RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich and robust amber ale. Hiding just beyond its malty core is a crisp, clean, hoppy aura that will open your eyes to the other side.

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dwyerpg (6413) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Color is more brown than red, the aroma has some sweet toffee. This is a pretty good amber. Not very heavy, but the right balance of sweetness, caramel and some hops. Overall, I quite like this, especially for the style.

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itcooltogofast (7) - - SEP 20, 2013 does not count
Hoppy ale. 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

4
kidobutai (698) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Nice brown color, small head. Great aroma, malty and chocolate. Same taste, slightly tart, delicious.

3.6
puboflyons (3498) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 3, 2013
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It pours mahogany amber with a fluffy off-white head and busy carbonation roaring up the center of the glass. The aroma is similar to a nut brown with its caramel maltiness and nuttiness. It is also a tad soapy and sweet. The body is creamy and medium. The taste is nice and sweet with a full does of caramel malts and a modest hopped finish that coats the back of my throat.

3.6
RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 9, 2013
In a chilled mug. Poured a deep, dark amber - pretty much brown unless you hold it up to the light. Head small, light tan. Aroma is malts and alcohol. Nice malts at the front, with a moderate hop finish. Nothing profound, but nice stuff!

3.6
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).

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.


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