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Odd Notion - Hibiscus Red (Winter 2010) - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Odd Notion - Hibiscus Red (Winter 2010)Odd Notion - Hibiscus Red (Winter 2010)

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 64
Avg: 3.13
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Metalmonk on 10-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 64
Photo of KyleVick4
1.94/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz in a cold pint glass

A: Deep red color with good two-finger head. Appreciable lacing.

S: Yuck. Can't really touch what it is but it smells like bad homebrew batches. Mostly grain. A little bready but there is no power in the smell. Maybe hibiscus is a smell sponge ;)

T: B L A N D. Nothing here. Tastes like nothing. Sigh. Looking deeper... Malty, but not in a good way, like a malt tea. I keep sipping, but there really is no taste. Very slight fruitiness. Like a #9 with 75% water but darker. Slight slight roastiness. But this is really tough to find.

M: Light. Watery. Bud Light. Fizzy due to the lack of any other quality. Poor.

D: Not very drinkable. Its not undrinkable just not enjoyable.

Disappointed with this brew. Magic Hat is such a hit or miss brewery. This was a miss.

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Photo of claspada
2.06/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas is of mild mild caramel malts, but the main thing I am detecting is the Magic Hat yeast. Kinda lagery, also a bunch of spices which I can't decifer but the bottle says Hibiscus, so I guess thats it.

The taste is boring forgetable and simple. You drink it and it starts good but the spices/yeast totally fall flat and the malt backbone is weak at best. Magic Hat once again has let me down. This beer has a certain "homebrew" taste profile. Mild bready/caramel malts are all I can detect here. Really finishes flat. Pass.

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Photo of SuperNova777
2.06/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Notes from 11/24/10

A:Pours a amber color with a finger worth of head and not much lacing.

S:Not much going on at all but a little bit of malt coming thru

T:Palate is pretty much dominated with grainy taste that goes no where, was pretty much
like drinking cereal grain water. Not enjoyable.

M:Thin body going on with too much carbonation

D:This was not enjoyable to drink at all, as I mentioned earlier it was like drinking
cereal grain water. No thank you on another one of these

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.26/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 6% ABV, "Best when Fresh" Enjoy by Feb282011 (had on the 21st...cutting it close!) A QR Code adorns the label. I didn't bother scanning it.

A - A turbulent pour packs a two-finger bone head on top of a faintly cloudy orange-amber brew. Moderate retention and decent lace is left behind.

S - Sweet fruity yeast esters come up front and center in this brew leaving the CaraMunich-like malts' sweetness to also overpower any sort of hop addition they might have been. I certainly don't smell any.

T - Cut grass and dry leaf pile reminds me of fall mulch clean-up. Dry taste and mineral overbearing, the toasted malts fall behind and lack a good backbone.

M - Dry city, this brew sucks the moisture from my mouth instantly. Medium-bodied and bland in feel with a decent high carbonation finish.

D - Yuck. The aroma is slightly offensive while the flavor is fully offensive. I knew this would be a drain-pour on first sip. It's definitely not something I'd like to partake in again.

I will say that this is by far my favorite Magic Hat bottle cap though; the underside reads, "Free at last."

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Photo of mattsdenney
2.26/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased as part of a sample box.

A: Light amber/orange. Pours clear w/ a thin white head.

S: Cherry/citrus, flowery smell.

T: Starts out with a faint cherry syrup taste followed by an earthy/flowery aftertaste (it is brewed w/ hibiscus after all). Brief and forgetfuul.

M: Thin and very carbonated.

D: Getting somewhat better as I drink it but overall not for me. Underwhelming.

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Photo of skenyon1811
2.32/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A: Good clear red color. Quarter inch of head, falls quickly and doesn't leave much. Looks like a quality brew.

S: Not much here. A sweet malt and an alcohol aroma. Completely plain.

T: for the most part this is a very plain ale. I find there to be a slight copper flavor, gross. Also a sort of soapy taste. Not much good here.

M: Medium body, a little heavy on the carbonation.

