Magic Hat Brewing Company

Founders Cerise

Beer No. 40 – Founders Cerise

The dreaded fruit beer, it’s like smoking or sex with a six. I know I shouldn’t but I do.

STYLE: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: All it needs is a lemon twist. It has more of a ladies’ night cosmo vibe than any beer I’ve had before. Full cherry and raspberry red, lightly carbonated, and a well-shaken cloudiness. What surprises me the most is the stickiness. This isn’t #9.

NOSE: Um? No cherries? Well, that’s maybe not fair, but really no cherries? I’ll be blunt, it smells mostly like poster board. The kind you present your science fair project with. There is a captive cherry in there somewhere dying to get out, lost, I believe, in the successful desire to balance the maltiness with the tartness.

MOUTH: Soft cherry, red apple peel, and grape skins. Not overwhelming at all, I dig it. It needs a bit more acidity, however. Some lemon hoppiness could do this brew a world of good. I was expecting a shock-and-awe cherry bomb and am happy to report it’s actually quite mild, quite balanced … from a flavor profile. It is, unfortunately, a bit flat on the tongue, again missing some kind of pop. Try it, yes. Love it, eh.

Beeradvocate Rating: 83

ratebeer Rating: 83

Hayward Abbey Rating: 79

Magic Hat #9

Beer No. 12 – Magic Hat #9

I can be a bad friend. I tell that to myself, and sometimes, sitting there sharing a paddle of five ounce IPAs with a buddy, anxious to tell me he’s going to a wedding in Vermont and is, of course, really looking forward to drinking Magic Hat, some craft whatever, I’m not entirely sure because I stopped listening then, do I maybe ask whose wedding, or where ya staying, or hey buddy that sounds like a fucking blast?

No, because I’m a shitty friend. Or I can be.

“#9 sucks,” I interrupt.

Turns out he’s a fan — and I never even heard what he had to say. So before I become an erstwhile drinking buddy, I think it’s incumbent upon me to apologize and give #9 a fair shake.

Let’s start with the easy part because, stickler that I am with words, I recognize that saying it’s incumbent upon me to apologize is not in fact the same thing as apologizing. Mr T, I’m sorry.

The other part, that’s easy too, but maybe not really. There’s something implicit in “fair shake” that says “I know this thing is a POS but I’m gonna soft peddle it.” I won’t do that. Keep it short, sure. But if there’s one thing about that conversation over a paddle of tastings that I’m not contrite about, it’s that I was right.

STYLE: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

ABV: 5.1%

LOOK: Lightly carbonated, roasted gold and orange.

NOSE: Apricot, tangerine, maybe some herbs way down there too, though they’re mostly masked by the rather simple fruit bouquet.

MOUTH: Dried apricot, orange, cherries, light cough syrup. Overchewed bubblegum, and a surprisingly empty finish. It’s like throwing an apricot-stuffed orange down a well. Yeah, there’s a splash, but it’s still pretty empty.

Beeradvocate Rating: 78

Hayward Abbey Rating: 65