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Pistil | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by shand on 04-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pistil – Dandelion Ale (4.5%) - Magic Hat (Vermont)

App: Pours a very pale straw color and throws an airy, one finger chalk white head that settles slowly. Some particulate matter floating around, with a thick cake of sediment at the bottom. Not sure if this is part of what you get with a dandelion ale, or if this one's been sitting in the cooler for a while. Not unlike the hop sediment seen in a lot of unfiltered pale ales.

Smell: Bouquet is very mild with some grain like sweetness and a slight hint of new growth and apricot. Some hints of weed like bitterness.

Taste: Pretty light on flavor. Some cereal graininess and a slightly fruity, apricot like tartness. Bitterness is very mild. Similar in flavor to New Belgium's Paardebloem, but not as pronounced in flavor. Mild, grainy, and slightly sweet, with a very slight herbal bitterness on the aftertaste. Flavors linger for a long time after the swallow. Very drinkable, but not super engaging. Good hot weather beer.

Mouth: Mild-medium body with assertive carbonation that is a little stinging. Suits this beer as a good hot weather session.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 3/31/14.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Fergyx825
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light amber colored beer that is cloudy with some head on the pour that goes away after a little while. No bubbling as far as i can see.

Smell: I smell a citrus and coriander from the beer itself. Cinnamon and some malts.

Taste: a very bland taste. I taste the bitter citrus and the coriander as well as other spices. There is really no special taste to this beer.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium body makes for a okay mouthfeel but i'm not impressed by this. Not chuggable but drinkable.

Overall: okay. I don't know what they were going for here, but i'm not thinking spring beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, color is straw gold, head is white, presents 1/4 inch thick then fades quickly to a thin ring along the glass.

Smell is neutral pale malts, simple, pretty clean, no detected dandelion, some lighter floral and grassy hops.

Taste is similar to the nose, simple malts, clean flavors, no dandelion, some light sourness and stronger bitterness are noted; floral hops are more present than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is slightly bitter, slightly sour, which present on the tongue and lightly on the cheeks.

Overall, an simple ale, subtle flavor profile and aroma, kind of easy drinking.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 700 ratings
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