Single Chair Golden Ale | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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537 Ratings
Single Chair Golden AleSingle Chair Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
537
Reviews:
155
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.96%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
157
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 537 |  Reviews: 155
Photo of hophugger
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boogski
4.41/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sheldog
2.4/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Brent_B
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mtkeenan3
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crisp and smooth, a little bit light and watery, but low alcohol content and to be expected

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

Enjoyed from the 12 oz can in a pint glass. This nice blonde pours a clear golden blonde with a moderate head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of honey and soft grains. Flavors follow the nose with good drink-ability with light honey, soft wheat, and light grain notes on the rear. Nice mouth feel, smooth, lightly crisp, good carbonation and all around a great session brew.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ohiovania
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer. Blonde Ales will always be underrated. That's why there are only 12 above 3.8 in the top of it's style category. I'm guessing a lot of untappd users are migrating to the beeradvocate site with scores below 2, haha.

I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of Frodosaggins
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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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 lwillitz
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Snow Cap nonic

A - 1 (quickly receding) finger of white over a cloudy body of straw yellow, low visible carbonation

S - lemon, grain, hint of grass

T - lemon, grain, grass, touch of honey sweetness; quite tart

M - medium body, high carbonation, tart

O - unimpressive

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Miccal
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tubeyes
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of JNPIII127
4.85/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good, cold, refreshing lighter beer. Single bottle with great hamburger at Christo's in Sanford, Fla!!!

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Photo of Azpittil57
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DanGeo
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DrMullet
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mildly sweet/malty with a bit of fruit flavor.
Some hint of ginger.
Different and slightly above average.

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Photo of psweendogg
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Single Chair Golden Ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 537 ratings.
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