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Humdinger Series: Over The Pils | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Humdinger Series: Over The PilsHumdinger Series: Over The Pils

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Over the Pils features a smooth malt body that is paired with fruit and floral notes from generous additions of Brewer’s Gold and Crystal hops. Beneath the bold hop aroma hides a subtle warmth sure to take your taste buds Over the Pils and far away.

75 IBU

Added by SawDog505 on 04-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty golden body with a creamy finger of head.

Nose is grassy hops with a distinctly sweet note.

Flavor starts out sweet, then sort of spreads it around a bit. Grassy hops, candi sugar, tart lemon, clean finish.

Mouthfeel has a bit of the old "Sweet-Tart" quality to it. Leaves a tingle on the tongue.

Overall, pretty good, but too sweet. I long for an overhopped Imperial Pils with a Pliny-like understated malt body. Maybe someday I'll brew one.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight haze to this golden orange beer, topped by a big fluffy white head that just won't quit. It does leave big circles of lacing as it goes however, making for a good looking beer. The aromatics don't quite match the look however with not a whole lot of hop presence, maybe just a twinge of citrusy hops. They blend in with a juicy fresh apricot aroma, maybe a bit of lemon and orange zest as well. Mostly a malt presence in the aroma, a bit grainy with an underlying skunkiness. Not the greatest aromatics, but not bad.

The hops come out a good bit more with the taste fortunately, undercutting a lot of the sweeter fruity flavors. Soft apricot does come to mind again, but this time mingled with grapefruit. Also coming through is orange and lemon rind, giving some depth to this beer and its bitterness. Toasty bready notes do come through in the front, even if only mildly as they make for a nice backbone for the other flavors to play off of. The fruity flavors work well together and then play off the hops well. These hops are bitter and flavorful, lots of grapefruit coming through as well as a bit of piney, resiny notes. Subtly, but with a nice bitter depth. The bitterness is subdued until the very end, when it seems to get very intense if only for a moment. A touch of booze is detected, giving a warmth that is pleasant and works really well with the smoothness of the mouthfeel.

Really good taste to this beer, unique enough that it seperates from others, but solid enough that it doesn't depend on its uniqueness to be considered good. The only dilemma I have with this beer is the smell. I'm hoping that its just my nose not picking up on it, but I haven't had too many beers where the taste is far far better than the aroma as it is with this one. Maybe a few more hops in the back end of this boil would make a huge difference, but the aroma is not all that appetizing. But at least the taste is spot on and delicious. I recommend to those who have or haven't had any Magic Hat brews.

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Photo of da_beers
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought from the Artifactory (the weekend before all the West Sixth nonsense, which definitely puts me off)

A - Light golden straw with a huge 3 finger head that quickly dissipated. Great lacing.

S - Somewhat tart and sour like a classic pilsner. Some faint citrus and hops.

T - Punch in the mouth for a pils. Bitter finish w/ some hops. Lingering aftertaste.

M - Light/medium bodied. Faint carbonation across palate. Smooth and not sticky at all.

O - Meh, nothing fantastic about this. Makes me want to try other Imperial Pilsners tho. Definitely got better as it warmed.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a champagne style bottle with a cork and looks very appealing on the shelf. Pours out a nice golden straw color with a tight light head. The lacing on this beer is amazingly dense and left marks down the whole glass. It has nice light citrus notes with a touch of acidity balanced well with a light grain body. It had a nice refreshing quality that I really like for a summer time beer. I'll be buying this one again for sure

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Photo of neophilus
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden, wheat colored ale with a thick white head on top. Good lacing.

Rich malt aroma, some boozy heat on the nose. Some grassy hop notes as well.

Grainy and bitter up front. Thick and sweet on the palate with a heavy dose of hop flavor - drinks like a barley wine.

Was pleasantly suprised at the thickness and hop flavor/bitterness delivered by this brew. I wasn't sure what to expect from an Imperial Pils, what I got was a blonde barleywine with restrained characteristics and a focused hop flavor. Truly a sipping beer.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cool looking bottle. Let's see what's inside.

The beer was a golden color with a big, fluffy, white head. The head lasted for quite a while and there were plenty of active bubbles crawling up the side of the glass.

Very faint aromas of...nothing. Maybe a little bit of lemongrass? Maybe? There was the tinniest bit of a boozy sting as I drank it, but again, there wasn't too much there.

Grainy and, well, pilsner-y up front. Nice amount grassy hops. Finishes with a little bit of alcohol. There is a lingering bitterness, but it lingers a little bit too long for my liking and it's a bit messy.

Nice bubbly carbonation tries to scrub the palate clean. Pretty drinkable. I'd say this is the redeeming quality of this beer.

While the brew is very drinkable, there just isn't enough going on with it. The nose was lacking and the taste was too messy. I pretty much picked it up because the bottle looked cool. Hopefully the other beers in the series will be more complex.

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Photo of MasterCraft
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a fluffy white head

Smells of citrus, herbs, floral hops. Light pear and green apple, a little alcohol sweetness, maybe a little biscuity malt

Taste is different than other "imperial pilsners" I've tried. Dominated by a grassy hop bitterness..a little citrus peal, herbal hops, minor note of caramel sweetness. Not overly impressive, but I'm having no trouble finishing the bottle, despite sharp bitterness and alcohol presence.

Pretty heavy mouthfeel for the style, slightly sticky, mild alcohol burn on the back end as the glass warms.

Not bad, may or may not buy more, but am glad I got to try it.

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Humdinger Series: Over The Pils from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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