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Archive for June, 2012

Beer #25 – Magic Hat Elder Betty

Elder Betty, Magic Hat Brewing CompanyVermont, United States of A
Hefeweizen,  5.5%ABV

Aroma: Hints of lemon, grapefruit and banana.  Nice fruity aroma but not too intense.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold, very small white head (could’ve been a glassware issue).

Flavor: Fruity up front, banana with a fairly strong wheat and tart/hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, nice carbonation.

Overall: Nice aroma, fairly tart and bitter flavors for a wheat beer, which was somewhat unexpected.  Not sure I really dig this as a summer style.  The flavor is just a little hard to get used to and too intense for a summer beer.


Beer #24 – Magic Hat Pistil

Pistil, Magic Hat Brewing CompanyVermont, United States of A
Herbed/Spiced Beer,  4.50 %ABV

Aroma: Grassy, fruity and lemony, sweet on the back.

Appearance: Light, clear golden, small head of white foam.

Flavor: Nice light hops up front, hint of sweetness and malts and a grassy finish.  Not as much fruity taste as the nose would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly light, carbonation isn’t low, but not too intense.  Feels very airy.

Overall: Definitely a summer session beer, but I think it lacks a little in flavor.  I could drink a bunch on a hot day but my palette would probably prefer something else with a little more profile.  For the ABV, not a bad effort.


Beer #23 – Magic Hat #9

So yeah, long hiatus due to moving, travel, and dissertation research.  But I’m back and I’ve got a summer sampler of Magic Hat so I’m diving in and the next few reviews will be from that pack.  I assume most East Coast crafties have had #9 before, but since I’m trying to document everything and I haven’t reviewed this yet, here it goes.  Plus, the Artifactory is like the Willy Wonka version of a brewery, so you owe it to yourself to visit.

#9, Magic Hat Brewing CompanyVermont, United States of A
Fruit Beer,  5.10% ABV

Aroma: Strong presence of fruit, apricot, hint of lemon.

Appearance: Pours clear gold with a wonderfully large head of white foam.  Excellent lacing.

Flavor: Apricot up front, followed by a nice citrus hop flavor, and then a slightly sweet and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, nice carbonation, smooth but not slick.

Overall: It bills itself as a “not quite pale ale” but the beer world classifies it as a fruit beer with the pale ale as the underlying trait.  For that style, I think it’s a pretty solid example.  The fruit might be too aggressive for some seeking more hops and pale ale traits, but to me the profile fits Magic Hat’s billing.  At 5.1% it’s a solid summer session beer.