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Batch 374 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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3.97/5
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42 Ratings
Batch 374Batch 374
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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pDev:
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by AaronHomoya:
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a dark auburn color with a nice, lacy head. I noticed my friend's looked a lot lighter colored in the same type glass. Interesting. The smell is nice with a lot of sweet, fruity hops and a fair bit of malt in there too. A bit of a toasted, almost roasted coffee aroma too. The taste is nice and balanced with sweet malt and some fruity hop flavor up front, followed by a nice hoppy bitter finish that was quite pleasant. Mouthfeel was pretty light and almost thin, and the carbonation was fairly light as well. Clean feeling finish, though. Drinkability is high with the nice taste and nicely bitter finish that makes you want more.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

A- Impressive head after a hard pouring, good lace action as it sticks to the glass well. Amber tea color shows its clarity off.

S- Holy Hop Shoots!! Wow, such an aromatic hop character in the nose; citric with mild pine / mint notes. Orange Creamsicle?

T&M- Very smooth with a slightly creamy medium body. Prolific hop profile works on the taste buds with a snappish bitterness and a complex layer of oily flavor ... citrus oil, soft spruce, ruby red grapefruit. Ghost like diacetyl from the yeast, bit from mushy ripe fruit as well. Maltiness flails out with a steely, toasted and grain laden mix but the hops still seem to rise above without a problem.

D- Is this HIPA's little brother? Magic Hat certainly has their act together and 374 is proof. This beer has a permanent home in my beer fridge now.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very nice, crisp dark amber colour wit ha big foamy but semi-chunky off-white head.

The aroma is surprisingly nice and piney. Yum. There are some floral and citrus notes as well as some earthy malt notes in the back of this one.

The flavour leans more toward the citrus side of things but definitely retains the piney hop feel that was so strong in the aroma. There's a bitter caramel taste to the middle that mixes nicely with the hops and a touch of malt (and some spice?) at the finish. Mouthfeel is sharp and biting (but a bit oily at times) and very nice.

This was quite a bold surprise from Magic Hat. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It definitely needs to be kept around and is by far the best of the "Batch" series that I've tasted. Pick it up and vote to ensure that this one sticks around.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting my Memorial day off with this one,a great pour a deep bronze with a very well retained slightly off white head that has great staying power.Big pine and grapefruit in the nose with a nearly as big caramel malt base to hold up to it,hops are not as prevelant on the palate but still make there presence known very nicely,sweet caramel and biscuit malt melds into a citrusy lingering finish.To me its like a left coast red big on hops for the style,great to get the day started with this one watching the Tigers against the evil empire and then some bbq later in the day that this beer will accompany.

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red-rust color that’s bordering on brown. The off-white head is of moderate size, but has considerable staying power. The aroma has a little malt and a lot of fruit characteristics. A lot of citrus from hops sticks out immediately, followed by ripe peach, pear, and berries. A little caramel and vanilla follow in the mix. It’s a relatively interesting and enticing aroma. A little more citrus comes out in the taste. Medium sweetness. Its occasionally a little harsh. Moderate carbonation and fairly good drinkability. It’s good, but the brew really didn’t excite me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! What is this hoppy concoction before me? I could smell the hops when I opened the cap... fruity, citrusy, floral, piney... quite impressive. The distinctive grapefruit, orange, pineapple and melon notes really pull you in.

It pours a hazy copper-orange with a ruby cast and golden highlights beneath a frothy head of antique-white that holds well and leaves some very nice, thin, craggy lace about the glass.

A second whiff reveals that in addition to the citrusy hops there's also a soft, sweetish note of bready malt underneath.

The flavor delivers the hops that the nose promised: upfront mid-palate, at the swallow, and in the finish. Very nice. The sweet, underlying bready and lightly caramelish malt acts as a springboard to propel the fruity hops forward while a solid bitterness keeps a tether on it from below.

The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly creamy, with a dextrinous medium body and a moderate, seemingly natural, very fine-bubbled carbonation.

Quiet nice! This reminds me a lot of some of the hoppier beers that English brewers are doing now with American hops. Well worth trying!

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Photo of UnionMade
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess this one's unofficially called Big Red, at least at Eli Cannons Tap Room.
Old brick red, topped with a full puff of off white foam. Great clarity, great retention and great lacing. These past few "batches" have been stellar appearance-wise. Chewy malt aroma and surprisingly hoppy. Lots of caramel and citrus, grainy, somewhat reminiscent of Rogue's red ale. The flavor follows suit, with plenty of caramel malt and a slight diacetyl butteriness, fruity and estery, buffeted by blaring, oily citric hops. Great stuff, and very drinkable. These were the first beers gone from my mix pack. Kinda reminds me of Humble Patience, risen from the grave and madder than hell.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, best before Aug notched on back label.

