Humble Patience
Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Irish Red Ale
3.62 | pDev: 12.98%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: The result of mystical exhortation and strange portents in the sky, Humble Patience was complex without being heavy...a marriage of many riches. An Irish-Style, deep-ruby Red Ale with tantalizing layers of flavor.

20 IBU
Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 256 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with notes of toffee and hints of brown sugar.
T: The taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with some hints of tea.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but seems to be a bit sweet for the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweetness and fruits. A good deal of breadiness.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with a grassy/earthy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay beer. Nothing fancy, but sessionable and easy-drinking.

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Photo of Kornoms
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Brown, with a hint of red in the appearance. Very little head after the pour. Smells sweet and floral. (Before we have even taken a sip, head is gone). You get a lot of the malt and grain in the flavor, it's sweet with notes of toffee and caramel. It's relatively smooth- it has a good mouthfeel. Overall it is a nice beer, nothing spectacular, but it does seem to improve the more we sip it.

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Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Rusty Nail in Stowe, VT 12/8
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice mahogany, amber color with a 1/2 inch of khaki head. Head has decent retention and leaves spider webbed lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet caramel, toffee, with some toasted notes.

T: Taste starts with a muted toffee sweetness, light toasted notes come through. A grainy falvoring comes in with caramel malts...and a touch of hop bitterness that I couldn't put my finger on.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonatin, nice clean and crisp body.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, low kick, decent representation of style.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep cloudy ruby brown, one finger head, some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, caramel and some chocolate.

T-Some roasted malt and bitterness. The flavors don't mesh well together.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, leaves a poor after taste.

O-There are good flavors in here but at the end of the day the flavors just don't mesh together.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a muddy ruby body with a moderate head that disappates quickly and leaves a light lacing.

S: Toasted caramel malts seems to be the main aroma with some light hoppy bitterness.

T: Upfront toasted bread and caramel malts as indicated by the nose, followed by some nuts, faint fruity hops, & sweet brown sugar. Getting some coffee notes as well and finishes slightly bitter.

M: Light-medium body; appropriate carbonation; clean and crisp mouthfeel.

O: A nice Irish Red, but nothing amazing. I feel like it's missing some omph. Hard to find makes drinkability low, but once found ABV makes it easy to drink quite a few in a sitting.

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Photo of shand
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a deep red-brown color with a tiny head that quickly drops. The aroma is mostly of caramel malts, with some frutiness behind it. The taste is pretty standard for an Irish Red, maybe with a bit more hop presence behind it, and a bit more roastiness than is standard as well. The mouthfeel is nice and drying, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, this is quite good for an Irish Red, I'd recommend it.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice brown almost red color body, with very little head. The smell is nutty and malty. The taste is malty, sweet like brown sugar, and with some grain taste. The mouth feel is smooth and carbonated niceley. Overall this beer is good but not great.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fourth and Final Selection from the Magic Hat Night of the Living Dead Variety Pack. Date on bottle is Oct 21 2011.

Served at 42 degrees fahrenheit in a room temperature pint glass.

(Appearance) Pours a 2 finger depth cream tone head of a mild frothy-fizzy consistency, with an average retention quality. Head becomes more creamy as it recedes to a thin blanket and the long lasting surface cover shortly thereafter is impressive. Color is a deep red-brown, quite opaque with deep caramel copper light tones at the base of the glass and deep red hues when held to light. The color tone is close to a watered-down cola. Average level of carbonation. A pretty deep looking red ale, but there's some improvement to be made to the head quality of this beer. 4

(Smell) A blend of mild amber malts, dark roasted caramel, a hint of buttery toffee. Balance swings slightly sweet. Underlying bitter chocolate or coffee tones are laid-back but present. Overall aroma is mild but pleasant. Hop presence is very mild to nonexistent. A decent aroma overall, mildly sweet, but with its fair share of bitter opportunities. Biggest complaint to the aroma regards it being underwhelming in its potency. 3.5

(Taste) Much milder than I had expected. A mildly tart amber malt base with roasted caramel in the background. Some bitter coffee grounds are also mildly present. A faded bitter finish suggests either faded hops or bitter chocolate grains. While inoffensive in its delivery, the end result is something much milder than I would have expected for the tastes involved. Quaffable in its delivery, it is drinkable enough in large quantities. 3

