Fat Angel | Magic Hat Brewing Company

217 Reviews
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 KOPBeerDrinker
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Color is that of honey. Poured vigorously but only a head of about 1/4" formed and was quickly gone. Smells bready or biscuity with citrusy hops. Starts with the taste of malt and ends with some bitter hops. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very drinkable. Would prefer a little more hop presence in an APA. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium amber-orange with a one finger foamy off white head that was moderately lasting leaving only a slight lacing.

S: some fresh lemon hopping, light bread notes, and sour fruitiness.

T: The flavor was semi-sweet and fruity (apples) with some fresh citrus hopping and caramel. Nothing to exciting flavor wise.

M: The mouthful was light-medium with some graininess but finished crisp on the swallow.

D: 1 or 2 will be plenty to drink at any one given time. Rather bland and forgettable.

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Photo of shabbtastic
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Franklins Tower in lovely downtown Albany.

P - Poured into a Magic Hat pint glass with a 1 finger head that quickly faded to a mid size cap. Lacing was okay, only about half way down.

S - Very citrus smelling, it was hard to find the hops but they were in there too, just not as present as one expecting an APA would be.

T - Smooth and light, a bit too light for an APA. All the none, it was refreshing.

M - A bit thin and watery but not too bad.

D - This would be a great session beer, not too much for anything else. Recommended however there are a vast list of better APA's out there.

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Photo of mltobin
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - The Fat Angel has a deep copper tone with a medium sized head.

S- A little smoke, some pepper, and bread flavors.

T- The taste of the Fat Angel is malty, yeasty, some spice, and fairly good overall.

MF- The mouthfeel is nice in this selection from Magic Hat. A good balance if some malt, some hops, and some sweetness in this american pale ale.

It drinks good and goes well with burgers, wings, etc.

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Photo of wingman14
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orangy brown with a white head. The smell is sweet with hoppy notes and floral qualities. The taste is starts sweet with some malty tones but ends with a bitter kick. The mouthfeel is smooth but light, a decent balance in flavor but still an awkward brew. Not like many others, but still interesting and drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark amber with minimal head. Nose is hoppy with a smoky edge to it. Fruit tones are there as well. Flavor is leafy with an almost twig like taste to it. Twig like? Yes. It tastes like tree bark. Hop influence is there, but seems to be almost watered down in a way. Something just doesn’t seem mixed right. Feel is tingly with bubbles. But the drinkability will stay low as I just don’t really dig it too much as it seems to lack balance or a cohesive recipe. Plus it has that metallic flavor which I just don’t like.

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

This was a pretty unique beer as far as an APA is concerned. It poured a dark oragange with a pretty clear and haze free complexion. The smell was was rich with citrus flavors and a faint presence of hop bitterness that comes standard on an APA.
The tastes was incredibly light for an APA and was rich in citrus with a crisp bight to it, with the grainy/ corn like malts blending well with the citrus notes. For an APA, not very hoppy at all, just a nicely flavored lige ale.
It was a little tangy on that note, with a lot of carbonation coming along with light body of the beer. It would be a dream of sorts to eat this with a pulled pork sandwhich, or any other type of bbq concept type meal. It was'nt hat Ii had expected, but it never usually is when Im drinking magic hat, which is one the main reasons I enjoy trying them in the first place.

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Photo of
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. "A paler shade of ale" is the description.

Poured a relatively clear, dark amber fluid (pale?). It was capped by a smallish, creamy, off-white head.

My first impression was a very mild scent of caramel. This was immediately followed by stronger citrus aromas, including pineapple and oranges. I believe there were floral notes in there as well.

Taste was nicely balanced. Think of a slight spread of orange or pineapple marmalade on some wheat bread. Bittering lingers well in aftertaste, maybe some grass as well.

Medium in body, medium in carbonation. Overall, pretty refreshing, just a bit dry in the finish.

Easy to drink, mild overall. Pleasant and well balanced. I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy brownish amber with nice off white head. Sticky on down. Aroma is pleasantly fruity with floral touch. Tastes is surprisingly complex. Chocolate malt, apple/pear with a very nice hop bite to boot. Mouthfeel is thick and carbination attacks mouth. Drinkability is good with me leaning towards summer or warmer times with all the carbination. Surprisingly complex brew from magic hat must try. Cheers!

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

A good session beer...definitely worth a few pints but not that memorable. Pours a cloudy amber/copper color with a good off white head (hard pour) that faces fairly quick. Leaves a light lacing. Smell is fairly pronounced mostly malty and has one odd odor or flavor I can't recognize (maybe its a vegetable thing). Tastes pretty good, a nice balance between overall maltiness and some bitterness in the finish. This beer is crisp and light without feeling watery. No odd aftertaste or anything that would detract from drinkability. Abv and taste/mouthfeel qualify this as a good session beer.

