Art Hop Ale (A South End Special)
Magic Hat Brewing Company

Art Hop Ale (A South End Special)Art Hop Ale (A South End Special)
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Herb and Spice Beer
3.3 | pDev: 10.91%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Art Hop Ale (A South End Special)Art Hop Ale (A South End Special)
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 65
Photo of johnnnniee
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can from Lazy Dog
Slightly hazy light golden color with a huge bubbly white head that persists. Very spicy on the nose. Faint pilsner malt flavor but this one is all spice, uhm yeah not for me.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Similar to many of the classic Magic Hat offerings, but within the peachy, florally-hoppy flavor is an unpleasant wet cardboard oxidized flavor and odor, making this special beer less special. The mild flavor, I expect from a pilsner, but for a beer brewed with peppercorn, there's very little of that going on. More like a weak version of #9, but with a heavy carbonation and slightly thick body that makes the taste stick around for a while. Drinkable, but not special, and not worth getting the bomber.

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Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight hop, hint of pale malt, hint of pine, and hint of tea. Fits the style of an Herbed/Spiced beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of pale malt, slight hops, hint of pine, and a hint of tea. Overall, all around decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild burst of peppery spice that is followed by some breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but my choices would have to be quite limited for me to select it.

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Photo of predikit
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank from the bottle, I was a little too lazy to pour this one. Yes, shame on me.

I don't pick much from this, by way of scents or flavor. I can expect the aroma to be muted due to my serving choice, and the flavor to be somewhat, but it's got no noticeable flavors that I can detect. A very small hint of coriander is all I can pick up.

The rest is some bright hops that don't add anything other than bitter, and also seem to cover up the malt profile as well.

I enjoy Magic Hat for it's design and brewing philosophy, aesthetic, and charm, but I don't think that can save them in my eyes for much longer.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a domestic Pilsner. Smells like a domestic Pilsner. Taste much better than one. Crisp clean smooth with a very slight toasty malt. Not the best but not to bad at the same time.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up this brew in a Magic Hat Summer Scene Variety 12-Pak. This was one of the beers included in the pack that I had never tried. It poured a nice straw color with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly. It was a nice clear beer that you could tell was going to be light bodied. The aroma was of subtle pepper and/or peppercorn. The taste was very crisp, light bodied, and very refreshing. The peppery taste was very subtle, but slightly noticeable. The beer overall was very drinkable and works well as a sessionable brew. I could down plenty of these on a hot day. It was a nice Pilsner style that was very slightly spiced. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.6/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: June 18, 2015... GLASSWARE: Ommegang anniversary pokal... OCCASION: Last day to finish A Dance with Dragons... APPEARANCE: a swirling cascade of obvious carbonation in a light bodied, sallow base; reasonable off-white head settles unevenly; ... AROMA: odd, funky fruit stench--and I do mean stink! Wet dog comes quickest to mind; if pink peppercorn is responsible,I want no part of it... some spiciness also mixes in... PALATE: crisp, fizzy, easy-drinking (as advertised; a lingering finish at the throat... TASTE: after fighting through the toxic waft, the flavor does evoke peppercorn and clove; a bit flat and soft, which makes it that much more drinkable; strangely salty finish, with suggestions of cucumber... OVERALL: Magic Hat still confounds--why call a pilsner an ale? Why craft a beer that smells as funky as a mildewed dog bed? At least the experience ends well, as a salty sea washes over the tongue--ends better than it begins, but still..just...strange...

