Magic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPA

Magic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPAMagic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPA
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IPA - American
4.11 | pDev: 7.79%
Mar 27, 2016
Sep 30, 2014
Magic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPAMagic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPA
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3.75 by Mattias from Sweden on Mar 27, 2016
4 by chickenm from Canada (BC) on Mar 08, 2016
3.7 by Rutager from Canada (BC) on Mar 06, 2016
4.34 by UniversitateaDeBere from Romania on Feb 23, 2016
4.09 by Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio on Feb 06, 2016
4.01 by Beervana from Canada (BC) on Jan 25, 2016
4.74 by ChrisKayler from Virginia on Jan 22, 2016
3.5 by JamFuel from Sweden on Dec 22, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by brewskis from Indiana

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head that went away quickly.

Aroma is a nice melody of fruity, danky hops and the adjuncts. Get a sweet strawberry note, a clean tartness from the rhubarb, lemon peel, herbaceous dankness, tiny bit of vanilla sweetness, grass, orange, and grapefruit.

Taste starts with sweet strawberries, lactose sweetness, dankness, and a light lemon tartness. Orange and grapefruit, as well as some light cracker malt and more lactose/vanilla sweetness make an appearance mid-palate to go with the aforementioned flavors. It dries out nicely into the finish, leaving a clean lemon and strawberry tartness to go with more dankness, orange, and an addition of a resin bitterness.

High light body. Crisp, lightly creamy, and pretty clean besides some stickiness from the sweetness.

The uniqueness of this beer attracted me to it and overall this delivers. The adjuncts are there, with strawberry and rhubarb being much more prominent than the vanilla. They are integrated well with the lactose sweetness and the danky, fruity hops.

Dec 06, 2015
4.41 by mytu420 from Romania on Nov 15, 2015
3.85 by safaricook from Netherlands on Nov 14, 2015
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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by aleigator from Germany

Pours a hazed, golden-amber color, with a bubbly small head.

Smells very fruit forward, not overly ripe, of grass coated, luscious papaya, tangerine and lemon zest. There is actually a prickly sweet strawberry quality among this foundation, together with orange building up a sweet peak, gently countered by sour lemon peel.

Has a lighter body to it, together with a soft, lively carbonation, while finishing with a pleasant fruity dryness, which manages to remain the beers softness to the tongue entirely.

Tastes of sour strawberries, orange and lemon, with a sublime dankness to it, smoothing the taste, while bringing the flavors closer together at the same time, resulting in a very fruit focussed ipa. Its focus is quite unique though, due to its prominent unripe strawberry quality, which gets completed by more sour lime and a soft aqueous note. During its finish, the beer adds a pleasant dryness to the still prominent fruits, which shifts the focus a tad more onto the lemon, while crackery malts manage to balance the hop bill.

Its softness is one of the beers most outstanding qualities, resulting from a well pronounced aqueous characteristic, while managing to create a convincing hop depth at the same time. Strawberry adds just a minor hint of sweetness to the taste, which is enough to let it stand out on itself, balanced by sour lactose, which then blends into a nice fruity dryness. Focussed and unique.

Nov 04, 2015
3.84 by mdagnew from Northern Ireland on Oct 19, 2015
4.41 by dcmchew from Romania on Oct 14, 2015
3.85 by acurtis from New Jersey on Oct 02, 2015
3.93 by Vicirus from Massachusetts on Sep 02, 2015
4.02 by begske from North Carolina on Aug 20, 2015
3.6 by Osulou92 from Ohio on Aug 05, 2015
4.5 by mikepcarney from Ohio on Aug 01, 2015
3.75 by Howlader from Canada (AB) on Jul 26, 2015
4.31 by dgilks from Australia on Jul 10, 2015
4.58 by Nuggetz from Texas on Jul 06, 2015
3.98 by StlHopHead77 from Illinois on Jun 24, 2015
4.29 by pisano from Massachusetts on Jun 18, 2015
4 by ALC82 from Iowa on Jun 17, 2015
3.86 by toothirsty from New Mexico on Jun 08, 2015
4.1 by Justdoit1234 from Minnesota on May 25, 2015
3.75 by aztraz from Sweden on May 16, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Hazy pale color with white head. Aroma has a lot of hops but also fruits and a bit of vanilla. Taste is really balanced. It's clearly an IPA but with a nice twist. I really like it.

May 06, 2015
3.92 by petermethot from New Jersey on May 04, 2015
4.25 by JamLand from District of Columbia on May 03, 2015
4.86 by Norvelljeff from Iowa on Apr 28, 2015
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4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle (the last one in the store) at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. Freshness expiration on the cap states it's good for another six months (11/18/15). Poured into a Lakefront Brewery pint glass.

