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 grayburn
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't say no to the good price of the fall mix pack and this beer stands as decent justification.

A pretty ruby colored brew with a white foamy head that fades a little quickly but laces very well.

The smell is a mix of some pine and citrus hoppiness with a bit of some spice and some caramel sweetness from the malt coming up in the back. The taste follows suit, the hops really come into the forefront. The only problem I see is some vegetal off-flavors that come into play as the pine fades.

The mouthfeel is nice, middle of the road with some decent carbonation. This all adds up to a pretty drinkable product, not too shabby at all. They should market this heavier than the #9 within craft circles.

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep ruby red color with some bronze highlights... Moderate paced small carbonation bubbles rise deep within... A little bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A truly unique nose that I can't compare to any of my other 400+ reviews... Cranberry... Holiday spice in the form of nutmeg and cinnamon... A muted caramel sweetness...

T - Coying sweet to start with hints of cranberries and caramel... Slight nuttiness... Then it turns a little more than slightly bitter with the undeniable presence of simcoe hops rising to the foreground... The spices towards the end in the form of nutmeg and cinnamon...

M - Medium bodied and quite sturdy... Perfect carbonation levels with an attention grabbing little bite...

D - A very welcome departure from the typical fall seasonals... A very solid offering... I'm not sure it would be part of my regular rotation if it were a year round offering, but I can easily envision myself enjoying a couple of these ever year as the leaves start to change...

Note - The label is also a winner...

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark red, almost mahogany color with a decent head, with good retention. Very minimal lacing is present.

S: Pine/citrus hops, with a grassy scent to it. Some dark fruit, caramel as well.

T: Caramel/bready malts are the dominant flavors, although they are not that strong. Some hop bitterness towards the end but it was not very noticeable.

M: A little on the thin side. Decently balanced beer.

D: Easy to drink, not overly complex. A decent beer but not one I would seek out, then again, Amber Ale/Red Ale are not my favorite style.


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Photo of DNICE555
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I was wondering if this fall version was different from the winter version... nope.

A - Reddish Brownish Hazy offering by that Hat.

S - Hops, lemon, floral, malt... nice blend.

T - Very nice. Big fan of red ales. Nice take on the style. Very hearty tasting. Sweet hops.

M - tingly carbonated hops with sweet malt to balance it out.

D - Nice beer to have after a long hike.

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Photo of bcastine
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very nice garnet red color, starts with a nice head that disapates, leaves lacing top to bottom in my portsmouth brewery tulip glass.

S: lots of aroma here, very floral, and inviting.

T: Crystal malt comes thru and matches well with the citrusy earthy hops. Very nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

M: good carbo, medium bodied, spot on for style.

D: This is probably the best magic hat brew i've had, find myself telling my wife to get the night of the living dead pack, she drinks the circus boys and #9's, i like the odd notion and roxy rolles. Very seasonable enjoyable brew.

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Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint like glass.

Pours a small tan head with a hazy orange head. Decent retention with some splattered lace. Copper in color.

Aroma: Very hoppy and floral notes with some autumn seasonal like malts. Pine notes and spices. A very interesting aroma, but I like it.

Taste: The hops I don't like as much here. They don't fit the beer. Too much floral notes. Spices and caramel hints as well. It's ok but thinks don't mix well here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and a bit bitter. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with a low level of hop profile that is slightly sticky.

Overall, started out good, but went downhill. Things didn't seem to blend well. I probably won't be having this one again.

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Photo of GrittyMug345
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle - best by 11/30/09 on box. Vigorous pour into a tulip produces a full tight head which fades to a thin lace. Beautiful dark ruby color, clear. Herbal hops balanced with some roasted malt on the nose, not too complex. Good roasted malt flavor with a great hop compliment, balanced sweetness/bitterness. Good carbonation, medium body, just what I would hope for. Very sessionable, mellow, great for food - especially cheeses and fatty meats. Definately enjoyed.

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

Pours a toffee brown color; caramel, light toasted bread, and orange peels on the nose; taste is the same with
all of the same flavors...caramel, light toasted bread, fruity & hoppy ; Mouth feel is creamy / smooth low carbonation.
I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Clean your plate when you're on a date" in the infinite wisdom of Magic Hat. MH is the company that got me started on craft beer and I owe them a ton of gratitude. I will start adding more of their beers into my reviews as I'm very familiar with them and haven't been reviewing them at all. This time it's the Autumn Roxy Rolles, which is different than the original hoppy Amber and this time is a Autumn seasonal.

A: Pours a fluffy 1 finger nice lookin head, that bounces around on the top of a crystal clear amber toasty brown color. Little bubbles rise up as if you beckon your nose to the rim, but man is this clear!

