cjl6 (57) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It sure takes you by surprise when you read IPA and no other information on the bottle, then pour out a slightly hazy dark brown liquid. As expected, citrus hops dominate the aroma, but only bitterness can shine through the thick haze of darker beer. Not my favorite, or even worthy of approval.
Butters (4033) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 Extremely piney citrus nose, almost like pinesol cleaner. Flavor has a citric bite, with underlying earthiness and hint of smoke. Dunno, maybe I was just in the mood for an ipa, but this was fantastic to me...
Tried it again. Aroma is even better than I remembered. good earthy grounding. This is probably the best magic hat beer I’ve had...
nathan30533 (1007) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Serve this one very chilled. Comes dark with a great forming head. Chocolate malt taste. Good overall.
Chimpotle (3) - Kansas, USA - FEB 26, 2011 does not count
1.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
First sip I took of this beer was out of a bottle, and I nearly spit. Drinking my second poured into a pint glass. Dark brown, almost black, in color. Would have been nice to know it was a black IPA. Roasty smell and taste, coffee-ish. Absolutely no hops on my tongue. Bitter coffee finish. Can’t finish the bottle.
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black opaque color. Not as roasty as i would have expected given the color. Medium bitterness. Not terribly complex.
LinusStick (3186) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Blah. A boring black IPA. Aroma was weak. Light roasted malt presence with a hint of coffee. Pour was a deep dark brown that was very still and a one finger off white head. Taste was very thin and weak. There is a strong coffee and roasted malt backbone that never really lets any hops come in. Tastes more like a porter until the hoppy bitter aftertaste grabs the tonsils. Too little too late. Nice cabonation.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a clear light ruby with a thin off-white head, coffee and pine in the aroma, starts and ends bitter with a roasted grain aftertaste, medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel.
HonkeyBra (4019) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a very dark brown, tan head. Oh crap. I didn’t realize this was a Black IPA. Smells like medium roast and burnt microwave extrabutter popcorn. Flavor of burnt popcorn. Ugh. Very little hop bitterness. Some burnt wood. Other wood too. It’s almost like chewing on a twig. Thinnish bodied. Blech. I’m really bummed out I have two more of these sitting in the fridge.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of dark malt, hops, pine, acetone, and chemicals. Poured dark brown in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of dark malt, hops, pine, acetone, and chemicals. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Dark malt, hop, pine, and acetone finish is dry.
Pailhead (6355) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of light chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, and a touch of pine. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a two finger beige head with decent retention that leaves nice webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with some light chocolate followed by some roasted nuts. The finish has some faint burnt coffee and the slightest hint of pine. The best way to describe this is a mediocre-below average porter or a very watered down Black IPA. Light bodied with a thin mouthfeel and mild carbonation. It pretty much lives up to my expectations for Magic Hat.