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
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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

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Presentation: On tap at Cambridge Commons (Cambridge, MA). Served in a "Humble Patience" English-style pint glass.

Appearance: Deep ruby red to brown with a 2-finger thick off-white nirto-creamy head that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Fairly clean nose with hop and fruit aromas. I swear I can pick up very faint anise & liquorice smells too.

Taste: First taste is that of any other nitro'd English/Irish-style ale (Caffery's comes to mind). Silky smooth mouthfeel with a light even sweetness, followed by lightly toasted malts, watery grape, earth, wood and more fruity characters. Roasted malt flavours fall in the corners of the palate. Bitterness is somewhat citrusy, but not overwhelming, smooth and well-rounded. It's also quite raw in texture (bitty) and consumes the palate in its uniqueness -- leafy coating throughout the mouth with a gentle astringency (if such a thing).

Notes: A very smooth and easy drinking ale. It's obvious that Magic Hat is going after the nitro UK import market, and this is a hell of a contender. The "Never Premature" slogan on the pint glass notes its slow pouring nitro birth.

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Heady start, dark amber brown

SMELL: Toasted grain, diacetyl funk, burnt sugar, dried dates.

TASTE: Crisp, wet, loose body, toasted grain, modest hops, vague fruit, biscuity, faintly buttery, toffee, dry finish.

Not half bad, more than enough flavor to go around even though the malt character seems a bit light. The brewer keeps it interesting enough to keep on drinking.

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4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottled version) This is a staple in our house. Beautiful garnet red color. Biscuity/grainy flavors (mildly roasted) predominate, but don't dominate (?). Finishes dry. Unique interpretation of an Irish red, not unlike Old Nutfield Auburn.

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4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

don't bother with the bottled version (as it's just a repackaging of bob's 1st ale, which is good in its own right, but it's not truly humble patience) and go right for the nitro draft if it's available on tap. humble patience pours with a creamy head and a dark brown appearance that is a bit misleading. there's nothing heavy about this beer. it's roasted malt flavoring is smooth all the way down. an excellent session beer.

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3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first Magic Hat so far that has not impressed me. Malt is a bit bland, some astringency and smoke at the same time, which was not a good combination. As a red ale, it lacked assertiveness - just sort of cruised along without making much of a statement.

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3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When i first tried this I was extemely disapointed because this was just Bob's first renamed and repackaged. But having tried this nitro'd on tap I'd have to say it is a little different. The head is, of course, thicker and creamier like all nitro'd beers but it seems to add a satiny mouthfeel through out the whole beer. It still has the same flavours as it did when it was called Bob's first but it is better to look at and more interesting to drink. I do disagree with them claiming that this is the way Bob ment the beer to be.

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Humble Patience from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 256 ratings