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



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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12818) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2009
(12oz bottle, thanks SamGamgee) Crystal clear apple juice body topped by medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy, some herbal/grass. Taste is medium sweet, grass/herbal, some bread, spice. Light-medium body, some crispness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Odd Notion Agave Poppy Seed Pilsner Style; glass: Pilsner; Footed Pilsener 12 fl oz x 5% ABV = 60 / 60 = 1 beers * 150 C = 150 calories (est.) Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.25 Aroma: hay, manure, dust, corn, light, flowery Visuals: quirky, fun packaging, like a science experiment, brilliant bronze body, very clear, wispy off white head, little lace. Taste: starts with tobacco, leather, surprising, probably great for pairing with salads or roasted veggies, middle is bitter and slightly acetic, wow, a strange taste. Peanuts or sunflower seeds would be delicious with this. Palate: starts with bitterness and sourness, middle is leathery and dusty, finish is long and mostly a twisting lemony rind bitterness. Overall: surprising flavors, and can’t wait to try to pair with something. A strong series of layered flavors, and would balance sweetness nicely.

   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 (1832) - 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 (5086) - 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 (962) - 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 (5280) - 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 (9100) - 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.

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