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Demo - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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401 Ratings

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

CraftBeerGuild, Nov 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

JAHMUR, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of rowingbrewer
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

rowingbrewer, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
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.

busterthecat, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this as part of a mix 6 for the purpose of reviewing. Pours black, like a stout, some cocoa colored head with fair retention. The nose is predominantly roasty with notes of chocolate and roasted barley. I am not getting the big hop profile that I'd expect from an ABA, instead this smells more like a porter/stout. The taste is roasty like the nose with a very mellow flavor. Some hop character makes its way to the surface towards the finish, but it seems to clash with the roasted profile that is happening. This brew has an identity crisis, as the dark malts and the piney hops compete for the spotlight. With that being said, the balance is a little off. The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. There is a wateriness to this beer as well. Overall, I would say pass on this. Magic Hat certainly does some interesting things on the branding/marketing side of things, but the product inside the bottle is lackluster and forgettable.

homebrew311, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark brown color with a tight beige head that left a decent amount of lacing behind.

S - roasted malt and a hint of cocoa powder, no real aroma of any hops.

T - roasted malt sweetness upfront with the slightest hint of bitterness midway with an odd bitter to sticky sweet finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - it went down easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 03, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

alesaram, Oct 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

aleslover, Jun 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Njstoutlover23, Apr 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Zaphog, Mar 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

GreersBeer21, Jun 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Dizbro21, Mar 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

djtomain, Aug 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

bvlaminck, May 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

jmo2k1, Mar 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

nquigley16, Sep 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Jkirk790, May 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

alysmith4, Jan 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

TheRuss9585, Nov 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Ranz, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of ms11781
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by April 30, 2011 on bottle. 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a murky, dark brown color with a good sized foamy, light brown head. Head dissipates to a thin, tan cap that sticks around and leaves good foamy lacing.

The nose isn't all that strong and consists mainly of a roasted malt aroma. At times it seems like I can pick up some hints of chocolate or coffee but when I look for them again they're gone. No real hop presence.

The taste is more of the same. Roasted malt is prominent and sometimes seems like its the only flavor. Some, and by some I mean very little, hop flavor towards the finish, maybe some slight pine notes. Finishes with a burnt flavor I can't quite put my finger on.

Medium carbonation with a body that is on the higher side of medium gives it a full mouthfeel. Definitely a heavier beer for the style, although not too heavy relative to other beers.

Drinkability is ok. It's not a terrible beer, but it isn't that good for a beer of its style. Definitely somewhere between a brown ale or a stout with a little bit of hops.

ms11781, Feb 06, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the new sampler pack, the new spring beer for Magic Hat. Seems like Black IPA's are the new rage around the breweries, and now that it has become one of my new favorite styles, can't say I really complain.

Pours a very, very dark brown with a tannish head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is medium bodied, very stout like. Almost no bitterness or hops can even be detected. Has an almost sweet sort of taste to it, like cocoa powder or coka-cola. Definitely doesn't taste like an IPA and tastes kind of confused overall. I like the style, and this is drinkable for sure, but for me Magic Hat missed the boat here... way too much of a mess.

oriolesfan4, Feb 03, 2011
Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.