#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Poured a nice glowing orange-amber. Poofy head slowly faded down to a nice layer of lacing.
Smells of spiced fruit, with spices like those in some wheat beers (coriander, etc). Some smell of citrus rinds and tanginess, with a mild hops scent.
The taste is excellent, very different. Fruit and apricots (listed on the label, they are a prevalent flavor). NOT too sweet, which is welcome as so many fruit beers go over the top and come out cloying. Some light malts and a grainy aftertaste after a small but noticeable hop finish. For being described as a "not so Pale Ale" the hops are very subtle.
The mouthfeel is nothing dominating, moderate and appropriate bubbling that doesn't overwhelm the flavor. Far from flat, though.
The drinkability of #9 is ridiculous. It's one of the most drinkable beers I've had or even heard of, in all senses of the word. I could barely set this one down, and it's even more quaffable when it's fresh on tap. The taste is friendly and nonthreatening but surprisingly complex. Doesn't fall into the usual "super sweet" or overfruited categories of fruit beers. Good for inexperienced or even non-beer drinkers, but also good for those who like to root around looking for flavors. You can think hard about it or not. Also gets points for creativity -- I don't know of any other fruit beers as multidimensional as this.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2005 22:37:06 | More by semihobo
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,475 ratings.