I was at Friar Tuck looking for new beers and decided to get a mix-a-six. I was surprised when I saw this beer, as I didn’t realize we got Magic Hat brews here in Illinois yet. I had heard about this and finally had one about a year ago at Bridge in St. Louis. The label says, “The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious mélange of time- honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!”
Numbers: 5.1% ABV, 11.2 Plato, 20 IBUs, 9.0 SRM
Appearance & Aroma: Very pale, light yellow in color and very clear with plenty of carbonation in it. That caused a very creamy, bright white head. There was a fruity, lager-like aroma.
Taste & Feel: It had a light body and crisp mouthfeel. There was a carbonation bite up front, and slightly fruity bitterness in the middle. It finished with a big fruity and bubblegum type flavor, which reminded me a little of Juicyfruit gum.
Food Pairing: The fruity and bubblegum like flavors would probably go best with a lighter food pairing. I think it would go well with a dessert of fruit crepes.
Overall Impression: It had a very light, interesting flavor, and I can say I’ve never had another beer like it. The Juicyfruit gum-like flavor made it very unique. Despite the fruity sweetness, it was still light and very drinkable. This would probably be a good cool spring day beer.