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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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 152
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 xgrigorix
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, with a pillowy off white head. Roasted malt, and floral scents in the nose. Smooth and creamy texture throughout. Caramel and nut flavors run around with roasted malt goodness. Beautiful lace left clinging to the glass. Went well with Thai food.

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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 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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Photo of dwarbi
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clean, white head. Not completely clear, just a tad cloudy. Light copper color. Smells of lemons, wheat, and some vanilla. Not as hoppy as I expected. Does not taste too hoppy either. A little thick on the tongue, but not so much that it makes it more drinkable than average.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice dark red colour in my pint glasss with a nice white-ish head. The aromas were of earth, malts, hops, caramel, chocolate, and roastiness. The taste was more of the same. Very malty, roasty, and nice. Just like a good irish style red/brown ale should be. Even my girtlfriend liked this! The mouthfeel was pretty full and the drinkability was very good as this pint was drained very quickly.
Thanks to paceyourself for the samples...I need more!

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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 feloniousmonk
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color, nice cocoay head. Fiercely aromatic, nutty, chocolatey, with earthy undertones, and hints of anise, spice, and molasses. Full and warm mouthfeel. Very little in the way of hops here, but massive malt, just as an Irish-style should be. Tasteful hits of sweetness follow through in the finish. Full body, substantial texture, but finishes a little flat. Appearances of dull coppery and mineral flavors. Otherwise, enjoyable.
Thanks to purplehops for the trade!

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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 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 CharlesRiver
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a beautiful 1/4 inch head that lasts and leaves a nice lace. The smell is very weak but has hints of something sweet. The first thing that you notice about this beer is how smooth it is. That may have something to do with the nitro. I could drink this beer all night long. Medium body, nice malt base and some hints of hops coming through. I also noticed traces of caramel. A great beer that I look for whenever I am out.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a medium to dark color copper with no head. Lace fills the side of the glass as I drink. The Earthy and woody smell of malt and hops enter the nose. The taste of very little clove is present and not a very citrus taste. The hops are present in this medium bodied brew. This is an ok red ale with lots of promise with just a little bit of tweeking needed.


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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Killian's Red and other macros pretty muched doomed this style in my eyes. But after careful consideration, I thought: go for it. I was not disappointed. A good amber red, with a frothy head, this beer was chock full of flavor. The hops were particularly flavorful. I only bought one, and was kicking myself in the .... well next time it will be a sixer.

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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 Mick
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange and red color that support a thick head. Great texture. Mild hop smell not much else jumps out and distinguishes itself. Mildly bitter and flavorful. Reminded me of Killians before it went to Coors. Finished well. Overall it is a highly palatable beer. I’m very glad that this was offered at a live music venue where it served as my session beer that night

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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 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 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 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 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 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 jdhilt
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Deep red color, pours a good head that doesn't last, the hops are here and overwhelm the malt but with only some hops making a fairly smooth finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat's Humble patience delivers a basic, satifying, malty amber ale that works well within many circumstances. Its very, very deep copper in color with a cream colored head that holds well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass. The nose offers a nice, caramel and lightly chocolatey aroma; with a splash of buttery diacetyl and a touch of grassy hops thrown in as well. It's medium bodied and has somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel as it crosses the palate. In the flavor, toasty and caramel-drenched malts are accented by a soft and rounding buttery note of diacetyl. And it's laced with a smooth thread of grassy and mildly floral hops. It finishes with a cusp of background roastiness in its long lingering malt character. Smooth. Nice. Fairly complex in character without being rich; lending it some drinkability. Humble Patience makes a great cross-over beer to take to parties.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

yilff, this was just not good. the first one i had was not ice cold and it was a struggle to take it down.

i resampled this beer, and i found it to be quite good. as i have developed a taste for more kinds of beers, some irish reds have been able to strike me. this was smooth and malty with a little hint of vinegar to it quite enjoyable. if you like a red, go for this one.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This scarlet red brew throws out little head. What little head there is on the edges does show some lacing ability. I get some chocolate on the nose and maybe some faint hop accents. The taste is pretty rad for a red. The hoppiness and bitterness almost overwhelm the malt presence. I personally like it, but I could understand if the beer purists are clamoring for more malt in this brew. Don't get me wrong, there is a malt presence in the beer, but the bitterness and hoppiness are the main players. But there's some peat/smoke flavors as well. It tastes almost like they made a pure Irish Red and then mixed it at about a 60:40 ratio of Irish Red to IPA. Good experiment in my book. I also get some wood and grain on the palate. And it finishes rather dry with a lingering roasty bitterness.

After tasting several Magic Hat brews thanks to Davo, I'm starting to experience the little eccentric twists and turns that the brewery throws into their various beers. For the most part, they work pretty effectively. Gotta hand it to Magic Hat for showing some creativity.

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Humble Patience from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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