hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2002
This beer rocks.
Although the brewer classifies this as an Irish Red Ale, I believe that it is one of the very best(and very malty)brown ales out there. If it looks like a nut brown, tastes like a nut brown and smells like a nut brown...it’s a freakin’ nut brown. Go buy a case if you can still find one. I hear they might be more or less replacing this beer with their Humble Patience. A shame. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Wow - very grainy, very toasty malt - the prominent feature of course, but also some perhaps german hops? Delicious, and about as spot on an Irish ale as is possible. Excellent. Could drink a thousand, but frugality insisted on the purchase of only one. ocduff (7) - USA - JAN 26, 2004 does not count
Glass. This is one of Magic Hat's better offerings, truly a great Irish Red style beer. Appearance is deep red, almost opaque. Mild hoppish aroma is indicative of the quality of flavors to come. Mouthfeel is milky at first, with a clean water finish. Consistent with Magic Hat offerings, this has their signature, though more subdued, fruit flavor. Also present are other non overbearing maltish flavors, all with a very slight roasty touch: caramel, coffee, tobacco, with a slight rasberry type flavor. Overall, this is a tasty beer that I've returned to, and will again!! LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
This Irsih ale could compete with any beer of its kind for Europe, but it is discontenued.The taste was so original the slite bitterness to it and the dryness that makes it a great Irish ale VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 13, 2001
Excellent ale. Caramel and chocolate malts with a nice roasted profile as well. Add into the mix some nice earthy hoppiness and subtle English yeasty fruitiness. Very good brew, cold or warmed a bit.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2002
In the honor of St. Pat’s day - which is quickly approaching - I thought I’d make this one my 500th (not only that, but it looked lonely in my fridge... and it just happened to be the 500th one that I put out of its misery). Turned out to be my favorite Magic Hat, as of today (haven’t had Ravell yet). Real nice candy-apple-red color with a creamy head that leaves behind some rather interesting lace patterns. Nose is sweet and spicy. Flavor is rich and toasted. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy to swallow. Zingy hops seem to complement the malts very well. Not my favorite style, but pretty good stuff. Now, just about 20,000 more to go... wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Bottle( then draught later at the brewery). Appearacne is ruby with an off-white head. The roastiness is quite evident in the aroma. In the flavor you can taste the caramel and a well balanced chocolate flavor. This is the best irish red ale I have ever had. I hear they are going to discontinue this beer--what a shame. Excellent beer for such an average and sometimes predictable style. Quevillon (3089) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 Bu d’une demi-galon, avec ma mère. C’est las seule bière qui me déçoit parce qu’elle n’est plus. Elle était plus savoureuse que Kilkenny.