Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Roxy Rolles | Magic Hat Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
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.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 460 | Ratings: 611
Photo of dazdave
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bought this as part of the Mardi Gras 12 pack. Poured into an official Magic Hat glass. The beer had about a half inch of dark creamy head with a lot of lacing. The color of the beer is a ruddy dark red with almost an orange hue to it and no little bubbles floating up. Definitely the appearance of a dark red ale. I smell a lot of grapefruity hops coming off this. The taste of the beer is ok. I'm not a huge hop fan though. There's definitely a lot of deep complex flavor to this beer. My first senses are the grapefruit at the top of the tongue. As I hold it in my mouth I can feel the alcohol and carbonation wash that taste away. All thats left is a lightly bitter flavor in my mouth. There seems to be an almost acidic bite to the beer. Its very much a sipping type beer since it seems higher in alcohol than it is. To me this beer is a little overbearing in hops. I'd prefer a less harsh beer than this in this type of style.

 932 characters

Photo of BeerSox
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Hazy ultra deep reddish amber color with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick bubby rim.

The sweet malts consist of a bit of caramel and brown sugar mixed with shart bitter citrusy hops.

The flavor has an odd contrast. The malts are grainy and somewhat sweet, but there is a harsh shift to the hops, leaving a stale aftertaste. It still can be considered complex, but I don't think these two opposites "constructively interfere" with each other. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is lingering stale flavor I mentioned above.

This one set up well for me but seemed to dissapoint in the end. Maybe it will appeal to someone else, but it didn't do it for me.

 726 characters

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

 356 characters

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...

 588 characters

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

12 oz. bottle tried 9 Feb 2010.

Poured in a 0.4 L Radeberger mug. Large lacy light brown head. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy dark iced tea color, reddish brown. Smells of yeast, squash and earthy mushrooms. Nutty, a bit astringent. Some sweet cider notes throughout. Earthy bitter finish, some caramel in aftertaste. Medium body. Mild ethanol.

Not likely to get this again.

 376 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nearly clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Expecting in your face hop flavor but the hops are tolerable, piney hoppy finish. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

 292 characters

Photo of Minkybut
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a mahogany color with a nice tan head. However the head was gone pretty fast. Lacing was really good. Smell of this beer was toffee and taste was slightly however the hops blew away what would have been a great beer. No buy again.

 293 characters

Photo of dmamiano
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost cloudy, tarnished copper looking color. Small head that fades fast.
Smell is very refreshing, sweet malts intermingled with a bright, almost florescent hoppiness. Reminds me of candy sitting in a bowl.
As I taste this beer, I immediately am thinking the "nose" is a bit deceiving. the taste is very reminiscient of a homebrew...not a lot of malt, lacking in mouthfeel and a nice hoppy undertones.
this beer is ok...no more, no less.
Bottle dated May 2008.

 471 characters

Photo of RobH
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle

A: Great appearance of a deep amber/red as anticipated and expected of an Amber Ale.

S: Smelled a bit like a Scotch Ale to me, with some peat smokiness in the malt.

T&M: I prefer an Amber with a malt-forward backbone balanced by the hops, yet I can tolerate one with a more hoppy profile, however this one had the flavors of the peat-smokiness as in some Scotch Ales, a flavor that does not appeal to me.

D: I frankly could not finish the whole bottle. I could tell it was a quality beer, but it's just not my style.

 540 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

 832 characters

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber-red with a small tan head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is heavy herbal hops with just a hint of caramel malt in the background.

Herbal hops upfront with a boatload of IBUs to follow. A bit of caramel malt appears just before it finishes dirt dry with another blast of hops. Bitterness lingers.

Medium body, nice carbonation.

Definitely the hoppiest beer I've had from Magic Hat, but just falls short for me. A little balance would go a long way with this one-trick pony.

 523 characters

Photo of CWiggins
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let me say up front that I generally don't appreciate red ales. There's too much variation in the style, and I find little redeeming value in them that I enjoy to a greater extent in more complex beers. There.

This one surprised me. The color is a medium amber with shimmering golden highlights, and the head was strong with a dense collection of dense tan foam that perservered for some time. Hops dominates the aroma, with a light tobacco presence and a bit of spicy fruitiness to boot. Hops also dominates the flavor: it's very bitter, with some light fruit and a bit of nutty maltiness as well.

It's a little too carbonated for my taste, but this style can certainly absorb that direction.

 695 characters

Photo of matty
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head that laces the glass.Aroma is grassy hops.Taste is hops,grass and a hint of grapefruit.It does go down pretty smoothly.Overall a decent beer but nothing great.It was nice to try once but I doubt I will ever buy again!!

