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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

4,455 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,455
Reviews: 1,562
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 32
Gots: 290 | 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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Reviews by Maxwell:
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours out like piss. Yellow and murky, almost orange, the beer is practically the epitome of a dehydrated piss colored beer. A thin scrim/head of soapy white bubbles pours and stays as a ring on the glass, but is not too impressive in any way. Carbonation bubbles are quite constant in the glass, and lacing is thin, stringy, and slippery. The beer smells fruity with yeasts and a nice biscuity malt body. There is actually some sour funk in the smell which must be coming from the apricot extract. The sweet side of the fruit smell is at the back of the whiff and is slightly candied. The beer tastes biscuity with nice bread notes from the yeast and a slight fruity tingle throughout the taste. Aftertaste is strong with sweet biscuit malts, and the mouth is left with a little flood of saliva on the back of the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels a little thin but smooth and clean, carbonation is a faint bit too high, but does not detract from the beer. Overall this is an average beer. I hate calling it a fruit beer because it really isn’t, and then again it isn’t really a pale ale either. I guess Magic Hat had it right when they called it a “not quite pale ale,” but that hurts when trying to judge this beer by its style. This beer is a classic of the more mass produced microbreweries, and is very easily sessionable. A nice go to cheap drink for those who want to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 18:33:54 | More by Maxwell
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,455 ratings.