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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,653 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,653
Hads: 5,472
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 32.94%
Wants: 76
Gots: 1,083 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer | 5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-1998

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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Photo of theBubba
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Poured a golden yellow with a wisp of a head that lasted 25 seconds (I counted) followed by a few sad dabs of lacing. Carbonation lasted a minute more resulting in an almost nasty flat mess of a beer with a bitter aftertaste. Kind of like an old Corona with a bit more color and, yes, a slightly peachy aroma. Magic Hat says "A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers." Like why did I buy this $10 bucks a sixer disappointment?
Yes there's worse out there, but not too many at this price. Luckily I had a Keystone Ice to cleanse my palate. What does that tell you?

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Good amount of lacing. Peach and citrus in the aroma. The taste is a mix of sweet malts and peach, with a little bit of a bitter sting at the end. Mouth feel is good. Not exceptional, but good. Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. It's certainly easily available to try.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Copper gold color with a very creamy head and nice lacing on glass.

S: A lot of peach and apricot, some citrus

T: Malty, peach with a slight ending bitterness.

F: Light body, pretty Crisp and clean.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured out a very golden color with a large eggshell head. Lots of streaming carbonation

Smell was of sweet malts with a pinch of fruity notes with a prevalent smell of peaches as the beer warmed.

Taste followed the nose with a touch of fruity malts. The sweetness was very balanced with the malts and just a touch of hops that provided that great hops and malt balance.

Mouth feel was a bit towards the medium side with each drink feeling like a bite of fruit followed by a nice clean finish.

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Photo of JDaV
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours an clear gold with only the slightest bit of haze. could just be how i poured it but it didn't form much of a head. Smells musty and malty with very faint fruit tones lingering. Tastes pretty good, like the smell only with a lot more going on that is a little hard to capture; every sip is somewhat of an adventure. Not a hop bomb but still has flavor enough to keep you interested. I could easily sit through a few of these before wanting to move on to something else. Mouthfeel is very easy, carbonated enough to tingle the tongue but light bodied enough for one to want to let it sit on the tongue for a minute so as to capture the full range of flavors. Good, sessionable, interesting.

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Photo of jasonbayly13181
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very refreshing, but this beer isn't for everyone.

Look - More orange in appearance. Medium soda-like carbonated head.

Smell - very distinct. Once you've had this beer you won't ever confuse another beer with it. Various fruits really stand out when smelling it as well as stronger hoppy notes.

Taste - You're either going to really like it or not like it at all. Once again, hints of various fruits all throughout each drink without being overly fruity. The bitter hops are present but nowhere near as bitter or have as much bite as your basic IPA.

Feel - not much different than any other IPA in this category. Carbonation seems to stick with it until the end but it's not annoying. Lighter, definitely refreshing.

I personally wouldn't want to drink too many of these in one sitting. The taste may wear out its welcome to some people and spoil any future #9 purchases, while others will fall in love with it immediately and never look back. Definitely worth a shot, though, if you're wanting to try something a little out of the ordinary. I wasn't sold at first, but on second try a couple years later I became hooked.

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Photo of Almasi_
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very refreshing with a unique, not overly strong fruity taste. You can find this anywhere -- it's one of the most common "craft" beers I've ever come across. Underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of MNAle
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden with active carbonation. 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly to a thin ring with light lacing that quickly slides down the glass. Nice hoppy/fruity/citrus aroma with a hint of sweetness. Reasonable mouth feel for the pale ale style. Odd malt or fruit initial taste that transitions to a sweet aricot with a very slight bitterness with the fruit sweetness lingering on the tongue. This beer is interesting, at least, and hardly ordinary. It is enjoyable enough to finish the 6-pack over a few days, but not enjoyable enough that I will buy it again. Even though it is easy drinking at first, it begins to wear out its welcome; I couldn't have more than 2 at a sitting.

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Photo of devo1980
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very average - but non-offensive beer. Has decent flavor - pretty smooth - not a whole lot to write home about. Reminded me of a big beer companies attempt at a decent craft.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.08/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Starts out with a not appalling copper color and half inch of head. Then you get a weird aroma like the bargain bin fruit at the grocery store that has already started bruising and rotting.

I don't even know how to say that this didn't taste like beer, tasted like ax body spray for women. I can't take anything away taste or mouthfeel wise that resembles a beer. This is not a beer I want to revisit at any price. How in the hell do these guys have the distro they do?

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got as part of a 12 pack sampler.

L- light yellow/orange, can see through easily
S- fruity, but not too strong. tough to put a finger on it. berries? hint of something floral as well
T- interesting flavor. there's definitely fruit in there. maybe grassy too
F- very thin, almost watery

Definitely unique. I don't mind it, and don't think I've had anything remotely similar. May try again.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a mostly opaque amber color with a large head which dissipates to a smaller one fairly quickly however it leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass.

The smell is very fruity, tangerine, apricot, pears, maybe apple. There is also a grassy, grainy smell.

The taste follows the nose with the fruit dominating from beginning to end. There is a light biscuit malt backbone with a dry, champagne like finish. Sweet from beginning to end.

