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Roxy Rolles | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
As the leaves line the trees with colors bright, the Autumnal Amber Ramble comes into sight! Roxy Rolles pours in her wake foliage fallen and a perfect pairing of malt and hops.

40 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 611 |  Reviews: 460
Reviews by Cadyfatcat:
Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost as red as the label.
Smells of a faint hint raspberries, musky damp bittering hops.
Tiny bit of course graininess at the beginning, with some Lipton tea flavors going on. Flavors in this beer are a little played. The beer itself is a little roughly put together, and the bitterness is too pronounced. Dry bitterness dominates most of the latter part of the taste profile.
A run of the mill craft red ale, does not possess any distinguishing characteristics. Not hard to drink, but boring, I would not go out of my way to buy it. There are many better examples.

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Photo of gottajiboo2
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine dropped off a six pack of this at my house, and said he "wasn't really in to it".

Poured a 12oz bottle into my glass and out came a cloudy deep amber colored ale. It settled in with a thin tan bubbly head.

Smell. Wow, smell really smacks you in the nose. Dirty, earthy strong mineral (almost pee like) smell just really surprised me.

The taste treated me better than the initial wiff. Herbal tea's and earthy musty hops swirled about my mouth. Very interesting, and definitely unlike anything I've ever tried by Magic Hat.

Mouth feel was medium bodied and slightly dry.

I've drank a number of these the past week. At first bottle, I wasn't so sure about it, but they have grown on me. It seems like it is easier to drink as you try it again.


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Photo of kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from the tap, came a fairly dark amber-brown with thick off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Aroma was more along the lines of a Pale Ale, with hints of citrusy fruit blended with sweet malty caramel. Unlike many of Magic Hat's beers that tend to be on the thin side, mouthfeel on Roxy was full and somewhat tingly. Taste mirrored the citrus fruit and caramel mix of the nose, and the finish was long and on the bittersweet side.

One of the better offerings I've had from Magic Hat.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Though I despise Magic Hat's lack of pertinant information and relevant artwork on thier bottles and I love thier commitment freshness dating. This guy was a freshy.

Roxy Rolles pours a hazy golden brown with a beige 2 finger head. Retention and lacing until the end. Smells like hemlock with some malt character.

Heavy pine hops up front followed by a scotch ale-like bitterness followed by a stuffing a handful of pine needles into one's mouth. Lots of piney hops. Very drying aftertaste. As Rolles gets warmer the pineness recedes a bit and a caramel and sweet bread taste become more prominant.

Why not a winter seasonal that tastes like Christmas trees? 'Tis the season.

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Photo of littleshamrocks
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish copper with orange highlights when held up to the light. A thick and creamy two full fingers of beige foam. Kind of a hazy body so its hard to tell, but carbonation appears about average.

S: Toasted, biscuit-y malts, caramel, toffee, floral and pine-y hops and maybe a hint of molasses and vanilla in the back.

T&M: Medium+ body with soft carbonation. Smooth on the palate with flavors of semi-sweet caramel malt backed with moderately bitter, spicy, and resiny hop character. Seems to want to finish sweet but the bitterness outlasts in the end.

D: This beer is an interesting study in balance. At first the flavors seem to be at odds but in the end it all comes together well. I find this to be a highly drinkable solid offering from Magic Hat, my favorite from them so far.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish color with a two finger head. The smell is of big malt character caramel and roasted malts with some piney hops at the end. The taste is big and flavorful, big roasted malt backbone with caramel tones. Mid way there is a piney hop taste. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Drinkability is above average, but not good due to how big the flavor is, it would be hard to drink alot of these. Overall it is a very solid beer, for a red the taste is complex, full, and bold.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mix 12 pack.

A: Pours a ruby red/amber with a moderate tan head. Retention is decent, and lacing is slim to moderate.

S: Mild hops and an herbal aroma. The scent is faint, but at least it's not offending.

T: Slight hops bitterness with a wood-like flavor that leads into a surprising abrupt end. I usually find that hoppy beers have a hoppy finish. Not this one. This isn't a bad thing, just different.

M: Carbonation is moderate, and balances the hops.

D: I could see this being a session beer. Not something I would reach for immediately, but if the choices were generic macros, common imports, or this, I would choose to roll with the roxy.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an nonic.

A- Slightly hazy copper appearance. Pours with 2+ fingers of thick tan head, which fades very slowly into a thin but solid cap. Ample sticky lacing. Borderline 5.

S- Nice grapefruit hop odors strike first, followed by hints of bready sweetness.

T- Solid grapefruit and herbal hoppiness is in the forefront, followed by fairly sweet bread and caramel flavors. Bitterness is moderate.

M- Crisp on the front, and moderately high carbonation. Medium feel, and goes down very smoothly.

D- Extraordinary drinkability. Low ABV....good flavor....easy going down. Would be a good candidate for a long session on a hot day.

Future outlook: Quite a bit better than I was anticipating. I'd be happy to pick this up again during the summer.

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Photo of nitemarebrewer
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color of this beer was amber. There is decent head.
The aroma has grapefruity hoppiness, but not too hoppy. Good maltiness underneath.
Tastes the same, although there is a hoppy bite in the aftertaste.
I could drink a couple of these and be a happy beersnob.

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Photo of admiralcrunch
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came with the winter 12 pack. Poured into imperial pint glass.

This has more hop flavor than I thought it would. There is a citrusy smell to it. It has some pine flavors that linger. I enjoy it quite a lot but it's walking a fine line between being tasty and being too bitter. That's not a bad thing though, as it's probably what they were going for. I think I'll pick up a 6-pack before the season is over.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the Magic Hat winter sampler 12 pack. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a fairly cloudy copper red color. The white head is very lacy and chunky looking. It is a good inch thick or maybe more when poured. Fantastic lacing here indeed! Settles to a good 1/2 inch and eventually a solid 1/4 inch that lasts down to the last sip.. Has a sweet caramel malt and citrus hop aroma along with a touch of coffee. The taste is the same along with a bit of spice, and the sweet caramel malt and citrus hops flavor balance each other quite nicely indeed. I believe I may also detect a hint of clove and banana here too. Very nice! Crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Extremely easy to drink in the way well crafted beers should be. I really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of MikeBrandman
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks more like a winter ale than an autumn ale. Deep, rich amber that would be transparent if it wasn't so dark. No carbonation, just rich thick reddish brown all the way through. 3 fingers of white head with a rough pour into a pint glass that quickly subsides to a thin cap with marginal lacing.

S - Smell is big on this beer. Toasted grains and autumn spiciness that I just can't place.

T - Burnt grain taste that is surprisingly smooth. Feels like this is toasted just right. Just enough alcohol taste to keep it bitter and strong. Hops compliment this well too.

MF - Usually I don't have much to say in terms of mouthfeel, but for some reason this one feels a little course as it goes down. Kinda grows on you, but initially it was a little repulsive.

D - Very drinkable for how strong it is. Just can't put it down.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 2ounce bottle into my standard shaker glass. Appears a clear deep amber color with about a finger of light tan foam. The lingering foam leaves a thin lace on the glass. Smells and tastes of mildly toasted grains, rich caramel malts and grapefruit pith ( caramel coated grapefruit peel?), toasted bread. Medium in both body and carbonation.

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Photo of JayNH
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy burgundy with a thick frothy head.

S- a very citrusy hop scent jumps out at you. A sweet bready malt vies for your attention.

T- A very piney hoppiness, well balanced out with a bready maltiness. Finishes very piney.

M-smooth and slightly creamy. A nice solid body to the brew. Carbonation is just right.

T- Excellent, this is a good brew.

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Photo of genog
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a, hmmmm amber color with a creamy light brown fluffy head. Slowly dies down and leaves a little bit of lacing. Smell is very hoppy with a sweet malt aroma behind it. Taste is of the sweet caramel malt then slightly bittering hops, followed by a fruity aftertaste. Mouth feel is nicely carbonated.

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Photo of bakeller
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: One finger off-white head quickly dissipates into a nice ring around the glass. Color is a murky, cloudy orangish-red.

Smell: Nose is hoppy with hints of citrus, especially grapefruit and lemon. Some breakthrough malt balances the citrus.

Taste: Quite hoppy up front with a smooth transition into a sweet citrus and malt flavor. There is also a hint of pine present.

Mouthfeel: Medium texture with noticeable carbonation. Smooth up front with a hoppy stickiness in back

Drinkabilitly: Good amber that goes down easily. Could down a few of these in a night without a problem.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a clear amber with a large, foamy, off-white head. Sticks lacing follows the beer 3/4 down the glass.

S - Mild hops tickle the nose, followed by a citrusy/floral aroma. A little "wood-sy" pine in the background.

