Roxy Rolles | Magic Hat Brewing Company

very good
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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Reviews: 460 | Ratings: 611
Photo of kingcrowing
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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 stakem
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a finger of yellow stained head. Little bit of lacing on the glass an fair retension. Before I even take a whiff, the citrus hops are dominating. Very strong grapefruit and floral aroma with some malt sweetness as well. Taste is a nice blend of hops an malt. The malt taste upfront quickly changes to a bitter finish. Light carb, med feel. Overall not bad, would definitely drink this again if looking for a cascade fix.

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Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my Bristol Mass Transit Ale shaker pint glass, Roxy Rolles is a hazy, dark ruddy chestnut with a pretty tight, creamy off-white head that has long last and leaves thick lace. I like the formidal appearance, especially considering the size.

Smell is malty and staling grassy hops, cat-piss centennials.

Taste is pretty good, even though I could tell this is a bit old by the taste of the faded hops, there's still a nice citrus quality to the hops, sour, it works well with the fairly robust malt profile for the size.

Mouthfeel is oily, a bit chewy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, I'm really liking this take on an amber ale. It would surly would have tasted better fresh, but I liked the way it evolved. My folks picked it up at the grocery, they have only been selling beer like that in PA for less then a year, but I doubt this was fridge kept the whole time. Still, glad to have tired it, solid. Thanks Mom & Dad!

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, and slight herbs. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, tea-like bitterness, slight sweet malt, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, fairly bitter, but still a good body and blend.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Situation: Hoping for a Phillies win in game six of the WS--and thankful for Teacher's Convention in NJ...
Glassware: Rare Vos shaker...
Appearance: Velvet rown body; brown, cobwebbing lace atop a slightly opaque, effervescent body...
Aroma: rich, malty sweet aroma; a pleasant hop sensibility intermingles,,,
Palate: medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel that tickles and mellows with an evening balance....
Taste: grapelike pucker adorns a warming malt base--hints of caramel too...
Overall: A part of the Halloween sampler, the R.R. balances malts and hops in a rare fest feat--any member of stem ware would have fairly fit this beer... a bit identifinable, a bit more substantial than the norm, which seems to fit Magic Hat's mantra... thick and resilient.

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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 nickeyx
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single bottle at Trader Joe's in Orange, CT.

Pours into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass a transparent amber. The nose is just full of earthy hops.

Taste is dominated by citrusy hops with a bit of a malt undertone. Since this is a low ABV beer, the alcohol is completely undetectable. Has a nice low to medium carbonation that sits wonderfully on the tongue.

This beer is fantastically drinkable. I could see myself sipping two or three on a crisp autumn evening. Magic Hat has been hit or miss with me but I really do enjoy this offering.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour created about a finger's worth of rocky (roxy?), medium-tan head with decent retention. Nose was moderately hoppy underlain with a light malty sweetness. Color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a very good hoppy flavor on the tongue. Amber?!? I'd have said APA, not unlike SNAPA, perhaps a little sweeter, especially on the finish, but plenty hoppy to keep the likes of me happy. Lovely lacing throughout.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear red-amber with a thick and rocky light tan head. Tight, stick lacing left all around the glass.

Aroma of toasted caramel malts, berries, and grassy hops.

Tastes of toasted caramel malts, vanilla, berries, and grassy hops.

Medium bodied, crisp and dry, with a moderate carbonation.

A very nice amber ale from Magic Hat. I enjoyed every sip.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant chestnut brown with amber highlights topped by an off white head that retains and laces nicely.

The aroma is like sweet brown sugar, stewed apples, caramel, honey and just a hint of citrus fruit.

A toffee like malt backbone is underscored by a dry herbal bitterness and a lingering hint of roast in the aftertaste. Nicely grassy, malty and toasty with nice mineral undertones.

It's medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Very smooth

A decently satisfying "autumn seasonal" (as the label would have it) ale that could easily draw my attention away from Oktoberfestbiers this time of year.

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Photo of pants678
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rolles is a cloudy orange and amber that's topped with a very light tan lacing for a head. The foam has a good retention throughout, definitely a plus.

Aroma is high on citrus, I'd say specifically orange. It's hoppy with wood qualities, sweet, too.

Starts as sweet mix of malt and hops that can hardly be discerned. Subtle yet potent, tastes of caramel, orange and stingy bread/yeast. The back has a harsh finish that's welcomed to balance the bitter front end.