N: Initially a toasty malt aroma dances out the sides of the glass. I get a slight sweet caramel aroma. I get a few light crisp marzen type aromas as well giving it a very Oktoberfest style nose. Some slight European hops tickle the nose but just barely make it through.

T: Taste starts pretty sweet actually, with some strange fruits and almost raisiny and big malt quality. I think there are lots of crystal malts and some other German style malts. Then some really interesting German hops start to bitter the palate and add some interesting complexity. I get a huge earthy char taste as it matures. I do get some spicey hops as well that mix with the earthy hops.

M: Pretty creamy and frothy, lots of carbonation, a little sticky and a little too syrupy.

F: Pretty bitter, and dries off a little but not as much as I would have preferred. It leaves a strange syrupy bitter sweet taste in the mouth as it fades off, but that taste doesn't seem to go away. However, once you finish the sip the bitterness takes over and really dries out the taste, which seems to help. And a slight metallic taste, very slight, seems to poke at you in the background.

Final thoughts: An interesting take on an Autumn seasonal. They took their original spring Roxy Rolles hoppy Amber and Oktoberfested it up a few notches. Seems to have quite a bit of German malts and hops, and it seems, from what I've read, to be pretty true to what an Oktoberfest used to be as the Germans were the ones that really found a niche with hopping beers. I really enjoy this and I'm glad I found it to add to the Oktoberfest beer lineup. The only complaint I have is that it is a little too sweet for my tastes. But overall a good beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch head some lacing thru-out..the smell is sweet malts and some hops but mainly malts..the taste is a malt forward amber hit on the senses followed by some average hop/spice, citrus,pine and grapefruit tastes pretty well balanced but with a nod to the sweet caramel malts that are in charge in this one.. it is good tasting easy to throw back several of these..its recommended if you like pale ale and ipa's as this one is a light version of those styles... but this aleis not on on the rotation for me

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Photo of deapokid
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sweet, candied red with a one-finger head. It kind of reminds of me of a thicker take on iced tea (I don't mean this negatively).

First whiff brings out a nice hop aroma with a hint of sweetened grapefruit and nice malty backbone. The smell is a bit more complex and multi-layered than most ambers I've tried.

Flavor is rich and without an acidic bone in its body. Hops are really well-balanced with the malty aftertaste and a pleasant sweetness complements the whole package. This is very subdued and it's nice to see an amber that's confident in itself and not trying to be an IPA.

Texture is buttery, but never thick and it offers up a sweet little hop bite at the back of the throat.

The ABV is low enough for chugging, but the flavors are quite complex and that hop kick makes it seem a bit stronger than it actually is.

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Photo of Biggness
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish brown with a one fingered tan head and nice lacing. The smell is nice and malty with pretty much no hop smell. The taste is well balanced with a suprisingly nice maltbase to this brew. There is also some nice bitterness and some nice citrusy hop flavors. Nice mouthfeel and an easy drinker. Well done

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Not Your Average Joe's in Randolph MA. Brought to me in a standard pint glass. This beer comes out an Amber brown color, that looks similar in color to a melted brown sugar. Has a haze to it, but slight clarity when held up to the light. This beer has a small off white colored head with some of the best lacing I've ever seen on a beer before, it's still at the top of the glass even when you're finished with it. The smell is good. Dominated by the hops which isn't something you'd quite expect from a fall or winter style of beer. Followed by the strong hop smell are some other notes of winter spices, but really just an after essence. The taste is very, very good. Seems to be more of a pine hop than citrus, but likely a bit of both. You can also detect some of the spices, maybe cinnomin and some roasted malt and grain. There is also a sour, or tart type taste that may come from some type of fruit that I couldn't quite put my finger on which brings me to the mouthfeel. It left a dry feeling in your mouth similar to when you bite into an apple that hasn't quite fully ripened yet, it's not bad and still above average because the carbonation level is perfect and there's no alcohol bite at all. This beer is extremely drinkable. Not quite sure how it's considered a winter or fall seasonal, I could certainly drink this all year round. But it's nice to see some hoppy styles come out and join the party in the colder weather.

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

12 oz. Brown bottle. Has freshness date on back of label. Front of label has crazy biker dude on a chopper. He's driven through leaves to Oktoberfest.

A: Pours a deep amber, with one finger of bubbly tan head. Which turns to a bunch of large bubbles after a few drinks.

S: Fruity hops and light alcohol aroma. Sweet malts and spicy orange. Smells good.

T/M: Pretty complex and smooth. Hops are herbal and citric. The malts used are a little sweet. Nice balance of bitterness and dryness.

D: Really good brew right here. As Fall/Oktoberfest beers go this one is on the upper level. Great taste and drinkability. One I look forward to each year from Magic Hat.


