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

Magic Hat Brewing Company - #9 - 12fl oz can

Look - Pours a clear golden amber tint with a fizzy dissipating head. Sticky lacing. Minimal carbonation. It has the look of a domestic but the freshness of a micro, therefore above average.

Smell - Aroma is malt, heavy apricot, and smooth faint hops. Bready and rather sweet. Low-profile.

Taste - Malt and breadiness come in first. After that the sweet fruity apricot approaches and sits next to very faint hops.

Mouthfeel - Slight bitter hops with apricot rests comfortably but a little sweet. Super smooth and drinkable, not boozy at all.

Overall - This is how Magic Hat got to where they are. Makes sense, this is a decent fruit beer that represents almost like a crossover between domestic "reds" like Coors or Bud and into the micro scene through fruit flavor. I give it between a 3 and a 4 because my under 3 is reserved for domestics and other brews that I consider "below-average". This brew is slightly above-average, so I have rated it as such.

In general there are not a lot of good fruit beers, these are sweet, quite specifically flavored dessert beers that are not for everyone. That being said, buyer beware, but if you like apricot, give it a shot, just be warned that this is not an organic apricot beverage, these are likely artificial flavors.

Serving type: can

05-05-2013 13:07:08 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep gold with an orange tint and excellent clarity. The creamy light tan head head is composed of compact bubbles.

S: A moderate aroma of stone fruit mostly apricot with some peach dominate the aroma. the malt is subtle adding a slight toastiness and sweetness. There isn't any hops aroma. The malt increases as it warms.

T: A moderate bitterness and apricot flavor dominate the flavor. There is a good amount of support from a soft malt sweetness giving about an even balance. The off-dry finish leaves a slightly grain malt sweetness and apricot flavor and a light lingering bitterness.

M: The body was a little thick at a medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation. The is no creaminess and no warmth but there is a slight astringency.

O: This is a restrained fruit beer with the apricots still taking center stage but not overwhelming the underling beer. The problem is I'm not that wild about the underling beer. The apricots might be suited better on a slightly sweeter base style beer.

Serving type: can

08-29-2012 02:24:25 | More by MadScientist
Photo of magine


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light copper. With a white thin fluffy head, minimal head and some patch lace. Average looks.

Smells of light apricot, sweet malts. Light nose. Decent smell.

Brew tastes creamy initially, apricot and light hops. Good crisp drinker here. Has a semi dry finish. Good session brew with lots of good flavor and balance. Good.

Good session brew for sure; a party pleasing brew - especially for summer get togethers.

Serving type: can

07-13-2012 01:38:57 | More by magine
Photo of Shaw


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Supplied by Magic Hat. Gotta love cans.

Nice light orange in color with a white head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

Fruity aroma of apricots.

Light fruity flavor with a crisp note and a taste of biscuit.

Creamy body is quite nice.

Overall I don't really see any difference from the bottle. This is still one of the best fruit beers and perhaps a nice gateway beer for those new to craft.

Serving type: can

05-07-2012 02:37:40 | More by Shaw
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange/yellow color with a white head that thinned out but still left it's fair share of lacing.

S - fruity and floral, I smell the apricot.

T - floral hoppiness and the apricot essence are balanced out nicely with a solid malty backbone.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

O - a good beer for a change of pace.

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 00:18:41 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of MusicaleMike


4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say, I've had this beer before and never thought much about it. But this beer has taken me by surprise tonight! Poured my 12oz. can out into a stemmed tulip glass.

The beer is a fine looking ale, with excellent amber gold clarity and a decent-sized white head that pops over the rim of the glass and holds its ground for a long time. There is no fizzing away with the head, and as it slowly dissipates, I can tell that there is going to be some stickage on the glass.

The aroma is of apricots predominantly. Other than that, there is a slight hint of the malts beneath...originally, I thought I could smell a bit of something "metallic", but now as I continue to sit with this beer, I realize that I am mistaken. No metallic smell. Also, no hop aroma. It doesn't smell artificial at all, and it is quite appetizing really.

The taste is remarkable! Just the right amount of apricot sweetness up front, mixed with more light fruitiness from the English ale yeast. I detect notes of berries and some melon. The sweetness is definitely checked though by the hops. The flavor from the hops is non-existent, though the bitterness takes over where needed to make this a well-balanced brew.

The mouthfeel is just about perfect. The right level of carbonation, a soft rounded texture that really compliments the flavors, and the body is mid-range, so you maintain the drinkability while letting the consumer know that this is a fuller-bodied ale.

Again, this beer took me by surprise tonight. I definitely thought that I would have something mediocre, but this might be a new staple in the fridge...especially with such a good price! I wonder if it is because it is in a can that it made a difference? I think I will have to do a side by side comparison. Anyways, as for a Fruit Beer, it doesn't get much better than this. I'm not looking for fruit juice when I am having a Fruit Beer; I am looking for a beer with hints of a particular fruit.

Serving type: can

08-24-2011 03:09:16 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of jeremy2027


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from can into nonic
light amber clear with little head no soo much lacing
Smells of Apricots and toast
Tastes real clean with not much malt coming through but you can very well taste the apricot
The mouthfeel is mediumlight not bad for the style
Overall I would drink it again if given to me. Not real sure if I would run out and purchase this.

