Brown body with some dark orange/red tones. Initially forms a large
off-white, soapy head but it fizzles away quickly and completely and
leaves no lacing.
Smell: Sweet cider-like aroma of tart apple and a hint of spice. Touch of cereal malt, too.
I don’t have a lot of experience with authentic English Milds, but I’d
say Magic Hat +/- comes pretty close to what I’ve had. Cider, apple
juice, flat cola, and a hint of chocolate candy are individually
distinct. It’s an interesting combination of light sweetness and
tartness - like a flat, watered-down soda mixed with a very mild cider. A
touch of spice and tanginess, but the effervescence seems to wash it
away before it can really grab hold of the taste buds. It finishes clean
with a subtle, quick kiss of chocolate right before it all fades away.
Impressive for what it is, but I think only drinkers with more refined
palates will appreciate this.
Drinkability: I don’t
tend to think of Milds as refreshing beers, but Magic Hat +/- makes a
case that they can be. I drank this on a hot night and it was very
refreshing. This is due to the mildly sweet palate as delivered by a
thin, fizzy mouthfeel. As much as it tastes of flat soda, it also
drinks as such. There’s noticeable vibration at the end of the swig,
but it is not what I would consider a gassy beer since it’s difficult
not to drink this in large gulps (or by the chug). At 4.2% ABV it’s
absolutely a session beer candidate in my book.