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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Ratings: 289 |  Reviews: 217
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with 279 A3 0839 on the label that has "A Paler Shade of Pale" inscription. Golden glowing pale pour with scant bubbles escaping. A tight off-white ecru wafer thin head cover into my GUINESS pint. Spiderweb lace down the sides.

Scents of citrusy apricots and mild hops.

Slight tastes of oranges, lemons, fresh grass, and tangy slight hops. Spring Water fresh flavor. Notes of light sugary caramel hidden in there too. Wet tongue-swishing aftertaste makes me want to drink more. Nothing but clean sweet extremely refreshing aftertaste.

Thin body that is a step up from Corona which adds to a high Drinkability factor.

Last swigs: Ever so slight mixed sweet citrus fruit and 7-Up crispness lend to a high drinkable summery welcomed brew. MAGIC HAT contains quips inside their caps. Mine said "A toast to Dennis & Justin." Fat Angel is a bit of a fruity pale so caveat emptor.

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Photo of travolta
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Apperance: Copper, red, nice head retention, off-white head. The lacing is ok.

Nose: A little hoppy, and a little dry.

Taste: I imagine this is what chewing on a penny would taste like. I dont know if this is a description of the taste, but it tastes like copper?

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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 yemenmocha
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color, somewhere between straw yellow and a lighter shade of amber. Very silky wet head, easily separates into dallops. Cool.

Nose is reminiscent of an artificial sweetener in soda pop.

Flavor has a distinct bubble gum flavor, and this is not because the beer is bad. It really has a bubble gum taste. Some metallic hops at the end but you don't notice it. Instead you're asking yourself if you had bubble gum earlier in the day or if the beer is bad.

Easy to drink. Might be a good beer to give to the wife or girlfriend, or both.

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Photo of Loki
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper, almost bronze color with a good, quickly forming head. Good lacing as the head fades and random bubbles of carbonation.

Smell: Sticky sweet malt dominates the nose, hard to detect anything else but some muted hops.

Taste: Very uninspiring. Very simple malt with very, very subtle hops for balance. Not bad, not good, just kind of there.Not enough of any one flavor to move it in a direction.

Mouthfeel: Like the taste, somewhat lackluster. Smooth in the beginning and slightly dry on the finish.

Drinkability: Above average if only because you could drink this beer without any thought at all. Personally I like to provoke thought and have thought provoked.

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Photo of bditty187
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale goldish-copper in hue with a tawny influence, there is a slight haze. The bubbly white head almost reached a finger in height; the retention was good enough as it took a long moment before it faded to a soapy cap. Subsequent lacing was minimal. The appearance is pretty ordinary. The nose is unremarkable too, slight sweetness blends with a distant fruitiness, some buttery-earthiness too, a kiss of toffee at the back. The hops say Fuggles and the yeast says “Ringwood (?).” The invitation is clear; this is going to be an English-style Pale Ale. I’m digging that put the potency is too modest. The palate has a bigger smack of hoppiness than I was expecting; it is very clean and crisp too. The complexities I was expecting to taste never really transpired; yes there was some earthy-buttery sweetness, some toasty caramel, and a hint of fruitiness too. Don’t get me wrong this is tasty but I was just expecting a bit more excitement from the yeast and more straightforward maltiness. This is a fine beer, just not mind-blowing. The mouthfeel is ordinary but good, the carbonation is low but natural, I found it to be substantial for a Pale Ale, somewhat more than medium in body. It is drinkable enough, I could have a couple back-to-back in one setting but I’d get bored with it after a few. Still it is a lovely quaff. Thanks UnionMade for the sample.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, on blind choice, this was my 1st magic hat choice now available in PA. I must say that I am rather happy that this brewery is now available in PA. so away we go....

The best description of this I can give is a lighter tasting version of hop devil. But even that doesn't do it justice. It has a nice initial hop taste, with a sweet and spicy aftertaste. It is not an explosion of flavor, but it is a nice, even, if not dry, flavor and mix. Rather light and easy drinking as well.

