Staff Magician | Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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85 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
California, United States
mikkellersd.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
New England style Pale Ale

Added by superspak on 01-08-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,663
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
85
pDev:
6.74%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nodder
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another NE style beer wayyy under-rated. I have had Tree House and many other of the "highly rated" NE beers and this stands with them imo. Hazy orange with tropical fruit smells and taste. Amazing for a 5.5% beer. Highly recommended.

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

Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Cloudy light amber brew with plenty of foam in the tall goblet. Mouthfeel is frothy in a pleasant way. Aroma of citrus and a bit of pine. A touch of lemon and sweet bread. Gunk in the back of the throat makes it less than happily drinkable.

Flavor is resiny with a bitter aftertaste. This is the murky style of flavor. It seems to go down easy enough since it's not over-hopped or overly strong. Faint praise. From the 16 oz can purchased at Barons Market.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beersampler6
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very well-done ale by an amazing San Diego brewery. Pours a nice slightly hazy orange-yellow with a little nice head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of fruity citrus and piney hops. Tastes of nice fruit hops - tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple, mango - along with some piney and herbal hops, vanilla, biscuit and a great malt backbone. Well-balanced, smooth, just enough bitterness. Clean crisp mild mouthfeel, great carbonation. An excellent brew and I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TooGood
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmsfish
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stoumi
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Staff Magician pours a golden amber with a slight cloudiness, a small and well defined head lingers leaving a spiderweb like lacing down the glass. The smell is full of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango and peach on the nose with citrus peel zest and a light hint of pine or pepper. The taste is a sweet citrus up front with a combination of stone fruits, melon and an array of citrus. A light malt bill with a hint of melon sweetness, makes this a well balance pale ale. Not really a West Coast pale ale, but not entirely Northeast hazy. This is a San Diego style hazy pale.

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Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slight hazed straw color with a white head. smell had lemon grass and citrus aromas. Taste was floral with citrus and lemon,with cracker meal malts some grassy herbal notes. A dry mouth feel with little bitterness and citrus zing. Twas good but unlikely to buy again.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with a thick white head that lingers and leaves beautiful lacing. Aroma is faint lemon, orange and melon. Flavor follows, sweet citrus fruits and melons with very little bitterness. Feel is smooth and creamy. Overall another decent beer with too high of an asking price.

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Photo of g_wade
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of entenduintransit
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoodooBear
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Willi Becher glass.

Appearance: It develops a thick, foamy, three finger bright white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some thick lacing. The color is bright, hazy yellow with a hint of transparency.

Smell: The dominant aromas are floral, fresh hops with some dank, musky pine resin notes in the background.

Taste: Sweet and hoppy, with a dank, pine resin finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy but surprisingly refreshing with low carbonation.

Overall: Northeast inspired and brewed in the West Coast, this is not as hazy or hop forward as most of the New England style brews that are in currently in vogue. It's still a nice and refreshing beer with a good amount of hop character nevertheless.

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

Photo of Wesmaze
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A plain, ok pale ale in just about every way.

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Photo of Jbavi360
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluesfolk19
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tcboulder
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tinfang
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Staff Magician from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 85 ratings