Odd Notion - Hibiscus Red (Winter 2010) | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Odd Notion - Hibiscus Red (Winter 2010)Odd Notion - Hibiscus Red (Winter 2010)

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Metalmonk on 10-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by durwood64:
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.36/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle procured from a friends variety pack. best by FEB 28 2011 on the box. "it's no fake, thats real cheesecake" on the underside of the cap. some sort of barcode on the label which apparently can be read by some smart phones.

pours out a slightly hazy reddish bronze color with a big fluffy, creamy off white head. really nice retention with some nice spotty lace.

not a huge aroma. smells of fruity apricot, very similar to #9. grains with hints of spice and caramel. some floralness as it warms.

slightly tart fruitiness on the front of the taste followed by a slightly spicy grainy malt. a light floralness, maybe from the hibiscus. a slight bitterness towards the finish. lots of grains and a bit of an herbal tea like qaulity.

a watery light body with ample carbonation.

i can see where they were trying to go with this, but IMHO, if the flavors were more pronouced, it would make for a better beer. i could see this appealing to a BMC drinker. i wont drink this again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with hibiscus, and using Saaz hops, and pale, rye and crystal malts.

A good looking beer, a wonderful fiery, coppery, autumnal sort of red, with an off-white head that stays creamy and stiff for a long time. Lots of lace too.

Even though the brewery lists this as an ale, it smell all kindsa lager, for some reason. A bit mineral, a bit metallic, a bit vegetable. Like that. Mild tobacco and a little bit of black and herbal tea, which may be the hibiscus talking?

Flavor is rather grainy, not quite coarse but something I'd call rough and leafy, with more of that tea-like essence happening; rough, earthy spice; a bit of pomegranate and black cherry. Some tart, nearly sour fruitiness hangs around in the finish, so does some crisp hop bitterness. Even with hibiscus being added to the more common list of beer ingredients, this is neither unique nor that impressive.

Fairly okay mouthfeel, but what can I say about it? Not much. Smooth and slick on one hand, carbonated and tingly on the other.

Magic Hat are very hit and miss for me (Roxy Rolles, HI.P.A., Encore and Howl are a few of the hits), and while this isn't exactly a miss, it's not very memorable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I had the notion (was expecting) a Winter style beer....NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS!!!! (in my Lee Corso impression) What this beer ended up is a solid red ale. The beer poured red with thin white foam head....not much lacing to speak of. Not much nose to describe and the taste was like a Killians Red....really. Could certainly be a session, so the mounthfeel and drinkability is decent.

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Photo of silver0rlead
2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin tan head that retains OK. The aroma starts off with notes of caramel and toasted bread, a little cherry, hibiscus, herbal hops, and some spicy rye. The flavor has some caramel malt and rye upfront, along with slight cherry and hibiscus notes, herbal hops and some hay. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is good. Not a bad beer per se, but there isn't really anything interesting going on here and rye and hibiscus notes are fleeting.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a reddish brown color. One finger creamy white shows poor retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Aroma to me is muted. Light caramel malts with a thin grainy nose to it. Light spicy hops in the back end are kind of just there muted.

T- Taste was bland as well. Some light caramel malt and grainy touches and that was about it. Kind of lost all flavor on the back end of the beer.

M-Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is alright for the beer but weak for the style. Caramel malt hints on the palate with more so left in the aftertaste. No real balance of flavor unless you count that it was all muted. Watery on the finish. No real alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This is average and forgetable at best. Magic Hat really didn't do much with this beer. Bland Notion is what this series is starting to become.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.26/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 6% ABV, "Best when Fresh" Enjoy by Feb282011 (had on the 21st...cutting it close!) A QR Code adorns the label. I didn't bother scanning it.

A - A turbulent pour packs a two-finger bone head on top of a faintly cloudy orange-amber brew. Moderate retention and decent lace is left behind.

S - Sweet fruity yeast esters come up front and center in this brew leaving the CaraMunich-like malts' sweetness to also overpower any sort of hop addition they might have been. I certainly don't smell any.

T - Cut grass and dry leaf pile reminds me of fall mulch clean-up. Dry taste and mineral overbearing, the toasted malts fall behind and lack a good backbone.

M - Dry city, this brew sucks the moisture from my mouth instantly. Medium-bodied and bland in feel with a decent high carbonation finish.

D - Yuck. The aroma is slightly offensive while the flavor is fully offensive. I knew this would be a drain-pour on first sip. It's definitely not something I'd like to partake in again.

I will say that this is by far my favorite Magic Hat bottle cap though; the underside reads, "Free at last."

