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Plus / Minus - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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122 Ratings

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with the tradition English style in mind, +/- aims to bring drinkers a truly sessionable craft beer experience. Tried it yet?

15 IBU

(Beer added by: vicsju1991 on 01-20-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Ruddy brown, clear with a decent amount of head

SMELL: Toasted bread, hay, buttery yeast, hint of fig, faint minty hops

TASTE: Malty, wet, buttery, bread crust, leafy, vague dark fruit, caramel, dry and clean finish

It is what it is and it hits all of the marks sufficient enough to be a Mild Ale but just does not seem to have the soul of that style. Perhaps due to it being not "real ale" and most of the milds I have run into have been on cask or bottle conditioned.

03-15-2012 01:25:28 | More by Jason
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Photo of nstroup


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

05-18-2012 06:07:31 | More by nstroup
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-28-2012 19:28:43 | More by TimoP
Photo of RTEdmunds

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +13.3%

A fairly dark and clear brown, with a foamy head that dissipates after a bit.

Strong grain presence, and a bit musty as well. Smells like old in an appealing quaint sort of way.

Similar to the nose, it tastes very earthy and grainy. Sweet, but it's offset by some bitterness that sneaks its way in. Taste lingers in the mouth a bit, it's not a bad thing though.

Super sessionable if you enjoy the earthyness. Medium carbonation, more than I expected.

Not my favorite by Magic Hat but it's certainly worth a try!

03-28-2012 21:53:30 | More by RTEdmunds
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a pale dark copper color with a light beige head forming thick and dwindling slow, visually I'm all about this beer the smell leaves a bit to be desired with light dark roasts. That's about it light fruity accents generic tart cherry with cereal toasted grains. Flavor is light but has a creamy, dark roasted malts with fruit notes. Pretty mild ale, that shows me one thing Magic Hat has been going toward the mainstream. This beer tastes like a pseudo craft from a mislabeled ABI brew. Mouthfeel is light moderate carbonation slightly soft textures going on, easy to drink. A no brainer ale with enough flavor to help you get through it however it doesn't really push the envelope or do anything for beer.

02-14-2012 19:53:24 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of alesaram


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-16-2012 01:26:02 | More by alesaram
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -8.9%

A: Not a bad looking brew off the bat. Deep warm brown color with a two finger foamy head. A thin layer with a 1/16" ring remains after it fades. Lace is sparse and sheety.

S: OK. Neither thrilling nor tantalizing by any means. Aroma is of musky malts, biscuit, caramel, a touch of stale coffee, cocoa, and something root-like that faintly reminds me of rooibos.

T: Flavor is also just OK. Malts come through again as musky and also thin. Chocolate, toast, coffee... Fruity yeast, generally diluted flavors, and extra crisp and clean.

M: Decent mouthfeel I suppose. Light body, smooth, with grape-like dryness.

This beer isn't bad, but it does lacks substance. Nothing exciting here.

04-02-2012 20:47:44 | More by tastybeer
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours an amber brown with a thin lacing of off white. The nose has notes of toffee, caramel, butterscotch, and a slight nuttiness. The flavor is very similar; malt forward with caramel taking the forefront followed by a nutty and butterscotch notes. There is a mild fruitiness and sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very crisp.

This isn't bad, but not great either. Again, the creamy, butterscotch-like notes put me off of another Magic Hat offering.

04-09-2012 22:05:13 | More by tdm168
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3.78/5  rDev +11.8%

Magic Hat "+ / -"

Interesting name. I won't go too far into it, but the point between a positive and a negative number is zero, which is quite possibly the most important number that exists because it equates to nothing, but suggests even more. It's at the center of infinity; and like a black hole, is perhaps the doorway to something that we don't yet understand.

Interesting beer. Most probably find the English dark mild style to be a little too pedestrian, but I swallow it up. It's got flavor, it's got some complexity, and it's a little bit lower in alcohol so you can have a few and not feel out of sorts. The only drawback is, as I see it, that it's a little thinner in the mouth. This version, however, isn't watery at all.

The one thing that I don't like about this beer is the yeast strain. I always find a bit of a stench in the nose of Magic Hat beers with lots of mineral, and I think, a hint of sulphur. It's initially off-putting to me, but then I get past it. Beyond that there's not that much here, a bit of dark caramel, a hint of dull cocoa, and some watered down roastiness.

The flavor, however, offers a beautiful palate of soft fudge, cocoa, golden caramel, darker caramel, light toffee, and delicate, underlying dark fruits. It's moderately bitter, yet it finishes dry - superbly balanced, and very drinkable.

I wish there were more beers like this available on the market, of course no one else would buy them.

05-16-2012 03:22:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

06-17-2012 03:12:15 | More by aleslover
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-22-2012 03:06:22 | More by cliff1066
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

09-04-2012 20:11:04 | More by Heritage02Rider
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

07-25-2014 03:20:59 | More by atlbravsrno1
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

03-28-2012 19:07:38 | More by radiantdesigner
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-26-2012 23:00:04 | More by BenBraswell
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Poured dark brown, two shades shy of being black. Little foam, very fizzy, settles out. Funky nutty smell. Taste is sweet, nutty, and cola flavored. Earthy? (from notes, but in hindsight not really). A little like flat soda. Or a funkier nut brown. Mild understates it. Hard to fully describe.

09-29-2012 10:19:13 | More by KTCamm
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +3%

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: B142-61-01480113. Sampled on April 6, 2012. The pour is a handsome dark amber with a short-lived off-white head that becomes a ring. On the nose is a subtle profile of sweet malts and light hops and a little nutty. The body is in the medium range but smooth. The taste is sweet up front and then mildly bitter. It is a drinkable session beer.

04-06-2012 23:01:21 | More by puboflyons
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-24-2014 18:22:13 | More by twillingthenoz
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

04-30-2012 23:07:55 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

03-18-2012 23:40:12 | More by stampfler07
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-30-2012 07:58:17 | More by notjaredlouche
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-14-2013 05:05:21 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

04-18-2012 04:57:27 | More by Sudsanonymous
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2012 08:06:43 | More by gtermi
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -13.3%

"The Devil Is In The Potato Salad"

Pours a dark chestnut color under a slim, frothy ring of a head that dissolves to nothing. Nutty malt, cereal grain, and some dark - slightly tart - fruitiness. A little too clean, which seems to be an issue with Magic Hat beers over the last several years. Dark, dry malt and cocoa flavor, but somewhat watery. Faint toast and fruit, finishing dry. Medium-light body with too much carbonation at first. Too sterile and bland to be all that enjoyable. Not terrible, just not good.

04-01-2012 19:13:07 | More by wedge
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