#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,642 | Reviews: 1,567 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Phelps:
3.45/5 rDev +1.8%
"The significance of #9," the brewery's website says, "is that it is far better than numbers 1 through 8. Number 2 was a Bamboo Wit; #5 a Grape Dubbel; #8 a Rainforest Nut Lager. They did not sell well."
The truth is, not even the guy who created the beer knows the significance of number 9. He does know how to craft a good-looking beer, however. Number 9 boasts perfect clarity, shining a pale tangerine-almond hue while a silky white head recedes slowly. Malts make the nose at once biscuity, bready and sweet. Some earthy hops balanced with caramel nearly perfectly.
Number 9 might be like any other pale ale if it weren't for its secret ingredient...people! Actually, it's apricot. Less exciting, but more acceptable. Not-so-secret ingredients include Cascade and Apollo hops as well as English ale yeast. In the flavor, these combine in a swirl of almond, caramel, wheat bread and ritz crackers with an earthy bite that kicks off a clean, fairly dry finish. Just a touch of sweet apricot is noticeable, which is nice -- it feels good to not be overpowered by a flavor additive. A fluffy, whipped body expands in the mouth but maintains softness with mild, massaging carbonation.
Now, if you had asked me to rank the breweries I would most want to see on Arizona shelves, Magic Hat wouldn't have been on the top of that list. It wouldn't have been in the top ten. Probably not the top 20, either. Magic Hat doesn't have the draw of Russian River, the solid base of Founders, the originality of Short's. What it does have, however, is an incredibly drinkable flagship that casual craft drinkers will find delightful.
11-08-2012 05:50:21 | More by Phelps
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev +10.6%
I had this many times while living in Vermont and had a bottle yesterday for the first time in a few years.Poured a slight hazed light amber color with a tight 1/2 finger white head that stuck around for a minute leaving no lace behind as it settled,quite effervescent on the nose with big apricot and honey notes,with a noticable toasted grain elemant in there as well.Its a good cook out and or bbq beer lighter easy going down and chicks dig it,anyways the fruity flavors of apricot and or peach are not as big as in the nose but really show thru in the finish as well a little toastiness with just a lighter herbal hop note as a slight balancer.Hey it is what is a easy quaffing cult beer I would take it over any macro or other fruit beers out there for sure.
05-15-2006 12:10:53 | More by oberon
2.44/5 rDev -28%
On tap at Stone Pub. Pours a mellow amber-orange color with highlights of burnt sunburst around the edges; slight haze but not enough to completely cloud your eyesight to the other side. Fizzy, bone-white head goes almost as quickly as it comes. The aroma is fruity, light, and crisp; apricots, oranges, peaches - sounds great, right? Unfortunately the smell comes off a little too contrived, artificial, and errs on the side of medicinal. Not enough to abhor the beer already, but it doesn't bode well for how it's probably going to taste. Hits the palate with a thin-almost medium body, crisp, snappy, and fizzy. Takes over with the fruity sensation right away - apricots still in the forefront, with some peaches, tangerines, and pears on deck. The strange, vitamin-like medicinal character is actually less apparent on the palate then it was in the aroma, which is a good thing, but I still have to smell this sucker every time I bring the glass to my mouth. A bit of grain and pale malt flavors along with a flower-like hop character which is unfortunately mostly shoved aside by the fruitiness. Low bitterness start to finish, highly carbonation with an aftertaste of artificial fruits and a touch of yeast.
I commend this beer for being almost somewhat of a "gateway" brew that brings people from macro style lagers to the wonderful world of craft beer. It's lighter, not abrasive, easy on the palate; so it's easy to see why newcomers will enjoy it. Unfortunately, it doesn't hold a candle to the rest of the craft world, and once you expand your tastes, this one is easily forgotten, and in many cases, eventually frowned upon for having a weird, medicinal astringency.
01-24-2013 13:01:34 | More by tectactoe
3.25/5 rDev -4.1%
A: Deep gold with an orange tint and excellent clarity. The creamy light tan head head is composed of compact bubbles.
S: A moderate aroma of stone fruit mostly apricot with some peach dominate the aroma. the malt is subtle adding a slight toastiness and sweetness. There isn't any hops aroma. The malt increases as it warms.
T: A moderate bitterness and apricot flavor dominate the flavor. There is a good amount of support from a soft malt sweetness giving about an even balance. The off-dry finish leaves a slightly grain malt sweetness and apricot flavor and a light lingering bitterness.
M: The body was a little thick at a medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation. The is no creaminess and no warmth but there is a slight astringency.
