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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

4,376 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 4,376
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 31
Gots: 248 | 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

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backbaybrewer

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -70.5%

05-22-2013 02:54:22 | More by backbaybrewer
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

1/5  rDev -70.5%

08-29-2013 13:58:35 | More by HRamz3
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yeahman

Ohio

1.08/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this from a mixed pack that my wife bought.
Looks hazy.
Smells like a dry apricot.
Flat and uninteresting flavor and mouthfeel.

I thought id give this a try since my wife seems to like it. Maybe her review will balance out my glaringly bad review.

Is the #9 in reference to how many attempts it took for them to get to this flavor profile? Maybe they should have a #10. Just sayin.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 17:54:40 | More by yeahman
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elgiacomo

Georgia

1.1/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle, best by Feb 2010. Pours light amber with a small off-white head, tiny spots of lacing, maintains a weak cap.

Aroma is orange kool-aid, orange gatorade, fruity shampoo, smells VERY artificial.

Flavor is orange rind, almost like Flinstones vitamins or generic orange tums. Despite this, it feels like this is giving me heartburn. Blech.

Mouthfeel is oily, a little sticky, medium carbonation.

Pretty nasty overall, gonna go put a PBR in the freezer, this is going down the drain. Yeah this is at the end of its run, but still technically within the "best by" range. Undrinkable, artificial, nasty crap.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 04:56:48 | More by elgiacomo
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slowbie

North Carolina

1.13/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

This beer actually looks pretty good. Not a very impressive head but a nice golden amber color and very clear.

Take a whiff and everything goes downhill. I have never had this beer before but was vaguely aware that there was something fuity about it. One whiff let's me know that this is not going to be a good thing. The description here on the website says it'sapricot, the bottle says 'natural flavor.' I never would have guessed either. The nose is dominated by a nasty fruit smell that smells very fake despite purportedly being real. I can smell a little malt sweetness behind that but the fruit smell overrides everything else.

The taste is the same as the smell, albeit with a hop bite up front that quickly disappears. I can also taste a bit more malt in the finish, but it's still pretty much gross fake fruit flavor all the way through.

Even the mouthfeel is not good, as the carbonation bite does not blend well with the fake fruit sweetness.

Overall, I might give this beer a better score if it warned me anywhere on the bottle that it was a fruit beer, but even then the score wouldn't be much better. This is bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 22:55:46 | More by slowbie
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dragos

Connecticut

1.18/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Abolutly the worst beer I have ever had. The nose is like roses' parfume that becomes so overpowering when you drink it that I felt I was going to vomit after 3 sips. I am absolutly sorry that I wasted $10 on a six pack. Just horrible. The rest will be trashed. On the positive side it looks like a perfect pale ale in terms of SRM color. The mouthfeel not much here, can't feel the malt or hops. Very light and watery.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 18:37:26 | More by dragos
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muffins

Illinois

1.2/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Honestly, this is my least favorite beer in the world.

I first had it at the brewery. They make a few perfectly good, delightful, unpretentious beers.

Since that first trial, this beer has been heavily marketed (at least in my market), showing up all over the place. "Maybe I missed something at the brewery, where I sampled a number of beers," I thought, otherwise, why would this beer be everywhere. I had just delighted in an Aprihop, which in description might seem similar. So I ordered a draft of it.

Wow -- worse than I thought. My girlfriends reactions are often more jarring and unaccepting than mine -- she took one sniff, recoiled in disgust and said "ugh it smells just like cat pee." She was right, sort of -- I debated if perhaps the pee in question was more likely from a coyote. Certainly nothing of hops in the aroma.

Took a sip. Wow worse than I remembered. Synthetic fruity flavor (even if it is natural) -- like an apricot jolly rancher in your mouth while you drink a beer you don't like.

Left it 90% un-consumed -- unheard of in my cardholding clean-plate-club world.

Perhaps most distressing is that this seems to be the worst beer this brewer makes. I sincerely believe that some brewers should not be allowed out of their state. There is no reason a beer like this must travel near 1000 miles. Certainly they have drains to pour it down in Vermont?

