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Patrick Beeson's Beer review: Two from Magic Hat

Rose Kennedy welcomes budding home brewer and beer aficionado extraordinaire Patrick Beeson as a guest blogger on Fearless Foodie, and hopes to make it a regular occurrence: 

Magic Hat Odd Notion Ale (Summer 2009) Reviewed

The Odd Notion Summer 2009 release from Magic Hat is a refreshing Belgian Blonde that blends low bitterness with sweet, candy-like qualities and a session(ish) ABV of 5.9 percent.

When poured aggressively into a pint glass, the Odd Notion produced little head and distinct citrus aroma. The first taste backed this up with wheat, grass and a toasted flavor.

Summer is definitely upon us here in Knoxville, and this beer is an appropriate addition to the season. I prefer session, or lighter ABV, beers this time of year and the Odd Notion straddles the line well.

I appreciated the both the dry finish and sweet bursts when drinking this beer. Having more than one could get a little too sweet, but this beer makes for a great "lawnmower" status that is unlike other summer ales on the shelf.

Beer data
  • Seasonal (summer)
  • Belgian Blonde
  • 12 ounce
  • ABV: 5.9
  • Serving glass: Pint

Magic Hat Roxy Rolles Reviewed

This winter seasonal release from the quirky Magic Hat Brewing Company packs a sweet caramelized malt with spices that are perfect for cooler days. The Simcoe and Brewers Gold hops build a bitterness that blends well with the slightly medicinal quality of the spice to produce a sharp, clean finish.

Roxy Rolles displayed little head when poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. And as one might expect from an amber ale, the color was a rich ruby, almost brown, shade.

An agitated pour produced a good aroma of the spices with notes of toasted barley. A cherry aroma was also present.

Not being a fan of amber ales, I didn't find the Roxy immediately appealing. But this could have been a result of drinking it out of season since it is summer here in Knoxville.

The cherry and medicinal flavors were a turn-off however.

I was surprised to find that Magic Hat used the distinctive Simcoe hops for this beer. These hops normal impart a distinctive citrus quality that was absent here.

My opinion aside, fans of spicy winter ales should give this beer a try.

Beer data

  • Seasonal (winter)
  • Amber Ale
  • 12 ounce
  • ABV: 5.1
  • Serving glass: Pint

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Rose Kennedy covers the Knoxville foodie scene with small discoveries, new openings, rumors, and tastings.