Odd Notion - American Wheat IPA (Spring 2010)
Magic Hat Brewing Company

Odd Notion - American Wheat IPA (Spring 2010)Odd Notion - American Wheat IPA (Spring 2010)
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American Pale Wheat Ale
3.49 | pDev: 15.47%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Odd Notion - American Wheat IPA (Spring 2010)Odd Notion - American Wheat IPA (Spring 2010)
Notes: This unique surprise cross-pollinates the classic American wheat beer with an American Pale Ale. What grows next is a fruitfully unfiltered union with a delightful hop aroma, a pleasant citrus hop flavor, and a beautifully balanced finish that leaves other ales hoppy green with springtime envy.

35 IBU
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 75
Reviews by cgise22:
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

Part of their continuation of experimental beers, this version is a hybrid of the American Pale Ale and Wheat Ale ... could be one-in-the same for many beer drinkers. Pale in color but hazy; good head retention with obvious help from the wheat. Clean, minty herbal hops in the nose, nuttiness from the malt and yeast underneath. The shell of a Pale Ale is there with the crispness, hoppiness and drinkability. Slight lemon flavor from the hops. The wheat side of it all actually enhances the crispness. Hoppiness plays it safe with just enough bitterness to be in balance, though the yeast flavor seems to get in the way. Ale
Bready with a nice bite of wheat malt in the drying finish, with more of the yeastiness wanting to play.

A bit too safe and leans toward more of the typical pale, refreshing, spring seasonal-style beer. We'd hate to say that Magic Hat is losing its touch, but this beer could have used a heavier hand of hops to separate itself from the rest.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is pale golden apricot hued with a bright white frothing head, that rises well above the rim of my glass. Speckled scattered lacing adds to this clouded beauties eye candy. Aroma has earthy herbal mint and a mild citrus blend of hops, it's 35 IBUs so don't expect a Gumballhead or Hop Sun. A nice sharp wheat beer sensation as well, brings out a bit of mango with the citrus peel accents. Flavor has a trademark Magic Hat yeast character that brings chalky, doughy flavors to the forefront. The hops are pretty much interwoven with this, a bit of citrus and other tropical fruit but mainly the experience is dampered by the large amounts of unpleasant dry chalky yeast. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with drying finish, tart and bitter citrus rinds are left behind between sips. Drinkability overall isn't as drinkable as I was hoping for. I wish more alpha acids citrus, pine, earthiness would have came through with a bit more bittering hop flavors.

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Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with some lemony zest and touch of citrus hops. The taste is good. It has a nice hop bitterness that works well with the pale and wheat malt bill. It is goes down easy and finishes light with some lemony zest . The mouthfeel is great! It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is supposed to be a wheat/pale ale hybrid beer. It's pretty damn drinkable and actually has good hop character. It's unfiltered, giving it a traditional wheat ale feel.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouce bottle, consume before date notched onto the side of the label. Pours clouded, dull medium apricot, off white head, leaving just a thin collar, tiny bubble film and moderate lace. Moderate lemon and minor earthyness in the nose. More lemon on the nose and respectable amount of resiny hops midway and through the finish. Dry finish. Nice job. Decent APWA. Would work as a sessioner, nice warm weather brew and with all kinds of food, salads, spicy food, BBQ etc.

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Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, concerning this beer's freshness, it's probably not a good thing that the last review was submitted over 6 weeks ago. But, still, it don't look or smell unfresh. And if it was released in late April we're only talking four months.

Pours so fizzy and with such a tight, brightwhite head that I thought it was a lower ABV saison. And that's how it drinks, too. The yeast isn't European but it's still very aggressive and medium spicy, and the wheatmalt's character is more fruity than spicy. And then... there's not much.

