Hex | Magic Hat Brewing Company

BA SCORE
78
okay
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
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 929 |  Reviews: 324
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of rjm0715
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of KevinDanger23
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brandonld23
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of viperfan01
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this to try in a mixed six last June, so it was a leftover from August 2012. Didn't think that would make much difference since it's a low hop Octoberfest. Now I see it has been retired, so this may be one of the last BA reviews of it.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: nearly clear amber, half finger thick white head dissipated quickly to slight surface foam and traces of lacing.

s: mild caramel malt

t: Light tasty caramel malt. Dry finish.

m: Moderate, nice heft for an Octoberfest.

o: One of the better Octoberfests I have had. Always enjoyed Magic Hat's Number 9, and its the only brewery I have ever toured. Glad to see they make a fine Fall brew too. Make that "made" since it has been retired. Too bad.

 752 characters

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just beyond amber to about a medium orange, very clear with lots of light shining through and brightening the edges to a dark yellow, this beer develops a 3/4 finger cap of tan head that shows pretty good retention and drops a modicum of spotty lacing.
The toffee and caramel are as advertised in the nose, the smokiness not too difficult to come by but not showing up until the end of each sniff. There's a very light balance of leafy and herbal hops. A sort of woodiness comes out as it warms, bringing out a hint of spiciness with it.
This beer is strongly malty on the tongue, with a biscuity backbone, and it starts off sweet without letting up. Even as the leafy and herbal hops notes come out, the caramel and toffee almost swallow it up. The nicely smoky finish does accentuate the caramel very nicely into the finish.
It stops shy of being cloying on the tongue, the raw leafiness of the hops doing the job to limit the sweetness in the feel so it isn't too sticky or heavy. The body stays at a firm medium into the end, showing a crisp nip up front and smoothness following.

 1,084 characters

Photo of Choooobee
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Bouder32
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Saison9s
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of wborr82
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of scxcrunner
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of iwillhaveanother
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of seavercm
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of crbnfbr
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheBigBoy
1.75/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of Jackal
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe