Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #796
Ranked #46,867
3.42 | pDev: 17.84%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Notes: A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there's never been anything else quite like it.

20 IBU
Reviews: 1,743 | Ratings: 5,896 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of realJohnnyHobo
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brewed by Dundee under the FIFCO USA portfolio this beer has been one of the crossover recommendations I have for someone who is looking to get into crafted beer - granted this is a bit more pedestrian than it used to be - today this is still a delightful medium-bodied semi-hoppy fruit-inspired beer.

If you're at a recently poured pint the coloring may pique your interest, as the hue doesn't remind me of a typical fruit beer, but a pale ale as listed on the bottle. I do get a lot more malt than I formerly recalled in the back notes, front notes are sweet fruit and ale yeast. You do get a bit of a sticky sweetness factor in the finish, but that isn't entirely bad.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - over a year old - poured into a squat pint and fridge temp.

Pours a somewhat darker amber hue, quite clear, and topped with a finger of tam head that recedes quickly.

Nose: Caramel malt lends some sweet bready notes with toffee and caramel and plenty of resinous hops bring some pine, grass, and hugely fruity aroma with notes of apricot, papaya, and peach rings. This is categorised as a fruit and field beer, so I'm wondering if there's some peach or something in here. Also a slight herbal spice note, like fresh oregano.

Palate: Crazy dry out of the gate. Given the sweet malty aroma, i was expecting something cloying and sticky, but that isn't the case here. There is some crystal malt flavour, but it's amidst some very pale malt and grainy wheat. There is some subtle hopping, lending a nondescript floral and fruity character, and then a clear sign of there being some fruit in here. I'm guessing mango. Ive had other mango IPAs, and this is very similar. If it isn't mango, it's some other stone fruit - peach, apricot, nectarine, etc.. but my guess is mango. Some lightly bitter and highly floral hop resins in the finish with that stine fruit becoming even bigger before a quick, clean, abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: Medium-light in body, very crisp, snappy, and refreshing, with lower effervescence. It feels fairly dry elevating the crisp drinkability. Slightly drying hoppy finish. Clean.

Overall: So I'm convinced there's a fruit in it, I'm just not sure what. Mango? Apricot? It reminds me a lot of Ffirst Cut from Troegs. Nevertheless, it's actually quite enjoyable, crisp, and refreshing, and would be easy to drink a couple of these in rapid succession. It also clearly holds up well. It isn't something I'd go out of my way for and I certainly wouldn't trade for it, but for a cheap shelf beer, I like it.

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Photo of Danzifer
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle, hardly any head. Copper in color, mildly hazy. It smells like straight up flowers, definitely one of the best smelling ales out there. The taste isn't as good as the smell, but it's still delicious. One of the more complex formulas out there, I'll give it a try: honey, barley, apricot, malt, hops and holy water.

Sidenote: the caps are great for artwork and trivia.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes 8/24/12: Pours a pale, dull, clear copper producing 2 fingers of off-white, short-lived head that leaves weeping rings of lace. Aroma is toasted bread with apricot/peach jelly, a hint of tangerine and hoppy pine. Taste is a soapy cream (like a 1960's Rainbow Popsicle), apricot, a little orange, weak coconut and thin hops. Cloyingly citrus bittersweet aftertaste is faintly reminiscent of ethyl acetate.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To me it felt like a wheat beer (WitBier) with fruit.

Look: golden with an inch thick white head

Aroma: wheat, apricot

Taste: Wheat, yeast, some banana, apricot and a bit of grassy hops.

Body/Overall: light to medium

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Photo of Alexc11
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold colour (even bronze with an orange hue one can perceive). Not much of a head and the first sips almost seemed flat. It's described as a fruit beer but struggled to detect fruit aromas or tastes. When I did, I sensed peach and apricot with a peppery final kick. It's light, crisp, inoffensive, low on carbonation and bitterness. It is what it is.

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Photo of Imakoniver
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle to a golden color with a nice 3/4” head. Smells much more floral than fruity, some lacing. I found this to be a refreshingly different beer. It feels and tastes initially clean with a floral aftertaste. I have bought several six-packs of this. It is a solid, but not great beer.

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Photo of Tantonys
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll describe it: Sort of a cream ale style beer. I am unable to discern any "fruit and a floral" hops as they mention on the label. Doesn't really come through. Crisp, decent bitterness and body.

