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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company


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4,109 Ratings

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Ratings: 4109
Reviews: 1540
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%

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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Photo of Soncheebs


2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Sparkling golden, mild to no lacing
S: Smells kind of soapy actually, and cheaply sweet with artificial smells of oranges, apricots, a little malty, hint of caramel
T: Oranges, caramel, and the malts come through pretty well but it just finishes cheap, almost soapy and lacks the hops to bring together the sweetness.
M: Medium body to it but way too much carbonation.
O: It's not a bad beer to pick up at the gas station or local grocery that may not have a huge selection, and a lot of my friends that aren't a beer snob like myself swear by this beer. I guess my palette has grown too refined, I find it drinkable but cheap.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:53:12 | More by Soncheebs
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a large white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, slightly hazy

S: nose of slight spice and light fruitless, slight grain sweetness, mineral water

T: sweet up front with blueberry and strawberry flavors added, crisp lager like finish

M: thin with very high carbonation

O: refreshing but the flavors seem artificial

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 23:01:35 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of EagleTalon


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

Pours out to a nice creamy white head that laces the glass a bit. Color is a coppery gold. Aroma is much like Pyramid apricot minus the sharp wheat. Flavor is mild and fruity with some pale and crystal malts shining through and balanced to a crisp finish. No discernible hop character. Mouthfeel is pleasant and CO2 is just right. Overall a solid brew that pleases.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:13:34 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of SpenCycle


3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- relatively clear beer. Nice golden hue with a small head that diminishes quickly

S- Not too much going on here, small amount of bitterness with hints of fruit and citrus

T- very light tasting beer. Same as the smell, not much going on. The apricot flavor sticks out, which is a unique addition as well as bitterness that works well with it.

M- good carbonation, just goes down like a light beer. It does have the ability to make you take another sip.

O- good beer, just a little on the light side. Excellent session or hot weather beer that plays with the taste buds just enough. Probably not something I will buy again, but I had to try it. It is a good tasting beer, just seemed to fall short of the hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 20:19:13 | More by SpenCycle
Photo of RusImpStoLuv


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Obvious apricot infusion, with sometimes buttery notes on the palate. Subtle amount of stone fruits n the palate throughout. Dry finish. Not the worst nor the best Pale Ale/fruity ale, but is very wearily drinkable on any day, especially a nice summers night. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 19:50:48 | More by RusImpStoLuv
Photo of Retroman40


2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Nice golden color with a fleeting head.

S - Somewhat fruity with a hint of malt.

T - Malt with a hint of fruitiness that I could never make out.

M - A bit on the tangy side with moderate carbonation.

O - I expected more considering the hype I'd heard about this brand. In reality, it seemed more like an AAL than anything else. According to its description "it asks more questions than it answers". One question was "why did I buy this in the first place?" I don't see any reason to ever buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 01:36:49 | More by Retroman40
Photo of SylviaFaye

North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This apricot-colored brew leaves poor lacings from a "just barely there" head that quickly fizzled and died. The nose is also of apricots with a dash of malts and honey. While the mouthfeel is a bit thin the pallet is rather crisp, so perhaps this is intended. Crisp, slightly malty, and mildly sweet, this beer is simple but very refreshing. I could definitely see myself throwing back a couple of these while hanging out at a BBQ or at a pool on a hot day. It's nothing to write home about, but it's great for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:05:19 | More by SylviaFaye
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into a goblet
Last leftover from last Saturday’s party
Aroma sweet, fruity
Head very small (8 mm), off white, fizzy, quickly fully diminishing into a ring 1.5.mm thick
Body just lighter than medium yellow, clear
Flavor begins sweet, fruity (prunes?), no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Flavor ends slightly sweet, as above.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Not a bad drink: a guilty pleasure when I really don’t want to buy a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 11:43:51 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

2.18/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Never again #9! That's what I'd call this beer.

When I first tried it in Asbury Park where Yuengling was the other choice, I drank 2, but that was at the beginning of craft and now I think this is so passe to be almost comically fruity.

A: Nice enough pale ale on a brown body, with a thick head and good lacing.
S: You've got to be kidding me! Who pumped the dish soap into my beer? Nothing but Herbal Essence shampoo notes. Entirely too artificial fruity. I think they amped up the recipe since I first tried.
T: Soapy, Starts in the smell with strong artificial apricot and herbalessence. A bit of malt body, but still sweet in the middle, and it does finish soapy bitter.
M: Creamy, but sudsy, doesnt leave my mouth in a good place (but clean!)

This has gotten worse. Pass. Pour.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 18:03:07 | More by Act25
Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov


2.29/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Trying my first magic hat branded beer, starting with #9. This beer pours a deep yellow color bordering on very light amber. Darker than a Bud, but lighter than say a Traditional Yuengling.

