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Wooly - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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160 Ratings

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.15%
Wants: 2
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:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 10-11-2012

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

40 IBU
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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 43
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3.14/5  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.

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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2.69/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
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.


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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!

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Photo of mattkoon
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Wooly from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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