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Wooly - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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73
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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Coniferous Concoction Pine for this Extra Special Bitter whose medium body and spicy hoppiness harmonize with flavorful, aromatic spruce tips.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 10-11-2012)
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

05-14-2014 16:53:20 | More by Dougwillhike
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SlaughteredWolf

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

12-17-2012 02:37:26 | More by SlaughteredWolf
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GilGarp

Colorado

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
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JohnQVD

New York

4/5  rDev +27.4%

03-17-2013 19:33:56 | More by JohnQVD
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patre_tim

China

4/5  rDev +27.4%

06-29-2014 22:28:28 | More by patre_tim
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TxMdScotty298

Maryland

4/5  rDev +27.4%

10-11-2013 00:33:21 | More by TxMdScotty298
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +26.8%

forget what everyone says, this is absolutely delicious. it is an elglish style bitter, a mild one at that, but that is the base upon which a generous spruce addition is infused, resulting in a full bodied, seasonally perfect, refreshingly yummy winter ale. the nose is really piney, both oily and sappy, which could also be aided by the strong hop presence for the style. rich but not sweet malts, bordering on amber in color and taste temper the intensity of the spruce, but they work well in tandem. finish is crisp and akin to a christmas tree. my brother said its like drinking a hippie, but i didnt think so (who am i to say?). the low alcohol and fuler body make this a nice winter session beer, and the carbonation is upbeat too, which helps the cause. overall i like this a lot better than the winter seasonals that came before it, i think it shows a nice inventive side on the heels of the dandelion summer brew. top quality i thought.

11-23-2012 22:22:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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shand

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +24.2%

Wooly has a great pour, a crystal-clear red-orange with a sizable head. The aroma is good, but seems a bit two faced. I'll stick my nose to the glass and get beautiful caramel malts with a big spruce hit, then I'll go back for another whiff and get sweet grains and wheat. It might be the spruce messing with me, because the spruce comes on strong right away. The spruce is backed up by some caramel and pale malts, and rounded out by some herbal hops. A little odd, just like Pistil was, but still very nice. The mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, Wooly is another unique, odd, and still drinkable beer from Magic Hat.

10-31-2012 01:03:18 | More by shand
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SouljaSaia17

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +22.6%

This is the first beer that I have had that includes spruce. And am always attracted to this companies cool labels.

A: Beer pours a light orange/gold color that has a very thin, soap white head that leaves no lacing.

S: Aroma consist of pine, spruce and some mild hops. Also, I get a bread-type character at the end.

T: Very nice flavor that jumps at you with generous amounts of spruce, followed by a little pine, some honey and hops. A dry yeast in the mouth is present at the finish.

M: Very dry mouth accompanied with those herbal flavors. Not too much carbonation, but a very tolerable beer.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, very unique in the aroma and taste. The spruce is nice and sweet, where I thought it would be a little over the top or to uncharacteristic of a beer. Quite simply, the best ESB I have ever drank.

12-15-2012 07:49:47 | More by SouljaSaia17
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EighthElement

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

02-16-2013 23:18:53 | More by EighthElement
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tnoose904


3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

11-25-2012 01:39:10 | More by tnoose904
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

05-01-2013 15:39:50 | More by JohnK17
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irrgalaxy

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

11-18-2012 00:47:36 | More by irrgalaxy
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ale207

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-24-2012 01:10:02 | More by ale207
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KevMo84

California

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

06-03-2014 05:48:42 | More by KevMo84
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-23-2012 19:19:14 | More by ralphw56
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FCRICH

New York

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-23-2012 03:20:45 | More by FCRICH
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

10-15-2012 03:50:47 | More by JMBSH
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-13-2012 05:02:15 | More by iL0VEbeer
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KatieTee24

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-27-2012 01:36:41 | More by KatieTee24
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RudnicsMEB

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

03-05-2013 01:38:36 | More by RudnicsMEB
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Selderkin

New York

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

02-17-2013 06:14:57 | More by Selderkin
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bcsbeer

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-07-2012 01:26:49 | More by bcsbeer
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Ohboy229

New York

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

03-16-2013 22:03:49 | More by Ohboy229
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +17.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy ruddy amber brown color with two fingers of magnificent fluffy foam. Aroma is grainy, biscuity, with a hint of spruce.

First sip has a evergreen, spruce flavor profile with an extremely dry finish with little residual sweetness. Leaves you thirsty after taking a sip. Strong bitterness is present on the back end but though it is potent, it is not harsh or lingering. I think this beer suffers from a lack of malty sweet flavor. As soon as you swallow, the flavor disappears and you are left with a faint evergreen aftertaste.

This is an interesting brew, but not something that I'd find myself craving again. Really could use a touch more sweetness to round things out.

12-09-2012 02:18:38 | More by FickleBeast
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Wooly from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.