Fat Angel | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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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Photo of jadpsu
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear copper, amber color with a good looking white sticky head that leaves superior side glass lace and decent retention.
Aroma: Malts (toasty) caramel, musky hops.
Taste; Crisp, with bready malts, touch of toffee, sweet caramel, maybe a little vanilla.
Drying finish.
This would be good combined with some BAR-B-Q pork, or baby back ribs.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

These Magic Hat variety 12-packs keep calling my name. This offering was one I did not find to favorable...

Fat Angel into the pint glass looks great - a dark amber beer with robust highlights, good head, nice staying power, and impressive lacing down the glass. But that's about it for me. The smell was some metallic with hops, the feel was way too carbonated for my taste and the taste itself was some weird pale ale taste I can't quite tell what they blended it with. What ever it was, I did not like it. Overall, I gave it a decent grade 'cause it wasn't a wholly bad beer - certainly nowhere near macro territory, just not to my liking.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Lots of caramel and maltiness up front with a light earthiness and herbal hops

T: Follows the nose. Mild caramel and some maltiness up front with some herbal and earthy hops. Almost woody (ringwood yeast, maybe). Finishes with some earthy and woody tones

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice English pale. Nothing special, but definitely a solid drinker

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Poured from the 12 oz., bottle into an English nonick pint.

a; Clear copper with a two inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Mild caramel malt.

t; Follows the nose along with slight dark fruit notes and a mild hop bite.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A tasty sessionable English style pale, looks closer like a brown but not as malty as many of those. Very drinkable, went well with ham Christmas dinner. Sorry to see this has been retired, although like their DEMO Black IPA it was included in the variety twelvepack my daughter brought over for Christmas dinner.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date listed. Sampled on December 4, 2016. I wonder how long ago it was retired?

Attractive looking I will say. Mahogany amber color underneath a lingering cream colored head and good clarity.

The aroma brings up a caramel and toasted white bread malt character with a decent sweetness thrown in and a low to moderate grassy hop profile.

Light body.

It looks and smells good but the taste is a bit of a letdown because I pick up some sort of soapy character. But I think that is the Magic Hat house yeast that always has a weird character to it. Beyond that I also pick up a nice sweetness and a mild to moderate bitter finish.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, this one was serve in a pint glass during a magic hat tasting i had with my brother in law down at his apartment.

A nice bright golden amber color with crystal clear clarity came out of the bottle. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent throughout the session with chains of bubbles rippling up through the glass. A nice two inch high pillow of white foam then came over the top and settled down quickly leaving a bare centered crown in its wake. No appreciable side glass lace, but still a more the decent look to it.

The aroma was light with hints of light citrus, lemon mostly mixed in on top of a cereal grain filled base. Lots of wheat and light earthy aromas blending in, but as it warmed a light hop presences was dulled out way in the back, the aroma overall though was far too light to be really a knockout in any way. A nice light, crisp, and clean flavor was then produced. It was a classic light pale ale flavor, clean with a light wheat base, some light floral, citrus notes sprinkled through, orange, light lemon grass, especially in the finish. Great mouthfeel, with a carbonation that held throughout the session. Easy drinkability as the flavors were light, crisp and clean, with almost no aftertaste. I could easily session this one over the course of a night.

Overall while not really spectacular, this was definitly a solid offering all around. There is no really I could not put down more then a few and this is not a bad offering for a BBQ or to get someone into craft beer a little bit more. I would go for this one again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Fat Angel looked like a good American Pale Ale - golden-orange hue with a bubbly, off-white head of bubbly foam. Decent head retention that receded fairly slowly and left some lace. It smelled of citrus, grasses and a burnt toast maltiness. Those aromas came through in the flavor, too. The burnt toast malt provided a good sweet backbone. The hops brought a sharp bitter pine - more of a pine flavor mixed with the citrus. It was crisp and sharp. A light easy drinking brew. This was a nice APA with a great name. It will be missed.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From old notes, forogot about this one until i ported my review of Lucky Kat over.

A: Cloudy orangy copper color. Crisp, solid head.

S: Earthy malts, citrusy hops. Slight piney hop note. Definte yeasty, bread notes.

T: Roasted malts, straw, carmel notes. Yeasty breads, sweet cereal. Citrusy Hops are the backbone.

M: Medium bodied, goood carbonation.

D: Balanced beer, nothing fantastic or offensive.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.82/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was going through my beer notes and I found this one in some old notes from when I lived in NY and that was about 2 years ago now. I'll be honest I got it in a sample pack and was not a big fan. It has a dark brass almost bronze color with a bit of an orange hue. The aroma is sweet and mildly roast with some candy like tones. It has a roasted grassy flavor that is a little bit toffee like. The thing that got me was the aftertaste. There was an off bitterness to it. The mouthfeel was thin and would have been easy to knock bad it not been for that strange aftertaste.

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Photo of DannyS
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Found this one while browsing for new beers to try. It's my cousin's favorite, and he was very disappointed when I informed him that this one was retired. Funnily enough, the moment i told him that, we stumbled upon several six packs of this one. The bottle says it expired in August of 07, so this one might not be as good as it would be back when it was still being made.

A - A simple orange-ish brown amber color that looks pretty clear. Very little head dissipating into nothing.

S - An interesting citrus and vegetal aroma with the standard fare of yeast and hops. Very light on the hops.

T - The hops taste is there, but lacks a lot of the typical hoppy bitterness. It could be the fact that it's past its prime, but I'm not getting a lot of complexity here. The aftertaste is where I'm getting a lot of citrus, and even something slightly buttery. Intriguing.

