Humble Patience | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Humble PatienceHumble Patience

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by stirgy on 09-02-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 256
Photo of mbatley
4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one really caught me off guard. I'm not a huge magic hat fan as I'm bothered by their "cute" names of their beers. But I got this on sale and thought I'd try it as I do like a nice Irish Ale. WoW! This is a very nice, balanced ale with just enough hops to make it interesting. Overall this would make--will make an excellent "session beer." Good drinking!

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Photo of Kwak
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice red color good hoppy charicter a little malty not to sweet good for this style I like this a lott I will recomend this one if you have the chance.Magic hat has done it again!

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Photo of Cyrano41
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this left behind after my last beer "smattering". I had pretty low expectations from Magic hat in general, but this is a pleasant surprise! Poured a dark brown with the red highlights on the edges, the head was thin but persistent lacing on the glass, looks very tempting!
Smell is subtle but hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium, nice middle of the spectrum - not too heavy and not to light. And the taste is pretty spot on for a red ale. Sorry to see this one retired...

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Photo of Reverand
4.41/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a incredible deep red color with a head that clings to the glass. Very smooth to drink with a bit of sweetness but not overwelming. Definitely a beer to try as for me a beer to keep stock of.

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Photo of pbrian
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
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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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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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Photo of dmarch
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep garnet color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is of raisins and other dark fruits. A little bit of chocolate comes in the taste. Almost seems somewhat porter-like in character but without any charcoal flavor. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. I would think this beer was served on tap if I hadn't poured it myself.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, cap states " To ail is bad to ale is good"

Nice almost fruity scent, pours a deep ruby brown colour with white frothy head that does not hold up very long.

Malty but not over sweet hops balance perfectly in the irish style red ale. very nice, very drinkable and I certainly recommend you try this brew!

This beer is currently available in Magic Hats' Night of the Living Dead" fall variety collection. (September 2011)

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"What is the cost of the thing you have lost"

This beer poured a decent finger sized tan head. The body was a surprisingly dark ruby red/brown. Almost purple in the right light.

The nose had some sweet malt smells with even maybe a hint at fruit.

The taste was rather surprising. For an irish red I was expecting something more mellow, this had a firm bitter roasted barely charector to it. Resembling a mellow stout with some subtle chocolate and coffee flavors and a slight sour overtone. A perfect balance of natural earthy hop flavor compliment the bitterness just right.

Overall I really liked this beer. I had been drinking it right out of the bottle for a while and I hadn't even noticed how dark it was until I poured it into a glass. It just goes down so easy. Another great beer by Magic Hat.

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Photo of CherylM
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good Irish ale with body and character!

It is dark brown with a nice whitish head. Has a nice aroma. Very smooth, malty and earthy. Slight hopiness and dry finish.

Very rich with moderate carbonation. Should be savored. One of my favorites!

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Photo of steinlifter
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Dark clear brown, not much head, similar in appearance to Stout.
Nose:Nice chocolate and Coffee, and Plum.
Taste:Similar to smell, with a slight citrusy twist toward the end, well balanced!
Mouth: light watery and moderately carbonated, slight creaminess.
Drinkability: Very Good! Was much better than I had expected, I will revisit this.

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color, maybe better described as burnt orange. Head was full creamy, rich, and beige. Nice earthy smells, roasted toffee, some carmel, but not much sweetness on the nose. There was more hop presence than I anticipated, but very well done. Nice earthy wood flavors match with the full malted barley tastes. Almost like the taste of a scotch ale. Crisp , dry hoppy finish. Nothing lingers. Very creamy, rich, well balanced tastes. A treat to drink on tap.

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Photo of stirgy
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear and deep cherry brown and was topped with a beautiful frothy head of foam. Did someone say roasted nuts? Because they are all over the aroma of this beer. Also getting some fruity malts and roasted cocoa. This one is off to a running start. Complex aromas make it very unique. Is this a red beer or a light nut brown? As for the flavor, those same things come out, but again, this beer is lacking in malt body. A bit thin in the taste. Toasted flavors come through. With a touch of citrus hop bitterness. Complex, nutty, flavorful and light. Not bad at all, but I just wanted some more body, say like an Arrogant Bastard perhaps. Maybe I just need a little patience.

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Photo of mschofield
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany, topped with a three finger foamy tan head. Leaves thick sticky webs of lacing.
Rich malty aroma, chocolate, dark roasted malt, caramel, dark toffee.
Very malty taste, roasted, chocolate, nicely bitter, dark roasted toffee note. Almost like a scotch ale with some citrus hops.
Medium bodied, approaching full. And interesting and very drinkable take on a red ale.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Pint glass presentation. Very light tan head, super-dense foam from nitro, on a reddish brown brew, excellent nitro-style foam lacing. Good balance of medium malts with hops, very smooth, due to a combination of both nitro presentation and the brew's flavor profile. Could drink this all day, most every day.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap as I did a pub-crawl in Brooklyn Heights. Stopped into the Brazen Head and - LOW AND BEHOLD - it's on tap.

I was very pleased with my selection. After looking back, I've noticed I have been regularly disappointed with my Magic Hat beers. I find them bland and uninteresting. I find the Ringwood yeast annoying. I find I become bored with them very quickly.

