Laughing Stock
Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,540
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #29,119
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 8.24%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
26
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Magic Hat Brewing Company
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 26
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big can. BO 9/27/18 opened on 11/30/18

A hazy, clearly unfiltered gold and rust color. A white foam cap forms but dissipates quickly, leaving only a thin trace of foam and minimal lacing around the edges.

The aroma has a tangy but also very sweet citrus notes, with peaches, raspberry and medicinal herbal hop dominance. The malt is light buy honey scented.

The flavor is interesting...a sharp, bitter and medicinal style hop bite happens right off, dried leafy effects all over. Sour and tangy citrus, grapefruit and maybe some papaya come forth from the harsh, and intense hop complexity.

Complexity is high, drinkability low, the malt proceeds to be light and maybe medium bodied, but plenty crisp and pleasantly sweet with honey and field grains.b

Overall, it's just not falling in-line with my expectations if what is a righteous big IPA these days. It certainly has it's charms, as it's a bit of a throw-back style with the big bitter alpha acid attack, the malt falls in line with the lighter side malt experience, which I dig. Together.... it's rather strange. Just go for the ride and figure it out for yourself.b

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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/19/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.2%. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Nice Cascade, Amarillo, Citra, Falconer's Flight, and Mosaic profile. Very juicy, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with no residual sweetness from lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example. They did a nice job for trying to use some new world hops for a change.

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Laughing Stock from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 26 ratings