finish one can pick up a faint hint of smoke, but not much as I expected.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, and a light & creamy texture.

D: This beer is very light and refreshing and perfect for the fall season. It's extremely easy to drink, good price, and easy to find when it's in season.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Quick to foam with a dismal lace, the dried orange peel color shows some clarity. Vague hits of caramel, smoke, spicy rye and herbal hop in the nose. Creamy medium body yields a modest smoothness. Malty, with a big flash of caramel sweetness to start. Hop bitterness and a hint of rye go for balance as a thin layer of smokiness covers the palate. Semisweet, ending with herbal hop, remnants of smoke and a touch of biscuity grain. Magic Hat is up to their old tricks by concocting this creation.

Photo of SickGnar
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright and clear ambery dark copper. A small sort of light beige head with okay stick and stay and some lacing.

S: Almost burnt sugary sweet toffee and plentiful caramel notes layered on rich and toasty Munich malts. This robust malty sweet sugary bread crust dominates and I do not really notice much in the way of hops.

T: Toffee and caramel notes again accent a toasty, rich, & bready base. There is a burnt edge running through it that makes me think that maybe there is a small portion of roasted barley or black patent in this one as well. There are also some fruity notes that seem to derive from both yeast and malts. It might just be the burnt edge, but there also seems to be a faint smokey ghost of hint. Grassy / herbal hops hops finally push through the sweetness to linger on a bit in the finish.

M: A bit above medium body with average, even modest given the body, carbonation makes for a robust & chewy, but not sticky sweet beer. Finish is semi-sweet. Overall it is a rich mouthfeel that works well with this beer.

D: An ale O-fest and a solid one too. It has an edge of sharp darkness in it to live up to the name and the slightly macabre label. It is murkier than the real deal, but it is an ale and hey that works with the name/label as well.

(from notes - tasted Sept 2010)

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Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.