Roxy Rolles | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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460 Reviews
Roxy RollesRoxy Rolles

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

Added by indiapaleale on 10-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.89/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured golden amber with a rocky one inch head that dissipates to a half inch head with nice ample lacing.

Smells of earthy spice, possible saaz hop and or pride of Ringwood. I detect some roasty undertones as well.

Taste is a nice spicy collaboration of hops, herbs and amber malts provide a nice smooth finish. Good session beer. This beer would also pair nicely with spicy food.

Light/medium in body and quaffable.

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Photo of hdofu
4.87/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ever so hoppy, wonderfully so. Feels a bit lighter then most beers with a hop taste of this caliber but the tastes is bold of hops pine biscuits and citrus. Smell is of pine and hops. Simply is amazing. At 5.80ABV and a taste like this I'd say its the most drinkable beer I've had in quite some time.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.87/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy copper/amber color with a moderate beige head, nice active carbonation, and decent lace. Huge pine and spruce hop aromas !! Yummy ! Strong spruce and pine hop flavors but very fresh tasting and not really bitter in any way in flavor. Medium-light bodied with a crisp dry hoppy bitter finish.

A bit darker, hoppier, and bolder than SN celebration.. Top Notch ! A definite rebuy before it is gone.

Per Label: "Winter Amber Offering" & "Hoppy Amber Ale"

Per MH website:
OG: 1.064
Hops: Brewer's Gold, Simcoe
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Dark Crystal

Drink By (End of): Mar (notched) - '07'
Tasted: 01/04/07

($6.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of 454onbeerss
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this one in a winter 2007 Magic Hat Mardi Gras Mix pack. I think Magic Hat is hugely under rated, anyone leary of Magic Hat will be sold on this one. Full of Hops and very drinkable, I could swill these any time. Hope I spelled leary correct! The rest of the mix pack is equally good or just score a sixer.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
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 mempath
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

beautiful deep whiskey color with massive lacing and head...fresh hop pungency in the nose...tsste is up there (almost) with Nugget Nectar...the best of MH for sure...mouthfeel is perfect and can hardly be separated from the taste experience...thick and luscious...too too drinkable....:)

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Photo of brdc
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to scootny for this one.
Small capped bottle, freshness date end of this month.
Poured into a pint, a reddish amber body, with some nice orange highlights under a fluffy light tan head with very good retention and lacing.
Aroma is hoppy and malty, well balanced, starting up with floral and citrusy hops, evolving into bready and caramelized malts, and then into hops again.
Medium bodied, yet quite refreshing, the taste is exactly as suggested, a very well balanced interplay between malty caramel and hoppy fruitiness.
IMHO, this is what an amber should be; well balanced, refreshing, a great session beer. Nothing to blow your socks off, but ambers are not supposed to do that!
Very well crafted.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is medium amber without much head. Lacing though, nice lacing. Heavy citrus on the nose, more than I was expecting. Sweet.

The brew starts off nice and bitter, but then the malts take back over and a sweet malty tone jousts with a delightfully light citrus hop flavour.The hops are present, asserting themselves, but refuse to destroy the tongue. Wonderfully sweet without being sugary. Exceptionally balanced. A ground-breaking amber.

In terms of mouthfeel, this has some body, certainly more than I would expect for a beer of this ABV, and the hop bitters are solid as well. Drinkability: an easy beer to drink, smooth, and inexpensive given what you're getting in the bottle, a definite rebuy.

The bottom line: Magic Hat has put together one hell of a fine amber here. It has a great hop presence without overwhelming the malts, and a delightfully full body, all at a reasonable price. Probably my first pick when I'm in the mood for an amber from here on out.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gorgeously clear medium amber color with a dense finger high foam of cream colored lsuhness. Lots of lacing in tiny spotted sheetings and some threads.

Aroma is a wonderful display of dryish hoppyness thats grassy, smurfing in on some herbal qualities and floral notes. Perfect background of dry caramel malt and cereal grains.

Flavors are just as nice and quite lengthy with lots of balancing fun flavors! Super finely crafted with great aspects to dryish hoppyness that splits between floral grassyness and herbal bitterness with a touch of oily resin and toasted orangey fruityness. Great backbone of dry caramel malt, some sweet burnt butter and toasty edgings to its rounded finish as it has a complexing hoppy finish of dry grassy, herbal, bittering spice, and uniquely grained toasty parts. Nice!

Body is easily medium with a simple alluring carbonation that sits back enough to let in an easy softness within its drier tones and bittering hoppy elements.

So glad to see a well-balanced Amber like this dawn the shelves here in MN, and by Magic Hat no less? Hope it sticks around as this will be consumed quickly upon purchase.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz bottle. Deep copper color with a thin head that dissolves into a cloudy haze that remains throughout. Berry-like hop aroma hits the nose hard. Tastes like a sweeter version of Ithaca's Cascazilla. Fairly well balanced for a hopped up ale.

