Coaster Critique: Magic Hat Snow Roller

On the third day of Beermas:


Name: Snow Roller

Brewed By: Magic Hat Brewing Company 

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 6.2%

Pours a deep brown that glows a ruby red when held to the light. Slightly hazy in the glass with a short white head that lingers for the entire glass.

Nose smells of dark bread, roasted grains and a grassy hops with a hint of grapefruit citrus.

Flavor is hop forward, initially it’s a bit piney, some citrus notes, malt comes through as bready with some yeasty notes. The back end of this sip becomes aggressive, the hops take on a grassy, bitter flavor that holds on well after the swallow. Snow Roller is medium bodied with bitter aftertaste and a buttery, slick mouthfeel.

Overall not a beer for me, I love my hops, I don’t love the grassy flavor paired with the aggressive bitterness on the tail end of the sip. I wish Magic Hat had gone with another hop variety for flavoring in this one that’s what it boils down too. Check it out for yourself if a grassy flavor profile suites you.



12 days of Beermas

Day 1: Samuel Adams – Old Fezziwig Ale

Day 2: Goose Island – Festivity Ale

Day 3: Magic Hat Brewing – Snow Roller

Day 4: Shipyard Brewing Company – Gingerbreadhead

Day 5: Traveler Beer Co. – Jolly Traveler

Day 6: SoMe Brewing – Cinnamon Toast

Day 7: Ridgeway Brewing – Reindeer’s Revolt

Day 8: Rising Tide – d’Hiver

Day 9: 21st Amendment – Fireside Chat

Day 10: Southern Tier – 2XMAS

Day 11: Castle Brewery Eggenberg – Samichlaus Classic

Day 12: Anchor Brewing – Our Special Ale 2014

Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.