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
Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle with best by date of 30 Nov. 2011

A- Pours a lovely red brown with about 1 finger of short-lived off-white head. Leaves some nice lacing that quickly slides down the sides of my wet glass.

S- Aroma has a roasted malt scent that is would be pleasant, but there are too many alcohol esters (I know: with only 4.8% ABV!) given the weak strength of the other components.

The taste is much better. As expected, it primarily features a medium roasted malt flavor, but there are some spicy hops in the mix. The dynamics are unusual, however, with the hops becoming a little less pronounced in the finish which is where the toasted malt flavor comes through most clearly. In any case, a fine finish nicely shaped by both the Apollo hops and the malts.

M - medium bodied beer, although off on the thin side a bit, with good carbonation; a mild bite of carbonation/hops on the tongue. Rather dry finish.

O - This is a fine red ale: Even though it is weak in aroma, it has excellent flavor, is moderately refreshing, and is a pleasure to drink.

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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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Photo of donaldguy
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with best by date of 12/31/2011

A- Pours a beautiful coppery red brown with about 1 finger of faintly-brown white head. In a clean glass, leaves a very nice lacing of the same color and has impressive head retention

S- I really don't smell much, but I don't have a very well-trained nose.

T - Pleasantly malty with a clean finish and hints of berries or so

M - a subtle bite of carbonation on the tongue with an overall thin, but not too thin watery character.

O - pleasantly refreshing while still flavor-full and beautiful. A pleasure to drink. The best I've had from Magic Hat to date.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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 SaCkErZ9
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
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 thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get a smell of chocolate malts and earthy, floral hops. It starts with some spiciness from the hops with chocolate.creamy,toffee malts in the middle and then ending with the floral earthy bitterness.

its a very straight forward beer but my favorite thing about it is that is a creamy, chocolate malt of a beer and its only 4.6 percent...thats so awesome. This beer impresses me and makes me think even higher of Magic Hat Brewery.

It tastes like Samuel Adams might have made this beer but it really is robust in taste. The chocolate malt taste sticks with you in the smell and taste. The earthy, floral bitterness balances out the what would have been a sweet beer into an amazingly well balanced irish red. One of the tastiest I've had...especially for such a local alcohol percentage.

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Photo of Cyrano41
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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 Arenbeer
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a mug.

Most recent release so pretty fresh

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head that stick around and leave some serious lacing.

S- Roasted Grains and malts up front with hints of bready yeast and hops. A slight nutty note with some sweeter caramel in the nose.

T- Just like the aroma. Roasted malts and grain with a good amount of nutty flavors. Has only slight bready notes with some sweetness in the finish from the caramel. Definitely some bitter hops as well but not to over powering.

M- Medium to lighter body with moderate carbonation and a nice slightly bitter finish.


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

Pours a reddish-copper color with decent sized cap of creamy off-white froth, decent retention. Scent is malt forward with light notes of roast and grassy hops. Taste follows suit, malty without being sweet, solid bitterness from grassy hops, light toasted nuts and chocolate flavors to boot. Medium bodied but finishes watery, slightly disappointing from a style that usual coats fairly well. A highly drinkable Irish Red, veering from style only in its boldness.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an amber-red color with good sustained carbonation.
Smell: Very pleasant aroma; malty with just a slight hint of balancing hops.
Taste: Good balance of malts and hops here. Malts have a mildly sweet character with notes of caramel. Hops add just a little bitterness and this helps break up the malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied at best and smooth.
Overall: Nice amber ale- a good example of its class.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown with a red tint, only transparent around the edges. thin white head, only around the edges.

S-sugars and dark caramels. decent smell. faint scent.

T-comes in with decent dark malts. almost chocolatey. the after-taste is matching, creamy, with a bit of bitterness to it. overall, not a whole lot going on.

M-light bodied creamy medium carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-not a bad beer. the flavors are definitely good, though not strong. its a very easy drinking beer. it's definitely more bold than i'm used to for this style, but i kinda like that.

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Photo of thain709
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Semi-clear, copper tinted body with an off white, two finger head...the head showed some retention in the form of a wispy cap...some lacing was left behind as well

S - The nose has a lot of roasted and toasted grain with a touch of sweet malt

T - There is an underlying fruity characteristic to the beer that pairs well with the sweet caramel but then gets pushed aside by the toasted grains...the roasted malt flavor takes over and gives off a toffee me there is almost a lager yeast flavor going through this beer...and yes, I know this is an ale...the finish is just watery and semi sweet

M - Medium bodied...watery, thin, semi-sweet, metallic

O - Another miss from Magic Hat...I like Irish Reds, but this one didn't do it for me...maybe they should keep this one retired

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revived in the "Night Of The Living Dead" 2011 mix pack.

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - deep amber color with redish highlights, a beige head that settled as a layer leaving traces of lacing behind.

