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Hex | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
324
Ratings:
929
pDev:
15.32%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 929 |  Reviews: 324
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of a mixed sixer

Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Faint caramel & grassyness

T: Caramel & slight smokeyness, grassy hops, dryness & slight grainyness up front. Caramel, dryness green apple skins, & grassy hops as this warms. Finishes dry, slightly sweet with more green apple skin

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks alright; I could 2 or 3 before boredom set in. Glad I didn't buy a mixed 12 to sample this...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a clear, amber-hued body with a small-sized, sudsy, whitish head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, tangibly fruity ("I smell apples." -TheLibrarianGirl) nose, with notes of sugar-encrusted, toasted bread, nuts, and smoke. However, that smoke hint is very faroff, very vague, but just barely there. The hops aren't really coming through clearly on the nose.

Taste: Modestly toasted nuts and bread with a hint of burnt sugar. Soundly sweet, particularly as it warms. Gentle fruitiness incorporated into the taste. A hint of clean, just noticeable smoke character. Characteristic Magic Hat yeast. Floral, spicy hops (boosted by the addition of rye) with a medium-low level of bitterness. The hop flavor, while present, isn't rather effusive. Develops a bit of cinnamon as it warms. Lightly bitter, earthy finish. Leaves teensy touches of sugar, smoke, and spice on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Tasty for a Magic Hat aletoberfest. I thought it was pretty decent, though I feel like I'm in the minority in thinking so.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tangelo orange with edges of liquid butterscotch. A standard pour produced three fingers of froth that is somewhere between ecru and ivory in color. Good persistence and a decent amount of lace result in an above average score.

An autumn seasonal named Hex Ourtoberfest is pretty much an Oktoberfest, right? Well... maybe not... since this offering is an ale. The beer smells primarily malty, with hints of wood smoke that becomes more-than-hints after warming.

Hex is pretty good, but it ain't no Roxy Rolles (which it replaced in the Magic Hat lineup). As expected, there's a big Oktoberfest vibe, given the toasted-earthy-nutty maltiness. We're now several months past the 'best by' date with no sign of breakdown in either flavor or body.

This would be much less interesting beer without cherry wood smoked malt. It actually comes across as a marzen-rauch hybrid that is roughly equal parts of each. Apollo and Hallertau hops still have life in them with respect to both flavor and bitterness.

The mouthfeel does what it should do and is right in line with the rest of the attributes. It's the correct size for the ABV/style and the bubbles are neither too scarce nor too intrusive.

Hex Ourtoberfest is intriguing beer that is actually fairly conservative for this brewery. It's still a mystery why Magic Hat kills some of their best beer (Roxy Rolles, HiPA) and keeps some truly awful beer alive. And why is their website always such a pain to navigate?

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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 TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
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 thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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 tdm168
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -35%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SadMachine
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +4%
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 -6.1%

Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 929 ratings
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