theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light amber, clear, huge light brown head. Looks very nice. Aroma is citrus and spice, a slight sour note that is displeasing. Malty flavor, some hop presence but seems to be lacking bitterness. Feels thin, lifeless. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this beer just rubs me the wrong way.
emacgee (3506) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber brew with a generous tan head. Has a spicy hop aroma with a sweet malty smell. Solid taste, well balanced. Both hop and malt poking through the palate.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sampled at the Newtown Beerfest with Beerded_one and the Mad Indian. Pours bronze with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, spices and hops. The flavor was spices, citrus, piney hops, and chemical. Thin body. ok brew.
DocLock (6826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 2006 Feast of Fools Variety Case. Deep ruby coppery pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of nice fruity citrusy hops, including tangerine, honeydew, grapefruit, and berry. Tastes hoppy, peppery, and fruity. Piney mid-palate, with good balance and above average complexity. I’m glad there are 6 of these in this case! Mix one Troeg’s Nugget Nectar, one Troeg’s Hopback Amber, and a Dreadnaught, and you’ll have this beer.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice-looking ruby-dark coppery colored body - frothy, small-bubbled head. Strong, bitter hops in the aroma complemented with a honeyed sweetness and some pleasant, soft malts. The flavor is surprisingly bitter and not nearly as sweet as I expected from the aroma. Pretty well-balanced, with a bready quality blended with the bitter hops. Chewy mouthfeel. A little bit thin on the flavor in the end, but not bad.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear reddish copper color with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of bright citrus and floral hops. Big hoppy flavor of citrus zest and tea, with a little bit of berry sourness. Finish of hop bitterness, not of the bubblegum variety like in the HIPA, but more woody/sappy. Bitter hop oil lingers on the aftertaste. Too thin and fizzy in the palate. Had initial high hopes upon the first sniff and sip. Could this be the first Magic Hat beer that I really, really like and would buy regularly??? Not quite, only because there was just not enough of a body and balance to warrant all the hoppy fuss. Send this one to the gym and it could be spectacular.
notalush (4208) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I find it hard to believe that I’m only the second ratebeerian to have this - oh well - quite a nice amber ale here - quite a dry, woody aroma, with some very earthy, fresh hops in the mix (I think I smell simcoe as the most prominent) - quite a dry, hoppy flavor, with some slight biscuit/gingerbread and mild spiciness - not quite enough malt to balance the dryness and hop bitterness, but this is still pretty tasty, and nearly devoid of that "magic hat taste," which is a plus for me - worth picking up a six pack of.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Poured a reddish dark amber in color with a thin white head that faded to a tight rim at the edge of the glass. Aroma is definitely as advertised... full of spicy hops. Not much in the way of maltiness in the aroma, but it is really nice anyway. Flavor is also quite hoppy and nicely bitter. Although new, this is one that I will keep an eye out for in the future. An excellent introduction for a classy brewer. Bravo!