Magic Hat Deveiled

I’m starting to dread football Sundays. My team is absolutely awful. Today, they lost to the Giants. If you don’t follow football, the Giants are even worse than the Eagles this year. My girlfriend (who hates football, by way), calls it “sportsball.” She’s very tolerant when it comes to me watching the game, but I can’t even watch this year. Anyways, I had this beer a while ago. My parents picked up a mixed twelve with this one in it.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A thin veil rests between two worlds, shrouding one’s view from the other. Lives of the present and those long gone may cross the boundary if they wish, but they must first awaken to the possibility. Once eyes have opened, a harmonious convergence of life and death can be seen, the oneness deveiled, shifting into sight.”

Random: I forgot how much I enjoy “Third Watch.” I used to watch the show years ago when it was on the air, but I’m really enjoying it on Netflix.

This brew poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly with no lacing left on the glass. The body was a clear, deep chestnut color with light carbonation. The nose was very nutty and followed with a touch of hops. The taste was hoppy up front with nuttiness coming afterwards. The one thing that stuck out to me was that this was more nutty than the typical amber. It also had a hint of a medicinal flavor that I couldn’t place. The body was thick with light carbonation. The finish was long and nutty. Nothing about this beer stood out. I’m generally not a fan of the style and this just didn’t do it for me. Pass.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

B. Nektar The Zombies Take Manhattan

After a very long hiatus, my favorite show on television is back. For those of you who don’t follow the blog at all, this show would be “The Walking Dead.” For this season, UC Davis is offering an online class about the show and of course, since I am a giant dork, I have registered for the class. So far, I am really enjoying the class. They’ve gone through Maslow’s levels of hierarchy for the first week and the second week they went through concepts of epidemics. I can’t wait to see this week’s episode and see what is going to happen.


ABV: 12%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to, “Rye Whiskey Cask Aged Imperial Cyser. This is an imperial, barrel aged version of Zombie Killer aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels!”

Random: This label was a little bit odd. I wasn’t a big fan of it.

This one poured with no head and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light pink color with light carbonation visible throughout. The nose had a lot of cherries, apples and honey, specifically in that order. So far, the nose was really enjoyable. The taste was oak up front with some smoke as well. Then, some apple came through with cherries and honey. The booze came through at the end and was really apparent. The body was medium thickness with light carbonation. The finish was long and smoky. Although I really like the concept on this one, it was way too boozy and really needed balance. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Hoppin’ Frog Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale

After a long hiatus, I’m back with a few brew reviews. This was a review from a month ago, when I finally broke down and started purchasing some pumpkin beers. I saw this one had just come in and I really like the few offerings that I’ve had from the brewery.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “There’s a place just south they call Frog’s Hollow, with cauldrons afire in Fall, and they only speak in whispers of the name. There’s a brewery they say who has the secret, of spices picked just right. With a crying shout, they’ll knock it out, and hand you this Frog’s delight.”

Random: As usual, my football team looks like crap this year. Our #1 and #2 QBs are out on injury…

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with huge amounts of carbonation visible throughout. The nose smelled exactly like fall to me. I got lots of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. So far, so good. A bit of ginger came through on the nose. The taste was reminiscent of a really spicy ginger snap. Ginger is the dominant flavor up front, but then some nutmeg and allspice came through as well. The pumpkin aspect was a bit muted, but the flavor profile was really strong on this one. Despite the 8.4% ABV, the booze was really hidden. The body was a medium thickness with high carbonation. The finish was long with ginger. This was a really enjoyable fall beer that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0