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Photo of zeff80
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with very little head to speak of. It smelled funky, a little sour and vegetal. Sweet caramel with some funkiness.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
2.37/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Magic Hat Art Hop Ale 4.8 ABV
Appearance: golden, clear, not alot of carbonation.
Nose: none from the bottle, none from the glass.
Flavor: Very water, crisp, clean, malts, no hop bitterness, none that I can pick up.
Moulth: Watery, thin, not much there.
Overall: I don't taste any peppercorns, or anything spicey in the taste, or aftertaste. They advertised that it has this peppercorn taste, but that is a misnomer. The beers in there summer series all seem to be completely watered down. With a name like art hop ale you would think it would stand out and be different in some ways. This does not even come close to standing out. It blends into a cheap tasting and forgetful beer mileu of sorts. Magic Hat was once a good brand. Times have changed.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Art Hop Ale was one of the four offerings in Magic Hat's Summer 12 pack. Nice golden color with thin pure while head. Good carbonation and nice pilsner malt. Very earthy yet clean refreshing taste. Peppercorn and lemongrass with a somewhat dry finish. Good Summertime back porch sipper.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/15/2015. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light peppercorn, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light peppercorn notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light peppercorn, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light-moderate earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, light peppercorn, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and light peppercorn flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very good pilsner style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light peppercorn flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Even with the addition of peppercorn spicing, it still completely felt like a pilsner in style. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zedthewizard
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am unsure if I have ever written a review before, but today I will write this in two places. As a 15 year Vermont resident, I am very disappointed with Magic Hat's new offerings as well as OCs. The Dream Machine was pretty good as the Hondo; but otherwise, nothing magical. Today, I bought a twelve pack of Summer Variety. This is an adequate beer, but #9 was significantly better - and I am pretty sure I'll think the Blind Faith more worthy too. Now, I like west coast IPA so, I hope the new 'Peel' resurrects when Magic Hat made good beer instead of trying to be cool or whatever.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2015 mix pack.

The pour is yellow, bubbly and carbonated. White foamy head.

The aroma is toasted pale German malts, biscuit, bread, and grass. Beer fans know what a Pilsener smells like and this smells like one.

Light body.

The taste is toasty and sweet with a balanced and clean grassy hop finish. Slightly dry. Can you say "Pilsener?" That's what this is through and through.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear light yellow color with a very thin head, no lacing on the glass

Smell is mostly sweet malt, not picking up much hops or even spiciness.

Taste is not too dissimilar from an adjunct lager with mostly a sweet malt flavor and very little else, medium carbonation with a decent crispness to it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head that dies quickly. The rim bubbles leave some slippery lace. A bit of a haze to the otherwise gold color.

Leans to the malty. Some flowery hop in the background.

Better hop bitterness in the taste, but it's still on the subtle side. Good effervescence. Lighter body. Moderate aftertaste.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops and pale malt and pepper nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and spicy. Very good Pilz, enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-orange color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap

S: Some peppercorn and pilsner malt up front. Not really too much going on in the back. Very straightforward

Follows the nose. Light notes of peppercorn and the pilsner malt up front and then leans on the malt while the light peppery notes continue into the finish. Again, very straightforward

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very simple pilsner with light notes of peppercorn. Very easy to drink. I'd consider getting this in a 6-pack for an easy evening of weekend drinking

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Photo of JebBeerFish
2.67/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

What Magic Hat excels at these days is the label art, which isn't to say that its' label art is exceptional, but is to say that its' beers are quite unexceptional. Just had the Saint Saltan followed by this one. Very tough to say which one is more boring and bland than the other. In fact, it's not worth the effort to make the determination. Label says "Beer brewed with Spice" and "A Performance in Every Bottle." If there is spice of any sort in this beer, one must need an electron microscope to find it. At least the label doesn't say " A Great Performance in Every Bottle." Buy for the label art only if you feel compelled to buy.

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Photo of CHickman
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%

Pours a hazy very light (aka piss looking) yellow color with a 1 finger foamy bright snow white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded rather quickly, leaving good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

It looks like a Witbier, but the nose is a cross between a Witbier or a pale ale / Belgian pale ale. Smells mostly like a Witbier, with wheat, yeast that’s slightly funky, grass, coriander, toasted grains, floral hops and mild spices like pepper and some clove. The wheat and earthy notes give it a bready essence, but the spices add enough variety to make it interesting.

Tastes very similar to the nose, with wheat, yeast, funk, dry grass, coriander, toasted grains, floral hops and mild spices like pepper and some clove. After the swallow the lingering flavor is like toasted grains and toasted wheat bread dipped in an IPA, with some spices like pepper, clove and coriander adding nice contrast. It’s complex and simple at the same time and a very easy drinking summer beer.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy smooth, with very mild carbonation, a slight chewiness to the body and the aftertaste is on the dry side with a grainy/bready finish combined with mild spices. Overall this was easy to drink and pretty enjoyable. Thanks to my friend Pete for bringing this bomber down from Vermont, it was a nice treat.

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Art Hop Ale (A South End Special) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 65 ratings