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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Reviews by xenolithic:
Photo of xenolithic
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours light caramel into my pint glass with a yellowish fluffy head. The beer has an iced tea appearance when held up to the light.

Nose is decidedly hoppy and floral. Seems like there is something else in there that is mildly unpleasant to me, a little skunk?

The taste is more of the same, hoppy up front and bitter in the finish. This beer isn't terribly complex. As the beer warms there is a slight bit of maltiness.

The aftertaste lingers for quite some time with a bitter sting that just doesn't seem to go away. Mouthfeel on this one is a little on the watery side, as it should be for this style.

The drinkability is not bad. I would not personally drink too much of this, but I'm not much of a hop-head. I got this in a sampler, and like the offering, just wouldn't be a 6 pack purchase for me.

The only thing that makes this seem like an Amber Ale to me is the color. Otherwise it'd be any other IPA for me. All of the other Amber Ales I have ever had have much more malt characteristic that this only seems to have in color alone.

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More User Reviews:
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 oberon
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich deep amber with a tight 1/2 finger slight off white head that stuck like glue to the pint glass,ahh nice piney hop aromas overtop of sweet caramel a hint of roastinee quite nice.The hop profile didnt show itself as much on the palate the pine profile took a backseat to the bigger sweetish caramel malt base the piney,resiny hop came late into the finish.A nice quaffing relatively hoppedup American Red,I would buy again for sure.

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Photo of ccapurso
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Brewed with an English Ale yeast, pale, crystal, and dark crystal malts, hopped with Brewer's Gold, Simcoe, and dry-hopped with more Simcoe. An against the grain winter seasonal--we love it already.

Nice and bright, tarnished copper-colored brew, with a beige head, lacing and clinging stick. Floral, grapefruit, spicy, some mint and green wood in the nose. Super smooth on the palate, light and creamy, but rounded. Big and bold spicy-grapefruit hop flavor with a grassy edge and citric snap. Raw, leafy, and coarse on the tongue. Some chalky aspirin, too. Malt characters have no ground in the hop dominance, but they do pull through in the form of some biscuit-husky tannins--doughy at times--and there's a slight bready sweetness and drop of caramel that emerges as the beer warms. Wicked dry finish, with a lingering aspirin note that all leaves the palate bone-dry and smacking for more.

Though it does lack malt balance, the ride is an even one, and it is what it says--a "Hoppy Amber Ale." It's also nice to see so much damn hop flavor from a beer that's only 35 IBU, proving once again that hop usage doesn't need to be reckless to be big and bold. This one could give most IPAs a run for their money and is a "must try" for hopheads.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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

A 12oz bottle from the Ship of Fools variety pack. This was a dark amber with a medium creamy coffee head. Some nice lacing. It had a malty aroma, as well as some sweet, musty yeast. A creamy taste, with some citrus hops. A little spicy/nutty flavor when warmer. Pretty good beer.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a Brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a deep amber colored body with some visible carbonation and very good clarity. On top sits a modest light tan head that hangs on well and makes some nice spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has good strong pine and citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and lemon.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a solid, rich malty base with very solid and pleasant citrus hop notes throughout. The hop bitterness builds towards the finish and lingers a bit before it slowly fades off the tongue. It has a solid medium to full body with a smooth yet lively texture and nice carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is a very solid brew and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer us a typical brown with a malty nose and a hint of chocolate. The head on this beer is a tan the interesting part is the white lacing it leaves on the glass. This beer start malty sweet and finished with a chocolate bitterness. In between the two is a sour fruitiness similar to that of a dopplebock this is what sets it apart from other browns. This is a flavorful and drinkable brown.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber/copper color with a nice frothy, off-white head that retained remarkably well with nice lacing.

Smells of candy sweetness and much floral hops.

Tastes of mild malts with the bitter hops taking over really quickly. Ends pretty dry and bitter aspiriny. The flavor isn't very "full", perhaps even a bit thin. It reminds me a lot of Cascazilla from Ithaca but not as good. Definitely not bad though, by any means.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability - great session beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Patchy light tan lace crowns the glass, good head retention and clarity to be looked at. Hoppy aroma that lets some malt in, a nose of mandarin oranges, wild flowers, caramel and sweet bread. Very smooth with a medium body. Hop profile flexes with an ample bitterness that throws a woody, herbal and slightly citric flavor. Malt sweetness is there but enough to hold the beer together in body and flavor. Hints of caramel and bread crust. Bit of fruity yeast, mineral and drying herbal hop flavor in the finish.