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Photo of DaveyCream
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Definitely not a bad beer by any means. Light in color. The aroma is an apricot smell. The taste is apricot as well. I was also able to taste a hint of cherry in there as well. Others I know have commented that as well, but then others do not taste the cherry flavor. I like this beer though. Has that fruit flavor, but it is not overpowering by any means. That is good for me because I am not a fan of super fruity bears. Goes down pretty smooth, even if you are not a huge fan apricots (which I am not). Would recommend this to someone, but at the same time would not go out of my way to by this from a huge selection most likely.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can’t believe the low ratings here. It is a unique floraly taste but very delightful. Not real hoppy so that may be the reason but a solid tasteful PA.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium light body with a very mild aroma. Theres apricot, some grass, and malt but aroma is mostly apricot.
Taste is a little dry, as well as tasting like dried apricots and just a bit sweet.
Not bad but also not too memorable

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Photo of Mrbob558
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I opened the bottle, the beer smelled bad, like it was old. The taste was bitter . I liked all the other Magic Hat beers I have tried but this one was a real disappointment.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My original recollection of this beer was more positive than what I think right now. Been around for a good bit, I have had it a few times on and off. I like it ok, it's slightly above my average which is 3.0. Good, just not special.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with a thin layer of bubbles. Smells of wheat and floral hops. Light feel. Tastes like grass with some apricot and a touch of floral hops. Dry finish. Pretty much agree with the other reviews, this one was innovative when it came out but pales in comparison to the offerings today.

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Photo of Tweezerjam
4.64/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites. Its got a hint of apricot sweetness, but is perfectly balanced with mild hops. I could drink this all day (indeed I have). Its a must try for everyone. Enjoy!

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love potion #9 comes to mind. One of the first "craft" beers I have ever enjoyed, it is a blend of both sweet and lager. This one does not over power the senses in any way. If you are looking for an introduction in the fruit and field category, this is a good beer to do that with.

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Photo of Nass
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

There are some light fruit notes & it is not too hoppy like an IPA. It's lacking in taste & the body is quite thin. There is nothing really that stands out from this beer but it's still worth a try. I highly recommend it to people that are newbies to craft beer. I am going to assume that they add some actual fruit or at least fruit flavoring to make this beer like some apricots or peaches, but I could be wrong about that assumption. Cheers! C

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Photo of PMakowski
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - golden orange with some touch of amber. Very small foam head and only minimal glass lacing
Smell - bar none, the strangest beer aroma I have come across. Cherry-apricot bubble gum. Some slight wheat or grains. Very sweet smelling and honestly it smells like a strange fruit cocktail more than a beer...
Taste - It's got a strange taste too. I don't know what's in it so it's hard to describe. It's like a fruity highly carbonated ale. Not saying it's fake but it doesn't taste like fresh hops or anything. Not one single characteristic stands out. It has quite a bit of carbonation. The bitterness is perhaps more than IBU's suggest. It's sweet but its not overwhelming. Drinkable i guess.

Overall, this one is just not my thing. I don't enjoy the taste enough to buy it again. Grade is a B-

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Photo of Treyliff
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange color with a one-finger foamy white head. Smells of toasted malts, a hint of apricot. Tastes of bready malt with just a faint fruitness, finishes fruity. Medium-light body with medium carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No bottling date information found.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Creamy off white head sticks around. Leaves a few spots of lacing.
Aroma is predominately floral and slightly sweet. Grassy, vegetal in the background.
Quite a floral grape emphasis in the flavor, with some minor hop bitterness at the end. Rather dry finish.
Medium thick body. Okay carbonation.
Tastes like a old school craft creation. Comes from the "Magic Hat". Overall, kind of thin in flavor but has that grape floral signature.

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Photo of O-Meg
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great beer; i’ve been drinking it for years, but reading that the style was “fruit/vegetable beer” kind of made me feel like i was living the end of Soylent Green

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Photo of beersampler6
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer that’s easy to drink and always a safe bet. Nice golden color, some nice head without much lingering lacing. Smells faintly of fruit, tastes mainly of malt and a little fruity sweetness. Not much hop taste at all. Thin mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Slightly sweet but overly so.

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Photo of Anayalator
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured from a botttle to a glass.
L: gold color with solid lacing and head retention. Carbonation seems non-existent.
S: like a small citrus hop profile with grapes/apples. almost like a sweet wine.
T: a sweet IPA with a grape/apple wine feel. Not too bitter.
F: easy finish with little carbonation. Extremely crisp.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Hazy amber with a huge white head of bubbly foam.

Smell: Malt, some citrus and fruitiness, and a bit of hop at the back.

Taste: Very fruity, almost like juice mixed with malt liquor. Balanced by hop bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated.

Overall: Pretty okay. I would have liked a bit more of a strong fruit flavor.

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Photo of spectru
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber; Head dissipates; Pleasant fruity smell; Mild sparkly mouthfeel, then shifts to kinda smooth; Flavor is slightly nutty but very mild, subdued. The flavor is a little weaker than I expected from the aroma. Not bad but not great.

You can't read it on the BA picture - on the lable it says "Not quite pale ale"

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