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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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Draft @ BT. Brown pour with slight tan head. Light carbonation. Where’s the sour? Some grain and fruit flavor including cherry and berry flavors, but its a mess. Atleast they tried a sour?

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
zach8270 (3520) - 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 isn’t 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 can’t identify. Quinine? Very bitter and lingering although the flavor goes away and just leaves a dry bitter taste. Awful.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HonkeyBra (3496) - 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 you’ll ever try.

3.2
   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 wasn’t 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.

2.6
   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 isn’t a good one.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thegreenrooster (3269) - 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 that’s what i think happened and it did not work.

2.9
   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. There’s also a hint of vanilla oak in there. A bit papery and one dimensional.

3.2
   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.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
LinusStick (2879) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Blah. Awful beer. Aroma was very medicinal. Sour cherry and yeast. Pour was a flat non bubbly brown with no head. Taste, again, very medicinal and weak. Cough syrup without the consistency and no aftertaste. Little carbonation. They really messed this beer up.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a nice looking murky brown with light tan head. Aroma has a light tartness ith subtle hints of oak and slight funk, not bad. Flavor has a light tartness, faint oak, a little funk, faint vanilla. Mouth feel is light-medium body, watery, lively carbonation. Overall, an easy drinker. Not bad.


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