(Mouthfeel) Very slick approach, almost likely to be too smooth for most, or misconceived as being flat. Light to medium body at best. Alcohol is concealed wittingly. The mildly bitter finish leaves a mildly dry chalkiness to it. Typical carbonation level for its style, but no harm could be done by toning up the carbonation a notch or two. 3

(Overall) It was alright by me. The beer looks good, smells good but tastes underwhelming. Both the coffee and chocolate tones could have been intensified, and the resulting additions would have made for a viscous, vicious brew. Depending on your approach for a go-to beer this may be a winner or not, but for me it was a decent one-time run, not overly impressive, but worth a shot. 3.5

Magic Hat Brewing Company's
Humble Patience
C+ (3.25)

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Photo of philbe311
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - No head ever really materializes, just a slight fizzy lacing that itself quickly fades away leaving on the slightest of collars... The color is a medium brown with a distinct ruby hue... Some random medium sized briskly paced carbonation bubbles...

S - Toasted malts... Slightly nutty... Light caramel... Some toffee... Understated and malt forward...

T - As expected, this one is malt forward... Toasted malts... Caramel... A nutty caramel... Some bready notes... Lots of brown sugar notes throughout...

M - Medium bodied... Fizzy... Chalky... Not too much going on in terms of mouthfeel...

D - A fairly average offering all the way around... A definite step up from its BMC counterparts, but nothign really to write home about... The 4.8% ABV keeps this one drinkable and there's enough malty goodness to keep one from becoming completely bored...

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Photo of ckollias
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown – almost wine like, with a thick, 2-finger, tannish head that quickly dissipates – leaving a great trail down the glass and ending a wispy lace.

S: Sort of musky diacetyl aroma with slight hints of dark fruits.

T: Smooth slightly bitter and sweet brew. Hint of toasted grains, mild fruits, and caramel.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: I enjoyed this irish red-ale. It was nothing really special in the way of flavor or smell but it was very smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some breadiness from a hearty malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel, tea and a little fruit. The hops presence is mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s solid beer overall but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of OldGreyBeerd
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Night of the Living Dead sampler.

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Nice brown/copper color with 1/4" cream color head that faded after the first drink. Minimal lacing.

A light roasted malt and caramel aroma, some hops but not overpowering.

Thought this might be a bit tart, but was surprised at the smooth and balanced taste, a light carbonation and medium body Irish Red, that had a crisp finish.

I really liked this beer overall.

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Photo of stickynotes
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a tulip

Pours a a deep brown, a hint of amber. Not much head, hardly any lacing.

Aroma is caramel, sweetness, some light roasted malts.

Taste is light roasted malt, caramel, very slight grape sweetness, grainy. Ends slightly watery, aftertaste of cereal (I think of Life).

Mouthfeel is medium, fine carbonation becomes apparent at end of swig.

Overall this is an ok beer; far from special. Caramel and grainy flavors, sweet.

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Photo of DCon
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from a 3/4 PINT bottle @ the Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO (from a Magic Hat rep). Poured from the bottle w/ bizarre artwork & "irish-style red" written on the front into a 16oz Pint Glass. No freshness date on the bottle but coming from the rep, I trust its in good time!

Aroma- A very weak aroma with tons of malt and clean. Nothing else is really found in here.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head thats off-white but then dies quickly. Has a deep copper color body with some red tint to it? No lacing whatsoever.

Flavor- A decent amount of malt and sweetness is included in this brew. There is a bit of caramel throughout the tasting, Has a bit of a dry finish and hops are almost not present at all. Everything in here is easy and has a light profile.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, and has a good mouthfeel with nice malts and an irish style body (creamy, smooth, etc.).

Overall Impression- Very easy drinking Irish Red but wouldn't go out of my way to go back to this one... Very average in every category. I haven't seen this on the shelves yet but when it does come around, won't be even putting in a mix a 6-pack for friends to try.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Deep red color, though almost transparent. A half finger of off-white head that fell down quickly.
A wet malty smell, almost musty.
Not really impressed with the taste. Kind of "meh". A watery taste followed by a blunted sweetness.
Light bodied, almost no carbonation and smooth.
Not bad tasting, just nothing really going on. Meh.

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Photo of enfield249
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very pleasing dark rust red/brown color. Slight white head.

S - Slight roasty smells, mixed with a touch of malt sweetness. Also, a little grain smell.

T - This beer really shines here. It has an almost stoutish flavor to it, with a hints of roast, coffee, and a little caramel. All just hints, mind you, but very nice.

