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
Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out with decent looking red body and a thin white head. The smell of the beer has some malts and the littlest amount of hibiscus on the nose. The flavor was a bit watered down to me. The hibiscus was barely noticeable and the other flavors were the same way. The mouthfeel was light, I feel it should have been much thicker. Overall I see these odd notion brews gradually getting worse over time. The Belgian Chocolate stout was probably the best from a few years ago, but since then they just been on a downfall.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.65/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Winter mixed 12 pack. Pours a cherry wood color, not much head to it. Faint bready aroma. Taste is more towards the light bodied side, just plain confusing to me. Get some light caramel malts, maybe some rye/biscuity taste. A bit of floral notes... doesn't really mix together too well. I'm a big fan of Magic Hat and look forward to their Odd Notions but this one is just a brown mess that doesn't taste too appealing... I'll pass.

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Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy/amber color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled malty and floral. Nice caramel notes with a touch of citrus.

T - This is a nice malty amber ale with a grassy hop bite. Mild spicy kick, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is an okay amber ale. Some of the Odd Notion series has been awful, so this was encouraging.

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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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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 ChainGangGuy
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystalline, dark amber-hued body with a finely-textured, ivory head.

Smell: Meager nose smelling modestly of damp bread given a pinch of sugar, dehydrated fruits, and a thin whiff of hibiscus

Taste: Faintly bready pale malts with satisfactory sweetness in tow. Snippet of dried apricot, apple, and vaguely fruity hibiscus. Small hint of spicy, herbal hops aided by a just as light hint of rye grain. Light fruitiness and touch of toasted bread on the lightly sugary finish. Not odd, really, just underwhelmingly mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, as the run of Magic Hat brews typically are, though the weakness of the flavors offered only hold one's interest for so long.

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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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Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Eziel
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet caramel malt scent along with a dry and mildly spicey rye aroma. The taste is average. It has a bone dry caramel malt flavor. It's sweet and complimentary to a spicey, dry rye character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer. I'm not a fan of the dry mouthfeel or the amount of crystal malt used.

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of Brad007
3.22/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Lacing lingers on the edges of the glass. Is this too abstract for you?

Aroma is flowery (hibiscus) with a good amount of sweet, spicy rye in the nose. It has that "magic hat" feel to it, which can be either good or bad depending on your tastes.

Taste is full of sweet, buttery malt that seems to drown out the hibiscus and the rye. It manages to clear up a bit in the middle with just a lingering hint of the hibiscus.

Mouthfeel is odd, flowery and again buttery. Must be due to the yeast they use.

I hate to call out Magic Hat once again but would it hurt them to try a different yeast strain for once? This beer is just too hard to enjoy and tastes too much like No.9, Roxy Rolles and so forth.

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Photo of bubseymour
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 AgentMunky
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before 23 February 2011.

A: Translucent brown with a yellow tinge. Light, short-lived head. Not particularly impressive.

S: Slightly grainy (rye), faintly fruity or sour. Reminiscent of #9. A wafting floral scent could conceivably be the hibiscus with which this beer is allegedly brewed.

T: Tart rye dominates -- the sourness is presumably from the hibiscus infusion, but it isn't quite to my taste. There is a concomitant sweetness which is much less objectionable; in fact, it is quite pleasant and grows as the beer warms. The aftertaste is grainy and fruity. Honestly, I don't like it that much, but it's a solidly made beer.

M: Pleasantly carbonated with substantial grain.

D: I have very mixed feelings about this Odd Notion. While I don't like it, I think other people might -- especially fans of #9 (just replace the apricot with hibiscus). Moreover, it grew on me. What at first was a chore -- merely drinking enough to write an honest review -- became much more enjoyable. A great Odd Notion, an acceptable beer. I won't be consuming any more, but I can pawn them off on my friends with a clean conscience.

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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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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 Durge
2.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This shows a very clear reddish copper color with a modest off-white head and pretty much no lacing. The nose picks up cherry caramel, almost a root beer and whiskey idea, maybe a vague juniper edge. Sweet and a bit unusual. The taste buds detect a light grass hop and a preponderance to acrid biscuit. There's an idea of some caramel sweetness, but boy this is pretty stark and unappealing concoction. The feel features a little dryness with soda like carbonation, light-plus bodied but not drinkable in my book. This is near drain pour stuff to me, not interested in revisiting this puppy. Sorry.

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Photo of jaymo18
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ngeunit1
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber-red color with a finger of off-white head. The head had okay retention, which ended up as a spotty covering the top with a ring with little lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet malt tones with a bit of hop undertones. A bit too sweet and subtle overall.

T - Starts off with the sweet malt and just a touch of floral elements. There is a touch of hops and spices through the middle of the beer. The sweet malt dominates the finish with some lingering malt flavor.

M - Medium-light bodied with fairly heavy carbonation. The heavy carbonation gives it a bit of a watery mouthfeel and subtracts from the taste a bit. Though it also gives it a very crisp feeling.

D - Fairly drinkable. Flavor is a bit simple and a touch unbalanced, but the heavy carbonation keep the beer very crisp and refreshing.

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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 Amalak
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

#63. As part of a winter pack seasonal, lucky I got the last one! Regardless of whether I like this or not, it's obviously only a seasonal for Winter 2010, so I guess I'll have to savor these moments.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy two finger head. Retention is pretty average, foam slowly creeps down to a thin cover within a short few minutes. Lacing is subtle at first but doesn't retain well once the drink begins. Color is a very light brown with gold-red accents, considerably hazy. Very thin small carbonation bubbles are present in here. Appearance is nice but doesn't look very rousing. 3

(Smell) A fairly weak aroma in general. Some caramel, some grain malts. Some very faint floral hops rest in the background. Can't really tell if there is hibiscus in here, but if it is, it's nearly indistinguishable. This aroma could be far more vivid. It doesn't smell very original. Aromas blend smooth but the end result is still quite mundane. 2.5

(Taste) Very light and bitter tea-like taste with a light malty rye grain base. There's a twiggy foundation and aftertaste complete with bark and stick, maybe even some flora. The finish is the most distinguishable part of the brew. I'm not entirely sure of where the hibiscus presence is most distinguishable, but if it's in here, it would be in the floral taste or possibly the wood-like finish. Pretty bizarre but it has some pretty discernible characteristics which make it a likely candidate for tea-beer crossovers. Easy to drink and quite original; good candidates for a nice beer. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Pretty smooth from a minute carbonation presence. Some may perceive it as borderline flat. Body is light-medium. There's plenty more flavor that could be packed into here. The alcohol Thin and watery finish, possibly alluding to the tea-like consistency, which is just thin with little texture next to water. 3

(Drinkability) Consistency is really thin, ABV is nothing groundbreaking, flavors are subtle but enjoyable, and nothing particularly staggering takes over the palate throughout the drink. It grows on you, which is good motivation for a second drink. Bummer this is a limited run. It's worth a second go. 4

Verdict: This is my first odd notion and not a bad one at that. If you can get it, get it. It's pretty interesting, but I felt that I had a hard time finding the "hibiscus" in this beer. After all, I'm not out and about sampling hibiscus so I wasn't entirely sure what to go for, but I really appreciate the attempt to try new things. C+ (3.2)

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