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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
A rich and robust amber ale. Hiding just beyond its malty core is a crisp, clean, hoppy aura that will open your eyes to the other side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5542) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Color is more brown than red, the aroma has some sweet toffee. This is a pretty good amber. Not very heavy, but the right balance of sweetness, caramel and some hops. Overall, I quite like this, especially for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
itcooltogofast (7) - - SEP 20, 2013 does not count
Hoppy ale. 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (629) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Nice brown color, small head. Great aroma, malty and chocolate. Same taste, slightly tart, delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (3061) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 3, 2013
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It pours mahogany amber with a fluffy off-white head and busy carbonation roaring up the center of the glass. The aroma is similar to a nut brown with its caramel maltiness and nuttiness. It is also a tad soapy and sweet. The body is creamy and medium. The taste is nice and sweet with a full does of caramel malts and a modest hopped finish that coats the back of my throat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 9, 2013
In a chilled mug. Poured a deep, dark amber - pretty much brown unless you hold it up to the light. Head small, light tan. Aroma is malts and alcohol. Nice malts at the front, with a moderate hop finish. Nothing profound, but nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HelloSummy (3) - - AUG 30, 2013 does not count
As much as I hate being drawn in by the label alone, I was. Unfortunately, quirky labels donít always mean quality beer. I feel like this one was maybe not Magic Hatís finest release. Lovely color, a little brown on the nose, lovely aroma, but the taste seems lacking that íwowí factor. Darker than anticipated when poured. Little citrus with the hop. The roasted flavors are palatable. Wee bit of caramel in there. Overall, itís a decent beer, but nothing special. Drinkable but not excitable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5677) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Aroma is malts, mild dark fruit and earthy and sweet notes. The flavor is malts, citrus, fruit, a small hint of hop resin and a mild/medium bitter/dryish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkSachon (904) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dacrza (835) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2013
DATE TASTED: November 14, 2013... GLASSWARE: Howardís Pub pint... OCCASION: Game of Thrones reading Thursday--chapters in the Vale... APPEARANCE: dark ruby red/black velvet body--another sinister-looking attempt from this mixpack; off-color lunar craters of head that holds thickness; laces well... AROMA: for Magic Hat, surprisingly straight-forward in its malty aroma; roasted toffee and some astringent chemical brine (the glass?)...PALATE: low to medium-bodied with little activity in the mouth; a bit creamy, but not lactic...TASTE: flattened maltiness with a lingering aftertaste; elusive hops make this a thin, drinkable profile; sessionable with a buttery finish...OVERALL: undoubtedly, this most straight-forward Magic hat Iíve had--nearly everything from these guys has an odd twist or turn to tis profile, but this delivers a true ESB approximation; a bit thin overall, but serviceable...

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