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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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pDev: 18.29%


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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

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beehivechaos311

Georgia

5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Currently my favorite beer as far as pale ales go, or should I say 'not quite pale ales'? This beer is great from start to finish.

A- Typical, but very golden.

S- Smells almost just like it tastes. Very crisp and clean smelling.

T- Has a slight fruity taste but hits you with the hops simultaneously so you it is in no way overpowering at all. Leaves you with a good crisp feel all the way through.

M- The perfect consistency.

D- Anytime, Anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 00:26:34 | More by beehivechaos311
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grminzey

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

#9 is always the first and last beer that I order as soon as I enter a bar or pub. The taste and aroma is leagues above any one else. And there is no hang-over feeling if I have had one too many. And usually I always have a morning head ache after a night of drinking draft beer. So I definitely appreciate Magic Hat for allowing the moment of clarity to get out of a one night situation! Slainte everyone!

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 17:15:07 | More by grminzey
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a opaque gold with a one inch head that holds fairly well and nice lacing to the finish. smell is very fruity. taste, apricot and pears. mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly sweet very well balanced. magic hat hit the nose on this one, just a great tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 23:40:52 | More by billybob
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callmeclemens

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome.

I love Magic Hat, I'm just being honest. However, #9 is one of the last Year round beers im trying out.

Brown Bottle, bottom of the bottle lid read, "Dont yap when you nap" ehhh.

The pear smells slighly like a pear cider, but not strong enough. At first it tastes like pear, hits with with a touch of malt and a touch of hop, none of these are over powering, a very laid back beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 23:44:53 | More by callmeclemens
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klintok21

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Being a fan of Pale Ales, I had to give this a try on suggestion from a friend. I was pleasantly surprised! It has a very fruity aroma to it but is not overwhelming and keeps the characteristics of an American pale ale. With light carbonation and a great taste it is a very easy drinker, well worth at least one try!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 04:30:05 | More by klintok21
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pbrian

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite summer beer. I know, it's available all year but I like it on the colder side on a warm afternoon. Dry yet refreshing, light but not whimpy, beautiful aroma.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2001 15:27:05 | More by pbrian
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an exceptional beer. I have also had it on tap, but I don't remember it being this good. It was strong enought, but not too stong, and it didn't have an overly hoppy taste. Everything about this beer was understated yet bold. This was one of those beers that you would never think about drinking but would be very glad you had it in the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 03:05:10 | More by treehugger02010
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JLaB

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers in existance. I don't get to have it all that often, but savour every chance I get. Burlington's finest export! This ale is great out of a bottle, but even better on tap. It is smooth, full-bodied with a very distinct apricot finish. A brew materpiece!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2006 20:03:00 | More by JLaB
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I know this isn't everyone's kind of beer but this is by and far my all time favorite beer.
It has a golden body that is also pretty clear. It has a fruity smell. The taste is like the smell, with a medium to full body being dominated by a tropical fruit feel. There was a crisp hop bite on the end. It is a smooth beer. I like this style and drinkability. It is definitely the beer that I always know if nothing else catches my eye, will never disappoint me!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 03:37:54 | More by Jayli
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aquatonex

New York

4.7/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Magic Hat Brewing Company's #9 is probably my favorite beer at the moment. It's a rather odd color, a darkish pale ale. If you looked at it without actually drinking it, you might think it would be something your grandfather kept in the basement for 50 years. But, certainly drink it! Although the finish is not completely clean and it's slightly hoppy, the fruity taste (from apricots) complement the entire beer to create a wonderfully refreshing brew. I can only imagine how good it tastes on tap instead of from the bottle. It is quite bubbly as well, so if you plan to chug it be prepared to bring down the house with a burp afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 20:54:50 | More by aquatonex
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HoorayBeer

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking this odd brew for quite a few years. It puts a different spin on beer. Sat down with it, and it had a nice clear amber color, with a 1 inch head, not too thick, it left quickly after pouring. Smelled great, of fruits, notably something like peaches or apricots, quite different than other fruit brews. Very sweet first taste, hits the front of the tongue. Very smoothe and easy to go down mouthfeel. I will keep coming back to this beer when I can get it. Always a good choice, keeps things interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2005 15:24:56 | More by HoorayBeer
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rabsten

West Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Black Bear Burritos, Morgantown WV. Pours a dead on amber with no head to speak of. However, it strangely laced nice. Odd.

