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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
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4,107 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 4107
Reviews: 1540
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%


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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Jason

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the back label. Under the cap reads "Don't Pick Your Nose When It Shows". Meaning go to the bathroom and take care of business so no one has to see you digging for gold.

Solid two fingers of head, slightly hazed golden yellow color. Smells of a apricot hard candy and buttered biscuits. Smoothness and crispness I would expect for an English Pale Ale light to medium body ... lighter than I remember. Fruity with obvious fruit flavorings added, dry maltiness is a bit flat and the hops are very modest. Finishes Semi-dry with a feigned sweetness from the fruit flavoring.

So here we have the infamous #9, a beer that took Boston by storm many years ago. Its simply a plain English Pale Ale with flavorings. It was probably the bomb back in the day but now it just does not cut it for me anymore.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 02:38:02 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz funky swirly shades of orange that maze around and form the number 9. The inside of my crown said, "Beware The Bore Behind The Door." Freshness date clearly marked as well as "Not quite Pale Ale."

Appearance: Relatively clear with some haze and a tawny golden colour. The head is smooth with chunky bubbles and clings.

Smell: Damn this is one "fruity-ass" beer! Smells distinctly like apricot and pears.

Taste: Really nice mouth-feel with a semi-crisp dryness from the wheat and a smooth light malt palate. Fruit flavours (apricot) are everywhere with a very subtle bitterness and ending dry with some grainy notes. Mild hop bitterness. The essences of apricot added to the overall fruitiness of this beer, but, it steers clear of being another typical-sickly-sweet-fruit beer.

Notes: Odd how they managed to get this so damn fruity but also so dry at the end? This is a truly an amazing ale and fun to drink for a fruit beer.

I'm not big on fruit beers (lambics, etc aside) but I thought this to be a pretty damn good beer. Better than most others in its style -- very easy to drink, packed with fruity apricot flavour and has a nice dry crispness about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-1998 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,107 ratings.