Hoppy Amber Ale or American Winter Warmer? It has a bit of a northwest flare but still holding on to the Magic Hat traits. Either way, I highly recommend this drinkable ale.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle decants a mostly clear copper body with a healthy offwhite head. Attractive spiderweb lacing is all over the glass. Pleasant aroma opens with fruity peach, quickly followed by a blast of spicy pepper and some toasted caramel. Medium body and carbonation with an earthy feel. Taste has some fruity peach and subtle caramel and plenty of hop bitterness. Hops impart elements of citrus, pine, and spicy pepper. Rather exciting for an amber. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer with "drink before"dating of Feb, '07 notched onto the rear label. Pours softly reddish amber and cloudy. Dark tan, long lasting head and leaving fine amounts of sheeting and sticky blotchy lacing. Nose of mucho resiny hops. Full flavor amber, hops tasting bold and fresh. Hearty ale, balance of a respectable bed of malts and a piney, resiny jolt of sticky hops. Nice offering from Magic Hat. Easy quaffer, nice for the cooler weather @ 5.8%. Recommended

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Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a sixer at Macy's in Celebration so this is what I I selected.
Pours a chestnut color with amber highlights with the help of some natural light...two finger head with no effort and leaves thick lacing as it recedes.
Nice balance of roasted malt to fruity hops in the nose...some piney scent too.
Taste is pretty darn good...the malt may just win out the battle here, as it is sweet up front and in the finish, but there is a decent hop profile to distinguish itself from your typical amber/red.
Mix of citrus hops and floral hops complement the balance and finishes quite clean.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is a touch high.
Overall, another offering from Magic Hat that is beginning to make me pay more attention to the recent happenings in Burlington, VT.
Well done...

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber red with a white head. First whiff is of hops, but then you get malt which makes me think it will be a nice balanced beer. This is definitely a hoppier amber ale, with a nice hop flavor (maybe grapefruits) but also enough malt to make it balanced. I know that American Amber/Red Ale is somewhat of a catch-all term, but this is what I want when I drink a beer of this style. This beer is very drinkable and goes down smooth. Great beer.

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Photo of Skye1024
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown with a very thin off white head. Nose is malty ad sweet with a bit of bitterness.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy and bitter with quite a bit of almost homebrew twang - kind of an earthy flavor. I' not a huge fan of that flavor but otherwise it's pretty solid.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells strongly of hops--a lovely grapefruit scent that promises quality ingredients, as well as time and effort spent on making a good brew. There's also a very light grain smell, but by and large hops dominate the nose.

They are also the first taste to come across, the grapefruit bitterness translating nicely to the tongue and providing a medium-strong bitter buzz, comparable to a good quality IPA. Malts provide a nice sweet background on which the hops can play, bringing a lightly fruity sugary undertone, from which apricot and apple notes can be picked. The aftertaste is almost exclusively grapefruit-bitter hops.

Overall, this is an excellent brew, and of far better quality than most of the fare offered at a typical liquor store. It doesn't necessarily bring anything *new* to the table--plenty of beers fall into the "hoppy amber ale" category--but what it does do, it does definitively, and reflects the brewers' obvious love for the craft.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle cap: Share a popcorn ball with the apostle Paul

Honey colored with a thick beige foamy and dimpled head that sticks around long and sends lace up the sides of the glass.

Big aroma of bright citrus hops, a little doughey malt in the background.

Interesting mixture of red ale flavor laced with citrusy hops, floral notes, and sweet fruit. Just a tad bit of smoke and some caramel, finishes clean with an orange peel bitter. Fairly balanced, although the hops are pretty much center stage.

Mouthfeel is thick and full upfront, a little tingly on the tongue, then morphing to a tannic powdery feel.

Not an earthshaking beer, but I wouldn't mind this one being part of their regular rotation. I could easily kick out 3 of their year-rounds in favor of this, and it's way better than the double IPA.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a merky brown with a nice thick off white head, great lacing and retention. Smell isn't too strong, I almost smell grass in it, which is odd for this style. Could be my nose. Taste is just a basic amber. Has a little bit of a bitter aftertaste, which isn't really too appealing. Mouthfeel is fair, just the right consistency.

I'm finding that I am starting to stray from liking Ambers, and this is definatly not one of the best I've had.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful look to it body slight hazed amber ruby forming a thick beige head that rises well above the rim of my glass lacing is thin with no even pattern forming put it is definitely clinging. Aroma is full of floral, pine scented, and somewhat perfume like hops nice sharp grain sweetness caramel and dough yeast combo ride along as well with an underlying flow of acidity. Flavor it is what it says a hoppy amber ale cereal caramel malt sweetness blended with a healthy amount of bittering hops in the flavor I'm getting more pine, earthiness, with a trace of floral hop bite, none of my beloved high alpha acid citric flavors kicking in but it's working in this amber ale. Really hits you with some deep caramelized slightly burnt malts than with some pretty much unrelenting hop bitterness good stuff. One of the best Magic Hat brews I've come across in some time now. Mouthfeel is straight up smooth and even with carbonation body weighs easy with a medium body just a touch of stinging acidity in the finish, but hop burps are on the way. Drinkability, it's always nice to see something other than winter warmers during this time of year enough malt and spices give me some friggin' hops, here's enough to hold me over one the beer stock runs low. I can get this one at the grocery store and it fulfills some portion of my hop head status, can't beat that.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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