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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,721 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,721
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 40
Gots: 417 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

mbeerdino21, Jun 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Interesting aroma on this one of maltiness and some citrus, which could be expected. Definitely different.

On first sip, the carbonation seems pretty heavy here. I get a sense of sour fruit upfront, which is quickly whisked to the side by a decent shot of hops, which seem to be Cascades or something similar. As it finishes, the bitterness intensifies a bit and runs along the sides of the tongue. After the finish, I get a little bit of grain on the palate. The finish is also quite clean, with minimal to no stickiness in the mouth.

Overall, I'd say it's a decent, but not that good, brew and is a bit toned down for a pale ale as far as hoppiness is concerned. Then again, it does say on the bottle it is the "not quite pale ale".

NODAK, Jun 12, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

threedaggers, Jul 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Mikeynas, Oct 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Dzhill87, Jul 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

sth77677, Mar 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

outoffocus, Dec 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Remdog, Aug 23, 2014
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Jdra, Sep 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

ale207, Dec 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Shy5, Feb 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

I've had Magic Hat #9 on many occasions but tonight's pour was sub-par, may have been an old keg or a bad batch served at the Mellow Mushroom. Unfortunate because this was one of my go to beers. It was served in a standard pint glass.

A: same as usual, typical copper, clear color, not much head, no lacing.

S: citrusy, not too much of a smell, some yeast detected

T: very yeasty, citrusy and a little medicinal, not sure if it was perhaps a dirty glass (soap residue) or bad lines, but it did not have the usual crisp taste.

M: not so good this batch, toughed it out and drank the pint, but it had a medicinal taste that I did not appreciate

Overall: disappointed with this pour though I have had good #9 in the past. I won't let this experience turn me off, but next time I may politely ask for another beer. Still will buy six-packs and stock it in the fridge. I've even had #9 from this location before and it tasted great, not sure the problem with tonight and will not blame it on the beer, this is just my review of this experience.

abeerlovr, Aug 13, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

vinhgoh, Jul 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

bcgill, Oct 05, 2013
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,721 ratings.