D: The taste of this beer really gets to me after awhile. I would not drink more than one of these. Weird after taste and too much carbonation for what it is.

I am not really surprised here, I honestly can't think of one Odd Notion that struck me as being a good brew.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.44/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, bright, amber color with a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing.

Smell: Has a very faint, fruity smell to it. Not appealing at all.

Taste: Has a slight, grassy hop bitterness up front. Develops a crisp, bready fruitiness towards the back. Kind of light on flavor...

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and a little light-bodied.

Drinkability: A pretty poor showing for Magic Hat. This beer has little in the way of flavor. Perhaps it's time to stop with the "Odd Notions" and get to brewing something that's consistently good.

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Photo of Durge
2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This shows a very clear reddish copper color with a modest off-white head and pretty much no lacing. The nose picks up cherry caramel, almost a root beer and whiskey idea, maybe a vague juniper edge. Sweet and a bit unusual. The taste buds detect a light grass hop and a preponderance to acrid biscuit. There's an idea of some caramel sweetness, but boy this is pretty stark and unappealing concoction. The feel features a little dryness with soda like carbonation, light-plus bodied but not drinkable in my book. This is near drain pour stuff to me, not interested in revisiting this puppy. Sorry.

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Photo of Phade42
2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I remember despising last winter's Odd Notion, which just like this one, I stumbled across in Magic Hat's Winterland 12pack

A - Poured a translucent amber color, with a thick pure white head and a sticky lacing that's lingeredthrough more than half the glass.

S - It doesnt smell appetizing at all, really. Stale berries, a little woody. some toast notes come through as well.

T - biscuits, tree bark, No spice notes really come forward, which in my admittedly limited experience is not normal for a winter offering. it tastes better than it smells. not BAD, but nothing to write home about. A bit of malt lingers on the palate.

M - Thin, VERY highly carbonated.

D - Ehhh. it wasnt hard to drink, but would I want another in the same session? probably not.

Overall, not a bad offering and defintely better than the Winter 09 Odd Notion, but still closer to an Infield Single than a home run. I havent had the opportunity to try any other in the Odd Notion series. Maybe a summer offering will be more to my liking.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a reddish brown color. One finger creamy white shows poor retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Aroma to me is muted. Light caramel malts with a thin grainy nose to it. Light spicy hops in the back end are kind of just there muted.

T- Taste was bland as well. Some light caramel malt and grainy touches and that was about it. Kind of lost all flavor on the back end of the beer.

M-Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is alright for the beer but weak for the style. Caramel malt hints on the palate with more so left in the aftertaste. No real balance of flavor unless you count that it was all muted. Watery on the finish. No real alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This is average and forgetable at best. Magic Hat really didn't do much with this beer. Bland Notion is what this series is starting to become.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Winter mixed 12 pack. Pours a cherry wood color, not much head to it. Faint bready aroma. Taste is more towards the light bodied side, just plain confusing to me. Get some light caramel malts, maybe some rye/biscuity taste. A bit of floral notes... doesn't really mix together too well. I'm a big fan of Magic Hat and look forward to their Odd Notions but this one is just a brown mess that doesn't taste too appealing... I'll pass.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a good sized head, fades at a slow rate and leaves a decent cap on top, not real lacing to speak of.

Smell has a light caramel malt aroma and is very unmemorable.

Taste is rather watery and is rather lackluster in the flavor, a watery caramel malt presence is the only thing noticeable, the only decent thing about this is the soft yet active carbonation that creates a nice creaminess.

Probably the most forgettable from the Odd Notion series.

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Photo of silver0rlead
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin tan head that retains OK. The aroma starts off with notes of caramel and toasted bread, a little cherry, hibiscus, herbal hops, and some spicy rye. The flavor has some caramel malt and rye upfront, along with slight cherry and hibiscus notes, herbal hops and some hay. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is good. Not a bad beer per se, but there isn't really anything interesting going on here and rye and hibiscus notes are fleeting.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystalline, dark amber-hued body with a finely-textured, ivory head.

