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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Photo of WAP
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a 1.5 finger head that quickly falls, leaving a small amount of sticky lacing. Smell is very nice - sweet malt with a grassy, somewhat herbal hop aroma coming through in the background. The taste is hoppier than the nose would suggest - the malt sweetness lasts a fraction of a second before being replaced by the grassy hop flavor. The finish is bitter and clean. If I have any complaint it is that the hops take over a bit too quickly here for my taste. Still, this is a very tasty, interesting, and different seasonal that I will buy again next year.

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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy amber with a bit of a head on it. The head drops off rather quickly and leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is good. I get a bit of a subdued pine, as well as a touch of citrus and maple. An interesting taste. There is a bit of the pine hops, but while up front they are not too strong. Follows with a taste of caramel malt and a touch of fruitiness. Pretty well balanced and an easy drinker. A decent brew.

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

Almost as red as the label.
Smells of a faint hint raspberries, musky damp bittering hops.
Tiny bit of course graininess at the beginning, with some Lipton tea flavors going on. Flavors in this beer are a little played. The beer itself is a little roughly put together, and the bitterness is too pronounced. Dry bitterness dominates most of the latter part of the taste profile.
A run of the mill craft red ale, does not possess any distinguishing characteristics. Not hard to drink, but boring, I would not go out of my way to buy it. There are many better examples.

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Photo of mcerka
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a wacky beer to say the least. I decided to pick up a six pack after the holidays because I never had it and it looked seasonal. The first impression that I got was almost a "piney" taste... almost like pine needs off a Christmas tree. With that said it's not a bad taste it's just.... interesting. A definate beer to have on occasion.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has a heavy burst of grassy hops, along with some notes of caramel, citrus and smokiness.

T: A pale hops bitterness is the dominant flavor in the taste. There are minor flavors of citrus, spice and caramel. The malt character is there, but it’s a little thin. The after-taste is a combination of hops bitterness and fruity sweetness.

M: Very crisp but not very smooth, medium carbonation, medium body, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, has a good kick to it. It’s a flavorful beer but not quite a flavor that hit it off with me. Although Magic Hat has done worse, they’ve certainly done better.

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Photo of ski271
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy reddish copper with a small, light tan, creamy head. Good head retention and some spotty lace. Pungent aroma of citrusy hops headlines the nose, supported by pine, bready malt and earthy yeast. Taste-wise, this beer very good. Big hops flavors (citrus and flowers) rush in as soon as the first drop hits the taste buds, then back off some to let the very pleasant roasted malt flavor show through (caramel and hay). The hops then rush back in toward the finish (fruit & resin). The finish is long and bitter, citrus and a touch of spice. It has a medium body, dry texture and soft carbonation. This is another good one from Magic Hat. I’ve been in the mood for a ‘hoppier’ beer as of late, and this one did the trick without being overbearing. I’d definitely have this again and recommend trying it.

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Photo of tempest
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kelly Cole's in Syracuse.

I feel like a lot more went into this beer than I got out of it while drinkinging. It had a masking creamy flavor that left almost no malt flavor. There was a bit of caramel and some citrus hops, but the flavor was a bit underwhleming. I guess its like a hoppy Smithwick's.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty amber mahogany pour with a dense head of beige froth that leaves delicate trails of lace and has decent retention for a MH brew.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts and plenty of gentle floral and spicey citrus hops.

Flavor is a nice mix of caramel and scorched brown sugar and earthy floral and candied citrus hops. Hop profile is very pleasant and well excecuted. Complex enough to keep me interested with great drinkability.

Roxy has a smooth texture and slick, quaffable mouthfeel. Body is between light and medium and easy to drink. One of the better "new" MH brews.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy brick red with an off-white head that dropped to a quarter-inch leaving rings of lace. Lots of grapefruit hops in the nose, this is a hoppy beer. Taste is hoppy but not a kick in the face hoppy. Balanced nicely with maltyness and a citrusy finish. A decent, hoppy red ale.

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

It pours a ruddy garnet, a bit murky and deep amber at the margins. A finger of light beige head dips soon to bubbly pith. Rules of lacing lay penciled across the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a rather brief malt assertion, with a flash of sweet caramel and vague fruit, but the hops grab the limelight and cling tight, with dry citrus and pine needles tossed about wantonly and crisply.

Upon tasting, the malt again slips in first, a bit more notable here with caramel candy sweetness and a berry touch that are each promptly dried by the influx of grapefruit dry and pine resiny hops, spicy and edgily crisp. The malt tries again with a small residual biscuit nudge, but the finish lays waste to that with a very crisp, dry, and refreshing legacy. It's assertive in a way that the style would not anticipate, but it's quite tasty in doing so.

Perhaps a bit north of light bodied, the malt has some measure of presence, but it's the hops, sassy, spicy and glowing, that lay the oils down and give a real impression.

The crisp, snappy edge to this beer had me thinking wheat, which I know it hasn't, and of Simcoe, which I knew from first whiff that it certainly does. It stood up admirably to a big bowl of quite-hot wings, the oily resins helping to wash the capsaicin away before it did too much damage. It flows easily, with a very refreshing way about it, making it nicely drinkable. It's a pleasant surprise that this Magic Hat offering is well more than a novelty offering. In fact, it's a real nice accompaniment to whatever spicy thing you might be eating.

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Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew is a murky, light burgundy color with a decent head. The aroma is faint, with modest toasted malt aroma. There’s a bit of caramel and some floral hops as well. The taste much more pronounced, with a full sweetness up front, solid malt flavor, and a bitter finish. There’s a little pine and fruit, and a slight graininess. None of the flavors particularly stand out as dominant. The beer has a medium body and relatively low carbonation. There’s also a little slickness that become increasingly notable as the brew warms. Although not a beer that I’d seek out, this was drinkable and fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Alternative Brews. {iney Hoppy and grapefruity, a bit of spice in finish. Brownish colour with minimal white head. Can pass an an IPA. Balance with malts and even a bit of fruitiness in finish.An average for the style, I liked it but can't report any standout features.

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Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, hoppy session beer. Has the hop bite of an IPA without the firepower. This is one you could sip all night and enjoy the hops aroma and taste.
Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a medium, light tan head. The head fades to a covering of the glass and hangs in there. Fairly good lacing on the glass. Aroma is impressive for an amber ale. Nice hoppy, citrus aroma. Taste is very good, like a lighter hopped SNPA. Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit light but not watery.
Drinkability is very good. Enough taste to keep you interested and not enough abv to complicate your evening.

This one is a winner.

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

Much as I like hyper-hopped IPAs and DIPA's, a solid American Amber is always a hit with me. This beer reminded me a great deal of North Coast Red Seal Ale, which is my go-to beer. Nice malt base with a touch of caramel malt. Hops are liberal, but not overdone for the style, with a bit of spruce. At 5.8 abv this is a bit on the high side for a session beer, but otherwise is something that could session quite well. Thanks to far333 for the sample.

Something about the label is a bit freaky, though. Reminded me of the motorcycle rider from Raising Montana.

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

This beer has been met with plenty of mixed reviews; for me, it is by far the best Magic Hat beer I've had. IMO, MH is kind of clown beer, cleaverness trying to overshadow the beer, not this one though.

Nice hoppy body, with a strong, but mild afterbite. Nose is equal. Flowery, but at the same time sour/bittter. Sometimes I piick up some apple cider, crossed with bitter roots...strange combo, yes, but it meshes well.

Highly drinkable, next thing I knw the sixer is gone...uhmmm!!!

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.43/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, best before the end of Feb 07 notched on label.

From the bottle cap: “Don’t try to prevent a predestined event”

Fuzzy garnet. Big bubbled steady tan foam that slowly dimples down leaving some strands of droopy lace. Aromas are of soft pine, caramel, fleshy peach, and stone fruit as well as a solvent-like cast floating on top. Roxy is not rolling as there are no carbonation streams. The flavor is of pine splashed with watered grapefruit juice leading into a strange metallic and vegetal-like finish. An odd and unpleasant mushy, moldy fruit flavor adheres to the tongue lending a greasy feel. Thin and watery mouthfeel, lacking any body whatsoever, and the carbonation is nearly non-existant. An unenjoyable beer that rolled right into my sink.

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Photo of jhollick
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I came in expecting this to be a winter warmer type beer. After a sniff, I knew I was mistaken. Poured a deep and attractive amber color with some orange highlights. One finger head appeared, but quickly subsided, leaving a ring around the glass.

It has a fresh hop smell, and it is almost like thre is a pine needle smell separate from the hops. Grapefruit and floral aromas abound. Smells like a super-hopped Celebration Ale.

Mouthfeel is quite light, and almost too watery for my taste. Very oily; obviously I was correct on the fresh hops guess...the oils coat the mouth and linger for quite some time. The oils really save thie mouthfeel from being disappointing.

Taste is very piney initially, and there is a very dry, almost barkish flavor present as well. If one were to puree a Christmas tree, this might be near the taste of it. The hops are aggressive, but not overpowering. The hop flavor is what jumps out, not the usual bitterness. Enough sweetness is provided in contrast by the malts, which gives a nice and subtle caramel flavor to offset the piney smell and taste. The hop oils sit on the tongue long after the swallow, and continue to provide a variety of flavors and a punch of dryness.

I would drink a couple of these, but my tastebuds would probably be shot after that. I had this an hour or so after a Mad Elf, and it was a brilliant contrast. The fresh hop flavor and aroma is great, which is something that sets this apart from orther hoppy winter ales that I have had. I highly recommend this brew.

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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish, dark amber. Good initial head that dissipates quickly. A touch of lace.

Strong fresh hop smell--very much like a double IPA.

This is a dry beer with a lot of hop finish. Surprisingly, there's very little hop up front. Moderate level of body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Other than the hop this is a rather non-descript beer, unusual for Magic Hat

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fresh out of my growler from the dinosaur BBQ in Rochester, NY. This stuff smells great. Decent frothy head. A little lacing. Deep winter beer red color. Slight cloudiness. Love the smell, the taste isn't impressive. Tastes like D'saur might have some dirty lines or else this is an older keg. I gotta get a 6er and see if it really so because this appeared to be promising.

I will review again.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.87/5  rDev +28.8%
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 tgbljb
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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 NJpadreFan
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat- Roxy Rolles

Inside the "Feast of Fools" variety pack, purchased at Magic Hat!

Appearance- Dark amber red with a frothy head. Moderate lacing.
Smell- Strong oily pine sap hops. Light caramel malt noted.
Taste- Mellow pine sap hops with caramel malt balanced nicely.
Mouthfeel- Mellow, light, slight dry bitterness in the end.

Overall- A big potential flavor that just falls short. Pretty good through regardless. I enjoyed it on tap right at Magic Hat and it and the 376 were selling points.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, iced-tea ruby amber with just a dusting of a head and tiny splotches of lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma is quite hoppy (American citrus notes, light on the metal) but it also has a great caramel malt base and some enticing apple esters. The palate is well balanced between generous helpings of caramel malts and lemony, zesty hops. Some sweetness crops up just before the finish, which dries out just a tad as it fades. Overall, this is a very good beer -- true to the style, and lacking too much metallic aroma in the hops, which is a nice change from many American reds. Very sessionable and pleasant.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep dark mahogony with a medium sized tan head. The smell is very hoppy,citrus scents, grapefruit like. The taste is creamy with a very hoppy backbone. Citrus hops rule this beer,but there's also some "bisquity" flavors and carmel. The m/f is medium with the hops really overpowering the other flavors. Not a bad beer,but the hops are really a little too much.

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Photo of BusyNinja
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark malty, but less so than a strong ale. Plenty of hops in the nose, with a touch of grapefruit. Plenty of hop bite, but not overpowering. Lighter than a strong ale, in terms of maltiness, and much more drinkable than a DIPA. A very nice, highly poundable session beer. Had two at lunch. Would like to try it bottled sometime.

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Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 611 ratings
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