Wooly - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
Wooly from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.