With a rather harsh pour it gave a 1.5 finger head of foam that receded extremely fast and left zero lacing on the glass.
The nose of this beer is so weird because if you smell it once it smells like an adjunct lager, but the next time it doesn't. You can smell a musty almost wheat characteristic to it at times, with that classic adjunct smell, but also the smell of lettuce and apricot faintly. I cannot detect any hops in the scent of this.

Taking a big gulp of it, there is a decently malty presence at first and it changes to a light hop bitterness and a strange (vegetable) aftertaste. The apricot note that many others have noted does make sense once you hear the word, but it seems very artificial in taste. There is a very faint buttery quality on the tongue. The finish of this beer is pretty dry which is probably a plus for keeping the odd taste from lingering for very long.

The mouth feel of this beer is probably the highest point of this beer, it's very watery and a bit slippery. The ringwood yeast used to produce these beers has a habit of leaving large amounts of diacetyl in Magic Hat brews which may actually be beneficial to this particular one - atleast for me.

Overall I couldn't recommend this beer. I feel that it's really touting itself as craft beer quality and it just isn't. It's unique for sure in it's concept and it certainly doesn't taste like any other beer I've had, but it isn't even remotely close to a pale ale in taste or appearance.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 18:42:44 | More by Lorenzai_Konstantinov
Photo of DMMLarson333


3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A... Very thin head. Light dances in it like motor oil, somewhat pearlescent.

S... The aroma doesn't seem to keep up with the flavor. It is mild with an appropriate amount of citrus. There are also some darker notes present. It is too much to say it smells chocolatey, or woody, but something down there.

T... I love the "not quite pale ale" title. It excuses the more mild happiness. I find this a terribly refreshing beer, esp. In the summer. Unlike most summer beers I consider to have high drinkability, this one isn't without complexities. It's not War & Peace, but it's more than a Corona, but as refreshing, and I could easily drink several in a sitting. Goes down dangerously smooth and easily.

M... Feels light to medium. A little, lingering activity in the tongue, so perhaps a touch too much CO2? Mouth feels moderately clean after, but asks to drink more.

O... This beer's refreshingness, and drinkability increase it's overall score. Certainly better than avg. but not quite outstanding. I do however find myself coming back to it often. Now heading into the winter, however, I suspect it may be forgotten on the other side of the snow.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:56:28 | More by DMMLarson333
Photo of WhiteHillsStore


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Although a lot of you have probably tried and forgotten this beer, I for one keep coming back. It's one of those beers you grab when you don't know what you want. It's not overly showy or complex, but it's still good. Slightly sweet overall with a semi-clean finish. Easy to drink and not too filling, but not too light either. Best in the summer, but good year round too.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 02:56:09 | More by WhiteHillsStore
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

#9 Pours a moderate sized pure white head with okay retention and low lacing. Beer is a perfectly clear golden/orange color. Smells of pears, peaches, apricots, bread, and light malts, with just a hint of soapiness.

Taste starts with pear and bread, then peaches and apricots, with a light malt and slightly soapy finish. Crisp finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than average with high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 20:10:58 | More by JG-90
Photo of rdilauro


2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours like your typical light amber/lager/ale. A semi-frothy white head, keeping in t line with many of the larger breweries. Not much of any aroma, nothing distinct in the nose.
The taste was clean, the beer was very light. The aftertaste was just a clean as the start. So, that feels my grading in terms of what any good beer should be like.

Enjoyable, like, nice summering, mowing my lawn type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 21:25:04 | More by rdilauro
Photo of Spikester


3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy amber with a very small white and zero lace. Smell is very nice fruit with a touch of bread. Taste is lightly sweet fruit with a little malt support and just the minor hop bitterness in the after taste. Mouthfeel is alright with plenty of carbonation. Light to medium bodied.
Overall an easy drinking fruit beer with no Wow factor. If you like fruit beers give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 06:32:47 | More by Spikester
Photo of digitalflood

New York

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale (2013) - 5.1% ABV. Faint aromas of spice and almost cider like malts. Thick head leans down to thin but strong lacing. Active carbonation in a hazy amber body. Light spicing with crisp ale front palate. Hints of malt and cream mid-palate. Very wet mouth feel with crisp back palate hopping. Very smooth ale taste with hints of Western US style hops complement the overall amber North East Pale Ale crisp hop notes. Enough copper to let you know it's an ale. A little bumble gum and ester on the aftertaste. Caramel and sugar nips away as the taste gently fades. Soft lingering spice. Lots going on here. Nothing over the top. Nothing all at once. Very subtle overlapping notes. Easy to pass up if you just gulp it down (after all it is very drinkable despite the slightly higher than average ABV for the varietal). Nice warming notes result. Overall a solid brew with non-traditional aspects in an otherwise well layered Ale. 3.5 out of 5. Good. When I got to the second glass the apricot fruit notes really came through. Looks like this becomes more apparent the colder the brew gets. Apricot jam and pectin like, but still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 03:33:15 | More by digitalflood
Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a head which dissipates fairly quickly. Solid carbonation. Not much of a nose, just hints of fruit, no hop presence. Light bodied. Taste is balanced with malt sweetness and fruit against a faint bitterness that is more noticeable on the clean, crisp finish. A good drinkable, but not complex, beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 20:11:37 | More by tillmac62
Photo of MickeyBeer


