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Demo - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

400 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

Demo is a deliciously dark lick of an India Pale Ale. It’s medley of roasted malts and heady hops will have your senses dancing to the beat of a different I.P.A.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: NEhophead on 01-13-2011)
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abmhighrise


1/5  rDev -70.9%

03-09-2012 02:59:16 | More by abmhighrise
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Noelito76

New York

1.75/5  rDev -49.1%

04-05-2014 14:46:20 | More by Noelito76
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HopDevilfan

Pennsylvania

1.8/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reminds me of yuengling porter. Dark pour. No smell taste is weak. This is not what I would expect from an IPA. I'm glad I got the spring fever variety pack. I do not know what I would do. If I had to drink a whole class of this stuff. Completely did not meet expectations.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 21:56:13 | More by HopDevilfan
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aztraz

Sweden

2/5  rDev -41.9%

09-26-2012 16:32:04 | More by aztraz
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -41.9%

02-20-2012 18:13:57 | More by chrispoint
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Soto

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -41.9%

09-06-2013 22:12:32 | More by Soto
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Hellabeerguzzler

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at a tasting tonight in a small glass. I was intrigued by the color obviously for an IPA but as I tasted it I realized it was the newer "dark ale" or whatever it's formally being called. I've had a few of these now and this was the worst.

Appearance was nothing to speak about. There was a head and it left some lacing but it looked how I would expect a beer with that much carbonation to look. Nothing frothy and generous but just some traditional bubbles that faded moderately

The smell was very diluted. I wet the tip of my nose just trying to get a strong enough smell to discern anything regarding the aroma. There was not much there. Some burnt malt with a little fizz and some deeply buried hops.

The taste was not a whole lot more exciting than the nose. A little burnt malt with some coffee hinting with the hops so far in the back, it "pales" in comparison to finer ales.

Mouthfeel was like soda pop. Not much body and nothing left on the palate to speak of.

Drinkability - yes, you can drink it. But I doubt you'll be rushing out of your seat for seconds.

2's across the board. Not impressed. But I've never been extremely impressed with Magic Hat in general. Not to mention this style has a long way to go before it's close to being perfected. There is potential here, but this has a ways to go in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:13:39 | More by Hellabeerguzzler
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Jimbrew

New York

2/5  rDev -41.9%

02-27-2012 21:59:46 | More by Jimbrew
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mrpolarbear

North Carolina

2.05/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown body, acceptable head & lacing

S: Slight coffee/caramel aroma, somewhat weak

T: Malty, roasted flavor. Hops are very subdued, a twinge on the back-end, but too little too late.

M: Rather thin, balance seemed off.

D: Drinkable, but would not receive an 'encore'.

I've enjoyed the other Magic Hat 'IPA on tour' offerings, but this one truly misses the mark. As others have stated, it presents more like a porter, which is fine & well, as long as you really aren't expecting/wanting that hoppy IPA experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 00:29:31 | More by mrpolarbear
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ADemshar


2.18/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Alright, I just got this out of a Magic Hat variety pack. I was excited to try their black IPA. Unfortunately I detect no odor whatsoever. The taste is more like a weak porter more than an IPA. Bottom line this beer blows. This is the first Magic Hat I have ever had and I don't think I will be back.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:30:44 | More by ADemshar
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twillingthenoz

New York

2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

10-29-2012 23:44:12 | More by twillingthenoz
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Harkrank

Sweden

2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

10-04-2012 21:50:29 | More by Harkrank
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a tan head. In the aroma, a caramel roast and a bit sweet. In the taste, a small caramel like roast but a bit watery. A smooth and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small grapefruit and caramel like roast in the aftertaste. Hops came to play in the aftertaste, and the nose is bigger than taste, quite thin and watery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 16:59:12 | More by OWSLEY069
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance -- Pours a rich dark hue with a fizzy khaki head. LOTS of chocolate brown sediment.

Smell -- Burnt malt, cocoa, brown sugar, and spearmint. Smells very much like a garden variety porter. Not bad, but where is the hop aroma?

Taste -- Burnt malt, coffee grounds, ash, mild molasses sweetness, dry grass, and citrus zest. Lingering flavors of burnt toast and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body, ample fizzy carbonation. Not that great.

Drinkability -- IPA must still be on tour. As a general dark beer, it's average, but to claim that this is a Black IPA is a stretch. Beyond not having enough hop assertiveness for an IPA, the malt is so burnt and ashy that it's difficult to finish. Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 01:59:43 | More by yeahnatenelson
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elBecko

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

02-27-2012 15:38:07 | More by elBecko
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blknikon

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

05-07-2013 22:44:07 | More by blknikon
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DoUhave

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

04-01-2012 02:12:02 | More by DoUhave
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speracado

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

02-05-2012 21:02:39 | More by speracado
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harpus

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

07-27-2012 18:15:33 | More by harpus
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rudy0908

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

04-12-2012 01:17:15 | More by rudy0908
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BryanK

New York

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

08-10-2012 00:31:23 | More by BryanK
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CraftBeerGuild

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

11-16-2012 06:10:35 | More by CraftBeerGuild
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

01-15-2012 19:49:50 | More by JAHMUR
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown with extremely thin white head that disappears almost immediately

The smell is all roasted malt like its a porter or a stout, there is no evidence of hops in this beer at all.

the taste is pretty close to the smell, all malt and roast malt to the taste there is no bitterness and no hops. Did they forget to add the hops to this beer?

mouthfeel is a little above avergae and drinkability is average. if you are looking for a basic stout or porter by all means pick up a six pack, but if you want a good black ipa go with hoppy feet

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 00:10:07 | More by rowingbrewer
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busterthecat

Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

best by: may 31 2011, poured into pint glass

A- A modest brown hue. A creamy head forms with some sticky lacing.

S- Smooth roasted malts. Some chocolate, a creamy sweetness, some earthy piney hops finally comes through. Malt mostly.

T- A big taste of chocolate and mild roasted malt upfront. Smooth. Hops are mostly absent. Some faint bitterness with no direction.

M- Medium to light bodied, wet, lingers ok. Kind of thin and watery.

O/D- No alc. Quite unimpressed. More like a watery stout then a ABA.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:31:22 | More by busterthecat
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