Smell: Meager nose smelling modestly of damp bread given a pinch of sugar, dehydrated fruits, and a thin whiff of hibiscus

Taste: Faintly bready pale malts with satisfactory sweetness in tow. Snippet of dried apricot, apple, and vaguely fruity hibiscus. Small hint of spicy, herbal hops aided by a just as light hint of rye grain. Light fruitiness and touch of toasted bread on the lightly sugary finish. Not odd, really, just underwhelmingly mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, as the run of Magic Hat brews typically are, though the weakness of the flavors offered only hold one's interest for so long.

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Photo of greenmonstah
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a lovely red-amber with a finger of creamy white head. Poor head retention.

S - Some fruitiness (cherry?) and malt. Sweet but boring.

T - Grainy and malty. Slightly sweet and a bit floral. A bit of herbal spiciness.

M - A bit creamy. Medium body. Average carbonation.

D - Not very tasty but fairly easy to drink. Not an especially good beer, but at least a little interesting.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with hibiscus, and using Saaz hops, and pale, rye and crystal malts.

A good looking beer, a wonderful fiery, coppery, autumnal sort of red, with an off-white head that stays creamy and stiff for a long time. Lots of lace too.

Even though the brewery lists this as an ale, it smell all kindsa lager, for some reason. A bit mineral, a bit metallic, a bit vegetable. Like that. Mild tobacco and a little bit of black and herbal tea, which may be the hibiscus talking?

Flavor is rather grainy, not quite coarse but something I'd call rough and leafy, with more of that tea-like essence happening; rough, earthy spice; a bit of pomegranate and black cherry. Some tart, nearly sour fruitiness hangs around in the finish, so does some crisp hop bitterness. Even with hibiscus being added to the more common list of beer ingredients, this is neither unique nor that impressive.

Fairly okay mouthfeel, but what can I say about it? Not much. Smooth and slick on one hand, carbonated and tingly on the other.

Magic Hat are very hit and miss for me (Roxy Rolles, HI.P.A., Encore and Howl are a few of the hits), and while this isn't exactly a miss, it's not very memorable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out with decent looking red body and a thin white head. The smell of the beer has some malts and the littlest amount of hibiscus on the nose. The flavor was a bit watered down to me. The hibiscus was barely noticeable and the other flavors were the same way. The mouthfeel was light, I feel it should have been much thicker. Overall I see these odd notion brews gradually getting worse over time. The Belgian Chocolate stout was probably the best from a few years ago, but since then they just been on a downfall.

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Photo of Meerkey
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, hazy brownish copper. Not much head. Meh.

S: Floral (hibiscus), grainy -illness still prevents me from smelling properly, but what I do smell doesn't impress me.

T: Rye and hibiscus, some sweetness and sourness. Not really to my taste.

M: Kind of watery, sour aftertaste, nice carbonation though.

D: I think people would find it pleasant enough to taste, but it's just not my thing.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.02/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(2nd review)
Magic Hat Odd Notion Winter '10 is a very clear amber ale with a white head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is herbal, medicinal and a little grainy. There's a touch of sweetness in the nose and I can detect hibiscus. It's pretty lively and pretty light with a dry, papery finish. The flavor is a little disjointed. It starts off with a malt extract flavor which is neither sweet nor dry. Then comes the hibiscus, like Red Zinger tea. Then come the the slightly bitter, very medicinal hops. It has a cough drop quality and it's very tangy overall. Like many of the Odd Notion beers, this one is pretty strange. It took a little willpower to finish the pint.
(1st review)
Magic Hat Odd Notion Winter '10 is a solid, coppery ale with an off white head that fades quickly. There is sweet, light malt extract in the nose. It has a very fluffy medium body. The dry finish leaves the mouth a bit ragged. It has a very herbal flavor. Sweeten your herbal tea with light malt extract and you'll get the idea. There are notes of mint and red currant and not really any bitterness or hoppiness. This is an odd beer, to be certain. It almost seems like an Irish red ale. This would be interesting on cask. Yeah, it's odd.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before 23 February 2011.

