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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,493
Reviews: 1,563
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 34
Gots: 311 | 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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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
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4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to pick up a bottle while in Dallas for a wedding. Heard a lot about this beer but we don't get Magic Hat in Colorado so this was the first chance to try it. Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a bright translucent copper color with a 3/4 finger head. Good retention though not a lot of lacing.

S - Sweet upfront with a blend of peach/apricot and the caramel sweetness. A hint of spice on the back end.

T - A nice blend of sweetness. The fruity character of apricot/peach flavors mesh well with the caramel sweetness. Light and crisp with a light bitterness.

M - Lighter end of Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Finishes clean and crisp.

O - Coming in knowing nothing of the beer aside from the name I thought it was a good beer. Was great in the 100+ degree heat of Dallas sitting by the pool. Not sure I could put a bunch down but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 19:42:08 | More by hopfacebrew
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A: Same golden color as normal (I have this beer often - see below) but seems I have a bust on the head this time (warning bells).

S: Also seems a little different, but may be because I'm trying to be more thoughtful. I am picking up more of a fruity note than I recall ( result of new knowledge? ), and catching a whiff of biscuits.

T: Not hitting the apricot note that seems prevalent in other reviews I read after seeing the fruit/vegetable categorization (see below again, I'm thinking more veg), and am really struggling with this because a) I love apricot so think I would hit it and to some extent I guess I see it, and b) never thought fruit with this beer in the past. As I think about it I keep hitting in my mind BRUSSEL SPROUTS (also a favorite of mine - think tiny sweet cabbages with slight under note of bitter) so may explain why I always had an affinity to the product. Kind of a hint of tea too, and maybe encouraging more in my mind green/veg aspects.

M: light and effervescent, with a velvety but clean finish, but with the effervesence another mystery to me on the lack of a head

O: Have been a fan since I first had one, and what I use it for is a "balance" beer. Normally don't have much on hand at home, and have too many people I know that are not into big beers and are pretty much old school pre-craft beer consumers. So I like to use it as a way to have beer on hand and not challenge them too much, but still gives me something to enjoy.

I am going to have to get a LOT more PRACTICE in reviewing and learning how to put up a good description of my beer experiences.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,493 ratings.