HICu - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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205 Ratings

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 34.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jwc215 on 04-15-2013)
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Photo of budgood1
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Catamount18
2.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased as part as summer sampler. Wish there were less than 3 bottles. Drank out of a bottle

S- smells like a cucumber
T- Tastes like you are a drinking a cucumber sushi roll
M- Light beer
O- I felt like I was drinking a cucumber roll. That is something I'm not looking to drink. I'm not sure what hibiscus would taste like. Maybe Magic Hat did this well, but drinking this I don't think cucumber or hibiscus should be associated with beer. Even my girlfriend didn't like it.

Photo of camclem2
4/5  rDev +56.9%

Photo of JVoyager
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BA_Berto
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of Saison9s
1/5  rDev -60.8%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.25/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Mainelyhops
1/5  rDev -60.8%

Photo of arnulfooxblood
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of still_thedragon
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.38/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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.

Photo of cciquera01
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of cornpone
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Hopstout
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of cmep
1.9/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of BradShook
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of JoshSyphilis
1.28/5  rDev -49.8%
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!

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%

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3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of chefhatt
3.38/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

Photo of jimbodude5
1.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of ScottR
2.05/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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2/5  rDev -21.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Bockrules
4.25/5  rDev +66.7%
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.

HICu from Magic Hat Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.