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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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919 Ratings

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 17
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of alleykatking
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz glass.

A- Pours a coppery amberish color. Two finger eggshell white head shows lower retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is weak...pretty weak to say the least. Some bready caramel malts combine with a floral hops. There is a light metallic hint to this one as well.

T- The caramel malts come into play from the front of the beer. A light metallic hint comes in the middle with a toasted malt as well. There are hops in the ending of the beer that show a light bittering that helps balance the beer as much as it can.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light malts and metallic hints left on the palate. Bittering hops and toasted malts left in the aftertaste. The beer itself is a little underbalanced but metallic hints killed most flavor profile. No real drying on the palate from alcohol.

D- This beer to me was a train wreck. The ABV on this seems to be on par for most brewery Oktoberfest beers. I wouldn't want to drink this one again unless I can get no metallic flavors. Magic Hat seems to be killing off any business they want from me.

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

A light creamy 1/2 finger head fades semi quickly over a semi clear toasty orange amber color.

The nose brings some sweet malts, a little syrupy aroma, some light toasty and red malts, and slight malt extract syrupy aroma. Also some light spices, a hint of nutmeg like aroma.

The taste is very bleh! More syrupy extract flavors, some malt extract, syrupy flavors. There are some malts, a little toasty malt and red malts. Also more of the spices, nutmeg and some other weird spices that don't really seem to belong. It finishes with more of the spices and syrupy flavors lingering, dries a bit on teh finish. It also gets a bitter and very slight metallic flavor on the finish.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

The drinkability is not the greatest. It has a low abv and nothing really bad, but the sticky syrupy flavors and spices that linger make it a little iffy.

Hey Magic Hat, you got me into craft beer, and I always have a place in my heart for you. I also loved the little quips under the caps, and even had a keg of Fat Angel at my wedding. When did your whole thing become about the gimmics and lost beer? All your best beers are killed for shit like this. Even the return of Blind Faith it was not nearly as good as it used to be. TWhat happened to you guys?! Please take a step back and look at yourselves and remember when it was about the beer.

Photo of terrapinfan88
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper in color, two finger foamy head

Smell: I got a carmel, apple smell initially and then after agitation tomato... I had to have a friend get a whiff for confirmation and indeed he did smell tomato.

Taste: Again carmel malts and apple sweetness upfront and then kind of caught off guard by hops I didn't think this beer had much balance they came through a little to much in the taste not all that bitter they just seemed out of place. the malt was pretty "meh" you could tell there was something there but nothing really stood out. an odd roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: The higher side of Medium carbonation (a bit to much for my liking but not unbearable.)

Drinkability: Had it not been for the carbonation I would have been able to drink six but fiz just really isn't for me personally

Photo of LuthersMug
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, rich copper color, clear. Large head that reminded me of fluffy meringue. Lacing was nice, leaving circles based on the previous beer level. Label was interesting, a party of nefarious witches and goblins. Somebody's legs lay dead or passed out. Hidden symbols also appear woven into the background. Cap had the message, "Just say 9."

S - Not that strong, maybe a bit of cardamom.

T - Malty up front, but quickly overtaken by the hops. The beer didn't feel like it was balanced correctly.

M - I didn't like the bitterness from the hops at the end, which lingered for too long.

D - Ehhh, average.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber for $2.99 at the brewery on Friday. Label says to consult the best by date stamped on the neck but there ain't nothin there, oops. Served cold in a standard
pint glass.

This mostly clear orange-copper brew throws up a very dense and creamy head with an odd neon yellow hue. Smell and taste are similar to describe. Fairly sweet with a little malt thickness behind it, some fruity aspects to the sweetness with mellow mulled spice. Odd and hard to describe in the ways unique to Magic Hat. Feel is kinda thin but a hoppy resin gives it some feel and the carbo is kept creamy by some hidden viscosity. Finishes with some light malty citrus. Easy to drink and begets pondering.

Photo of rebel1771
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a reddish gold color with slight head that fades quickly.

S: Sweet malt aroma dominates with a noticeable sweet apple aroma.

T: Starts out with a dry bready flavor but changes quickly to an overly sweet malty flavor.

D: Nothing crazy here, but it is a decent brew. A bit sweeter than other fall brews maybe a little to sweet.

Photo of thespaceman
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Magic Hat HEX pint glass

Appearance: Pours a medium amber in color, generous size head builds and sticks around for a bit. Head retention was subpar on this one, and the lacing was very thin. Still a great looking beer.

Smell: Nice aromas come out here, I get a great hop presence which isn't huge but discloses some nice floral notes, malt spice is evident here, I also get a nice roasted/smoke aroma as well which is inviting.

