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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 ShrinerMcBitey
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 12 oz bottle with best by date on neck, hard to read. Pours light golden, cloudy suspension like. initial head a little better than 1 finger that settles down to a thin head but hangs around for almost the entire beer. Minimal, but some, lacing

S: Faintly floral, faint citrus

T: Kind of biscuity with slight citrus hop bite. Pretty well balanced. Malt mostly an undertone.

M: Slightly astringent but not drying. Good.

Overall I like this "Golden Beer". It's not super memorable, but is an easy drinker with enough flavors to keep you satisfied.

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


Pale golden color with a thick white head and fast rising bubbles. Looks very clean and refreshing lets see if it is.


From the moment I put the brew in front of me I could smell this beer. I can pick out some tree fruits such as pears, bananas, and some spice notes like a faint hint of white pepper. Some hop notes with mild floral characteristics.


Clean and refreshing as I predicted. Buttery biscuits with a clean floral juiciness that's nothing like I have experienced before. I can almost pick out hints of ginger and fruit zests.

Mouth feel:

Really clean and easy to drink for an ale. Easy on the stomach too, I could drink many of these. I just wish it had a little more aggressive character to it


Excellent summer beer. Refreshing without sacrificing taste. I wouldn't mind having another one of these. Well done MH

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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 morebeergood
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Trader Joe's. Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Golden yellow color. Small white head, but it fades away quickly. Decent carbonation. Smell was grassy and musty. Taste was adequate, with enough hops at the very end to give this beer a slight kick of flavor. Decent amount of malt lends the beer a fairly good base. The beer really doesn't stand out either way. Not bad, nothing great. Not worth putting down money for a six pack. There are better tasting APAs out there.

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Photo of cbutova
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy pale golden body into a pint glass. Foamy white head forms to about a finger in size and retains decently. Small white ring leaves only a bit of lace.

S- Has a peach/apricot note that reminds me a lot of #9. Thats mostly what I get from s fairly faint overall aroma.

T- A nice apricot note layed onto a hoppy pale flavor. Hops give notes of lemon zest, pine, herbal and peach. I also pick up some bread, light malt, corn and sweets.

MF- Creamy light-end body with high carbonation. Silky feel with a somewhat bitter finish.

A good pale ale with nice fruit flavors. Kind of reminds me of #9, doubt they meant that though.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I’m really thrown here because I felt certain I was drinking an American pale wheat... Anywho.

Looks like a hazy blonde and forms a smallish head. Aroma is malty and slightly grassy hops are detectable. Malt gives a nice smell (which I thought were from wheat), with dough and honey notes. Flavor is light but enjoyable. No off flavors. A smooth malt profile with a light body and finish. Carbonation is good and texture is smooth. Low bitterness but enough in the finish to end dry and leave me wanting more. Website lists Hallertau and Apollo hops with an IBU of 17.

It's not wowing me, but I am enjoying it on this hot July day. An easy drinking, pleasant beer.

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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 weller1js
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a pale, slightly golden yellow, slightly hazy and heavily carbonated with white bubbly foam leaving a slight lacing.

smell: light fruity scent, with an even milder floral aroma, notes of corn as well.

taste: light malts, crisp fruity undertones, finishes with a light hoppy bitterness.

overall: easy to drink with a little bit more character than a typical summer beer and definitely a step or two above a typical adjunct beer.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours out with one finger of pillowy white head that fades within a minute or so. Light golden in color.

S: Grassy and a little hoppy.

T: Same as nose, with a biscuity grain finish. There's a faint, musty mulch quality to it that seems to be present in all Magic Hat beers, far as I can tell. Think I'm starting to remember why I wasn't a huge fan of theirs years ago.

M: A little too soda-like for my tastes. Light and a bit watery but heavily carbonated.

O: Not a bad pale. Plenty refreshing. Put a bottle in my hand and I'll drink it, but I can't see myself buying one.

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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 u2carew
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick, white head then settles to a thin lacing on top. Clear golden straw colored body. Active upward carbonation. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Dry grains. A "wet dog" aroma with subtle banana and lemon.
T) Malty sweet - at least as sweet as a light beer might be. Notes of nuts, citrus. Light hop bitterness in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Light body.
O) An alright beer. Not necessarily a stand out. I'd consider have another one.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from twelve oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased as part of the summer mix pack.

