Saturday, August 20, 2011
Magic Hat Hex Ourtoberfest - Burlington, VT
I heard an interesting story about the Magic Hat Brewery. According to my good friend Jason, there were once two employees from the Pyramid Brewery who wound up leaving Pyramid to form the Magic Hat Brewery. I have no idea why they left...maybe it was over a disagreement with the parent brewery, or maybe they were not being paid enough...who knows. Bottom line though, after years of standing up their little brewery, Magic hat wound up buying out Pyramid back in 2008. Ironic isn't it? Sweet revenge...maybe, who knows.
My second sampling from Magic hat brings me to the Hex. Here's what the website had to say:
A malty amber ale with hints of toffee and caramel and a slightly smoky finish.
YEAST: German Ale
HOPS: Apollo, Hallertaur
MALTS: Pale, Vienna, Crystal, Cherry Wood Smoked Malt, Malted Rye
GRAVITY: 14.00 Plato
AVAILABILITY: August 1 to October 15
Another hit from Magic hat! I was once again impressed with how clean and sharp their Ourtoberfest was. So smooth...so smooth indeed. You can definitely taste the complexity of the brew. Everything from the pour to the finish of their Hex was awesome. The only hit on it was that I thought it was a little over-carbonated...this probably diminished it's status a little. Other than that...a great brew.
7/10 - A Good Beer