jefcon (1537) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just a general comment on this one -- it’s so light and smooth that it nearly gets away with its lack of substance. Truthfully, this beer is probably not as bad is its rating, but for folks looking for a nice bitter English ale, they will not find much in common with the Brit lines of the same style.
Aaron19 (6) - montville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2008 does not count
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very smooth with an interesting light color.... very refreshing ice cold. A nice pale ale that is almost too easily consumable.
Davin (48) - Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 This beer is an English pale ale but the hopping is spicy rather than earthy. Dry finish, clean taste. Not the best.
Ghett0Gary (23) - Belmar, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
light look to the pale ale upon the pour. little lacking in flavor and easy drinking. middle line beer not rushing to buy. better pale ale’s out there, more flavor/aroma etc.
bbqben1 (3) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2007 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite beer of all time... I work next door to this place, and I have tried them all. This one is by far the best beer in the line-up! I could take the tour everyday and drink free samples until they ask me to leave! Magic Hat is the best beer in VT. Enjoy!!
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12-oz bottle from SS ’07. Pours hazy orange with a small, rocky, off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (grain, meal), average hops (grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of paper and apple. Light bodied, slick texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish, kind of wet and spicy palate. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness; husky grain and tea flavor with raw hop leaf at the end.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: A deep amber hue with a frothy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of aromatic and grassy hops, biscuity malt, currant and plum, and English Breakfast tea. The taste is a tad fruity and back by layers of muddled bitterness. A flabby beer that does not do much and is even a tad medicinal. In your ambiguous world they gave us this ambiguous beer.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle, freebie following argo0’s holiday party. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a clear, orangish-amber color; off-white head with decent lacing. Overripe dark fruits and a stale biscuity note in the aroma; an earthy hop character coming through as well. I had a hard time getting through much of this: medium mouthfeel that pretty much follows the aroma: overripe fruit and pretty unpleasant earthy and biscuity notes; average levels of carbonation, with a dustiness and a bubble gum note coming through mid-palate. A very strange beer, with an impressively inane commercial deScription. Medium, doughy and earthy malt finish; a slight English hop presence.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an a clear amber colour with a small creamy white head. Nose of of toasted malts and grain. Initial taste of toasted malts with mild red fruits. Finishing with a rhine bitter bitter hops. Palate duration is average. Good lacing of the glass and minor head retention. Light-Medium body.
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a frost-hazed, vermillion/bronze body with a head that can simply be described as "lacking". I find a low berry-fruitiness to the Ovaltine malt aroma... which is quite pleasant as a package. Minor hop notes strike the palate first then dissipate quickly to the flavor of fresh baked bread and a cup of tea. A little more fruitiness shows through here as well (is it just me?) Mid bodied, a little sugary with a tingly mouthfeel.
Fat Angel’s label has a line that reads, "a paler shade of ale". At first it struck me as a simple pun, then it seemed self-deprecating. After sampIing several bottles, I take it to mean that this beer is suitable to all palates... not just to those which have grown accustomed to the harsher profiles normally associated with India and American Pale Ales.
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