poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on August
28, 2013. It came in a mix pack for $14.97 ($1.25 per bottle; $0.10 per
Appearance: Deep amber to brown chestnut hue. Clear. Forms an
above-average size ivory, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Slightly toasted malts with classic English ale yeast character. A hint of smoke.
Taste: I’m not usually a big fan of the amber ale style, so it’s nice to
see a brewery try to take a different approach to it. That’s what Magic
Hat did with the oddly-named "deVEILed," as it’s brewed with a little
more character and stronger bitterness than most, but still uses and
English ale yeast strain. It’s not amazing, but it’s at least
The base palette might be described as a hybrid of a very light Scottish
Ale and a traditional brown ale since it has the slight smokiness of
the former, but the sweetness of the latter. More of a toasty/nutty malt
character as the star of the show, though some residual confectionery
notes of caramel and toffee linger in the background. Surprisingly
bitter at the crest, though that’s likely due to the Magnum hops.
Cascade impart a hint of pine needles and earthiness. There’s a
smoke-like flavor on the finish, complemented really well by the dry
bitterness. Overall, it’s a tasty, ambitious brew, but isn’t likely to
be a mind-blower unless you’re a big fan of the style.
Drinkability: At 5.2% ABV, Magic Hat deVEILed is surprisingly robust for
a relatively light brew. Probably a tad too heavy to session, but
certainly bigger in body than most others of a comparable weight. It’s
also no challenge to drink whatsoever. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth,
and calm. It does leave a smoky/dry residual bitterness, but it fades
fairly quickly. A good beer to pair with a cheese platter.