Magic Hat Ale
Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #214
Ranked #46,022
3.41 | pDev: 10.26%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Magic Hat AleMagic Hat Ale
Notes: An ode to our first born. An Irish-style, deep ruby red ale with tantalizing layers of flavor that dance across the tongue from sip to swallow. An ale with an intoxicating nose, smooth malty palate and spicy finish. Fermented with our 150 year old strain of top-fermenting English yeast.

34 SRM
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

September 2nd, 2015 - Ah, a classic! And one of my favorite for a good old fashioned board game night. It looks much darker than I remember, and smells a bit more like an Irish Red Ale, with an edge of sparkling cider. The flavor is lighter and sweeter than most red ales, with some spirit of Killian's in there, and some peach and pear esters.

Jun 20, 2019
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, tea, honey, some fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front followed by some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, honey and fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

May 14, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.67/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Taylor Made" says the cap, even the caps are getting lame these days. Don't expect much from this beer.

Pours a light smaller fizzy head that fades pretty quickly, no lacing, clear cranberry red color.

Nose is a mix of weird aromas, some malty crystal malts, caramel hints, some syrupy sweet aromas, a little yeast hits up front as well, mixed with herbal grassy hops and spicy hop notes, syrupy sweet with mild fruity esters even.

Taste brings more malts, sweet syrupy malts, lots of reddish malts and crystal caramel malt flavors, candy syrup like flavors, corn syrup too, into herbal hops, spicy notes with fair bitter herbal earthy hops, very earthy, and a little apple pear like esters. Finish is sticky sweet, caramel candy lingering, a little booze like heat even despite being less than 5% somehow, sticky mess with more herbal earthy hops.

Mouth is med bod and syrupy, decent carb.

Overall this beer was a mess, it's really like they have brand new homebrewers running the show now, as this really does taste like a brand new homebrewer tried to make a red ale from scratch for the first time.

Dec 06, 2015
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MicTar from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a mug

L: copper with a off white head. Head went away to a thin layer on top that stayed as the beer was drank.

S: slight whole grain bread smell.

T: malt on the front and back with a small twang at the end.

F: light carbonation. Very light and refreshing.

O: enjoyed it as it was not overpowering nor palate destroying allowing for the flavor to be there after each drink.

Oct 22, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear copper color. Left a fizzy white head that dissipated to nothing almost immediately.

Smell is slightly fruity with a malty tone.

Taste is mostly all malts, a nice caramel malt profile leads into a brown bread bitter which lasts through the finish.

Light bodied, crisp and leaves very clean.

A good ale, straightforward and drinkable.

Oct 11, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/15/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, light pear/apple, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, light pear/apple, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a very nice Irish Red ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on to style.

Oct 10, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, it pours a nice reddish amber with a small head. Lacing as you enjoy the beer. Malty to the nose and malty to the mouth. Enjoyable and pleasant!

Oct 03, 2015
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a ruby red color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to pretty much nothing

S: A bit of malty sweetness along with hints of house yeast stand out the most. Definitely on the simple side

T: Again, a bit of malty sweetness and some brown bread go along with hints of fruity yeast. Not surprisingly, very simple again

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very simple Irish red with very few real defining or separating characteristics. Not bad for their first brew however many years ago that was at this point, but far from anything special now. A nice piece of history for them to brew, but quite boring to today's palate

Oct 01, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in apint glass.

Pours with deep reddish brown body topped by a generous head that has decent retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: mainly hoppy, with earthy (English?) hops.

Flavor: balance shifts to malty, especially in the finish where there's a nice touch of toffee mixed in. Mildly bitter.

Feel: medium+ body is nicely smooth and well (medium) carbonated.

O: good for style.

Sep 25, 2015
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Zanico from Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper like color with very little head.
Smells kind of odd. Not an unpleasant smell but not overly pleasant either. Can't really put my finger on it.
The taste is very thin and watery, slight malty taste. No hoppy bitterness at all. Yet surprisingly thirst quenching.
Overall I would say its an OK beer lacking any complexity.

Sep 21, 2015
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MichaelProcton from North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear copper with a small-ish khaki head. The smell is a strange one I can't quite put my finger on. Is it earthy? Is it leather? Deep and rich, with a malty backbone. The taste is rich without being heavy, and there are a lot of layers to the flavor, with an almost lactic sweetness. Mouthfeel is a touch thin and maybe a bit oily. An interesting beer that one could session without a problem, but one that doesn't quite hit the mark for me in terms of desirability.

Sep 14, 2015
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jmasher85 from Maryland

2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Apparently, this is a "resurrection" of the first ale Magic Hat ever brewed. They sure have come a long way. Deep, ruby/brownish color with just a hint of malt on the nose and taste. Mildly spiced on the finish, but overall, very light, only a bit of malt flavor, with none of those "layers of flavor" that they advertise. Overall, a decent light session ale for people who don't want to drink a cheap AAL, but otherwise, there's not much to recommend here.

Sep 02, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. From the 2015 "Night of the Living Dead" variety pack. Tried on August 27, 2015.

Ruby red-brown colored pour under a short-lasting tan head.

The aroma has that oddly unique Magic Hat vegetable oil yeast strain with some sweeter, mossy malts and a low hop profile.

Smooth medium mouthfeel.

Interesting sweet malts in the initial sip with a sort of honey-like undercurrent but a rising, mildly lingering earthy bitterness to finish.

Aug 27, 2015
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