39. Magic Hat – Hex

Football is back!  It’s so good to waste away a Sunday afternoon again.  My beloved Patriots are off to a great start.  My former hometown team Redskins are showing a lot of promise.  My new hometown team Bears and looking a little shaky (better fix that O-line before Cutty gets killed).

This Sunday I’m hoping to catch some of the action while working my way through a growler from Half Acre.  I’m yet to pick up said growler, so who knows what I’ll actually end up with.

Good news for tonight:  I’m going to Festiv-Ale!

It’s the 6th annual Festiv-Ale to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  See?  My beer drinking does good things after all!

Over 20 local and national breweries will be passing out samples to satisfy my beer drinking ADHD along with many local restaurants keeping me from passing out.  It’s a win-win.

This week I “worked” through a couple more Oktoberfests, and finished off the last summer beer hiding in the back of my fridge.

First up, the Magic Hat Hex (Ourtoberfest)

Sight:  A nice bronze color, a little paler than some of the other Oktoberfests I’ve tried. A light thin head floating on top.

Smell:  Malty sweetness in the aroma with a little pumpkin pie spice

Taste:  Quite tasty.  Malty sweet with that pumpkin pie spice coming through.  Citrusy hops maintaining some balance and a slightly dry finish.

My overall grade:  B

A good overall Oktoberfest.  Nothing too crazy about it, but it did have that Magic Hat hops kick.

Next, Capital Brewery’s Oktoberfest

Sight:  Bronze in color with a thin white head (have you picked up on the trend yet?)

Smell:  Malty sweetness with a very mild spiciness lingering in the background.

Taste:  A malty sweet start that faded out fairly quickly and left the finish watery and bitter.  Decent flavor up front, but very disappointing at the end.

My overall grade:  C-

This one was a little disappointing.  It had so much potential and then it fell flat.  Too bad.

Deep in the back of my fridge I saw this guy staring my in the face.  Since summer is over, it was time to finish it off.  Revolution’s Coup d’Etat

Sight:  Pale yellow in color, lots of tiny bubble floating around in there.

Smell:  Very spicy, with a mixture of cloves and black pepper

Taste:  Very complex and spicy.  A big tangy flavor that hung out for quick a while and coated my mouth.  The finish was quite dry.

My overall grade:  B

A good finish to summer and a good lead into the cooler temps of fall.

Now, I gotta get ready for Festiv-Ale!