It pours a nice amber color, with a thick head, and nice lacing on the way down.

Smelled some-what citrusy, but nothing overly noticable.

I can't really deecribe it better then I already mention. It is balaced, well mixed, and interesting brew. Will it knock you threw a wall? No. Is it a wel put together and solid brew that is very drinkable and a nice intro? Vey much. I can't wait to try more MH

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Photo of Beersignal
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a seductive hazy amber/copper colour with apricot highlights underneath a generous head of creamy white foam which lasted long enough and left a good lacing.

The fun stopped here. Very timid aromas of citrus fruits some floral/herbal notes mixed in with a mild earthiness. Detected some subtle fresh hops but nothing too impressive.

A vigorous and sustained bead fed the head as I took my first sip to find that this beer had no real texture or body. A dry beer but not a clean beer. Somewhat refreshing. Slight taste of cereal tried to mask faint hints of caramel but were all clobbered by an unbalanced drying and unclean bitterness which lasted well into the long aftertaste. A mild residual sugar managed to express itself in the dying moments of the aftertaste.

Not a beer I would label as representative of other Magic Hat offerings. They are outstanding brewers but this beer falls behind in my opinion.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Burren last week. It's obvious: I didn't think it was all that. Golden yellow when poured, with a refined grainy aroma. Taste was like eating corn flakes. Mouthfeel was medium, but unfortunately the corn flake thing really bothered me. The nicest thing I can say about this brew was that it left decent froth rings through-out my glass. Won't get again.

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Photo of palma
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange/golden body with a pretty thick head off white in color. Smell is musty with some fruit notes and slight veggie aroma. Not very malty for a pale ale. Mildly hopped and a yeasty flavor throughout. A little spiciness comes out in the flavor but that’s about it. Slightly bland tasting up front. Very dry finish. I was surprised at how easy drinking this brew is.

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

Poured from a bottle, this cloudy orange brew forms a thin and fleeting white head. The aroma is a blend malt sweetness and, tart fruity hop notes. The flavor is initially mild and malty with a swell of hop bitterness towards the finish. It's elegant in the simplicity of the blend. While I enjoy the complex mingling of hops that some IPA/PAs offer, there's quite a lot of charm to single hop brews like the Fat Angel. Fuggles are one of my favorites stand alone hops. They contribute a rich earthy, but not excessively bitter flavor to this beer.

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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 necoadam
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a gold/amber color with some head on it. Good lacing all the end until the end. Floral aroma and some hops come to mind. Also some fruits are there as well. Taste had a decent amount of hops in it. A little surprised by the amounts in it actually. Some apricot taste in there as well. Reminded me of their #9 with the buttery and fruity taste. Not bad. A good summer time beer.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite Magic Hat brew. The Blind Ambition is a lot better. This is a hazy, orangish brew with a moderate head and nice lacing. The aroma is a fruity, musty smell. The taste is rather bland for a pale ale. There isn't muich of a hop kick, nor an alcohol jolt. It is an okay beer that feels smooth in the mouth and is easy to drink. It just isn't anything special.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrives looking a pale-ish orangey gold. Attractive color, with great clarity. A thin white head rests atop the beer, lasting well into the pint. It dissipates into a thick collar about halfway through, and stays that way until the end. No lace.
The aroma is a mild pale maltiness, with some toasty, biscuity quality. A light diacetyl butteriness sneaks through the malt and moderate grassy fuggles hops. Hints of esters reach up, adding a bit of pear to the overall impression.
The flavor starts with some biscuity, toasty malt. A light yeast presence comes in towards the middle, blending with a slight pear flavor. Mild fuggles hops provide a bit of herbal flavor in the finish, with just a little butteriness, and a mild, balanced bittering. Some yeast remains in the aftertaste with a touch of biscuity malt. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, with a slightly slick, buttery mouthfeel that really comes off as quite smoth.
Not a bad brew. Nothing really amazing, but pleasant enough a session beer. More towards the british style, with a softer, less outspoken hop presence in the finish. Definitely drinkable, but nothing that knocks your socks off.

