Demo - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +11.9%
Magic Hat Demo
12 oz. bottle, freshness code ink-jetted on neck of bottle.
Appearance: Very dark brown body beneath a creamy tan cap (current style guidelines call for a "white to off-white" head). It's obviously got some body to it as I can see particles in suspension. Very fine bubbled carbonation.
Smell: Roastiness like cold black coffee, char, minimal hoppiness that's semi-floral and kind of like wet foliage.
Taste: Dark chocolate with a fruity edge (blackberry, perhaps currant, some orange) upfront and across the middle. A dry, charcoal-like roastiness allows for just a medium-level bitterness to balance it. There are some low-level hops in the background that emerge in the finish as the dark malt fades, with more orange-like citrus and a bit of spice (unless that's the alcohol), followed by more leafy and floral character.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.
Overall: While it's not a bad beer (it's actually pretty enjoyable), I certainly wouldn't label it as a "black I.P.A.". It's just too roasty with that charred dryness to it (how they got that using chocolate malt as their darkest malt, I don't know). And honestly, I don't think there are enough hops to it. It works on the bitterness side because of the drying quality of the roastiness, but the flavor hops shouldn't be relegated to the finish, they should be right up-front. And the complete lack of hops in the nose is almost unacceptable for a black IPA, it should be full of piney and resinous Pacific northwest hops. On the other hand, beer is beer, and experimentation is good, so taking it just at a hedonistic level I'd say it's my favorite Magic Hat beer.
05-17-2012 14:02:18 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +13.4%
Think of an English IPA who married an American Stout in Burton-On-Trent. If you are looking for a Dark Caskadian Ale, this ain't it. It's not an "in your face" IPA, but a more subtle and digified English IPA with notes of coffee and roast. Finishes quite dry for me, a surpoisingly good beer with lunch, not to heavy but full on flavors.
05-08-2012 16:42:31 | More by alanmarks
3.9/5 rDev +13.4%
Into a pint glass:
A: deep dark black colored body with a small tan head that lasted for a good full minute. What there is of the lacing is spotty and slides down the glass slowly. No rings are left.
S: basically roasted coffee beans with a bit of dark chocolate. The hops are very faint in the background.
T: dominated by the roasted coffee beans with some malts coming back.
M: medium with a decent level of carbonation felt, mostly smooth and very creamy.
O: this is definitely one of the better offerings from Magic Hat. However, I think the hops are a bit weak for it to be an American Black Ale.
05-04-2012 19:20:53 | More by BeerKangaroo
3.03/5 rDev -11.9%
I poured this into a pint glass , it has a nice black body with a small tan head that hangs around and laces the glass really well. The smell is of roasted malt with a very slight hint of hops. The taste is very dominate of the roasted malts. They give it a nice rich roasted and chocolate flavor. There are no hops present in the taste. The mouth feel is good and overall this is a good beer, just not tasting like a ipa.
This is the last of ipa on tour that i had to try and by far it is my least favorite.
04-30-2012 02:00:41 | More by chefhatt
1.8/5 rDev -47.7%
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.
04-28-2012 21:56:13 | More by HopDevilfan
Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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