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

Picked this beer up in a variety pack at the local grocery store. I have had this beer before, but this is the first time that I will be writing a review on it.

A- Beer pours a golden orange color with a minimal half finger or so of head. Head dissipates rather quickly and the beer leaves some lacing along the glass. Carbonation within the beer does not appear to be very active.

S- Smell is pretty mild, but has sweet and malty aromas. Almost a little bit of a spicy smell and hints of apricot.

T- Much like the smell it is a sweet and malty. A very minimal hop bite is present. Fruity apricot taste is there, but is not overbearing. Aftertaste is a bready.

M- Mouthfeel is rather light and the beer goes down smooth. Carbonation is also light and makes the beer pretty easy to drink.

O- A good beer that is not really special in any one area. I wouldn't mind having one or two, but not necessarily a beer that I would seek out if I am looking for something complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:17:40 | More by MickeyBeer
Photo of burnerfinger


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new Belgium goblet:

A: just a bit darker than amber, extra clarity, modest bone white head that settled quick and left NO lacing

S - sweet, and very understated on the nose

T - hmmm not bad but not that good either, just a bit of taste overall! no hops at all far as I can tell, really just a touch of malitness

M ; not bad at all! crisp - I think this is what macros wish they were

D VERY drinkable, consider this a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 04:39:07 | More by burnerfinger
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light Gold see-through color with a small head.

Smell: Fruity smell up front.

Taste: Nice taste that matches the smell. Fruity, but also similar to a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Goes down smooth.

Overall: One of my favorite beers from Magic Hat, easy to drink and taste like a pale ale with fruit. A go to beer from Magic Hat

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 03:09:25 | More by bgillespie
Photo of pls2087


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass.

A: Orange-golden color; very minimal head which dissipates quickly.

S: Citrus, grainy (like bread)

T: Apricot, slight floral flavor

M: Light, no lingering aftertaste

O: Enjoyable, clean fruit beer. Apricot flavor not too overpowering; nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 00:31:34 | More by pls2087
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 23/9/13

A clear light copper, lots of bubbles sticking to the inside of the glass and bubbles of all sizes feeding a large, loose soapy foam that sits for a few minuets slowly falling to an island leaving lots of spider web lace deep down the glass

S honey, peach and apricots, some floral notes and sweet grains, I was expecting some hops but not much in that department

T much like the nose, a little sweet, fruity and grainy, I wasn't really expecting a fruit beer and the fruit has a candy aspect going for it, not sure if it tastes real

M lighter side of medium, prickly bubbles, a lingering bread and apricot aftertaste

O decent beer but nothing to write home about, something I could see my wife drinking

just another fruit beer, nothing worth searching for but could serve a purpose on a hot sunny day

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 16:39:56 | More by wordemupg
Photo of WunderLlama


3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Orange golden amber with decent carbonation and slight white foam cap

Citrus and orange hop aroma dominates

Nice , clean citrus hop with clean finish. no bitter aftertaste. Light to light medium mouthfeel. Good beer with a pleasant taste. Repeat ale but not a first choice, perhaps a third our fourth selection.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 00:58:58 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of horshamguy


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into 22 oz. TGIF/Ruby Tuesdays/Applebees glass.

A--Nice head at first. Dissapates into a nice white coating. Leaves very respectable lacing. Color is a hazy shade of gold. Overall, it looks like something that'll make me happy.
S--Sweet, very sweet. Lots of fruitiness; apricot is most apparent. Reminds me of a Belgian made with candy sugar.
T--Follows the nose at first. Sweet, fruity, mostly apricot. I think they note that it's, "not quite a pale ale" b/c of the dominance of the malts over the hops. Hops are actually not very apparent, but the malts are quite prominent.
M--Crisp & refreshing. Maybe a bit tannic/dry at the end, but I'd still call it quenching.
O--Solid across the board. Nothing truly outstanding, but very good in all aspects. I keep getting reminded of a Belgian, maybe an apricot lambic or something like that. One way or another, I approve. I think it's the best of the sampler case I bought.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 01:59:41 | More by horshamguy
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 16:02:34 | More by JuicesFlowing
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,109 ratings.