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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

4,974 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 4,974
Reviews: 1,586
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 48
Gots: 546 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,974 | Reviews: 1,586 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by heybrewtiful:
Photo of heybrewtiful
4.48/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first "fruit beer" I ever tasted, and I was immediately in love. Superior on all levels when had from a on-draft pour, this beer has apricot and lavender notes and a tart, pungent nose. Slightly sweet with a balanced bitter counterpoint, this 'magic' brew has carried me away more than once. Bottled, it seems to lose some of it's complexity and roundness, so seek this out on tap when you can.

heybrewtiful, Oct 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, May 15, 2006
Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -11.5%

mojohawk21, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

beerhunter13, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
2.44/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

tectactoe, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

MadScientist, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +18%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

brownbeer, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of bluesoul
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bluesoul, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of ccapurso
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

ccapurso, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

tbryan5, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of CBOLAND17
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

CBOLAND17, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of theParish
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

theParish, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of sgoodship
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

sgoodship, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of SkiBum22
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

SkiBum22, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

SIRIUS2, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of sdsimkins
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

sdsimkins, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of kcc
4/5  rDev +18%

kcc, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Mills13
4.56/5  rDev +34.5%

Mills13, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Cuvie62
4/5  rDev +18%

Cuvie62, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of MikeC144
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 4,974 ratings.