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.
Pistil, Magic Hat Brewing Company
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.
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.
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.