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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Photo of Sammy
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat presents this in literature as a cream ale. Sampled at the brewery. Was OK, malty aroma, lace in glass. Hops, herbal, balanced. Spiciness.Golden colour. Tad of fruit and spot acidic. Served up quite fresh. Light mouthfeel. Nothing special for Magic Hat.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, corn flake, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, corn flake, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with lots of grain forward characteristics, but there is a sour and metallic combination in the taste that makes this one a bit of a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

somewhat less than a pale ale in my opinion. pours almost clear beach sand color with a one inch white head that dies out after a couple minutes. the small is qute malty, but on the lighter end of the spectrum. no hops to really speak of aromatically. flavor is a bit more balanced than the nose. this is just an easy drinking session beer, with nothing to really set it apart. the hops only present themselves in the finish, which is mildly bitter. feel is fine, lighter in body and well carbonated. i tend to like my pale ales with a little more going on, fuller body, more hops etc., but if you want a nice cruisy drinking pale ale, this could be your beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought a growler home from Vermont after visiting the brewery. The beer poured out as a clear golden color with a good looking white head on top. The smell of this beer is almost a splitting images of #9 without the apricot. The same goes for the taste... remove the apricot flavor and you have Single Chair. I found it to be interesting that they were nearly the same brew in my opinion. I like #9 and I found Single Chair to be good also. This was nice to have back at home because it's one of their brews that isn't distributed. Overall, enjoyable refreshing brew

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light pale yellow in color and has minimal visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of yeast and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, also having flavors of pale malts and floral hops.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little yeasty for the style (approaching what you would expect from a saison) but is relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/9/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a good English pale ale style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle of very clear, golden ale that pours with a semi-durable head and a good amount of visible carbonation.
Both the aroma and the flavor are fairly light, as expected for style. Slightly sweet and made with more light malts than hops.

Feel: near medium body with lightly crisp medium carbonation.

O: a solid version of this pedestrian style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/17/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, some hops and some faint citrus.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of grain and a light malt character up front. Then some mild caramel and citrus sweetness comes in along with a decent hops presence to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not the best beer overall, but it's very poundable and beats the typical swill beers.

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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 dbrauneis
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very slightly hazy pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with light aromas of fruity yeast and grassy + floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with a very light amount of sweetness and a hint of corn adjuncts. That is followed by a light flavor of light fruit yeast (apple) and very light floral + grassy hops. Light amounts of bitterness are present in the finish but does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy enough to drink with well hidden alcohol but not very interesting, not sure that I would grab this one again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this in a mix-a-six at Wegmans enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is a golden shade with light hazed and quick dropping white head with very fine bead. The smell is somewhat sweet with a light yeast ester that is kind of fruity. The feel is okay, very light without much sweetness or malt texture moderately high carbonation with somewhat dry finish.

The taste is decent with gentle malt flavor with a somewhat yeast oriented flavor with a mild tanginess and bready quality combined with the light grain flavor. There is not much else going on -I am surprised it is 5%, it is pretty drinkable in general, but as far as flavor it is not much better than average. I might try pairing this with some spicy chili or wings, but it misses the mark unless you want a palate cleanser.

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Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. Clear pale golden color, white head does its job of keeping together or at least as long as it takes to finish this brew. Smells of pears, dusty biscuits and delicate wild flowers. Ample crispness, very smooth with a lighter body. Clean palate, maltiness is a bit watery but with some chalky biscuit graininess. Mild fruitiness meets the modest bitterness from the hops. Dry finish.

Not too bad, easy to drink with a no frills attitude. If you are looking for something with a bit more oomph then this might not be your beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It only takes one. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises old stale grains, a bit of hard water, and mild wet grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with a honey-laden-biscuit-style sweetness tossed in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this was a pretty weak pale ale, English or otherwise. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am running through my backlog as quickly as possible and tonight seems to be a CANbination of Fort Collins Brewery & Magic Hat CANs. This one was procured at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop. If I CAN get to the Flying Fish CANs, you know that I have acCANplished something with regards to The CANQuest (tm)! Tonight is M, 15 August 2016.

From the CAN: "Celebrating The Independent Spirit of Mad River"; "Mad River Glen [-] Ski It If You [CAN] (muddy, but on the chair)".

I am really running through some CANs this evening, but as we should all know by now, nothing happens until the Crack! occurs. Mine was nice & loud, so I went with an inverted Glug as the follow-through. I got two fingers of bone-white head for the briefest of moments before it disappeared in the heat & humidity of this evening. Color was a pretty Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5)), naturally enticing The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas to pay a visit to my kitchen, only to squabble amongst themselves upon arrival. Nose had a light honey-like sweetness along with a solid breadiness and my first thought was that it is a lager. Nope. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very much of honey and bread and once more, I was transported to my childhood. Honey on either bread or toast & a glass of milk while watching reruns of "Perry Mason" with my maternal grandmother were a big part of afterschool afternoons. More beers should cause me to be nostalgic! Finish was actually semi-dry, with the sweetness of the nose fading into a pleasant dryness that lingered well after the swallow. Of the three this evening, I would be most likely to put this one in my cooler.

