#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,034 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,034
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 52
Gots: 593 | FT: 0
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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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-1998)
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. Without knowing what makes this such a "not quite pale" ale, I'm going to take a stab at it. The pour brings a sparkling clear golden / orange hue with nice head formation and retention; mild lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet malts, fresh oranges, fruity esters, but only a mild hint of hops. Flavors bring out a well-attenuated malt character that dominates the beer because of a lack of meaningful hop additions. Decorated with sweet orange peel, hints of ginger, cloves, and some spicy esters. Apricots it is! These flavors come apart too quickly and lack meldedness, but it seems pleasant enough. The mouthfeel is moderate for a pale ale, but lacks depth, breadiness, and overall heartiness. Finishes sweet and spicy as expected. The sweetness works on you towards the end of the glass, making me switch up to something else.

Photo of BigHeavy
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Flat Branch nonic pint. Beer was consumed upon pouring.

A: Beer pours a peachy golden color and is pretty much perfectly clear. An off white two finger head appears and then settles to a thin cap. Some bubbling is visible through the beer. Fain lacing appears during the process of drinking.

S: Smell is dominated by apricots, which smell pretty sweet as well. I also pick up on some bready notes. There is no real hop presence to speak of.

T: Taste is again dominated by some fairly sweet apricot flavors. Not as heavy as I thought it would be. Those bready aromas manifest themselves in flavors which tone down the apricot a little. Some floral hops round out the taste. Finish is very dry. Kind of a different experience, not sure how I feel about it yet. Flavors don't really pop that much.

M: Magic Hat #9 is a little thin in the mouth. Pretty aggressive carbonation lends an almost soda like feel in the mouth.

D: Drinkability itself is high. Whether I would go back for another, well thats a different story. Flavors don't bombard your palate, which makes it easy to drink.

O: Eh. I am kinda indifferent on this one. It's not good, not bad. I appreciate the effort to create a different beer, but Magic Hat comes up a little short on this one. A little interesting, but the flavors are pretty subdued. If they could take this and super size it, I might be more interested.

Photo of jsprain1
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow, on the orange side, with a strong head on it.
S- smells of fruit, and some cereal note to it.
T- very much an apricot beer. a bit of malt and virtually no hop presence.
m- Crisp like an english pale should be, but it struck me as a little fizzy.
D- this beer is a tough one. if you compare it to other english pale ales, it isn't quite up to my standards. but if i go into it thinking "fruit beer," it actually ends up being a nice beer. a lot of times brewers lose the beer for the sake of the fruit. while apricot is the main actor here, it is not merely carbonated alcoholic fruit juice.
if nothing else, it wins points as a solid intro to craft beer.

Photo of genog
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with minimal white head and not too much lacing left at all. Smell is of honey, and some black berries and raspberrys? Im not sure this is not usually a style I drink, but decided to give it a try. Not too much sweetness in the taste but it is still sweet. A little citrus follows the honey taste. Not a great beer.

Photo of chugalug06
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Quite an aggressive pour! A nice fluffy white head pours very aggressive!!! Brew is a lovely clear golden color with yellow and red hues. Head reduces to very little.

S - Very berry! Strawberry and peach notes, for sure! Quite a nice scent. Very pleasant! Perhaps just a touch of caramel and pine.

T - Not nearly as sweet as I thought it was going to be... Taste hardly reflects scent. Not sure the flavor meets the style... Very bitter and very little fruit flavor. Only a mild fruited flavor, quite mild.

M - A light bodied over carbonated brew. A bit all over the place. Super bitter for the style.

O - A good brew that I would love to have while outdoors, but far from hitting the style... It's kind of a mess, it doesn't know quite what style it is... A very unique brew! A good brew in a great trade. Thank you Another6Pack!

Photo of sbe1
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer seems to be available everywhere, especially college bars. This is my first time trying it after years of seeing it on tap and in bottles and, frankly, it's nothing to crow about.

Appearance: Decent sudsy head, with a tannish gold color. Not a bad looking beer.

Smell: A bit fruity, malt, apricots, a little caramel.

Taste: a kind of half-assed too fruity Pale Ale, a little hop in there somewhere, but mostly fruity -- apricots -- finishes slightly dry and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, mild carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability: kind of boring, it doesn't know if it wants to be a fruit beer or a pale ale and ends up compromising in an unsatisfying way.

