HICu - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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1.35/5 rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
Hicu from magic hat ... Brewed with cucumber and hibiscus, ale. Darker than I thought it would be. Rich cucumber aroma on the nose. Gives a refreshing invite. Strange taste of the hibiscus and cucumber.... Light. Semi crisp. After taste is a bit rough. Makes me think of cleaning supplies, or a early summer day, grass wet with dew.
Overall - I wouldn't buy a 6pk or a single btl again. Not mad that bought a btl to try, but not worth the $2 it cost. Don't try this beer unless you want to be let down.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2013 03:41:04 | More by JosephBieske
3/5 rDev +17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
"Create a Haiku inspired by the HiCü you have in your hand." Brewed in the style of a Fruit Ale with a central focus on cucumber and hibiscus. This beer was the throw in Variety Pack exclusive included with the Summer sampler in 2013, possibly a one-off beer. While beers that go to this level of wildness are often overly criticized, I'm going to give this one a fair shot.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Magic Hat pint glass. Served north of 48º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) A vigorous pour yields an ecru cream head of a stale dish suds consistency over a maple amber body with moderate carbonation and very heavy sediment. Retention is average at best, lacing is specked and thin. There's not much to value in this appearance. 2.5
(Smell) There's most certainly a strong sweet cucumber candy aroma up front that doesn't conflict significantly with the pale malt build aside from being an incredibly unusual choice and admittedly an appealing aromatic element. Some herbal and vegetative aroma chimes in to lesser effect, likely the hibiscus element, adding some aromatic bitterness through fresh-cut vegetation, it's unlikely that hops are equally utilized otherwise in this beer. Potency is medium. 3
(Taste) Going into this beer, I vowed not to let the cucumber nor hibiscus angle be the focal of any criticism I had for this beer, and I feel certain that neither tarnish the beer as individual entities nor collective ones. My biggest concern is in what malt build compliments these two unique flavor choices while offering balance to highlight them. Ultimately, the balance issue is glaring to anybody with a seasoned palate. There is a lacking sweetness and also a shallow, uninteresting malt body. Cucumber provides mostly flavor (which I found very enjoyable) yet very little sweetness to remedy this issue. What remains is a very sharp garden greens medley of characters that generate a great deal of leafy, herbaceous bitterness, led by the hibiscus plant, without significant malt body to compliment or counteract. In conclusion, I appreciated the thought and enthusiasm that went into crafting a beer concept as audacious as this, but the actual beer side of the recipe was not as well orchestrated as I had hoped. 3
(Mouthfeel) The texture is thin and dry, a touch chalky. Carbonation adds a touch of crisp liveliness and fizz. The body is light/medium for the style, light+ overall. Alcohol presence is very low. As before mentioned, balance lacks sweetness and body and preferences bitterness of the raw leaf and herbal variety. If you're not put off by the herbaceous bitterness, this might be a nice sessionable choice for you. Finishes generally clean. 3.25
(Overall) A nod to the "what if" kind of beer drinker, HiCü showcases gloriously the art of cucumber and hibiscus together in a single bottle. Cucumber does, in fact manage to come out wonderfully in this beer, and I can see this fruit being used in many different kinds of beer with favorable results. The dominant issue resulted from either an overemphasis on hibiscus for bitterness or through a lack of body and sweetness to counter that bitterness. Either way, I was not as put off by this drink as the angry mob scouring their Facebook page would like to make it seem, but I think it could have used some more thought from a "beer engineer's" angle to truly pull it off well. Kudos to Magic Hat for trying, though. 3
Magic Hat Brewing Company's
HiCü Cucumber Hibiscus Ale
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2013 00:25:08 | More by Jadjunk
HICu from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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