Vinyl | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vinyl sails in on her shining wings as the spinning sun returns. She is the season-shifter, bursting from her cocoon to sing the ancient song of vernal yearning and to summon spring's sweet green return... Her metamorphosis becomes our own. Her thirsts are shared by all. Drink in her mysterious elixir as the revolution blooms again...

24 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2009

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Ratings: 651 |  Reviews: 270
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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2/5  rDev -41%

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3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 04-14-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Dark amber color and semi-clear. The head is off-white and a finger high, dissipating quickly and showing a fair amount of lace.

S: Malts, caramel, spices and herbs. Overall the aroma is faint, however.

T: Taste is malty and sweet, with some fruit and spice elements. Bitterness is light.

M: Body is light to medium, with a crisp feel. Moderately carbonated, it finishes with a good balance of sweet and bitter.

O: Overall a good lager that I enjoyed.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bubseymour
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark copper color that is somewhat cloudy and 1 finger head that quickly disappears

Smell - lots of malt, bronw sugar/caramel

Taste - an extremely tasty and fulfilling lager. Sweet and malty with a crisp finish. A very nice flavor profile that I love.

Mouthfeel - a tad watery but otherwise ok for a light lager

Overall - A very nice sessionable beer with plenty of flavor and well balanced.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down, but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a thick creamy ring of bubbles around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grainy and nutty malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of toasted malts and wood. No bitterness or malty sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but it isn’t that filling and is relatively easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear orange-amber with a two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Malt and yeast.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasty grain and vegetables.

M: Light to medium bodied with too much carbonation.

O: The nose and taste were pretty mild and it was way too carbonated.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Heed The Spirit, If You Can Hear It"

Amber body with a fine, frothy off-white head. Clean toasted grain and caramel aroma with a faint floral hop note. Sweet caramel malty flavor...more toast, slight honey, and some spice from the hops, though they seem to contribute mostly bitterness. Medium-light body with some crispness. Not a bad easy-drinking amber lager.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with minimal lacing on a clear amber with crimson hues body. Aroma is typical caramel malt. Taste is also fairly standard with mostly caramel malt and mild toffee note. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable but fairly standard for the style and therefore not too memorable.

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3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head; better retention and lacing than expected

Smell: Toasted bread with a bit of sugary malt

Taste: Bready, up front, with a sugary malt character that builds to toffee through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: For those who don't like any "bite" to their beer, this should prove to be popular; sweet and very approachable, just not for me

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4/5  rDev +18%

3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep orange, slightly hazy beer with a peachy-white head. Good sized head fades to a 1/16" layer. No discernible lace.

S: Aroma is lightly hoppy... It reminds me of #9 a little with similar apricot/tropical scents. Malts are light and basic with aromas of bread, caramel, and pizza dough.

T: Fairly simple light malt flavors with a touch of bitterness. Nothing exciting here. Distinct flavors are hard to pinpoint. Clean, simple, and somewhat boring.

M: Carbonation is medium and steady, body is light, and texture is slightly syrupy with grape-like dryness to contrast.

This one is alright. Not bad, not great.

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Vinyl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 651 ratings
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