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:
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Added by Jason on 01-23-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by RunawayJim:
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 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 Jason
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Under the cap reads "Life... Love... Ale. Amarillo hops bittering and Irish Red ale that is also flavored with cardamon, very interesting. Massive thick head rises fast, the lacing is decent with some stickage. Dark reddish amber color with a glowing clarity. Soft cardamom (ginger) aroma with a faint buttery yeast and caramel tone. Smoothness runs deep for this moderately sized brew. Spicy cardamom blankets the palate, crisp grain and a bitterness from the hop keep the palate alive. Mellow caramel note in the semi-sweet finish.

This is a perfect example of Extreme Beer, take an Irish Red and flavor it with an herb and there you have it. Enjoyable and a great switch from the norm.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance on this one is a deep ruby brown with a nicely formed thick tan head, not sure of the style before or after drinking this one. By the way, head retention is solid and lacing forms evenly with each sip, and bubbles are large a little less than pea sized.
Aromatics offer sweet juicy vinous components along with a funky Magic Hat yeast base and mild herbal mint in the finish. A touch of tree bark with a peppery finish.
Flavor is upfront with a sharp sweetness with earthy tobacco, herbs, and wood a mild soothing dark roasted creamy cocoa kick that doesn't really stick around. It's such a weird mix I can't describe what I'm tasting here it's like spiced cookies and dark cocoa collide here, and I don't know what's going on with the Middle Earth towers on the label but neither Odd Notion Winter or Spring has been satisfactory for me. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy textured carbonation is annoyingly mild and soft with a powdered yeast packed with a spiced bread finish that sticks around way too long and even comes out in the burps. Drinkability a little more hop presence would have really helped this beer out, I can do malty or yeast inspired beers but they have to be done right, this one was everywhere. I'm always suckered in by the varietal 12 packs Pandora's Box at least head the H.i.p.a. with cool Jimi Hendrix like art on the beer label.

BTW, wrong label this Spring 08 brew from teh Pandora's Box sampler has trippy colors and blue sky no snow yo.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat- Odd Notion (Irish Red)

A- Deep clear red with a thick foamy head.
S- Sweet tangy malt with a touch of cherries.
T- Sweet cherry licorice, malt, and a tangy orange grape, lemon fruitiness.
M- Again with the tanginess. Sweet with a fizzy body. Slightly cloying in the end.

Overall- Nothing impressive but drinkable. Give it a shot.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been finding myself buying the magic hat 12 packs just for the nifty "Odd notion" series brews. That and the fact my friends have no problem at all pounding the other magic Hat standards at an alarming rate. But this is about Beer advocacy not my ogar-ish friends so here's the review:

Pours out a slightly red-hued dark amber color, very nice retention with a small, lacy light-mocha colored head that is small to mdium in size. adequate carboantion does the trick.

A dark fruitiness on the nose with cinnemon and maple sugar malt scent's. Rather zesty scented herb'd hops and spices adds the balance; which is good.

This is a very rich, smokey, herbal but fruity malt flavor. The yeast and herbal hop add a nice sour tanginess and dark chocolate current way down deep.

Medium bodied, crisp right off then becoming a bit more slick and flat later on.

I've come to expect great things from the Odd notion one-off's but this one is not up to par with the last three or four choices.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Magic Hat variety pack, another few bottles of #9 I really don't want. In any case, the spring version of Odd Notion sports a wonderful label and it's an interesting beer.

Pours a glassy deep reddish-brown, like stained glass, with a ton of bubbles rushing to meet an off-white head.

Nose is primarily ginger/cardamom, kinda flowery too. A hugely spicy thing that I'm sure 100 different drinkers will interpret 100 different ways. I like it, but all you get is spice, there's really no depth.

Flavor is ginger, cinnamon, caraway...actually, it's a lot like that mint/caraway mixture you suck on after an Indian meal. Not sure what the proper name is, but imagine that in beer form. A very mild candy-like backbone props things up, slightly toffee-like, even a hint of chocolate. Low-key echoes of the main flavors hang around in the finish,

Mouthfeel has a buttery slickness, no stickiness, it's light but far from watery, light in that signature Magic Hat way. It just feels good.

Too exotic on the spice end to be every-day drinkable, but it goes down easily and is remarkably flavorful. My first one didn't impress beyond the Indian-restaurant spice thing. This second one a few days later is really doing it. One of Magic Hat's best...and nothing like any Irish Red Ale I've had.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 Enriquehopnog
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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 gobias
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the spring seasonal from Magic Hat, I got it in their Pandora's Box 12 pack.