Bottle cap: “Never pretend to a friend”

Hazed amber. Short head of fine sand colored bubbles that settles to a skim coat and leaving a collar of lace. Ample lazy carbonation streams. Pine pitch and fruit rind dominate with some light toasted malt. There is a spiciness embedded in there as well. A light toastedness starts things off before falling back behind the piney and orange rind bitterness. The rind notes seem to be more prominent and generates a long finish. There is a nice interplay with adequate an malt backbone standing up to the hops, but the spiciness in the nose cannot be found. Medium body with a pleasantly carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkable for certain and a solid offering. Perhaps this will enter the regular MH rotation.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'Shop with the pros'

Appearance - a murky dull amber with highlights of red and orange. A pale creamy light orange with some lazy lacing.

Aroma - lots of citrus. Orange, peach, and pine. Fragrant and appealing.

Taste - a layer of malty sweetness, coverd quickly by a dose of hoppage. As much citrus as bitterness, this is a really nice blend of hops. Not much balance to the malt side, but that's all for the better. A zippy red with some character. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel - medium body, kicked up carbonation, good, good...

Drinkability - quite quaffable, and most enjoyable with some chili, it turns out. Props to beachbum for hooking me up with this one.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours the color of a strong tea, dark in color but very clear. Nice tall head that fades to a very nice lace to the end of the glass. Aroma caught me off guard (in a good way0. Hops! but a nice aroma to it. Spice, pine and orange in the mix that comes to my nose, not overpowering but complementing to the brew. The taste is smooth and very nice. The zing from the hops is all up front but the beer gives a slight change to roasted malt in the middle but the flavor is taken back over by the hops.

I really enjoyed this brew. It has a nice mixture of flavors with a different side (type) of hops that I haven’t had or had this way yet. Easy to drink, very enjoyable. I wonder if this will be produced without being in a mixer?

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Photo of luvND
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 oz bottle, typical MH swirly

A: Nice deep amber, decent head with nice lace

S: WOW! Really nice, piney, citrus, herbal

T/M: Nice toasted grain, a little tea like, citrus, good hop profile. Nice aftertaste, again, a little tea like. Nice mouthfeel, slightly oily, which is good.

D: I could drink several, good session beer.

Notes: A great showing from MH. This is definitely a keeper. It's a shame this is a one time deal.

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Photo of taez555
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear reddish/brown/tan body with a white head.

Nose was extremely inviting. Caramel, toffee, citrus peel, fresh cut flowers, pepper, herbal tea, pine needles and oranges.

Taste is in your face with medium body. Big hop bitterness that flows from beginning to end. Taste is right along the same lines as the nose. Strong citrus peel astringent bite, carmel, toffee pine needles, oranges, lemons, grapefruit. Oily hop resin taste very reminisnat of Three Floyds Dreadnaught DIPA. As it warms it really starts to take on a strong tannic herbal or even chamomile type tea taste. Has a surprisingly mild finish. It lingers but not for very long.

Holy shit this is a good beer! If you didn't tell me I'd totally think this was Stone, Rogue or even Founders, wow!!! What an an amazing red ale. I could drink this all day. It's a shame next time I go to the store I'll be more likely to fine Mother Lager. Why must the best beers be one-offs? Get this while you can.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a hoppy one here, and in a very good way. Pours a translucent amber color, with little head. STRONG aroma of pine, and citrus grapefruit. It's quite treat just to smell this thing. Aromas directly transport themselves into the flavors of this beer, with a hop dominated citrus grapefruit and pine character. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste a bit, but isn't overpowering. Altogether, an awesome beer here, and quite a surprise out of the variety case with a "mystery beer" in it.

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Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to grassrootsvt for this special bottle via Todd Haire at Magic Hat... Appears an amber color with a small white head and scattered lace that sort of resembles the Hi.P.A. only better. Smell is of plenty of dry hops(all Simcoe) with piney & orange mix. Ringwood yeast is evident in the aromas with mild butter notes. Taste is of the above aromas with mild caramel notes and a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sweetness that fades to an even balanced bitter brew. Not a bad outing from our friends in South Burlington.

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Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with best before end of September on the back. Pours a medium dark amber with a creamy beige 1 finger head with good lnogevity and very good lace. Nice hop aroma mixed with a bit of pine. Orange scents detected as well. caramel malt flavors quickly fade into a subtle hop fest. Nice hop flavor mixed with a nice citrus twist. Although hop flavor is predominate it is not too overpowering, maily due to the fact that proper malt flavor was also obtained. Creamy yet crisp mouthfeel and good drinkability. Magic Hat has a winner with this one.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another surprise from the Magic Hat brewers. they just keep
making unique tasting ales, this is a great tasting, similar
version to the HIPA thats out. Its just not as hoppy but it
still has a nice hop bite- but it the flavors mixing around(i taste
something like vanilla swirling around also that
make it unsual but very drinkable. Like another reviewer, I don't
know if I would be drinking these one after the other but its
a winner in my books, refreshing for the summer and with the
slight pine and fruit and dry grapefruit finish, its delicious and
should be marketed to the public(six packs at least). I would
buy drafts of this no problem. Excellent stuff!

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Photo of EPICAC
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with a fluffy beige head that recedes to a thin layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Piney hops with sweet toffee and caramel malts.

Taste: Light sweet malts in the center are dominated by a resiny hop bitterness in the finsish.

Mouthfeel: Oily, medium-light-bodied.

Drinkability: Drinkablitiy is okay, but could use some more balancing malts.

Overall: A decent session beer.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My sample came in a variety pack. Served in a traditional pint glass.

It poured a dark orange, very slight haze. Perhaps even just a chill haze. Medium tan head that didn't stick around very long.

The smell was very fruity. Canned pineapples and citrus oils. Also piney hop resins. Simcoe or maybe Cascade?

The taste was bitter yet had a sweet citrus quality. A lot of grapefruit and grapefruit rind flavors. Sharp piney aftertaste. Smooth slick mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated.

Quite drinkable. I was surprised to see this classified as a red ale. My initial impression was IPA. A nice solid beer. I wouldn't mind seeing it make it into their line up.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one sassy looking red. Nice oily-soapy looking orange tinted cream head. Great retention and bits of spotty lace stick. Body is straight up orange red color and clear as far as I can see. Smells like a simcoe hoppy explosion. Mmmmm very nice. Pine resin, candy orange citrus, along with some buttery ringwood yeast I think. Sweet caramel malts hold full underneath the massive hops. Taste is delicously hopped with orange and resinous pine with a solid malty base. Mouth is slick, slightly gritty/resiny and smooth. Hopfully drinkable.

I love the hops...way to go Magic Hat, its a keeper.

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Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red featuring a bit of chill haze and a pillowy thick, creamy head that leaves some pretty solid lacing. Aaaahhh...super thick, resinous hops to the nose meld with a brown sugar sweetness. Simple but very tantalizing. Flavor follows the smell to an extent: bold, fleshy citrus hops, dank cannabis buds, and a finishing malty sweetness. Possibly a hint of diacetyl buried under all that flavor. Smooth, easy bitterness and a medium mouthfeel.

This is a super, deliciously hoppy West coast style red. Not only a "rave" for sure, but one of the best beers Magic Hat has ever put out. Wicked good.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magic hat surprises me once again. After circus boy I thought things were going downhill. I had this on tap at MacGregors in perinton and was listed simply as #374. This came to me a beautiful dark amber color with a small off-white head. Smell was incredible. Earthy citrius and pine hop aroma were there, but was overall very sweet smelling. I would call this a fruity amber IPA because it was fruity, amber and awesomely(but not over done) hopped. Kinda tastes like Peach flavored hops! The mouthfeel was light but almost creamy.

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Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin ruby in color with shades of auburn. Creamy 1/2" off white head that lingers as a pasty sheet leaving thin lacing with decent strength.

Semi-sweet caramel malt with a creamy hint of vanilla. Fragrant citrus hop aromas: lemon and pine that are almost oily.

Lemon, apple, and pear flavors derived from the hops, followed by some bright pine notes. At mid-sip is a creamy coffee and light hazlenut semi-richness. A slightly dry finish with a creamy malt aftertaste.

A light medium bodied; well rounded: smooth, light, yet creamy.

Good flavors and a nice balance. Nice to see Magic Hat finally turning out some decent brews after axing Humble and HOD.

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Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Batch 374
12 oz brown bottle
Best by October notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
Part of the Magic Hat Summer Variety Show 12 pack

Pours a hazy light orange with a reddish tint. Big, fluffy head on top that leaves intersting patterns of sticky lace on the glassware.

Plesant aroma of sweet malts and big time hops. Strong whiffs of citrus.

Juicy, grain biscuit malt feel with an incredibly soft and smooth mouthfeel with a touch of caramel swirl. Intense, yet controlled hop presence with a lime and grapefruit twang.
A solid offering and well crafted beer from Magic Hat. Rarely do they let me down with the Mystery beers.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another mystery from Magic Hat...

Pours a nice ruby color, rather translucent with a little bubbly head, not much lacing. Looks like a red ale. Smell is more pronounced than a standard red, can really sense the floral hops and slight fruitiness. Taste follows with a taste that melds an IPA with a red ale, was expecting a lighter flavor. The light fruits are there, but are balanced with the flowery hops. This would be a great beer to have with some BBQ, but on its own it's a little less drinkable.

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Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a magnificient dark red with a large, rocky head.

Smells of yeasty yeasty bread dough and a fistful of hops. Orange hops and lemon hops and dry hops.

Tastes of huge yeast and bread dough up front, like I'm walking in the back of a bakery and the flavor just permeates the air, makes it so you have to breathe it in. Then there comes in this tremendous amount of hops. They're mostly citrusy, and some of them I can't for the life of me place. Lots of raw dough, is all I can say, and it's pretty fantastic.

Man, east coasters don't know how to live. This beer ain't over hopped. It's juuust right!

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Batch 374 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 42 ratings