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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
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4,399 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,399
Reviews: 1,559
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 30
Gots: 257 | 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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Reaper16

Alabama

2.15/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a mason jar

Pours a one-note orange color. One finger or more of sterling white head forms, but it sneaks out the back door when you aren't looking. It doesn't look bad, but it in no way impresses.

Magic Hat #9 has the potential to smell good. Very pale, light malt flavors waft up to the nose. The artificial apricot flavor is very strong. A beer can go a long way towards averageness by just smelling like sugar-sweet fake apricot. Where #9 takes a wrong turn is smelling like burning PVC pipe. There is a serious I-have-some-plastic-and-it-is-currently-on-fire component to this beer's aroma. And no, you can't get past it. It dominates everything and makes you think of carcinogens being released into the air and generally makes you hate life.

That terrible, plasticy taste carries over to the palate, but it's softer. The off-putting flavor tastes composed of 40% burning PVC pipe, 60% too-charred apricot skin, like someone saw Bobby Flay grilling fruit on the Food Network and decided to give it a go with used-up charcoal. The apricot juice flavor is woefully artificial. I think I tasted a hop or two, but it too was singed by the fire that befell the apricot syrup factory.

The mouthfeel is lightish, carbonatedish. There's plenty that's wrong with #9 but its mouthfeel isn't one of those things. Drinkability sure is, though. Because of the screwed-up flavor profile, this is a slow sipper at best (drain pour at worst) in a style that should be very quaffable.

In the past two days I've had Magic Hat #9 on-tap and in the bottle. Both forms featured this charred plastic flavor, so I can't blame it on the tap-lines at the bar. It's Magic Hat's fault that this beer is awful.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 17:44:36 | More by Reaper16
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,399 ratings.