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Demo - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

401 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Demo is one of Magic Hat's newest IPA on Tour offerings, brewed in the black IPA style. This is the second year it has been released. I managed to get a good deal on a six pack at Smokerise Bottle Shoppe recently.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Magic Hat pint glass. Served at 42º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a chocolatey medium brown creamy head that retains well, receding at a below-average rate and thickening with time. Body color is dark brown, near black. Surface lacing is medium-thick and nice overall. Appearance is substantial. 4

(Smell) Smell is very interesting, with a waft of oatmeal cookie and raisin, some chocolate, roasty malts and a faint hoppy bitterness. Much more malt-forward than anticipated for the style but the aroma, despite a hop shortage is very pleasing. Potency is high with roasty characters dominating the nose. 3.5

(Taste) Smokey, burnt malt flavors, some faint bitter cocoa nibs up front. Bitterness is a key to rounding out the flavor, but the hop flavor is quite vague with earthy tones and a tiny burst of pine on the finish, but not enough overall hop character to adequately balance the flavors of the roasty malt body. As such, it falls short in a couple of spots and in balance, but this is certainly a pleasing Black Ale, with tons of malt character, really bridging the gap to the drinkable dark ales. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) A tingly level of carbonation sharply combats the creaminess that existed for a moment at the beginning of the drink. Body is medium-high for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is light, well masked by the full malt body. Carbonation is a bit frisky for the style, a bit more than needed to remind me that there should be a hoppy presence in this beer, but since hop presence is limited, the texture should be far more relaxed and creamier to boot. 3

(Overall) As far as Black IPAs go, this one is relatively mild on the hop scale, while quite forward on the malt body. Despite the hoppy shortcomings, the overall result, while predictable for a drinkable porter, come off as quite enjoyable for a black IPA, and I haven't had many quite like this one. It's a very drinkable and accessible black IPA for the hop-fearful, but worth a try even for the earthier hop loving crowd, especially as a sessions option for the dark and roasty-loving bunch. 4

Magic Hat Brewing Company's
Demo Black I.P.A.
3.58/5.00

Jadjunk, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

gtermi, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Mack
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Mack, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of SadMachine
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

SadMachine, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Dank26
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Dank26, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of twillingthenoz
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

twillingthenoz, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of ShakaShakaShaka
3/5  rDev -12.8%

ShakaShakaShaka, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of CHickman
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from 5/12/12: pours pitch black color with a lot of brown sediment floating in it and a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing; looks like a stout.

Smells of roasted malt, grains, coffee, floral hops, cocoa powder and toffee or syrup; overall nose is roasted and malty, devoid of a major hop presence.

Tastes of roasted malt, toasted grains, coffee, vanilla, light floral hops, lemon, herbs, cocoa powder, syrup and brown sugar; a very nice beer, but totally misclassified as this in not an IPA. It's tasty, just not an IPA per the label.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a feel that's on the watery side with a slight bitterness. Overall a good beer, however you want to classify it.

CHickman, Oct 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

alesaram, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of TaylorK
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

TaylorK, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Harkrank
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Harkrank, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Matty-b
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Matty-b, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of slim2043
3.75/5  rDev +9%

slim2043, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Evil_Pidde, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with some off white foam. Slight patchy on top. Roasted coffee smell. Dark chocolate too. Light mild pine-hop taste buried in an espresso malt. More Malt than bitter. Somewhat of a bitter remains, but mild. Some carbonation. Enjoyable.

KTCamm, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of aztraz
2/5  rDev -41.9%

aztraz, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of canders0927
3/5  rDev -12.8%

canders0927, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Jonesy24
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Jonesy24, Sep 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

nquigley16, Sep 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

BertLoveIII, Sep 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

NickMGlass, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is very dark brown, has a huge tan head that leaves some lacing, rather small curtains.

Smelling of toast, dark roasted coffee, smoked meat and chocolate.

Starting with burned toast, dark coffee beans, bitter high grade chocolate, a few sprinkles of brown sugar and soy sauce.

Medium high carbonation, rather watery and a medium body, a coarse dry finish.

Well it's black, more than IPA. Miss some body and maybe more sweetness and less bitterness might have been good.

rarbring, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Heritage02Rider
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Heritage02Rider, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is spicy from hops, but it falls off quickly, and even though the spice remains, there is kind of this dirty water thing. Then a coffee thing seems to come through. I guess this one is okay, but it lacks cohesion that would put it a cut above the rest.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is definitely underrated here on BA. pours a heady chocolate syrup color with a lot of carbonation. smells like sweet milk chocolate, lots of hops, and smokey burnt malt. flavor is cocoa on the front end with all the hops and roast on the back end. maybe a hint of rye spice in there as well. its balanced and big, but its smooth and drinkable in feel, with a velvet texture and a medium body. overall an excellent late summer beer when the evenings are chilly and a little more oomph is needed. should have higher scores on here.

StonedTrippin, Aug 25, 2012
Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.