Magic Beaver Belgian-Style Pale Ale | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Magic Beaver Belgian-Style Pale AleMagic Beaver Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Brewed by:
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.

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 145
Reviews by MacQ32:
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3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a great glowing orange, quite opaque. Dense tan head with great retention and strong lacing.

S - Very Belgian. Lots of coriander/spice and citrusy orange juices. Slightly dry but lacking bitterness.

T - Dry and bitter up front, quickly transcends into a citrusy orange spiced Belgian profile. Bitterness returns in a big way at the finish and through the aftertaste. I'm a fan.

M - Medium bodied+, mild carbonation, very smooth, quite drinkable.

O - Quite good for the style, would include this in a Belgian Pale Tasting

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (June 2014):

Grassy, Bitter, Pungent, CItrus

Hopped like and IPA and fermented out with Belgian yeast, Galena and Columbus hops bring an old school pungent hop character while the yeast drops some phenols and fruitiness. Kickass comes to mind, extremely well put together and intensely drinkable while giving us a good hop fix.

STYLE: Belgian Pale Ale | ABV: 5.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of danmouer
2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Reviewing Linckinghole Creek's Magic Beaver "Belgian Style Pale Ale" in a can. I have been a competition beer judge for many years, and I am often perplexed by some of the categories newer craft breweries use to place their beers. It is obvious that Belgian yeast was used n producing this bree, but I can think of no Belgian Pale Ale that would ever taste anything close to this beer.

This version differs slightly from the description provided here i. That there ar no NZ hops. Instead, this can boasts of US grown Galena and "ridiculous amounts" of Columbus. To nobody's surprise that means it tastes like an American IPA with lots of grapefruit amd citrus aromas and flavors accompanied by mouth-torturing tongue twisting bitterness and tannins.

All those ridiculous amounts of hop are "balanced" by a sugary sweetness that is truly shocking for a beer labelled "Belgian." To me, a Belgian P.A. Should be something at least vaguely modelled after Palm or DeKonnikales from Antwerp. Maybe a loghtly bigger and unique version similar to Orval would fit the description, but no BPA has ever been close to this bitter or this sweet. No BPA is anything but sparklingly clear in flavor and in its visual appeal. This beer is so tannic it is cloudy with polyphenol haze.

I think ther are some hophead types who will enjoy this brew. I don't.

This beer speaks neither Flemish nor Waloon French. It is purely American 21st century IPA with some crystal malt thrown in to give a medium amber color. No

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Photo of Guden
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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2.43/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25

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5/5  rDev +41.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesStreet
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured a hazy orange-ish color with a sizeable white head. Retention is moderate but the lace is sticky and beautiful.
Smell - Smorgasbord of spices lead the way with clove and coriander leading the way.
Taste - Belgian yeast in conjunction with the aforementioned spices. Orange peel makes an appearance on the back end of the sip. Caramel malt with that Belgian yeast makes for an interesting flavor. A slight bitter hop presence as well.
Feel - Medium feel, pretty good carbonation. Sip is somewhat sticky on the finish
Overall - A bit different from what I think of as a BPA. Interesting enough to drink again, nonetheless.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4.88/5  rDev +37.9%

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3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
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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3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HalfFull
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pour is a bit muddled and murky out of the gate after settling upright for a week after purchase. Golden to light amber in color and with a thin off white cap. Does rally a bit with decent retention and lace.

Nose is of faded hops and with light belgian notes. An odd marriage but not too off putting. That said, not too welcoming either. Notes of ethanol exceed my expectations of a 5.5% brew.

Taste is neutral and moderate yet with a nice body and effervescent carbonation. Moderate feel and a quick finish show a simple malt structure.

Overall the belgian character is minimal and taste and aroma notes muddled. Not sure of brewers intent or age of the bottle, sadly.

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3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cold cloudy color. Head is average, lacing is magnificent. Aroma is hoppy and resiny. Taste is of resiny hops, citrus rind and a nice balance of bitterness. This beer finishes pretty darn clean on the palate, has good carbonation and is balanced well.......

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4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.35/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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