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HICu - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
62
poor

192 Ratings
THE BROS
63
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.56
pDev: 33.98%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jwc215 on 04-15-2013)
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Hopstout

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -41.4%

08-25-2013 17:45:17 | More by Hopstout
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cmep

Illinois

1.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was excited to try Magic Hat after purchasing a variety pack. I had heard of them before but never tried any of their beers. The most interesting beer that I had anticipated trying was the Hicu. Being a fan of Cucumber and Hibiscus, the later tastes good in tea, I chilled a bottle for a few hours. Appearance was okay and it smelled like Cucumber. The mouthfeel was okay. The flavor on the other hand was awful. This beer tasted like Miller Lite with Cucumber flavor added. I have to give them points for being creative but this beer is a gimmick. Should not have made it past their tasters.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:47:33 | More by cmep
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BradShook

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -12.1%

08-21-2013 14:54:01 | More by BradShook
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JoshSyphilis

Indiana

1.28/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

More low grade perfume than libation. Like using a Magic Tree air freshener as a tea bag. Almost as if a sub par beer was finished by straining it through a Garden Center planter at whatever crappy box store it was purchased at. Throw in a fetal stage pickle wedge and Wa-La! Straight butt!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:52:46 | More by JoshSyphilis
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +36.7%

08-15-2013 15:12:14 | More by jgunther71
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talahrama

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +17.2%

08-14-2013 04:11:57 | More by talahrama
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer and it has a light amber color body with a small white head. The smell is like you just cut a fresh cucumber. The taste is like eating cucumber, I get a faint hint of some hops but not much. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, overall it is interesting but I wouldn't buy a whole case of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:35:25 | More by chefhatt
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jimbodude5

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -31.6%

08-13-2013 00:27:06 | More by jimbodude5
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ScottR

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving type: 12-oz. bottle from a Summer Scene variety pack from Magic Hat, poured into a snifter.

A: Light brown and hazy/cloudy; one-finger head, nice retention.

S: Cucumber.

T: More cucumber. If there's a beer in here somewhere, I'm not finding it. If you added cucumber juice to a glass of Coors Light, you'd get something like this monstrosity.

M: Watery. Wet and refreshing, if you can tolerate the taste.

O: Well, I have to award Magic Hat a point for imagination; I don't think there are too many cucumber-hibiscus beers out there, and the idea is at least interesting. But then I have to take away a point for their failure to implement that idea in a way that doesn't totally suck. Save your money.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 15:35:39 | More by ScottR
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smartassboiler

Illinois

2/5  rDev -21.9%

08-10-2013 19:41:54 | More by smartassboiler
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ercxi

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev +7.4%

08-09-2013 23:35:09 | More by ercxi
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Bockrules

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +66%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy pumpkin-spice coppery-orange with substantial streams of small bubbles rising to the creamy, one-finger, off-white head. Head stays firmly intact all the way down the glass and leaves behind a nice web of lacing on the lower 3/4ths of the glass.

S - Definitely some cucumber and hibiscus notes as promised by the name with a faint earthy bitterness. I don't know if I would be able to recognize these smells if I didn't have a priori knowledge from the beer's name. More Hibiscus seems to emerge as the beer warms.

T - The lack of malt notes immediately registers with the drinker that this beer is something unique. Instead the front of the beer is driven by a slight bitter cucumber notes with floral overtones. Things seem to balance out more in the body with hibiscus and a slight sweetness mingling well with the bitter cucumber notes. Sweet and floral soda-like fizz as the beer passes over the back of the tongue transitions into a fresh cucumber and vinegar salad finish.

M - Very light bodied and plenty carbonated. This works well with the flavors and aids in making this brew a real summer thirst quencher.

I don't know if its because i've been spending far too much time in Colorado over the past month, but this oddball of a beer has really grown on me. I dig the complex and unique flavors as well as the real-beer appearance and light mouthfeel. Great summer thirst quencher when you want something light and out of the ordinary. I would buy this again, this is by far my favorite Magic Hat brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:06:27 | More by Bockrules
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev +7.4%

08-04-2013 04:16:25 | More by Knapp85
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wingman14

Ohio

2.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a dark yellow beer with a frothy white head. Smell is strong cucumber and hibiscus with some malt. The most odd concoction I've ever smelled. Taste is similar, strong cucumber up front, with the smooth hibiscus finish. Tastes like a fresh salad in beer form. Not the most pleasant flavors, and it didn't grow on my palette. Good mouthfeel and carbonation, the beer was done well, the flavors just were not enjoyable. Overall the beer is done well, with different flavors. I won't be trying this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 23:39:41 | More by wingman14
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Reaudribion

Michigan

2/5  rDev -21.9%

07-31-2013 01:11:32 | More by Reaudribion
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get_bentley

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -41.4%

07-30-2013 04:30:52 | More by get_bentley
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BucannonXC5

California

2.66/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant glass
From: BevMo in Mission Valley North (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $15.99 for a Summer Scene variety 12-pack
Purchased: July 26, 2013
Consumed: July 28, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey caramel amber with 2-3 fingers of frothy khaki-white head. Average amount of sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention all the way down.

Smelled cucumber, fruity aromas, blueberry, grape juice, grape Jolly Ranchers, cotton candy, Irish Spring soap.

Tasted even more cucumbery than the smell. Got that massive cucumber taste, faint floral notes, faint fruity taste, butter, grape juice and soap. Oft-putting overall.

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Somewhat refreshing.

Just not that good of a beer in my opinion, but loved the creativity. Not happy about having to drink two more of them.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 06:27:25 | More by BucannonXC5
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EigenBeer

Florida

3/5  rDev +17.2%

07-28-2013 22:38:52 | More by EigenBeer
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Ilanko

New York

4/5  rDev +56.3%

07-28-2013 19:06:33 | More by Ilanko
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -21.9%

07-28-2013 15:36:54 | More by outoffocus
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +56.3%

07-28-2013 03:20:24 | More by brutalist
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prdrums77

Ohio

2/5  rDev -21.9%

07-27-2013 16:40:47 | More by prdrums77
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dexterk1

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +7.4%

07-27-2013 13:22:58 | More by dexterk1
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williahd

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +27%

07-27-2013 00:28:11 | More by williahd
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derekdenim

New York

3.75/5  rDev +46.5%

07-26-2013 17:09:26 | More by derekdenim
HICu from Magic Hat Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.