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Photo of Stimack
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, let me start by saying that I have had many of the Magic Hat products in the past and for some reason I have a hard time getting into this beer. It is one of my least favorites that they currently brew. I don’t think it is a bad beer it just does not make me crave one.
The pour of this brew has been a bit cloudy and has a hazy golden color. It does have a nice white foamy head that lasts for a good time and finishes off with very nice lacing. The smell is nice, can sense a good deal of malt with some floral/fruit hints. The taste is not bad, has citrus/fruit characters and also has a bit of a hop/sharpness to it that seems to go well with the brew. The feel is light in the mouth with pretty good carbonation. Over all not a bad beer to say the least, just not one of my favorites from Magic Hat.

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

Twelve ounce brown bottle, best by month notched on label.

Bright medium gold hue. Clear, with a slight chill haze. Creamy looking almond coloured head retains well, leaving a nice ring of lace behind.

Fresh cut grass & a touch of orange, along with biscuit aromas.

Sweetish biscuit & grassy hop flavours. A somewhat herbal & slightly sour flavour lingers. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12ozer from a mixed 12pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Underside of bottle cap said "Got Beer?" for those interested in such things...

Poured into a pint glass, formed a nice meaty head for a pale ale, which had some staying power, and left lots of lace as it receded down the glass. Nice clear orangey-blond color, with a kind of sharp, somewhat fruity essence. Can taste slight malt presence, with a tang of fruit of some sort that comes on at the end. "Crisp" seems to define this beer overall.

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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 NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fat Angel- Magic Hat "And no Oompa- Loompa's"

poured a nice peach/ apricot orange with a decent white head that held up well.
Smell was of hops and a very slight apricot, not as strong as #9.
taste is of hops, apricot, honey, and citrus.
Mouthfeel is a little watery but smooth and crisp. A very slight bitterness as an aftertaste.

Overall, a good beer but this is 2nd fiddle to #9. Just like pepsi is to coke.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Expand your View with Things that are New", the cap tells me. Do they have the Cat in the Hat writing these things? Well, this beer is new to me, so I'll expand away...though I must say I was baffled and prepared for a let-down with the phrase, "a paler shade of pale." I've given up trying to make sense of this brewery's design and verbiage (this beer's name, the flying pig of the label), and surrendered to my sense of the surreal.
Appearance: hazy, pale apricottish color, with a sturdy collar of white foam.
Aroma: fresh and fruity, apricot, peach, a whiff of citrus, a mess of hops.
Taste: hops come first, a big, bold, buzzing bracket of them, blitzing the tongue and clinging to the palate. Those same fruity flavors recurr, also, ably matched with tasty malt. Hops never quit...body is medium, texture quit nice, ...finish is adequate, just so, quick and dry.
All in all, if I were a New Englander, I'd be quite satisfied if this was a barroom staple like SNPA is..nice session brew.
Hat (Magical or Cattish) off to rabidawg for delivering.

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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 Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The contents of this brightly colored bottle poured a clear deep golden color with some shades of orange. A thick head developed with large bubbles during the pour. The aroma was floral, fruity, and sweet and overall quite pleasant. The flavor was nice as the malt combined well with slight bitterness and hints of fruit. Very light carbonation and quite dry on the tongue. Medium bodied beer, and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, deep amber with a healthy, lasting head.
A lightly floral hop, almost musty smell.
Steady hop taste, but not overpowering. Sweet maltiness, almost fruity.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, not as much carbonation as I was expecting.
First time having this, if you offer me one I would take it but would not go out of my way to purchase Fat Angel.

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Photo of Brent
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"A Paler Shade of Ale" - I'll have to ponder that one for a while. Struck me as something of a lighter, more understated English style of pale ale. A little grainy in the flavor profile, but well balanced overall. Some very mild orchard fruit flavors in the hops, just barely there. Not as impressive as some of the other MH beers I've been fortunate to sample, but a pleasant quaffer, nonetheless.

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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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