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Single Chair Golden Ale | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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 mnrider
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours pale golden yellow. Large white head. No real retention or lacing.

S: Spicy. Herbal hops. Malty. Sweet fruits.

T/M: Malty. Crisp. Bubbly. Decent hop presence. Medium bodied. Clean aftertaste.

O: Just okay. Nothing special with this beer. Another plain beer from Magic Hat.


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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 PGRADY
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quality golden ale, but definitely nothing too special in terms of taste. Preferably drank under 40 degrees. Very drinkable and smooth. I am glad that Magic Hat continues to mix it up

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Magic Hat Single Chair has a medium, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden-straw appearance, and some slight lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, very yeasty, creamy maltiness. Taste is of those elements, with some sourness and a touch of bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, and Magic Hat Single Chair finishes dry and easy drinking.


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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 JuicesFlowing
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Single Chair is a very clear light golden beer. It sits under a white head that recedes to a light wisp with a white collar around the edges. Very watery and light lacing initially.

Aroma consists of doughy, bready malts. There is a honey-like sweetness in there.

The taste is much like the aroma but with a slightly thin finish, exposing a touch of alcohol despite the moderate 5% ABV. There's not a whole lot of depth in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, watery -- good for warm weather.

Overall, the more I drink this the less I like it. It starts out very bread and doesn't hold up, leaving it tasting more like a thin adjunct lager in the finish.

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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer reminds me of our typical American lager from the big 3. It isn't horrible, but for those looking to expand their palate, this may not be the one for you. Don't get me wrong it doesn't taste bad, but I think I am past these types of beers. It has a slight fruity tone, no particular after taste. But for sure it lands right in the middle of the road.

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Photo of krykel
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow. Clear. Little to no head. (I didn't pour as aggressively as I should have)
Smell: none really.
Taste: Crisp. Light. Slight hop bite but hardly bitter at all. also a slight citrus taste on the back end.
Mouthfeel: very thin.
Overall: Not a bad beer. I would place it's flavor profile close to moosehead, only better.

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Photo of NickPiezzo
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Golden yellow with a half an inch head when pou red in a pilsner
S: Don't get much from the smell, smells like a regular ale
T: tastes clean, very eno yale and easy to drink, surprisingly hoppy almost, thumbs up
F: wasn't expecting much but it leaves a nice slight bitter flavor on your mouth
O:Got this beer as a gift from my friend in a growler frim a festival in vermin and the magic hat brewery. Was sure what to expect but turned out to be a very enjoyable ale that I could drink anyday. Goes down smoothly but at the same time has great flavor.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A light hazy yellow/gold. Very thin off white head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Faint smell of wheat, grains, bread.

Taste: Very sweet, some wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and fairly light. Easy to drink.

Overall: At first, I did not like to sweet flavor, but it grew on me a lot. I find it very drinkable and a nice beer.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Im glad they bottled this beer again.
I poured this beer into a glass, it has a golden color body with a small fizzy head. tyey The aroma has a grain smell to it. The taste is kinda dry and has a little malt and hop flavor. The mouthfeel is ok and overall it is ok nothing special.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Apparently they are still brewing this since back in the day and I finally found a bottle at my local Carnivores bar in the mix six section.

A - It has a very light yellow color not quite light lager more mass produced BMC look with head that even fizzes out quickly too.
S - Corn and husk, some herbal hop tones but more wheat than anything.
T - To me its very dry, somewhat herbal (I could pick up some hops) and the wheat tone isn't very grainy or balanced its just there. As average as it gets.
M - It was actually pretty drinkable with a light to medium body so a step up from mass produced lagers.

Overall I see no reason to pick it up again in a way it was just a tick and a way to get the pretty decent label art. A very low standard for an English pale ale.

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Photo of Act25
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle. Poured into a clear tulip.

While I am huge fan of Vermont craft, I am not a fan of Magic Hat or Long Trail.
This beer is a nice light effort, but would not seek it again.

A - Pours a nice golden body with some haze. One finger of fast fade white foam head. Mine leaves some lace. Golden beer as in a Molson Golden or a mass produced.

