Roxy Rolles | Magic Hat Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
611 Ratings
Roxy RollesRoxy Rolles
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
611
Reviews:
460
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BMoney575
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 11-19-07
Best before February 2008

Pours a cloudy red/brown color, with a filmy white head and thin lacing.

Smell is very nice, fruity with a pleasant vegetable earthiness. You can detect a bit of strawberry in the hops.

Taste is all fruity hops, with a good bit of malt to balance it out. Grassy and bitter, and earthy. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, the carbonation mixes well with the hop character.

Drinkability is very good, a very well balanced brew.

Overall, an extremely well crafted beer in a style that most breweries just phone-in. Recommended as an easy-going very drinkable beer.

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Photo of taez555
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber/tan/orange body with an off-white head.

Nose is pure juicy orange, grapefruit, lime peel, pepper and lots of resiny hops. A very oily hop smell, but just loads and loads and loads of juicy citrus peel.

Medium bodied with a slightly course mouth feel. Nice fresh toasted malt flavor. Very classic red ale. Hop bitterness and hop flavor really dominate this beer though. Just like the nose grapefruit, lime peel, loads of citrus, orange, hop resin, leaf and black pepper. Bitterness is rather in your face near the beginning and in the middle but fades near the end. Surprisingly well balanced actually as the hops are in your face but so is the amber/red ale flavors. Finishes slightly course with a mild but still there hop bitterness.

This beer is very reminiscent of batch 374, but maybe a bit more toned down. One of the best newer magic hat beers not in a mixed pack or with a #. I could drink this all day long as a session beer.

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Photo of WAP
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Doomcifer
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber/copper color with a nice frothy, off-white head that retained remarkably well with nice lacing.

Smells of candy sweetness and much floral hops.

Tastes of mild malts with the bitter hops taking over really quickly. Ends pretty dry and bitter aspiriny. The flavor isn't very "full", perhaps even a bit thin. It reminds me a lot of Cascazilla from Ithaca but not as good. Definitely not bad though, by any means.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability - great session beer.

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Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a 0.5" light tan head, and the beer is a medium brown in color. Light retention.

smell: Smells great...floral, fresh hops at the forefront bring aromas of tropical fruits, especially passionfruit and sweet grapefruit. Toasty malts back up the hoppiness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, as is the body...nice.

taste: Nice, fruity hop flavors with a toasty malt back. Very clean, well balanced for a hoppy amber, and tasty.

drinkability: Quite easy to drink. A little more complexity from the malt and it would be an easy 4.5 for both smell and taste.

Single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh. Notched as best by February 2007.

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Photo of Foxman
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Toddv29424
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Down in VA, I've only seen this beer in the 2007 "Feast of Fools" variety pack. It pours an amber color with a moderate head. The smell is a purely bitter hop, which I was not expecting from a red ale. I tried to tease out malty notes, but nothing was found. As a UVM grad I like to say I'm a big fan of Magic Hat, but this beer is like nothing else they've produced. The taste as just a touch of the apricot/fruit taste that I've come to love, but mostly its a perfect synthesis of bitter hops and full-bodied grains. It lingers for long after its swallowed as well.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish color with a nice off white head. The smell is hoppy piney and a little earth with a nice malt presence. The flavor is slightly sweet with a good hop bite to balance it out. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp finish. Over all a great beer

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky copper with a well-carbonated one-finger head with sheath lacing down the entire glass. A hint of malts mixed in with mild peppery spice notes along with citrus in the aroma. For a red this seemed like a hop bomb; large citric hop base along with spices in a medium body produce a smooth yet really dry beer. Hints of roasted and/or caramel malts add a dash of sweeetness. This is a great beer that I wish they wouldn't just make as a seasonal.

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Photo of wilwfu
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have never been a huge Magic Hat fan, but thought I would give this seasonal a try. turned straight up and poured vigoursly in a large wine glass, awesome 1" head that left great lacing throughout the tasting. Smell was citrusy and fresh, with a hint of underlying caramel/bread scent. The malt really comes out in the taste, very creamy and fun to drink. Suprisingly well balanced.

Overall a great beer for Magic Hat.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. freshness date of oct 2010 notched into the back label.

A- this one pours out a murky reddish brown colored body with a full finger of fluffy khaki colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves rings of sticky lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- sweet smelling toffee and caramel malts are over powered by hops. lots of pine and citrus.

T- the malt comes through stronger in the taste than in the nose. sweet caramel and toffee. kind of nutty. the hops are still there. lots of pine and earthy notes.

M- light and almost watery. my mouth is left feeling dry.

D- a lot of flavor packed into this inexpensive and low ABV beer. i havnt been too impressed with magic hat so far, but this is something i really got into. check it out.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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 VTaler
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this in my basement and poured it into a pint glass

A - Reddish Gold color. Some slight orange highlights come in through light. Beige colored head the is pretty substantial. Head goes away over time. Kind of cloudy.

S - smells like fresh sweet toast. There are some floral hops present. There are some nice spices and even candy like toffee or molasses aroma

T - Lots of flavor. The hops and spices add nice spice to it. Kind of bitter but not overwhelming. The sweetness comes in from the malt but is overpowered by the hops. Could be a little less bitter to balance out the malt but then it also may be too sweet.

M - Medium body with a mild carbonation

D - very drinkable. I wish they had this year round.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a Brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a deep amber colored body with some visible carbonation and very good clarity. On top sits a modest light tan head that hangs on well and makes some nice spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has good strong pine and citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and lemon.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a solid, rich malty base with very solid and pleasant citrus hop notes throughout. The hop bitterness builds towards the finish and lingers a bit before it slowly fades off the tongue. It has a solid medium to full body with a smooth yet lively texture and nice carbonation.

Notes: Overall it is a very solid brew and quite enjoyable.

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

Got bored after work today so what better to do than buy a mixer sixer of beer?!

This was the first one out and it pours a nice, fairly deep red with a initially impressive head that, although it sank to a ring, always left some lacing.

My pathetic nose did detect a hoppy aroma but as usual, failed to process the details..Dang allergy season!

The nice medium bodied brew opened the taste show with a nice hop number followed by band of maltiness and a piney hop finish. moderately carbonated.

This is going to be a repeat buy for me..A very good brew that keeps the taste buds busy!

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

Pours a hazy dark amber with a nice head working down to some really nice lacing. The smell is of light caramel grass, and a good whack of piny hops. The taste features some grainy caramel malts and citrus hop flavors with some earthy notes and a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is good for a session brew, and so is the drinkability. I was not sold on this beer last year, but i have grown to really appreciate it this season. Magic hat needs to put this in their mix packs and do away with Circus Boy.

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Photo of jdg204
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Went straight to the Mother Ship, the Magic Hat brewery to get this bad boy. Well worth the trip and this was a great souvenir.

Appearance - Very original cloudy, bright orange color. Very cool

Smell - Very nice citrus odor comes right through with a touch of the spices and hops.

Taste - Excellent taste, definetly based upon Troegs Nugget Nectar. Citrus (particularly orange) flavors come through and the hop combo is superb (loving the Simcoe), definetly a winner!

Mouthfeel - Maybe my only complaint is that the consistency is a little lacking and it comes off a tad watery at times, but otherwise this leaves the mouth feeling great.

Drinkability - I just liked this beer a lot, glad to see Magic Hat is still developing new great brews to compliment old standby's #9 and Circus Boy. Have to admit I tried this about a week after falling in LOVE with Nugget Nectar and this definetly reminded me of a poor man's version (though not that poor, ha). Definetly worth a try if you can find one!

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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 williamherbert
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uber-cloudy, rose-colored and thick. Finger of pillowy head. Murky and gritty. Color of a grenadine.

The smell is severe: gritty and spicy barley malt with a woody, oaky, pine-tinged hop. Heavy and brutal, especially for Magic Hat. The resin is extreme.

The taste is gritty and bitter. Major, woody hop. Hops completely dominate this brew. Cut grass; simcoe hops. Some minor toasted malts. Malts are of the English variety.

The relative smoothness makes this so utterly drinkable, although it still has gritty, chalky qualities. It's delicious, if intense. Really bitter, really woody. A tad too extreme but delicious.

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

Pours out a nice amber with almost an inch of off-white head that holds at about a centimeter. Heavy lacing clings to the glass. Smells fruity and hoppy, like a mix of grapefruit and a sweet orange juice. Taste is of mostly hops, but balanced nicely by the malt background.

The flavors are balanced nicely with a hint of sweetness, followed by hops, and then malts. Moves through the mouth very well and is very drinkable. A nice flavorful, but easy drinker.

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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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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 fitzy84
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well this is probably the best thing in the Mardi Gras sampler. Appearance was great: dark amber red with eventual solid lacing from its big head. The aromas are sharp malts and hops mixed wonderfully together. Some fruity smells, as well, were sensed. The taste is wicked malty and bitter, but there is a sweet aftertaste from a pure sugarish-taste. The mouthfeel was a little bit weak but it helps in making the drink's malty flavors more apparent instead of a carbonation. Overall, definitely the best thing I have had from Magic Hat.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a dark amber color and the head is about one finger thick and is made up of tan foam with some larger bubbles mixed in. There is a strong, inviting floral aroma. The taste is mostly grassy, bitter hops that linger on slightly after you swallow. There is also some malty sweetness present, but it is minor and doesn't detract from the hoppiness. There is an average body to this beer and has an appropriate amount of carbonation; the mouthfeel doesn't call attention to itself, it has a high level of quality that you can easily take for granted when drinking craft beers. I find this beer to be extremely drinkable; I can't identify anything in this beer that would make want to stop ordering it.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

A red ale for the DIPA drinker....of course with more moderate alcohol.

A-Ruby amber, with a 1/3rd inch off white head, and big rings of lace all the way down the glass.
S- Spicy hops, slightly floral, and aggressive. Resiny and dank: hints of grapefruit and caramel.
T-Again the hops are up front from start to finish, spicy and citrusy (grapefruit), and slightly dry. Bitter and wonderful with a back bone of light sweet caramel.
M/D- dry and medium bodied...refreshing in the cold months, and full of flavor....a great amber, and my favorite Magic hat beer.

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