Taste: Big caramel malt flavors up front here, really buttery and soft, blended through with a slight residual hoppiness, some tiny citrus notes blend nicely to the malt profile. Towards the finish I get a little bit of that smokey flavor I got in the aroma, which adds a nice little zip to this offering. Also got a bit of diacetyl here but it wasn't too bad, the hop profile keeps it in check with some bitterness cutting through any buttery/thick flavors that were evident.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation here, body is generous and sits well on the tongue without getting wet. Hop's add a nice bittering effect here which is a nice surprise.

Drinkability: Overall, HEX is no Jinx as far as Magic Hat seasonals go, but it is a good replacement to Roxy Rolle's that offers some good characteristic's for a fall beer. The hop profile is the standout here, really melding nicely against the big smokey and toasted flavors infused in the malt. Sessionable at 5.4% ABV, couldn't really drink more then 3 in a sitting since the malt tends to get big bodied after a few, but overall a nice go-to fall seasonal from Magic Hat.

Photo of foogerd
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear copper with slight hints of red off white head plenty of lacing
S- candy like sweetness in the beginning of the nose some breads a touch of flowery hops
T- biscuity bready and light caramel and toffee, light floral finish
M- decent enough for the style
D- very smooth can session plenty of this if i liked the flavor
overall another very average brew for this brewery

Photo of cdkrenz
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Carbonated crystal copper body with a huge head full of large bubbles and the color of eggshells. As the head recedes it offers a humocky top.

S - Nice combination of slightly sweet malt and an edge of leafy hops.

T - Solid malt base of thin bread and sweet quick roasted malts. The finish offers a nice very mild hoppy bitterness. This is a very flavorful Oktoberfest style brew. One of the best flavor combination I've had in this style.

M - The feel is dry but not too dry. I think the feel in this brew may have been an accident. There's allot of carbonation making for a coarse texture, which seems to be contradictory compared to most other dry feeling beers I've had.

~ Overall this is a very good, drinkable, sessionable, likable brew. You should certainly pick up a six pack for yourself.

Photo of JamesS
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice light copper color with good initial head and decent lacing. Fairly malty aroma, much like a standard fizzy lager with just a hint of depth. Decent malty flavor, a bit of nice caramel tones to it; nice and lasting on the tongue at the end. Goes down smoothly.

Photo of oberon
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a nonic a deep burnt orange with a large fluffy slight off white head that held pretty well,downhill from there.Aromas of caramel and some char,a off soapy aroma comes into play as well.Flavors start big and caramelly sweet with some underlying toastiness and then a real funky finish that has some soapiness and sourness that shouldnt be there.Sorta unpleasant on the palate,to me a clunker of a beer from Magic Hat.

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has a best by date and lists the ABV at 5.4%.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful orange amber color with good clarity and some carbonation. The head on top is a creamy off white color about two fingers tall and has good retention. 2/3 the way down the glass and a thin cap is still holding on. There is not much in the way of lacing as the head just slides right down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has an odd astringent sour hop note with sweet caramel, candy like maltiness.

Taste/Palate: Its medium body sports a sweet caramel candy and toffee like character with some bready and lightly toasted notes in the background. This is balanced by a somewhat sour leafy/grassy bitterness from the hops. As this is Amber Ale and not a true Oktoberfest Lager the finish is slow and light hop bitterness lingers. The carbonation is well balanced and active keeping the texture lively and light.

Notes: Overall this beer quite drinkable and captures the spirit of fall and Oktoberfest.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice dark amber with an inch of fluffy white head. Looks pretty decent.

S - You get a nice whiff of amber malt with a slight roasty character, some caramel, and some mild hop tones.

T - Very enjoyable actually. You get some sweet caramel followed by some slight nutty amber and finishes dry with some hop flavor. Very good overall.

M - Light to medium bodied. Drinkable,

D - Overall I enjoyed this more than the Roxy Rolles which for some reason I was comparing it to since I thought they were both Oktoberfest's. I may just pick up the Variety case since all beers are overall enjoyable. Great beer.

Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white, two finger-head that goes quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Nearly clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Toasted malty nose. Flavor is toasted malt with a hop backbone, finish has a light bitter aftertaste. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from North End Superette Manchester, NH.

Photo of therica
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= cloudy tea, faint head and rimming, about the same as ice tea or less.

S= nice toasted malts, slightly bready, some hops and maybe fruity and citrus notes.

T= up-front dry and somewhat astringent, a bit annoying to get through to the reasonable roasted malts, slight caramel, stale hops which become more apparent as the beer has warmed; maybe some apricot notes.

M= my tongue is rasping against my upper palate, my lips are squeaking, just too much annoying astringency and dry effect, a bit immature as far as an attempt at a rich and satisfying Octoberfest (the label says "Ourtoberfest"). Some annoying metallic bitter/sourness.

D= one is enough unless you really like a squeaking tongue and lips.

Photo of alli4051
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a dark copper with a pretty average head. Head is off white and disappears quickly leaving really no lacing. Smell is lots of malts, some roasted and some bready. Taste is predominately malty up front with some nice subtle hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have liked. Overall pretty good and a very drinkable beer. I would give it bonus points for the label art but that would feel unfair, so I didn't.

Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a mug.

A clear copper w/ inch of ecru cap and tiny bead, the lace clings well. The smell is malty w/ lightly toasted grain and mild hop aroma w/ slight nutty scent w/ a hint of fruity ester in the yeast aroma. The malt is toasted in the feel and slightly cream w/ moderate carbonation and subtle bitterness, the feel is medium light and the finish is dry.

A flavor which mocks a fest lager well, but hop flavor is slightly higher and malt is toasted tasting and slightly sweet like granola w/ an almond-like taste. There is a subtle marzipan sweet note in its caramel and spice combination, but it doesn't really get to the dessert area. The finish is pretty lasting w/ lots of malt which is tasty. The drinkability -I liked this although I thought I wouldn't, perhaps if it were marketed as an amber/red ale I wouldn't have expected a marzen, but it is pretty good fro the style IMO.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hex poured a bark amber color, with very little head, that disapated completely very quickly. It had a malty smell. The taste had a very malty tone to it, a pretty strong toffee flavor as well. Strong flavor, and nice carbonation made it realitivly easy to drink. Overall a very intresting beer, and a good one as well.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper color with a slight haze with average carbo's and low foam head.
Smells malty with some bread and biscuit tones.
smooth tasting light in body.
While drinking I get a sense of alcohol. That warm alcohol feeling.
This is a pretty good beer, I wouldn't buy a case I don't think.

Drink well my friends

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid amber with a big off white head to start, leading to nothing later in the glass. No lacing. Nice color, but that's it.

Nice caramel and burnt sugar, some toffee an hops. Decent an inviting.

Sweet toffee and toasted malt, with a smoky edge and some hop bitterness. A bit watery, and somewhat uneven. Ok, but not great. Hoppy edge helped alot.

Mushy and not enough carbonation. Seemed to flatten out after time in the glass.

Another Magic Hat at a party. Glad I don't buy their beer anymore. Ok, with some decent characteristics, but not great either. Not thee worst from these guys, but far fro the best.

Photo of japcmiller
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice light amber color with thin head retention, thin lacing but nicely carbonated.

Smell: It has a wonderful heavy spice and caramel nose with almost a hint of brown sugar. Very little hop character adding to the nose, but heavy on the malt.

Taste: Has a high almost acidic character, that balances well with the sugar sweetness that is a very mild taste that comes at the beginning of the sip. It finishes bitter with a bready malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Has a very dry and heavy feel on my tongue. Not an overly tanninany dryness but still dry. It feels very heavy and coats the inside of my mouth like syrup.

Drinkability: This beer has great balance between its' nose and the taste. The acidic character blends well with its' sweet malty character and even though it finishes dry. The beer as a whole has great balance and very good drinkability.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a glass mug. A best-by date of Dec. 31 2010 is clearly printed on the bottle.

Pours a bright orange-amber hue, a touch cloudy, with a small capping of off-white foam that fades away almost immediately, leaving no stickage on the walls of the glass as it drains.

A bit spicy in aroma, with hints of grass, lemon, black pepper and some light notes of basil.

Body is a bit on the medium side, with a light-to-moderate level of carbonation. Malt character dominates, mostly sweet, with a very caramel-like character mingled with hints of rapeseed honey. Hops jump into the mix early on, showing that same sort of spicy, grassy, somewhat herbal character that was dominant in the nose, though a very subtle hint of smoke peeks through just before leading into a slightly sweet, rather long finish with a lingering caramel sweetness.

Truly a rather enjoyable take on the Oktoberfest style, easily drinkable but with a subtle complexity from the specialty ingredients thrown in. Certainly a worthwhile seasonal and a nice replacement for the brewery's previous Fall seasonal, Roxy Rolles.

Photo of weller1js
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a clear burnt-amber with decent carbonation that dissipates quickly; foam dissipates leaving only a small film of lacing.

smell: light scent of sweet syrupy flavor complemented with slight harvest-malt undertones

taste: malt flavor has essence of the harvest style, but is overpowered by a more caramel-maple taste; notes of hops enter toward the finish with a bitter lingering.

drinkability: definitely lacking a defined harvest taste, and more sweet than typical; yet still nothing overly dissapointing about it either.

Photo of Evocatus
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a darkis amber, little head. Aroma wasn't great for an amber. Definitely not any malt or carmel that Im used to. Taste was a little malty, but then earthy and hoppy later. Average body and carbonation. Ok if there is nothing else but stuff like busche lite, but not great either.

Photo of ComfortablyBum
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into DFH glass

A - light brown and hazy with little head.

S - Metallic. Reminded me of cheap pale lagers my dad used to drink.

T - Dry malty at first with an earthy green bitterness after.

M - Light and highly carbonated.

D - It was alright, but not something I would buy a six pack of.

Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.