Fat Angel | Magic Hat Brewing Company

Fat AngelFat Angel
289 Ratings
Fat AngelFat Angel

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fat Angel, rest his soul, had a complex palate that balances the rich pleasures of malt with the crisp refreshing flavor of hops with a finish that is fresh and clean. Eminently drinkable, Fat Angel brought divergent tastes together to create a satisfyingly smooth harmony.

20 IBU

Added by taez555 on 11-18-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +42%

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5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of Toddv29424
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost translucent copper color with a little to moderate head. Smell is fruit and vegitablely like not many other beers, except those made by Magic Hat. The taste is perfect for summer, with a very light crisp taste that is full of flavor. There is a big taste of hops, but this beer is tremendously balanced and tastes superb. If you are looking to get into APA's this is a perfect one to start with!

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Photo of bencharles
4.52/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

one of the better pale ales i've tried...the taste is SO GOOD, i drink until the last drop with each bottle! smells so sweet, kick ass hops, plenty of zing, but not overpowering...this beer surprised me. i will be drinking this fat angel a lot...if you like pale ales, you will *not* be let down with this choice.


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Photo of Shiloh
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another exellent brew from Vermont and the Magic Hat Brewery.
It starts as a very deep amber in colour with medium/light carbonation resulting in a thin crown with a minor cling.
The body is full.
The nose is lightly green.
The taste is very special, starting with an even balance between the malts and the hops and then...a very quick advance by the hops to continue and end and linger quite nicely.

If ya see this tubby angel, stop and say hello, you will be glad ya did....

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Photo of Braudog
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m engrossed in the film, "American Beer" and had to have another pint, so I cracked open this Fat Angel. It poured a light amber with a thin but firm head of white foam. The aroma is of caramel candy ... almost apricot-like. The flavor is hard to pin down ... the undertow is definitely malty, but the overarching sense is the fruity, apricot jammy fun. What a fun beer. I want more. (#2708, 2/15/2007)

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Photo of akopczyk
4.39/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice amber orange color with a one finger head that fades fairly quickly. smell is slightly musty and fruity. burnt coffee bready taste up front with a citrus sour finish. mouthfeel light, carbonation just right. nice enjoyable beer plan to buy more.

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Photo of taez555
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Drain the bladder before it gets fatter"

This beer poured a crystal clear orange/amber body with a small creamy white head.

The nose was very soft and yet oh so complex. Malt, fruit, yeast, a mix of citrusy american and earthy english hops. All the flavors are very present but just so completely mellow and subdued.

The taste was along the same lines. Very smooth and very clean. Malty, a soft berry fruity yeast taste. Like raspberries, cherries or banana. Very fresh and present citrus and earth hops with a very even mild bitterness.

I usually stay away from this beer for some reason, but it's really an amazing beer. Transparently clean. Very drinkable. An amazing mix of all these simple ale flavors. They just come together perfectly. You can taste the hops, the malts and the yeast. It's not overly hoppy like the Blind Faith or the defunct Bob's First. It's just a great session beer that tastes like it was made the purest water on the planet.

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Photo of marckobi
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Globetrotter
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand-carried from Vermont to Vienna, the standard 12oz bottle looks like the one pictured here. No ingredient info on the bottle. Best before the end of December, it was still pretty darn good when I opened it on 1/27/07.

Pours a cloudy copper gold under a one finger off-white head that is very sticky as it fades a bit to quickly, leaving nice lace rings. The nose is scrumptious - spicey hops, Gouldings, I think - with a floral accent. Fairly heavy and quite prickly in the mouth. The nice sweetish malt opening immediately yields to the hop spices. Crisp, but not really bitter at any point, the finish morphs into an emphasis on the spice and leaves a mild dry bite in the aftertaste. Very quaffable.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm. A very pleasant drinking experience here. Has this on tap at MacGregor's. It came to me as a pretty gold/amber color with a small shortlived sticky head. The aroma was sweet and hoppy. This is so easy to drink, it is fruity, smooth and sweet. Mouthfeel was sorta sticky. I could pound these. very refreshing.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Underdog Bar and Grill.

A- Pours a smooth cloudy pale copper color. A respectable half finger head sits on top and steadily dissipates.

S- a hint of vanilla but mainly citrus hits my nose. The vanilla is a different. I can smell some hops and a tad of malt in the beer as well.

T- a little hoppy but not too much. Just enough (insert 3 little bears joke). I can also taste the grapfruit on the way down and it is perfect. Not too much but just enough to make you smile.

M- hoppy and smooth. refreshing and relaxing. It doesnt make your mouth pucker on the grapefruit taste either.

D- easily could put down a sixer of this in a two hours. Goes down like juice.

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Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color with a big creamy lingering head. As the bubbles on top pop, leaving big craters in the foam, it sounds like Rice Krispies. Distinct aroma of malt, hops, and citrus. The flavor is inviting and hits the front of the tongue with slight malt, peat, and hop bitter. The flavor morphs as it makes its way through the mouth - rolls down the sides of the tongue with honey, and finishes at the back with warm, strong malt. Mouthfeel is a bit tingly, but the flavor is so good that you could drink these all night.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.Best before date of "Feb" Pale, cloudy, orangy. mild hop/yeast nose. tiny bubble film left after a moment or two and leaves nice lacing. This is a delicate, english style pale ale. Moderatly hopped and with a nice soft malt backbone and smooth mouthfeel. I like it. Its subtle, delicate and nicely turned out. Would be great with salads and light fare. A nice summer brew. Also a nice brew to give to a craft brew newbie.

