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Magic Hat Odd Notion - American Sour Ale (Winter 09)

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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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This American Sour Ale is brewed with 4 different malts and oak chips. The chips give it hints of vanilla, the malts a puckering sourness. This is the temptation of tart. Drink it down and let it steal your facebuds.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Nuffield (3740) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2010
This is just bad. To confuse this with proper sour ales, if it meant that you gave up on the style, would be a serious mistake. This takes like a brown ale or something fairly standard that had a terrible infection and went bad, with a vinegar sourness and unappealing mash of malt notes. Sweet/sour, but mostly just "gone off" sour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
zach8270 (3711) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2010
(bottle - 12 oz) Murky copper pour with a very thin layer of white foam. Almost no lacing or carbonation. Aroma isnít a sour ale. Aroma is dirty and muddy smelling. No Brett or sour funk at all. No sourness at all in the taste. Some cocoa, cherries, and something else that I just canít identify. Quinine? Very bitter and lingering although the flavor goes away and just leaves a dry bitter taste. Awful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HonkeyBra (3624) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Watery amber pour with little head, lots of visible carbonation. Very grainy aroma. Flavor has the slightest hint of sourness. Very watery with husk notes. Watery palate. I dunno, seems to be one of the lamest sours youíll ever try.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thegreenrooster (3399) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Pour is a brown with a average white head. Aroma is a bit earthy with some sourness. Flavor is a bit of chocolate with some cherry and a minor sour aftertaste. Nothing really sour and it seems the brewer was trying to gimick this up. Can you make an artifical sourness? If so thatís what i think happened and it did not work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Thanks to Andrew BMan for alerting this to me via a trade offer, I found a 12 pack box today in Dallas at Central Market with 3 of these in there enough for me to have one and a new sour tick which is cool. Honestly this wasnít great but it was far from shite. Pours brown with a tan ring. Nose is tart. Taste is sweet, slight funky interesting, not horrid and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. Pours brown with a decent off-white head. Faint nose with slight sour notes. The taste just strikes me as odd. Light on the tongue with strange sour notes. Finishes relatively clean though. In terms of sours, this isnít a good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Tap at Studio Square at their Fest during craft beer week: Very deep bronze-brownish pour with hardly any head. Some cranberry tart notes in the aroma- some apparent oxidation as well and a toasted barley note. Light body with an oxidized flavor. Some papery barley and a tart fruity note of cranberry with a toasted note on the back. Thereís also a hint of vanilla oak in there. A bit papery and one dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Hazy brown-red-orange, off white cover. Aroma is an ugly sweetness, metal. Taste is light tartness, cherry, sweet mostly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tgncc (2986) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Odd beer really. Definitely not in the comapny of the great sour beers out there. The aroma is salt, vinegar, mustard. The falvor follows exactly, and the finish is no different. This beer has a wierd quality of being the same all throughout. No complexity to this whatsoever. The appearance is a nice dark brown, with a tan head. Strange. Ok, but maybe these guys shouldnít try their hand at sours anymore.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alobar (2969) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Brown color with a white head. Aroma of lemon, fruit, and vanilla. Flavor is largely sour with some sweet vanilla undertones. Different for sure. Not a true sour ale.

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