 263 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had an Imperial Pint of this at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, Pa.
Served cool in a nonic.
A - a light caramel brown w/ ruby highlights and a vanilla cream head of about 1.5 fingers w/ moderate lace

S - Crisp citrus scents w/ mild piney grassy odors and a light sweet malt tinge

M - A caramel toasted feel w/ nutty slightly acidic tang in the grapefruity bite.

T - A crisp hop flavor w/ citrus gets mingle w/ caramel and nutty/biscuity toastiness. There's a blend of sweet and slightly acidic tastes in the finish. The sweetness tends to get a taste more toward bland as the second half of the 20ozer is consumed

D - An average amber w/ nice hop accents, but sad to say lacks the malt character to match the hop notes and becomes very ordinary after a pint and just can't hold my interest.

 794 characters

Photo of qcitydarkstar
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice garnet/mahogany color with a two-fingered cream-colored head. The neatly stacked bubbles in the head resemble soda-like carbonation, with the heady quickly decaying to about a quarter of its original size, but with still a nice portion of creamy foam. The initial smell is noticeably malty, with a floral hop backbone. On the tip of the palate, there is a strong fruit presence (maybe grapefruit, but also apricot and mango), followed by a roasted malt taste as it rolls down the back of the throat. As far as drinkability goes, I noticed as the beer warmed that the initial citrus sparkle faded into a smooth, but unfortunately bland, malt flavor—easy to drink, rarely exciting.

 693 characters

Photo of beveritt
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

 901 characters

Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

 571 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first time I had this beer I found it to be kind of on the gross side. The second time and all the times after that I found it to be better. The beer poured out as a brownish amber color with a yellowish fan head. There is a decent lacing for this beer. The smell gives of a pretty good malt and hop profile. The taste has a good balance of flavors too but it seems to have a toasted or burnt quality to it. The mouthfeel is drinkable and about medium bodied. Overall Roxy isn't too bad but it's just not my favorite from Magic Hat.

 536 characters

Photo of trkerrigan
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best thing about Magic Hat’s Roxy Rolles is the appearance, a dark ruby brown color with a creamy burnt tan head. Roxy Rolles aroma has great hop and citrus elements as well. Unfortunately I was turned off by the flavor. As expected a flavor that was dominate of hops with bitterness and citrus, but also ended up with a fruity apricot maybe strawberry type flavor as well. The slight fruity notes in this ale I felt to be its flaw. For some reason I seem to taste this flavor in many other Magic Hat beers, I don’t know why. I enjoy many elements of the Roxy Rolles flavor but ultimately I didn’t find the slight fruity notes in this ale to be favorable. (Although I’m sure that many would really enjoy this) After pouring the Roxy Rolles I expected something great, but ended with something average.

 809 characters

Photo of swiftyschlifty
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured a pure red amber color. the nose was the best part of the beer, as it was incredibly fruity. the hoppiness took over much of the palate. for an amber beer, it was too much. i wanted to have more of the fruit that i could smell on the nose. the little bit of taste dropped off on the finish. i could see myself drinking a few of these just because there wasn't much fruit flavor.

 385 characters

Photo of Stimack
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured to a nice amber colored hue with many red highlights. Good sized tan head that had good retention and left a good amount of lacing. The aroma seems to be dominated by the hops which seem to give more of a pine like scent. Some malt aroma there as well but very hard to pick up. The flavors are similar to the aroma except that malts come out more here and are at the front end giving a biscuit like flavor. The hops really stick out and stay around even after the sip is long gone. The hop flavor is more pine like IMO but seem to have a slightly odd finish but that probably is just me. Overall not a bad brew from Magic hat but must say not my favorite but it is good to see them still producing something things that stick out.

 747 characters

Photo of sholland119
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to trying this one so maybe my expectations were too high.

Pours a clear pale amber with a solid amount of fluffy white head and no lacing. Aroma is of pungent pine hops. The taste is very similar and really points out how essential a good malt backbone is. Cause this one does not really have it. Rather unpleasantly bitter, even for a hophead. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Drinkable enough but not great.


 442 characters

Photo of alexskovan
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

 286 characters

Photo of yesyouam
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Magic Hat Roxy Rolles is a dim, deep reddish amber ale with a huge, frothy, rocky, creamy yellow-tan head that has excellent retention and lacing. Looks superb. It has a very grassy aroma. Yes, it smells like grass and hay. It's medium-light bodied and pretty smooth. The finish is a little watery. It tastes like grassy hops. There's not too much malt flavor and it's a tid bit astringent. There's not too much going on, but at least it's bitter.

 447 characters

Photo of animal69
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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...

 751 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!