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)┬ámade 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…