Maverick34 (1912) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured ambery with some spiciness and hops. pretty average here.....
Niko100 (1680) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, some caramel, & hops; Flavor of slight roasted malt, spicy hops, some caramel, and citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, a solid brew.
bpreo (1329) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ah, Magic Hat, well they have some appeal, donít they? This is a Winter Ale. I guess Iím a little early. Letís have a sip anyways, shall we?
Hmmm, unfortunately, Iím not a fan.
deyholla (5403) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Poured a cloudy deep amber with an ruby hue and a slowly dissipating brown head. Aroma had a nice pine hop note with a sweet grain backing. The hops almost completely disappeared on the tongue with a sweet grain flavor and a bit of caramel.
unclemattie (3914) - Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Rust color, tan head. Aroma of cardboard box, earthy hops, and a light caramel malt. Flavor is of bitter cardboard. Hints of caramel malt. Finishes bitter with a touch of toasted grain.
Zak187 (4) - Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2010 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magic hat roxy rolle kis very close to a wheaT wine. Semi bitter, harsh, and a very hopsy after taste leaves the pallet full of flavor even after finishing the bottle. Great aroma, but lacking in a rich flavor. Not the best magic hat, but definatley a good seasonal beer.
jkwalking05 (3070) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of hops, cardboard, and malt. Taste is the same.
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Huh, I guess I always thought this beer was an IPA instead of an amber. Pours a nice dark orange color with a 2-finger white head. Aromas of citrus and floral hops; grapefruit rind and orange come to mind. Flavor is bitter and spicy hops, with citrus definitely present. Some malt is present to balance things out, but the main idea here is hops. Pretty good.
ewestern (254) - Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color, tan head with nice lacing. Hoppy aroma with maybe a hint of vanilla or caramel underneath. An otherwise bland beer covered with spices. Lemon peel, dash of honey. Almost medium bodied. Well carbonated. Instead of the hops balancing or complimenting the beer, the beer is hops.
Chad9976 (1025) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíd like to think Iím a beer connoisseur at this point, and while I may have high standards Iím definitely not that discriminating of a drinker that I can detect all the intricate details of a beer on taste alone. Magic Hat Roxy Rolles Amber Ale is a good example as this, since itís an absolutely delicious beer, although I think I may like it for a reason that is untrue.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
Roxy Rolles pours quite smoothly and forms a very thick, off-white, foamy head which dissipates extremely slowly and coats the entire glass in lacing. The body is a beautiful shade of medium red and amber. In fact, itís actually difficult to distinguish whether this beer is more of a red or orange color. Itís crystal clear and carbonation is definitely noticeable.
Special mention should be made to the aroma as it is quite possibly the best-smelling beer I have ever encountered. Roxy Rolles has a strong scent of flowers and fruit even when the glass is held at a distance. I attributed the floral notes to the hops, but the fruitiness alone is something I rarely notice in a beerís scent.
Iíve said it before and Iíll say it again Ė thereís just nothing quite as pleasing as taking the first swig of a beer and knowing it will be a 5-star brew on the first tasting. Roxy Rolles is the kind of beer that only Magic Hat could pull off. The bottle describes it as ďa hoppy amber aleĒ which I initially took to mean a strong Irish Red but this is much more reminiscent of an India Pale Ale.
Much like the aroma, the taste here is bursting with hops and a strong fruit component. It wasnít tart enough to be citrus and not tangy like cranberry, could it possibly be strawberry? Having scoured the internet and read other criticís reviews I noticed none mentioned strawberry as a taste component but I swear I can detect it here. Grapefruit is a very likely ingredient, as this beer has a strong, delicious, lip-smacking taste that is a joy to drink.
This is not a gimmicky beer, either, as its strong hoppy characteristics are quite notable. In fact, the beer has almost a slightly salty taste not unlike an IPA (and could be the only aspect of this beer that requires appreciation to enjoy).
Iíve yet to find a Magic Hat brew that is NOT drinker-friendly. Most of their beers tend to have a juicy quality to them and a soft mouthfeel. This is true of Roxy Rolles and it also finishes very smooth despite its hoppy component. Perhaps the best way to describe it would be an ďIPA LiteĒ.
Considering its light, fruity taste and its fairly light body at only 5.1% ABV Roxy Rolles is probably more of a summer than a winter brew and yet itís Magic Hatís winter ďseasonale.Ē After three bottles I felt perfectly content and not overwhelmed. I wish more winter beers were this light.
Iím still amazed at the high quality of Magic Hatís Roxy Rolles Amber Ale, especially considering itís intended to be a winter brew. Itís nice to have such a tasty, easy-to-drink, light-on-your system winter beer that anyone can enjoy.
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