Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington, Vermont. As I learned from reading the story in 4 pt font on the neck of the bottle, this is part of their year long "Tour of I.P.A.s!" Yep, four features in their "quarterly cabaret of I.P.A.s." The label has a blue swirly theme to it. Best enjoyed by June 30, 2011.
Malty and hoppy aroma, combined. Bread, tea, malty flavors in the beginning. Subtle and not very strong. Some hoppy citrus, lemon rind, spicy flavors come next, taking over until the very end of the beer. Very earthy, a little bit like drinking some crunchy tofu bar's vegetable garden blender concoction. Balanced though bitter barely wins. The 6.2% alcohol dries out the finish and adds a sprinkle of medicinal aftertaste to an otherwise strange little brew.
Carbonation is good. Not really what I was expecting from an IPA, though all ideas come to mind when cracking open any Magic Hat beer. Thick with no real bitterness, not refreshing, not clean but instead rather dirty texture-wise. I'd find something else.
My First Magic Hat with DVD Instructions
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