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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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77
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4,448 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 4,448
Reviews: 1,562
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 32
Gots: 285 | 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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Mississipping

Mississippi

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.  Minimal lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Sweet fruits up front with some apricot and a bit of mango.  Citrus fruits a little behind ... grapefruit mostly, but subtly.  A bit of malt as well, but not much else. 

T: Citrus is more subdued than even the smell would lead you to believe it would be.  Definitely on the sweeter side.  Apricot and maybe some mango, just a hint of citrus, and a very soft biscuity taste.  Nice, but hardly keeps my attention. 

M: Thinner side of medium-bodied with a good bit of carbonation, maybe too much.  Fizzy and prickly on the palate. 

D: This isn't what I was expecting, but it's alright overall.  I could do without all the sweetness and more citrus, and the mouthfeel is a little off.  Not a go-to IPA for me.  

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 22:01:42 | More by Mississipping
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imperialking

Illinois

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-13-2012 20:05:31 | More by imperialking
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uziangis

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

01-13-2012 02:35:39 | More by uziangis
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-12-2012 17:41:19 | More by InspectorBob
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Rob315

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-12-2012 15:27:34 | More by Rob315
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/12/12

Appearance: Golden orange, small white head, leaves a surprising amount of lacing

Smell: Perhaps the best thing about this beer - fresh, juicy apricots - a base of sweet, pale malts underneath - fruity and sweet - not a lot of depth, but good for a fruit beer

Taste: Sweet, syrupy apricots - a little too sweet for my taste - definitely apricots, but some peaches/nectarines, too - some light citric bitterness - pale, grainy malts

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat sticky, an adequate amount of carbonation, but I would like this crisper

Overall: For what it is, it's good

Magic Hat #9 was one of the first craft beers I ever had, so I guess I have a soft spot for it. I can't say I appreciate it as much as it did about 5 years ago, but it's worth a try. Any fruit beer that isn't a complete disaster should get bonus points.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 06:51:19 | More by angrybabboon
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Lee45102

Ohio

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-12-2012 00:30:26 | More by Lee45102
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-11-2012 20:35:39 | More by bonbini26
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khargro2

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-11-2012 04:24:06 | More by khargro2
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-11-2012 00:20:36 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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Hopstimatic

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18%

01-11-2012 00:15:36 | More by Hopstimatic
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours clear orange/amber color with a foamy white head that fades quickly, leaving behind little bits of thin lacing.

S: Can smell the apricot right away and a little bit of sugar. A little bit of grainy malt.

T: The fruit flavor comes forward again, and masks any sort of malt or hop flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy drinking.

O: I remember when this was a go to beer, years ago. Now, it just doesn't excite me. I can see why people who "don't like beer" gravitate towards it though.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 19:37:06 | More by mdaschaf
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iMilky

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18%

01-10-2012 05:12:46 | More by iMilky
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Turbodog666

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-10-2012 01:05:00 | More by Turbodog666
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JohnSlaney

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-09-2012 15:51:32 | More by JohnSlaney
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ortie

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-09-2012 14:25:12 | More by ortie
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pint glass pour. Looks nice. The head subsided pretty fast, but it boasted with promise. Nice clear honey glow to it. Some lacing occurring.

Dried apricot, citrusy hop, a little sugary. Confection sugar, gummi candy, maybe corn syrup...

Peach and apricot. Ripe. Minty. The hop that complemented the nose is much more reserved. The bitterness levels are weaker. Plays out like a soda. The pale malt is minor, also. A little wheaty, with some strange preservative flavor. Sweet and candied.

Fizzy and swishy mouthfeel. A bit too sweet and thin. Burpy bubble double cola--sorry, got carried away there for a second.

Hadn't had one in 2+ years. Not a regrettable decision, but there's a reason why I've steered clear.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 03:59:25 | More by thecheapies
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SMason

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

01-09-2012 02:55:39 | More by SMason
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-09-2012 01:36:22 | More by acurtis
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Beer21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

01-08-2012 23:32:04 | More by Beer21
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

01-08-2012 21:59:49 | More by martyl1000
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Naamandroid

Alabama

4/5  rDev +18%

01-08-2012 19:55:10 | More by Naamandroid
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drperry11

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-08-2012 19:21:13 | More by drperry11
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mecmd

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

01-08-2012 05:15:31 | More by mecmd
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Unicycling4Beer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

01-08-2012 02:30:05 | More by Unicycling4Beer
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,448 ratings.