Plus / Minus | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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79
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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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of alesaram
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of chefhatt
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beers pours a dark copper color body with a small head that doesnt' hang around long. The smell has a nice inviting malt characters to it. The taste upfront has nice maltness then on the back of the tonuge after it has warmed up a little bit then comes some chocolate and roasted malt flavors with a nice hop presence but not over powering. The mouthfeel is good and overall a pretty good beer.

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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 canders0927
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Heritage02Rider
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of snowbeard
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of hsc12
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of SlaughteredWolf
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of JHeskew
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Jesse13713
1.55/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - This looks exactly like A & W light root beer with light vanilla and cola brown hues. Appears extremely watery with two fingers of head that puffs up in the center. This kinda looks like 'dirty' water.

Smell - Very heavy butterscotch and toffee right up front. A very faint sweet spice. All of the aromas are watered down.

Taste - I'm on my fifth drink and I hardly taste a thing. Water floods into the mouth and leaves no taste until being swallowed. This brings out tastes of light vanilla, cola, and Dr. Pepper. Extremely simple, and seems carelessly sloshed together. The low ABV is certainly no surprise. A flat soda-like disaster with light butterscotch notes. I suppose it is a bit nutty as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - I honestly cannot tell the difference between drinking this and drinking a soft drink. If I didn't have any previous knowledge that this was a beer, I'd think I was drinking flat fountain Dr. pepper mixed with cola, A & W root beer, and Sprite. This is really just a watery mess. I picked the right beer to have before leaving for work. I was worried about finishing one in time, but I've drank 3/4 of it in the time it took to write this short review. Insanely drinkable, but that's not a good thing in this case. Sorry Magic Hat, but you continue to underwhelm my taste buds. At least I can finish it and it's not a drain pour.

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Photo of swgwilt
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of notjaredlouche
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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 Focusf111
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Rich540
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Drewby
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of aleslover
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nate1357
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of GreersBeer21
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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 yesyouam
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat +/- is a clear, very lively copper beer with a thick, elastic, off white foam. There's a little sweet, dark malt in the nose with a touch of herbal, medicinal hops. It has a smooth, medium body. The finish is a little gritty. There's not a ton of flavor up front. Upon the finish, a resiny, botanical bitterness rolls in with the sweetness of cake or bread. It lingers for a while. This is kind of like a lightened-up brown ale. It's mild enough to be inoffensive and it's pretty unique.

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Photo of nstroup
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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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Plus / Minus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.39 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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