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Magic Hat Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 09)



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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A Classic European pilsner given a new springtime spin with wild sour accents of organic agave and natural blue poppy seeds planting a sweet, nutty balance. Our Poppy Agave Pilsner is summoned by a strengthening sun from two-row Pilsner malt and Noble hops. It melts snow and thaws souls with 30 IBUs and an ABV of 5%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Shared by SamGamgee: Pours a transparent bright golden with a thin wispy white head. Aroma of lemongrass and poppies with some crisp saaz hops. Starts thin and fizzy with a unique bittering flavor and a touch of pale malt. Finishes drier and fairly bitter. A unique beer, but could use a little more body and sweetness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
freekyp (1776) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Pours a deep golden with a strong frothy white head. Carbonation is very active and the beer pours beautifully in a pils glass with rivulets of bubbles rising attractively from the bottom of the glass. Unfortunately this girl has little substance behind her looks. The aroma is plain and slightly nutty with no trace of poppy or agave. Flavor is slightly sweet with a nutty malt, then a heavy handed bittering hop smack on the finish. Finish is long and intensely bitter but with not enough malt character to back it up,.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (4887) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Not much aroma. Hoppy on the palate like a stronger APA or mild IPA. Has a decent smoothness about it. Looks like a pale lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours golden with a fomay white head. Lively carbonation. Aroma is of malt, spice, bread, and slight citrus. Taste is of malt, spice, yeast, and citrus. Has a very nice bitter breadiness to it. Sliightly sour. Mouthfeel is very light due to the carbonation. Goes down very easy. Very crisp and drinkable. Worth a try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAR 3, 2009
Taste 3/9 Bottle. Looks: Clear gold pils body. Aroma: Like a cross between a pilsner and a hefeweisen. Taste: A power pilsner. Clean, carbonated with a bit more spice, tingle and bitterness than normal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (5128) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours pale gold into a shaker. Bright white head recedes to coat surface. Slightly sour caramel aromas. Smooth and bitter throughout - but not a hoppy bitter - more of a strong bitter root flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
I didn’t know what to expect from this one. I’d never had a beer flavored with such strange ingredients. It was drinkable and smooth. Wasn’t as bad as I had feared looking at the label.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: APR 25, 2009 On tap at the Peekskill Brewery. Poursa clear light yellow with a small white head. Sweet aromas that remind me of the aloe drinks I get in Korean or Japanese grocery stores. Body is a little thin, but the carbonation fills it out a little. Crisp bitter finish with notes of toasted grains. Re-rate from a mini-growler purchased from Half-Time not realizing the Spring ’09 Odd notion was the poppy agave I’d had nearly two months ago. Looks about the same as the first time I had it, gently hazed but still clear golden yellow with a nice creamy white head. Aromas are a little burnt, but still on the sweet side. Flavor is a little metallic. Finishes with a bit of a grainy lager note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2961) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2009
12 oz. bottle. SIngle bottle rack at Sam’s, Downers Grove. Hey, I can rate a fresh Magic Hat. Pours a clear pilsner gold, thin scrap of foam atop. Smell is mostly light fruit. Taste has a lot of spices new even to spice beers. I presume that’s from poppy… —Poppiesssss! PAAAH-PIES will put them to sleep! SLEEEEEEP! Now they’ll sleep!— Oh, I just couldn’t resist. Dryness from brewing with nectar. A little tart, but not really sour as we know sour beers. Mouthfeel carbonation matches well with the flavor. Putting this spice combo against a pils was a good match. I like it; a nice harbinger of spring weather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Single bottle purchase from the Binny’s in Orland Park, IL: The agave hits the nose as soon as the bottle is uncapped. Once poured, the sweet grainy and bready malts emerge. It has a well rounded malty body, sweet and grainy, bready, with an herbal/vegetal bitterness that grows during the drink and lingers long in the finish. Nice pour, too - golden body with lively carbonation and a substantial head. Actually much better than I’d anticipated.

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