rajendra82 (1035) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This 22 oz. bomber was received, courtesy of beeradvocate mikeys01. Popping the cap revealed that ďThe Answer is Inside YouĒ. The body of the beer was pale golden in color with slight haziness. The head formed to an inch thick pretty well, but receded rapidly to a thin line of bubbles that left spotty lace. The aroma of the beer was very subdued, with mildly floral and grassy hops, and Ringwood yeast funkiness. The taste was dominated by a salty and buttery profile that was backed by caramel malt and lacked a substantial hop bitterness bite. The mouthfeel was medium to thin and slightly grating. All in all a middling IPA that is easy to drink, but lacks a lot of flavor.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet citrus nose. Fresh hops, a little alcohol, lightly butterscotch. Surprisingly fresh hop flavor - what variety is this? A little tingly. Nice malt/caramel tones. Finish is a bit too bitter.
DocLock (9675) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours slightly turbid dark straw with a medium, creamy white head, some floaties, and moderate lace. Aroma of hops, malt, fruit, pine, spice. Tastes hoppy, with some malt, fruit, and spice hints. Palate is medium, with a slightly dry finish. Not quite as balanced as I crave with IPAs, but very good nonetheless.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very very bitter IPA that is thrown out of balance because of it. Good for about a 6-8 oz try, but hard to go for more.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Raise the freak flag a little higher, Iím enjoying this IPA. A very nice session IPA with a lot of wheaty tasting malts. Fairly well-balanced but somewhat astringent.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden orange out of the bottle with a thin white head. Pine resin nose. Strong hop presence with lots of resin, pine, citrus rind, with a nice malt backbone to ride upon. Nice beer. Thanks slob. Send me another?
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First, let me say that I am not a big fan of Magic Hat beers...until now! This beer was really good. One of my major complaints with Magic Hat was that you never knew what you were getting in their beers by the descriptions on the labels or on their website. The label on this beer lets you know immediately that you are getting an IPA. That is a refreshing change from other Magic Hat beers which give you all kinds of cryptic messages which you are supposed to decipher in the beer store before you have even tried the beer. Thank goodness this beer didnít possess one of those cryptic labels, otherwise I wouldnít have purchased it. I also really liked the commercial description of this beer. It brought me back to the 60ís/70ís via a "beer flashback". Now for my sensory perceptions regarding this delicious nectar of the Gods. This beer poured with a good sized head which lasted and lasted, leaving adequate amounts of lacing on the glass. This lasted until the end of the beer (what a beautiful thing)! The smell was of citrus and hops. It was an absolutely beautiful aroma for a beer. The taste was hoppy as a hornet, with a long lasting bitter aftertaste which let me know that the hops meant business. I loved this beer and will not be such a Magic Hat snob in the future, providing that their labels clearly tell what kind of beer is inside. I would definately buy this delicious beverage againa and again and again!
Maximus55 (40) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Man this stuff is good and strong after a couple youll be seein stars, id reccomend it and i would get it again
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
08.10.04 22oz bomber found in the back of the singles cooler at Wakefield Liquors, RI. Stupid hotel lights are all flourescent so the beer looks green-ish gold. The head is big with big bubbles, the body is slightly hazed. Aromas smack of candied flowers, Pez, and other flowery/fruity aromatic things. There is a decent malty backbone, but this beers main purpose seems to be aroma. There is a grapefruit pith sharpness, but even that is sugar coated. Medium palate. Quaffable, but not exciting. I guess this beer is a year old, but it was in the cooler at the store...maybe it has lost some of its hoppy goodness.
notalush (5706) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
[draught] Anyone that has tried a number of Magic Hat beers is all too familiar with that "Magic Hat taste" - Iím not quite sure what it is (maybe itís hemp or some crap), but itís there, and sometimes it works, and other times it doesnít - well this beer tastes like nothing BUT that "Magic Hat taste" - I canít understand it, there are no other flavors detectable, besides a moderate amount of hops - it really is the damnedest thing.