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Hi #9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tdm168 on 08-06-2014

A mysteriously good India Pale Ale with citrus and piney hop notes, balanced by #9’s signature sweetness.
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Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 19
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3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Deep gold colored body; thick, foamy white head; plenty of carbonation. Spicy/citrus hop aroma; lemon zest; minty; fruity. Flavors starts out strongly mimicking the aroma; somewhat astringent; faint notes of cereal grains; strong bitter aftertaste. Medium body; somewhat watery in character; dry finish.

A fair IPA with a somewhat unique flavor profile that may work for some people and not others. I almost equate the flavor to a minty toothpaste. It must be the hops that give this a queer pungency and spicy resinous quality. Unique in its own way...

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3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beer-Revelry
1/5  rDev -70.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Absolutely a pathetic JOKE of an example of an IPA. This literally tastes like an extremely metallic and chemically bitter Keystone light. Worst IPA I've ever tasted in my life I think. Magic Hat is normally solid, but this is just bad.

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3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light copper body with a nice foam head.
aroma is citrus and pine
Taste has a some citrus but is more sweet than hoppy.
mouthfeel is smooth
Not a hoppy ipa.

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3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.12/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.18/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of bgillespie
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Dark, clear, golden yellow. Thin white head.

Smell: Pine, some citrus, faint,

Taste: Sweet with some pine. Similar to #9. Not that hoppy

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated.

Overall: A solid beer, but if you want a hoppy IPA, this might not be the way to go. The bitterness is there, but not strong like you expect in an IPA. Still, the sweetness and piney flavor go well together.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure why nothing from this brewery hits me with both barrels, but it never happens. They make decent, drinkable products, but I've yet to taste one that impressed me.

This one looks nice enough. Dark yellow and a nice light lace. The aroma is decent but slightly understated and slightly skunky (not the great skunky, the funky skunky). Similarly the taste is a little dirty, and refreshingly not as dry as many of the style, but it also has a skunky over the hill out in the sun taste.

The aftertaste is good. Hi 9 is certainly better than 9. It has some character and is a nice ale. It is weak for the style, though.

Magic Hat needs to crank it up a notch. They are a pretty high volume brewer but none of the brews are ever anything I care to drink regularly. Unfortunately they sell 9 and not a lot else at various Playhouse Square venues, so I have probably had 10 or 15 9's in the last year.

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3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.52/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%

With a kinder and lighter hand at the India pale ale, Magic Hat borrows their brewhouse influence with a fruity, malty tilt and delivers a hop-forward ale with a sense of balance and simplicity.

Its light copper-orange hues show bright clarity and racing streams of carbonation. Quick head formation dissipates nearly as quickly, but releases simple candied sweetness with tropical, citrus and pine.

Retaining its fruity sweetness and releasing its creamy body, the taste of apricot, orange, mango and lemon bounce off of a low-lying simple syrup in rounded middle taste. The follow-up of grass, stem and pine are preludes to the dry and resinous finish to come.

Trending dry and with a stern hop bite, both bitter resins and stemmy astringency offer a verbena-like twang to ride along side of smooth hop bitterness. Lasting spruce and dried citrus linger even though the bulk of sweetness and fruit dry to completion in a snap.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Nothing special really about this IPA.

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Hi #9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.