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New Beer Blog Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream (2015)


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In this fall beer blog, we are going to revisit a fall beer, which is Wilhelm Scream, from Magic Hat Brewery.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this East Coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know Magic Hat Brewery.  Let us get into this pumpkin ale.

It has a slight cloudy amber color with a white constant head. The smell has a fresh pumpkin pie notes. The taste has a nice balance cinnamon notes with a heavy slightly dry nutmeg aftertaste. It is not overly sweet like most pumpkin ales. It is really balance. It is pretty drinkable beer

Here is a description from their website (www.magichat.net):

Wilhelm Scream

The Call for Fall

The distant drums of change are thumping, signaling the coming of chilling frosts, falling leaves and ghoulish screams. In a patch ripe with orange glow, Wilhelm Scream awakens and unleashes his season-stirring call for fall. His revelers listen for his echo across the ripened dancing days and prepare their seasonal celebration of harvest and ale.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website;  www.magichat.net

Twitter:  @magichat

Ending, I am a fan of Magic Hat and I do not care if they are not independent anymore.  It should not matter anyways.  If they make good beer, you should be drinking it.  I get the whole local thing.  Let us face it.  It does not mean that they make good beer.  I know there are some really good craft breweries in the State of Michigan.  I do not need to list them because you know who I am talking about.  This beer smells like a pumpkin pie and it is not in your face like most pumpkin ales on the market.  There is a nice balance.  I love this beer and I cannot make up my mind between Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale and this beer.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Magic Hat Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into a new brew from Magic Hat Brewery.  It is their Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this East Coast Craft Brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know Magic Hat Craft Brewery.  Let us get into this IPA.

It has a clear golden color with a semi constant white head. The aroma has a citrus to grapefruit notes but it is really faded. The taste of this light body IPA has a nice sweet citrus notes to light grapefruit hoppy notes that is light on the tongue. It is not overly bitter. The aftertaste has a nice juicy citrus finish. This is a very and extremely drinkable IPA.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold.  Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits.  Cheers!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.magichat.net

Twitter:  @magichat

Closing, This is a huge trend in the craft beer world.  I am talking about the heavy Grapefruit IPA’s.  Since living in Michigan, there is a Michigan craft brewery, who is Perrin Brewery, that made one if the first Grapefruit IPA.  I say and describe it as a Shandy IPA.  It is a really good beer.  This one is a different animal in a good way of course.  One, there a is a bigger punch in the alcohol stand period.  Perrin Grapefruit IPA is about 4.3% to 4.5%.  Electric Peer Grapefruit IPA has a 6%.  Perrin has a heavy grapefruit notes.  Magic Hat gives the Grapefruit lovers the love but not in your face. It gives people on the fence enough to make them happy.  Magic Hat Electric Peel will be in draft and package.  Unlike Perrin Grapefruit IPA, it is draft only.  There is many craft beer drinkers in Michigan and around the country that want it in package too.  Let us talk more about Electric Peel then comparing it to Perrin’s brew.  It has a light body and drinkable beer. It is perfect for any season. There is some nice hop and bitter notes that do not take over the brew.  This will be my lawn work beer in summer. This is a great beer. This beer is not released yet but I would start looking for it.  Thanks for the share, Magic Hat Brewery! I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Magic Hat Single Chair Golden Ale (2015)


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the new spring seasonal from Magic Hat Brewery.  It is called Single Chair Golden Ale.  Magic Hat is switching it up and pushing the craft beer drinkers.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know about this east coast craft brewery.   If you have not, please, read them to get to know about this craft brewery.  Let us get into this golden ale.

It has a clear golden color without a head on this ale. The aroma has a sweet malty and slight floral notes. The taste of this light body ale has a refreshing light sweet malty with a dry crisp aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious mèlange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits.  Cheers!

