Magic Beaver | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian beer meets American and New Zealand Hops, they live happily ever after. Named after the Magic Beaver pond on the farm’s property, LCCB’s Pale Ale is a combination of Belgian Pilsner Malt, authentic Belgian yeast and and American and New Zealand hops. Delicious and easy to drink.

Added by blackie on 10-22-2013

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The eradication of the pesky backlog CANtinues as The CANQuest (tm) racks 'em up, sets 'em down & generally does its own thing!

From the CAN: "Lickinghole Creek is a farm brewery producing hops, barley and beer on 260 acres in the heart of Virginia. Lickinghole Creek is a water-conscious brewery. We brew with well water drawn from the deep. Our wastewater is purified on site and returned to the Lickinghole Creek watershed."; "Named after the Magic Beaver Pond on the farm’s property, Our Belgian-Style Pale Ale is a combination of premium Belgian Pilsner malts, authentic Belgian yeast and American Grown Galena and Columbus. Ridiculous amounts of Columbus hops are added to the whirlpool to provide Magic Beaver's distinct aroma."

The Crack! released some foaming action through the vent so I gave it some calming time before proceeding with my gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl, although not totally necessary, raised just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was interesting in that it had a mélange of light spice, an orange-y sweetness, a malty breadiness and even a light woodiness, like oak. Hmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much past it, either. I liked that the taste began with a slight woody flavor and slowly opened up to reveal a citrusy spiciness. The CAN did not mention the addition of any spices, but coriander was not out of the question. It was more woody and spicy than citrusy and the malt was not really a factor in its taste. Finish remained spicy and was dry as a result. Interesting.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery "Magic Beaver Belgian-Style Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, dated "09/07/16" and sampled on 06/28/17
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Virginia Beach, VA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well this one's a little old. I hadn't noticed the date while I was at Total Wine & More. I looked, but didn't see it, so, again, they got me. It pours a surprisingly hazy, even cloudy copper colored body beneath a finger-thick head of frothy off-white. As it drops it becomes denser and creamier, and 'mountains' of lacing are left around the glass where the original head began. The aroma is malty with caramel, somewhat floral, a bit earthy and pungent, lightly spicy, and lightly fruity. I don't get any Belgian yeast character from it, which is a little weird, unless that spiciness is from the yeast but I feel like it's coming from hops. The flavor adds more citrus to the mix but it's not specifically clear like "grapefruit" or "orange", it's more of a blend or mix, or just 'generic citrus'. It's nice because it gives a little sharpness to balance the bready and caramelish malt, and working with the fairly solid bitterness it finishes dry, a little grassy/piney, spicy, and even a touch minty. What I'm still missing is the Belgian yeast character, although that spiciness I found in the aroma is still there, mainly in the finish, and that might be from the yeast. And there might also be a delicate note of clove, although I can't exactly say specifically, "clove, yes it's there", but I get the suggestion that it's there. Still, it seems more American than Belgian-style to me. Medium leaning medium-light in body and gently crisp then smooth across the palate. It's an OK beer, I'd drink it again, but I don't think it's to style even if you look at it as an Americanized version of a Belgian-style pale ale ~ the hops are there but the yeast is limited. Hopefully I'll get to try it again and do an updated review but in this case I don't think the extra few months has really changed it enough to make any difference.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duvel1979
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerSeniorJudge
2.24/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of TX-Badger
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an orange gold color with just a bit of haze and off-white head. Sweetness, dough, hay, and some light floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with somewhat of a dough, hay combo.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottom of the can says "06/13/2016"

Appearance: The body has an orange and brown tea color and has an opalescence that doesn't allow anything to be seen through the beer but its clarity is still apparent. The head is a very nice fluffy, slightly rocky, white colored cap that has good lacing and retention. It is a bit darker than most Belgian Pale Ales but it looks great.

Aroma: It has a big spicy aroma with a bit of flowery character. It has a bit of that dusty wood floor aroma. It smells very much like what you would expect.

Taste: The flavor profile is fantastic. It has a bit of a woody flavor with a spicy bitter bite at the end. There is a minty aftertaste. The grain flavor comes through just before the hops take over which is great because it gives it a multidimensional flavor. The hop flavor is very strong as is the bitterness. It's important to point out that you get both because it would scratch the itch for a hop lover who loves big bitter beers as well as one who enjoys hop flavors. It has that classic Belgian Pale Ale flavor but honestly it feels a bit stronger in both flavor and bitterness but it works out great.

Mouthfeel: It has a great bitterness. No problems there. The body of the beer is about medium but the bitterness gives it a bit of a rough texture which strengthens the beer quite a bit.

Overall: At a mere 5.5% beer this is constructed like you would find most stronger IPA's. The alcohol doesn't show up but the beer just feels reinforced. I really enjoyed the beer and I thought it was outstanding. I only bought a 12 ounce can but I noticed that the beer is sold as a large bottle. I would buy a large bottle of the beer...that is how much I enjoyed it. As a canned product the beer tastes great. It is very fresh tasting. I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of mdgogiants
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vabeerguy
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldSwampy
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Attractive amber color with fine bubbles. A fairly modest, almost white head that does not linger long. On the nose, hops are overwhelming. Pleasant and mixed, but more narrow than I'd anticipated. Flavor follows this: hops forward and backward through the taste. A little hop-heavy for my preference in this style. Mouthfeel is straightforward, nothing particularly attractive or objectionable. Aftertaste continues the dominance of hoppiness. I get a lot more American pale ale impressions from this than anything Belgian.

Poured from a can into a glass. "120315" date on can bottle (presumably the date packaged).

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

Photo of MisledTitan
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ctufano
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great nose. Crisp with bite. Nice head and color. Had a can

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Photo of BPMeyer27
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oldn00b
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've found LHC to be a bit hit or miss - some brews more expensive and underwhelming than others. This is not one for me.

I typically like a belgian pale style, but something here doesn't quit land for me. There is a level of funk that seems a bit high or out of place. Mouthfeel is drying and a bit brash. It's not bad or infected, but I'm just not as big of a fan of this recipe. The name is fantastic though!

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Photo of JamesGrove
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of willic
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Coppery, orange with a light colored head
Aroma: Sweet, fruity, caramel smells
Taste: Well, not like the aroma! Light clean bitterness, some hints of fruit and sweetness
Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A good, drinkable beer! Very different from the norm. Good job!

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Photo of therubicon
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Very nice head retention and lacing. Medium body. Hops and not much else. The Belgian character in this is very subtle, too subtle. Almost just a standard APA. Not bad, just not what one would expect.

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Photo of OldTime
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JWing
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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