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

Added by indiapaleale on 10-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 611 |  Reviews: 460
Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into pint glass at JWS’s.

Pours deep ruby, amber, chill haze, decent head but dissipates pretty quickly. Nose is hoppy, citrus flavoring, some sweet malty bread as well. Labeled as a hoppy amber, it delivers as advertised. Seems like it is loaded with Cascade hops (my guess), almost like an IPA with a heavy citrus hop and dry aftertaste. But there are definite malty and nutty undertones that balance out the hops, with some caramel as well, reminding you of its amber foundation. Mouthfeel was surprisingly full and slick, chewy. I liked the balance of this beer, pretty drinkable. I’d get it again.

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Photo of cichief
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep amber with a thinnish tan head.

S- Smells malty and yeasty, plenty of sweetness abounds.

T- Balanced, lots of caramel sweetness, but balanced with piney hops.

M- Plenty of small bubbles, medium body, not too carbonated.

D- A decent brew, could be smoother, otherwise a decent brew.

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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 sjohansen
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back some Baltic Thunder from Victory the other weekend and ended up with a bottle of this in a trade. Thanks DG.

Pours a clear, perfect amber. The exact color in between red and brown. There’s a half finger of head that quickly disappears leaving some large bubbles and some nice thick lacing.

First nose was a large floral bouquet of hops. All the notes similar to pale ale traits. Unfortunately, can’t get any of the traits from the amber ale. Seems this Hoppy Amber Ale is a little more hoppy then ambery.

Characteristics in the taste are similar to a pale ale too. Something is off in the aftertaste, sour is the only way to describe it. I get a split second of caramel sweetness up front, but then it’s overpowered by hop bitterness and the sour aftertaste. Not enough balance to call this an amber ale.

I thought this brew was ok and it made a better pale ale then anything else. The combination of the other characteristics didn’t shine through like I was expecting though.

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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 ProudBeerSnob
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
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 HardTarget
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Best by March 08 (enjoyed Jan 08).

Aroma: Wet dank hops, full of pine tar, a bit of earthy tobacco, and a floral edge.

Appearance: Brown amber glass with excellent clarity and a ½ finger head of light tan that laces like grandma.

Flavor: A light bready base launches the hops, but they don’t go over the top. The blend is something like Arrogant Bastard, but not nearly the intensity. Their website lists Simcoe and Brewers Gold as the hops, with the Simcoe dry hopped. It really works.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, oily texture, medium body.

Overall Impression: A Christmas beer like Sierra Nevada’s Celebration, which is to say not a traditional approach, but very festive and enjoyable. Massive hop taste without much bitter, a very enjoyable brew.

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

Another unique beer put out by magic hat. Pours amber in color with a white/tan thick head that quickly dissapates. The aroma is interesting, floral citrus hops with an apricot fruitiness that balances the hop aroma. In the flavor the hops are more pronounce leaning toward the citrus side with the apricot flavor in the background. Creamy mouthfeel with mid-level carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer, not a typical amber ale, but I think what makes it different makes it worth seeking out.

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Photo of adamks
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours reddish copper with a thin, beige head that quickly fades.

smells hoppy with greens and maybe a hint of citrus.

tastes strongly hoppy at first, but fades into the greenry/citrus present in the smell.

mouthfeel is light with good but fast-fading carbonation.

overall a pretty good beer, but magic hat makes better. not too strong amongst the holiday brews.

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Photo of blackheartbilly
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went to the store to buy some sort of IPA, when the employee asked me what I was looking for. I said that I was on a hop kick and he practically begged me to try this beer. I looked and noticed that it is am amber ale, not the IPA I originally intended. I took the leap of faith and was rewarded!

12 Oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A: Deep reddish mahogany, when held up against the light it is a beautiful amber/reddish. The head did disappear faster than I would have liked, but gorgeous none the less.

S: The smell let me know that this was going to be a good beer. Crisp fresh cut lawn, citrus, and hoppy but not overpowering.

