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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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920 Ratings

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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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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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The pour was a clear copper brown with an average (1-2 finger) off white rocky head that reduced down to just a small collar, which produced some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a stale bread malt and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, maple syrup and a hint of smoke.

The taste was malty and lightly sweet with a hint of caramel early on, with the finish having a slightly harsh hop bite, a light toffee sweetness and a mild smoke presence. The flavor lasted a decent amount of time following the swallow, with a mild smoky malt flavor left behind.

Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body and somewhat watery in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a decent enough tasting Oktoberfest, which had a nice malty-sweet smoky flavor...


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

A- Pours a wonderful amber color with a lacy head to it that goes down to a light coating over the top.

S- Noble hops and some sweetness.

T- Smokey and sweet. There is a little bitterness in there that balances well with the sweetness.

M- Light and nice carbonation.

O- Pretty good beer. I'm more of a ale than lagers kind of guy, but tis' the season for oktober fest beers. It's a good beer to have to mix up things when so many stouts are being released right now.

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3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Golden brown and clear. Foams up nicely but leaves quickly dissolving into a white rim around the glass.

S- Caramel and spicy notes, subtle hops in nose.

T- Malty up front with tons of caramel sweetness. Nice touch of hoppy bitterness and Smokey rye to finish off the deal.

M- Creamy body that’s deliciously smooth. Very good carbonation and coats the palate nicely.

O- My first Magic Hat offering and I am very impressed. Out of all the Oktoberfests I have had thus far I enjoyed this one the most. Would definitely purchase again and am looking for their other offerings. Any suggestions?

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3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a thick yet bubbly three finger head that disappeared very quickly. The scent is quite strong and sweet with a typical German oatiness. Almost smell ginger for a nice Fall scent. The taste is where is don't follow as it is a bit weak with a sweet yet bland finish. The label says it has a " distinctly rich and flavorful" taste but I say it has neither. There is no richness and it seems sweet and lacking.

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3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not a very dark brown, a light almond color, and it's mostly clear, but it's just dark enough and just hazy enough that it's practically opaque. The head is sweet. Big and thick like and IPA, with similar characteristics with good retention and a slow implosion leaving messy lace all over the glass.

Even with a bit of warming in the glass, there isn't much smell. A bit malty, a little crackery, but other than that, there's just nothing there.

Has kind of a Scotch ale vibe to it. Rye is mostly what my tongue picks up. Malt is there as well.

Pretty bland with some spicy bitterness in the end. Medium bodied. Slight nutty feel. Again, not much there.

I don't typically care much for the style, but this is an easy drinker. Warm or cold weather, wouldn't matter, it would go down fairly easy and with only moderate ABV, you could make a long evening out of it.

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2.47/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Once again Magic Hat has left me with a beer that is below par. I don't know what it is about this brewery but the vast majority of their brews just don't do it for me. But I keep trying I
I drank this out of a tumbler . At first I thought well it descent so maybe it will taste descent, but that did not last very long.
It was a good amber color with very minimal head that dissipated quickly.
The smell wasn't to bad about what you expect.
The taste was to bitter for an Oktoberfest beer
And the mouthfeel was awful almost like a stinging fizzines.
Overall a below average experience

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2.89/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Magic Hat "Participation" variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Has a caramelly and slightly smoky aroma with a bit of Noble hops.

Taste: Mildly bitter and up front with a bit of caramel sweetness. Finishes bitter with a touch of smoked malt as well. I can tell there are some good flavors at work here but it honestly feels like it needs to be turned up a notch. The flavors are kind of weak and muted, but I can sense the potential.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a water-like body.

Overall: A kind of "meh" beer overall. I can see the idea behind it and appreciate some of the flavors; I just don't think they pull it off very well. This is a common theme with Magic Hat it seems. Lots of interesting flavors, just poor execution.

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