Smell was mild but very tasty. Light, crisp malt with a beautiful lavender hoppiness. It litterally made my mouth water. As it warmed up, the malt became more assertive but never overpowered the lavender. Nice indeed.

Flavor was lovely. Mild to start, with a growing malt character and of course the floralness.

Mouthfeel was good but a bit watery at times. It was very refreshing though.

As for the drinkability, it was top notch. I could have drunk several but I limited myself to one. It was hard, though. Enjoyed the hell out of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2006 01:26:45 | More by rabsten
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PartyHatjo

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason if I go into a bar, and this beer is on tap, I have to have at least two. I love apricots, and they figure very prominently into the flavor of this beer. Not only that, but the apricot nose is much more prominent than that of the hops (I guess that's why the name it a near pale ale or something like that). The beer pours a golden orange, and, when I've had it on tap, has no head. There is a crisp sweetness that is balanced perfectly by the apri-hoppiness (the delicious mix of apricot and hop flavor). It reminds me a bit of a low alcohol One-Eyed Cat hefeweissen...

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2004 21:19:03 | More by PartyHatjo
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Brent

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful airy fruit flavors going on here. Hey - all you other brewers who think a fruit beer should taste like a Jolly Rancher candy - try some of this. Aroma is very soft, not quite faint, apricots and peaches. Malt glides across the tongue, a bit dry and powdery. Not at all sweet. Then the aromatics waft through post-swallow, peachy and delicate. Far333 - you've done me right, brother.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 01:57:03 | More by Brent
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a nice dark golden-amber with nice, light, tall lacing and sustained head....nice ripe/dry fruit sweet note in the nose (apricots? peaches?) along with the malty (almost) pale i would expect...taste is really strengthened by the nice malt backbone and chewy mouthfeel. there is a perfect balance going on at multiple (!) levels. the hops and carbonation do the micro work that allows the malt and whatever odd magic hatwork is at play here...VERY drinkable and a nice, solid session (almost) pale for anytime of the year.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 22:33:52 | More by mempath
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Zodijackyl

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Coalhouse Pizza's Magic Hat Brewery Dinner in Stamford, CT, paired with warm cornbread smothered in New Orleans-style red bean gravy and sausage.

Creamy and cloudy orange pour with a fine white head that soon dissipates. Aroma is heavy on apricots, with a creamy malt and light yeast, slightly sour though the fruit and malt sweetness is stronger. Taste is apricots with sweetness and sourness well balanced, followed by a medium-light malt that is matched to the fruit flavor, and dry yeast. The fruit is a bit more up-front than in the bottled version, and the yeast taste is quite fresh and more prevalent. Slightly tart mouthfeel from the fruit, hops, and yeast, but a very refreshing tang that comes first and last, with the body in the middle. Very drinkable, an exceptionally good summer beer.

It is worth noting that when very fresh on tap, this beer easily outshines the bottled version, as well as on tap at less beer-centric establishments.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 05:54:52 | More by Zodijackyl
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nomad

Kansas

4.55/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

– Poured a hazy soft orange fading to gold at the edges, fairly reminiscent of a glowing version of apricot skin, and thus appetizing. Had a thin foam head often falling to soupiness, occasional tendrils of stain, and fairly widespread though slippery lace.

Smelled of beautiful apricot with some beer character from the fermentation – it shas that sweet and almost citric character and slightly floral nature of apricots, too. Full and evident but not overpowering or stickly sweet, it is a natural-smelling fruit beer. Tastes of sweet, juicy apricot goodness, though it does have some small sour notes, and a citric flavor bite. Supported effortlessly by a light amber malt underneath, and a small hop lick at the end, it actually had a moderately dry finish.

Thin and easy mouthfeel, this is an impossibly drinkable beer, one of the best fruit beers brewed in the U.S. This is the beer that alongside Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout laid the foundation for my passion for beer enjoyment. Still as good years later.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 19:37:38 | More by nomad
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ensign11

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - the appearance of this beer was a nice amber color with a decent pale head

S - immediately get hit with the citrusiness of this beer, some hops in the nose

T - taste is sweet, just like smell

M - mounthfeel is pleasant with good carbonation and medium bodied

D - definitely could drink this one all day

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 13:10:12 | More by ensign11
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat's #9 is my favorite beer. I love anything apricot so It was a no brainer for me to fall in love with this beer.

