Deveiled | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/30/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts, some citrus and other fruits.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering earthy hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

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

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

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Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 3, 2013

The pour is mahogany amber with a long -lasting off-white foamy head that leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma tends to be on the sweet and nutty side with caramel notes and a mild crisp hoppiness to balance things off. Also a bit soapy in smell.

The body is medium but it rather creamy.

The taste is much like the aroma with an emphasis on the sweetness rather than amber bitterness one comes to expect from the style. Caramel malts and a mild hop finish but it's the sweetness that lingers.

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Photo of horshamguy
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a 22 oz. Applebees/TGIF/Ruby Tuesdays glass.
A--Dark brown. Nearly opaque with a touch of gold. Head dissipates quickly leaving little lacing
S--Sweet, roasted malts predominate. Minimal hoppiness, some dark fruitiness. Quite nice.
T--Sweet & malty. A little molasses to go with the main caramel flavor. Minimal fruitiness, despite more showing up in the nose. I usually have no use for an Amber or Red ale, but this one is pretty good. Much richer that I expect from the style; Thanks Magic Hat.
M--Nothing outstanding, but quite good. A bit tart at the finish, but not too much. Medium, neither creamy or dry.
O--I usually find Amber/Red Ales not to my liking. This is among the best I've had within that style. It actually reminds me more of an English Brown Ale (which I very much do like) than some Killian's Red crap. Magic Hat can have two thumbs up for this one.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An amber red ale with a very English ale taste. This one is certainly more hoppier than what you would see in traditional English ales. You get some smokiness due to the carmel malts. A nice session beer that suits the fall season and would buy again...

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Photo of pls2087
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, poured in a pint glass.

A: Decent amber color w/ hit a red. Relatively translucent. Very small head. Minimal lacing.

S: Malty, caramel

T: Sweet, hint of chocolate/caramel

M: Nice hint of carbonation, not too overpowering, smooth.

O: Good red/amber ale. Great Fall beer.

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Photo of blknikon
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A robust take on the amber ale style. Hiding just beyond its malty core is a crisp, clean, hoppy aura that will open your eyes to the other side. Definitely not what you would expect from ah Amber ale with its bold malt character. It is worth a try and can be found in the new variety pack "Night of the Living Dead" by Magic Hat. I live in Western Massachusetts and purchsaed it at the Liquors 44 on route 9.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a dark clear amber with a soapy slight off white head. There is ample lacing left on the pint glass.

SMELL: Toasted malts, dark bread, floral hops, a bit of dark fruit and molasses round it out. Coffee and maybe a hint of vanilla.

TASTE/FEEL: Roasted malts, coffee, citrusy hops. Some molasses and charcoal like flavors, with a suitable hop profile. Solidly bitter, with a hint of pine there as well. Medium bodied feel, a bit thin, but the carbonation is spot on.

Robust amber ale or light porter, no matter which descriptor, an easy drinking experience.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Darker reddish brown with a beige head. Thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Nutty with hops and malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Nutty malty taste to it.

Overall: Ok brew, not my first choice, but I am also not a huge fan of Red Ales.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep ruby red bordering on burnt umber with a tan head.

Smells of pine, earth, and burnt malt. Not unpleasant, mainly hoppy.

Taste a little thin with malt sweetness, slight caramel, giving way to earthy herbal hop with burnt malt flavor. This beer is not bad. It is not great, but it's decent. It seems a little confused though. It is listed as an amber, looks like a brown, and has some of the burnt flavor of a black IPA. Interesting, we'll leave it at that.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

