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!

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32. Magic Hat – Elder Betty

I missed last week, and I’m late today.  I’m like the absent-minded beerfessor.

Here come my excuses!  This past weekend was Sandblast.  Which, in case you didn’t know, was incredible!  I and the rest of Bandit’s Trans Am were out on Montrose Beach running around in the sand playing ultimate for 2 days.  Since I was the captain, I spent the majority of last week trying to get all the final details sorted out (hence the missed post last week), and I’m still currently worn out and sore from playing (hence the lateness today).  Now that that’s all cleared up, let’s talk.

Sandblast was a ton of fun.  We played hard, lost harder, but laughed the hardest.  There are even pictures of me drinking from a championship trophy (don’t get too excited, we didn’t win).

Here we are in all our glory:

Now, beer.  Sadly, I didn’t have a single beer while on the beach.  Unless you want to count that Bud Light Lime I chugged from the trophy, which I’m going to pretend was something much better.  I did however enjoy John Daly’s.  They were the perfect drink for the beach.  For those of you that don’t know, go out and buy a big jug of Arizona’s Arnold Palmer half iced tea and half lemonade.  Pour out about a cup or so of the liquid (you’re free to drink it, it’s delicious).  Fill up with vodka.  Shake.  Enjoy.  Anyway, it’s beer time.

First up, Magic Hat’s Elder Betty

Sight:  A pale copper color, and a very confusing label.  I’m not sure if that’s a tree, a woman, maybe a long lost Georgia O’Keeffe painting…

Smell:  Lots of fruity aroma.  Fresh berries.

Taste:  Malty and sweet in the flavor.  It had a similar taste to a blueberry ale, but it was a little overdone.  Seemed to be too sweet to call it a weisse.

My overall grade:  C+

Big bottle:  Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer!

Sight:  Pitch black with a tan head, like a haunted cemetery… with a tan head.

Smell:  The aroma was malty and sweet.  It seemed slightly smoky and had some black licorice floating around in there.

Taste:  Very creamy mouthfeel. Lots of smoke.  A burnt coffee taste tossed in there for fun.  And a nice alcohol burn so you don’t get too carried away.  The finish was surprisingly easy considering everything that was happening to my mouth.

My overall grade:  B+

Now, I’m off to ice my feet.