Odd Notion - Irish Red Ale (Spring 2008) | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Odd Notion - Irish Red Ale (Spring 2008)Odd Notion - Irish Red Ale (Spring 2008)

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 01-23-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 65
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes, this one was serve in a pint glass during a magic hat tasting i had with my brother in law down at his apartment.

The pour was decent. A nice ruby tinted amber color coming through, with a nice caramel like hint to it. Some light touches of frothy white head on the top as well as a good bit of carbonation coming up to the surface throughout the session.

The aroma was a malt bomb and this was evident really from the very first sip. But the nose was leading that way as well. Hints of caramel, some bready touches and a musky sort of aroma were dominating the day here. Nice touches of earthy hops coming through as well, but very light, more of an accent then anything. The flavor started out with a nice rush of caramel malts, syrup like in the feel almost with some soothing carbonation underlying it but not enough to push it off the map. Nice bready and biscuit like mid palate was then replaced with a somewhat chewy and earthy hop in the finish, before melding back into the sweet profile that held me at the beginning.

Overall not bad at all for the style, a little thick to really be a session able beer here as I found the carbonation a touch lacking, but the flavor was pretty darn good and I would have no issues with trying this one again any day.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a one finger head. The smell is of sweet malt and roasted malt with a hint of banana. The taste is much the same sweet malt up front which gives way to a roasted malt and possible a caramel note. The mouthfeel is average for the style. Overall it is a decent drinkable beer, it is slightly more complex than a lot of reds, but still not fantastic.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Baby growler tucked away for too long, paired up with in season notes. Geek... must... rate.

Filtered iced tea body, a little darker once it settles. Moderately spongy half inch of oatmeal head; Sporadic lace.

Lavender, ginger, heather, stale cinnamon, toasty malt. Cardamom I'm really not familiar with, but Wiki says it's a relative of ginger, so I'm not totally loopy. :P Flip top growlers are the best, know that. :)

Taste is initially a shadowy representation of what I smelled, but no where near as potent. Heather(or something like it)comes up first, a little ginger, white sugar, then a flush of base malt running through till the finish.

Carbonation is on the lower end of average, but there doesn't seem to be any oxidation that I can detect(spices +2). Malt on the finish makes it slightly slightly dry if anything.

It's gone. It's gone. It's long gone. Magic Hat makes great beers when they try.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 5 Oct 2008. Received from Phil.

poured into a shaker glass. Medium tight tan head. Clear very dark brown color. Smells cinnamony, vanilla, jasmine, almost soapy. Starts with tastes of sassafrass, root beer, lightly sweet. Reminiscent of spice cake, cinnamon, tarragon. Alcohol quite light. Finishes with some nutmeg and bitterness. Medium body.

interesting but probably would not get again.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle this one was a copper brown with a white, one finger head. The lacing and retention were average. The nose was caramel malt, toasted malt and some fruit sweetness. The flavors were mostly caramel at first, behind that was a smoky malt and some other grains. Dry, slightly medicinal finish is unusual, sort of like bitter coffee grounds. Decent mouthfeel and medium to low carbonation levels. Complex and perplexing. A good transitional beer for dark winter to lighter spring but it's such an 'odd' beer I could not see myself recommending it.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Brown under an inch worth of white head. Decent lace and retention.

S: Smells of toasted malt, a little bit of coffee, some caramel and I swear I get a fruity (banana?) hint here and there. Not bad.

T: Very malty, sweet up front. Finishes with the toasted malt and slight coffee. Not a lot of bitterness. Almost like a tea. Pretty good.

M/D: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Drinkability is fine. A good representation of the style I feel. A lot of the Irish Red Ales I've had (even in the time I spent in Ireland) barely have more character then a normal macro lager. This one is good though, I was very surprised.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, peety and an irish maltiness. In the taste, a sweet maltinessand a dry peet like end. A smooth, medium body mouthfeel, with a semi-dry maltiness in the aftertaste. A decent Irish Red, interesting with peet and actually quite smooth.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown with a slight reddish tint.

S - Good caramel smell with a hint of malt.

T - A lot lighter than expected. Really smooth caramel and roasted malt flavors.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Really good beer. Unfortunetly I can only find it in the sampler pack.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Odd Notion (Spring '08)
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. rich brown color with some reddish hues. khaki color head on top with a moderate retention level. OK lacing.

S: nice rich malty aroma with a nice floral hop smell. slight sour oak tone.

