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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Beer Pick of the Week: Roxy Rolles

click to enlarge BORN TO BE WILD: Roxy Rolles Amber Ale from Magic Hat
  • BORN TO BE WILD: Roxy Rolles Amber Ale from Magic Hat

Magic Hat Brewing Company

Burlington, Vt.

5.1% ABV

I was introduced to this redhead in the Magic Hat Feast of Fools winter sampler pack and was hoping I could find it by itself in a sixer. Lo and behold, there it was, and I've been going back to it again and again. Billed as a hoppy amber ale, it's very approachable and makes a great everyday drinking beer. Simcoe hops are added after fermentation, and their piney, grassy character is evident in the nose. There's also some sweet, toasted malt and a bit of yeasty sourness that make a solid first impression. The taste is equally complex, with woody, herbal flavors nicely balanced by a slightly tart cherry and apple tang, and a soft caramel sweetness that gives way to a dry, citric finish. Roxy Rolles is proof that drinkability doesn't have to equal banality.

(Photo by Jeff Holland)

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