Photo of JRed
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With this beer's sweet smell and attractive looks, (not to mention the candied taste.) I find it difficult to not keep taking swigs from the glass. If this beer was a woman, I could find myself calling her every week to see if she might just be "the one". This beer goes great on a summer day to cool off the bod and does a pretty good job using apricots in its brew. All in all this beer is light and enjoyable but the tart taste builds up in your mouth more and more after each additional glass. After a few of these, the beer gets a little annoying.

Photo of enfield249
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Honey gold in color, small white head.

S - Smells very fruity, pears kinda. No hop aroma to speak of.

T - First, there is a nice fruity flavor, followed by some slight hop flavor, and then on the back end there is lots of what tastes like spice of some kind, almost medicinal.

M - Medium, not to heavy or light.

O - An interesting beer. I have had it a few times, and it's gotten old, but it is a go to in the summer when there is nothing else available.

Photo of McClungbrew2
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured deep gold with a white head. There was a steady stream of small bubbles rising from the sides and bottom of the glass. It is very clear in a glass.

The aroma was somewhat faint but mostly pale malt and essences of fruit.

The flavor was mostly dried apricot and not enough hop presence for balance. The finish was sweet and again tasted like dried apricot. It is fullflavored but not balanced.

The mouthfeel was heavier than I expected. I thought it would be lighter.

This beer is fairly complex. It doesn't suit my personal taste, but others may consider it very drinkable.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; honey colored; 1 finger white head that receded quickly; no lacing;

S: fresh apricot with some light malt;

T: malt is a little more prevalent here, but the apricot still comes through clearly; virtually no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not a beer I would generally choose, but good nonetheless;

Photo of Libationguy
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light reddish-copper color with brass-yellow hues and a slightly hazy look. Fine bubbles in the carbonation. Moderate head with moderate- retention.

White peach, mandarin orange and apricots. Hop citrus notes are nicely balanced with the fruitiness. A little bit of celery seed and coriander. Relatively bright on the nose. Mild floral tones.

Fruity quality continues on the palate. Bright and lifted in style. More citrus than stone fruit in the palate. Grapefruit pith in the back end cleans everything up nicely.

Medium bodied and very clean. Body pushes through the finish. Carbonation is well balanced in the beer.

Photo of heebes
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New release 6 packs at Beer Store of Ontario.

Pours a clear dark amber golden with a nice foamy two finger head. Nose is apricots, jelly beans, bready malt slightly but mostly fruity. Taste is malt, grains, some apricot and lighter fruit. Mouthfeel is drying, loads of carbonation.

Overall, i'm more impressed with this last bottle that I actually poured into a glass to review and took from the fridge. The other ones from the 6 pack were consumed from the bottle and beer store temp, and I disliked them in a big way, even poured half on the grass. This bottle is quite refreshing on this waning hot summer day. Though I still wish it was a pale ale as mentioned on the label!

Photo of m2paulun
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A half inch head appeared that went away fairly quick. The beer is a nice amber color that looks very refreshing.

S - Fruit right from the get go. Smells like you opened a package of dried apricots.

T - Taste is just like the smell; fruit and more fruit. The taste of dried apricots really lingers.

M - Has a decent amount of carbonation and goes down smooth.

D - If you like beers with a fruit taste, it would not be hard to drink more than one.

Photo of TAMU99
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a thin foam and negligible lace. Smells of citrus and flowers with a noticeable alcoholic odor.
Taste is robust and hopped, though no overpoweringly so. Hoppy finish, average drinkability. Carbonated, thin mouthfeel.

Thin hops just aren't enough in this one. More hops/more complex hops: ok OR some malt to balance the hops: ok. This one's fair, but probably won't rebuy

Photo of fank2788
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
After the pour #9 is a light yellowy copper in the glass with a one finger off white head that falls to a thin layer of bubbles, that laces the glass a bit. In the nose I'm getting some apricot up front, fairly one dimensional, with some caramel malt underneath. Hop presence is minimal in the smell. The apricot comes through heavily in the taste also. Despite being an extract the fruit seems fairly real, however, the base disappoints a bit. For an APA the malt profile is pretty one dimensional and the hops are only there to provide a backing bitterness and leave me wondering if they really wanted to make a pale ale. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not enough bitterness to give it the kick it needs yet it finishes quite dry with a bit of a slick exctracty fruitiness. Despite the shortcomings drinkability isn't awful, it wouldn't be my first choice, aprihop is much better for example, but it isn't terrible.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- copper color, 1/2 inch head, nice lacing

Smell- malt, hops, for a fruit beer, I didn't smell any fruit at all. I thought it was a pale ale.

