S.M.A.S.H. Hits I.P.A. Volume 2
Magic Hat Brewing Company

S.M.A.S.H. Hits I.P.A. Volume 2S.M.A.S.H. Hits I.P.A. Volume 2
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American IPA
3.61 | pDev: 9.42%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
S.M.A.S.H. Hits I.P.A. Volume 2S.M.A.S.H. Hits I.P.A. Volume 2
Notes: Single Malt And Single Hop Featuring: Goldpils (R) Vienna Malt & Cascade Hops
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 38
Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. Lemon aroma with some piney resin. I feel like this may have been on the shelf for a while. Strong lemon taste with some piney resin, ending with a good amount of astringency. Long lasting bitterness at the end. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I reiterate, this is probably an older bottle.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A; slight haze; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: not a lot of aroma; the cascade comes through, as does a bit of grassiness;

T: not much flavor either; a quick hit of grass, then it's predominantly metallic through the finish; not even a hint of cascade flavor; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: if a beer is single hopped with cascade, I want to taste cascade - doesn't seem to be asking too much;

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I keep finding bottles as I continue to purge the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody! My period of unemployment, coupled with the new low-paying gig, has really allowed/enabled/forced me to conduct this much-needed push & I am actually kind of grateful for the opportunity.

From the bottle: "1 hop, 1 malt, 1 smashing IPA!"; "Now Spinning! Malt: Goldpils (R) Vienna Hop: Cascade"; "A Performance in Every Bottle".

I Pop!ped the cap, but given that it has been in the queue for a while, I decided not to S.M.A.S.H. it with an aggro pour & went with a gentle one, instead. Once a sufficient amount had been decanted, I gave the beer a vigorous in-glass swirl. This raised three finger of foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention that left great lacing behind as it slowly fell away to wisps. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose illustrated a brilliant pairing in this case. There was a lemony-grapefruit citrusiness that was accompanied by a honey-infused biscuity maltiness. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The interplay of the hop and malt really followed the nose. It was like studying for a beer-related exam with one of those kits that are available in that I already knew what to expect from the Cascade & it was obvious what the Goldpils (R) was then imparting. Now, the rub. For an AIPA, it was pretty light & unobtrusive, more towards an IPL. If you were hoping for yet another in-your-face experience, this was not going to provide one. Still, it was worth tasting. Finish was semi-dry, but in total, more reminiscent of a German Pilsener than an AIPA.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on January 15, 2017. Tastes more like a pilsner than an IPA but still worth trying if you like hoppy pilsner.

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Photo of illpass78
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw/orange with a big white head.

Aroma: Fruity, hoppy. Herbal. Some pinecone.

Taste: Follows nose. Fruity and herbaceous with a floral character.

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy on the palate for an IPA. Bitter but far from overpowering. Nice malt backbone.

Overall: Nice concept and good execution. Swell IPA to pair with pizza. Not a "Wow!" IPA, but it doesn't have to be.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear gold color with orange hues, very active with a nice and dense white foamy head. Good retention.

A very clean semi-sweet corn malty aroma from the Vienna malt. Slightly creamy with an excellent pineapple and fruity hop scent from the classic cascade hops.

A very nice, super clean and refreshing bite from the earthy, piney, slughtly fruity hops. The Goldpils Vienna malt brings a very crisp, but smooth taste with a fine cream o corn and golden wheat edge. Amazing balance because of a highly focused, one-two punch from the single hop/malt combo. They compliment eachother very well, good complexity from just the two main ingredients. This is a very lean, crisp and simple IPA. I thoroughly enjoy the one malt, one hop approach because you can really taste and feel eachone's contribution to the overall effect. A light, wheat and grass flavor with a big earthy and dry finish.

A fine IPA with a wonderful balance.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A much better offering than Volume 1...

The appearance presents itself with a nice golden hue, the head had little staying power, but there was some slight lacing. The odor was the most surprising thing of this beer - sweet, citrusy and really amazing. The mouthfeel was very clean, very crisp, and the carbonation was almost nil, just the way I like. Volume 2 has a very strong IPA taste for IPA lovers, but it was mixed well with the citrus - a very good mix. Overall it was a great beer. I had one of these while eating some jalapeno poppers and I can tell you it the spiciness of the jalapenos brings out the sweetness in the beer.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice clear pale gold color with minimal carbonation. Thin head with no retention and just the lightest bit of lacing. I pick up biscuit and Burton salts on the palate. Nice balance between the malt and the finishing bitterness. In a blind taste, I would have picked this as a nice example of a British pale ale. Very drinkable beer but not real competitive with the better New England IPAs

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.

Slightly hazy amber body topped with a semi-durable white head with excellent lacing.
This single malt/single hop IPA features the aroma and flavor of Cascade hops. It's about average, at most, in bitterness and moderately strong for style, with no shortage of hop flavor. Fruity-grassy-herbal flavor with faint baked bread.

O: a worthy introduction to this hop variety.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. No date shown but probably about 6 weeks prior to the date I sampled it which was September 23, 2016.

It pours a heady medium amber with good clarity.

I pick up a floral and herbal hop aroma on top of the bready characters in the aroma.

Medium, smooth body.

Same breadiness at first in the flavor and then the floral, herbal, and also citrus fruit characters kick in to add a nice bite at the finish. I think it was the best pick of the "Night of the Living Dead" mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/4 PINT bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

This beer pours a golden color and is topped with two inches of sticky, off white head that leaves rings as I consume.

I get lemon and fruity aromas.

The taste is starts with some citrus that gives way to piney bitterness. The bitter flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

Moderate to medium mouthfeel

It has been a long while since I have had a Magic Hat beer. I picked this up on a whim. It is a balanced, old school IPA with a piney, bitter finish. I liked this style of IPA a few years back. I like the juicy IPA's now. This is a solid beer for sure though.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a decent cap

S: Light fruity hoppiness with a hint of grass melds well with a light bready malt sweetness. Fairly simple

T: Follows the nose. Very well balanced with the malt sweetness taking a slight lead off on the fruity hops. A bit bready and grassy towards the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A fairly simple IPA (no surprise with the single malt and hop) that has some good drinkability but nothing really all that memorable. Probably just a one-hitter for most, especially those looking for a complex IPA

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S.M.A.S.H. Hits I.P.A. Volume 2 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 38 ratings