Wooly - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.1/5 rDev -1.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy golden copper color. The head is a two finger offwhite color with a rather frothy texture and low retention. On the other hand, it leaves a level of lacing I only see out of IPAs.
S: Aromatically, it does come across like a non-hoppy pine aroma. It's not loaded with spruce, but I do notice it quite well. Other than that, though, it smells like an old IPA with stale hops and generic caramel malts.
T: Firstly, the flavor profile comes across like a generic ESB, hitting the basics of the style (bright fruit presence and weirdly tart caramel malts) without doing them brilliantly...then the wave of piny spruce comes (both from hops and added spruce); and honestly it kind of works, especially on the finish. It's not great, but it's actually quite okay - more than I was expecting.
M: Has a good coarseness to the texture which might be my favorite feature of this brew. The finish and aftertaste are pretty neutral between wet and dry.
O: Nothing wrong with this at all. There's no wow factor or 'zing', but I can't find anything bad with this. I wouldn't purchase this again, but I'd never refuse one.
12-24-2012 20:56:31 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
3.08/5 rDev -1.9%
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish gold with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is sweet biscuity caramel malts, honey, some fruit and a little spruce that comes out as it warms.
The flavor is sweet bready malts that quickly is dominated by a big spruce bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and a bit watery.
Overall, interesting one-dimensional spruce beer.
12-06-2012 01:03:25 | More by Beaver13
3.21/5 rDev +2.2%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
LOOK: Nearly clear amber, thick two fingers of head
SMELL: Biscuity malt, mild spruce resin, ripe fruit, faint diacetyl
TASTE: Moderate sized body, wet, grainy, grassy, twang of spruce, light hopping, slightly biscuity, dried grass, watery, very dry
Not as complex as I though it would have been, a little out of balance but since the spruce is not that agressive the dryness actually helps in the area ... sadly it leaves the beer a in a lackluster state. A good stepping stone for anyone that has not had a spruced beer before and perhaps even an extreme beer.
02-05-2013 02:50:22 | More by Jason
3.18/5 rDev +1.3%
Clear honey amber with a frothy beige head that lingers long. Low aroma of corn. Flavors of honey malt, subtle floral hops, sharp bitterness, metallic notes, evenly balanced, piney spruce notes, somewhat subtle but noticeable and a bit reminiscent of cleaning solution. Crisp and dry mouthfeel, somewhat thin. Average beer.
11-24-2012 02:06:55 | More by far333
3.53/5 rDev +12.4%
Poured from 12oz bottle into narrow pint glass. Crystal clear gold with a thick foamy head that shrunk to half its size and then stuck around for a bit, leaving some sticky lacing. Smells hoppy and sour. Taste is crisp and clean up front, with a nice pinch finish of hops. Upon exhaling through my nose after my first sip, a faint essence of spruce or pine is noticed. Not outstanding, but easy to drink and tasty.
01-11-2013 04:22:41 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.03/5 rDev -3.5%
Medium to slightly bigger off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear caramel golden colored beer.
Light piney hops mix well with a light caramel malt in an aroma that is quite nice but on the lighter side.
Almost burnt roasted malts dominate the taste with some slight hints of sourish hops skewing the dark malts.
A dryish aftertaste with some burnt like malt tastes staying around on this medium bodied ESB.
This beer has a almost burnt dark malt taste that is just a bit over the top for me, and as it sits it seems to become more prominent and to me less desirable.
11-03-2012 21:23:13 | More by LXIXME
4/5 rDev +27.4%
Bottle served cold into a goblet.
Deep redish amber color with great clarity. The head is thin but leaves nice lacing behind.
Aroma is sweet and malty with a nice piney spruce undertone.
Flavor is sweet, herbal, and piney with good balance.
Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well carbonated.
Overall a good ESB but I'm not sure the spruce makes it better than it would be without.
10-11-2012 02:10:25 | More by GilGarp
1.1/5 rDev -65%
Sampled this beer as part of a Magic Hat mix pack that included #9, Encore, and Heart of Darkness.
Overly herb / pine taste that bites and lingers. My taste in beer, while not deft and refined, is extremely broad and highly tolerant.
And I'm incapable of finishing this beer.
02-17-2013 23:11:46 | More by Trent
3.13/5 rDev -0.3%
A- pours an orangish-gold color with a small white head that reduces quickly, but leaves a thin layer skimming the top with no lace.
S- toasted grainy malt with some fruity notes
T- some fruity notes follow the nose, grainy malt profile mid-palate, the finish is dry with a little bit of piney hops, perhaps assisted by the spruce. Seems to be lacking more of a malt profile that by would expect of the style.
M- medium-high carbonation, light body, creamy finish. The finish us pleasant but its too carbonated for an ESB.
O- it's pretty clean and easy to drink (except for the high carbonation), but doesn't really drink like an ESB.
01-17-2013 02:21:14 | More by Treyliff
3.18/5 rDev +1.3%
Spotted this in the singles section, hoping it's relatively fresh. Fall seasonal... neck has a string of random numbers: K1826 1 1325 556K. According to Freshbeeronly, that's October 18, 2012, with an extra 6 at the end. Huh.
Hazy orange color, one finger of foam, lasting skim that remains unbroken for quite awhile. Spotty lace around the edges of the glass, some visible rising carbonation.
There is a little dry herbal spruce spice in the aftertaste, but it's masked by a general watery soggy grain flavor. As it warms there's some low level crackery malt, but it's pretty mild overall. Light bodied, a little thin. Nothing special, but if you love spruce beers give it a try.
03-26-2013 00:33:29 | More by emerge077
3.1/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a hazy light copper color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.
Smells light fruit notes and some bready malt.
Tastes of the bready malt with some light sweetness. Malts lead off with bread and a little grainy sweetness. The sweetness blends into a little fruitiness. This is in turn ends with a bit of lemon zest.
Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly smooth amount of carbonation.
Overall, this is nothing worth mentioning. An overall light profile leaves me bored.
05-01-2013 02:29:37 | More by ocelot2500
3.49/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours a light orange with and off white head that fades fast. Smell is not very strong but it is mainly the spruce and a sweet malt. The taste starts with the spruce, not overpowering, but still the main focus to the beer. A nice sweet malt starts, but a bitter finish with a dry aftertaste with not much spruce. A nice smooth medium mouthfeel, an easy drinker if you are a fan of the taste. Not something I could have many of, but still a nice beer. Overall a good beer, not overpowering, mostly focuses on the spruce, but a good flavor.
02-27-2013 01:22:27 | More by wingman14
Wooly from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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