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Photo of Ruslanchik
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Beer is a deep, slightly cloudy, brown color with some ruby tint. The head is fluffy, clumpy, off-white, and plentiful.

S: Coffee and chocolate aromas are present as well as hops and some malt sweetness. Complex and very nice.

T: Firm bitterness up-front, followed by chocolate and a dry finish. Not really what I would expect from an American Amber. Interesting.

M: Not too light, not too heavy. Carbonation is appropriate--not fizzy at all. Nice and smooth.

D: A little bitter for a session beer in my mind, but nice to have a few of.

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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 Mistofminn
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at my girlfriends parents house with the family over.

Poured into a pint glass, this one is red amber in color with a light tan head with decent retention. Leaves nice strings of lacing.

The nose is much more hop powerful than I expected. Piney and earthy hops dominate the nose, yet there is still an almost undetectable malt backbone.

The malt backbone is a little more assertive in the taste, but the hops still dominate. Earthy and piney hops balance nicely with a caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a slightly overcarbonated bite, but nothing too excessive. Drinkability is decent, a nice session beer.

Overall, a solid offering from Magic Hat. Nothing spectacular, but definitely makes me wonder about their other brews.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before October '09, so sort of nearing the end of the line.

Light frothy white cap on top of a hazy drab brown, with some lighter hues in the light.

Surprisingly fruity aroma. Orange, apricot, and a little spiciness.

Kind of lacks the malt balance I was hoping for. Real bitter kick at the end. Not a lot of ambers have this bitter of a hop profile. It's not an especially fresh hop flavor, mostly bittering with spiciness. Late fruitiness, orange.

Full-bodied. Moderately carbonated.

I found this heavy and not super quaffable, but it's got some good things going. Reminds me a bit of Surly Furious. Not as high of a compliment as it seems, as I find Furious to have the same sort of one-dimensional bitterness and undefined malt character. Borderline IPA.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark, warm, barely translucent brown with a decent tan head. Aroma is not strong but is malty and surprisingly hoppy with hints of yeast and cinnamon. Flavor is strongly hoppy, more like an IPA than an amber ale, with a malty undertone and a touch of spice. Smooth, tingly texture leaves a hoppy but not too bitter finish.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I admit, I do not like Magic Hat. Their beers are a little too mainstream for my tastes. But, there is just something about Roxy Rolles that sets itself apart from the rest of their lineup. Here is my review:

A: Pours a deep amber red color. Very cloudy with some sediment present. Head is nice and foamy. No lacing,, however.

S/T: Right off the bat, I get a strong citrus rind aroma in there. Some grapefruit in there as well. Taste is very good. First thing you get is that citrus rind I got in the aroma. Pretty hoppy beer. Grapefruit carries over as well. There is also a nice toasted malt backing to this beer. Actually reminds me of Stones Levitation and their 13th Anniversary. Obviously not as strong as the 13th, but similar flavor components.

M/D: Mouthfeel might be my least favorite thing about this beer. Finishes kind of flat with little aftertaste. Needs more hop bitterness I think. Drinks very easily. Not the best hoppy amber available, but definetly a solid performer.

This is easily my favorite beer from Magic Hat. Lots of great hops with a very nice malt backing. This would be a great Imperial Red Ale if they kicked it up a notch or two. Highly recommended if you like red ales and/or Magic Hat.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the west coast so when I got my hands on this I was pretty pumped, had to get it in Texas, which is sad since the west coast is kind of the holy land of reebs.
Beer is a deep amber with with a very complex hoppy aroma.
Mouthfeel was light and malty and taste was complex, full bodied, and tasty.
This is a very good beer, one of the better from Magic Hat, very drinkable.

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Photo of DannyS
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a beer mug.

A - deep, reddish brown with a thin yet clingy head that leaves good webs of lacing.

S - Lots of pine and grapefruit on the hop aroma, with subdued malt.

T - The initial slap of bitter fades quickly after each sip, with a malty, bready backing. Finishes dry.

M - Thin body and fair carbonation. Not offensive, but not velvety smooth.

D - It is a tad bitter, but the ABV and flavor are definitely within sessioning boundaries.

Overall - Just the thing for a good Autumn seasonal, I'd say.

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

A - Deep red/brown color, thick off-white head, pretty good lacing, and a little bit hazy

S - Very fresh hops (Kent Goldings?) very aromatic and citrusy and little malt/sweet flavor in the background. Very nice balance.

T - Hops again are present at the front but different than the hops in the aroma. These have a more Earthy and bitter flavor, which is nice. It finishes bitter but the malt flavor cuts into the taste as it finishes

M/D - Medium body, nice carbonation, and a semi-dry finish

An excellent red ale, has just enough sweetness to cut through the hops but still maintain the perfect balance of flavors. Wonderful fall seasonal of the best out there!

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 611 ratings.
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