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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Photo of celfan
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An odd ale. The color is dark, and it has a nice smell, but when its in your mouth it seems thin and tasteless. However, after you swallow it, there's a nice lingering taste of roasted malts. So it starts well and ends well, but your tastebuds get the short end of the stick in the middle. I can't imagine anyone wanting more than one of these. Just moved to Vermont and I must say I'm not impressed with its beers yet.

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Photo of doho95fu
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer did not do it for me. It was the expected reddish copper collor with a thin head which didn't stick around - no lacing. The smell was not distinctive in any way to my nose. The taste was malty, but what was strange to me was that the beer's flaver actually got worse as the beer warmed. The last third of the beer tasted like water to me. The flavor just didn't have much there.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
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 santoslhalper
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Pours a deep deep red with a thin beige head. The head leaves little lacing but stays for a while.

Smell: Smells very spicy and strong. It suprises me how much it smells like alcohol, but only 4.8%?

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes bland. A very spicy and malty flavor overpowers any form of balance this beer could represent. The hops are almost impossible to detect, and the malts are very uncontrolled. The mouthfeel is good though, chewy and creamy. Lingers for a while.

Drinkability and Overall: Very European tasting, and not in a smooth way. I got bored with this beer quickly. The crappy and unbalanced taste of this beer really make it one I wouldn't care to have again. Magic Hat has dissapointed me. Damn.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Reddish brew with a decent head. It looks great, but I'm overwhelmed by the smell of butterscotch. All I can taste is butterscotch, so much I just can't get past it to the rest of the beer. I'm afraid I liked it better ice-cold. I don't seem to have much luck with "red ales".

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Photo of Kooz
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a medium head that disappeared way too fast. Aroma is comprised of roasted malt (probably some oatmeal). Taste is also dominated by roasted malt, so much that I almost though I was drinking a light stout, and the end was also bitter. Overall, this is an average beer that seems to sit between two style (Irish ale and dry stout).

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Photo of twelvsies
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer appears an impressive ruby red color with a little tan head that fizzles quickly. Smells of strong yeast mixed with water kind of, a bit of sweetness perhaps. Taste has the minimal amount of flavor needed to make it passable. A bit of sweet cream malt in there, but it's washed out by water. The mouthfeel is very very watery. Easy enough to drink I suppose, but not really that enjoyable to drink, so who cares. Not that impressed with this one from Magic Hat, best part was the bottle cap: Be here now.

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Photo of palma
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dark red color body. Light tan, creamy looking head that sticks to the sides well. Strong roasted aroma with woody and leafy notes. A little musty smelling as well. I wasnt impressed with the taste of this beer. Flavor is of roasted malts with a big nutty taste. A coffee aftertaste and a dry finish. Full bodied. Tastes very much like a nut brown ale. They call this an Irish red??

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

they started brewing this beer again as a "throwback." i bought it in the fall 12 pack mixer.

deep amber color. dark but clear. low, but creamy tan head.

medium malt aroma. low caramelization aroma. smells sweet. no hop aroma.

taste is immediately malty, which gives way to the caramelization, and the roastiness becomes apparent in the finish. slight nutty flavor. finish is a bit dry. no hop flavor.

body is pretty thin. smooth. medium carbonation. no alcohol warmth.

not really a bad beer here. a bit thin i think for the style. enjoy

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Photo of purplehops
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Humble pours a deep red red-brown with a white head that dies quickly to a thin ring and leaves plenty of frothy lacing. The bottle states that it is in the Irish red style and the color seem to bear that out as opposedto it being called a pale ale here. The aroma is faint notes of caramel malt and stronger notes of floral and citrus hops.The taste starts with a very dry hint of malt that quickly goes into hiding and is replaced by some bitter hop notes and a wee bit of carbonation tingle on the tongue. The finish is dry with flavors of citrus and faint notes of pale malt. The aftertaste is a faint blend of bitter and citrus hops. Mouthfeel for Humble if weak to light but a wee bit richer than water.
Overall a nice looking ale that doesn't live up to its visual appeal. Another Magic Hat product that doesn't seem to know where it is going. I have no problem with them experimenting with new flavor profiles and style types but they need to have a reason for being other than wishy washy. The world has too many Charlie Brown beers. IMHO

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Photo of MJR
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Under the cap says "Don't Throw Stones at Other's Bones."

Appearance: Underneath it's thick, creamy off-white head, this brew has a red body with some orange and copper highlights. The head retention is good, as the head stays strong all the way 'til the end. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: The strongest scents I detect are toasted and slighty roasted malt. There's a vague aroma of fruitiness, but it's barely there. In fact, the aroma is quite weak on this one.

Taste: Again, I pick up on toasted and roasted grains first, with a slight fruitiness hanging way in the background. There's a touch of hops that provide some sort of balance, but they don't detract away from the grainy flavors. I can taste the alcohol in there as well, but only towards the end. There's a bit of an earthy character, undoubtly from their house yeast. I think this one is confused over what it's supposed to be...