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Photo of iceball585
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden amber color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy white head that lowered slowly, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Fruity, sweet, creamy, light malts, sugar, flowery hops

T- Citrus, earthy hops, sweet, toasted grains, fruity, hint of malts

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, refreshing

D- Really wish they didn't retire this one

I had to buy one last 6 pack of this while I could. I have always liked this pale ale and I'm not really sure why they would ever want to retire it.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminded me of a lighter flavored version of the Magic Hat #9. It pours a nice clear amber color and is topped by a frothy white foam head. Lots of lace is left behind as the glass empties.

Above the beer hovers an almost fruity aroma (similar to the #9), but has a more malty smell mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is flavored filled. Toasted malts are first noticed and followed by a light caramel before finishing with a mildly hoppy taste. A sticky sweetness is left behind in anticipation of the next sip.

This is a very drinkable beer and another winner from Magic Hat.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale orange in color. The aroma is in no way strong, but I could smell more malt than I could taste. There's something about the way most Magic Hat beers taste that I always like. Maybe it's that old yeast strain. This is one pale ale that makes great use of hops. Often times, pale ales with evident hops are unbalanced, but this just has a slight bitterness that works well. A fine example of the style.

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Photo of ericj551
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat Fat pours a light copper with a thin head that doesn't linger. The aroma is sweet, floral and fruity, with a light bready maltiness and a hint of hop bitterness. The sweet bready malts come in first with floral hop flavor, followed by a nice solid but light bitterness. There's a hint of diacetyl, but just enough not to detract from the beer. There is an odd, slightly astringent aftertaste that leaves a bit of a sour taste, maybe a result of the sweetness. I wish Magic Hat would put this in their mix packs instead of Circus Boy, it would make them much more desirable.

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Photo of jakester
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a 12oz. bottle in a sampler case I bought. Expiration date is notched on the label. Bottle says "A paler shade of Ale".

Pours a mostly clear copper with a slightly off-white head of foam. Carbonation is evident. The head quickly drops to a coating on the surface, with some lacing.

Aroma is of very pleasant floral hops, sweet caramel malt, and I'm guessing Pride of Ringwood yeast. Years ago, everybody used this yeast. Very distinct smell.

Flavor is fairly crisp and clean, and yet there is definitely sweet there as well. A proper level of bittering, floral/grassy hop flavor, and toffee/caramelly malt. This beer tastes like it smells! There is a long, pleasant bitter finish. This beer is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is sweet at first, but then seems crisp, dry and refreshing. Carbonation is soft. Some stickness on the lips.

If you are looking for a pale ale as a pounder, this could be it.
Well balanced, intriguing flavor, and only 5% ABV. I suppose there are some who wouldn't like the yeast character, but I kind of like it.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold with a decent light beige head, good carbonation, and good lace rings. Nice light hoppy notes (grassy) and light fruity (apricot) ale aroma with a touch of grains. Similar balanced fruity, grainy, and light hop flavors. Light-medium bodied with a crisp grainy malt finish.

Nice drinking ale ... but many more satisfying offerings out there.

Per MH website: 5.2% ABV, 1.052 Gravity, 26 IBU, 9.2 SRM.
Malts: Pale, Crystal, and Munich
Hops: Fuggles and Warrior
(dry hopped)

Drink By (end of): Oct ('05').
('5146' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 07/22/05

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Photo of MattFrenzy
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh how I love Pale Ales, and this one is no exception. Magic Hat scores another win with Fat Angel. Very smooth and crisp, starts with a hob bite then smooths out with a touch of fruit. After a few its just plain smoooth. Nothing is more refreshing ice cold... the fat angel does what the fat angel pleases, or so I've been told.

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Photo of Liquids
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a distinct clear light copper color, with a full head with the distinct large bubbles and fade into scum in that distinct Magic Hat way. Aroma is suprisingly hoppy, I remember this as being more English Pale, but the aromas is very west coast, though a notch down in intensity--good. This one warmed quite a bit. Taste is yummy, yeasty, a bit less toasty than I like, and certainly hoppy, but all in all a variation on the renouned and well known Sierra Nevada Pale, and somewhere between that and the earthier Cotrell Yankee Ale.

Mouthfeel is light akin to most other magic hat brews, and this is where the distinction lies - across the board this is more 'sessionable' than SN, or a slight notch less intense all around, without being bland. It's preference. I think if this were bottle conditioned it would win hands down, but despite my love/hate relationship with SN, it has the flavor edge. It's a personal preference, but this is darn good. Not and english Pale, but a flavorful, shy, 'APA' for the few of us don't daydream of IPA's when drinking a Pale Ale.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden body with a modest head and very little lacing

Smell: Unusual nose, I presume from the Ringwood yeast; a bit of the barnyard and some Fuggles in the background

Taste: Somewhat fruity character right up front - kind of a pear and apricot mix; about half way through, the hops kick in and lead the way to a very dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly good degree of carbonation

Drinkability: What an unusual experience it was, tasting this beer; with my first sip, I thought, "Nothing special." Then, the beer grew on me. While it is fairly light and tastes a bit like a rye beer, it has a surprising bit of complexity once you give it a chance. If I could get this in my market, it might become a regular for those hot days where you seek something quenching.

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Fat Angel from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 289 ratings
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