Friday, December 10, 2010

Magic Hat Odd Notion(Winter ‘10-Hibiscus Red Ale)

Pours a red-amber color with a tiny head that retains well. Just a bit of lacing.

It smells of sweet malts with a floral aspect.

I’m actually a huge tea kind of girl, and really really enjoy this. This beer has a total tea sort of taste, probably due to the hibiscus brewed with it. It’s a delicate sort of beer, anyone expecting something bold will be let down. However, give it a chance to appreciate the subtle floral and tea character, the light-handed use of Saaz hops, and the slightly sweetened malts. This isn’t going to knock anyone’s socks out, but this is an incredibly well balanced beer that’d absolutely delicious.

Perfectly carbonated, it goes down perfectly, and the aftertaste is spot-on - the hibiscus really comes into it’s own here.

This is very drinkable. No flaws here.

This is a delicate beer that many people looking for the biggest, boldest thing might look by. That’d be a mistake though, because it really has some complex flavors that are worth seeking out. A winner from Magic Hat.

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