T: nice smooth taste, some caramel from the malts as the backbone, with a good citrusy hop flavor, mostly oranges. really nice flavor for the style.

M: carbonation is a little high. medium bodied, but a little watery. very smooth brew though.

D: a good session beer and a great seasonal for the spring. nothing amazing about it, but it is a good brew.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.46/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep transparent red, with a small head that disappeared quickly into thick collar.

S - Mint??? That's all I can think when I stick my nose in the glass. Mint. Morever, menthol, like VapoRub. Some earthiness pulls through as well, with some caramel malt.

T - The menthol flavor gets to me and overwhelms almost anything else I might be able to taste. The same earthy characte from the nose comes in with some semi-sweet caramel malt, with a bizzare finish. Medicinal and strangely bitter.

M - I think it's alright in this department, decently carbonated with light to medium body. I don't know if anything could save this brew.

D - Yuck. Could not and would not have more than one of these, I'll be lucky to finish what's next to me.

What the fuck is this? This is the most outrageous and off-the-wall beer I have ever tasted.

*Edit* I just read that this beer is flavored with cardamom, which would explain the menthol sensation perfectly. I love using cardamom cooking, especially with pork and mushrooms, but what the hell is it doing in this beer? This combination of flavors doesn't work at all.

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark ruby brown color with a small head. Smells of roasted and caramel malts. Upon drinking, it tastes of lots of roasted, chocolate, and caramel malts. There is only a hint of hops to add a little balance to this fine malty brew. It was light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It was a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased as part of Pandora's Box for Spring '08...
Pours a deep, dark, mahogany-brown colored hue with a minimal head that quickly receded and left hardly any lacing...
Faint aroma of malts, slight Scotch, and caramel nuances...
Thick, rich bread and butter flavor with a strong suggestion of malts, caramel, honey, and grains...
Decent mouthfeel, although slightly watered-down with a good level of drinkability to match...
All in all, not bad, but certainly nothing to write home about...

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Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark brown beer with crimson red highlights and a thin off white head. The aroma and flavor are floral and herbal over a base of toasty and chocolaty malts. Its medium bodied with a smooth texture that finishes slowly with an herbal ginger like spicy fade. I really enjoyed the Odd Notion and will looking next spring if they bring it back.

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Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a Spring 2008 Pandora's Box 12 pack. Good looking beer- clear reddish mahogany color with medium size off-white head. Good head retention and lacing. Smell is grassy and malty, fairly pronounced.

Tastes good, strong malt backbone, not too sweet or 'chalky". A little bitterness in the finish. This beer reminded me more of a porter than a red ale. In addition to the malt taste there is also more than a hint of bitter chocolate.

There is also some spice I can't identify...other raters have said nutmeg? cardamon?

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style and crisp. I'm a hophead, but this is a tasty beer with low abv. I would enjoy this as a session beer.

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Photo of LukeD23
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not expecting the red ale, but pleasantly suprised

The appearance was a deep red brown and slightly hazy, looked like a heavy strong ale to me

smell - hints of carmel, and malty, smelled like a strong ale

taste - sweet, not much hops, to me had a hickory taste that came through for just a second then disappeared, complex as it changed flavors from sweet to smoky to a smooth malty finish. Everything about this beer said strong ale to me but the taste was very refreshing and complex, This could be a great trasition be for those who arent believers in strong ales yet

mouthfeel- refreshing, not crisp but refreshing in a sweet smoky way. smooth all the way from front of the mouth to back. Def welcomes in spring with the nice mix of a warm strong ale to a refreshing malty almost wheat feel.

drinkablity- probably couldnt drink it all night but really enjoyable for the one i had. I think this is a well done ale captureing the transition of winter to spring

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with some thick fluffy head.

S: Very sweet smell, ginger and some other spice.

T: Crisp hoppy taste, with some caramel notes.

M: Full bodied smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, very enjoyable. This was part of the Spring Variety Show, I would definately buy a case if it was available.

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Photo of argock
2.59/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date prominently displayed.

A: Really goo-looking ruby-brown with creamy off-white head with good retention.

S: Ginger and nutmeg odors dominate over the light hops and pale malts.

T: Herbal flavors dominate what might otherwise be a good beer. The nutmeg-ginger overwhelms much of the maltiness and mild hops flavors that just barely there.

M: Not very smooth because of the herbal spice. The components just don't really work well when the ginger aftertaste and dryness are there.

