Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Under the cap reads "A Magic Brew or two may lead you to the loo", wow this one actually makes sense!! Bright amber toned golden hue with a clear look which this beer has not seen in the past, the lacing effect is fine and a product of the high amount of hops used. Wild flowery aroma, buttery backing shows an underskirt of butterscotch. The beer show goes on with soft malty and fruity aromas in the back. A bitter brew, nothing earth shattering as far as cataclysmic hop presence but certainly within style. Its more of a solid hopping to meet the malt a bit more than half way. The hops drop a long lingering flavor for the malt to figure out the puzzle, it does in time with an ample amount of sweetness and lightly toasted grain. Balance to style so the hops are still on top. Alcohol is mild mannered being that it is over 6%, a good amount of fruitiness slips in but the hops knock it down enough. Semi-dry finish.
Why oh why is this a seasonal? A solid brew to say the least, hoppy enough for me ... my expectations were met and that is all that matters. I paired this up with some spicy chicken in peanut sauce ... the more chili paste I added the better it was.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2008 13:56:05 | More by Jason
3.33/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Brown bomber bottle. Freshness date on the back label.
Golden, peach, haze-stricken beer with a pure white head. Haze clears as the beer warms. Mega-hops in the aroma; pungent, herbal, pine, citrus, fresh cut grass. A bit musty.
Somewhat coarse mouthfeel, thin to medium in body. Crisp. Hops are all up in your face ... cheesy, herbal, leaf, earth, strong and sappy pine with a citrus twang underneath. Notes of apple, pear ... yeah, a bit cidery here and there. Touch of medicinal in the background. Fruity esters, touch of strawberry within the sweet malty character. Bready. Oddly coarse and dry in the finish. Plenty of yeasty Ringwood flavours, too.
It's great that MH has finally embraced their hippy-ism with this release, however I found this beer to be very unbalanced and hard to finish. The hop flavours are a bit too much, overpowering and unpleasant at times. Still, an interesting brew with plenty of character.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2003 22:08:30 | More by Todd
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