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had the chance to try these two out of the new seasonal pack, i always seem to find my way into them some way or another. served cold and into a pint glass.

pour is lighter then i would have thought with a ton of high, fizzy carbonation that seems to wither out and fade quickly as it comes around. aroma is lightly flowered, lots of light bready tones and grain with a hint of a light herbal meadow like tone, this carries over right into the flavor as the lightness is really what the whole story is about here, light flowery notes, hints of grain and thats about it. tastes like an earthier version of number 9.

overall it was ok, average at best and totally forgettable. do not think i will do this one again.

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of Phade42
2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I remember despising last winter's Odd Notion, which just like this one, I stumbled across in Magic Hat's Winterland 12pack

A - Poured a translucent amber color, with a thick pure white head and a sticky lacing that's lingeredthrough more than half the glass.

S - It doesnt smell appetizing at all, really. Stale berries, a little woody. some toast notes come through as well.

T - biscuits, tree bark, No spice notes really come forward, which in my admittedly limited experience is not normal for a winter offering. it tastes better than it smells. not BAD, but nothing to write home about. A bit of malt lingers on the palate.

M - Thin, VERY highly carbonated.

D - Ehhh. it wasnt hard to drink, but would I want another in the same session? probably not.

Overall, not a bad offering and defintely better than the Winter 09 Odd Notion, but still closer to an Infield Single than a home run. I havent had the opportunity to try any other in the Odd Notion series. Maybe a summer offering will be more to my liking.

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4.08/5  rDev +29.9%

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2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a good sized head, fades at a slow rate and leaves a decent cap on top, not real lacing to speak of.

Smell has a light caramel malt aroma and is very unmemorable.

Taste is rather watery and is rather lackluster in the flavor, a watery caramel malt presence is the only thing noticeable, the only decent thing about this is the soft yet active carbonation that creates a nice creaminess.

Probably the most forgettable from the Odd Notion series.

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2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of skenyon1811
2.32/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A: Good clear red color. Quarter inch of head, falls quickly and doesn't leave much. Looks like a quality brew.

S: Not much here. A sweet malt and an alcohol aroma. Completely plain.

T: for the most part this is a very plain ale. I find there to be a slight copper flavor, gross. Also a sort of soapy taste. Not much good here.

M: Medium body, a little heavy on the carbonation.

D: The taste of this beer really gets to me after awhile. I would not drink more than one of these. Weird after taste and too much carbonation for what it is.

I am not really surprised here, I honestly can't think of one Odd Notion that struck me as being a good brew.

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Photo of claspada
2.06/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas is of mild mild caramel malts, but the main thing I am detecting is the Magic Hat yeast. Kinda lagery, also a bunch of spices which I can't decifer but the bottle says Hibiscus, so I guess thats it.

The taste is boring forgetable and simple. You drink it and it starts good but the spices/yeast totally fall flat and the malt backbone is weak at best. Magic Hat once again has let me down. This beer has a certain "homebrew" taste profile. Mild bready/caramel malts are all I can detect here. Really finishes flat. Pass.

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Taste: Pours a red-amber color with a tiny head that retains well. Just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts with a floral aspect.

Taste: I'm actually a huge tea kind of guy, and really really enjoy this. This beer has a total tea sort of taste, probably due to the hibiscus brewed with it. It's a delicate sort of beer, anyone expecting something bold will be let down. However, give it a chance to appreciate the subtle floral and tea character, the light-handed use of Saaz hops, and the slightly sweetened malts. This isn't going to knock anyone's socks out, but this is an incredibly well balanced beer that'd absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated, it goes down perfectly, and the aftertaste is spot-on - the hibiscus really comes into it's own here.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable. No flaws here.

This is a delicate beer that many people looking for the biggest, boldest thing might look by. That'd be a mistake though, because it really has some complex flavors that are worth seeking out. A winner from Magic Hat.

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3.26/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok, I honestly haven't read any reviews of this beer. I poured it into my pint glass. Very small head and orange/brown clear with light carbonation. Without knowing what type of brew this was, my first guess just on appearance was that this was an attempt at an IPA style. The smell definitely wasn't IPA but I couldn't quite put my finger on what it smelled like. Then after tasting it....is this Budweiser in disguise? Seriously it tastes just like a Bud to me. Very disappointing mystery beer by Magic Hat. At least they surprised me!!!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/26/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep ruby red color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains caramelized malts, some fruit and some malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit & caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer worth drinking for a while, nothing outstanding though.

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5/5  rDev +59.2%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

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3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear, reddish-brown amber, with heavy carbonation, light beady foam leaving moderate lacing.

smell: toasty malts are predominant, light, semi-sweet hop undertones.

taste: evenly balanced yet dynamic, the maltiness is prevalent throughout, yet blends with the mellow hops and the apparent flowery infusion of hibiscus, finishes with a slight bitterness that does not linger.

drinkability: unique, which is what MH is going for with this series, definitely worth a try given its mellow and dynamic qualities.

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Odd Notion - Hibiscus Red (Winter 2010) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.14 out of 5 with 65 ratings