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin-bodied with crisp dry finish. I'd tweak the recipe and/or brewing process to leave some residual sugars in there for a little more body.

Drinkability: fact, just about everything about this brew is average. 'Red Ale' isn't really a recognized style with set guidelines, so there's no template to judge this from. Having said that, this wasn't impressive...

A 'thank you' goes out to pbrian for sending me this!

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Photo of Denali
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear deep red color. Frothy white head that lasted for the enitre beer.

Smell: Very mild hops.

Taste: Not much of a taste at all. Slight nutty aftertaste. Nothing bad but just not much character.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy.

Drinkability: Innocuous. Drinkable if only because there isn't much flavor to possibly cause otherwise and the creaminess is pleasant. Did not sense any alocohol taste as well.

I would like to try this on tap (no nitro) and also in bottle to see if the flavors become more pronounced. When I do, I will update this review.

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Photo of changeup45
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark color which is almost black with red highlights. Very rich texture, medium head and a lot of lace. Rich chocolate, smokey taste to it with some bold, maybe not so fresh coffee. A slightly bitter finish. Not quite what I thought it was going to be. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very dark crimson, clarity only visible through exposure to a high wattage bulb. slight crown of bubbles, not much head. real nutty, lagery aroma with slight hop notes and a sour malt profile. nothing special in the nose. taste is smooth with malty vanilla, finishes with a light & sweet caramel.. this enhances the dark berry characteristics of the dark chocolate m&ms i just ate. something freshly plant-like in the mix of aroma and flavor. virtually no aftertaste. drinkable for a predominantly malty beer but absolutely nothing special. i will not shed a tear over the retirement of this predominantly average brew... schwarzbierish.

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Photo of travolta
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle
Apperance: Way dark brown, until held to light, then it is amber slamber! Head was white, two fingers, slightly rocky. The head hung around a bit and laced well. Not amazing head or lacing, but respectable.

Nose: Nice, light hops, old bananas, brown sugar, sweet.

Taste: Smoked, prunes, brown sugar, molasses, sluggish on carbonation right until the end. Not a whole lot going on. Lightly bitter.

Notes: This was a letdown. A simple letdown.
Notes 2: Everyone keeps talking about nitro stuff. i didnt think this had anything to do with nitro.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting offering. Pours a deep dark red with a beige head of decent size, nice lacing. Sweet malt and caramel aromas. Taste is unbalanced and a raw bitter flavor dominates. Some fruits try to pull through but are beaten down by the sharpness of the hops and a metallic twinge. Not one of Magic Hat's better offerings in my humble opinion...maybe better on-tap.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brownish-red color, off white minuscule head that fades into nothing almost instantly. Smell is caramel malt with some roasted character.

Taste is medium and roasted with notes of caramel and earth, almost woody. Hop character is high and a bit forward but not at all the highlight of the beer. Slight citrus aftertaste. This to me was a very “earthy” brew. Tasty, somewhat simple, better then your ho-hum amber or pale, but not earth shattering. This could pass as a lighter version of an American brown ale in my opinion.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

hmmm. I agree with those who question this being an irish amber. while I do not think it could baskk for a scottish ale, maybe rostaurch, but not an irish amber

It pours a nice, dark ruby color. Thick creamy tan head as well. There is no hop presence to speak of, and, little malty sweetness. The thing that jumps out at me the most is the smokey flavor., and that's about it. I am not saying this is a bad thing, it actually intriuges me, however, I would prefer a little hop presence, or, some more malt.

Like I said, it is an iteresting flavor. get some to try it for yourself to be sure

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

How is this beer retired? Unless I am savoring the last batch, perhaps the status needs to be updated. Best by date of Oct 31, 2011.

Pours a rather dark brown, chocolate color with a small and wispy white head. Not much retention and not much depth in the appearance.

Aroma is typical Magic Hat: caramel, yeasty, but with a slight addition of chocolate. Some caramel and bready notes as well. I guess it is pretty close to style.

Decent flavor. The chocolate is certainly noticeable as well as the breadiness. Not really too bad. Caramel and sort of a hot mouthfeel. This one is only 5% but it seems hot on the tongue. Medium bodied and fizzy.

Not a terrible beer but another average-at-best beer from Magic Hat. Why do I keep trying?

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Photo of silks636
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Cap states, “You might sigh if left with Humble Pie” (probably, I was never really a fan). Freshness date notched.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan head. Clear as a bell. Decent retention and lacing observed. Nose is light and sweet with predominantly floral aromas. Traces of pear, lemon, and pine are detected as well. Flavor is decisively bitter with a strong sour citric bite up front. Heavy bittering hops seem to overpower the subtle undertones of sweet caramel malt. Finish is dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with vigorous carbonation.

Very raw. Pretty straightforward and uninteresting... not too much happening here. I think this one might lean more toward a brown... even so, it is nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of stickynotes
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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 -12.1%
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 Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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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