jtclockwork (17353) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle shared at John’s. Pours dark amber with off white head. Nose and taste of malt, burnt caramel and toffee. Some slightly burnt toast. Lighter medium body. dmac (6497) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2013
12oz bottle shared by jtclockmaker at jcwatts. Poured a thiner bodied chestnut brown with a smaller dark beige foamy head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, some bread and a touch of acididty for some reason. Lighter bodied with fizzy carbonation. Flavor of chocoalte, roast, grains and fruit skins along with some toast and a hint of cola. Not bad but nothing to search out. bigbish (722) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
I am not really that impressed with this beer. Decent amber ale, OK flavor, nothing to write home about. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on August 28, 2013. It came in a mix pack for $14.97 ($1.25 per bottle; $0.10 per ounce). WillRunForBeer (2782) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Appearance: Deep amber to brown chestnut hue. Clear. Forms an above-average size ivory, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Slightly toasted malts with classic English ale yeast character. A hint of smoke.
Taste: I’m not usually a big fan of the amber ale style, so it’s nice to see a brewery try to take a different approach to it. That’s what Magic Hat did with the oddly-named "deVEILed," as it’s brewed with a little more character and stronger bitterness than most, but still uses and English ale yeast strain. It’s not amazing, but it’s at least interesting.
The base palette might be described as a hybrid of a very light Scottish Ale and a traditional brown ale since it has the slight smokiness of the former, but the sweetness of the latter. More of a toasty/nutty malt character as the star of the show, though some residual confectionery notes of caramel and toffee linger in the background. Surprisingly bitter at the crest, though that’s likely due to the Magnum hops. Cascade impart a hint of pine needles and earthiness. There’s a smoke-like flavor on the finish, complemented really well by the dry bitterness. Overall, it’s a tasty, ambitious brew, but isn’t likely to be a mind-blower unless you’re a big fan of the style.
Drinkability: At 5.2% ABV, Magic Hat deVEILed is surprisingly robust for a relatively light brew. Probably a tad too heavy to session, but certainly bigger in body than most others of a comparable weight. It’s also no challenge to drink whatsoever. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth, and calm. It does leave a smoky/dry residual bitterness, but it fades fairly quickly. A good beer to pair with a cheese platter.
Pours reddish brown with a beige head that falls quickly. Aroma is caramel malt, not much else. Flavor is caramel, peat, with resin hop bitterness to balance. Carbonation a little strong. A decent amber, but not my favorite.
itcooltogofast (7) - - SEP 20, 2013 does not count
Hoppy ale. CharmCityCrab (249) - Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Red amber color ale
reddish ale in color Very Clear No hazeHead dissapates but stil there half way through.
A little bitter rated a 37 IBU.
it’s like an ESB type of ale
Nice bit to the hops in this one.
I’d buy it again
Not a huge fan of the genre, but pretty good for an amber ale. Not overly sweet or cloying. I think the Magic Hat house yeast, or whatever lends Magic Hat beers their common "house" flavor, works well with this style. The Saison in the fall mix pack as of the year of this review is much better, and I always like a HiPA (Not that it’s that great, I just like IPAs), but this isn’t one of those beers you feel like you’re just drinking to get the other beers. It’s a notch above that, even though I probably wouldn’t buy it in a sixer without a deep discount. The label is pretty good- horror movie meets the Grateful Dead. I texted a religious relative a picture of it a while back and asked her jokely for her expert opinion on whether or not I needed to employ an exorcist before drinking it. ;) garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Not a bad amber, this one was included in the 2013 seasonal brew twelve pack by Magic Hat that I purchased at the Ferguson Road Krogers in Cincinnati, Ohio. onceblind (10692) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Dark non-transparent nutty amber with a thin beige head. Nose is biscuity and toasty with a kiss of crystal malt, kinda like a vienna. Flavor is slightly overcarbonated with a mild body and little nuance. Lots of toasted english muffin mixed with a dash of earthiness and perhaps a bit of peat, balanced with non-bitter earthy grassy hops that don’t really bring a lot of flavor. Very dry and too balanced and "middle" for it’s own good. MarkSachon (1056) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2013
12 oz bottle from the Halloween sampler case. About on par with a Killian’s Red which means sub standard. Couldn’t find much to admire here.