T: Wonderfully balanced, hoppy enough for the hopheads, yet not too much to turn off the average beer drinker. I thought the malt shines through in the after taste. Didn't seem to have heavy alcohol.

M: Light to medium carbonation. Slightly acidic.

D: Definitely a great beer to bring to a BYOB event. Wonderful taste and at 5.8% you won't be legless after a few. Definitely try this one, not to heavy in any direction!

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Photo of 454onbeerss
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
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 kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy copper with a small head that laces like crazy. Smell is dark malts, honey, citrus hops and earth.
Taste is dark and cloying. Seems to appear in the back of the throat. The honey sweetness balances well with the citrus hops. There's notes of pine in the finish as well.
Smooth and slick and very drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"See with your heart. Hear with your head."

Pours a foggy reddish amber. Oh, man. This nose. Talk about grass. Just a huge pile of freshly cut green grass in it's prime. At the same time it is spicy, and for the love of me, I can't pinpoint what precisely it is. As I was pouring it I got a whiff and just had to focus on it for a while. It calms down fairly soon, so get it while the gettin's good. Flavor is massively earthy and robust. Has a nice leafy tone to it and a firm hop quality to it as well. Stays very consistent throughout. Feel has some good carbonation to it and a liquid feel that is very good as well. Overall this is a good drink. Definitely worth trying, especially to get a whiff of that oh-so-unique nose. Suggested.

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

I like hoppy beers and wasn't disappointed by this offering at all.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Ruby/amber color with an off-white to light tan head. Not brilliant, but nice and clear. Head formed by tight bubbles that left a bit of lace on the glass.

Had a citrus nose, which is to be expected from this hoppy brew. I also got some woodsy tones as well.

Nice, hoppy flavor that wasn't overpowering. Hops definitely dominate the taste, but the malt is balanced enough to stand up - a nice showcase of citrusy hop flavor. Aftertaste was pleasant, not too strong or hot in any way.

Medium mouthfeel/body with a noticeable degree of carbonation, but not effervescent.

I enjoyed this beer, so for drinkability, I would definitley say "Yes, give me another!"

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer, despite a lot sweet sweat hop smell and flavor that I believe is viewed as a defect in beers. Nonetheless, I thought it pretty good.

This beer pours a dark amber/red/birch beer color with a nice head that fades to a scummy coating. Aroma is fruity and sweaty, but hoppy and not unpleasant. Flavor is more sweaty sock hoppiness which I believe is technically a defect yet I find to be pleasant. Finish is smooth and full, with a lot maltiness imparting a full mouthfeel that I liked.

I'd recommend this beer, but it hardly knocked my socks off. I bought this beer at Brew&Brew in North Ridgeville, OH. The good people of Magic Hat recommended I drink it before May 2008.

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Photo of beveritt
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a biker, with Roxy Rolles worked into the glare from the headlight. Cap wisdom: "Who's at Fault for the Asphalt Vault." Indeed.

Appearance: Pours with 2 inches of light tan head that settles slowly into a nice head, leaving behind a lair amount of lacing. The beer itself is a bright ruby color, crystal clear, and with some activity.

Smell: Grapefruit and herbaceous hops upfront with a hint a caramelly sweet malt.

Taste: Strong hop flavor upfront, but not as spicy as you normally get from dry-hopping. Hints of malt in the middle, but really rolls right into a medium level bitterness, with little else.

Body: Average body. Carbonation seems a little low.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not great either. Starts pretty strong with hoppy smells and taste upfront, but fades rapidly with little ot back it up.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice reddish brown color with a creamy white head that slowly disappears.

S - Hops, slight grapefruit, sweet.

