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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
75
okay

669 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stop and smell the petals Pistil is a summer beer unlike any other, brewed with a combination of dandelion petals, Pale and Acidulated malts, flaked oats, and Apollo and Northern Brewer hops that results in a one-of-a-kind beer with a slightly sour acidity and a smooth malt body. Perfect for taking down deep thirst.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: shand on 04-16-2012)
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Photo of olsen197
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

olsen197, May 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Sixbolt, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

LarryMyers, May 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

MadWolf, May 24, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

undated 12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. Pour is clear with fine-grained carbonation and a durable white head. A thin partial coat of sediment was left on the bottom of the bottle.

Surprised by the moderately intense and mainly hoppy aroma. Nice balance of hops and malt, leaving this surprisingly hoppy brew a touch sweet at the start and mildly bitter in the finish and aftertaste. Dandelion, unless specially treated, is very bitter too, so the absence of a solid smack of bitterness is surprising. The contribution of the dandelion is subtle, however. Mildly tart too, with a hint of citrus.

M: Crisp; medium-light body with medium+ carbonation; semi-dry finish.

Overall: A tasty and distinct ale worth seeking out, and worth selecting when a summertime refresher is desired that's bolder than usual.

chinchill, May 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

tennisoscar1, May 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

kingmaker, May 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

morrowd3, May 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

brez8791, May 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

MaddDogg84, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

civicm87, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

LeahM, May 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

srw, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

pcsnyder, May 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

jburd19, May 18, 2013
Photo of brentk56
2.3/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: The load pffft when I opened the bottle was a giveaway that this beer was going to have a lot of carbonation and it pours out almost all foam though though the liquid buids with a slightly hazy honey color over time; of course, the flip side of overcarbonation is typically great head retention and plenty of lacing

Smell: Grassy and herbal with a cooked vegetable character

Taste: Rather neutral malt flavors, up front, but then the lemony herbal and rather medicinal dandelion flavors take over; tart finish with the cooked vegetables underneath

Mouthfeel: Watery and overcarbonated

Overall: I'm really quite disappointed with this beer and find it hard to take another sip

brentk56, May 18, 2013
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy gold with a towering white sea foam head.

S: Oat, malt, vague grassiness.

T: Malt with some flavor I cannot identify, grassiness (most likely the dandelions).

M: Medium

O: An easy drinking beer for summer. Decent body, some grassy flavor, a bit of oat, good malt backbone, and a slight bitterness in the finish. Overall, the flavor is not that interesting considering the ingredient.

ianjsullivan, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

maxcoinage, May 17, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance - Served a light golden orange colored brew with a one finger fizzy head. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a bit grainy and musty with some notes of a bready like smell. Mixed with these aromas are floral and grassy smell (dandelion?)l as well as a bit of light fruit aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a more crisp bready taste with a decent level of graininess. As the taste advances a floral and grassy flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle with them growing stronger to the end of the taste. Along with this an almost hay-like flavor comes to the tongue combining with the rest to leave an odd wild field taste with grass, hay and grain.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather crisp with a carbonation level that is on the medium to slightly higher side. It is nice for the style and makes for a nice crisp feel on the tongue.

Overall – Nothing all that fantastic here. A little unbalanced with too many grassy and herbal flavors and not enough other flavors to mellow them out.

Darkmagus82, May 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

twenty5, May 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

drinkAK, May 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

InspectorBob, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

KerryCummins1977, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Bustersuess, May 14, 2013
Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.