¡Magnifico! | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Do you ask, “Who is a ¡Magnifico!”? IT IS A PITY TO ASK SUCH A QUESTION! Dear friends Magnifico is one of our most favorite seasonal offerings -our friendliest beer ever. In 2011 we slip him into our line-up without fuss, all by ourselves on a private world-party tour of a small part of Boston. We swear nobody comes, but no admonishments!

This year, he says hello again my friends and this time he’s in bottle too. We love him because he’s only 3.4% alcohol by volume and perfectly full of lovely Citra, Horizon, Simcoe and Bravo hops. He also likes barley (because you must in order to make beer). He has Munich Malt, Crystal Malt and Maris Otter from Inglaterra.

Look at the label of ¡Magnifico!! It’s also magnifico! He’s just a little chico – malinki hop with a moustache gigante! He has big heart for such small creature. It’s the spirit of beer my friends and friendship and happiness. And loveliness. My friends, we hope you enjoy ¡Magnifico!(!) in the same spirit.

Oh, we nearly forget… if you drink ¡Magnifico!(!) in a bistro or cantina make sure you ask for proper glass! Jambo!

40 IBU

Added by OldIronLungs on 08-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, brooklynbrews!

A slightly hazed darker apricot or peach skin in color. Very persistent, whipped-cream style, near-white head. Lots of sticky lacing left all the way down the glass. A gorgeous beer, no matter how you slice it. Truly something special to admire in the glass.

Not a very expressive aroma, even after a little bit of warming. Some toast and mild biscuit, with just a touch of a fruity hop character I would call apricot.

Surprising bitterness leads the way, along with mild straw, and a little bit of lingering apricot hop character finish. Cracker and pale malts throughout. Very drinkable. A bit of an earth or dirt character as well. Nice, but nothing standout about it.

Medium bodied with near-high carbonation.

A tasty little low ABV number, but unexciting almost across the board.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty Things Magnifico

Appears cloudy golden apricot, white head fine lacing. Aroma earthy citrus with some English yeast notes, nice pungency. Flavors abrasive hop action with wormwood yeast open fermentation like nuances dirty earthiness weighs down the palate. Mouthfeel again a bit harsh especially for such a low alcohol beer. Overall I will try it again this sample is extremely fresh just some flavors not meshing very well.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in: JUN 2013

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a thin cap

S: Some nice fruity notes comes through first, along with a light Belgian yeast note. Some pine comes through as well

T: Starts off with a bit of yeastiness and fruity notes and goes into a bitter piney note that doesn't mesh that well with the fruity notes. Finishes with more of the piney bitterness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Some nice flavors for a 3.4% brew, but they don't mesh all that well. The fruitiness really clashes with the piney hop notes and kind of throws things off. Nice for a session ale, but kind of an odd brew overall

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Photo of LarryV
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really like most Pretty Things offerings, this one's a bit of an anomaly. Pours an opaque yellow, aroma is really off putting. For lack of a better description, almost like burnt vomit, I really don't like the aroma of this beer.

Taste is decent with a twang of hoppiness and a dry finish. Glad I tried it but I won't be buying this one again. There was no way to tell if this was an older bottle or not since the dating system was not used (Bottled in <month> <year> nothing being selected)

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Photo of harsley
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is everything a hop forward session beer should be. It's light on the mouth feel, which would probably be my only negative. It smelled and tasted like there were hop pellets in the bottle. Full of carbonation which left a huge head lingering until the glass was empty (which didn't take too long). The malt definitely takes a back seat but it's there enough to keep things real. Color was nice and it was pretty clear. I didn't notice much "Belgian" about it and didn't know it was considered a Belgian Pale until I saw it here. I'm guessing it was fermented on the cooler side to keep the esters down and the hops either drowned them out or were so well matched that they blended with each other into one harmonious flavor explosion.

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thin bar-poured head. Settles to minute rim bubbles leaves some streaky lace. The cloudy broth is dirty gold in color.

Pleasant flowery hop with a black pepper kick. Light crystal in the background.

This a strongly bitter (said black pepper!) beer. The swallow and aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. It's hard to detect the malt base--mostly pale. The body is neutral; the carbonation elevated. Definitely a hop head beer.


June 9, 2013 -- Bottle version

Key difference comes from the head, which is very impressive. Lumpy while settling. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. I would also consider the body to be on the thin side with the carbonation still elevated.

