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Demo - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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401 Ratings
very good

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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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3.75/5  rDev +9%

williamjbauer, Aug 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

djtomain, Aug 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

bigbeers84, Aug 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

papacrowe, Aug 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

snowbeard, Aug 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

chasmandocharles, Aug 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

kuestegg, Aug 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Trent, Aug 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

WDJersey, Aug 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

sanitarium16, Aug 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Stoutlad, Jul 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Cpt_Caveman, Jul 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

SlaughteredWolf, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

kurt5316, Jul 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

harpus, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Didn't read the label very well, so got a Black IPA without realizing it...not my favorite style. Regardless, pleasantly surprised with the appearance. Extremely dark brown, bordering on black with stuff in it. The head is really thick, a light brown color and lasts an amazingly long time. Lacing is great.

Smells nothing like I expected. Nothing hopworthy of note, mostly roasted malt scents fill the nose. A little smoke. Charcoal.

Tastes nothing like a pale ale. If I didn't know from reading the label or seeing the style on this site, I'd have bet money it was a stout. Can't speak for the style, but the taste is not bad. Lots of roasty notes, maybe a slight floral taste mid-sip, with a bit of hop in the finish.

Very smooth, again, nothing like a pale ale. Has an Earthiness to it, but nothing like the style suggest. Moderate bitter finish.

I have no idea what the beer is supposed to be. It's not an IPA, it's not a pale ale, and it's not an American black ale. I'm voting it's a stout. Either way, it's drinkable with some good features.

RickS95, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. A pretty much black pour, a light tan head on top. Kind if frothy appearing.

Aroma, lots of cocoa and roast malt. Almost like an American stout. Some herbal notes.

Taste, dry roast malt, chocolate, cocoa. Almost a lactose like quality. Finish coffee. Barely any trace of a hop.

Light side of medium, adequate carbonation. A carbonated mocha coffee. Drinks pretty easy.

Really odd one here. IPA fans will certainly be disappointed. For some reason I kind of dig it, but wouldn't call it much of a dark cascade.

Bung, Jul 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

acurtis, Jul 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

tgavrilos, Jul 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

kjgum, Jul 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Zbrown2307, Jul 08, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Charlie's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a smallish, light beige head. Not too terribly much lacing on the descent.

Smell: Roasty, chary, slightly ashen malts with far fainter hints of bitter chocolate, licorice. Lightly leafy hops and some mild, understated citrus hints.

Taste: Coffee-flavored roastiness, a bit chary, with a small helping of dark, bitterish chocolate and oh-so burnt bread crusts. Hint of licorice coming through as it warms a minute or two. Light sweetness. Leafy, faintly citrus hops with sufficient bitterness. Drying, roasty finish with a low, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (barely). Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not nearly as hoppy or as bitter as many Black IPA's, but still firmly roasty. A situation I'll face with a brave smile. Even still, it's OK. Just OK.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

JHeskew, Jul 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Ranz, Jul 04, 2012
Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.