#9 tastes great out of the bottle or on tap. Either way make sure its in a nice cold glass- out of the bottle ruins the taste.

#9 pours a beautiful orange with a white head. Unfortunately the head doesn't hold too long but the aroma of apricots lingers until the last sip!

The taste is pure x-tacy, if you don't like apricots this is NOT your beer. A crisp light apricot flavor that doesn't overpower you with too much sweetness. It is a beer that you can drink several of and not get sick of the fruit flavor.

Highly recommended- and fairly easy to find in the NorthEast. #9 is a excellent beer and a staple to my diet!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 21:09:40 | More by NJpadreFan
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ithacabaron

California

4.53/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice...well, apricot color, out into my glass. Head is bold and it holds its own here.

Aroma is just knock your socks off, with a neutrally sweet malt (a little wheaty), fresh apricots in the back, and a very strong vanilla bean overlay.

Taste is of 2-row malt, a slight wheat sweetness, and that fresh apricot mid-section. The vanilla bean is present here, but takes much more of a back seat. Hopping here becomes a bit noticeable, in that it keeps the finish from being cloying, without identifying itself. This keeps you sipping, and that's a fine thing. Not too sweet (and I really don't have a sweet tooth at all) and not to hopped for a fruit beer. Almost perfect, swirling, drug-inspired Beatles recording-esque balance. Good times.

Mouthfeel is right on the money.

Drinkability is pretty good -- I've been left wanting a bit more after a 12 oz.-er, and the bomber was spot on.

All in all, a fruit beer for those that don't like sweet fruit beers. Fresh is best here, and it makes a great beer to start your night on.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 06:25:42 | More by ithacabaron
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Golden orange with a hint of red. Light tannish white head that goes away quickly.

S - I don't give 5's for many beers but the smell of this beer is awesome. Strong fruit smells. Apricot, peach, berries.

T - Very fruity but still a strong beer flavor. This is not a fruit beer that tastes like fruit first and the beer is an after-thought. This is definitely a beer first.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 03:04:57 | More by jeffmonarch
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jeremyd365

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty light and clear coppery color with medium-low carbonation. Damn, it smells amazing! It seems real peachy/apricotty that I just want to keep putting my nose into. And wow that smell is relayed right into the flavor. I nice medium-low bodied ale with a wollop of citrus. I'm not even usually super keen on fruity beers but this one is done amazingly. This is a pale for the ages. Although I'm trying this in early November, I can definitely see this being a spectacular summer beer. Light, crisp, refreshing, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 02:07:48 | More by jeremyd365
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#9
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
ABV: 4.60 %

reviewed 11/13/09 w/ MG, bomber > pint glass
bought @ Broudy's JB for $3 for a 22oz

Appearance is a light golden honey color with a 2 finger fluffy head. Respectable head retention and minor hints of lace.
Smell has a very evident natural fruity aroma, not to sweet, smells like an excellent fruit/razz wheat.
Taste is a light body fruity taste on a light malt body. Reminds me of a a creamy/wit like Raspberry Wheat Ale.
Mouthfeel is light body and high carbo, but it works fine in this context.
Drinkability is a good sessionable fruit beer without being too overly sweet. I enjoyed this one very much for the style.
CAUTION: If you dont like fruit beers you will think this one is overly hyped...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 15:47:43 | More by unclejimbay
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trf32

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Not-quite-pale-ale indeed. Hazy. Nice head, sticks around for a bit.

S- Spiced yams. Cinnamon and some herbs I could describe better if I cooked more. Plums. Hm, this is fun.

T- Peaches and pears and plums all the way. It definitely has that tart taste they have when they're just getting ripe, but with cinnamon apple sauce. It's really unique and well-rounded with the hops and malt.

M- The beer comes and goes as the flavors stick around. There's a bit of dryness to it. Carbonation is solid.

D- Not hard to drink and the flavor is actually nice enough that I wouldn't mind getting a case.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:32:58 | More by trf32
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 21:23:20 | More by heybrewtiful
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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