Overall, this is a fruit beer that I believe I can drink in a session without getting put off the sweetness.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/16/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of apricot, peach, plum, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of apricot, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, peach, plum, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, plum, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of apricot, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavor; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a very good fruited English pale ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of apricot, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. The aromas were stronger on the apricot notes, but still had a good amount in the flavor; and the base English pale ale is very well done for the style. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
1.41/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I've heard bad things about this brewery, still wanted to try this for myself.
Well, here goes nothing.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt purple to ruddy brown color with a quickly dissipating fizzy head with no lacing, well, okay then, be that way, I'm trying to be fair here, easy there Tonto, no need to just die out and show me entertainment.
The smell, well, there's some burnt sugars, raisins, and overly baked bread (wants to seem like its burnt?!?!).
The taste was semi-sweet with that burnt bready to overly cooked fruits. Weird aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied. Sessionability, hmmm...weird flavor and aftertaste makes it not seem so much.
Overall, do I have to go on? Well, I gave it a fair shot and am now thinking the joke's on me and my wallet for paying for this swill. Oh damn, look at that, my toilet just barfed it up.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I used to love this beer back in the early 2000's as well as most of Magic Hats offerings. Drank it every time I was up north. Now that my pallet has refined a bit and I've had many world class beers since then, this beer is no more then average to me. I still respect it and like it's unusual flavor but I think this is my last. 3.25

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Photo of Cimperman17
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look was a light orange color. Not too much of a head on this beer. I like the taste more than the smell. Bites strong when you first drink it followed by a very smooth after taste. Unique taste.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally found this.

Look : A dark apple cider color, with 60% opacity. The head is 3 fingers tall, popcorn yellow, and leaves giant fluffy lace as it recedes to a finger.

Smell : Apples, pears, a slight sour berry note, and some grains behind that. No hop presence. Nice, fruity, floral.

Taste : A little washed out with pale malts and hints of pear, banana, and sliced apple. A nice oaty cereal grain finish as well. Lingering notes of marshmallow, peaches w/ cottage cheese. I think it's delicious.

Feel : Super easy to drink, light bodied and refreshing. Crisp all the way to the bank.

Overall : I'd buy more of this. I liked it, others hate it...the only way to know is to try it for yourself.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Pale light gold, thin head

S: Muted aroma, light breadiness and yeastiness, some mild tartness (fruit?)

T: Light peach tartness mixed with moderate pale ale bitterness, clean finish, somewhat thin

F: Thin finish, not terribly complex

O: Average beer, unique, would not get again

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a small head. Lightly fruity smell followed by a pleasant taste. Creamy mouthfeel with very little bitterness. Intriguing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had in a can, so no visual other than the iconic, and admittedly pretty cool art. The nose suggests sweetness, with a bit of hop. The flavor is odd, with an open of a fairly typical APA, hops with a bit of bread from the malts, but the close is fruit notes. Unfortunately, what is not clear is the nature of the fruit. The sweetness is undifferentiated, and not particularly distinctive. The feel is fairly clean, but not "crisp." I like a solid fruit-based beer, but this lacked clarity, and was fairly disappointing overall.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
1.76/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

L: Drank out of the bottle, but poured a little into a glass to see what it looks like. Light amber haze with little head that dissipates quickly.

S: Artificial fruit, light spice, Blue Moon but weaker

T: Artificial citrus, apricot, spice, then Robitussin after it sits for a while

M: Sticky, unpleasant, much like a past-prime Hefeweizen

O: Purchased because of word of mouth/Rochester on the label. Would drink for free if offered, otherwise avoiding

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
2.22/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Dumps out a copper color, around 3/8" head on it, white, wit dem small bubbles and shiz. Aroma was weird, yet inviting fruitiness and a faint malt aspect to it.

Holy crap, now it seems like I'm drinking some artificial laboratory perfume animal tested whatnot. Fuck is this axe body spray? Drinking this is now a chore.

Mouthfeel sucks too. Fruit beers have their place, but when it comes to liquid hitting the lips, this doesn't come off like fruit, much less a fruit beer I would ever want to have again.

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Photo of mark5692
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm not a fan of of those caramel sweet, dark brown beers. If this was pourn into a glass without me knowing what it was I would be turned off by the color. But for its darker look it has a surprisingly good taste. It reminds me of a darker, less sweet Blue Moon. Would recommend trying but it's not something I'll go out if my way to get again.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The tint is a Texas burnt orange, but it looks lighter than that because of the clarity. There isn't much head, but it sticks around. The smell is oddly, umm, nonexistent? Perhaps the faintest touch of fruit. There is much more there in the taste. The initial taste is of a light, sweet fruit. Perhaps apricot? (P.S.: not a fruit guy.) Then, there is a light, balanced hoppiness that carries through to the finish, without eliminating the fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice. Crisp, and doesn't linger or get slick as beers with sweet flavors sometimes can. Decent, though not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of dustin22martin
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Eh. Not much to this one. It's got a decent yet artificial apricot flavor. Finishes clean, but that's because there's not much flavor to start with.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,653 ratings.