Pours light golden with some haze. Minimal foam settles out. Empty smell, getting nothing. Light malt taste with mild hop throughout. Orange in there. Pepper. Kind of a rind taste in there. Citrussy bittering. If nothing else, magic hat delivers another beer with a unique flavor profile and finish.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with almost no head that fades quickly to a very thin layer of bubbles

S: A nice spicy hop aroma with some backing malts. Very simple, but nice

T: Subtle hops with a nice buttery malt background. Again, very simple but APA's should never be overwhelming in the taste/hop department

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Somehow not really watered down thanks to the carbonation

O: This is a very nice summer beer that is very easy to drink and is very refreshing as well. Don't expect an explosion of aroma or flavor, but definitely don't expect a shitty watered-down APA either

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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 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 pburland23
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the Magic Hat summer variety pack. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a light, straw yellow with a thin, quickly dissipating layer of bright white head. Looks summery and refreshing in the glass.

Smelled to me like one of my early attempts at homebrewing. Cidery and sweet. It smells like it is under attenuated Not a very pleasing smell.

The taste also seemed sugary and under attenuated. Too sweet and no noticeable hops bitterness.

The mouthfeel was light and the carbonation moderate but refreshing.

Overall, this one just didn't do it for me. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this beer seems like it wasn't ready for bottling or consumption.

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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 Pencible
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear straw color with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lots of wheat bread and lemon zest, with a little grass and coriander and wax.
T: It tasted like sweet biscuit and wheat bread and honey, with some corn and lemon and coriander. It had a somewhat clean and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Kind of thin.
D: This was more like a witbier or blonde ale than an APA. The bottle claims it's a ""golden ale."" Either way, it wasn't very good. Not very clean or crisp, lacking refinement and body. Easy to drink (or chug), but not worth trying otherwise.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Pours a golden color with a tuft of white head resting on top. Dissolves leaving some spotty lacing.

Floral hops and toasted grain, some cereal notes and slight fruit sweetness.

A touch of hoppy bitterness, floral and herbal ntoes. Grainy cereal malt base, some slight caramel notes. Hints of fruit with sweetness. Finishes bitter and clean.

Medium body, higher carbonation, dry and a bit rough. Not bad, not great, but pretty drinkable during the summer weather.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Single Chair Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best by July 31 2011 on the side of the bottle neck
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a golden straw yellow with a bone white head on top.

Whiffs of grain in the nose with some grassy notes.

This beer showcases some grain and cereal flavors. Perhaps some herbal qualities too with a mini hop snap on the finish.

A drinkable beer on a hot summer day, but still a disappointment. I remember hearing about this beer many years ago when it was a very limited release and I was hoping for more.

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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 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 AgentMunky
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a convenient St Bernardus goblet. Best before 30 September 2011.

A: A fringe of white-pale head. The beer is cloudy light-yellow and translucent.

S: Not impressed. Grainy and neutral-boring.

T/M: Hoppy light and crispy pleasant. The mouthfeel is the best -- carbonated and refreshing. Grain is the only other flavour, bringing a sweetness to the maintaste. The aftertaste is sorta watery and sorta bitter-dry (finally a splash of hops!).

O: Decent enough beer. Lagery. Not my thing. Wouldn't have again.

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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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Photo of thebrood1987
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the smell I get that sweet grainy pilsner smell with herbal spicy grassy hops. The taste is just like this with a bit of spicy hop in the beginning with the sweet grainy pilsner malt taste following and then ending with the dryness from the yeast and hops. It has a pretty nice lingering bitterness for only 17 IBUs I think it is. It definitely tastes like more. The hop taste and bitterness is very herbal, dry and grassy tasting. I also get a bit of a lemony taste in there as well.

I like how the dryness from the hops the sweet grainy malt taste and yeast taste perfectly combine together for a really good tasting lighter beer. This is a fantastic "lawnmower beer" and has all the right qualities of a session beer. Actually one of the tastiest well rounded lighter beers I've had. This is like Magic Hat's twist on an American Adjunct yet it has no adjuncts and has a better yeast, hop and malt taste over one any day.

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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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