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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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Photo of Jesse13713
1.55/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - This looks exactly like A & W light root beer with light vanilla and cola brown hues. Appears extremely watery with two fingers of head that puffs up in the center. This kinda looks like 'dirty' water.

Smell - Very heavy butterscotch and toffee right up front. A very faint sweet spice. All of the aromas are watered down.

Taste - I'm on my fifth drink and I hardly taste a thing. Water floods into the mouth and leaves no taste until being swallowed. This brings out tastes of light vanilla, cola, and Dr. Pepper. Extremely simple, and seems carelessly sloshed together. The low ABV is certainly no surprise. A flat soda-like disaster with light butterscotch notes. I suppose it is a bit nutty as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - I honestly cannot tell the difference between drinking this and drinking a soft drink. If I didn't have any previous knowledge that this was a beer, I'd think I was drinking flat fountain Dr. pepper mixed with cola, A & W root beer, and Sprite. This is really just a watery mess. I picked the right beer to have before leaving for work. I was worried about finishing one in time, but I've drank 3/4 of it in the time it took to write this short review. Insanely drinkable, but that's not a good thing in this case. Sorry Magic Hat, but you continue to underwhelm my taste buds. At least I can finish it and it's not a drain pour.

Jesse13713, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
2.2/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark, almost fully opaque. Pours a one finger head that recedes quickly.

Aroma: Very mild, hints of toast and roasted malt.

Taste: Something a little off about it. There's a little bit of malt, a hint of milk chocolate, and some bitterness. Very underdeveloped though, no depth at all.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Quite disappointing. I've had better beers with half the ABV, so it can't be just that. It's drinkable, but only just.

Arborescence, Apr 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

aleslover, Jun 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

GreersBeer21, Jun 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

voidrunner, Mar 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

Cougar990, Feb 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

CraftBeerGuild, Nov 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

canders0927, Sep 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

asafarc2, Feb 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

TheRuss9585, Nov 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

jacknsally5148, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of morebeergood
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First off, what's up with this label? Intriguing I guess. Maybe that's why I grabbed it from my friend's fridge to try it. Poured into a standard pint glass. No head at all. Moderate fizz of carbonation. The body was the color of cola. Smell was non-existent. Taste was just a bit of malt and some caramel. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. This beer just had no redeeming qualities to it at all. Just plain boring. Mostly minus for me.

morebeergood, Feb 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

JDWEX1117, Apr 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Zaphog, Mar 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

SlaughteredWolf, Jul 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

swgwilt, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of wedge
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

wedge, Apr 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

stampfler07, Mar 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

mholdefer, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

grahambo, Mar 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

JHeskew, Jul 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

elec, Jan 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

NHSTEVE, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

cheesepuffs, Sep 11, 2013
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Plus / Minus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.