Beer Profile: Magic Hat Demo IPA on Tour

Profiled by Ken Carman for

Whoa? “IPA?” “Black IPA?” More like nut brown color wise. SRM 20 or higher. Much higher. Foam pillow head with slight rock. A lot of cling. Long lasting. Clarity with dark ruby highlights.

A lot of caramel, carmelized malt, sense to the nose. Again: “Black IPA?” Where the hell are hops in nose? More like a brown ale.

Taste really is nut brown-ish. Did they bottle the wrong damn beer in here? Caramelized malt and a bit sour. Is this an old bottle? Mouthfeel: malt, a bit roasted. Hops? Huh?

Mouthfeel is pure malt, about right for a Northern Brown, though not quite as bitter. Shouldn’t it be… more… bitter than a N. Brown? Medium body. “Sour,” yes, but could be aged. Yet hops should not have gone completely bye bye. They pretty much did.

If you find a stray bottle and you hunger for a very slightly soured nut brown, by all means. Otherwise look for a real IPA. “Black IPA?” Eh, more nut brown.

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