kenk99 (168) - Leonia, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 2, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicely balanced english-style IPA. Nice aroma and mellow mouthfeel with a definite Ringwood fruitiness and English hop bite. Love this brew.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 3, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Its just amazing how much variety there is within the IPA style. There are your insanely bitter, crips IPAs (Speakeasy Big Daddy), your full-bodied, big-flavored IPAs (Lagunitas, Celebration Ale, Hop Devil) and then this kind of IPA: mellow, perfectly balanced, and sweet. Orange-flavored malt dominate this brew to start, but by the finish all you can think about is the extremely bitter hop finish. You can also tell this beer is dry-hoppedfrom the spectacular aroma. I would call this more of a buffed-up ESB than an IPA, personally. Truly fantastic, folks.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very well done IPA, looked good in the glass, excellent aroma, and well balanced with solid malt and hop flavors.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2001
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of Magic Hatís best brews year-round brews (Bobís First Ale being the other). Malt nose with nice hop accents in the finish.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Amber-beige colour. Light woody hop notes in the aroma with a whole grain bread background. Moderate bitterness. Quite woody. Slightly watery texture. Ok, but thatís it.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2000
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I think my favorite of all Magic hatís beers, Great nose, malt with a bit of the hop flowers hiding underneath. The finish is a big hop spicy bite that is quite interesting. Above average like ability.