My local, in-person trader, tone77, has headed south for the winter, but his legacy lives on in my living room and kitchen. I am doing my level best to winnow through the backlog and especially the bottles.

From the bottle: "Celebrating The Independent Spirit of Mad River"; "Mad River Glen [-] Ski It If You Can"; "A Performance in Every Bottle"; "The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create unique beers to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!"

I Pop!ped the cap and took a look to see my fortune: "It's No Fake, That's Real Cheesecake". I got started with a gentle pour and still got two-plus fingers of fluffy, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had a slightly musty lemon zestiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was slightly tart, very lemony and biscuity. I was really reminded of lemon biscotti. It finished with a slight dryness and left a definite lemon tartness in my mouth. Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a slight haze to it, egg shell white head forms nicely leaves fine speckled lacing behind. Aroma has a bit herbal hops, biscuit malts with a hint of rust/metallic edge, something earthy similar to the wacko beet infused beers aroma. Flavor wise it's a clean biscuit malt profile hints of herbal/earthy hops with a fruit malt driven light golden ale, pretty unoffensive at it's core. A beer I've never tried from Magic Hat and I've been trying their offerings since the early 2000s. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied sturdy carbonation somewhat creamy texture to it especially for a straight forward golden ale. Overall a decent easy going drinking beer that should be looked at for pure simplicity of the flavor. When you have had too many Double, Imperial offerings and you're ready for something you can have a couple of then grab something like this come summer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got done gutting the grass and twisted a couple of Single Chairs into my 500ml glass. The color is golden clear with nice head which laces well. The lemony aroma is pleasent. The taste favors lemon citrus....could be considered closer to a golden ale. The mouthfeel is great and was a good drink for after laboreous effort. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with a sizeable white head that leaves thin patchy lacing.

The smell is grainy - a bit cereal-ish - slightly grassy with some floral notes.

The taste is of light grain - some grassy/floral notes with ginger-like spicing. Finishes dry.

It is light-bodied with ample carbonation. Dryness lingers.

I received a kegerator as a gift. On a whim, not having had this beer, I decided to get a sixtel. Nice choice (lucky gamble?) This beer would appeal to both craft and macro drinkers as it is light, subtle and drinkable. Has characteristics of a typical macro lager (though I know it is not) with a ginger-y spiciness. Interesting - and certainly an "easy session" brew.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what rock I've been under, but according to the back label of this 22 oz. bottle, corporate ski lifts are a huge menace in Vermont, and Magic Hat has come to the rescue, it seems.
Color is cloudy golden, with a small, but firm white head.
Nose: fresh and fruity, soft and citrusy, but a faint whiff of spice.
The actual ale, however, had little impact on me and my taste buds. Light hops, light malt, light everything, really, although not altogether lacking in taste. Drinks down real nice, too, so that wasn't a problem. I geuss I was looking for something special that I just did not find.
But the next time I see one of those corporate ski lift baddies, I'll sock 'em in the nose!
thanks again to paceyourself!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Magic Hat Single Chair Ale

Pours a bright clear straw, decent foam forms and recedes to nothing and no lace. Aroma of grain, wheat, cat pee, hop pellets and alittle citrus. In the flavor, biscuity malt, herbal tea like hops and a more or less clean finish. Alittle lemony, alittle tart. Kind of an odd ball beer, and average at best for an American pale ale. Closer to an American blonde in style.

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium cloudy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light dougy malt and some subtle citric hop aromas.

The taste consisted of a smooth grainy malt balanced by a light grapefruit hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side.

Overall a servicable ale. Nothing too exciting, but certainly an easy drinker.

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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 puboflyons
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 7, 2015.

The pour is straw yellow with a slight fogginess to it and and quick lasting white fizzy head. Some lacing.

The aroma is like all of those Magic Hat beers. It has this overwhelming buttery, vegetable oil yeast character that really takes away from the other good aspects such as the toasted malts and grass.

About a medium body.

Like the aroma, the taste is taken over by this butter, vegetable oil greasiness that buries the toasted biscuit and bread character one might expect. It ends reasonably clean and crisp.

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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 weeare138
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to grassrootsvt for this...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head and scattered lacing around the glass.
Smell is of lemongrass and light cream filled dough.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild soapiness to the flavor.
Mouthfeel is lightly lemony and thin.
Drinkability...nothing knocking my socks off here. Seems pretty average.

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