It’s lonely in the single chair… You should definitely bring a beer. I’ve been slowly making my way through the Magic Hat spring variety pack and have now landed on Single Chair Golden Ale. This reminds me of an old saying from my grandma: It’s not drinking alone if there’s a chair. I’ll let you think about that for a minute…
Single Chair pours a clear gold with a thin, wispy head. The aroma features incredibly light sweet malt and bread aromas. Essentially, it looks like a golden brick and smells like a loaf of bread. My grandma always said that a good loaf of bread is worth its weight in gold. At least it will be when the wheat blight drives up the prices of flour…
The flavor is also on the light side, but there was actually far more of a hoppy citrus punch than I expected. It was still rather faint, especially when juxtaposed with the sweet, biscuity malt flavors that headline the show. This golden ale is incredibly crisp and refreshing with a light body and a fair amount of carbonation.
Soooo… Maybe my grandma didn’t say any of the previously referenced phrases, but she would probably agree that this is an excellent beer. The flavors, while very subtle and lacking complexity, are true to the style. Sometimes it’s nice to have a beer that just does the style and gets it right. If you want refreshing and delicious, then hop in the single chair.
- Appearance: Clear gold
- Aroma: Sweet & bready
- Flavor: Light citrus, sweet/biscuity malt
- Mouthfeel: Light plus
- ABV: 5%
- Size/Price: 12pk 12 oz. / $16 – $18
- Score: 83