O: This is a restrained fruit beer with the apricots still taking center stage but not overwhelming the underling beer. The problem is I'm not that wild about the underling beer. The apricots might be suited better on a slightly sweeter base style beer.
08-29-2012 02:24:25 | More by MadScientist
3.4/5 rDev +0.3%
Served in a pint glass; pours a pale orangy color without much head.
Pretty much one note from the aroma to the taste, and that's apricot. It's medium bodied and the taste has a touch of peppery hop spice that I didn't get from the aroma.
Overall, pretty average and maybe a good intro craft for people who aren't ready for the more challenging flavors.
01-18-2010 23:58:20 | More by brownbeer
3.98/5 rDev +17.4%
A - Poured into pint glass. Vigorous pour yielded maybe half a finger's worth of white foam, which dissipated fairly quickly. No lacing at all. Poured more orange than gold to the light, and quite hazy.
S - Getting a nutty aroma, like a fruit salad with nuts. The malt keeps a low profile to the nose but does become more apparent when swirled in the glass.
T - Taste doesn't quite go with the aroma, a rich fruity yet malty taste with an unusual twist of a finish, possibly grape or plum. Very light hops in the finish, hop heads would be best served with another ale.
M - Feels pretty light all in all, certainly inoffensive. Alcohol taste is nonexistent. Aftertaste gives you a fruity feeling on the tip of your tongue, like you just ate a banana, and the hops do build up towards the back of the tongue as you keep drinking.
D/O - I don't think it really merits some of the pannings I've seen it get on here. While it's fruity enough to not be an all-around favorite I'd have to say it's a quite inoffensive, and very drinkable approach to an apricot-themed beer. Could see myself scouting it out again in the summer when I think the flavors would really shine. Do yourself a favor if you've got it in a fridge, give it a few minutes out to warm up a bit and you'll appreciate the flavors quite a bit more. It really got a lot more pleasant as it warmed up.
01-18-2009 19:21:22 | More by bluesoul
4.1/5 rDev +20.9%
The infamous "Not Quite Pale Ale". An ale that has all the characteristics of a pale ale except that it isnt quite as hoppy as a pale ale. Additionally it has a fresh fruity taste laced in with the maltiness, but it doesn't have the dry quality that some fruit beers have.
09-25-2010 17:31:19 | More by CBOLAND17
2.63/5 rDev -22.4%
I was working late at work and one of the guys came with a 6 of this. Never tried anything by these folks before, so I was interested!
The color is a light amber. Nice soft white head. Good lacing.
Small dark particles in the head - not sure what that's all about.
The smell was like fake raspberry soda with a touch of beer.
The taste was an incredibly disappointing generic pale ale with raspberry flavoring. There is some breadiness but it's quickly into the fruit which comes across as artificial.
It's a medium body brew with medium carb.
I just couldn't get into this beer at all. It reminded me of the article on BA Magazine that talked about not wanting to review the bad fruit flavored beers from Europe. I won't be going back and it seems like such poor judgment, it makes me question other brews by these folks.
11-22-2009 06:22:25 | More by sgoodship
3.75/5 rDev +10.6%
Served on tap in a pint glass at Tyler's Taproom in Apex.
Clear bright orange gold in color with a solid 2 fingers of thick white head. Very good head retention with decent lacing, pretty much down the glass.
Aromas were unexpected. Lots of grain malt and fruit with additional light hoppy citrus notes.
The flavors are enjoyable but difficult to describe. There are a ton of different subtle fruit notes like apple, apricot, and pineapple. The backbone seemed to be a solid rich barley malt that came through at the middle and toward the finish. The beer finishes with some malt at first and then sort of has a buttery popcorn linger. I can honestly say I have never had anything like this before and it really was good.
Mouthfeel is a bit better than average with a reasonable level of carbonation. There is a heaviness of malt there that was enjoyable as it is generally hard to find that kind of flavor in an pale ale - full and rich of grain.
Very drinkable and enjoyable. At first I couldn't figure out why this brew is classified as an APA but on reflection, I'm not sure if there is a better classification for it. It definitely stands on its own and has some interesting components that make it unique. Very cool.
09-17-2008 12:43:09 | More by SIRIUS2
3.38/5 rDev -0.3%
Clear body. Orange in color. White head that didn't stay for any amount of time. Aroma mainly has a malty base to it. Some slightly noticable citrus hops.
Taste follows up with a mainly malty flavor with some fruit overtones. A little bit of apricot and some lightly toasted malt flavors. Comes across to me as a flavored lager.
Somewhat thin mouthfeel, nothing outstanding here. Drinkability is good though. Easy to put down, nothing offensive.
12-03-2005 00:18:55 | More by blitz134
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