Enter Humble Patience. What I've realized is that Magic Hat excels at what they're best at - making great session beers that have subtle nuances. They're not trying to blow you away with bold and aggressive flavors; they're seducing you with drinkable session ales. The Humble Patience was my favorite one I've every tried from them. My sample was smooth, well-balanced, and very drinkable. One of the best domestic session beers I've had.

I've recently heard they discontinued this beer, which would be a shame if it were true. Perhaps with enough positive reviews and hype we could get them to bring it back.

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Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Humble Patience, thy name be hallowed, for you were one of the beers that came in that fabled 12 pack of Magic Hat that I consumed for the first time, nearly 10 years ago, which would spark a journey like no other.

Pours a dark brown/burgundy color with a thin head into my glass. The color seems true to style.

Let thy aroma caress thy olfactory glad. Sweet, chewy malt awaits, with just a touch of smokiness.

Your sweet, chewy malt awaits my taste buds. You're mellow, delicious and crisp.

Lingering, sweat, peaty malt accentuates a mouthfeel that is like no other.

My only regret is that I can't go back nearly 10 years to see if the beer has changed. Fortunately, it is still as tasty as I remember.

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Photo of far333
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany/ruby color barely allowing any light through. Beige foamy head that sinks slowly. Aroma of toasted malt, light hop, and a hint of cocoa. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and rolls the roasted malt flavor over the tongue. Flavor has undertones of nutty chocolate and fig and mild hop bitter. Malt and chocolate seem to pick up in the finish, and then subside to let a bitter hop aftertaste surface. Fine lacing is all that's left in the glass from top to bottom. I'll have another.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent Magic Hat. Held up to the light, the reddish amber color can be seen, but otherwise is dark brown. Toasted aroma with some hints of caramel. Very smooth with some light carbonation towards the end. Hop flavor is clearly there, but not overpowering at all, and blends well with the other flavors. One of the more complex of the red ale styles. A great brew...

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Photo of NEhophead
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"don't try to prevent a predestined event", written under the cap.

Frothy, tan head that's filled with bubbles; fades after a few moments leading to some lacing that holds well. Dark mahogany in color with a shade of brown.

Burnt caramelized sweetness. A pleasant roasted malt character is also present.

A burnt toffee flavor that leads to a dry biscuit taste. A warming bitterness as the sweetness fades that balances very nicely. Well balanced in terms of sweetness. Not overpowering in terms of maltiness.

This is a beer you can drink all night regarding flavor, mouthfeel, and abv%. Very solid take on the style.

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Photo of abeerlovr
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pour this into a Samuel Adams pint glass and paired with very spicy Jamaican jerk chicken wings. The pairing was excellent, the beer incredibly smooth.

The color of this beer is beautiful, I do not think I have ever thought a beer looked gorgeous before. It is a deep rich copper color with a nice head.

Smell was not overpowering, I had a bit of a headache, perhaps from sinuses so I did not pick up on heavy smells. Some caramel some hops.

It was delicious and paired excellently with spicy food. Very smooth, well balanced, not too much malt, not too much hops nice drink. Nice representation of an Irish Red.

Crisp and refreshing definitely a beer you can have a few of and not have your taste buds shot.

I got this beer in the Night of the Living Dead variety pack it was a nice surprise and great find. I hope this brew becomes available in a six pack on a regular basis.

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Photo of Wonka
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

¾ pint
Dated for March (end of month)

Appearance – dark red body; almost a soda-like head; left the scene like a soda’s head; lace was barely in the house

Smell – black coffee; a bit of molasses, earth, grass, roast and chocolate

Taste – a touch of smoke and caramel blends with roast; malts dominate; bitterness takes a back seat

Mouthfeel – a relatively rich body is cut into by a muted but consistent crisp ride of carbonation; end is a bit peculiar – dry but also a bit layering on back of the tongue; nevertheless, overall the feel is smooth enough

Drinkability – the close detracts from the drinkability but overall it is satisfying

This would be nice ale for the summer barbecue.

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Photo of nixhecks
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown color, looks like cola except when held to the light, it glows a ruby red. The head was small and dissapated quickly. The aroma is very good, I think it smelled a lot like french vanilla coffee with cocoa, very very good. The taste is similar but more toned down, and also features lots of roasted malt, and a hoppy bite on the very end of the finish. The carbonation is medium and the mouthfeel smooth and medium bodied, very reminiscent of a porter. This is one of my favorite Hats that they offer all year 'round, right behind #9. Very unique.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper brown with off white foam that left a bit of lace. Flowery hop nose with some hints of caramel and malt. Maybe a bit of spice or some chocolate in the aroma too?
Toasty malt flavors with some hints of coffee and chocolate, surprisingly little hop bitterness.
Smooth drinking, tasty beer that is even better on a nitro tap.

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Photo of BitteBier
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly as dark as some stouts but with ruby fringes that hint at this beer's lineage. Pours clear with a substantial tan head that dissipates only slowly and clings like a two-year-old to his mommy. Roasted notes are the most striking feature of the nose, and they sit atop a base of subtly sweet grains and hops. Soft, full malt base with toasted edges and some fruitiness nicely integrated. Bitterness is most noticeable at the start and gradually fades to a bit of dry warmth deep in the throat. Caramel flavor lingers. Creamy mouthfeel is very pleasant while not being too heavy. Not sure how to pigeonhole this beer, but who cares? Seems like an Irish redhead has been fooling around with someone, but the result of this unholy union is another valued (albeit quirky) member of the Magic Hat family.

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