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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 d1blet


3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Golden-orange color with little head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Hint of fruit, but mostly malty.

Taste: Fruity (apricot mostly) with a slightly hoppy, lightly bitter finish. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light and highly carbonated.

Overall: Tried it at a beer brew potluck event. Had been vying to try this particular brew for a while after suggestions from friends. I feel that for what it's worth, it perhaps might have fallen a little short of my expectations.

Regardless, I believe that it is an excellent sipping beer. It's light and refreshing nature and fruity essence makes it perfect for sipping during hot summer months.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-05-2011 22:50:06 | More by d1blet
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 MadCat

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden yellow color, short white head, not much lacing

Smell: Apricots and biscuity malt

Taste: Apricot, biscuit, light hops and bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: This used to be a favorite of mine, and probably would be a preferred choice if there isn't good selection, but it doesn't do much for me anymore.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2014 03:53:27 | More by MadCat
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 RingoBro


3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance- I noticed there wasn't much head on this beer. Still looked fairly lively some time later though

Smell - Very fruity smell, possibly thought strawberry at first. Overall a very nice and sweet smelling beer.

Taste - I couldn't pinpoint what fruit I was tasting, but later found out it was apricot which I'm not a fan of. Still really liked that taste. Little bitter, but definitely not in a bad way. Good aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Refreshing, fruity, and light. Great spring/summer beer.

O - This "not quite Pale Ale" was not quite great, but I found it really refreshing. Try it if you have the change because I found it very refreshing, fruity in a good way, and had a nice after taste. I wouldn't mind drinking more of them if there isn't much on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 04:17:54 | More by RingoBro
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 JohnnyJam


2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I had this beer on tap at Boom Bozz, a chain pizza place out of Georgia. I really used to like this place and it was fairly busy. It was a nice addition to the options for Gilbert restaurants. The first Sierra Nevada Torpedo I ever had was here. The bartender was really into craft beers and that really helped me with trying different styles. Our server the other day didn't know what Magic Hat #9 was but he thought it was a Pale Ale. It's a fruit beer. He never asked what I thought about it to learn what he was serving. This is how far I think this place has fallen. But this is about the beer.

A: This is a light amber color. There is virtually no head and the lacing is non-existent

S: Smells malty and sweet. A little fruit smell like apricot or unripen peaches. Very little smell.

T: Malt forward with a little apricot taste. Tastes artificial. Really no hops to speak of at all.

M: Light-bodied and high carbonation reminds me of a light beer. Finishes a little bitter.

O: This is not a beer for me. I didn't care for it and really didn't like it. I couldn't drink another and I wouldn't have it again. My friend, who isn't really a beer drinker thought it was ok. My experience has been that women, especially those who don't drink beer will gravitate towards fruit beers. That is only my experience and I don't want to offend anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2013 18:59:40 | More by JohnnyJam
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 stella77artois

New York

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a warm pint glass.

A - Poured a hazy amber with an approximately 1" head. Head was "loose" and dissiapted rather quickly. A good amount of carbonation visible.

S - Mild malts, a general fruity smell. Noted apricot, banana, strawberry, and perhaps a hint of candy sweetness, like Starburst or citrusy taffy. These were all faint aromas, but it's a nice smelling beer.

T - Mild malts are noticed, and a general light fruity taste. Difficult to pick up flavors, but I noticed hints of banana and strawberry. Also some dankness. Not a lot going on, but this isn't a bad beer.

F - Certainly sessionable. Crisp and refreshing like a good pale ale should be. A fair amount of fizz felt, slightly dry finish. Not good tasting to enough to session with under most circumstances, but I can picture doing so.

O - Actually slightly better than I expected. Decent pale ale, nothing outstanding and nothing I'd buy, but I'd drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 13:00:58 | More by stella77artois
Photo of Deanosaurus


3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried a glass of this beer at a bar near my apartment called Snibo's. Just a small sports bar and grill, nothing special, borderline hole in the wall, which is good. I was intrigued by the vague name and neat design of the tap for this beer and was not keyed in on any of the flavors by the bartender. She gave me a sample first then I decided to order a glass.

- Appearance (4/5)
Sort of orange and sharply clear. No real head to it which I thought was strange.

- Smell (4/5)
Fruity. Didn't have too much uniqueness to the scent but I couldn't really place it right off the bat.

- Taste (3.75/5)
This is where the beer failed me. As I said I was not keyed in on any flavor so I was prepared for just about anything, but not this. It was sort of metallic and my first though was that it tasted like blood. Then that would subside and it tasted almost like an ale on the finish, but then the metallic taste still lingered.

- Mouthfeel (4/5)
It wasn't smooth, mildly bitter which made it tingle a little bit on the tongue, but in a sort of refreshing way. If I could equate it to any type of soda it would have the same feel as a Fresca or Squirt with a similar taste.

- Overall (3.75/5)
#9 was good. A sort of mysterious beer and I don't typically hear much about it. I would probably order it again once spring and summer roll back around, but it's not something I absolutely HAVE TO HAVE. I looked it up later too and it seems that the key flavor was apricot which I thought was interesting. Glad I didn't know ahead of time because I would have been disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 15:15:27 | More by Deanosaurus
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 DmanGTR

New York

1.85/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured orangey yellow with a hazy body and a white puff of head that diminished quickly. Aromas of pale grains, wheat twang, boiled vegetables, mild citrus, and an odd earthy tone blended with the apricots that is simply off putting. Flavors are very similar, with more of a fruity kick in the finish. Big carbonation for the thinnish body. Not really my thing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 04:06:21 | More by DmanGTR
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,109 ratings.