L: Pours surprisingly yellow out of the bottle, almost like lemonade. In the glass, it takes on a nice bright--albeit hazy--golden wheat with a quarter inch of cream-colored head that dissipates to almost nothing after a minute or so.

S: "Funk" is the first word that comes to mind. Some IPAs have that weed-like funk to them, but this one is definitely more of a fruity/citrus and pine funk, like used gym socks that have soaked in strawberry lemonade and pine needles for an afternoon. I know that sounds a little disgusting, but it's really not off-putting at all--just interesting for this style.

T: There's sweetness and some citrus at the forefront. The vanilla, strawberry, and rhubarb make their presence felt early, but only the rhubarb seems to make it to the middle. The back end is predominantly citrus-like: it finishes similarly to a shandy, though there is some pine bitterness at the close. No single taste stands out much--it's quite balanced--but the overall experience is unique enough to this style that my taste buds are engaged.

F: Crisp and somewhat light. Again, this has a mouthfeel similar to a shandy. There's no syrupy quality or lingering feel on the tongue.

O: This is an interesting, well-balanced brew that seems to push the boundaries of what an American IPA can be. I enjoy the subtlety of the strawberry, rhubarb, and vanilla, but I find myself wishing that any one element was more pronounced. For die-hard hop-heads, this probably isn't a beer you should overexert yourself trying to find because the hops just aren't very assertive. But if you're looking for a unique, well-executed excursion into the fringes of IPA-dom, you'll probably really enjoy it.

Apr 27, 2015
4.16 by Waggman from Sweden on Apr 25, 2015
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 11/18/2015. Pours hazy golden orange color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, rhubarb, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, vanilla, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, rhubarb, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, vanilla, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness and slight fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, rhubarb, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, vanilla, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/tropical hops, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruited IPA style. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/tropical hops, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 18, 2015
4.29 by TrulySlide from Virginia on Apr 13, 2015
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4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dirtyhands from Maryland

An opaque golden straw color with a phenomenally fruity and dank resiny smell. The strawberry comes through perfectly and the lactose adds a very solid mouh feel. Do not pass this up if you like unique and fruity (not overly so) IPAs. It should be noted that the hop profile is very dank and piney, but borders more on a pale ale.

Apr 11, 2015
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3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by bark from Sweden

Orange-amber hazy liquid. Finger thick white compact head.

Bitter-dry smell. Very clean.

The taste is dry, bitter and fruity. Some rhubarb, growing sweetness, tart fruity notes. Medium body. The aftertaste is a bit hash and rather bitter with rhubarb and fresh cut tree. The long finish is bitter-sour with some raspberry sweetness.

The carbonation is mild, the mid-sizwed bubbles are long-lasting. The liquid is semi-smooth.

I had high expectations on this one. I get the rhubarb but not the vanilla nor the wild strawberries. A nice beer but not fantastic.

Apr 10, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor - I'm now kind of content that I missed this a few weeks ago at Beer Revolution's sour fest.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, and mostly just broadly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of distant island landfall lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready, grainy pale malt, a touch of banal caramel sweetness, semi-ripe strawberries, an uncertain sour garden vegetal character, earthy yeast, pineapple core and further indistinct tropical fruit and nut notes, woody vanilla, and a twinge of estery alcohol. The taste is more grainy, almost doughy pale malt, an echo of the caramel that may have once been, pineapple, orange, and honeyed cantaloupe fruitiness - the heretofore dominant strawberry kind of now obfuscated by its foreign friends - some tame vanilla pod vegetal essence, a subtle yeasty astringency, and more leafy, weedy, and lightly perfumed hop goodness.

The bubbles are really quite out of it, for the most part, barely registering as a wan blip on the trusty ol' frothometer, the body on the light side of medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops robust as shit, but still gentlemanly, if ya knowwhutimean. It finishes trending dry, the crackery pale malt side of things bearing out, while the various fruity esters - both antipodean and mom's garden patch in origin - continue to keep the home fires a-burnin'.

While this doesn't quite evoke in me overt associations with the wares of my local Booster Juice, it's nice that I can at least grok the given adjunct players (all except the rhubarb, save a soft sourness, which isn't all that surprising). Overall this is enjoyable, fruity, and hoppy, which for an IPA, seals the deal.

Apr 05, 2015
4.55 by davet100 from Virginia on Apr 05, 2015
Magic #411 - Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie IPA from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 80 ratings