Plus / Minus | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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124 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with the tradition English style in mind, +/- aims to bring drinkers a truly sessionable craft beer experience. Tried it yet?

15 IBU

Added by vicsju1991 on 01-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
124
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
14.75%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed by flashlight after power was knocked out by tropical storm Beryl.

A: single finger head with little retention and lacing on a amber with mahagony brown notes, I think, see above,

S: very very nutty with burnt toast and caramel malt notes. Hints of minerals and milk chocolate.

T: toasted malts and nuts dominate. Hints of minerals and milk chocolate.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Overall: not anything super special but has some nice flavors and is fairy drinkable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat "+ / -"

Interesting name. I won't go too far into it, but the point between a positive and a negative number is zero, which is quite possibly the most important number that exists because it equates to nothing, but suggests even more. It's at the center of infinity; and like a black hole, is perhaps the doorway to something that we don't yet understand.

Interesting beer. Most probably find the English dark mild style to be a little too pedestrian, but I swallow it up. It's got flavor, it's got some complexity, and it's a little bit lower in alcohol so you can have a few and not feel out of sorts. The only drawback is, as I see it, that it's a little thinner in the mouth. This version, however, isn't watery at all.

The one thing that I don't like about this beer is the yeast strain. I always find a bit of a stench in the nose of Magic Hat beers with lots of mineral, and I think, a hint of sulphur. It's initially off-putting to me, but then I get past it. Beyond that there's not that much here, a bit of dark caramel, a hint of dull cocoa, and some watered down roastiness.

The flavor, however, offers a beautiful palate of soft fudge, cocoa, golden caramel, darker caramel, light toffee, and delicate, underlying dark fruits. It's moderately bitter, yet it finishes dry - superbly balanced, and very drinkable.

I wish there were more beers like this available on the market, of course no one else would buy them.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, maple and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out mildly sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and maple. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid sessionable beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-brown body with a very thin, very short-lived near-white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling a bit sweetly with malty hints of nutty caramel, chocolate, and mocha with a base breadiness to it and accented with light fruity notes.

Taste: Bready malts with light touches of milk chocolate, roast, and dark caramel. Faintly nutty. Passably sweet. Mildly fruity estery notes lending a hint of cherry. Woodsy hop character with a low bitterness, just enough to counter the sweetness. Finishes out dry, a bit nutty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth going down.

Overall: A nicely malty brew with a sensibly slackened alcohol presence. I thought it was a pleasant and it was gone in a flash.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Ruddy brown, clear with a decent amount of head

SMELL: Toasted bread, hay, buttery yeast, hint of fig, faint minty hops

TASTE: Malty, wet, buttery, bread crust, leafy, vague dark fruit, caramel, dry and clean finish

It is what it is and it hits all of the marks sufficient enough to be a Mild Ale but just does not seem to have the soul of that style. Perhaps due to it being not "real ale" and most of the milds I have run into have been on cask or bottle conditioned.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale dark copper color with a light beige head forming thick and dwindling slow, visually I'm all about this beer the smell leaves a bit to be desired with light dark roasts. That's about it light fruity accents generic tart cherry with cereal toasted grains. Flavor is light but has a creamy, dark roasted malts with fruit notes. Pretty mild ale, that shows me one thing Magic Hat has been going toward the mainstream. This beer tastes like a pseudo craft from a mislabeled ABI brew. Mouthfeel is light moderate carbonation slightly soft textures going on, easy to drink. A no brainer ale with enough flavor to help you get through it however it doesn't really push the envelope or do anything for beer.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown with a thin lacing of off white. The nose has notes of toffee, caramel, butterscotch, and a slight nuttiness. The flavor is very similar; malt forward with caramel taking the forefront followed by a nutty and butterscotch notes. There is a mild fruitiness and sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very crisp.

This isn't bad, but not great either. Again, the creamy, butterscotch-like notes put me off of another Magic Hat offering.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: B142-61-01480113. Sampled on April 6, 2012. The pour is a handsome dark amber with a short-lived off-white head that becomes a ring. On the nose is a subtle profile of sweet malts and light hops and a little nutty. The body is in the medium range but smooth. The taste is sweet up front and then mildly bitter. It is a drinkable session beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a barely murky brown color. Reasonably dark. Head is nearly nothing. More or less just a patch of thin foam. Lacing shows up on the glass as light rings.

S-Very nutty. Almond, walnut, and hazelnut. Light chocolate aroma. Hops are not detectable. Small traces of coffee too. Not intense, but I do enjoy the nuttiness.

T-Chocolate is stressed here over the nuts. Still, the nutty medley does envelope my taste buds after the chocolate. Light leafy hop waft on the finish. Nicely malty but it does leave more to be desired.

M-Very light. Watery to a degree. Medium carbonation. Sessionable. I enjoy the light body.

O/D-Like most Magic Hat brews, this one has its bright spots but is mostly lackluster. I had no true complaints about this beer but it was pretty bland. I will easily finish the glass and will also give kudos to Magic Hat for trying to brew some of the lesser utilized styles such as this.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Well it's dark and it has a mild tint to it. Head is minimal with a slight lace ring but lacing is sticky.

S - Can't knock the taste it smell English with malts and has a nutty aspect to it with sweet toffee.

T - Body is nice for such a session ABV. Flavors are mild (expected) with sweet malts, toffee, and a smooth nutty finish.

M - Light to medium but balanced.

Overall one of the better Magic Hat beers I have had with smooth sweet flavors and a nice smooth body. Would have another.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium ruby and copper mix. A draker beer for sure. Quick head, no foam, but nice bubbling.

Mildly dark bread thats been watered down. Mineraly, hard water and some sweet darker malts.

Watery thin palate with some added mineral and dry qualities. Dry roasted and heavily toasted malts. Has some flavor, a little on the darker side, and is easy to drink. Good session ale for sure.

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Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Poured dark brown, two shades shy of being black. Little foam, very fizzy, settles out. Funky nutty smell. Taste is sweet, nutty, and cola flavored. Earthy? (from notes, but in hindsight not really). A little like flat soda. Or a funkier nut brown. Mild understates it. Hard to fully describe.

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Photo of wedge
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"The Devil Is In The Potato Salad"

Pours a dark chestnut color under a slim, frothy ring of a head that dissolves to nothing. Nutty malt, cereal grain, and some dark - slightly tart - fruitiness. A little too clean, which seems to be an issue with Magic Hat beers over the last several years. Dark, dry malt and cocoa flavor, but somewhat watery. Faint toast and fruit, finishing dry. Medium-light body with too much carbonation at first. Too sterile and bland to be all that enjoyable. Not terrible, just not good.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange-red color with almost no head that fizzles to nothing in seconds

S: Some malts, MH yeast, and honestly not much else. Mild indeed

T: Follows the nose, with malts and slight smoke in the finish. Again, very mild

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A dumbed-down version of a classic style. Can't say that too many times about American brewers when they brew classic English styles, but it certainly applies here. Still worth a try, though

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Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of campfirebrew
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Plus / Minus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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