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Magic Hat Odd Notion - Summer Draft (Summer 08)

Magic Hat Odd Notion - Summer Draft (Summer 08)
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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 2.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A tartfully zesty take on its long forgotten original namesake, it’s a deeply acidic medium bodied beverage with a rich malt taste and a slight hint of hops. At the center of every sip lies its secret: refreshingly cool notes of grapefruit derived from both whole fruit and freshly zested rind added to the boil. The result is a deliciously puckered beverage of sublimely sourful appeal guaranteed to provide instantaneous relief from summer heat waves of every kind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2012
From very old notes. Lightly sweet and lightly sour. The best beer I’ve had from Magic Hat...which isn’t saying very much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2009
on tap-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt, some fruit. Taste is medium malt, fruit-slightly sour/tart, hint of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head. Aroma was yeasty with pale malts, light honey and slight citrus. Flavor was lightly sweet with wheat, clove, yeast and has a hint of banana.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2010 I am not a sour fan but I liked this one better than most. Had some on tap at the Magic Hat brewery. Fruity, zesty nose. Flavor is sour with slight malt notes. Very crisp. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2009
(draft, as American Sour Ale) Creamy medium beige head atop lightly hazed amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, butterscotch, some cherry/sour. Taste is moderately sweet, sour cherry, butterscotch, light floral. Light-medium body, light acidity. Almost as if they got an infected batch and decided to market it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2009
On tap at the Beechtree. Was listed as “Magic Hat Farm House Sour Ale”. ‘Farm house sour ale’ got me all excited, but I had to reign myself in since it was preceded by the words “magic hat”. Seems my restraint was a good thing, as this turned out to be less than stellar. Pours a clear yellow with a medium white head that fades quickly. No real funk, but there is almost a hint of hay and maybe some citrus. Medium bodied and with a flavor of grain that comes through. Barely sour, though there is a lot of lively sharp carbonation. Finishes with a light tart citric acid flavor with some lemony flavors. Tartness is not so much sour as it is reminiscent of a granny smith apple, but without the sweetness. Bit of a grain aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle: poured a light golden brown color with a quickly disipating white head. Scents of wheat and citrus. Just a beer you can have on a hot summer day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draft. Pours a light golden body. Lightly sour cherry, grapefruit flavor, a vinous note and then malty sweetness. eh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lubiere (12958) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
A lightly hazed blonde ale with a thin white head. Light lactic aroma with not much character, Rather bland and lifeless ale, with a bit of cherries. Not impressed. On tap at Vermont Brewers Fest 2008, July 19, 2008.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2008
Objectively speaking: A surprisingly poor offering staying miles away from their anti oxidant.
I like: Refreshing in its simplicity as well as taste.
I dislike: Is there wheat at all in there, it seems like it would fit. Really limited sourness though there’s a fair balsamic character. I don’t get much grapefruit at all, slightly citric, perhaps, but seems more geared towards berries. Too sweet to be all that pleasant.

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