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Wooly - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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155 Ratings

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 18.1%
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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Photo of plaid75

New York

3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light toasted malt and light grassy hop. Little to no spruce aroma detected.

The taste consisted of a crisp toasted malt with a balancing herbal hop. A bit of a thin malt bill however and no real trace of spruce.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side if the style.

Overall an easy drinking, clean ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:10:49 | More by plaid75
Photo of mactrail


3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber in the big tulip. Starts with a good head, but it dwindles down pretty fast. Hits you with the resiny, piney aroma which is rather pleasant.

Sharp and tangy mouthfeel with a light body. Bitter herbs on the tongue. The alleged spruce is right up front. Tastes more like rosemary to me. Sort of a buttery taste after a while. On the good side, it's crisp and refreshing. Bitterness keeps growing along with that resiny taste that seems to add to the bitterness.

I'll have to taste the Alaskan winter beer again, which is flavored with spruce that I remember more fondly than this. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 03:51:56 | More by mactrail
Photo of tnoose904

3.75/5  rDev +19%

11-25-2012 01:39:10 | More by tnoose904
Photo of far333


3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 02:06:55 | More by far333
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 22:22:24 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-22-2012 20:39:28 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Shaw


3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle supplied by the brewery.

A pale amber/gold in color with a short head.

Bready and sweet aroma; however, I can't detect the spruce.

The spruce shows up in the taste, bringing a cleanser-like quality to the beer, along with earthy notes. The flavor strikes me as artifical, rather than being from actual spruce. That flavor, which I don't mean in a totally negative way, mixes with a hefty malt flavor like bread and biscuit.

Nice hefty body.

Overall a curiosity. My favorite spruce beer was made by the late Siletz Brewing Co. in Oregon with fresh spruce tips.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 03:11:00 | More by Shaw
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy copper burnt orange color with a small mount of head. Not much aroma to it...some slight sweet malts i suppose.
Taste is very malty and has that typical magic hat malty-ness; but out of nowhere you get a huge wallop of spruce/pine/rosemary. Its actually pretty good, and would compliment a good roasted bird dinner - like thanksgiving...
while not the best ESB out there, its certainly different and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 19:45:43 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

11-19-2012 14:31:13 | More by JakeDebus
Photo of DCav

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

11-19-2012 02:07:20 | More by DCav
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South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

11-19-2012 00:02:41 | More by buckyp
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

11-18-2012 23:54:25 | More by IdrinkGas
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

11-18-2012 00:47:36 | More by irrgalaxy
Photo of leprechaunandfatman


3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with good head that takes a while to dissipate.
Smells hoppy with noticeable spruce, but the smell overall is very light and at times almost imperceptible. Should be much stronger.
Taste is light on flavor. A hint of hop and some pine. Finishes tasting almost like an IPA. Tasty but not nearly strong enough.
Light and almost bubbly in the mouth, very smooth and easy to drink. Not a bad beer overall, but the flavor, while good, does not assert itself enough. Nice addition to the Magic Hat Winter variety pack with room for improvement though.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 18:28:06 | More by leprechaunandfatman
Photo of brcarney7

1/5  rDev -68.3%

11-10-2012 23:59:43 | More by brcarney7
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-08-2012 02:42:58 | More by ArchHobbes
Photo of mckenziac

2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Magic Hat "Winterland" seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent coppery-golden color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells toasty with a slight piney note.

Taste: Mildly hoppy up front. Finishes toasty and bitter with some earthy hop flavors. This beer is really light on the spruce/pine flavors, especially given that it's the beer's main selling point.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery.

Overall: A very unimpressive beer. A really sub-par ESB any day, plus the fact that it doesn't really deliver on the promised spruce flavors and aromas. Skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 23:59:15 | More by mckenziac
Photo of KevE

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

11-06-2012 02:54:25 | More by KevE
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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

11-04-2012 02:48:34 | More by crobinso
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New Mexico

3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 21:23:13 | More by LXIXME
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden yellow with 3 fingers of white head.

Smell is pretty hoppy. Some pine, light citrus, wheat.

Lots more pine in taste. Not overdone. Very drinkable. Some citrus, well balanced, light bitterness.

Pretty light, prickly carbonation.

Not very ESB-like but good.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:58:18 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of Kevin55


3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-02-2012 00:46:34 | More by Kevin55
Photo of shand


3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3/5  rDev -4.8%

10-29-2012 18:42:21 | More by acurtis
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North Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

10-26-2012 07:25:08 | More by Cramerican
Wooly from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.