Single Chair Golden Ale | Magic Hat Brewing Company

539 Ratings
Single Chair Golden AleSingle Chair Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Single Chair celebrates the uniqueness of the Mad River Glen Cooperative Ski Area in Vermont. Medium bodied and ideally balanced for all tastes, Single Chair's tempting light golden color, heady aroma and smooth liquid go down effortlessly and often!

17 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2002

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1/5  rDev -70.2%

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1/5  rDev -70.2%

Photo of Owen1313
1.09/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Terrible, very first time I've completely disliked a Magic Hat beer, of any variety. It's bland and light, and honestly I'd prefer a budweiser or PBR if this was the kind of taste I wanted to drink because honestly those are better than this beer.

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1.11/5  rDev -67%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Wow! This is awful! Someone likened it to Bud or a sour Bud Light. Bud may be the archetypal American water-beer, but Bud has a clean briskness. This Single Chair is nasty, sour sticky stuff that has soured my pallette for literally two hours now. Someone also said they thought this was an English Ale, which I think is wrong. I think this is more of a kolsch ale that German folks like to drink from small glasses. Nowadays with many beers, the groovier the packaging and the higher the price and the more arch the backstory (ski-lift?), the crummier the beer. I'm perceiving notes of belladonna and urine. This is going down the sink.

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1.26/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

Photo of dca1972
1.66/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Awful. Save your money, better value to go with Molson Golden. Called a 'golden ale', but taste like a cheap lager. Agree with the previous reviewer who noted the site, metallic taste. Trying to get thru the six pack, but only left me with a headache and bad taste. Magic Hat always was hit or miss, but never this bad... Just noticed the addition of Rochester, NY to Burlington, VT on the bottle. No good beer has ever come out of Rochester, or the Genesee river. A huge strike out for MH. I will avoid from now on...

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Photo of panajoe
1.73/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

A very bland ale with a muted skunky taste. Why does everything from Magic Hat have a skunkiness to them? Are they trying to be like the mass-produced beers of Canada? It's a brown bottle there should be no skunkiness.

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1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

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1.84/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you want a similar tasting beer, grab a can of Bud Light. You will save some cash.

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2/5  rDev -40.5%

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2/5  rDev -40.5%

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2/5  rDev -40.5%

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2/5  rDev -40.5%

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2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of jwinship83
2.11/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle picked up as part of the summer variety 12 pack. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- the pour yields a translucent pale golden colored body with a meager bright white head on top. the head will vanish before your eyes, and doenst leave much behind as far as lacing goes.

S- very mild smell here. grainy malts similar to one of the big beer companies products. some very light floral and grassy hops at the end. this is about the blandest smelling APA ive ever encountered.

T- the taste is just as mild and BMC like as the nose. it starts out with grainy cereal malts that come with a moderate metallic twang. the very light hops i could smell come back at the end. i am not impressed.

M- the body is light and watery. the carbonation is too high.

O- i wont be drinking this again. it reminds me more of a macro lager than a pale ale. i didnt know what it was going into it, and im shocked about the classification. avoid.

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2.12/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16oz draft on tap, I have no idea why i chose this, i was not thinking, don't judge me.

Single Chair pours a basic pale golden color with some light orange within, a loose head died into a cap that stayed, but left no lace. This smells like, nothing, i mean, i really get nothing. Some pale sweet malt and that's about it. I can't smell what's not there. Let's make that for the taste as well, a really bland tasting pale that's bordering on adjunct with a semi rice thing going after time. No citrus at all, nothing, Im not joking. No really. This tastes like all of MH's other light offerings, I guess it's the yeast, well their yeast strain sucks. The feel is light bodied and carbed pretty well with a slight crisp on the tounge so it's got that going for it. The drinkability suffers because this is not good, but i drank it, because i paid for it. I wish I got a bottle of this, it would of been the same thing with less carb. Add this to the list of Magic Hat beers that are blah.

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2.13/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Did not enjoy. One of the worst beers I have had

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2.15/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours golden yellow, well-carbonated, foams easily.

Smell - Grassy and slightly fruity smell that isn't very strong.

Taste - Not much for flavor other than its carbonated with a mildly bitter (hoppy) after taste. Whatever taste is there is not strongly offensive, but boringly annoying.

Drinkability - Flavorless beer with an annoying after taste, would not try another one.

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2.22/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Very mildly flavored, almost boring. Highly carbonated,refreshing, and very sessionable at 5%.

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2.22/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Yellow ale, light carbonation. Not a pleasant aftertaste. More bitter than expected from an ale. Won't be buying again.

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2.23/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a clear, very light, straw yellow with a finger and a half of foamy white head, that laced well and receded to a thin layer after a minute or so. Aroma was very light, but grains and floral hops were noticeable. Very light in taste too, almost like an adjunct, light sweet malts, and crisp hops; crisp and clean overall, but not very flavorful and a bit watery. Light-bodied and quite drinkable for even the most conservative drinker, but not something I'd ever get again...just too bland and light for me.

Magic Hat just isn't that good.

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2.25/5  rDev -33%

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2.25/5  rDev -33%

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Single Chair Golden Ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 539 ratings.
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