A: Translucent brown with a yellow tinge. Light, short-lived head. Not particularly impressive.

S: Slightly grainy (rye), faintly fruity or sour. Reminiscent of #9. A wafting floral scent could conceivably be the hibiscus with which this beer is allegedly brewed.

T: Tart rye dominates -- the sourness is presumably from the hibiscus infusion, but it isn't quite to my taste. There is a concomitant sweetness which is much less objectionable; in fact, it is quite pleasant and grows as the beer warms. The aftertaste is grainy and fruity. Honestly, I don't like it that much, but it's a solidly made beer.

M: Pleasantly carbonated with substantial grain.

D: I have very mixed feelings about this Odd Notion. While I don't like it, I think other people might -- especially fans of #9 (just replace the apricot with hibiscus). Moreover, it grew on me. What at first was a chore -- merely drinking enough to write an honest review -- became much more enjoyable. A great Odd Notion, an acceptable beer. I won't be consuming any more, but I can pawn them off on my friends with a clean conscience.

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Photo of curasowa
3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper color with two fingers of head that fades slowly with chunky lacing

Aroma: Sweet, pale malt with notes of caramel and earthy hops

Taste: Pretty consistent malt flavor through-out, with some mild bitterness showing up on the back end, leading to a fairly clean and fast finish with just a touch of graininess.

The Rest: Body is on the thin side of medium and drinkability is average. This is a pretty nondescript ale. I'm not really sure what the hibiscus added to it.

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Photo of alli4051
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a seasonal mixer. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a clear, dull, ruby color with an off white head. Not much doing with the head, small, fizzy, doesn't last to long. Nose is very faint, maybe some caramel and some floral notes, even that is hard to pick up. Taste is unfortunately also very light. Lots of tea like flavors (I think this is where the hibiscus factors in), some light pale malts, and a touch of hopiness. Lighter bodied, again not much to comment on in regards to mouthfeel. Drinkability is the one area I can rank this one highly, definitely easy drinking, in fact I'm shocked to see 6%. I love the odd notion series but I have to say this one is a bit of a miss. I think the most frustrating part is that it's thisclose to be a very unique and tasty brew. Overall everything here is a bit too light and thus disappointing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had the chance to try these two out of the new seasonal pack, i always seem to find my way into them some way or another. served cold and into a pint glass.

pour is lighter then i would have thought with a ton of high, fizzy carbonation that seems to wither out and fade quickly as it comes around. aroma is lightly flowered, lots of light bready tones and grain with a hint of a light herbal meadow like tone, this carries over right into the flavor as the lightness is really what the whole story is about here, light flowery notes, hints of grain and thats about it. tastes like an earthier version of number 9.

overall it was ok, average at best and totally forgettable. do not think i will do this one again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.17/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I had the notion (was expecting) a Winter style beer....NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS!!!! (in my Lee Corso impression) What this beer ended up is a solid red ale. The beer poured red with thin white foam head....not much lacing to speak of. Not much nose to describe and the taste was like a Killians Red....really. Could certainly be a session, so the mounthfeel and drinkability is decent.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.21/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Pint glass

A - Beer poured with a two finger foam; gives a bubbly, but not full appearance; head maintains well though; body pours with a dark brown color and is active with a solid amount of carbonation; lacing is there but doesn't stick to the sides of the glass as much as I thought it would

S - Hibiscus notes come up pretty quickly, but you can smell the malt roasts with a touch of hops; grassy pine notes come up after the hibiscus; definitely expected more complex aromas

T - Light in flavor; smooth but hibiscus is definitely there; nutty over the middle of the tongue and clean finish of flavor; some mild bitterness and kind of a toasty aftertaste

M - Creamy but flat feel to this beer; not much carbonation on the tongue; smooth and easy to drink

D - I thought this was an OK beer; not too much bite and easy to drink (due to its lack of flavor and bitterness); I would recommend this to someone who isn't looking so much for taste, but for an easy drink to enjoy with the right kind of food; I think Magic Hat can do better than this

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Odd Notion - Hibiscus Red (Winter 2010) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.