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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

4,451 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 4,451
Reviews: 1,562
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 32
Gots: 286 | 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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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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Haters gonna hate. I feel like this beer is underrated on here because it has three characteristics that people on BA tend to dislike: it's a fruit beer, it's mass distributed, and it's made by Magic Hat. While not an amazing beer, it's certainly better than average. The point of rating beers on BA is to consider a beer within its own genre...and as far as fruit beers are concerned, I think this one is damn good. If you don't like fruit beers, it should be no surprise to you that you won't like this one. If you think it's uncool to drink Magic Hat, either because it's mass distributed or because of the West 6th thing...then don't drink it. Anyway, now that I'm down off my soapbox, the flavor of this is rich, and the apricots definitely come through, refreshing pretty much any time of year. The color has an inviting orangish hue which I find very appealing. Mouthfeel isn't awesome, a little heavy on the carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,451 ratings.