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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

4,470 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 4,470
Reviews: 1,562
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 33
Gots: 297 | 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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doktorhops

Australia

2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Magic Hat sounds like a brewery composed of magicians secretly toiling away with batches of beer using esoteric ingredients... that being said it says clearly on the bottle: contains gluten, apricot essence - mystery solved! If this is just beer with an apricot taste I for one will be disappointed.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: This brew presents with a clear apricot (I clearly couldn't resist mentioning it) body with a cream coloured head that sticks to around half a centimetre.

S: Apricot (of course!) aroma with a touch of pomegranate, a light toasted malt grain base and some vegetable/grassy hops in the background. The apricot really stands out and overpowers the other aromas.

T: Flavour-wise it is a little more interesting with the aforementioned aromas coming in to play and balanced off nicely with a buttery diacetyl, light hopping and dry finish. There's nothing heavy-handed about this brew (which can be a refreshing at times). The after taste however leaves a vegetable matter flavour like other cheaper beers would and this does not bode well for the final score.

M: Quite an English-style mouthfeel; mid to light bodied, light dense carbonation, not normally expected from a US brew.

D: The whole apricotness of this brew cheapens it once you realise that it's a flavouring added to the brew, hell anyone can add flavouring to beer - I could brew a vanilla-flavoured beer using vanilla essence but where is the challenge, and more importantly where is the craft? Say what you may but I am not a fan of beers that add artificial flavouring just to be different.

Food match: It is a refreshing beer to some extent and would match well with seafood, a decent summer salad thrown into the mix, also if we're talking red meat then lamb would go down a treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 08:54:03 | More by doktorhops
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,470 ratings.