M - watery, but inoffensive.

D - if this was still available in fresh six-packs, i'd be able to knock back dozens of these.

It almost feels like I'm doing this dead recipe a disservice by reviewing a sample that's past its 'drink by' date, but I had to put my cousin's enthusiasm for this one to the test. I don't really see what he sees in this one, but it's perfectly drinkable. I just hope I didn't do my stomach a disservice with this review.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sadly, they retired this one, and I don't know why. Out of the bottle this APA was an amber color with some ruby hues. Moderate head and some lacing. Aromas of sweet malts, raw honey and some floral hops. The flavors were slightly fruity, citrus in particular with a good malt backbone some toasted grains and floral hops underneath. Medium/light body and light carbonation makes it smooth but a little watery. Overall, an ok APA and one I think they should have kept. But they're a wacky bunch down in South Burlington and they are famed for moving in mysterious ways...

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Photo of changeup45
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

9/27/2004. I was a little disappointed with this from Magic Hat. Pours a copper color with a medium to thick white head and a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Some apricot, hops, and overall sweet, as most Magic Hat beers are on the sweet side, with a bitter finish. There are plenty of other beers from Magic Hat that are much better.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought what seemed to be the last available bottle at my Brew Haven. I knew it had been discontinued so I was glad to try it. Pours Bronze color with a nice head that settles quick. The aroma is fruity with some grains & caramel. The taste is hops,fruits,malts,grains and vanilla-chocolate. The feel is slightly metallic and it does not ruin the beer in the least. It has a sweet feel and taste and a dry finish with low carbonation.

Notes: I know this beer has been retired and although I only tried one I have to say it was a good beer and I liked it very much. Not too sad,but I suppose Magic Hat has it's reasons.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Fat Angel
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. Nice light mahogany color with a slightly off-white head. Decent head retention, and a fair amount of lacing.

S: aroma is of sweet malts and honey. A strong sense of honey. It almost has the aroma of sweet iced tea. Also has a strong aroma of caramel.

T: very solid malt backbone, good caramel malts. Some iced tea characteristics. The hops are way in the back, with some solid earthy tones with a hint of citrus.

M: good palate, but a little watery. Carbonation level is a little low. Boy is a little thicker than expected.

D: I could drink this forever, but it does wear a little thin. A good staple.

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Photo of iceball585
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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 deltatauhobbit
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown/orange color with very little head and what head there is disappears fast.

Smell is a bit biscuity with a floral hop aroma, some malty balance.

Taste is a bit more fruity than I anticipated but has some good citrus hop presence balanced with malt and some caramel, just nothing outstanding from this beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle at American Beer Distributing in Brooklyn, $2. Poured into a hotel room glass, the beer was kind of disappointing. It was copper colored with minimal head, and had a smell and taste sort of like an ESB (caramel malts and a bitterness from hops but without the citrus or pine flavors I like. Oh well, it was only a bottle of beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in Union...
An aggressive pour yielded a light-copper-colored hue, light amber, even, with a minimal frothy head that left a miniscule amount of lacing with slight carbonation visible...
Pale, faint, grainy and caramel aroma noticeable along with the typical pale ale aromas...
Clear, clean, crisp, grainy and vanilla flavor - nothing too excited, but still solid nonetheless...
Decent mouthfeel with no alcohol detected and a lack of cloying flavors..
Good drinkability as well... Not Magic Hat's best, but a pleasing sample nonetheless...

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
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 johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've walked past this brew countless times at the store and for whatever reason I picked some up today.

Pours a hazy copper/amber with a thin white head that doesn't last to long. Minimal lacing on the way down. Aroma hits me with some vanilla, some spicy hops, and a bit of caramel in the background. Taste is a watery mix of citrus hops and very minimal malt. Medium to thin body. Overall decent brew, I could see myself drinking a few on a hot summer day, but not great enough to buy on a regular basis.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.81/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

How much do angles have to weigh to be considered a fat angle? The pour is slightly hazy but still clear with more of a copper color than amber. The pour needed a little help but good head with a rocky soft white appeal. Not much retention or lacing.

The nose is light overall but some hoppy notes come out. More of a citrus and lemony appeal up front but some floral and herbal finishing notes as well. The malt is non descript with very feint caramel touches.

The taste is also limited but more descriptive than the nose. Some generic malt flavors with a light bready taste. Mostly finishing hops with not much bittering to speak of. Mostly citrus hops with orange or pineapple up front. The herbal flavor lasts until the finishing and leaves a almost soapy aftertaste.

The body is inbetween mid and light. Some sweeter finishes but crisp an easy to drink. Overall an ok APA but needs more flare with the malt and bitterness.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a red-highlighted copper with a two-finger head that lingered for a while. The smell is a little fruity with a tiny bit of hops. The taste starts off with some sweetness that is almost fruity that is cut by a little bit of hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is a little bit watery with a fair amount of carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable beer, and I wouldn't be surprised if I end up picking up a six-pack of it sometime.

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Photo of HugoGrim
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint. Body is orange-gold, head gone almost immediately, minimal lace.

Aroma is slightly fruity with citrus, light hops barely detectable, and a flatly boring grain element.

Flavor is really nothing special. Sour fruits, some hops, and a rather bitter grainy finish.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Orange/brown and cloudy with a light head.

S - Light fruity smell.

T - Sweet and fruity. There's a hint of hops that really kick in only at the finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Another good one from Magic Hat.

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Photo of ericj551
4.07/5  rDev +16%
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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