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Wooly - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
okay

158 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 18.21%
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 Thedrizzle
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Thedrizzle, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of jmalko
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

jmalko, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of mebummer
3/5  rDev -4.2%

mebummer, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Treyliff, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of sparx1100
3/5  rDev -4.2%

sparx1100, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Hanselpb
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Hanselpb, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Scutt
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Color was great at the first pour, but as it sat it became almost mudded in appearance. the smell was good, but uneventful. No indication of the flavor to come.... or was it? smooth feel on the tounge and has an almost cleansing feel and a tast was taste leaving you wanting anouther sip. But alas the flavor was not what i wanted it to be. I see a beer with a spruce mention in the flavor and i do get a hint but not the kick that i was wanting, neh NEEDING, Over all it makes me want anouther beer but this one will not quench the thirst.

Scutt, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of salinasa
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

salinasa, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of HoppyHoward
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

HoppyHoward, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -4.2%

beergorrilla, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, copper-amber body with a one-third-inch, white head.

Smell: Under-toasted biscuit tops, a flash of bitterish herbs, and only the faintest blip of spruce on the radar screen. A little dull from an aromatic standpoint.

Taste: Shaky biscuit maltiness, minor toastiness, and very lightly caramelized sugars. Doesn't quite yield any lemon, any herbiness, and just a should shrug-equivalent of spruce character. Modest bitterness. Dry, seemingly unclean finish. Pretty dull tastewise, too.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Without the spruce, standing alone as an ESB, it doesn't fare too well, really. Add the spruce gimmick, it's not much better. Lackluster offering.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of benjada
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

benjada, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: shiny orange gold, finger white head,
solid lacing

S: light spruce, hint of lemon peel and grassy

T: same as nose, chalky mild bitter finish

M: light/med body, light oil/semi-dry mouth

O: LOVE ESBs, but just not this one. Don't think
I would buy it again, nor would I recommend it.
Also really enjoy the ancient British/Celtic recipes,
but this one needs some more body and blending
of nose and flavor.

OK; NOTHING SPECIAL!

BeerLover99, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of HollyHops
3/5  rDev -4.2%

HollyHops, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of mscott1975
3/5  rDev -4.2%

mscott1975, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of freedomlinux
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

freedomlinux, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pored a slightly hazy medium gold and produced a small finger high white bubbly head, which dissipates into some lacing.
The smell is of citrus fruits and tart.
Tasting the beer, the front is a tarty bitterness, which is subdued by fruit flavors like grapefruit, orange and lemon and lime. The middle has a more malty core, whle the Irish has a good bitter hop character. The tarty flavors a present throughout the tasting.
Overall the beer fits the ESB character, it is a good enjoyable brew!

Hopfenpeter, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

KatieTee24, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

JimGlonke, Dec 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

mrmitsui29, Dec 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

brwnchrstpher, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of mattkoon
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this wooly esb from magic hat is a milder take on the esb style. the look of this beer is golden with a slight haze. the smell is earthy with a little bit of piney citrus. wooly is hoppy with a bitter kick at the end. i do however, feel like it is milder than others esb's that i have had, which isnt a bad thing. it is a lot more drinkable than some others. so i guess it all depends on if you want a really hearty esb, or if you want something that you can drink and enjoy while you watch the game or just fat-around. i like this one ok over all.

mattkoon, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of silverking
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- It pours a slightly hazy light amber with a fluffy white head. Head retention is decent, and lacing is equally decent.

S- Piney, Caramel, citrus.

T- Piney, to the extreme of being soapy. It literally tastes like a christmas tree. There is a mild bitter finish with lots of, you guessed it, piney notes. The finish comes across as dry. There are some mild citrus notes as well.

M- Light, and yet mildly oily. Carbonation is moderate.

O- The thought was there, but it doesn't taste like beer. It's just a collection of strange flavors.

silverking, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

ThisWangsChung, Dec 24, 2012
Wooly from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.