Hex | Magic Hat Brewing Company

BA SCORE
78
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929 Ratings
HexHex
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
929
Reviews:
324
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
15.5%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
62
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 929 |  Reviews: 324
Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head that leaves little lace. The liquid is clear with a neutral amber color.

Malty with strong caramel aromas. No notable hop.

The flavor continues on the smell profile. This is a malty beer with a little bitterness from some hop. Rich body with a low carbonation.

This is a beer of barley malt. There's very little hop presence. The aftertaste dies quickly.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a night of inulgence i decided to go out and just drink the crap out of my fridge, i grabbed this one after running around the yard with the kids for an hour. served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 10/08/2010.

the pour was decent at best, a orange color with a minimal head that faded quickly and left no lacing in its wake what so ever. really not impressed here.

aroma is bready malts that seem to be past their prime. a mix of wet cardboard and muted grains and hops. just not going where i want it to in anyway at all. thin feel leads to a palate that just seems to struggle to find itself the entire time. just not sure what is going on here but it is average at best. earthy and thin finish struggles to find direction and leaves you wanting more.

overall a pass. no where near the best i have had from the brewery or the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a mug.

A clear copper w/ inch of ecru cap and tiny bead, the lace clings well. The smell is malty w/ lightly toasted grain and mild hop aroma w/ slight nutty scent w/ a hint of fruity ester in the yeast aroma. The malt is toasted in the feel and slightly cream w/ moderate carbonation and subtle bitterness, the feel is medium light and the finish is dry.

A flavor which mocks a fest lager well, but hop flavor is slightly higher and malt is toasted tasting and slightly sweet like granola w/ an almond-like taste. There is a subtle marzipan sweet note in its caramel and spice combination, but it doesn't really get to the dessert area. The finish is pretty lasting w/ lots of malt which is tasty. The drinkability -I liked this although I thought I wouldn't, perhaps if it were marketed as an amber/red ale I wouldn't have expected a marzen, but it is pretty good fro the style IMO.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Color is very nice, pretty low head with very little lace. Color is a light peach colored ice tea. Very low head retention.

S- very light smell. slightly watery with a touch of mineral note. Touches of light white pepper as well.

T- Again, slightly watery. Notes of nut, and slight honey flavor. Closer flavor to a light hazelnut beer than an octoberfest but with a light spice to the back end.

M- watery with an odd acidity and brightness but very low carbonation bubbly taste.

O- Nothing special, besides the color there is nothing amazing about this beer. The smell is underwhelming, and the taste is not very appealing. Drinkability is mediocre. I give points for trying to make a different style of Octoberfest but I am not completely in love with the overall flavors.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

A nice little extra thrown in during the latest Bliss tasting. It pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises nutmeg, toffee, toasted caramel, very light cocoa, mandarin orange syrup, and hot cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel comes across as more buttery than burnt, and the spices settle down and kinda drift about lazily across the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a prickly feel. Overall, a pretty nice beer, one that stands as a unique O-Fest alternative for the fall season. I wouldn't mind having more of this, really...

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange/amber color with a hint of red sitting below a frothy beige head that laces most of the glass. Smells of caramel, smoke, butter and apricots. Taste is malty with a hint of smoke. Some creamy brown sugar mixed with hints of fruit, and a bit of non-descript smoke and hop bite. Medium body and level of carbonation, watery bordering on creamy mouthfeel. I'm not sure what this beer wants to be. If you told me this was an Oktoberfest I would say its not a good one. Sweet, malty, with a tart fruit and hop bite, sounds like most of the beer that Magic hat brews these days. I could drink this, but its nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the Oktoberfest hybrids, brewed with ale yeast...I think they best labeled this beer using the Hex Ourtoberfest title. Pours into my Sam adams fest 1/2 liter krug, looks nice a dark amber body with a big cream light khaki tan head with fine scattered lacing. Aroma a touch of caramel and biscuit malts with a nutty finish slightly smoked finish. A hint of German hops as well blends nicely in the mix. This isn't bad at all, drinkable flavorful brew I really enjoy this roasted malt ridden caramel inspired fall session beer. Upfront sweet toasted malt with a nutty smoked finish. Herbal hops stand up nicely it doesn't bother me that this beer is an ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with sturdy carbonation a beer I will revisit soon. Drinkability a couple more left in the 12 pack I wouldn't mind a whole six.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with 1/4" of foamy head. Good retention. Faint caramel malt notes in the nose otherwise the smell is nondescript. Taste is sweet with caramel malt and fruity undertones primarily hints of apple and grapes. There's a faint earthy bitterness to the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, heavily carbonated, and smooth.

There are far better amber's on the market. This one is too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, Best enjoyed by dating etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours red tinged medium amber. Minor off white head, leaving some scattered blobs of lace here and there. Malted up nose. Pleasant enough offering. More maltyness on the tongue and following through to the finish. Smooth and clearly sessionable. Notes of vanilla, honey, medium amber malts. Nothing special, but an easy drinking, malty and reasonably decent fall type of brew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had last year just before the freshness date expired. Reviewed from notes that were lost and recently found.

Pours hazed orange-amber with a thin white head that holds up pretty well. Some dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of some sweet caramel with esters that show it is an ale rather than a traditional O-fest lager. A touch of apricot shows with the brewery's house character.

The taste is fruity with sweet caramel. A touch of sour apple shows in the finish, along with a lingering balanced sweetness.

It is medium-bodied and slightly thin at times, though enough taste lingers through the finish.

This is an easy-drinking autumn ale that Magic Hat followers would certainly enjoy!

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Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of SadMachine
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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