DeVeilEd is brewed in the the style of an American Red Ale. Released exclusively in the Fall 2013 Variety 12 Pack. A one-off brew.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Magic Hat pint glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a mocha cream head of a frothy, sudsy consistency over a deep burgundy, near brown body. Carbonation is plentiful and energetic, lacing is light and spotty and retention is average. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of modest toasted caramel with a light graininess, light toffee, a pinch of unsweetened cocoa and a tempered floral, fruity hop profile. Fairly simple and pedestrian but also pleasant with few aromatic imperfections, there is a decent perceivable body for a fair balance between sweetness to body, balanced further by the earthy bitterness of the grain and toffee. Potency is medium+. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor range of the aroma is not as well preserved in the flavor. Up front, a simple light roasted and grain caramel malt body yields a mild to low sweetness against a dry, nutty and earthy body. Hops are equally muted in their presence, providing a trace of herbal and earthy flavor that accents the gruffness of the body. Finishes with a light grain malt and thin molasses finish. Neither impressive nor distasteful, it's drinkable on it's own, but otherwise, there isn't much balance to make this a memorable beer. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, a bit oily. Carbonation adds some creaminess and froth to the mix, livening things up a bit. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is mild. Balance is earthy bitter over sweet. 3.5

(Overall) I find that DeVeilEd excavates a rift between red and brown ales, as I find unique flavor characteristics of both, but as uncommitted to style as the beer itself is, glaring issues with flavor composition are difficult to overlook nonetheless. The malt sweetness doesn't live up well to the body that this beer presents, yielding an average-at-best ale with a dry body. Texture and aroma make for positive potential, but in its current state, there is some work to be done on this beer. 3.25

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer from Magic Hat, acquired as part of the Magic Hat Night Of The Living Dead variety pack. Expectations are moderately low for this one, also.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a coppery amber color; ruby in the glass. About one finger of off-white head recedes to a bubbly ring extremely quick. Doesn't look like much, to be honest.

S - Smell is a step up: some grassy herbal hops, crisp amber malts, some earthiness, some mineral qualities, and a hint of yeast. As I let it sit, I get a faint maple syrup sort of aroma. Faint cherry and grape juice concentrate fumes begin to creep out also.

T - Taste is a bit better than the Magic Hat Séance, but it is still pretty bland. Mild hop bitterness cuts off just before it steals the show, and gives way to crisp bready malts. Faint citrus, but nothing much. This is mainly a malt showcase here.

M - Feel is crisp and clean, with slight stickiness. Virtually no lingering aftertaste.

Overall, another fairly bland offering from Magic Hat. Better than the Magic Hat Séance, and I'm glad to have tried it, but it isn't a beer I would seek out again. Mediocre, but worth a shot.

Magic Hat Deveiled ---3/5.

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Photo of Jason
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Look: Deep chestnut hue, thin lacing

Smell: Toasted grain, faint cocoa powder, mildly figgy, faint hop spice

Taste: Big smoothness, ample carbonation, wet, bread crust, very mild hop flavor, balancing bitterness, watery burnt coffee note, drying finish

Not even sure what this beer is really going for, simply a malt forward Red Ale with not much else going for it ... drinkable but not noteworthy.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance 2.0: LOL! The bottle says, "amber ale," but this beer pours out a dark, blackish brown that looks more like a porter or a stout. Does not look anything remotely like amber. That would be a reddish-golden color. Oh, my. Anyway, head was ok but smallish, about 1/4". I just can't get past the "amber ale" thing. Sorry.

Smell 3.5: Nice bouquet. Deep smoked grains with a slight hint of hops. Again, this makes me think "porter" not "amber ale."

Taste 3.5: Front is missing. Just cool liquid. Middle is slightly tart and smoky with a very faint hop bite in the middle of the palate. Finish is also slightly smoky with a very light treacle sweetness and a pleasant alkaline hop to lighten the taste. Aftertaste is of medium length and focuses again on the smokiness. Well-balanced taste, but nothing like any amber ale I have ever had.

Mouthfeel 3.0: Carbonation level was OK, but off for an ale, amber or otherwise. This level of low carbonation would be fine in a porter, but not an ale.

