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HICu - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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201 Ratings

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 34.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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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2/5  rDev -21.6%

BA_Berto, Sep 15, 2013
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1/5  rDev -60.8%

Saison9s, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.25/5  rDev +27.5%

ImFlyerThanYou, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Mainelyhops
1/5  rDev -60.8%

Mainelyhops, Sep 06, 2013
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2/5  rDev -21.6%

arnulfooxblood, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of still_thedragon
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

still_thedragon, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
2.38/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Pumpkin orange pour shows up a deep, dense, bengal orange in the vessel with a lively carbonation factor. The head is 3+ fingers in height, antique white in color, with a foamy nature and rock steady retention rate. Loads of thick sponge film lacing.

S: Sweet cucumber-citrus, green melon, sweet berry fruitiness, perhaps from the yeast, and sweet rose water. The hibiscus flower comes through nicely, fresh, with a pale lemon grain fade.

T: Flavor didnt translate as well as aroma did. Not as sweet or pleasant, a bit soapy, cucumber, soapy sweet rose hibiscus flower, wheat, and watermelon. Tastes like a hibiscus air freshner, rose water, turning tangerine.

M: Mouthful was a bit washy, carbonation not as lively as visible presentation, light bodied, lifeless and ordinary.

O: Overall after a promising start visually, and aromatically, this dropped off a cliff where it mattered most. Feels washy, soapy, perhaps due more to brewing technique, didnt mind the cucumber aspect, just was washy, soapy, and flavor didnt translate. avoid.

beerthulhu, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of cciquera01
3/5  rDev +17.6%

cciquera01, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of cornpone
2.5/5  rDev -2%

cornpone, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Hopstout, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of cmep
1.9/5  rDev -25.5%

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.

cmep, Aug 22, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

BradShook, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of JoshSyphilis
1.28/5  rDev -49.8%

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!

JoshSyphilis, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%

jgunther71, Aug 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev +17.6%

talahrama, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of chefhatt
3.38/5  rDev +32.5%

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.

chefhatt, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of jimbodude5
1.75/5  rDev -31.4%

jimbodude5, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of ScottR
2.05/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

ScottR, Aug 11, 2013
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2/5  rDev -21.6%

smartassboiler, Aug 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

ercxi, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Bockrules
4.25/5  rDev +66.7%

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.

Bockrules, Aug 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Knapp85, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of wingman14
2.19/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

wingman14, Aug 01, 2013
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2/5  rDev -21.6%

Reaudribion, Jul 31, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

get_bentley, Jul 30, 2013
HICu from Magic Hat Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.