bigbish (552) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I am not really that impressed with this beer. Decent amber ale, OK flavor, nothing to write home about.
Chad9976 (1245) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on August 28, 2013. It came in a mix pack for $14.97 ($1.25 per bottle; $0.10 per ounce).
Appearance: Deep amber to brown chestnut hue. Clear. Forms an above-average size ivory, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Slightly toasted malts with classic English ale yeast character. A hint of smoke.
Taste: Iím not usually a big fan of the amber ale style, so itís nice to see a brewery try to take a different approach to it. Thatís what Magic Hat did with the oddly-named "deVEILed," as itís brewed with a little more character and stronger bitterness than most, but still uses and English ale yeast strain. Itís not amazing, but itís at least interesting.
The base palette might be described as a hybrid of a very light Scottish Ale and a traditional brown ale since it has the slight smokiness of the former, but the sweetness of the latter. More of a toasty/nutty malt character as the star of the show, though some residual confectionery notes of caramel and toffee linger in the background. Surprisingly bitter at the crest, though thatís likely due to the Magnum hops. Cascade impart a hint of pine needles and earthiness. Thereís a smoke-like flavor on the finish, complemented really well by the dry bitterness. Overall, itís a tasty, ambitious brew, but isnít likely to be a mind-blower unless youíre a big fan of the style.
Drinkability: At 5.2% ABV, Magic Hat deVEILed is surprisingly robust for a relatively light brew. Probably a tad too heavy to session, but certainly bigger in body than most others of a comparable weight. Itís also no challenge to drink whatsoever. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth, and calm. It does leave a smoky/dry residual bitterness, but it fades fairly quickly. A good beer to pair with a cheese platter.
WillRunForBeer (855) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish brown with a beige head that falls quickly. Aroma is caramel malt, not much else. Flavor is caramel, peat, with resin hop bitterness to balance. Carbonation a little strong. A decent amber, but not my favorite.
itcooltogofast (7) - - SEP 20, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red amber color ale
reddish ale in color Very Clear No hazeHead dissapates but stil there half way through.
A little bitter rated a 37 IBU.
itís like an ESB type of ale
Nice bit to the hops in this one.
Iíd buy it again
CharmCityCrab (156) - Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a huge fan of the genre, but pretty good for an amber ale. Not overly sweet or cloying. I think the Magic Hat house yeast, or whatever lends Magic Hat beers their common "house" flavor, works well with this style. The Saison in the fall mix pack as of the year of this review is much better, and I always like a HiPA (Not that itís that great, I just like IPAs), but this isnít one of those beers you feel like youíre just drinking to get the other beers. Itís a notch above that, even though I probably wouldnít buy it in a sixer without a deep discount. The label is pretty good- horror movie meets the Grateful Dead. I texted a religious relative a picture of it a while back and asked her jokely for her expert opinion on whether or not I needed to employ an exorcist before drinking it. ;)
garrison (789) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad amber, this one was included in the 2013 seasonal brew twelve pack by Magic Hat that I purchased at the Ferguson Road Krogers in Cincinnati, Ohio.
onceblind (4521) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark non-transparent nutty amber with a thin beige head. Nose is biscuity and toasty with a kiss of crystal malt, kinda like a vienna. Flavor is slightly overcarbonated with a mild body and little nuance. Lots of toasted english muffin mixed with a dash of earthiness and perhaps a bit of peat, balanced with non-bitter earthy grassy hops that donít really bring a lot of flavor. Very dry and too balanced and "middle" for itís own good.
MarkSachon (635) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from the Halloween sampler case. About on par with a Killianís Red which means sub standard. Couldnít find much to admire here.
Heromark (42) - - SEP 15, 2013
1.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. This is their amber. Not much aroma. Not a bad amber. Bit of a bitter finish.
Revere Stryker dog!
PorterPounder (5702) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Trade with Aurelius - thanks! Pours a dark copper with a thin but long lasting off-white head. Aroma has a hint of spruce and some floral notes. Flavor is smooth drinking with some nutty accents, a touch of citrus bitterness and some caramel sweetness. Thick enough mouthfeel. Good session material.