M - Medium light. Not over much CO2, and decent amount of bittering.

O - If you are going to drink a Irish Red Ale, you could do much worse. While this beer is nothing amazing, it's a nice beer that is reasonably priced and available.

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Photo of Kooz
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass--nice color! It's a dark brown, almost opaque. No head, but really nice.

Smells faintly malty, some hints of nut. It's all very faint.

A bit too much alcohol at the end. It's pretty bitter (not overwhelmingly, but close), and has a sort of caramel flavor.

Some body, slightly creamy, but way too much bite. This beer is out of balance.

This is a perfectly serviceable beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on October 1, 2011. The label promises that there is an expiration date on the bottle but I did not see one. But this came from the 2011 Autumn mix pack.

The pour is a darker tone brown-red with a burst of head that fizzles in a few moments. The aroma is rather subtle with some malts, bread, biscuit, and yeast. The body is thin to medium. The flavor seems slightly bitter with a sharp, hop bite on the tail end. A weird eggy aftertaste. Nothing extraordinary here but not terribly bad.

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Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with 1/2" of thick, off white head. Good retention. The nose has hints of caramel, diacetyl, and faint hops. The taste is caramel and mild bitter hops up front with faint coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

Not a bad offering. A solid example of the style. The coffee notes in the taste are a little different, but not altogether unwelcomed.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before Halloween 2011.

A: Surprisingly little head, surprisingly dark body. A glowing, translucent amber in the light, sitting on the table it becomes an opaque mahogany.

S: Sweet, malty beeriness. Smells a bit like #9.

T/M: Crisp and sweet, with a hint of bitterness around the edges of a banana-like fruitiness. Not as dry as I expected from an Irish Red. The aftertaste is clean and lightly sweet.

O: Not a great beer, but a serviceable one. Nice enough with food. The first Magic Hat beers I tried impressed me, but now I'm starting to think that Magic Hat may be a less accomplished brewery than for which I first gave it credit. Not recommended, but if you pick one up in a sampler, do sample it.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer has a deep plum color with lots of carbonation fizzing to the top to form a half finger layer of "head" and instantly disappearing leaving no trace that there ever was head to begin with, exactly like when you pour a soda. Definitely one of the worst appearances I have seen.

S - Roasty. Mostly roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, almost smells like a london porter with that hint of dark fruits and alcohol.

T - Sweet caramel malts blended pretty well with roasted malts dominate the flavor. Chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits still appear. No alcohol present in the taste though, which is good, wasn't sure why it was in the aroma. Faint spicy hops but not too noticable.

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation despite the constant bubbles coming to the surface. Finish is sweet with the roasted malt aftertaste.

O - Not too impressed. The taste is good, but everything else seems to be off.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark red/mahogany color with almost no head and no lacing

S: Some sweet malts and light fruits. Not much else

T: Again, sweet and malty with a little bit of roast. Even some saltiness in there to round out the sweetness

M: Light-medium body with moderate carbonation

O: A decent irish red, but it's pretty simple. Lower abv and in-the-middle flavor make it easy to drink

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle lists both the ABV and gives a drink by date.

A: Dark borwn-red with a fine red tint. It has a nice slightly tinged white head, but the retention is bad, and it leaves little lacing.

S: Sweet malt, smoke, and nuts.

T: Sweet biscuit malt, lots of nutty characteristics here, slight coffee, and a bit of oats.

M: Medium and smooth with good carbonation zing.

O: This beer comes along with the Magic Hat fall seasonal pack. It's nice nutty mellow flavor works very well for the fall. It has a nice carbonation bite, but it is still smooth and easy to drink. It is a pleasant drinking ale.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is a decent irish style red ale.

A: Dark reddish/brown color with minimal head.

S: It smells like beer!

Taste: It's a typical red ale that does not give out odd aftertaste like some other brews does. There's some amount of toasted flavor coming through with a a minuscule amount of sweetness that made an appearance.

Mouthfeel: Does not feel too thin nor thick. It does not feel as dry as I thought red ales tend to do. The alcohol isn't evident here as well.

Overall, it's one of the better Magic Hat brews I have tasted recently. I feel this is a consistent example of what an irish red ale should be. It's decent, and something that I can drink again whenever I'm in mood for this style. Magic Hat is pretty common, so that's a plus.

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