This is an odd notion indeed. More and more brewers are treating the APWA style as a blank canvas onto which hops or sour yeast or fruit can be smeared. Magic Hat went and created a wonderful, aggressive variation of that canvas but then forgot to paint anything on it. It's neat and tasty, and I can certainly appreciate its artistry, but more than anything it leaves me wondering what it could have been.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour reveals a hazey golden banana peel color. I gte a lack luster and quick two finger head after a generous pour, involving a liberal swirl of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Although a film of foam does retain. The aroma is of dry banana powder along with very organic smelling fruit peels. This is enhaced from the earthy hop aroma meshig with the fruity nature of the yeast.

The taste has a more light toasted pilsner malt with fruity yeast and hallertau hop combo. Dry malt with banana and light fruit yeast mixed with earthy, grassy hops. Not a bad combo of flavors. The palate is syrupyupfront, then dry and gristy on the finish.

This beer gives me, as the name implies, an "Odd Notion." but not a bad notion. A unique wheat beer worth trying before its gone.

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Photo of beeroclock
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special, yeast & citrus all over the place, but lack of focus seems to be an issue here. Pours a yellow unfiltered look with lots of cloudiness. Little to no head, leaving some residue as it drinks. Citrus pop in the smell, same with the taste. Wheat is in there as well. It might be better when it's warmer outside and either on a boat or the beach, maybe even a cook out, but I wouldn't seek this beer out.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Underside of the cap reads: "Help me...I'm trapped in the brewery."

Since it's an unfiltered wheat ale, I poured, swirled and poured again. Got a real nice looking beer in my glass, sporting a two-finger fluffy white cloud on top and a liquid the color of pineapple juice but extremely cloudy. Nice.

Aroma is more subdued than hoped, although the banana and bubblegum are lovely. There's a delicate flowery essence further back. A vegetable-like thing threatens to take over the good stuff, but never gets too serious.

Flavor of banana and bubblegum on the tongue, as the nose suggests; and some grapefruit too. Would work if marketed as "Banana-Grapefruit-Bubblegum Ale" (talk about an odd notion). But it's fairly subdued, and there are some grassy elements here and lightly spicy herbal/floral characteristics. That sweet bubblegum/banana/grapefruit flavor keeps riding through in the finish.

Texturally it's hard to match the slick, fluffy, completely wonderful texture that many of the great German wheat beers offer, but still, it's fine, with tickling carbonation and a nice airy buoyancy.

My first bottle, yesterday, was pretty ho-hum; with a fresher palate today and a lighter mood (and better weather) this totally hit the spot in a most undeniable way. And makes a needed change of pace from the barleywines, imperial stouts and double IPAs I've been hitting lately. Nice one, Magic Hat, I still believe in you...even if the continued inclusion of #9 in every single damn mixed pack is a serious letdown.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is supposed to be a wheat IPA. I guess I can see the inspiration but this isn't hoppy enough. It's just a modern American wheat beer with some hops to it. The malt provides and sweet and dry wheat cracker taste while spicy hops gently kick in as the beer finishes.

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Photo of burnstar
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty murky gold with a good sized head. Very nice lacing on the surface. Smell is a very mild wheat. Taste has a bit of tangy wheat in the beginning. Herbal hops from the middle through the finish. Low sweetness. Some bitterness in the finish. An interesting combination of a wheat beer and an APA. Light to medium bodied. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of Deuane
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LargeSarge for a bottle of this.

A-Hazy light golden yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves spotty lace.

S-Light zip of spicy hops, lemon zest and biscuity wheat, malts. Nothing overwhelming but pleasant nonetheless.

T-Again light but a nice zing of spicy lemon zest hop character lies on top on a biscuit wheat malt body. Minor notes of clove and white pepper in the background.

M-Medium-light body, sharp and crisp with good lingering spiciness and a building dry finish.

D-A nice collection of flavours. Overall a tasty brew that goes down easy. Just enough going on to keep things interesting throughout. A decent brew I wouldn't turn down if I had the opportunity for another.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light malts, citrus and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat and a light but hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and honey come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this beer is poundable because it's light and has some flavor to it, but there are several other beers in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the spring variety pack...

poured from the bottle a golden amber with light head that dissipated quickly but had not clinging.

smell is of feint wheat with a hint of malt and spice.

taste is mild wheat, hint of toasted malt and bit of spice. nothing overpowering.

mouthfeel is light, pleasant no lingering points in the mouth, good carbonation.

slightly drinkable, but i really dont think i want more than 1 in a sitting.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at rfd in washington, dc. Reviewed on my droid.

Arrives very pale orange with no head. Aroma is some ginger with a fruity yeastiness. First sip ginger flavor dominates, which dissolves into a predominantly yeasty flavor. Light bodied without a ton of residual sweetness.

I don't know, this beer is just not doing it for me. I wish it were a little crisper, maybe with a little hop kick. Not a fan of the fruity flavor that dominates or the ginger that backs it up.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy honey straw color with a smallish white head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is sweet with a zest of lemon, solid wheat malt, cereal like. The taste has a light yeasty spice which is cut by the wheat malt, light lemon and a grassy bitter hop. It has a sweet cereal grain like flavor as well. The feel is fairly light with fizzy carbonation, good balance between sweet and bitter. Nice flavors for a rather blah style. I appreciate the hops in the end as it adds some character to the brew, as well as that light spice that kicks off the flavor.

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Photo of Portertime
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a Magic Hat Spring Break sampler pack after rejoicing their long overdue arrival into Florida. After thoroughly enjoying #9 I was delighted to give Odd Notion '10 a try. Poured a cloudy, murky yellowish butterscotch color with many tiny bubbles cascading to the surface. Initial whiff envoked wheat, clove, and a little spice. I took a sip and let it swirl around. Yeast esters were dancing around with a hint of graininess and musty hops. Very refreshing. Welcome to the southeast Magic Hat, it's about time!

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The pour was rather non eventful. A bright golden yellow, with great clarity. Nice three inch high head of white foam, fizzled out after just a few moments and then finally left behind nothing, no side glass lace to speak of either. Good carbonation bubbling up throughout the session.

Smell - The aroma was extremely light. Some floral hops, hints of lemon, and grass, and a touch of wheat were about all you were picking up. Had nice bright profile though.

Taste - The flavor was much more of the same, with a very bright, and appropriate for summer taste. There was a decent hint of orange rind and lemon in the back, with a nice rounded wheat flavor, nothing shocking or extraordinary here though.

Mouthfeel - The feel was very light and highly carbonated. Crisp, and clean with little in the way of aftertaste. Nice beverage for a hot day,

Drinkability - This ties in here as well, as it was just very light, with low abv and just that slightest bit of citrus to make it pop. It could have easily been something that you have multiples of for sure.

Overall not a bad summer beer, however I would have to pass on trying it again. Just not really up my alley as far as flavor. Nothing wrong with it though and as far as blond ales, not half bad.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy yellow color with a white head that thinned out and left thin trails of lacing.
S - very tame aroma, some earthy hops and malted wheat.
T - the taste is also kind of tame but not offensive at all, lemon zest, wheat, malty sweetness and light bittering are balanced together fairly well.
F - lighter side of medium body, crisp and refreshing feel.
D - it goes down easy enough.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Golden straw colored and hazy in appearance. Almost no head formed. Smells a little fruity or sweet. Some wheat in the taste, but also malt and a good amount of bitter hops in the end with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy blond color with a frothy white head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of citrus with a slight hint of hops, wheat and bready malt. This is supposed to be a hybrid of two styles (wheat ale and pale ale).

Taste is full of citrus and wheat and they quickly give way to grassy hops and biscuity malt. Interesting flavors and a bit of grapefruit stands out in the middle from the pairing.

Mouthfeel is a delightful mixture of the remains of both styles, though wheat and biscuit malt stand out the most.

Interesting experiment here. I'm not sure if it will catch on or not but it's certainly drinkable for what it is. Wonder if I could brew something similar?

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Odd Notion - American Wheat IPA (Spring 2010) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 75 ratings