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Photo of cnjohn19
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Extremely drinkable for a hoppy ale...interesting winter brew, but much appreciated...dark amber color with a full head which stays present to the last drop...smelled of honey, malts slightly present through the hops...a tad of oranges...great beer and easy to drink over and over and over...

Highly recommend...

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A brilliant amber red hue. Good head and great lacing.

S: Grapefruit and lemon hops all the way around. A little buttery and some faint malt aromas in the background.

T: That huge hop presence is still kicking and is underscored by a decent malt backbone. The hoppiness is just wonderful - fleetingly bitter and then the citrus kicks into high gear while the evident malt is more or less along for the ride. It's not exactly balanced but there is a degree of balance that puts this in an elite category with those intense flavors.

M: Kind of a carbonation attack. A little less bubbly would do it some good.

D: Nothing much to complain about here. The hoppiness might eventually produce a drying effect on the mouth, but I'm confident I could polish off a few of these before that happens.

This is the beer that effectively replaced Jinx, and though I am heartbroken that I can't get one of favorite beers anymore, I am glad a brew as good as this one comes in its place. Look for it.

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Photo of scootny
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into my brooklyn tulip tumbler. A deep copperish with a tan head of two fingers. A bit of chill haze I think. Yes, now I see beautiful clarity. Good lacing all the way down my glass and pond scum like foam to cover the brew.

Smell is great. Piney hops, grapefruit, caramel sweet malt and more hops. Yeasty breads. This is a hop lovers delight! Each sniff is almost as good as a swallow. It has a complex mix of hops that gives depth the the nose.

Taste is a wall of hops with malt peeking around the edges. The malt falls into the middle bringing in caramel aspects and a tannic bit to the end. Hops close out the finish with a delicate mix of bready malt and floral hop bittering on the roof of my mouth and palate. Somewhere in all of this there is a sneaky dark fruit component that ducks away when you try to find it.

Mouthfeel is medium and lightly syrupy. It is a joy to have lingering in my mouth for a moment instead of vanishing. Carbonation is the foil to the syrup and makes the finish clean and dry. Your squeezing your tongue against the roof of your mouth for that last bit of taste.

Drinkability is superb. I can easily see myself making an evening of this stuff. As many as I can handle as it is not heavy and filling, just delicious.

Think Arrogant Bastard's little brother and your on the right track. One Of Magic Hats best IMHO.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber, with about 2-3 fingers of white head. Retention is amazing; a thick cap remains until the bottom of the glass. Great lacing as well.

S - Floral/pine, citrus, and even some salty grapefruit coming through. There's a mild sweetness from the malt that really brings things together.

T - The herbal and citrus flavors from the hops are immediately noticable with a mellow, almost vanilla sweetness providing a solid backbone. The bitterness creeps in late palate but never gets out of hand. Instead the dryness is peppered with hints of smoke and earth, leaving a rich, almost woody aftertaste. Very impressive.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Nearly perfect for allowing the hop flavor to pull through while providing enough body for the malt to smooth things out.

D - This is an all around great beer, maybe the best I've had from Magic Hat. It's nothing extreme or terribly unique, but it is a shining example of balance in a hoppy amber. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as deep chestnut-red ciolor with moderate tannish head. Good retention.
Smell is loaded with hops, citrusy(grapefruit), piney, and grassy (fresh-cut). A light bit of sweetness also present.
Taste is dominated by flavorful hops, withount being overly bitter. The balancing malt helps to form the prerfect combination.
Great taste retention wiyh a nice long lingering note of the piney, citrusy hops.
Very easy to drink. Excellent beer. I wish I had bought more than one.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap a while back and just forgot to post my findings on this great beer.

The pour was a brilliant amber red with a nice two finger lacy head with great head retention to follow. The hop aroma was very pungent with notes of caramel and oranges. The taste was nice. A great balance of hops, citrus flavors, and yeast/dough. It is a hop dominant beer, but the other flavors make for a interesting mix. It is a full bodied beer and a great seasonal. Highly drinkable and great tasting!

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Photo of kcillini77
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of a mix pack when visiting a friend in North Carolina and brought back with me to Kansas.

Pours a very good looking red with a small head that dissipates fairly quickly in my Duvel glass.

Smells of hops with a mild sweetness I can't quite put my finger on. Great smell for my preferences.

Tastes true to the style for a red ale, but with a nice kick of hops. Hops are not overwhelming, but they are definitely there, and they accentuate the taste very well.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are very good.

Would probably find this in regular rotation if it were available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of peppermo
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served ice cold in a glass with a rather rich, think head.

Simply delicious with a very smoothe sloshy feel on the tongue. Finish was long.

A healthy beer that I would like to try on tap one day.

Was served with a very cheesy bacon cheeseburger. This beer really drew out the flavors in this food.

