1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,495 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,495
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)
View: Beers (38) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 4,495 | Reviews: 1,563 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by unclecrappy:
Photo of unclecrappy


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat's beers just started showing up in Pittsburgh, so even though I've already tasted #9 a few years ago, I jumped at the chance to have a glass last night at the Sharp Edge.

A: Copper to almost red. Thinner head, cream-colored, that faded fairly quickly.

S: Probably the most interesting aspect of the beer. Pretty fruity for a pale ale, some yeast, ...

T: Good, but not great, I don't mind fruit beers that are well-balanced, but the apricot and peach flavors really push to the front. I will say this: #9 has an absolutely unique flavor.

M: Smooth. Goes down well.

D: I couldn't drink these all night, but the folks at Magic Hat have come up with a beer as mysterious as its cryptic name. Nice effort.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2006 01:36:21 | More by unclecrappy
More User Reviews:
Photo of Baked-Goods

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-01-2014 01:25:32 | More by Baked-Goods
Photo of juzh12


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-31-2014 23:24:26 | More by juzh12
Photo of LaLaSnite

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

07-31-2014 22:44:38 | More by LaLaSnite
Photo of Jack_Frost79


3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-31-2014 18:19:25 | More by Jack_Frost79
Photo of Westyn


2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

07-31-2014 18:14:47 | More by Westyn
Photo of craigsmp

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-31-2014 15:22:44 | More by craigsmp
Photo of gunshine

3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-31-2014 09:12:05 | More by gunshine
Photo of tastesogood


3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-31-2014 08:29:10 | More by tastesogood
Photo of JeepinGreg

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-31-2014 05:14:07 | More by JeepinGreg
Photo of Lucasrjoel

3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-31-2014 04:34:32 | More by Lucasrjoel
Photo of DAHoffman


3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I will be updating this review at a later date. Not sure if maybe I got a bad six pack here. First one I had tonight was much more what I recall of the beer, but the second one had some issues. This is in a batch from "Play Under the Cap" (contest begins 5/1/14 and ends 9/1/14, so it may be that it was older in the store and mistreaded - wife bought it, so not sure yet where /when). I wanted to give a review a go though with a beer I knew, OR THOUGHT I KNEW, because I had NO IDEA this was classified as a fruit beer. Plowing onward...

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 04:31:58 | More by DAHoffman
Photo of andrewjdc


3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-30-2014 23:35:27 | More by andrewjdc
Photo of Stevemhno9


4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

07-30-2014 22:38:31 | More by Stevemhno9
Photo of BookBen


3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-30-2014 21:22:16 | More by BookBen
Photo of Arch578


3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-30-2014 09:59:36 | More by Arch578
Photo of Nakedtown


4/5  rDev +18%

07-30-2014 03:28:10 | More by Nakedtown
Photo of Makea

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-30-2014 02:51:32 | More by Makea
Photo of StaggerRollRoll

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

07-30-2014 01:51:38 | More by StaggerRollRoll
Photo of Krame1bt

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

07-30-2014 01:35:19 | More by Krame1bt
Photo of Sellen


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-29-2014 23:45:26 | More by Sellen
Photo of Robyn

South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

07-29-2014 14:26:40 | More by Robyn
Photo of Drod32

5/5  rDev +47.5%

07-29-2014 04:31:47 | More by Drod32
Photo of zachgroves


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-28-2014 21:04:15 | More by zachgroves
Photo of AlvinLin

New York

3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-28-2014 20:37:48 | More by AlvinLin
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,495 ratings.