S - All grain aroma, hint of alcohol despite being a session beer, not much else. Ok with food.

T - Taste follows the nose - too much corn / husk / wheat, some bready yeast, & a bit soapy and medicinal. More of a pilsner or a helles bock than an English Ale.

M - Ok with food. a bit soapy and mouth coating in what should be a bright, lemony finish.

Forgettable. Soapy is the sin. Could be good with fish, sushi, (kind of a japanese lager feel) and apre-ski sessions and with ski pub food.

A beer like this, I turn into a black and tan.

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

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new spring seasonal to me from Magic Hat, acquired as part of the spring variety pack. Expectations are moderate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a golden yellow colored body with some nice clarity and some sediment in the glass. One finger of quickly dissipating white foam for a head. Hardly any lacing. Looks okay.

S - Smell is of wheat / grains / husk, breadiness, & some alcohol fumes despite the low abv.

T - Taste follows the nose - lots of grainy / corn / husk / wheat, pilsner malt sort of taste, bready yeast, & a dry grapey sort of fruitiness. Imbalanced for sure, it needs more of a hop profile.

M - Feel is crisp and clean. Finishes dry. Medium-light body with hefty carbonation.

Overall, a forgettable outing from Magic Hat, to be damn sure. Not the ideal pale ale by any means, and I will gladly take a Magic Hat #9 over this beer any time.

Magic Hat Single Chair ---3/5.

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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 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 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 Jayli
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at The Rusty Nail in Stowe, VT 12/9
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch of sudsy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace, leaving nice wispy sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is sweet, muted fruit, grainy and bready.

T: Taste starts with grainy notes and light caramel malt. Touches of sweet corn in the finish.

M: Light bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp with a slick finish.

O: Goes down ok, somewhat tasty, not filling, mild kick, not a great representation of style. This would be a good alternative to BMC, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a tumbler glass

No date on bottle

A- Pours a lemonade yellow with 1 finger of bright white head that sticks around due to tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Pale malts with an almost wheat aroma that's very bready and maybe some skunk. No hops at all other than a slight earthiness but not in your face like most APA's.

T- Are you sure this isn't a lager? Lots of fruity esters from what seems like the yeast. Once again the mouth is coated with bready malts, possibly wheat and an almost corn like taste. Not good.

M- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a mouth coating wet finish.


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Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Hazy golden body with a thin white head. Almost no lacing. The smell is somewhat tart. Mild yeast flavor and pale malts on the tongue. Good mouthfeel.

Doesn't really impress greatly but it's a fine ale for a simple style.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with great transparence. Head is super-frothy and pours very high, while heavy carbonation visible through the glass bubbles its way up through the head and out of the beer. Head dimples down nicely, with some light, bubbly lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Grassy, bitter hop character accented by some very gentle floral tones. Some mild sweetness with the malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer has a perfect level of carbonation; keeps things active but doesn't overpower. A great malt base takes hold on the tongue, and a gentle herbal spiciness dots through the malt. Very nice APA.

Overall: Not over-the-top, out-of-this world awesome, but hey...it's a good beer.

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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 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 jondeelee
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single Chair begins with a smooth, malty nose that bears a remarkable resemblance to hot buttered French bread--the quality kind served before a meal in fancy restaurants. Beneath that is a slightly sour (in comparison) layer of fresh wheat, smelling like wet wheat fields, as well as light, sparkling fruit esters such as berry and apricot.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a strong wheat and grain note, resembling biscuits, toast, and Grape Nuts cereal rolled into one, as well as a hint of rice cereal. A slight bitter bite at the edges tells of hops, but there is little taste to that hop presence. Very light fruit esters--again, apricot and berry--linger at the extreme edges. Mostly, however, the taste is grains, and the beer thus resembles sucking on fresh malt. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, while this is still far better fare than, say, a Bud, the beer lacks any distinctive characteristics, and also lacks diversity in its flavor profile. A few more sugars and fruit esters would have helped here, or at least another handful of hops.

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Single Chair Golden Ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 530 ratings.
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