It's a roughly carbonated amber, but better harsh than bland.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Medium amber/dark copper, nice smooth head, little over one finger, off white

S: Nice strong hops, seems to be a few varieties present, but with a bready backbone, which is important to me

T: Good hop profile, taste a few different type of hops in here, good solid presence which extends over that malty breadiness that was present in the aroma, but not as much breadiness as I like

M: Solid medium, definitely not thin, good carbonation, but not too much

D: Definitely good for a nice hoppy session beer

Notes: I had been waiting for a hoppy ale after having a lot of seasonal lagers. Definitely a solid hoppy beer to enjoy anytime. Smells and tastes great.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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 BillyBroas
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an burnt-amber color, slightly hazy, average carbonation and 1 finger tan head.

Much more hop smell than I was expecting for an amber. Aren't these supposed to be malt-heavy? Earthy hops and yes some caramel sweetness coming through.

Again, earthy hops in the taste. Decent bitterness and a dry finish. The yeast showed up when the beer warmed a bit. Bready malt flavor adds some balance, but not much. Medium-thin body, fairly smooth.

A good autumn beer but nothing too interesting.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color with a decent, frothy light brown head, hints of lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, caramel, earthy, resin, and citrus hops. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, grass, and resin hops. Mouthfeel is oily, fairly carbonated with a dry, bitter finish. Very drinkable, kind of has a bite at the end.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber with a moderate white head.

S: Well balanced notes, slight sweetness with noticeable hop aroma

T: Starts off with a sweet caramel malt presence followed by a nice hop bitterness. Not quite IPA hoppy but definitely more than most amber ales

M: Rather light on the body but with good carbonation

D: Nothing too spectacular about this beer but overall very drinkable.

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Photo of Flashy
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to give credit where credit is due. "Nobody is more enthusiastic than a convert" like they said in "Flashman". I Just don't like Magic Hat and could easily never have another for the rest of my life and not miss it.
Picked up a Roxy Rolles and brother this is one excellent beer. Have not changed my mind about Magic Hat, but will buy this one whenever I get the chance.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle a nice amber, with that dense head that I always see from a quality Ale. Smell was bready, not much hops. Tasted like an earthy, hoppy, lightly carbonated pretzel. What they used to call smooth. Nice mouthfeel. At 5+ percent alcohol I would not call this my favorite local session beer, but I love this.
Wish I got to try the Old Ale they came out with this Spring.

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Photo of hreb
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into tapered pint glass. Beer pours a reddish-brown amber with zero head.

First sip is sharp and carbonated, with a chalky English hop bitterness. Citrusy and well-tempered, but mostly mild and uninteresting.

Why is this so highly rated?

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance dark amber color with a slight haze.
nicely carbonated and pours with
little head but is present throughout
Aroma slight malt character with a nice hop
Taste good malt taste at first sip with hops
coming into taste next, bitter towards
Mouthfeel thin and watery but not that much
a bit coarse and bitter at end
Drinkability a good beer with nice flavors

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Photo of thecarster1
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, 3/4 finger tan/almost yellowy head, deep walnut brown color with highlights of deep ruby red, leaves waves of head on the glass on the way down, rocky layer of wispy and bubbly lace with a ring around the glass.

s- no what i was expecting, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, nice caramel malt, no hops to speak of, dry biscuit - is this an amber ale?

t- dry, biscuit, bit of yeast, minimal earthy hop bitterness in the finish, roasted malt, chocolate, bit of bitter coffee - i think their is an amber ale in here somewhere.

m- medium, a bit prickly.

d- this beer goes to show you what wide ranges of beers there are within each style, i enjoyed this, even though it wasn't what i was expecting, this is a fall beer for sure - magic hat you got me again!

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Photo of Tilley4
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Whew... This ones pretty rough...

It looks terrific.. A beautiful amber reddish color with a persistent head...

Piney hop aromas mingle with the toasted malts here... Sorta weird though... There's something here that's just not right..

Sweet malts followed by rough piney hops that don't seem all that balanced... Not as smooth as I was hoping... This could be a killer red if it was smoother and more balanced... As it is, I'm not feeling it...

Not a drain pour but definitely not spectacular either... Not ripping the brew or anything, just nothing really awesome to say about it...

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Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive dark chestnut in color with a creamy khaki-colored head. The aroma is piney and carmelly with some brown sugar thrown in there. Medium in body. First sips reveal a carmelly, malty goodness. There's a pronounced piney hop bitterness that arrives shortly after. The finish has a some fruitiness to it, ala their own #9. Very interesting.

This was an enjoyable autumn ale. Not quite as hearty as I was expecting for a fall seasonal, but far better that most amber ales. This beer has personality for a red, and that's a good thing.

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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 kshankar
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich reddish color with a white head with good retention. The foam recedes to a layer of foam with lacing as well.

Aroma is a scent of hops, citrus and pine...

Taste is like the aroma, but following it is a spice profile that shows up. Its not overpowering, and it mixes well with this milder hop profile

Mouthfeel is medium and is well carbonated

Drinkability is high. Solid offering from Magic Hat

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Photo of MikeBrandman
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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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