Hex | Magic Hat Brewing Company

929 Ratings

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A malty amber ale with hints of toffee and caramel and a slightly smoky finish.

25 IBU

Added by soccerman7 on 08-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper color with a thin head and minimal lacing. The aroma is caramel and sweet malt. The flavor is caramel with bread crust and sweet malt. A bit sweeter than most fall rews. It's mouthfeel is light. Magic Hat Hex is a decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.4% ABV, Enjoy by Nov. 30 2010.

A - Brilliant clarity allows the golden orange color to shine and show off the nice carbonation. Good low tan head with nice retention but only a little lace.

S - Fall-like crisp caramel malts and light biscuity notes with an inviting aroma. Nutty hints to the grassy and lightly citrus nose are nice. The hops impart those balancing things but in the end it's still a little odd. Metallic notes.

T - The flavor is very metallic with a harsh dry bite on the finish that kills the nice caramel maltiness and grassy hop flavor. This is almost downright undrinkable.

M - Dry metallic tin-like finish with a medium body and a touch of hop bitterness balanced with caramel malt sweetness. Way too metallic though - it ruins it.

D - Nope, drain pour. Each sip is insulting to me. The metallic flavor and feel is so bad. There is lots of hope within this beer. If they work on it, it could be good.

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Photo of Greenlabel
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Being a big fan of Octoberfests, I purchased a 6-pack of Hex with the full realization that an Ourtoberfest would not be a true marzen. However, I thought it might be an interesting interpretation of an autumn product. It didn't take long to realize this was a rather unique product.

Poured into a pint glass, it looked like a typical Red Ale but had a weird and rather offputting smell. Unexpectedly sweet and sugary with bready overtones. Decent carbonation but a lingering sweet aftertaste. Not at all what I was anticipating but Magic Hat has surprised me before - unfortunately, this time it was a negative surprise.

It's not a drainpour but, on the other hand, I'm not really looking forward to the remaining 5 bottles.

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Photo of wac9
2.41/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this beer taste and smell stronger then it is it only 5.4 but taste stronger leaves a strong taste in your mouth . its an ok color but really cant get over the taste try something else for octorber. frist sip to the last sip is the same this is a major skip in my opinion so so color and down hill in taste

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Photo of far333
2.43/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Reddish orangey amber with an off-white head that settles quickly. Low aroma of caramel and toffee sweetness. Unbalanced and non-complex flavors of sweet caramel and toffee, notes of biscuit and ripe fruit, not enough offsetting bitterness to keep this from being one-dimensional. The smoked malt must be false advertising. Another disappointment from what was once one of my favorite breweries. Send this one to the grave and bring back Jinx, Heart of Darkness, Humble Patience, Ravell, and the experimental smoked porter and scotch ale.

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Photo of gabedivision
2.43/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this beer poured from the tap.

Pours a deep reddish orange with a thin white lace on the top. Smells grainy, toasted malts , hints of caramel maybe? toffee? something odd. The first sip for me went down alright, the second was a harder by third it was nearly impossible. A toasted grainy malt bed hits the tongue first, followed by a strange fruity metallic finish, hideous flavor. This is light to medium in body. I did not enjoy this beer one bit, will never go near this monstrosity again.

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Photo of mwill7287
2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 3/4 pint bottle into pint glass.

A: Nothing remarkable or spectacular. Amber/copper color, as is the standard Octoberfest tinge. Lost the little head it had fairly swiftly, leaving homogenous copper color throughout the whole for most of the drink.

S: Sweet, yeasty, though neither overwhelmingly so.

T: Unpreferred yeasty taste is present, which spoils the potential joy of a crisp, refreshing, and sweet Octoberfest blend.

M: Crisp and cool, as is the wont of the Octoberfest style. Nothing particularly outstanding about it, though.

D: Yeasty flavor limited desire to enjoy this beer, though presumably one who enjoyed such a taste would have no trouble enjoying a night of this beer.

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Photo of Chaney
2.46/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Every once in a while, Magic Hat surprises me with a tasty brew. I happen to think that #9 is a tasty session beer...but I know plenty who disagree. I'm ready to cheer!:

A: Dark, ruby red, with moderate carbonation and about 1/8 inch head.

S: Not much on the aroma for an amber. I've got to admit...I smell plastic.

T: Mildly medicinal, without much floral component, and it has a stale caramel aftertaste.

M: It's not bad in terms of mouthfeel, but because the taste leaves more to be desired, that's not saying much.

D: This will be my last tryst with "Hex."

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Photo of britzdog
2.47/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Once again Magic Hat has left me with a beer that is below par. I don't know what it is about this brewery but the vast majority of their brews just don't do it for me. But I keep trying I
I drank this out of a tumbler . At first I thought well it descent so maybe it will taste descent, but that did not last very long.
It was a good amber color with very minimal head that dissipated quickly.
The smell wasn't to bad about what you expect.
The taste was to bitter for an Oktoberfest beer
And the mouthfeel was awful almost like a stinging fizzines.
Overall a below average experience

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Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 929 ratings.
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