Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.25/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
P: Cloudy golden apricot appearance with bubbly carbonation and a airy off white head.
S: Seems odd but smells like diluted Victoria's Secret Love Spell body spray...my wife wears it that's how I know.
T/M: Honey suckles, lots if floral flavor, pale malt, salt and herbed tea. Faint peach and Bartlett pears hindered in the bitter floral base. There is a touch of metallic towards the end of the swallow. Nice subtly acidic mouthfeel with bubbly prickliness.
O: A nice floral ale that really brings the floral to play. I really like this but probably not one I would seek out.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2013 21:34:22 | More by Hopswagger
3.39/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
"Stop and smell the petals". Magic Hat's Pistil is a wheat ale brewed with dandelions. Previously made as a summer 2012 Seasonal one-off, this has returned to Spring seasonal variety packs.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Magic Hat pint glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a sudsy white head that recedes rather hastily. Body color is a hazy pale yellow with a touch of gold, chock full of light and dark pulpy sediment. Carbonation is moderate and spritely. Head quality and lacing both suffer in this beer. Those who are not fond of chunks in their beer may be wary of the appearance. 3.25
(Smell) Biscuity pale and acidic malts up front with grassy hop notes and a mild bitterness. Fruity yeast tones of banana and white grape are also evident. Aroma has a potent acid-based tartness to it and is very cider-like. This is very different from last year. 3.25
(Taste) Pale, biscuity malts with a mild grassy flavor and a dry, somewhat vegetal bitterness on the finish. If it's the impact of dandelion, it doesn't come far from low-alpha grassy hop varieties. Overall it is mildly bitter over sweet; drinkable but not as unique as one may hope a beer with dandelion is capable of. Biscuity yeast and a mild faint lemony finish, yet not much emphasis on the acidity nor the fruit notes perceived in the aroma- both fall flat. Overall the beer has a decent drinkability but nothing sets it apart from the large repertoire of pale ales with mild, accessible flavor profiles geared for high drinkability. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Slick, oily texture with subtle prickly carbonation. Some pulp but not enough to impact drinking quality or make a significant difference in the overall impression, just impacts dryness a touch. Low alcohol presence. Light/Medium body for the style and light body overall. 3.5
(Overall) While it had good drinkability and there were no big off-flavors, I felt very let down by the depth this one had. The dandelion didn't create nearly as strong an impact nor a unique flavor character to the beer like I had hoped, only managed to dry the finish out with a vegetal bitterness. As a stand alone pale ale, this one does a decent job but doesn't integrate the dandelion petals quite like I had expected. 3.25
Magic Hat Brewing Company's
Pistil Brewed with Dandelion
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2013 00:18:11 | More by Jadjunk
3.59/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
3/4 pint bottle served cold into a shaker pint glass.
Pistil is a slightly hazy golden yellow with about an inch of white head. It has good retention and nice lacing as it settles.
Aroma is mildly hoppy is a floral slash grassy kind of way. Not much in the way of citrus or pine.
Flavor is sweet like honey up front but bitter like dandelions from middle to end. I think we've established that hops are the best way to bitter a beer and I'm all for experimentation but, if you've tasted the foul white liquid from this weed, you know it has no place in beer.
Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. Well balanced but rather unpleasant to drink.
Overall it's a swing and a miss.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2013 00:09:06 | More by GilGarp
Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.