T - Lots of hops. Very piney hops. Mild bitterness. Funny after taste.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - Nice appearance, some good lace. Smells good, but the taste is average. It tastes like an IPA.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In all respects an average brew... wasn't blown away by this one and wouldn't purchase another sixer again... Wasn't crazy about Magic Hat's Circus Boy offering, and this one really didn't do it for me either... all in all, a mediocore brew which wasn't entirely poor, but not outstanding either... The appearance was a dark brown copper color which poured with no head, even after swirling the last two-thirds of the bottle... The smell was somewhat bland... basically just about average... the taste was peculiar... hard to describe but a little medicinal... the mouthfeel and drinkability were okay but nothing to write home about... this beer tastes sweet and has a slightly bitter aftertaste... an interesting brew to sample, but wouldn't spend another $8 bucks on a sixer... Worth a try if you are a fan of Magic Hat...

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into SA glass

A: clear amber/ruby in color, with 1+ finger white head and fairly light carbonation

S: grapefruit rind, piney hops, orange and a spicy note I'm unable to discern

T: piney hops and grapefruit prevail with a little caramel hiding out

M: medium light in body with nice carbonation, more fizz on the tongue than there appears to be in the glass

D: nice beer, not outstanding. I will be having a few more of these this afternoon

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Photo of mjd83goblue
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from 12 oz bottle, poured into pint glass. Cheers to Magic Hat for making it to MI! A "hoppy red ale" per the label.

A: Looks like your typical amber. Minimal head. As clear as can be.

S: Smell is definitely more on the IPA side. Big bitter grapefruit smell. A touch of sweetness, but not the malt that you would expect.

T: Taste is rather average. Very little caramel or malt that I would expect from an amber. Nice hop flavor at the back of the sip. Strange aftertaste

M: A little thin for my tastes.

D: Clean and crisp, I would drink a couple of these.

Overall, a good beer, but nothing special. More like a pale ale than a red.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As my rating suggests.... average.

A: Brownish Red with a thin white lacey head. Not much else can be said here.
S: Hops! Definitely of the noble kind. Tettanger, Hallertau variety i think... reminds me of a younger styled Victory Hop Devil.
T: Hops! and well ok... malt to back it up. Id almost call this an amber pale ale. I still cant get out of the notion that this is almost like a Hop Devil.
M: This is of the thinner variety. There is some body to this beer but it slides down quite quick.
D: this hop devil errrr... i mean roxy rolles is pretty decent. Drinkable? yea definitely, i could knock back a few of these. Would i buy a whole case? thats another story.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a mug.

Pours a dense, cloudy burnt-orange/amber body with a fair amount of light tan head. Retention is good and the lacing is excellent.
The aroma is on the sweeter side: candied grapefruit and mandarin orange, cane sugar, and a foresty, piney hop note (probably some centennial at work, too). Really nice aroma.

Flavor, you ask? Sweet, chewy candied malts, caramel, floral & fruity yeasts, and a nice hoppy bite to round out the experience. Mouthfeel is fairly decent: thinnish-medium body with a decent carbonation level and a good, lingering hop note as it goes down. Drinkability is quite high for this amber, as it is with many of Magic Hat's brews. It's not overly complex, but packs enough flavor and character change to keep the senses entertained. Definately easy to put away a few at a time, and have no reservations about going back for more in the future.

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Photo of animal69
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

saw their feast of fools sampler and gave it a shot, they've always got interesting brews ; pours a med brownish-amber color w/ a nice stiff, light brown, one finger head which lingers most of the way down leaving a thick lacing all the way down my pint glass ; a powerful floral/citrus hop aroma coming across as a little "cattish", not any discernible maltieness ; a thick hoppy flavor w/ a tart bite rather than bitter, a slight caramel note somewhere deep underneath, i get a pear-like fruit undertone as well ; a rich, med. bodied beer just under cloying, the dextrin level in this beer is a bit much, i kinda like it though ; a fairly drinkable brew, much better than alot of Am. ambers, another good, wierd beer from the wizards at Magic Hat...

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Photo of ohoove
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat usually disappoints me, not that their brews aren't good, it's that some of them just aren't TASTY- till now.
Magic Hats Roxy Rolles is right up there with Ithaca's Cascazilla and Troegs Hopback Amber.
A definite seasonal must have for me. Great!!!

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
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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Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 64.8% out of 100 with 611 ratings
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