glaze0101 (79) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got to try this great little organic at River Valley Food Co-op. Wonderful beer. Really enjoyed it. Drinkable and hoppy.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz brown bottle from Hannaford in Gardiner (of all places). Translucent amber-red body with a thin film of light tan head. Caramel malt dominates the aroma with a hint of fruitiness. Roasty caramel malt comprises most of the flavor with just the slightest hint of hops at the very end. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Relatively drinkable. A pretty tasty solid ale.
DocLock (8532) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Caponeís. This one is better than the ratings would indicate, and quite frankly the blanket hatred of Magic Hat rather pisses me off. At any rate, the pour is deep copper with a 1-finger khaki head. I have no fame of reference for what a common ale should look like, but this one looks good to me. The aroma is caramel malt, wet crisp hops, citrus, and some brown sugar. The taste is wet hoppy, citric, with a good balance of caramel malt. The palate is medium heft, with a smoth finish, staying in balance until culmination. This common ale is uncommonly good.
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a nice one in my book...Iím not quite sure why thereís not much love for this one...or for Magic Hat, for that matter.
Appearance: Cloudy bronze, a thin head that dissipates fairly soon. Probably its weakest link in my book.
Nose: For me, a classic/generic "Beer Festival Aroma". Malt leads into grassy hops, the smell of springtime. A bit of stale hay and grape leaves are lurking in there as well.
Taste: A slight acidic bite fades into a mild floral/grass bouquet, with a sweet-tart finish (is that a citrus tang at the end?)
Palate: "Slinky" -- smooth, tart, and a bit of a bubbly snap.
Overall: A great everyday brew, one Iíd class as a strongish (5%) Lawnmower Brew. Nothing spectacular, but likewise nothing offensive, either. Plus, itís organic! Iím hoping to see more and a wider variety of organic offerings in the near future. Iím tired of worrying about GM corn sugars in my beer.
Sammy (9570) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Vermont brewpub. Floral hoppy. Light orange with big soapy head. Creamy, above average mouthfeel. Good bitterness without the high IBU.Drinkable.
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in NYC.
Glowing dark gold. Soft, fruity, well balanced beer. Sweet and sour cherries, fine dryness.
canary dog (697) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean and crisp. Nice maltiness, but not cloying. Flavorful and well made, with no oxidized aftertaste. With the possible exception of Sammy Smith Organic Ale, which is sometimes too diacetylic, this is the best organic beer I have tasted.
nuplastikk (5072) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Bronze colored and filtered/fined. Pretty interesting beer. Crisp smooth hoppy flavor throughout, with a nice mellow malt profile as well. Certainly similar to other Magic Hat beers. This is a great session beer. Relatively straightforward stuff.
Slipstream (2229) - USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Nice amber color and a fast fading head. The bottle has an abstract dot on it. Mellow aroma that is floral with a little earthy yeast. This is a mildly sweet ale that is not forceful, but is mild and well balanced with some light, perky hops. A tasty organic brew.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold with a white head. Smells fruity with some toasted malt hints. Tastes breaddy and sweet with a crisp finish.