I did not change the scores to reflect this.

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Photo of bum732
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Bitter, perfume-like hops, light grapefruit peel

L: Cloudy golden yellow, creamy white head dissipates. Decent lacing.

T: Bitter, dry maltiness up front. Medium high herbal/citrusy bitterness with some herbal hop flavor. Light malt character with a dry, slightly chalky finish.

M: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation.

Kind of an older bottle (June 2012). So maybe unfair to judge, but not a huge fan of this beer. Very bitter and dry.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a copper/golden color with a slight haze. Fast-moving streams of carbonation rush to support a very cratered yet creamy looking bone-white head. Retention is good, and a thin blanket of lacing coats the glass.

S: Oily and floral hops with a subtle leafy backing. Yeast scents are slightly chalky and lightly spicy with a ghost-like hint of clove. Malt is light but multi-dimensional. Bready with that lightly fruity aspect- definite Munich. There's also a cookie-like expression and just a touch of sweetness. The nose is good. Light but playful.

T: Yeast character at the outset with a brief wash of chalk and vague spice. Hop oils follow that up with floral and spicy/leafy tastes. Grass too. Bitterness is very tame. After a touch of initial sweetness, the malt base goes dry with tastes of cracker, sugar-free cookies, and dry biscuit. The finish is bone dry and abrupt, leaving only fleeting thin, grainy cracker tastes and slight oily hop bitterness.

M: Light in body, but full in the mouth with a semi-firm malt texture that creates the illusion of some weight. Ample prickling carbonation. Some astringency and enamel-scraping.

O: The playful complexity on the nose didn't really translate to the taste. It's just too dry and astringent for me. The chalky yeast tastes were a bit out of place too. I feel very indifferent about it, and really, what's the point of a session ale if it doesn't leave you wanting another?

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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

¡Magnifico! is a homological name, it expresses a property which it itself possesses. ¡Magnifico! looks exactly that: magnificent. Its golden complexion shimmers and, as most sediment stays caked to the bottom of the bottle, maintains a clean, more or less clear complexion. Its head is like something from a lotion commercial; there's as much froth on the top of the beer as there is on the sides of the glass.

Pine-like tree resins and great, budding leafiness give this aroma the (literal) air of a Northwest forest. Add to it faint grapefruit and herbal spice and you've got yourself a more than noticeable hoppiness, albeit one that doesn't boast hops as ends in and of themselves. There is plenty of biscuity, bready maltiness to temper things (and even a little bit of yeast, too). Things are shaping up nicely...

Note that ¡Magnifico! has exclamation marks at *both* ends of its name. The first, I assume, relates to the honeyed, bready malts that initiate the flavour, and the second the earthy, vinous hoppiness that concludes it. In this flavour, sweet and bitter shake hands like two world leaders. This beer witnesses a wonderfully harmonious, Kumbaya moment between the two seemingly opposed features.

A highly hopped, low alcohol beer may appear a new style but it’s actually not that novel an idea. So-called "session" or "table" beers are historically common in nations like Belgium and England. The idea is something flavourful that can be casually (perhaps copiously) quaffable. ¡Magnifico! is exactly that: it has as much barley as grandma's heartiest soup and hops so crisp you could cut your teeth on them.

¡Magnifico! provides exactly what a low-gravity session beer should: carefree enjoyment and flavour that is both plentiful and balanced. The people at Pretty Things know what they're doing. It's a brewery that if you ask anyone from New England about it, and they've tried their beers, they'll say: "They're great! I love their beers!". And if they haven't, you'll probably say to them: "They're great! You'll love their beers!"

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Photo of Oakenator
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden amber with some haziness visible in the glass. The head pours nicely at first but has larger carbonation bubbles than most other beers. Solid lacing. Classic ale smell with a bit of hopiness on top of it. The taste is phenomal for a beer this low strength - how they crammed this much flavor into a beer this mild is a feat. Solid hops and malt flavoring - from front to back - not leaning in any particular direction but still a very nice clean flavor. The taste even lingers for a bit. Well done, and definitely sessionable (many sessions).

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Lively carbonation. Head is creamy, bright-white, and leaves some nice sheets of lacing. Head retention is good. Small cap lingers for the duration.