It pours a nice dark red color.

It smells lightly sweet.

The flavor is of hops and a bit of spice. Not a lot of carbonation. It really goes down easy! I drank all three that came in the box and wished there were more instead of the very average #9.

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Photo of dave00100
5/5  rDev +35.9%

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

12oz bottle into nonic

Deep hazy red-amber hue with a dense one finger off-white head that lasts for a while.

Caramel aromas with a bit of spicy alcohol. A bit of chocolate mixed in as well.

The first thing I noticed in this was some sweet but light chocolate aromas that slowly transitioned to coffee. Light hop bitterness. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the lingering sweet malt flavors.

Not a bad beer. This one seemed to go well with the colder weather. Mostly a malty brew, with not much to offer for hops. Recommended.

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Photo of wingman14
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name odd notion is perfect for this beer. Completely different, but great.

Pours a beautiful dark red, with an off white head. The smell is something way different, not anything I have encountered. But their website says this beer is brewed with chocolate and crystal malt, and brewed with cardamom. So it must be the cardamom I am smelling. The taste is similar to the smell just stronger. Again, very different and interesting, but still good. The mouthfeel is a very light medium with great balance and carbonation. The flavors just dance around, and complete this beer. This is an easy drinker if your looking for something out of the ordinary. Enjoy!

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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 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 blackie
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: one-finger off white head over a dark red-brown colored beer

s: Alongside the warm spice is a red malt base. Dark sugar biscuits spiced with nutmeg, coriander, and maybe some orange peel. Nice spice-malt interplay, something I wouldn't have expected to work with this style. Hop aroma low.

m: medium carbonation and body

t: Biscuity red malt base with an undercurrent of spiced bake goods. Hop flavor light and on the papery side. Finishes with lingering spice and a light bitterness. Interesting take, but needs a touch more malt to balance the spice.

d: easy enough

single bottle from Trader Joe's Cary

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper/amber color with a good sized head and some lacing, head fades to a thin cover.

Smell is virtually non-existent, can barely make out the malt, not a strong nose at all.

Taste is mostly malt and caramel, seems a bit watery, could use more spice, has a weird aftertaste that seems to be quite dry, it is crisp with good carbonation but I'd have to say this is quite a letdown over the Winter 07 Odd Notion.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head.
There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a crisp caramel malt with a nice toasted grain and an estery yeast.

The taste was upfront toasted malts with a spicy yeast arriving soon thereafter. Some chocolate malt notes and nutmeg detected as well. A flowery hop acted to balance the flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style and very clean and crisp.

Overall a very good IRA. A nice seasonal selection.

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

appearance - Amber color, nice off white head.

smell - Smells of spices like ginger, cinnamon here.

taste - Again lots of spices like cinnamon.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Has a bit of a stout taste. Kind of thin and watery from other beers I have had. Worth a try.

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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 geexploitation
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown with some lighter chestnut highlights and a tan head forming a collar on top of the beer. The aroma has a low key maltiness and a strange, but intriguing ginger note. On the palate, expansive until the mid-palate, where things take a turn towards thinness and an overabundance of acidic sourness. Prior to that, the flavors hold together well, with a gingery spiciness working against caramel malts in counterpoint. Overall, this is a pleasant enough beer at first, but its success is mitigated by the sad turn things take toward the end of the experience.

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Photo of jsled
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours: deep, rich amber color, moderately clear. thin off-white head even after vigorous pour, receeding quickly. minimal visible carbonation.

Smells: rich, sweet, spicy. minor floral notes, but not clear hops. Caramel, malt. sweet spice.

Taste: sweet spicy goodness. strong malty finish. Spice fades, but never really leaves. It well complements the rich body of the Red base.

Mouthfeel: Fine. Low carbonation, no particular overwhelming note.

Drinkability: High. Yummy!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like the bright, cheery label on this one, it makes me think of the coming of spring. The color is a dark orange with almost no head, which is a bit disappointing. Nose is dark malt and dark fruits with some extra sugars. Heavy duty for an Irish red, but I can dig it.

After that, the taste is a bit subdued. The malt and caramel is decent and there are some plums or other fruit in the backround but it doesn't quite fire me up. The texture is weak and fairlly watery. Not bad at all for the style but not something I'll be hunting for.

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Odd Notion - Irish Red Ale (Spring 2008) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 65 ratings