Magic Hat Hex

The Eagles won, the Jets won, what more could I ask for from Sunday? Perhaps the Giants to lose, but I won’t push it. For tonight’s selection, Magic Hat’s seasonal. I got this in their mix pack for fall, but they’re also putting this out in cases, which surprises me. I didn’t know that this was that popular to warrant it.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “In mathematics and computer science, hexadecimal (also base 16, or hex) is a positional numeral system with a radix, or base, of 16. It uses sixteen distinct symbols, most often the symbols 0–9 to represent values zero to nine, and A, B, C, D, E, F (or alternatively a through f) to represent values ten to fifteen. For example, the hexadecimal number 2AF3 is equal, in decimal, to (2 × 163) + (10 × 162) + (15 × 161) + (3 × 160) , or 10,995.” An alternate meaning to the beer name.

Random: Magic Hat says that this is their Oktoberfest style beer, so I assumed that the  style would be a marzen. But, as is usual with Magic Hat, what they say the style is never seems to match up with what anyone else says.

This beer poured with a one finger white head that quickly dissipated with no lacing on the glass. The body is a clear reddish-brown with lots of carbonation. On the nose, I get some sweet caramel smell, but not much. The first sip presents with lots of caramel maltiness and carbonation. The hops make a brief appearance on the end of the sip, but they are very subtle. I would agree with BeerAdvocate’s classification. This doesn’t taste like a marzen, there’s not enough spice to it. It’s definitely more of an amber. The finish is also slightly sweet and lingers for a bit. While the beer looks watery and thin, it’s actually thicker than I expected. This isn’t a bad brew, but not one that I would look for again. It’s just a little too boring for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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4 thoughts on “Magic Hat Hex

  1. I feel the same way about most Magic Hat beers. OK, but somehow not quite enough to make me want to spend my $$$ to buy more of it. I like their art, and their culture I suppose – I just haven’t been too impressed with their beers!

    1. I agree. I find that #9 is a great beer to use to introduce people into craft beer, especially because it’s so widely available. But, most of their other offerings fall a little short. I did like the Blind Faith IPA that was the last IPA on Tour, though.

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