Serving type: can

08-03-2011 21:37:31 | More by jeremy2027
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange, almost orange soda orange
Smell: Sweet, hints of apricot and citrus
Taste: Light sweet flavor with apricot overtones, citrus under
Mouthfeel: Crisp and light
Overall: A good session beer for those who like a little bit of sweet in their beer. Can helps it make it as cold as possible which makes this a really easy beer to drink in a session but is far superior to most domestic sessions.
Serving type: Can

Serving type: can

07-14-2011 16:14:13 | More by Ahoyhoyindeed
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Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can from iguenard as an extra, thanks man! Pours a most beautiful crystal clear golden apricot color with streams of bubbles feeding a creamy lush white foam top. Beauty.

Nose is quite fruity, apricot and other stone fruits, perhaps a hint of something darker. Sweet, not much else. The taste on this one is just way too one dimensional and that dimension isn't that great. Syrupy fruit notes with a hint of a weird tart quality, apricot and pear, bready malt, perhaps the faintest hint of a lemony hop dryness in the finish. Somehow both a creamy and thin mouthfeel. Not offensive but certainly not something I enjoyed.

Serving type: can

06-20-2011 02:49:08 | More by ritzkiss
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3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the beers that got me into Craft Beers. It's been about 3-4 years since I had one.

Appearance-Bronze with a 2 finger off white frothy white head. Nice retention that reduces into a thin film on top.

Smell-Light apricots and peach. Some sweet malts with some light earthiness.

Taste-Hops are present, along with the fruit. Pretty balanced, just not bringing much to table.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, medium carbonation. drinkable and smooth.

Overall-Great gateway beer. It started changing my perception on beer. I don't find myself drinking many more, but I have to give Number 9 it's dues.

Serving type: can

06-16-2011 15:06:02 | More by SWMeyer4141
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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!

Serving type: can

05-26-2011 23:55:06 | More by chugalug06
Photo of woodychandler


2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

CAN you believe that I am only the 3rd to review # 9 in a CAN?!? Also, # 9 = # 499. Today's review brought to you by PBS' The Count, who also wants you to give props to the #'s 27 and 81. I personally CAN't believe any of this nonsense.

This was a gift from an Altoona-area distributor in return for my picture. I got the better end of the bargain, IMHO.

From the CAN: "Not quite Pale Ale"; "Ale with Natural Flavor"; "Drink Me". As to that last, what are we, "Alas in Wonderland"? Woe is me!

Unlike that silly little wench, I would NEVER drink and unknown quantity directly from the bottle or CAN. Always decant when possible and take note of off-colors or smells. The Crack & Glug produced just over a finger of thick, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a deep, coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was simply redolent with apricots. Apricots?!? WTF?!? I drank some and suddenly, I was shrunken to the point that I could no longer reach the keyboard. Fortunately, Mr. Johnson does not shrink, even in freezing water, and he helped in typing out the remainder of this review. All hail Mr. Johnson! Mouhtfeel was medium with a very apricot-forward flavor on the tongue. Here is where it might help to like the flavor of apricots. For me, a little CAN go a long way. Finish left me wondering whether I had drunk a beer or eaten some preserves. If that is the choice, I will go back to sumo wrestling.

Serving type: can

05-22-2011 15:45:49 | More by woodychandler
Photo of indiapaleale


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - golden, amber in appearance with a bubbly, soda-like head that fizzes away rather quickly leaving a film on top.

Aroma - apricot essence, orange peel and some slight malt aromas but that is about it. Not a whole lot sneaks by that sweet apricot smell.
Taste - sweet and tangy with a more than subtle, but less than intense, flavor of apricots. No real hop presence in this beer, not like Dogfish Head's Aprihop, as this is more of a standard ale with the defining characteristic being the apricot. Finishes rather light on the tongue with only a bit of the sweetness carrying over to the next sip.

Overall - #9 tastes much better, in my opinion, from a can. The apricot flavor, which is an issue for some folks, is not overly syrupy or cloying and actually tastes like apricot. There is also a freshness in this beer that I've rarely tasted before, even on tap. Sure, its a bit sweet and it's not for everyone but it certainly goes down easy when it's nice and cold on a hot day and there are definitely moments when that's all you really want.

Would I buy more of it? - you know I might. A 12-pack of this would go over well at a barbecue as its a pretty approachable beer for most folks. I also think it goes extremely well with yardwork. I drank one of these straight from the can while mowing and it worked wonders.

Serving type: can

05-16-2011 23:32:38 | More by indiapaleale
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3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

One bottle at parents house. Pours less than clear but not too cloudy either. Decent head in both volume and longevity. Blonde to amber in color.
A lot of citrus hops along with a stale, sour like aroma. Delivers a tangy taste with some apricot, peach. On the thin side. Average brew for me, after the citrus flavors of orange and lemon peels I'm just not a big fan of other fruity tasting beers.

On 3/31/13 I purchased a 6 pack of #9. I am finding that there is no correlation to this brew and what I read above.
This bottle: Pours clear, and is pale straw in color. Light herbal hops detected, definitely more malty than hoppy. Has a decent head with some solid side glass lacing.
Tangy citrus flavors are very distant.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: can

01-08-2009 00:12:25 | More by jadpsu
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
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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
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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
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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
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,109 ratings.