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Photo of Liquids
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Durge
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep copper-brown color brew with modest but full head and great lacing. A decent piney hops smell with a bit of brown bread thrown in. Tastes a bit more malty than hoppy with what I would describe as Granny Smith apple and brown sugar highlights. It is finely carbonated, kind of tangy on the tongue but still somewhat watery. A blend of malt and hops with peppery overtones at the finish, drinkable but a bit too thin for me to get carried away.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Angels are pretty much available anywhere you can find Magic Hat products. Poured a nice brown-orange color with three-quarter-inch head that quickly fades and leaves a thin lacing. Smells of spice, caramel malts, and hints of citrus. The taste is of deep, rich spices and caramel malts, with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Clean, sweet carbonated mouthfeel, but a bit much on the carbonation, which is apparent if you try to hold the beer on your tongue for a few seconds. Excellent drinkability. Light and low in alcohol, but wouldn't be my number one brew from Magic Hat.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to NutBrown for this one.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, some islands around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, and some caramel. The taste is malty, barely a hint of hops, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, but I would not call it a APA by a long shot.

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Photo of eberkman
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange-gold with a thin white head that vanishes before you know it, but somehow does manage to leave behind some lacing. The nose is dominated by bready, caramely, vaguely fruity notes with a slight trace of hops that you really have to be looking for to detect. The taste was also very, very malty up front -- toffee, caramel, some butteriness, but without sufficient hoppiness to balance it out. Really no discernable memorable finish either. In terms of mouthfeel, it was pretty full-bodied for a pale ale -- not an awful lot of carbonation. Drinkability is OK -- very smooth, that's for sure -- but not great due to the overwhelming maltiness in a style that I'd like to be a little more dry and bitter in the finish.

Reminded me a lot more of an English pale ale than an American, to be perfectly honest. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but not great either.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Compliments of jwc215. Thanks, Joe!

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear bubbly amber with a good head of foam that remains for the entire session and it has good lacing.

The smell is *very* fruity and has some floral notes.

The taste is very fruity up front...mainly pear; then it gets a bit earthy and has some hop spice come into play and finishes on the bitter/dry side. Interesting flavours but they don't work together
all that well for me and I'm having a tough time finishing my glass but...I'll manage. I'm still glad I got to try it.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a pleasant slightly foggy light orange-amber-tan color with two fingers of pretty frothy tan-ish head on top. Looks pretty good, although nothing too amazing. Nose is mostly fruity hops with a little bit of caramel malt too. Nose is actually a touch better than the taste. That mild toffee malt shows up for a split second. Then it flows into a pretty mellow hop bitterness. Very complex or interesting, but not particularly offensive either. Just kind of blaw. Feel is too thin for an APA, feels watery. Overall its an okay beer, not one of Magic Hat's better ones though, and not even one of their better pale ales (both the Hi.P.A. and the Blind Faith - although now discontinued - are better).

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A- Pours a deep amber with a thick tan head of foam.

S- Hint of flowery hops and fresh bread.

T- Tasty, of fresh bread, not too sweet, well balanced, finishes dry.

M- Nott overly carbonated, thin to medium body.

D- Overall a deent pale ale, but not the best available. Not as hoppy as others in the style.

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Photo of Brad007
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice reddish color. Aroma smells of hops, particularly Cascade. Reminds me of one of my homebrews. Anyway, getting past the aroma and it segues into a smooth, malty texture with some fruitiness to it. A bit abnormal for the style but suprisingly drinkable. Again, I have not had this beer in years and don't remember liking it much either. However, it tastes very smooth and balanced. A bit syrup in the mouthfeel but not too bad for the style. Definitely more interesting than at least one other pale ale I've had.

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Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled through the Secret Bunny 2007 BIF and sinstaineddemon.

In the glass this is a clear amber colored ale without much head formation.

The smell is sweet and bready and that is about it. There is a minimal amount of herbal aroma here but that is the best I can say about it.

The taste begins sweet and a little herbal and woody. A bit herbal and floral tasting this also tastes salty to me. The taste doesn’t develop much, a pretty ho hum ale.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable but I can't give you any reason to pick this to drink.

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Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with a thin, creamy head that descends to a thin cover, then a swirling patch. Some spotted lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is herbal and floral.

The taste is floral, herbal and leafy. It's balanced by a fruity sweetness that grows as the beer progresses. Apricot peeks through, to the point that it starts leaning towards the #9, which I like, but the fruitiness here doesn't particularly help it, IMO. Finishes with a watery sweetness. The light hops that were there at the start of the drink have all but vanishes by the end. Rather bland by the end, with an aftertaste that has something of wet cardboard to it.

The feel is light and fairly watery. Not crazy about the wet cardboard (oxidation?) that sticks around in the mouth.

Easy and light, but since I don't like the finky aftertaste, and since I found it to be light and forgettable, I wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of rowew
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle - label is a bit psychadelic. Best by date notched on the label.

Appearance: Reddish orange, medium head, fades to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Malty, a bit of diacytle and cooked vegatables.

Taste: Similar to aroma, but a bit more hops. Starts off with malt and cooked veggies - the end is a bit of hops.

Overall impression: Meh - very run of the mill APA. Drinkable, but nothing at all outstanding about it.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Hazy amber color, some head, no lace.

Aroma - Citrus, friuty and sweet malt.

Taste - Easy balance, light hop and light malt taste.

Mouthfeel -Light beer and carbinated.

Drinkability - Haven't had a Magic hat since last summer, nice beer. The place I went to the other
day had this bottles. Nice choice.

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Photo of Braudog
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
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 Globetrotter
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
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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Fat Angel from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 289 ratings.
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