Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #388
Ranked #30,117
3.4 | pDev: 17.94%
Jan 07, 2022
Jun 09, 1998
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
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Poured from a 12 oz can from a variety pack. Pours bronze like with decent foamy head; rapidly recedes. The "fruit and field" style threw me off as it tastes more like a standard lager. Meh.

Jan 07, 2022
3.29 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina on Dec 04, 2021
Photo of Peach63
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Pours golden yellow with a 1/2" white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is floral, caramel, light citrus, grassy hops.

Taste is caramel, citrus, light pine.

Light to medium body, moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Pretty decent Pale Ale. Less bitterness than an IPA.

Nov 24, 2021
3.54 by rpw from New York on Nov 06, 2021
3.77 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 04, 2021
2.5 by blackcloud from Alaska on Sep 16, 2021
4.18 by BombayDingleMonkey from Pennsylvania on Jul 31, 2021
Photo of 1009
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by 1009 from Massachusetts

It's a shame they are no longer at their Burlington, VT spot because I wish I could visit the once popular home to this wonderful serum. Anyways, a bronze liquid fills my glass with a foamy white head. Fairly standard appearance, but a wonderful aroma of apricot/fruity sweetness permeates the glass. A sip and you quite literally are mystified by this beer. What am I drinking? It's got a sweet flavor to it with an almost malty touch. A really crisp clean beer that is unique and hard to describe, but really what it is is delicious.

Jul 21, 2021
3.66 by M1k3y from Tennessee on May 26, 2021
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5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Robbyluv1

This is a solid beer that tastes reminded me of my first taste of home-brewed IPA: more floral fragrant with prevalent apricot notes. One of my favorite all-time recommendations, but maybe not for everyone’s palette if into heavy or bitter brews.

May 19, 2021
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3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 9/9/290, so 8 months old.

Faintly hazy pale amber body. No head retention, hence no lacing.

Not much of an aroma. Somewhat fruity.

On tasting, the fruit is there, with a fairly strong sour bitterness.

Mouth medium, finish sour bitterness

Overall, none too pleasant to this palate, and I dont think its age related.

May 16, 2021
3.5 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
3.2 by bernieimpala from Florida on Apr 16, 2021
3.36 by Mebuzzard from Colorado on Mar 18, 2021
3.75 by Taenim from Delaware on Mar 06, 2021
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3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Elemental19xx from Illinois

Beer pours a little cloudy with a little head, and a few small particulates. Smells more like a fruity ale than an IPA (which I like). tastes pretty good in my opinion, but not as hoppy as a pale ale( perhaps that's why it says not quite pale ale on the front). It's like your average run of the mill ale, but just a bit more fruity and a light hop flavor towards the end. The carbonation is mild, not smooth like nitro brews, but relatively soft. Overall I could drink em all day and not be sick of the taste, but it would be my first choice if I was looking to only drink a beer or two after dinner. That being said if I see them in the custom six pack fridge I would be okay with adding one of these.

Feb 28, 2021
3.59 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana on Feb 07, 2021
3.65 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
2.15 by Dbot from Delaware on Dec 18, 2020
3.35 by Kingmoonracer from New Jersey on Dec 15, 2020
3.43 by Myboymi from Kansas on Dec 04, 2020
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3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DavyDnIndy from Indiana

Nice amber color. Smooth crisp after bite. Not heavy feel, nice for after work?

Nov 22, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by korfao from North Carolina

A definite rich color and apricot/fruit smell. It claims it's not quite an ale, and it feels like it needs a bit more in the hoppy department to even out the fruit flavor. With all that said, if on a hot day you need something not hoppy and not a lager, this works quite well as an evening drink after a day in the yard.

Nov 12, 2020
3.62 by RyanPollie from California on Nov 01, 2020
3.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Oct 10, 2020
3.75 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island on Sep 27, 2020
3.42 by Gmartin75 from Pennsylvania on Aug 13, 2020
3.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
3.67 by S-Taylor from Texas on Jul 04, 2020
3.5 by Jaasoares from Virginia on Jul 04, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by cmk550 from Wisconsin

Perfectly fine, didn't realize it was a fruit and field beer

Jun 15, 2020
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3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by hottenot from North Carolina

Been awhile
Since I had this

My first foray into modern craft
Way back but
Very tasty fruity
As has been noted.

Jun 07, 2020
2.77 by Justincredble from Pennsylvania on Jun 04, 2020
3.51 by SauceMcSauce from Pennsylvania on May 03, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

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.

Apr 26, 2020
3.78 by Milkman_d83 from Kentucky on Apr 22, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Danzifer from Ohio

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.

Apr 21, 2020
3.79 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Apr 15, 2020
3.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 13, 2020
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