Instant Beer Review: Magic Hat Electric Peel


THE BEER: Magic Hat Electric Peel

THE PLACE: Mr. Brews Taphouse, recently opened in downtown Madison.

NEVER HEARD OF IT. There are a handful in the area. Waunakee, Monona, Verona, among others. It’s fine. Many, many televisions and a menu of burgers and fries. Not the most revolutionary joint, but there’s a awful lot of beer on tap. So that’s nice.


ELECTRIC PEEL, YOU SAY. Yup. It’s a grapefruit IPA. I’m a fan of the style. Many years ago when I dabbled in home brewing, a grapefruit IPA was my go-to brew.

THRILLING. Shut up, it really was. I started with a recipe for a clone of Sierra Nevada IPA and then added grapefruit zest at the end of the boil. Then I added hops and chunks of grapefruit to the secondary fermentation. Turned out well every time. I’m surprised that it’s taken this long to start seeing grapefruit IPAs (like Grapefruit Sculpin) made by craft breweries. But then I’ve always been something of a visionary.

WHATEVER, EDISON. WHAT’S IN IN? Looks like we’ve got pale and Carapils malt, Apollo, Centennial, and Chinook hops, grapefruit peel, and “pink grapefruit flavor,” whatever that it. It comes in at 6% ABV.

HOW IS IT? Very light. Not too malty. Pleasant grapefruit flavor. Not overwhelming, but definitely recognizable. Overall a very smooth drinker. I see this as a good summer beer.

DEEP THOUGHTS: I’m a big fan of grapefruit IPAs, obviously, so I’d go back to this. And maybe I will. Y’know, this could make for some pretty decent Riot Juice. Hmm. This may require some study…