Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Herb and Spice Beer
3.25 | pDev: 16.92%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Stop and smell the petals Pistil is a summer beer unlike any other, brewed with a combination of dandelion petals, Pale and Acidulated malts, flaked oats, and Apollo and Northern Brewer hops that results in a one-of-a-kind beer with a slightly sour acidity and a smooth malt body. Perfect for taking down deep thirst.

20 IBU
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded yellow with a thin head that lasts. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is very mild - some crackery wheat with a slight floral touch.

The taste is slightly sweet, slightly tart with a dandelion-like floral touch.

The carbonation edges towards fizzy, but th ere is enough body to it to keep the fizz controlled, allowing it to be fairly refreshingly crisp with a light, smooth body.

Overall, to me it seems like a run-of-the-mill blonde ale with a slightly floral, well... like dandelion touch. Part of the spring variety pack, though described as summer-like. Inoffensive and refreshing enough to drink a few of these, but I doubt I would buy again.

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12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed yellow color with an ample cap of white head. Pretty fine-bubbled with decent retention and great lacing.

Nose is...interesting...to say the least. Quite sweet and fruity...papaya comes to mind with maybe some canteloupe and I dont think Im trippin when I say yellow dandelions.

Taste is tough to pin down individual flavors...some sort of unidentifiable fruitiness and a pithy, floral bitterness. The malts are very light, I think maybe more of an amber-ale type background might have worked better with this. The mouthfeel is ok, and the body has a nice creamy aspect to it. It makes for a moderately fun experiment, but I sure wouldnt want a whole sixer of it. Magic Hat might want to consider going to the ~3.99 bomber route, they always seem to brew odd beers that are fun to try once but are really never all that great.

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A- Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow/orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very floral and citrusy, it feels like I should be drinking this outside in a meadow under a tree in the spring time.

T- The taste starts out with some malts with some citrusy acidity and peppery spiciness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Pistil was a unique beer that I'm glad I tried but it is not something that I would purchase again.

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Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 699 ratings