Hocus Pocus (Magic Hat Brewing Company)

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

4.5% ABV

13 IBU’s

Yeast: English Ale

Hops: Cascade, Columbus

Malts: Pale, Malted Wheat, Acidulated

Gravity: 11.20 Plato

SRM: 4.0

Cap Quote: “A beer in hand is worth 2 in the Fridge”

 

The mirror image on the label is a nice touch, and the circle style and font choice are both nice; but overall the color scheme just blends together, and the bee just seems out of place with the rest of the bottle.  This bottle is a meh, and only worthy of scrapbooking at best.

 

The beer pours a very pale yellow, like a chardonnay with a hell of a lot of carbonation bubbles racing up to feed the finger-width head of fluffy white bubbles.  Lacing is dry and sheet-like on the glass.  The beer smells wet, fresh, and sweet with some light hop-spice and citrus accentuations and a ghost of biscuity malt behind it.  The beer tastes bitterly wheat-like with some nice citrus accentuations.  The flavor reminds me a lot of A Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale by Laguinitas, only not as tasty…  There are some nice Cascade hop notes in the taste and an astringent bitter on the tongue.  The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, like a nice summer ale with a little bit of an acidic bite from the carbonation.  The mouth is left wet with saliva and a slight bitter burn on the tongue.  Overall this is a nice example of the style, though I can’t say it is my favorite.  The bitter is a little too present without a hop character to tenderize it out on the tongue.  This beer is mediocre but worth a try.

3.13/5

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