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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 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 yesyouam
3.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(2nd review)
Magic Hat Odd Notion Winter '10 is a very clear amber ale with a white head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is herbal, medicinal and a little grainy. There's a touch of sweetness in the nose and I can detect hibiscus. It's pretty lively and pretty light with a dry, papery finish. The flavor is a little disjointed. It starts off with a malt extract flavor which is neither sweet nor dry. Then comes the hibiscus, like Red Zinger tea. Then come the the slightly bitter, very medicinal hops. It has a cough drop quality and it's very tangy overall. Like many of the Odd Notion beers, this one is pretty strange. It took a little willpower to finish the pint.
(1st review)
Magic Hat Odd Notion Winter '10 is a solid, coppery ale with an off white head that fades quickly. There is sweet, light malt extract in the nose. It has a very fluffy medium body. The dry finish leaves the mouth a bit ragged. It has a very herbal flavor. Sweeten your herbal tea with light malt extract and you'll get the idea. There are notes of mint and red currant and not really any bitterness or hoppiness. This is an odd beer, to be certain. It almost seems like an Irish red ale. This would be interesting on cask. Yeah, it's odd.

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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 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 alli4051
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a seasonal mixer. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a clear, dull, ruby color with an off white head. Not much doing with the head, small, fizzy, doesn't last to long. Nose is very faint, maybe some caramel and some floral notes, even that is hard to pick up. Taste is unfortunately also very light. Lots of tea like flavors (I think this is where the hibiscus factors in), some light pale malts, and a touch of hopiness. Lighter bodied, again not much to comment on in regards to mouthfeel. Drinkability is the one area I can rank this one highly, definitely easy drinking, in fact I'm shocked to see 6%. I love the odd notion series but I have to say this one is a bit of a miss. I think the most frustrating part is that it's thisclose to be a very unique and tasty brew. Overall everything here is a bit too light and thus disappointing.

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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 Meerkey
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, hazy brownish copper. Not much head. Meh.

S: Floral (hibiscus), grainy -illness still prevents me from smelling properly, but what I do smell doesn't impress me.

T: Rye and hibiscus, some sweetness and sourness. Not really to my taste.

M: Kind of watery, sour aftertaste, nice carbonation though.

D: I think people would find it pleasant enough to taste, but it's just not my thing.

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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 curasowa
3.06/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper color with two fingers of head that fades slowly with chunky lacing

Aroma: Sweet, pale malt with notes of caramel and earthy hops

Taste: Pretty consistent malt flavor through-out, with some mild bitterness showing up on the back end, leading to a fairly clean and fast finish with just a touch of graininess.

The Rest: Body is on the thin side of medium and drinkability is average. This is a pretty nondescript ale. I'm not really sure what the hibiscus added to it.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Off eggshell white head. Body color is reminiscent to a copper penny. The head is very frothy.

Smell is vanilla and metal. But both aromas are very faint.

Odd Notion is right. What a weird enjoyable first taste. Very light on the bitter side. Some spice, fruit, grass and a floral taste is noticeable. I'm also thinking some caramel and vanilla. The more I drank, the more bored I got. All these tastes and yet it tastes bland at the finish.

Body feel is okay. Nothing special. Leaves the tongue feeling dry.

If offered to me for free, like this one was, I suppose I'll take it. I was impressed with the first sip but it got bland and boring as I continued to drink.

I'm beyond confused! First sip was impressive. The more I drank the more bored I got. As I let it sit and warm a little the flavors start to meld better back to a impressive taste. I don't like the head games Magic Hat!

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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 ferrari29
3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Pint glass

A - Beer poured with a two finger foam; gives a bubbly, but not full appearance; head maintains well though; body pours with a dark brown color and is active with a solid amount of carbonation; lacing is there but doesn't stick to the sides of the glass as much as I thought it would

S - Hibiscus notes come up pretty quickly, but you can smell the malt roasts with a touch of hops; grassy pine notes come up after the hibiscus; definitely expected more complex aromas

T - Light in flavor; smooth but hibiscus is definitely there; nutty over the middle of the tongue and clean finish of flavor; some mild bitterness and kind of a toasty aftertaste

M - Creamy but flat feel to this beer; not much carbonation on the tongue; smooth and easy to drink

D - I thought this was an OK beer; not too much bite and easy to drink (due to its lack of flavor and bitterness); I would recommend this to someone who isn't looking so much for taste, but for an easy drink to enjoy with the right kind of food; I think Magic Hat can do better than this

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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 weller1js
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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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 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 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 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 welldigger888
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into an american shaker style pint glass. Slightly off white head that disapated quickly with descent lacing down the glass. This elixer is a nice copper shade that is cyrstal clear with a good mix of bubble sizes.
A good malt bready character that gives way to an almost tea like quality on the nose and a hint of hop.
Very inviting biscuity malt and hop balance that again seems to have a bit of sweet tea qualities. I have no other way of putting it other than there really seems to be a touch of sweet tea in the finish...(sweet tea-the house wine of the south)
I feel this beer is very balanced on the mouthfeel aspect. Not to thin not thick with a good carbonation.
I good session this beer no problem.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.67/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pourd from the 12oz bottle into a Newbury Comics/Faneuil Hall pint glass.

The color is a slightly hazy amber/gold with a thin, less then a finger head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty earth in character. There is a very flower like smell coming off this beer that reminds me of spring time and pollen has been released into the air.

The taste is again a flowery mix of rose like flavors with some grassy hop flavor and a touch of bitterness at the end. There is some nice sweet malt flavor that is present but does not seem to announce itself very well throughout this beer. Some slight citrus, juicy flavor come out here and there but leave me looking got more it but not getting it.

The feel of this beer is light to medium with a easy finish and goes down pretty well for a beer that is beyond 5% ABV. It is a very juicy/watery feeling beer that is nice for an ale like this.

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Photo of KyleVick4
1.94/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz in a cold pint glass

A: Deep red color with good two-finger head. Appreciable lacing.

S: Yuck. Can't really touch what it is but it smells like bad homebrew batches. Mostly grain. A little bready but there is no power in the smell. Maybe hibiscus is a smell sponge ;)

T: B L A N D. Nothing here. Tastes like nothing. Sigh. Looking deeper... Malty, but not in a good way, like a malt tea. I keep sipping, but there really is no taste. Very slight fruitiness. Like a #9 with 75% water but darker. Slight slight roastiness. But this is really tough to find.

M: Light. Watery. Bud Light. Fizzy due to the lack of any other quality. Poor.

D: Not very drinkable. Its not undrinkable just not enjoyable.

Disappointed with this brew. Magic Hat is such a hit or miss brewery. This was a miss.

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Photo of SuperNova777
2.06/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Notes from 11/24/10

A:Pours a amber color with a finger worth of head and not much lacing.

S:Not much going on at all but a little bit of malt coming thru

T:Palate is pretty much dominated with grainy taste that goes no where, was pretty much
like drinking cereal grain water. Not enjoyable.

M:Thin body going on with too much carbonation

D:This was not enjoyable to drink at all, as I mentioned earlier it was like drinking
cereal grain water. No thank you on another one of these

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

Purchased as part of a sample box.

A: Light amber/orange. Pours clear w/ a thin white head.

S: Cherry/citrus, flowery smell.

T: Starts out with a faint cherry syrup taste followed by an earthy/flowery aftertaste (it is brewed w/ hibiscus after all). Brief and forgetfuul.

M: Thin and very carbonated.

D: Getting somewhat better as I drink it but overall not for me. Underwhelming.

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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