Single Chair Golden Ale | Magic Hat Brewing Company

155 Reviews
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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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 535
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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Photo of Charles_Ives
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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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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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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Photo of BARFLYB
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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Photo of palffyfan
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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Photo of Rifugium
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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Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap pours a very clear gold color with a lasting bright white head smell is floral subdued and dry grain like extremely crisp body is a little thin but not super watery crisp cold sliced apples come to mind on the palette flavors are subdued and not over the top floral hop presence brings about a nice dry finish to balance the slight amount of helles lager like sweetness that is also present in the beer subtle notes of dried pares along with a caramel sweetness somewhere in the middle easy drinking but nothing special at all.

just noticed I really had to dig for those flavors. A certain grainy macro beer flavor is present as well and takes away from the subtle notes that are difficult to find anyway. not a huge fan.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a white, two-fingered head, fades soon and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation. Clear pale yellow color. Nose is hoppy, starts and finishes hoppy with some bitterness. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. $2.99 for a 22oz bottle from Drum Hill Liquor, Chelmsford, MA.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this is a difficult beer to review.

it is refreshing, so that is one one thing it has going for it.

its also simple if you are into that kind of thing.

im just confused because the bjcp says that an american pale ale should be rich in hop and malt flavors, and this beer does not have any apparent to me.

it is refreshing though. nicely carbonated.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.55/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, best by date of Aug31 2011 stamped on neck.

appears a pale golden color with 1/2" bone white head. mild aroma of pale malt and a bit of herbal spice. taste is very mild, light malt and not really any hops. thin body with fizzy carbonation.

overall, just not much taste. good for a hot day, but that's about it.

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Photo of Boto
2.55/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big Bottle: A bit of a pale golden, almost yellow color. I didn't get a whole lot of head in mine. A bit of a fruity aroma, although it wasn't too strong. A bit of malts and some spiciness (ginger?) to the taste, but not much else. A hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Not likely to be bought again.

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Photo of david18
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought this was a summer ale when I got it and as that I thought it was light. This is not a pale ale. Very light in color, smell is not hoppy at all, taste is like an american lager and overall it does not have much character at all. I like this brewery and, even though I don't like all their beers, i like that they're different. This one doesnt' do it though.

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Photo of dondeez21
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Brickwall in Asbury Park NJ, served in a pint glass.
I wasnt impressed with this beer at all. The appearance was very light and foamy almost like many Macro lagers you would see.
S: there wasnt much to the smell. Light hints of grain with really no hop aroma to it.
T: Slight malt yeast and hop nothing really dominates the flavor.
M: Light thin with mild carbonation
D: Due to the light body and lack of any strong flavors I could see this being a decent beach or BBQ beer. Other than that I will probally never try this beer again.

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Photo of rebel1771
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale yellow color with frothy head that fades quickly.

S: Smell of corn right off the bat with just a hint of hops hidden in the end.

T: Flavor starts with a slightly bland grain flavor with almost no hop presence at all.

O: This brew really misses the mark for an APA. It really isn't a bad beer just mislabeled in my opinion.

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Photo of Billolick
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

32 ounce growler fill.

Pours light straw, hazed , unimpressive lack of a head, just a thin off white collar and no lace left behind. Boo

I cant smell a thing...Boo

Thin flavor, just the faintist hint of hops and malts.

Very unimpressed with this one. Never been a big MH fan, and I never have any sort of expectations for their beers, but this is truly a new low.

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Photo of CHickman
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy bright yellow color with creamy 2 finger snow white head that's full of bubbles that faded kind of slow and left a creamy layer on top and good lacing sticking to the sides; pours out of a bottle like it came from a tap.

Smells of wheat, roasted grains, yeast, hay, grass, corn husk and earthy tones and some metallic funk; this smells like a grain silo. It is really a very odd aroma that smells like it was mixed in a health food store.

Tastes like it smells, with wheat, roasted grains, yeast, hay, grass, corn husk, light sweet malt, caramel, flowers or light floral hops, lemon, wood chips, earthy tones like peat moss and some metallic funk; a strange beer that's part Belgian and part wheat beer, and yet kind of like a cleansing shake. It’s more grains than beer in the nose and I don’t think I like it.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with light carbonation, a light body and a dry grainy finish that's almost tart. Not sure I really like this as it seems like it was too healthy or earthy for me. Another strange Magic Hat beer.

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Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very light yellow color with a bright white head.

T: This one tastes more like a Pilsner than an American Pale Ale. Very, very light boby, almost to the point of being watery tasting. Not what I would have expected from Magic Hat Brewing Company.

S: Not much there. Grains, very light malt and a subtle hint of lemon.

M: Not as crisp as one would hope. Lots of carbonation. Overall the mouthfeel is disappointingly light.

O: This is a big departure from Magic Hat's other beers in every way. I would definately not buy this beer again, since it tastes way too much like Bud, which I do not like under any circumstances. Luckily most other Magic Hat Brewing Company's offerings are very good. This one just is not one of them.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of SEP302011. Pours a lightly hazed, gold color with a bubbly white head. Retention is good and lacing is not.

Nose is fruity and floral hops with a light grain and biscuit malt background. Straightforward and simple.

Taste is quite tart, was not expecting that at all. Lemony and grainy with a mild floral hoppiness. Lots of carbonation, little bit of zest here and there. All in all, this beer is unremarkable. Glad I only got a single of this, and as an APA (as classified here) a pretty big disappointment.

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Photo of paceyourself
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The crystal clear light golden color caught me by surprise as did the taste. The spicy aroma and flavors reminded me more of a pilsner than a pale ale. A hint of ginger is present but not for long. Overall i was disappointed with Single Chair Ale but i still remain a big fan of Magic Hat.

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Photo of silverking
2.77/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- hazy bright golden. Head fades faster than you can pour. Some visible carbonation.

S- almost nonexistent. Fresh cut grass and lemon.

T- lemon... And water... Weak...

M- it is refreshing! Very light, watery mouth feel.

O- English pale ale... Really? Either this beer is incorrectly categorized, or it is a very sad example of the style.

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Photo of lechroy
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in Turner, ME. A is a cloudy with a skinny half finger head. S is extremely light and bitter. T is biscuity and thin. Lacking teeth or any memorable flavor. M is ok but very watery feeling. O it leaves a lot to be desired. Decent for hot summer days and has a nice label. Missed me on this one.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale gold with a quickly dissappearing cap of thin white foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, faint biscuit.
Taste-Pale malt, a bit flat and lifeless to be honest. kind of a bummer.

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Photo of bnes09
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden colored ale. Finger head with descent retention. Some clinging lace.

Bready, grain-like smell with some citrus fruits mixed in, grass also.

Malt lies in the background with an even tone. Hops are not overpowering yet odd-tasting. There is a lot of citrus and grass flavor but it is very sour and unpleasant.

Medium-body and good carbonation. The sour flavor just leaves a dry, grainy texture on the tongue which takes a while to go away.

This is not one of the better pale ales I have had. That sour flavor just ruined it for me.

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Single Chair Golden Ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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