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Demo | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Demo is a deliciously dark lick of an India Pale Ale. It’s medley of roasted malts and heady hops will have your senses dancing to the beat of a different I.P.A.

45 IBU

Added by NEhophead on 01-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
432
pDev:
15.16%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
33
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 145
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of voidrunner
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of DonFrap
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of max9371
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Quafftastic
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of SlaughteredWolf
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Rich540
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Herky21
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of RyanGoodman
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Novanglus
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Gmann
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a bunch of small particles floating about. The head is a toasted khaki color, fairly dense and rocky. Some lacing left on the glass.

The aroma is not very strong, especially for an IPA of sorts. There are light hints of a roasted malt and a barely there hint of hops. There is a bit of a twang in the aroma.

There is a decent hop flavor. Some lime citrus and a leafy fresh hop. There is some cola and roasted nut flavor from the malt, kinda has a home brew flavor to it. Some sour tea like flavors round out the brew.

The feel is light and very carbonated. Sits fairly balanced on the palate, sort of twangy and bitter.

There is some decent flavors and the beer drinks fine. Is it a great "Black Ale", no, not close but its not bad.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very, very dark brown body with tawny highlights. Two finger beige head rises quickly and sticks around.

S: The first thing that hits is a whiff of bitterness, slightly citrus and acidic quickly followed by a heavy dose of malts that smell of chocolate and coffee.

T: Light pine, almost dusty. Chocolate powder, instant coffee, malted milk. To be honest, this tastes more like a hoppy porter than an IPA.

M: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

D: It's a decent tasting beer, and as always I appreciate Magic Hat mixing things up a bit, but I fear this is a tad bit off the mark.

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Photo of bluehende
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours an extremely dark color. Nearing black. Looks more like a stout than anything else. Head is very attractive. Frothy head that is not too tall but retains its minimal stature and remind me of a frothed espresso drink. Head laces like a dream as well.

S-Soapy hop aroma is the most prevalent scent. Also a mix of floral and pined hops with coffee roast. Plenty of coffee in the nose. The hop profile is not overly attractive however.

T-Still soapy. Like a cup of coffee that didn't have the soap washed out properly. Aside from that, the pine and grass hops are back. Plenty of coffee again, but the mixture of flavors doesn't work well.

M-Pretty light, good amounts of carbonation too. The feel is npt the problem here whatsoever. A bit creamy too.

O/D-Overall I did not love this brew. Flavors were coarse and didn't flow. I am all about raw flavors in my beer, but this one just didn't meld well within itself. Not too bad, but this beer is evidence why some people avoid Black IPAs. Flavors collide too drastically.

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3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark brown with a ruby hue when held to the light. Streams of co2 quickly rise to the top. A pillowy beige head slowly fades out.
Smells pretty good. Cocoa, toasted nuts, herbs, pine needles, and a blast of ripe peach.
Taste is of the aromas with sweetness up front that quickly becomes a tad muddled with roasted chestnuts and herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, astringent, and mineral laden.

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3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had a devil of a time trying to find this brew on Beer Advocate, so here I have added it...

Though it doesn't pour "black" it does pour dark, and it has a decent head and very good lacing down the pint glass. The smell was underwhelming, in that I couldn't pull anything out of note. The feel was crisp, smooth, and very drinkable, which I could say the same thing about the taste - decent enough to down more than one in one sitting. Overall, I wasn't overly impressed, but I wasn't disappoint. I am glad I have several of these to enjoy and I'm definitely looking forward to it.

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3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the mixed 12 pack, poured into a pint glass, the beer is dark brown a beige head and tons of sediment. Is that supposed to be in there? It covers the bottom of the glass and is suspended through out.

Roasted malts and dark fruit in the nose. For a black IPA, I'm not getting many hops.

The taste is of roasted malts, a bit of coffee, raisins and brown sugar. This would be a decent brown or black ale, but I do want a few hops in my IPA.

The mouth has heft, but the sediment is course.

All-in-all, this was a bit of a miss for me.

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3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was listed as a Black IPA, which I thought was a little bit of an exaggeration. Not quite as hoppy as that.

Color was very dark with a dark head as well. Nice carbonation at first but it dissipated pretty quickly.

Aroma was of light hops and some dark roast. Not bad but i wished I was getting more from it.

Flavor also featured some roast and a little bit of hops. The balance was good but the overall flavor was not among my favorites.

Overall an ok beer. Try it if you see it but didn't blow me away.

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Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 432 ratings
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