Here is a description from their website (www.magichat.net):

Single Chair

Celebrating the Independent Spirit of Mad River

Single Chair Ale takes its name from a truly unique piece of American history: the Single Chair lift at Mad River, one of only two in the country. We share a similar vision with this mountain: To be part of a community, and to be as dedicated to the enjoyment of brewing as Mad River is to the sport of skiing. As winter’s cover melts to reveal spring’s hidden life, take a ride to the top on the Single Chair and celebrate your independent spirit.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.magichat.net

Twitter:  @magichat

Closing, I am not a huge golden ale fan but this is a great product. I can see huge part of the craft beer world enjoying this brew.  It is not for me.  They put some thought in this brew.  They kept it simple and to the point.  It is extremely drinkable beer.  This is a perfect beer to going skiing with or just start spring cleaning in and outside the house.  I believe this could have been a good summer seasonal. There is some nice flavors but keeping it true to the classic beer style.  I love the story behind the name of the beer.  The last ski resort that has a single chair on the mountain side in their state.  I highly highly recommend this beer.  I believe this beer will have people retry Magic Hat’s beers.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Magic Hat Snow Roller Hoppy Brown Ale (2014)


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In this winter beer blog, we are going to sample the new winter seasonal from Magic Hat Brewery.  It is called Snow Roller Hoppy Brown Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into this brown ale.

It has a clear brown color with a nice white head on this brown ale. The aroma has a fated nutty notes. The taste has a nutty notes with a hoppy malty dry finish for the aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable winter ale.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavored beer is a performance to behold.  Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry humble patience, and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits.  Cheers!

Here is a description from their website (www.magichat.net):

Winter calls for walls of white and the Snow Roller begins his work. Riding in on wicked winds, he dusts the naked trees and covers the brown barren fields that gasp a bitter breath at the touch of snow. No place is left free of flurry by his icy surf, save for those gathered together in good spirits. Bundle up and let the Snow Roller take your soul for a roll.

Snow Roller rides a brisk hop wind that blows a bold bitterness across malt flavors of caramel and toasted biscuit.

Malts: Pale, Victory, Chocolate, Caramel 40L, Caramel 120L
Hops: Apollo, CTZ

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.magichat.net

Twitter:  @magichat

Closing, this is beyond their best seasonal beer.  It is perfect for the season and it is kind of same as some of the winter seasonal but still unique to separate itself from the rest on the market. They are feeding the current theme in the craft world and it is hops and hoppy beers.  This is what makes this beer special.  It has a nice hoppy notes with malty to caramel notes.   I enjoyed this beer and I am looking forward to having a few more pints of this awesome liquid.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it! Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser16

New Beer Blog Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin Ale (2014)


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the new fall seasonal from Magic Hat Brewery.  The new fall seasonal is a Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this East Coast craft brewery.  Let us get into this fall beer.

It has a clear dark copper to almost a light amber color with a constant white head.  The aroma is really faded.  I kind of picked up some notes of nutmeg and cinnamon.  The taste has a sweet malty notes with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.  There is some hints of creamy caramel that blends into the aftertaste. The aftertaste has a nutmeg finish.  It is extremely drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold.  Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits.  Cheers!

Here is a description from their website (www.magichat.net):

The distant drums of change are thumping, signaling the coming of chilling frosts, falling leaves and ghoulish screams. In a patch ripe with orange glow, Wilhelm Scream awakens and unleashes his season-stirring call for fall. His revelers listen for his echo across the ripened dancing days and prepare their seasonal celebration of harvest and ale.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.magichat.net

Twitter:  @magichat

In the end, I am so happy to start seeing fall seasonals hitting the market.  I love this time of the year and winter for the beer that comes out.  I hate the two seasons for many reasons.  Of course, my guys that have the weird going on in their brewery are up to giving the craft beer drinker some unique.  This is a new seasonal from Magic Hat.  There are so many pumpkin ales on the market.  Why should anyone try this beer?  This is why.  One, it is a new beer and seasonal in the market.  This might be the beer that might be better than your favorite pumpkin beer.  Two, you know Magic Hat makes good beer and they like to put a twist on their beers in a good way.  What I like about this beer, it is well balance beer from the pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  Other pumpkin beers on the market have too much nutmeg or cinnamon.  This is a great beer and I will have a few more pints before winter comes.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Magic Hat Hocus Pocus


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer, which is Hocus Pocus, from Magic Hat Brewery.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of Magic Hat Brewery.  If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into Summer Wheat Ale.

