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Demo - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

400 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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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Redrover

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the mixed 12 pack, poured into a pint glass, the beer is dark brown a beige head and tons of sediment. Is that supposed to be in there? It covers the bottom of the glass and is suspended through out.

Roasted malts and dark fruit in the nose. For a black IPA, I'm not getting many hops.

The taste is of roasted malts, a bit of coffee, raisins and brown sugar. This would be a decent brown or black ale, but I do want a few hops in my IPA.

The mouth has heft, but the sediment is course.

All-in-all, this was a bit of a miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 00:26:57 | More by Redrover
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Nothing more than a black porter color. Had a nice head, but quickly died. Nice lacing for a while.

S- Porter smell. Very malty. No hops, but thee is a faint spice note. A tiny bit of alcohol nose is present, not much.

T- It's a porter. Not even a IPA in quality. Very malty with the faint spice that was detected in the nose.

M- Medium body. The Demo is too carbonated, and not smooth enough to make the porter flavors creamy in feel. Not really all that refreshing.

*I will not be seeking out this beer again. My brother somehow acquired a case of it, and I do thank him for it, but it's just not for me. It's not like a Black IPA at all; it's more of a porter. It's too harsh and carbonated in the mouthfeel and somewhat weak in the flavor to be something I'd want to keep around after my household is done drinking the case.*

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 19:33:01 | More by ThomasMetal75
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-01-2012 15:31:23 | More by bluesplit63
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notjaredlouche

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

06-30-2012 07:57:29 | More by notjaredlouche
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LCannon4

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -12.8%

06-26-2012 00:48:40 | More by LCannon4
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david18

New York

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was listed as a Black IPA, which I thought was a little bit of an exaggeration. Not quite as hoppy as that.

Color was very dark with a dark head as well. Nice carbonation at first but it dissipated pretty quickly.

Aroma was of light hops and some dark roast. Not bad but i wished I was getting more from it.

Flavor also featured some roast and a little bit of hops. The balance was good but the overall flavor was not among my favorites.

Overall an ok beer. Try it if you see it but didn't blow me away.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 19:21:59 | More by david18
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buddyvelt

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

06-25-2012 12:07:20 | More by buddyvelt
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GrunenTeufel


4/5  rDev +16.3%

06-23-2012 22:19:05 | More by GrunenTeufel
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Focusf111

Vermont

4/5  rDev +16.3%

06-21-2012 16:57:37 | More by Focusf111
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Rich540

California

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

06-21-2012 02:45:37 | More by Rich540
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Drewby


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

06-20-2012 22:04:16 | More by Drewby
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aleslover

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

06-17-2012 03:11:22 | More by aleslover
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nate1357

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

06-11-2012 19:53:47 | More by nate1357
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drleomarvin


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

06-02-2012 16:29:36 | More by drleomarvin
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HEADYdb

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

06-02-2012 04:35:28 | More by HEADYdb
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GreersBeer21


2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

06-01-2012 17:28:18 | More by GreersBeer21
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

06-01-2012 03:58:40 | More by JSchock7
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Cowman1211


3.75/5  rDev +9%

05-31-2012 14:49:41 | More by Cowman1211
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

05-30-2012 01:45:54 | More by DonFrap
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Garlicjosh

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

05-30-2012 01:33:36 | More by Garlicjosh
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OldTime

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +9%

05-29-2012 05:55:53 | More by OldTime
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timbobandit

New York

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

05-27-2012 04:25:44 | More by timbobandit
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Troville1990

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-26-2012 04:50:07 | More by Troville1990
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-25-2012 16:41:51 | More by Hopmodium
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yesyouam

New York

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Magic Hat Demo Black IPA is a solid black beer with a bubbly light brown foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It smells mostly of dark roast and licorice. It's grainy and grassy. The smooth medium body gets a little chalky toward the finish. There's lots of dark roasted flavor like you'd find in an Imperial Stout. There's a juniper bitterness that gets a little poisonous in the finish. This is not what I expect from something called a Black IPA. There wasn't really any hop aroma. A lot of the flavor seem to come from dark, complex malts. Call this something else.

[previous rating March 2011) Magic Hat Demo is a very dark brown ale that's nearly opaque. It's topped with a thin, bubbly, khaki foam that leaves outstanding lacing on the glass. It has a roasty aroma with a sweet caramel note. Coffee and chocolate are present, along with a hint of grassy hops. It has a foamy medium body. The finish is a little astringent. It's pretty sweet and quite chocolatey. There's a healthy amount of green bitterness in this. There's an sftertaste of dark chocolate. It's pretty good, but ultimately the flavors don't work very well together.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 14:15:38 | More by yesyouam
Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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