Overall 3.25: I don't know what to think of this beer. "Deveiled" could mean "deviled" or perhaps the "veil" of perception being lifted (e.g. "de-veiled"). Well, if the latter were true, then the "veil" of an "amber ale" has been lifted to reveal a pretty good "porter" underneath. This is a weird beer, but certainly is not a bad beer. However, if you are expecting an amber ale, you will be sorely disappointed. Just strange.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very dark amber. Bordering on brown. Looks like cola. Thin off-white head. Not much retention. Some visible carbonation

Smells of dank earthy hops and burnt malts. Some caramel

Taste is of burnt roasty malts and caramel. Earthy hops become apparent about halfway through. Aftertaste is slightly chalky

Feels kinda thin and watery

Overall not what I would have expected from an amber. This is more like a watered down black IPA. Its decent but not a good representation of the style. Flavor is robust and fairly well-balanced. I guess it could be a black amber ale

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Photo of Omnium
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear brown, 1 finger of sudsy white head, no lacing.
S - Aroma is full of burnt grains, some faint spice and pepper, a little fig.
T - Taste picks up a little, but not a whole lot, some sweet fig, a little orange up front, then some burnt caramel malt, then fades to a smokey acrid burnt taste at the end. Finishes dry and floury.
M - Medium on feel, the aftertaste is a bit too bitter.
O - Somewhat complex, but not in any gratifying way. The burnt taste and aroma is a bit too much in this.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: November 14, 2013... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: Game of Thrones reading Thursday--chapters in the Vale... APPEARANCE: dark ruby red/black velvet body--another sinister-looking attempt from this mixpack; off-color lunar craters of head that holds thickness; laces well... AROMA: for Magic Hat, surprisingly straight-forward in its malty aroma; roasted toffee and some astringent chemical brine (the glass?)...PALATE: low to medium-bodied with little activity in the mouth; a bit creamy, but not lactic...TASTE: flattened maltiness with a lingering aftertaste; elusive hops make this a thin, drinkable profile; sessionable with a buttery finish...OVERALL: undoubtedly, this most straight-forward Magic hat I've had--nearly everything from these guys has an odd twist or turn to tis profile, but this delivers a true ESB approximation; a bit thin overall, but serviceable...

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very red with ok lacing. I like the color a lot.

Smell: Sour cherries. Too vinegary, but it's somehow refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts with refreshing sour raspberries but becomes way too sour in the finish. Mouthfeel is very crisp.

Overall: Excellent body and color, but the rest is just ok.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a coppery red with a thin half finger of off-white foam.

Caramel malt, earthy hops, light citrus notes.

Citrus and fruity character but subtle, with some light caramel malt sweetness.

Light-bodied, low-medium carbonation, lackluster.

Overall, another mediocre brew from a mediocre brewery.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a glass.
it has a dark reddish color body with a thin tan head. The sitell has a roasted malt aroma to it. The taste is malt forward with roasty taste. Also has a slight hop character to it. the mouthfeel is smooth and overall is a average red ale.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark color with a slight touch of dark red, yet still see-through. Small off-white head. Similar to Guinness but not as black.

Smell: Malty

Taste: Dark malty flavor with a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, easy to drink.

Overall: A similar beer to Guinness, but on a lower level. After a while, the taste catches on and it is enjoyable. I would buy again.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a "balloon" glass.
Deep amber in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Subtle, spicy malt
Taste-Toasted malt, muddled spiciness, soft hop note.
Overall, nothing to knock your socks off, just a decent, middle-of-the-road amber ale.

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Photo of curasowa
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, red-brown color with just a thin cap of tan head.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt with some cocoa and ripe fruit notes.

Taste: Roasted malt, prickly carbonation and some cloying sweetness upfront with some earthy bitterness in the middle. It gets kinda tart on the back end leading to a lingering roasted finish.

The Rest: A decent, medium bodied red ale. Although I will say I had no desire to have another when I finished this one.

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Photo of dcall384
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The color was not what I expected at all. Looked more like a brown ale than an amber ale. Smelled of malts and mild hops. Tasted of roasted malts, caramel, and very little hops. Reminded me more of a brown ale than an amber. The mouth feel was kinda thin. Overall, this beer was just ok and kind of confusing.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.46/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A dark mahogany with ruby tint, under a cream colored frothy top that takes time to recede. Light spots and lines of lacing.

Aroma: Slightly sweet, a dash of tart? Otherwise grounded in usual malts.

Taste: A spicy, woody, piny body.

Mouthfeel: Bright, medium bodied.

Overall: I dislike hoppy ambers, just a personal choice, so my score reflects that disappointment.

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Deveiled from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.3 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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