Taken For Granite | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Taken For GraniteTaken For Granite

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crisp with a smooth malt backing, Taken For Granite (TFG) is a juicy IPA with hop notes of grapefruit, orange, peach and cherry that will mine your every taste bud.

Added by costanzo_mike on 01-31-2017

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by jzeilinger:
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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can!

Canned 08/09/17

A - Pours a hazy medium dark orange color with dense, thin, vibrant white lacing.

S - Aroma is balanced between malt and light tropical fruit with delicate pepper.

T - Balanced all the way through. The malt base is subdued underneath with some citrus, earthiness, and a lingering pine bitterness.

M - Medium body.

O - Very thankful to have tried this but pretty "meh". (Unfortunately.)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bobv
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can with bottom printed: "Debuted on 080917"
Canned on 8/9/17?
6.6% abv.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a medium amber body with some sticky lacing. Dissipates down to a ring in a few minutes. After a couple swirls head with lacing comes back. Nose of tropical fruit, slight pine, and even slighter citrus. Taste of some fruit, bitter pine, and slight citrus pith. Okay feel and overall, a pretty good IPA from MH.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.35/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Drhall36
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can, with canning date info on the bottom....08 09 17

Pours with more then a moderate haze, typical almond amber - fluffy light khaki cap and leaving looser bubble, low sheting

Sniff reveals notes of grapefruit, pine, light pepper.

Nicely balanced IPA with citrus up front, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, balanced with vanilla/maple malts...darn respectable...best beer I have had from MH in quite a while

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. Can. 9/26/17 opened on 11/3/17 6.6 % abv. 66 IBU

A golden/amber body, well carbonated with a rather elevated, thick, rich and creamy looking white foamy cap. Lots of sticky lace all around the glass.

The aroma brings forth some cherry wood, floral sweetness, herbal orange and some assorted earthy tones. A rich, dank fruits and wet earth thing makes for a very unique nose overall.

The flavor is a rather high toned, sharp noted hop complexity, dry earth, crispy leaves, dark wheat and a pretty hefty "dry hopped" style bitter bite. Citric acid, sweet amber style malted barley keeps the balance and body in check. This onebis more lije the older West coast style ipa's with a very assertive bitter bite and hefty malt presence. The hop flavor is very interesting and does have a few layers to sift through. Juicy fruity tones pop out later amoungnst the rich earthy effects later on.

The body is a juicy medium feel, very clean with fruit juice and earthy hop notes spilling out. Medium to light feel that finishes refreshing and never really dry.

"Taken for granite" harkens back to a time when the market wasn't so saturated by the IPA styles. Magic Hat was a major influence in changing peoples palates toward a more intense and extreme posdibilty of what an IPA could be. TFG reminds us that Magic Hat can still compete.

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Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coshag
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Magic Hat Brewing Company "Taken For Granite India Pale Ale"
16 fl. oz. can without production codes or freshness dating, just ink-jetted lines running across the bottom
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So, 6.6% abv and 66 IBUs, perhaps that's some kind of magic ratio? It's hazy and golden-orange in color, I guess that's what we normally call amber, beneath a massive head of off-white foam that doesn't seem to want to drop, and that's OK by me, I'll just wait. The aroma is perfumey, sweetish, chalky, and lightly fruity with dried fruits (mainly orange) and peach. The flavor is much fuller concerning the fruitiness, offering up some dried apricot, peach, soft grapefruit, and apple. The mineralish character remains, as does some of the prefumey quality that I think I'll now call soapiness. I'd originally thought it was from floral hops but now I doubt that. Or maybe not. The warmer it gets the better it gets. The malt is biscuity, and lightly honeyish and caramelish, and it seems pretty solidly bitter for just 66 IBUs, seeming more like 70+. It finishes dry and bitter with fruit lingering gently. It's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth across the tongue. Overall I'm not impressed. It seems sloppy and unfocused. I'm not sure why, but it just doesn't seem to have a lot of synergy to it. What they were going for with this I'm not sure but the "granite" part fits. Maybe it's a little bit the antithesis of the softly bitter New England IPAs, and maybe not. Regardless it's alright but it just doesn't hit the mark of greatness.
Review# 6,145

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I got this off the single shelf at my local Giant Eagle. It poured a hazy orangish with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had bitter fruit. The taste lean bitter with citrus presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was an ok beer.

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Photo of Dduquette
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveCash
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Usually not a fan of this brewery, but I got a free can from a buddy.
This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-murky/dark copper color with a finger's worth of a white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Slight lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some sweet grapefruit and orange character running into some sweet onion and becoming a little bit danky. Grassy bitter ends - somewhat hoppy.
The flavor was moderately sweet pulling in a hot/boozy-like extra taste just before the aftertaste came in speaking of the grapefruit and boozy/hot and onion dankiness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with an okay sessionability about it. Boozy hotness came in a bit strong with a good carbonation about it. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, aromas and some of the flavors were the best thing about this beer. I will say this: they've brewed worse beers. This, with a little tweaking, I think I could come back to.

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Photo of generic_beer
2/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the Busch of IPAs. Magic Hat should be ashamed they are selling this crap. Awful beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a 2017 bottling date that I cannot quite make out. Sampled on March 2, 2018.

It is a nice looking orange-amber pour with good clarity and a modest short-lived white head. Lacing.

This is an older bottle but I still pick up hints of orange but otherwise herbal notes and a white sourdough character.

Medium body.

The taste begins sweet and orange-like. But maybe due to this bottle's age I get a kind of stale bread character too. But it is not overly offensive and offers a few positives.

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Photo of HarryC
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AndrewAK
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of selecter70
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've always taken for granted(ha) that despite their art (which I never liked) MH has consistently made great beers even their odd ones. I assumed that this would be a good IPA. I was disappointed...it was more a hoppy brown ale

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kemblain
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HarHar
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Taken For Granite from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 87 ratings