Smell: Grassy. Pale malts. Graham cracker and bread crust. Mild herbal/earthy hops. Very pale. Slight push of grains. Nice floral edge with something approaching raw honey. Very mild.

Taste: Clean, floral, and pale malts. Some cracker. Mild earthiness. Grass. Extremely light. Maintains that mild raw honey edge found on the nose. Nice depth. Very mild yet complex. Small touches of yeast. Mild spiciness in the back. Toasted just a touch. Everything is done minimally.

Mouthfeel: Body is a bit on the thin side, but it works with the lively carbonation and delicate flavors. Some slight dryness.

Overall: It's mellow and it's incredibly drinkable. This is a fantastic summer beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in: June 2012

A: If you pour it straight into the glass like the bottle recommends, a huuuuge, bubbly yet pillowy, crater-filled, towering, white head forms. Slowly falls leaving behind a ton of lace. Hazy, pale, golden-yellow in color.

S: Big bouquet of yeast, hops, lightly toasted malt, spices, and wildflowers.

T: Pale malt, floral hops, yeast. It's so smooth and fresh that I can't go any deeper than that to find flavors. It's insanely drinkable (as it should be) and the finish is fantastic. Dry, hoppy, and with a bit of yeast.

M: Incredibly smooth, right amount of carbonation, tons of flavor for the ABV. I can't say anything bad. If I wanna get picky, I'll say the body is a bit thin at the front but from the middle to the finish, the body beefs up and becomes perfect for the style.

O: If someone on the street told me that Pretty Things made a bad beer, I would slap them. This is a ridiculously good, well-crafted beer!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Magnifico pours a brilliant glowing orange color. Head is frothy and gigantic and it lasts forever. Light lacing. The bubbles rise in strict columns. Looks awesome.

S-Lemon and lime zest. Sweet muffin malt. Candied citrus hops and floral hops. Light grains and buttery biscuits. More intense than you'd expect from a 3.4%er.

T-Lemon and lime zest again. Grassy and flowery hops along with light citrus. Sweet bready malts and lightly spicy grains. Taste is fuller than most American Pale Ales I come across. Really tasty.

M-No skimping here. Body is (in the context of a low ABV beer) surprisingly full. Also has plenty of bitterness and lingering dryness. Sessionable for days.

O/D- A beer under 3.5% ABV with this much flavor is impressive. It also doesn't hurt that the beer just plain taste great. Kudos.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Bottled June 2012

A: Nice head and lacing.

S: Dusty yeast, bread and leafy hops.

T: Doughy and yeasty with herbal hops that are a bit bitter on the finish. Fairly balanced flavor.

M: Initally very carbonated, hits a sweet spot, and then quickly flattens out.

O: Remarkably flavorful beer for the abv. Unsurprisingly, it's very drinkable.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting one. Had seen it at Bottles for about a month before finally deciding to pick it up. I guess the low 3.4% ABV scared me off for a while.

I poured this as directed, half of it straight down the middle. After letting the 1/2 inch of head settle, poured the rest. Hazy gold in appearance.

As expected, this has a mild taste. Citrusy, light hop flavor. One of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Paired very nicely with a dinner of stuffed scallops and grilled salmon. The finish is bitter, which lingers afterwards. This surprised me but was welcomed.

Recommended, especially with a seafood dinner. What I don't recommend is pairing it with an episode of Real Housewives, which is unfortunately what I had to sit through while enjoying this.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bright gold with a very large, very Belgian thick, fluffy head. Looks magnifico indeed.

Strong aroma of course grain and swampy hops. A little buttery. Tastes like it smells: course grain and a boat load of swampy ass hops. Very sharp and dry mouthfeel.

Dry, swampy and nasty. A love it or hate it beer I guess. I'm party to the latter.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz.bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a lovely straw-gold with a bubbly, half inch, bright white head and just the slightest haze to the clarity. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim with a bullseye dollop. Some small spots of lacing present during the session. Nose is very subdued, but expresses some medicinal phenol, citrus and a grassy character. Taste is very much subdued, but bright with a mild, albeit distinct earthy hoppiness. There's also a slightly skunky/yeasty quality - not bad, but definitely prominent. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a crisp carbonation that leaves a residual tingle on the tongue. Overall, this is perhaps one of the best low abv beers I've tried to date. I continue to be impressed by the variety and quality the Pretty Things puts out.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head lasts well, with spotty average lacing. Aroma is lightly of citrus and sweet pale.