D: Not very enjoyable -- and example of a unique beer not really working when the whole beer experience is considered.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at Whole Foods during a Magic hat taste testing. The look was reddish brown with a nice decent head. The smell was malts and hops with some herbs in the back.
The taste was malts, hops and caramel with a touch of spice. The feel was sweet and a tad bit on the medium/ heavy side, something like a winter ale. Good carbonation and a good balanced brew.

Notes: I feel as though the beer would be enjoyed most during the holiday season and it should be sold in six packs during the holiday season,but most brews of this type are in the variety packs. I think it will spur me to buy a few variety packs as Magic hat has several good beers in them to begin with.
I believe the rep said the ABV was near 7.00

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Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights, the head was decent and left some lacing on the glass. The smell of buttery malt and nutmeg. The taste is of toasted malt, nutmeg spice, and a touch of grain sweetness. The feel is light almost watery, well carbonated, finishes on a herbal sweet note and a bit astringent. An intriguing Irish Red Ale. Nice and malty with a the nutmeg spice.

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Photo of ps42
4.73/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odd Notion takes the cake as my favorite variety of Magic Hat. Here's the breakdown.

Appearance: Deep, rich Irish red with a 2 finger tan head. I wish i could post of pic of my glass held up to light. With the sunlight passing through it, it appears almost crimson. It's a sight to behold for the beer enthusiast.

Smell: Malty, with some sort of flavor that I don't think I've run across before. Quite unique.

Taste: The malts are the dominant force here, with the hops and added flavorings taking a backseat to them. Again, there's something there that I can't exactly put my finger on, and I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Its thick, but not too thick, and its heavy, but not too heavy. Magic Hat Odd Notion strikes a phenomenal balance, and I could definitely session these if only I could find them outside of a variety pack.

Overall, one of my favorite beers. The variety pack containing them has been on sale at my local Liquor store (State Liquors, Worcester MA) for some time now, and I'm on my fifth or sixth twelver. If you see this around, pick it up. You won't regret it.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry caramel and roasted malt scent along with a nice hoppy nose. The taste is good also. It has a mildly hoppy taste that works well with the crystal and roated malts. It's an easy drinker that finishes dry and thin. It has an "odd" taste I can't figure out. It's almost smokey in a way. Anyway, It's quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's nothing crazy or too exciting. It's just a well brewed session beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color, capped with a thin coating of beige head. Holds a thin collar, but no lacing.
Very unusual aroma. Ginger? Vanilla? A bit of chocolate? I can't place the spice, but it's kinda ginger-like. Unusual with the roasty-ish malt, but pleasant and interesting.
The flavor opens with chewy, molasses infused caramel malt, blending well with whatever this gingery spice is. Strange and half-unexpected (only half, being Magic Hat), it creates a winter warmer-esque vanilla bean, chocolatey spice oddity. Pretty mild on the hops. I don't get much bitterness. Medium bodied, with mellow carbonation. Very much caramel malt driven, with a good bit of roast. The ginger carries all the way through, lasting long into the finish.
I'm not sure if this was the most enjoyable beer I've ever had, but it certainly is different. Very glad that Magic Hat is still doing strange, off beat things. However, I don't think I could drink more than one bottle in a sitting.

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Photo of joezak5
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; deep and clear reddish brown. Very light bubblage all over. Decent retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: Odd is a good word here. There's an earthy, almost dirty spice of cardamon, like a malty ginger ale. It's interesting, it's unique, but odd.

Mouthfeel: Light but chewy body, little carbonation, the ginger really hits the nose as you take this in.

Taste: Malty gingery spicy, crisp as hell and strangely drinkable. Dark malt finish.

Drinkability: An in-the-mood-for-it beer. I wouldn't have another right now but I'm really wondering what food dish to pair this one with.

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Photo of bboven
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have to ding this because it's not at all to style. Great beer, though.

Dark ruby red body, pretty clear minimal ring of head and tiny bits of lacing.

Aroma is roasted malt and dark cherry, maybe a little raisin.

Dark and roasty, slightly medicinal, slight dark fruit. I'd think this was a winter warmer or light old ale more than an Irish red.

Very, very good beer if you're in the mood for a winter warmer. Steer clear if you're looking for a nice light Irish Ale, however.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Dark red irish ale.

S. Sugar and spice.

T. Alot going on here, hops and spices, actually tastes fresh, very unique spring brew.

M. Solid but nothing to take note of.

D. A decent outing that is nice when paired with other beers in the spring sampler.

NOTE: Not nearly as good as the fall 07 odd notion.

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Odd Notion - Irish Red Ale (Spring 2008) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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