Cheers to Magic Hat

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a thin lace of head. Smell has hoppy aromas and quite fruity also. Taste is quite hoppy, but has lots of malts to smooth it out too. Mouthfeel is quite tingly on the tongue as well as bitter. This is one excellent beer. Probably a little hoppier than you might expect, but otherwise tasty.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has rekindled my love affair with Magic Hat. Magic Hat No. 9 was the first craft beer I ever had, way back in high school. I enjoyed many of their beers but over time came across a few bottles that just didn't agree with me. A couple of the odd notions were just that, odd. As time passed, I liked what they offered less and less. Anyways, Magic Hat has been off my radar for a while. Thanks to Yankee's for doing a tasting and letting me find this one... a fan-fucking-tastic beer.

A- 12oz into pint. A dark reddish brown, but allows light to pass through. A creamy tan head that is lacing from the get-go.

S- I can smell candied fruit, spicy hops, and a moderate malt sweetness. Really multi-faceted. Inviting, I did a double take and went back for more.

T- Fantastically hopped. Bitter grapefruit, followed by mild pine hops complement the richness of the amber perfectly. This is a beer I have always loved, I just didn't know it. Takes a solid amber and hops it to the stratosphere... I am floored by this beer, this is what craft beer is all about. Buckets of flavor.

M- Crisp, full-bodied, and a low enough ABV to be invisible. While I lean towards high ABV beers usually, I am thankful Magic Hat kept this one @ 5%... any more and the complexities of the hops and malts would be muddled. As it is? Fantastic.

D- Very very tasty- keep 'em coming. This beer has brought Magic Hat back into focus for me, and if they continue to produce this beer I will continue to proclaim its greatness from the mountaintops. A world-class beer... I am blown away!

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Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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 weasbri
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery red color with good head retention and lacing. I actually get a good amount of malt sweetness along with the predominant hop aroma.
Very well-balanced flavor, though tending toward the hop side of things. Pine mostly, a bit of citrus, countered with a caramel undertone. Left a sort of butter coating on the tongue, and I felt the crisp drying hop finish was a nice touch.
Sometimes I think we give too much credit to the extreme alcohol beers and not enough credit to these "low" alcohol brews. This is a good example of packing a lot of flavor and nuance into what many would think is a "simple" beer category.

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Photo of FishHeadLover
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife pick this beer up in Akron Ohio. Beer pours reddish brown color with a two finger creamy white head. Smells of hops right off, citrus and pine. The taste is hoppy with a biscut and malty flavor at the finish, very smooth. I really like the way they merge hoppy, seasonal and malty. This beer has the best of both worlds for me, and for a good seasonal brew. I think this beer extremely drinkable i just wish i could get it around here.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roxy Rolles pours beautifully, a somewhat cloudy reddish-amber color with a towering, persistent head of soft, fluffy foam. Excellent nose as well, which parlays a sweet, toasty malt with a large burst of resinous hops. The flavor is a fine mix of very tasty malt, reminiscent of toasty bread crust, with a nice biscuitness, together with fairly fruity yeasty tones, and, yes, a large helping of resiny, lightly citrusy hops, which dries out the beer a lot in the finish. If there's a fault, it's that the body seems a little thin, though that might be the lower strength.

Very good beer. I can't believe I've never heard of this brewery before.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion."

--Jack Kerouac

It's an admittedly tortured association... but here goes. Magic Hat describes Roxy Rolles as 'a wintry amber ode to the open road' and Kerouac is the author of 'On The Road', one of the bibles of the Beat Generation. I decided to use it in the end because it also strikes me as one of this brewery's guiding principles.

Equal parts orange, coral red and polished copper; an absolutely gorgeous hue that seems wintry somehow (maybe because it looks barleywine-like). The golden brown sugar colored slice of foam atop the beer has a thick, rich texture and is outstanding when it comes to lace deposition. Must be the hop resins.

The aroma delivers a ton of Simcoe hops on a caramel malt base. Even though the 'best by' date is next month, it smells like Roxy is still Rollin' right along in the hoppiness department. This beer has a chance to be one of my favorite amber ales and one of my favorites from Magic Hat.

Not quite, but it's still excellent beer. Of course it would be even better beer if malt, hops and alcohol were all increased by 50%, but that's just me. What we have here is exactly what the brewers promised. Whether it's 'winterish' or not is still up for discussion.

Each mouthful results in a fantastic flood of flavors that are reminiscent of well-toasted bread (both white and brown) coated with melted caramel, pine sap, orange-grapefruit marmalade, tea leaves and a sprinking of cinnamon. Hmmm, I wonder if cinnamon was actually added.

The biggest problem with the first few ounces was a sourness that has no place in a beer of this style. There's still a background green apple tartness that is only appreciated if one chooses to go looking for it. The hop resins are building up on the tongue and are keeping the less welcome flavors at bay.

Despite initial fears, the mouthfeel is right in that sweet spot between pleasurability and drinkability. As always, a perfect amount of carbonation (low, but effective) is one of the keys.

As far as I'm concerned, only the outstanding Thumbsucker can compete with this offering when it comes to Magic Hat beer. Roxy Rolles is an inspired creation that was built with the Simcoe-loving hophead in mind. If I had access, this would be a winter 'case beer' for sure.

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Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 611 ratings.
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