Taste starts with a peek of sweet, then dominated by citrus hoppiness through the middle, and closes moderately bitter. Lot of flavor for 3.4%. Mouthfeel is soft with a touch of prickliness, and drinkability is excellent. Would revisit, again and again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me -enjoyed chilled in a double-walled tumbler.

The color is deep golden with light amber hues, clarity is mildly hazed, the head is white and falls to about 1 finger in width. The smell is very fragrant with hops the aroma is slight grass which gives a pleasant herbal and pine tinge with light pear and orange blossom from the yeast. The feel is thin, dry, bitter and slightly creamy with yeast and toasted malt with semi-high carbonation and light astringency in the finish.

The flavor has tangy apricot elements with subtle hint of grassy and herbal hops with a light pine tinge and slight malt essence but very gentle with light pepper and hint of cracker-like flavor of dry grain with mild citrus rind as it finished with mostly dry herbal taste. Overall a solid brew in every way, a great session worthy beer which I could enjoy anytime and the price is reasonable.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass (they always seem to be drinking from them...)- pours a hazy golden straw color with one finger of head, mild retention and only a few dots of lacing.

Smell is mild but interesting- definitely some malt (maybe a little rye as well), as well as a subtle hop presence. Nonetheless a pretty earthy smell.

Taste is surprisingly complex for such a low alcohol content beer- definitely seems like there's some rye to this one; I get some sharp notes mid-palate after initial malt sweetness. Bittering hops take over towards the end, perhaps in conjunction with yeast, to provide a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- a little resin, light body, moderately carbonated. I love this one- an excellent summer refresher.

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Photo of pburland23
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into this Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip Ive had sitting around waiting to be filled.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy light orange. Three fingers of bright white head shot up the glass and hung around for several minutes before leaving some moderate lacing in its wake.

Smell: Very grainy with some pronounced cracker notes. Slight lemon zest too.

Taste: Wow. A lot of taste in a little (ABV) package. It's malty, grainy and quite citrusy. The finish is quite dry, seems to be a Pretty Things trademark and very bitter. The bitterness sneaks up on you, but it gives another dimension to a fairly complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a pleasing level of spritzy carbonation. The drinkability is, obviously, through the roof.

Overall: Pretty Things turns out a tasty and complex, sessionable Belgian Pale Ale at 3.4%. It's pretty remarkable what they've been able to do with this beer.

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Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy very pale orange. Huge fluffy white head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial lacing behind.

S: Nice citrus and grassy notes. Bready malt backs it up. A little bit of belgian yeast.

T: Grassy throughout with a hint of citrus (mainly lemon). Yeasty, grainy bread. A little bit toasty.

M: Pretty light but impressive for 3.4% ABV. I've had thinner beers that were 50% stronger than this.

O: A light and refreshing brew for summer. Super low ABV but surprisingly full flavor, mouthfeel and aroma. Still, it's an obviously simple beer. Very sessionable as you would expect.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy and bright orange in the glass with a nice bit of white head. Some bready and doughy notes on the nose which sit nicely alongside a slight fruity character. Some grassy hop character as well.

A good balance of flavors in a light package. Malts stand strong but don't over power the more delicate hop flavors. A nice mix of earthy/grassy notes with some nice Cascade citrus pop and rounded out with a healthy dose of IBU's.

Mouthfeel is a light and a bit bubbly. Overall, low-ABV beer that goes big on flavor making for a great easy drinker.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine taster. The color is slightly hazy straw. There is a small off-white head.

The aroma has a lot of crouton and bready malt with a soft touch of citrus hops.

The taste is full of spicy Belgian yeast that adds a dose of peppery flavor. There is a nice integration of hops adding a citrusy component to the taste towards the finish.

This is light with a lively mouthfeel. This is very delicious, with lots of flavor and very refreshing. Yum.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Andy and poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger of white head. Leaves a bit of sparse lace.

Light mellow aroma with faint bitter hops and some grainy malts. Nice balance on this one. The pallet has some buttery notes with nice rustic grains and a good bitter finish.

Medium carbonation and a bit of a heavier body than expected. It seems to really stick to the pallet.

Overall this one is pretty well done. Would love stuff like this in six or four packs because I'd love to have something like this around to kick back with.

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