Taste- light hops and malt flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok but it certainly didn't taste like a fruit beer. I thought it was a pale ale.

Photo of BeerforBrendan
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Not quite pale ale", eh? Ok. Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a thin slightly off-white head.

Whoa! This one smells interesting. I get wheat, green grapes, pears, honey and yellow cake mix. Cool nose on this mutha.

Tastes of bright, fleshy fruit....yellow apples, crisp pears, ripe tangerines and clover. This has to have some wheat in it, right? Pretty far out there! May be a bit too sweet for some, reminds me a bit of Midas Touch.

A very interesting beer, worth the experiment. I was lucky enough to get a single of this, as I am not sure how long it would take to get through a whole sixer.

Photo of Yesac
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale/clear yellow with a medium white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S - Fruity apricot tang

T - Tastes like an average imported light beer as its malty dominant. However that fruity apricot taste kicks in subtly for a refreshing finish. Easy to drink. Not sure how much I paid for this, bought I'd buy a sixer to drink after a hot day or something.

M - thin and medium carbonated, cleans the plate well.

D - Very thin and easy to drink as it is light and on the malty side. Medium/high carbonation.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A hazy light amber body, topped with a fizzy white head that recedes to a light film. Decent soapy lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Immediate candy sweetness with aromas like apricots and dried fruit coming to mind. Faint grains hidden underneath.

Taste: Like the nose, the palate is blasted with fruity sweetness immediately. Strange notes of clove or ginger linger around the sweet apricot body.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery.

Overall: I like this, but it's got too much going on with the sweetness, and not all that complex. Pretty drinkable though.

Photo of BEERligerent
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

standard, simple, and typical domestic beer1
This beer was suggested to me by a friend. When i was asking people for suggestions on a good craft beer to try, this was the first suggestion.
Appearance- was yellow orange to me
smell was a little fruity but quite pleasant
taste was pretty average. i expected more of an explosion.
mouthfeel- almost typical of other domestics (you tell me)
overall i think this would be a good summer beer with friends at the lake, and fire at night

Photo of Chico1985
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottom of the cap reads... "read Books...not Bottlecaps". Good advice I suppose. Pours very faint brown/orange, looks exactly like apple juice. Small fizzy white head turns to a small ring very quickly. Carbonation comes from bottom of the glass letting out strange bubbly fireworks at the top, keeping what's left of the head somewhat thick. Very slight amount of sediment visible. Decent apricot scent, kind of artificial smelling. Little bit of a macro-esque corn scent as well. It has that "cheap" scent for sure just covered up with the fruity aromas. I'm tasting less apricot than I would've guessed from the smell, but it's definitely there along with a bit of pear and bubblegum. Slightly bready in the aftertaste. Not entirely bad but I just don't find this taste very appealing. Tastes a little artificial. This is my first time having it in the bottle, I remember on-tap being better than this. Just tastes a bit strange, not very refreshing like many others seem to think. Some hop bitterness is a nice plus here. Mouthfeel is alright for the style, smooth but very thin, good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good too I suppose. Even though I'm not a huge fan of this it is seriously easy to drink, and the fruitiness surely is very appealing to the non-beer crowd.

Photo of Trenton_Hiltbrand
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of gford217
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear, light yellow with tons of bubbles streaming to the top and feeding a soapy white head that sticks to the sides of the glass and lingers as a cap for a while.

Smells like, well, apricot juice. There are hints of malts in the nose as well, but the apricots don't let much else through.

The taste has an initial apricot rush with tons of sweetness in tow. The malts are a little more evident in the taste but not much as the apricot sweetness also lingers through the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty light with good carbonation and very crisp in the finish with a slight dry fruit texture.

This is a decent brew that is drinkable to start with but starts to wear on me a little bit after half a glass. Those apricots start to get a little much for me. Still, not bad.

Photo of BostonBrewins
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden. Not much of a head, but the remnants of it stick around.

S - Nose is a bit faint, apricot notes are at the forefront. Bready too.

T - Just like the nose, apricots flavor and bready. The notes are too muted. Not quite enough flavor.

M - Feels good on the mouth. Moderate carbonation, maybe a bit too light.

D - Very drinkable, a good beer to slam on a warm summer day, but not a whole lot of flavor.

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,034 ratings.