T - Starts with a hoppy feel that melts away with a mixture of caramel and malt; the hops return on the crisp finish. Any bitterness is cancelled out by the lingering feeling of malt. I really enjoyed the sweet-hops.

M - Medium body blends well with the caramel flavors. Lack of bitterness on the finish also bodes well with the malt.

D - A very good seasonal selection. Stronger flavors than other Magic Hat offerings, but not overpowering.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Nice reddish copper color, pretty good clarity for how dark it is, generous size head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Hop explosion, bready malts give way to sweet florals, caramel and malt are huge here. A tinge of fruit bleeds through the wood/roast smell.

Taste: What a different kind of amber, grapefruit, straw, & caramel are in the forefront, grapefruit lovers would really enjoy this. I love how alot of brewers are using this blend of fruit hops for their winter brews. Besides this, Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale comes the closest to being almost alike, the use of strong maltiness with that grapefruit hop in the back is brilliant. Warming & relaxing.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty high, but the mouthfeel is decadent, creamy, yet sound due to the excellent balance of fruity hops to bready ones. Excellent body to this.

Drinkability: This one is very enjoyable, you'd expect a Magic Hat brew to be very uncanny yet this beer is a perfect blend of winter goodness. The use of fruit in this is done perfectly, Magic Hat should pat themselves on the back for making a seasonal brew thats enjoyable to drink, isn't boring, and easy to quaff.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roxy Rolles is a pleasant amber that's easy to like. It pours red with a tan head that sticks. Simcoe hop aromas dominate and are fragrant and piney with tangerine citrus aromas. Medium body and carbonation, yet still smooth. The taste is balanced between mild bitter hops and a base maltiness, with herbal and citric notes dominating. The finish is dry and herbal.

Overall, a very decent beer.

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Photo of KGarrett
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of joerodiii
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy amber ale. Hops dominate the aroma, but there is some malty sweetness. Hops dominate the taste as well, but they do not punch you in the face. The beer is somewhat thin and one-dimensional. Beyond the hops, I don't taste much else. A lttle caramel, but not much more.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice dark amber color with a huge two finger head that holds steady leaving beautiful lacing. Great retention in my glass as well.
S= huge hop odor coming out of it. sort of a spicy peppery hop aroma coming from it. Deeper in the beer is quite a bit of caramel malt coming through but the peppery hop aroma is really taking this one away.
T= The taste is less hoppy than the smell led on which I find sort of refreshing in a style that is becoming more and more hop centric. The hops that hit the tongue with a sort of spicy peppery taste as I assumed but that is swallowed fast by the delicious caramel malt flavor and a nice bready taste.
M= This is the down fall of this beer I think. Really just average. Its sort of oddly sticky and watery despite the wicked head on it.
D= Pretty good. A very friendly Amber ale. Tame and still extremely delicious. Highly recommended amber ale.

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Photo of jaxon53
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a foggy bright red color with a big light tan creamy head that has good retention and leaves very good stick thick lacing. If this were clearer, I would've given this a better score, like a 4.5, maybe even a five.

S-The aroma just screams autumn. It's toasy biscuit malts mixed with an earthy floral hop aroma makes for a wonderful smell. I wish I were up north somewhere and could enjoy this in cold weather. But I'm in south texas. Also some faint pine notes too in the nose.

T-The flavor is much the same, but with an added strong bitterness that lends it'self well to the sweet malt in this beer. Sweet toasty caramel along with an slightly "tobacco"y" hop taste (not in a bad way)also some faint pine notes too. I bet there's nugget in here for flavor and aroma too. I think that's what gives it a slight tobacconess to it.

M-Wow, this beer is sooo creamy and thick and smooth. It has a big body for such a lowish abv. Very nice and full carbonation too. Has a nice bitter lingering finish to it.

D-Given the abv, this beer is very sessionable on a cool fall evening. But that doesn't come to south texas till late november... boooo...

But great beer nonetheless!

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roxy Rolles claims itself as a hoppy amber ale. Let's see.

It pours a clear copper/amber color with a decent off white head that leaves good lacing down the glass.

Aromas are caramel malt with some good citrus/herbal hop character.

Taste is matched with the smell with a lighter body than most amber, but still a really tasty beer.

Steady carbonation with a decent malt body add to good drinkability and a worthy offering from Magic Hat. This is one of the better beers from their mixed 12 pack.

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Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 611 ratings