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Plus / Minus - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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78
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
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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Arborescence

Finland

2.2/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:24:11 | More by Arborescence
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Novanglus


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

04-19-2012 07:14:29 | More by Novanglus
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Sudsanonymous


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-18-2012 04:57:27 | More by Sudsanonymous
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cbyrd4088

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-18-2012 01:10:22 | More by cbyrd4088
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium ruby and copper mix. A draker beer for sure. Quick head, no foam, but nice bubbling.

Mildly dark bread thats been watered down. Mineraly, hard water and some sweet darker malts.

Watery thin palate with some added mineral and dry qualities. Dry roasted and heavily toasted malts. Has some flavor, a little on the darker side, and is easy to drink. Good session ale for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:59:13 | More by scruffwhor
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JDWEX1117

New York

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

04-16-2012 16:16:32 | More by JDWEX1117
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep rich brown/mahogany color. Very little head and no lacing remains after the pour. No bubbles around the edge either, slightly disappointed.

S: Getting some coffee, roasted malt and toasted grains coming thru. Some nuttyness and a hint of earthy smells coming thru as well but they aren't very strong.

T: Initially tasting coffee. Very much like the scent of a used coffee filter. Not very strong. Mild milk chocolate and some roasted nut flavors coming thru. Still picking up some earthy notes as well with some grains. All of it is very mild though, nothing here is really standing out strong or overly robust.

M: Carbonation is on par with soda. No head lingering around, keeps everything crisp and clean on the tongue. Can't really feel any alcohol in it either.

O: Nothing about this really stood out. From the lack of lace and head, to the mild notes on the nose and the very mild taste, I wasn't really impressed by any part of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:16:52 | More by ChrisPratz
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18%

04-15-2012 21:56:48 | More by Gregwa
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a British pint glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A: Pours a translucent mahogany with a reddish hue and 2.5 fingers width of sea foam white head, which takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down to a thin film with thick outer ring which remains throughout the drink and leaves only trace spotty lacing.  

S: Slight citrus, bread, generic yeast, a toasted nut character and a hint of spice,  Not a bad aroma but what is there is mild and  subtle and thus this is pretty bland.

T: Taste is better than the nose.  The toasted nut character is prominent and quite good.  I also get a subtle roast flavor, some caramel malts, and a bit of spicy hops.  Nothing terribly complex, but I enjoy the taste, and it's actually not as mild as I was anticipating.  

M/D: Pretty heavily carbonated, light to medium bodied.  Drinkability is high.  

O: This is, to my knowledge, my first exposure to an English Mild, so its hard to compare to style.  However, my overall impression is a sessionable brew with an aroma that is kind of blah, but a taste which is actually rather nice.  I won't seek it out again (or the style in general for that matter), but I'll have no issue finishing the last bottle that's in my fridge.  

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 20:54:51 | More by zac16125
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 22:05:13 | More by tdm168
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

04-07-2012 18:58:50 | More by vfgccp
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

04-06-2012 16:10:24 | More by TEAMHOLT
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shand

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Hey, this'll be my first Dark Mild review. I've partaken in several pints of Cigar City's El Lector, but never in an environment conductive to reviewing. It pours out a deep red with some brown tinges to it. A centimeter of head steadily crowns the brew. The aroma is primarily nutty, with chocolate, roastiness, and just a touch of hops. The taste is good, it's got a nice complexity to it, with the nuttiness, roastiness, chocolate, and a touch of dark fruits all intertwining. The finish is earthy and hoppy before leaving a nice clean, dry feeling on the palate. The drinkability is, as to be expected, very good. Overall, it's a good Mild. I'd really like to find a honest Dark Mild from England to compare this to.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:40:10 | More by shand
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 20:47:44 | More by tastybeer
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SoullessHell

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +18%

04-02-2012 02:15:12 | More by SoullessHell
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Franticc


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-02-2012 01:55:42 | More by Franticc
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wedge

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 19:13:07 | More by wedge
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

04-01-2012 02:33:46 | More by Joshgonzales79
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Mauidan

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

04-01-2012 01:43:22 | More by Mauidan
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich mahogany with a tan head that quickly dissipates.

Has a floral, nutty aroma with a hint a caramel and a touch of chocolate.

Slight citrus bite of hops up front followed by a roasted nut flavor with a bready mouthfeel that quickly gives way to a flat fruit flavor- plum. There is a touch of chocolate in the back of the mouth. A solid beer, very interesting with lots of subtlety.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 18:38:37 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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Davit

Illinois

3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-31-2012 16:44:24 | More by Davit
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Spring mix-pack at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a brick-red body with nearly an inch of khaki-colored head. Smells sweet and maybe even a touch sour. Nut, chocolate, and roast dominate the flavor. Light to medium in body with ample carbonation. While the aroma is a bit off-putting, the flavor is great. Spot-on for the style, and that's not easy to come by.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 00:42:46 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange-red color with almost no head that fizzles to nothing in seconds

S: Some malts, MH yeast, and honestly not much else. Mild indeed

T: Follows the nose, with malts and slight smoke in the finish. Again, very mild

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A dumbed-down version of a classic style. Can't say that too many times about American brewers when they brew classic English styles, but it certainly applies here. Still worth a try, though

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 22:48:53 | More by BEERMILER12
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rmank

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

03-30-2012 15:51:22 | More by rmank
Plus / Minus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.