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 12:09:43 | More by muffins
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Dalia

Michigan

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

10-13-2012 03:46:03 | More by Dalia
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

04-02-2013 04:38:22 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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MacarthurParker

Ethiopia

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

09-22-2012 21:14:57 | More by MacarthurParker
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DucTourer

Florida

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

04-06-2013 03:39:05 | More by DucTourer
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klmcmachen

Texas

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

05-06-2013 14:52:32 | More by klmcmachen
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Dshep1340

Michigan

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

02-06-2014 01:02:09 | More by Dshep1340
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HarrySTruman

Michigan

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours gold with a nice head. Head retention was poor. Lacing was minimal. I generally don't like the bottle design and I think most of the sayings under the caps make it sound like a bush league craft beer.

Smells of apricot, almost like rotting fruit.

Taste is terrible. I can't even describe the after taste. I drank one of these things, thought it was bad, tried a 2nd one (I had 3 in a variety pack) and I had to drain pour it. The 3rd one suffered the same fate.

The mouth feel wasn't terrible. Properly carbonated, slightly dry finish, not bad in anyway.

It's like an apricot and rotten fruit beer. I found it to be absolutely terrible. One of of only two beers I've ever considered a drain pour. I'm not a big fan of any of the 4 beers I have tried from Magic Hat, but none of them were as bad as this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 09:01:35 | More by HarrySTruman
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Dave1999

North Carolina

1.38/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a transparent fizzy yellow with a white head. Looked like an adjunct lager.

Didn't really have much smell, maybe a slight frutiness.

Not much taste a little sweetness.

Very carbonated like fizzy water. Thin mouth feel not much to it.

Overall this beer reminded me of a light lager was pretty awful.Worst beer I've had for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 01:21:08 | More by Dave1999
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MillySox

Illinois

1.4/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Light golden color with a foamy white head. Very little aroma with nothing out of the ordinary detected. Smooth on the pallet followed by a swift kick in balls. There is something like grape hi-c all over this concoction that was mislabeled as beer. If they did use hops they were wasting them.

I'll be perfectly honest. My review maybe should be taken with a grain of salt because I only drank half of this beer. The barmaid actually approached and offered to pour me something different because she could see the agony on my face as I tried to swallow this crap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 00:33:33 | More by MillySox
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TwoLips

Colorado

1.4/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Random pick from a mix your six. Poured into a tulip glass, and spit directly into a sink. To be fair, I am generally not a fan of fruit style beer, but I can appreciate when the style is done very well. This one, however, did not contain any fruit I know in nature. A faint pale ale with semi-sweet taste, too foamy, and distinctly cheap. The "Magic" is that they are still making this.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 01:48:17 | More by TwoLips
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bobhits

Kentucky

1.43/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Magic Hat's flagship beer....really?

This beer is relatively clear, well carbonated and leave some lacing. It smells like a sour with apricot notes dominate. It isn't sour...it has spices, some malt notes, and well more apricots. The flavors here don't mix, they don't work, and they are a pass. I really don't see why this beer is made and even fruit beer drinks I imagine would want different fruit flavors.

Just a complete pass from a brewer that isn't great to start with.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 22:12:45 | More by bobhits
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aldujaparov

Massachusetts

1.45/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

almost undrinkable, tastes like perfume. still have a couple in the fridge hoping to pawn off on unsuspecting guests. have to leave 250 characters!? what else to be said? only way I got past more than 1 was late at night didn't feel like going out for something better.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 21:54:40 | More by aldujaparov
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dertyd

California

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

A-nice amber copper 1 finger head verry little laceing

S-almost no smell light mango

T-not good bitter sour fruit no beer taste

M-kinda sticky in mouth

Overall

Wow!!! Realy let down on this one was exspecting a lot more almost dosent taste like beer taste like a realy bitter wine/wine cooler.will not drink this one again!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 09:07:23 | More by dertyd
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

12-07-2012 22:50:54 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

02-10-2012 22:30:01 | More by Jparkanzky
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freduardo

Alabama

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

01-02-2012 17:00:05 | More by freduardo
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edemaknn

Louisiana

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

04-06-2013 03:02:02 | More by edemaknn
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Jpin86

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

11-27-2012 07:28:41 | More by Jpin86
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,376 ratings.