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 Brad007
3.22/5  rDev +3.5%
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 wahhmaster
2.44/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, bright, amber color with a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing.

Smell: Has a very faint, fruity smell to it. Not appealing at all.

Taste: Has a slight, grassy hop bitterness up front. Develops a crisp, bready fruitiness towards the back. Kind of light on flavor...

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and a little light-bodied.

Drinkability: A pretty poor showing for Magic Hat. This beer has little in the way of flavor. Perhaps it's time to stop with the "Odd Notions" and get to brewing something that's consistently good.

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Photo of TheHopMonster
3.92/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a dark amber red with a finger of head that lasted quite awhile. Aromas are of pine, earthy malts, and slight cherry fruitiness. Moderate bitterness in the first sip with a semi toasty after taste, decent but the after taste lasted way too long, I swear It felt like I was drinking this beer all night. This is my first Odd Notion Winter release that I have tried, I will say it was a decent beer but I probably wont go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Phade42
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
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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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
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 alleykatking
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
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 madjr80
3.72/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Dark cherry wood color with average to little head retention. The aroma had notes of fruits and flowers. A decent after taste of cherry and some kind of herb. Decent drinkability, but not something I would want to drink all night.

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Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
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 greenmonstah
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a lovely red-amber with a finger of creamy white head. Poor head retention.

S - Some fruitiness (cherry?) and malt. Sweet but boring.

T - Grainy and malty. Slightly sweet and a bit floral. A bit of herbal spiciness.

M - A bit creamy. Medium body. Average carbonation.

D - Not very tasty but fairly easy to drink. Not an especially good beer, but at least a little interesting.

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Photo of nick76
4.08/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is red brown with a medium head. The aroma is a bit odd, wink wink, with nuts, malt, hops, and something hard to describe. The taste is like the aroma and very good. The palate is average for the style. Overall a yummy beer that is only a little odd.

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Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +31.2%
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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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 claspada
2.06/5  rDev -33.8%
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 silver0rlead
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Metalmonk
2.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Odd Notion - Hibiscus Red (Winter 2010) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.11 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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