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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
77
okay

4,458 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,458
Reviews: 1,562
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 32
Gots: 292 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there's never been anything else quite like it.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-1998)
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Lorenzai_Konstantinov

Ohio

2.29/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Trying my first magic hat branded beer, starting with #9. This beer pours a deep yellow color bordering on very light amber. Darker than a Bud, but lighter than say a Traditional Yuengling.

With a rather harsh pour it gave a 1.5 finger head of foam that receded extremely fast and left zero lacing on the glass.
The nose of this beer is so weird because if you smell it once it smells like an adjunct lager, but the next time it doesn't. You can smell a musty almost wheat characteristic to it at times, with that classic adjunct smell, but also the smell of lettuce and apricot faintly. I cannot detect any hops in the scent of this.

Taking a big gulp of it, there is a decently malty presence at first and it changes to a light hop bitterness and a strange (vegetable) aftertaste. The apricot note that many others have noted does make sense once you hear the word, but it seems very artificial in taste. There is a very faint buttery quality on the tongue. The finish of this beer is pretty dry which is probably a plus for keeping the odd taste from lingering for very long.

The mouth feel of this beer is probably the highest point of this beer, it's very watery and a bit slippery. The ringwood yeast used to produce these beers has a habit of leaving large amounts of diacetyl in Magic Hat brews which may actually be beneficial to this particular one - atleast for me.

Overall I couldn't recommend this beer. I feel that it's really touting itself as craft beer quality and it just isn't. It's unique for sure in it's concept and it certainly doesn't taste like any other beer I've had, but it isn't even remotely close to a pale ale in taste or appearance.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 18:42:44 | More by Lorenzai_Konstantinov
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,458 ratings.