It has a light to normal copper color with a semi white constant head.  The aroma has a citrus notes but it is pretty fated.  The taste has a light carbonation to smooth lemon notes.  The aftertaste has a hoppy dry finish.  It is a nice refreshing drinkable brew.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold.  Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create unique beers to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits.  Cheers!

Here is a description from their website (www.magichat.net):

A light, crisp ale with a malty sweetness and delightfully tart finish.

A toast to weeds, rays and summer haze. Hocus Pocus is a light, crisp ale for mowing lawns, hitting lazy fly balls and communing with nature. It is offered up as a summer sacrifice to cloudless days. Its malty sweetness finishes tart and crisp and is best appreciated with a wedge of orange.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.magichat.net

Twitter:  @magichat

In the end, this is a nice summer drinkable but yet refreshing beer.  It is a nice relaxing beer to put down while doing the summer things like lawn work or pick me up baseball game.  It has some nice wheat ale notes but yet light in body to keep you drinking it through out the day.  There is some nice sweet malty notes but a nice fruit to tart finish.  It is drinkable.  I am not a huge fan of wheat ales but it is still pretty average brew.  I recommend it if you like mass-produced or wheat beers.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Magic Hat Elder Betty Weiss


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample Magic Hat Elder Betty Weiss.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into this Weiss.

It has a slightly cloudy golden color with a constant white head.  The smell has berry like notes.  The taste has blueberry to blackberry notes with a fruity aftertaste finish.  It is a refreshing drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold.  Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits.  Cheers!

Here is a description from their website (www.magichat.net):

The wisdom of ages hangs sweet and free from the branches of Elder Betty’s elderberry tree. She is the matriarch of the summer sun and the spirit in our bare dancing feet. Listen for her on warm waves and winds, as the joy of a thousand lifetimes flows from the earth through her branches, and drink her offering with ecstatic abandon.

A Weiss-style ale with bready malt flavor balanced by a touch of hops and complemented by the tart berry flavors of elderberry.

Here is thier website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.magichat.net

Twitter:  @magichat

Closing, I have been wanting to this beer for a long time.  I keep missing it because it is a seasonal ale.  I am a huge fan of their Dram Machine and #9 and I know the brewery knows this fact.  I picked up the sampler pack because I wanted some #9 and Dream Machine for the weekend.  It came with this beer, which is Elder Betty Weiss, and Hocus Pocus Wheat Ale.  The berry that is used in this Weiss ale is something between a Blueberry and Blackberry.  It is pretty different but it gives this beer a nice fruit notes.  I like that.  I am not a Weiss fan but I like fruit beers.  I do like the fact that the Weiss base part of the beer has a nice refreshing notes to it.  This is a great beer and I recommend it.  I will search out this beer once in a blue moon.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Magic Hat Dream Machine IPL


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In this beer blog, we are going to try a new beer, which is Dream Machine, from Magic Hat Brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this Northeast Craft Brewery. If you have not read those posts, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this beer.

It has a slight cloudy copper color with a creamy white head on this India Pale Lager.  The aroma has a heavy citrus notes.  The taste has a slight carbonated citrus notes with a nice crisp clean finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious melange of times honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!

Here is a description from their website (http://www.magichat.net):

THE STORY

Currents flow through lips, swim through limbs, lines of spine, and loop back ’round again, coming to rest in the comfort of your mind. Dream Machine whirrs, something stirs and the ether swirls with visions and dreams, reminding us that nothing in our minds must be what it seems.

