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Roxy Rolles | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 460 | Ratings: 611
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber-hued body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Heady, hoppy nose with a distinct waft of pungent herbaceousness. Some toasty, vaguely caramelly malts layered underneath.

Taste: The malts come through as a mixture of toasted bread crusts and day-old biscuits. Faint, faint caramel sweetness. Thin touch of citrusy fruitiness. Woody, herbal hops with a medium, though biting bitterness. Finishes dry and thin with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: For me it was an average beer with a bit of extra bitterness, and though I was certainly ready to give my love to this beer, particularly as it's the Season of Giving, but, well, I just didn't care for it.

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Photo of beckje01
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown color with a thin white head.

S- A nice hop nose with a touch of sweetness.

T- A citrus hop flavor up front then a touch of sweetness a nice balanced and enjoyable beer.

M- Nice activity and thickness

D- Decent drinkability enjoyable overall a solid beer.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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 Rudgers73
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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 SteveO1231
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown pop top, Red label with Feb 07' notched. Pours a clear, dark amber with a thick creamy white head, lots of carbonation. Great chunky lacing. Aroma is very hoppy, spicy, hints of pine and citrus, smells like a diesel IPA with a bready malt backbone. Mouth feel is light on the palate, thin, and fizzy. Light malt sweetness, grain husk, bready, with a dry smokey hint. Hop bitterness hits the back of the palate lightly with a grassy/pine bitterness. Pretty good beer, interesting blend of IPA and Amber styles.


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Photo of mjd83goblue
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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 JamesS
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice deep amber color with some good head, although no lacing. Nice scent, malty and deep, with a large hoppy aroma. Same with the taste, although a lot of the normal red ale was covered up by the hops; hop characteristics were also odd, but from being in an odd style or from a mix-match, I'm not sure. Goes down pretty good, though. Not my favorite, but I would never turn one down.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a working glass. Found in the Feast of Fools 12-pack.

Nice red-amber in color with a rocky light caramel cap. The head dropped quickly, but left huge amounts of sticky trails along the glass. Signs of medium carbonation.

The aroma is light, but complex. Mostly fresh, piney hops. Bitter orange rinds, maybe light cherries. Malt notes are very subtle and sweet.

Taste - A little bit of that cherry-like sweetness up front, then sappy, resiny, citrusy bitter takes over. The bittering is quite strong, and lingers in the mouth for a long time. Pine and bitter in the aftertaste. It's interesting and the hops flavors are fresh and powerful, but it simply isn't balanced correctly for the style.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Quite drinkable, great hops flavors and surprisingly bitter for the brand. The most interesting offering from Magic Hat that I've tried.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mix 12 pack.

A: Pours a ruby red/amber with a moderate tan head. Retention is decent, and lacing is slim to moderate.

S: Mild hops and an herbal aroma. The scent is faint, but at least it's not offending.

T: Slight hops bitterness with a wood-like flavor that leads into a surprising abrupt end. I usually find that hoppy beers have a hoppy finish. Not this one. This isn't a bad thing, just different.

M: Carbonation is moderate, and balances the hops.

D: I could see this being a session beer. Not something I would reach for immediately, but if the choices were generic macros, common imports, or this, I would choose to roll with the roxy.

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Photo of Freshie
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA

Dark amber colour with slight tan head. Frothy lacing.

Smells of hops, grassy and floral.

The taste is very hoppy as well, to the point where I was surprised to find out it was an amber/red ale and not an IPA. Though the toasty malt back taste could have tipped me off. Some fruit flavors permeate as well. A bit of metallic taste after awhile.

Pretty smooth with some carbonation bite. A very strong red ale, and flavourful. And while tasty, not really fitting with the red ale genre to my comfort.

Still, a nice brew.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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 natehelgeson
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at a recent party. Poured a lovely dark amber color, with a two finger head. Great head retention, with nice lacing. Aroma was detectable from some distance, assaulting my nose right away with pine and bitter orange peel. When I first opened the bottle, I was instantly reminded of a Noble Fir christmas tree. As for the taste, this one was a bit disappointing. Very hoppy at first with little else to offer after that. Some light citrus notes, but mostly just the hops. Little if any aftertaste. Mouthfeel was quite light. The simple flavor and light mouthfeel make this beer very drinkable, but hardly something to write home about. I've come to expect more from Magic Hat beers, most of which I greatly enjoy.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color with a decent, frothy light brown head, hints of lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, caramel, earthy, resin, and citrus hops. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, grass, and resin hops. Mouthfeel is oily, fairly carbonated with a dry, bitter finish. Very drinkable, kind of has a bite at the end.

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Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from Clarendon Wines in Boston. Consumed in Feb 08 with an April 08 best before date. Pours a rich copper with decent head. A faint hop aroma that turns maltier as it warms. Flavour is middle-of-the-road with a decent malt backbone along with some hoppiness, though not a lot. Another meh Magic Hat offering.

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

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown with a very thin off white head. Nose is malty ad sweet with a bit of bitterness.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy and bitter with quite a bit of almost homebrew twang - kind of an earthy flavor. I' not a huge fan of that flavor but otherwise it's pretty solid.

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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 billybob
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours red brown color one finger head fair lacing. smell is fruity grapefruit. taste is very strong grapefruit and bitter grapefruit rind. mouthfeel light with bitter after taste. drinkability, comes on a little to strong with the grapefruit taste for me. Its good for a change of pace but not a regular buy for me.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber, decent lively carbonation and bubbly head. Aromas were slight toffee, bready malts with a crisp hop profile. Taste was not as sweet as i had expected considering magic hat's other offerings; the malts were actually nicely subdued, though there was a slight off putting biscuity aftertaste, and yes, it was a freash bottle. The hops were garden variety, but did help control the brew's sweet character. An easy session brew, but in my opinion there are better available, though i was pleasantly surprised by magic hat nonetheless.

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Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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 stevehagy
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The best way to describe this beer is its very strong bite due to the strong flavors of hops. Different passion fruits and mango tastes and aromas can be distinguished as well. When the beer is pured it is an average brown with a tint of red. Definitely a good beer but the strong bite of hops lowers its drinkability.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a merky brown with a nice thick off white head, great lacing and retention. Smell isn't too strong, I almost smell grass in it, which is odd for this style. Could be my nose. Taste is just a basic amber. Has a little bit of a bitter aftertaste, which isn't really too appealing. Mouthfeel is fair, just the right consistency.

I'm finding that I am starting to stray from liking Ambers, and this is definatly not one of the best I've had.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish tinged, light mahogany color. Nice fluffy, creamy head that sticks around a bit.

Nice hoppy aroma. Very piney with citrus notes. Slightly sweet.

Sweet light caramalt with a balancing dose of woodsy hops. Slight aspirin-like bitterness that peeks out in here, but not too detracting. Lingering bitter finish shows more fruity/citrusy hops.

Not one of my favorites, but one of the more solid brews I have tried from MH.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark amber with a slight light tan head that quickly faded.

S: dry oranges, fresh pine, some grapefruit that was nicely balanced by the malt sweetness.

T: For flavor there was sweet caramel, pine, oranges and a good fruitiness (apples, berries).

M: light with some graininess. Was a little coarse on the tongue at times.

D: A moderately drinkable beer, 1 or 2 is plenty. A ho-hum drink at best.

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Photo of BWH3
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy amber orange with a medium tan head. What head there is to speak of disappears quickly. At least the color is nice.

S: Toasted grain, floral hops. The aroma is pleasant not complex

T: Initial sip is tea like bitterness and a mild caramel note. Sweet cereal malt flavors combine with a pine bitterness to finish the tasting.

M: Still, medium bodied, poor head retention.

D: Really just an average to slightly above average amber ale. The bitterness is bigger than expected but the malt complexity is limited.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A better-than-average amber with an assertive, elevated hop spice (for the style) that blends well with a sweet, grainy malt backbone that is, surprisingly, most prominent towards the finish.

Quite good: a touch richer than most ambers but with the same drinkability. A nice balance of flavors with a good hop character.


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