S - roasted malty sweetness with a hint of nutiness.

T - sweet and malty, malty and sweet.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - overall it's a good beer.

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Photo of abeerlovr
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
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 k7sw
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a variety pack poured into a pint glass.

A- The 2.5 finger head poured with some rather large bubbles then diminished quickly into a thin layer leaving some spotty lacing down the glass. A very dark color which when held to the light appears deep ruby.
S- Floral scent, I'm a little stuffed up at the moment.
T- Toasted malty flavor with a bit of a spicy kick following. The hops are evident but well-balanced. Very sweet, dry finish.
M- Pretty big body considering the ABV. A little watery.

Overall it seemed pretty typical. The spicy gave it a little flare but it was mostly true to form.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very, very attractive color. Rich mahogany. I am really just turned on by this color. Smells like delicious caramel soaked malt balls and maple syrup. Very sweet aroma. Tastes a touch thin compared to it's righteous color and aroma. It does take a turn for the better as time passes. There is a honey roasted peanut flavor toward the end which is lovely, but it too little to late.

I really can't get over how beautiful the color is, and that sweet candy smell is also phenomenal. But it doesn't deliver where it counts: taste.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a variety pack from magic hat. I didn't realize that it's retired.
the color is a nice rich brown with a slight tan head.
the smell is smokey and chocolate.
the taste of this beer is rich and smokey. It's definitely a cooler weather brew. I've never seen this brew in stores and now that I've tried it I'm a little sad it's been retired. Not the best I've ever had but a nice drinkable darker brew.

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Photo of bamojr
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lovely deep red with tanish head that dissipates quickly. Sweet malty smell, great Irish red smell. Very sweet and malty, with a great smokey molasses taste to it. I am yet again satisfied with my Magic Hat tastings as I am very rarely disappointed by their brews.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know why it says its retired. The freshness date on the bottle is several months away, but anyway.

Deep red or burnt orange in color with a somewhat small off-white head that reduces down to a patchy sheet. Smells of caramel and some dark roasted malts come to mind and maybe a hint of coffee.

Coffee, dark roasted malts and caramel all come into the taste as well. Not in an overly complex way, but fairly simple and straightforward. A touch of bitterness from a small amount of hops is in the background, but the dark roasted malts and coffee-like taste seem to dominate what flavor there is. Nothing out of this world that jumps out at you, but its easy to drink with a dry finish and crisp mouthfeel. Not exactly what I expected, but its not bad. Light on the alcohol too which helps in the drinkability department. It does leave a funky aftertaste thought, which hurts the overall experience. I probably won't seek this one out again, but worth the try.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a deep red color, it looked almost brown until it was held up to the light. This beer has a nice color but an unimpressive head that comes and goes quickly. The smell of the beer had a subtle sweetness to it and an earthy element as well. The taste of the beer was mild, it was a little sweet but mostly earthy and dry. The mouthfeel was a bit too watery in my opinion. Overall it's an average brew, not y favorite but could have been much worse.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark brown , little to no head or lace.
S- vanilla, sugar maltieness
T - more malt, touches of bread , vanilla , bitterness on the back of the tongue
M- good,slightly syrupy, low on the carbonation
O - I remembered liking this beer before it retired, so I was glad to see it un- retired. One of magic hats better offerings.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
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 Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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 jamie2dope
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is definitely a breath of fresh air to see Magic Hat bringing back some of their old offerings. This one was amongst my favorites when I first starting getting in to craft beer years ago. Quite dark looking upon pouring, almost brown looking, but after holding it up to the light it becomes a radiant blood red. Sweet malt and moss comes through in the nose, along with a hint of diacetyl, which I am assuming is a byproduct of the ringwood yeast strain. Yep, the ringwood is still there on this one, as a slight buttery flavor hits the palate almost immediately. Other flavors I get include chocolate, maple syrup and toasted grains. Mouthfeel is true to form, coming off a bit heavier than other reds. Also, hardly any detection of hops, which is like for this beer. The low alcohol content also makes this a nice sessionable brew. I have to hand it to MH in that this tastes very similar to the original recipe. If they put this out in six packs again, I would be a happy man. Hell, while we are at it, do an entire mix pack of all your original offerings!

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Photo of kindestcut
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taken from a 2011 Night of the Living Dead variety pack.

The Magic Hat Humble Patience pours a deep ruby red with an off-white head. The aroma is of faint toffee and malt.

The flavor is good, dominated by sweetness (as you would expect from the style). Hops are there but so far in the background as to be almost non-existent. This beer could use a little bit of bitterness.

I believe that the one place the Humble Patience suffers is in the mouthfeel department. This beer is a little watery and lacks body. If there was a bit more carbonation, this could also improve things. This is a good beer but nothing more than that.

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