THE BEER

Dream Machine, an India Pale Lager or IPL, is a melding of varied visions of an India Pale Ale and an Amber Lager. Once poured, its light copper color delights the eyes and a citrusy hop aroma flows through the nose. Upon first sip, a smooth hop bitterness reveals itself – fresh, bold and slightly spicy – before subtle hints of mild maltiness appear. A big hop bite and a crisp, clean lager finish combine for a beautifully balanced beer. Take Dream Machine for a spin and let your reverie begin.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: http://www.magichat.net

Twitter:  @magichat

Closing, I have to say the later versions of IPL’s are making the earlier ones look really bad.  I will be honest at first I was not a fan of IPL’s.  I thought it was a joke or a fake of a beer style.  More and more craft breweries are making their version of India Pale Lager.  I understand why.  IPA’s are growing at a rapid rate and craft breweries are expanding IPA styles in that world.  I am a pretty big fan of Wolverine IPL.  I have to say Magic Hat out did themselves on their brew.  They have best IPL that I had so far on the market.  I know there are few more IPL’s coming soon and I will be looking for them when they hit the market.  Dream Machine is my favorite one so far.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Magic Hat G-Thing


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Magic Hat Brewing.  It is their Winter or Christmas Seasonal, which is G-Thing Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of Magic Hat Brewing.  If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts to get to know this northeast craft brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a jet black color without a head on this ale.  The smell is hints of cinnamon and ginger.  The taste is a cinnamon and hints of malty notes.  The aftertaste is a cinnamon with a slight ginger notes.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.magichat.net):

G-Thing! is a Ginger Spice Ale led by a fresh ginger zing that’s followed by a bready malt backbone. Its subtle roasty notes and mild hop bitterness slowly give way to a serene cinnamon spiciness as the malt tones melt away.


Stats

  • MaltsPale, Caramel Vienna, Caramel Munich, Victory, Chocolate, Wheat
  • HopsMagnum, Northern Brewer
  • YeastEnglish Ale
  • ABV5.7%
  • IBUs25
  • SRM25
  • Original Gravity14° Plato
  • AdditivesGinger Juice, Cinnamon

Availability / October – January

Variety Packs

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.magichat.net

Twitter:  @magichat

Closing, when I saw this beer in package, I was wondering how it was.  I had a chance to try this brew and I jumped onto it.  I have to say I was pretty impressed but kind of disappointed at the same time.  I believe I pumped up myself to be disappointed.  I love how they did a Christmas Ale but not like the rest on the market.  I love how this brewery thinks outside the box.  Overall, I enjoyed drinking this beer.  I love the cinnamon but yet a nice malty backbone.  The other thing that I love about this brew is the fact they did not use a porter, brown, or a stout ale.  They used English ale or English mild ale.  I highly recommend you trying this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Magic Hat Heart Of Darkness Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Magic Hat.  It is their Heart of Darkness Stout.  If you read my earlier beer blog post on this brewery, you know the history of Magic Hat.  If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts to get to know Magic Hat Brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a jet black color with a semi tan to off white color head on this stout.  The smell has a slight coffee to chocolate notes.  The taste of this stout is chocolate to coffee notes.  There is a coffee or toffee aftertaste.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

The ancient ritual of brewing a distincity rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold.  Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits.  Cheers!

Here is a description from their website (www.magichat.net):

Filled with the howling of black dogs that haunt the long-forgotten shadows of the human soul. This dense liquid-silk summoned hope from hibernation and balanced winter’s endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture.

An inky-black stout with a smooth, round palate and a dream-like undercurrent of bittersweet chocolate.


Stats

  • MaltsPale, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Munich
  • HopsApollo, Goldings
  • YeastEnglish Ale
  • ABV5.7%
  • IBUs30
  • SRM80
  • Original Gravity15° Plato

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.magichat.net

Twitter:  @magichat

Closing, I was not a huge fan of this brewery when I first saw it hit the market in Chicago.  I believe they hit that market about six or seven years ago.  I have from that time started to like Magic Hat a little bit more and more as the years edge to 2013.  I still have not retry their flagship #9.  I will be retrying that beer in the near future.  I saw this beer and I had to pick it up and try it.  I really like their packaging but it sometimes does not really say what the beer is in the bottle.  This one does.  I love the balance from the chocolate and coffee notes.  I really enjoyed drinking this brew.  I will be picking up more before it leaves for the season.  If you are a stout fan, you will need to find a bottle of Heart of Darkness.  I recommend this brew.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser