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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company


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4,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 4125
Reviews: 1542
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 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
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
Photo of 57md


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe that it took me this long to review this very drinkable classic from Magic Hat.

Appearance is a light golden copper with half a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Apricots poke through in the nose and the flavor profile as well. The finish is mildly (stress that word) hoppy with a sweet note as well.

This is a fine beer and very sessionable. It is NOT great by any means. This is s great gateway beer for people just starting to take an interest in craft brewing.

That said, if you are looking for a creative use of apricots in beer, try DFH Aprihop - it is superior to this offering in every way.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2013 03:34:16 | More by 57md
Photo of SteveB24

New York

4.11/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

i think this beer should have scored higher, because of the wide range it pleases. it can't be held to the standard of the beers that score high around here perhaps, but I've never found someone to dislike it, and it should get credit for that, i find it hard to find beer that please drinkers with picky taste like me and the less finicky drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 23:39:43 | More by SteveB24
Photo of Ryan_Graham


3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful color. Reddish gold color. One finger head that sustains. Carbonation is steady. Sweet smell. Good initial taste. Smooth with a light mouth feel. Starts out strong but lacks any depth. No aftertaste. Overall, it's a pretty simple beer. Won't blow you away. Would be good for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:50:18 | More by Ryan_Graham
Photo of Weisseguy1


3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Ruddy in appearance more reds along with a two finger head that stays for a few.
S. fruity smell apricot bread, if there is such a thing. Maybe it's magic?
T. Tastes of woodiness then to fruit
M. Slight bubbles to a round flavor, full and finishes with fruitiness
O. I was pleasantly surprised. This beer is not a hop fest by any means. I didn't expect anything though since the bottle is very quiet about its contents. Overall I think for whatever class it may fall in, it performed well.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 02:08:54 | More by Weisseguy1
Photo of harpo111


3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: yellowy brownish with nice head that hangs around for a little while

S: Apricots and fruit...sweet...tangy...

T: Fruity...malty....you have no doubt that this is an Apricot beer....fairly balanced....not too bitter...not too sweet..

M: nice...creamy....has body

O: not quite a pale ale ....lol...no it is not..but it is still not bad... I would not turn down...I prefer hopps n roasted grains...but I could do this one fairly regularly...

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:04:12 | More by harpo111
Photo of Hulk_Beer


2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz single from my local store. Underside of the cap says "Red Feck Lives Here". Review as I drink it. Here we go...

App- I'm beginning to think my mug makes beers excessively bubbly. Second beer from my mug that is really bubbly. It's filtered but not crystal clear. It's a sort of organic amber orange color. Poured aggressive and got a two finger cream colored head. It's heavy-looking but rocky.

Sml- Candied fruit. The bros are saying apricot and I'll stick with that (I don't have the most sophisticated nose). I think I should stress "candied." It smells like a gummy wrapper in this mug. I'm only just getting the malt. This is an EPA so it's supposed to be maltier than the American counterpart. Definitely so here. I do get a bread and butter smell. Come to think of it, more butter than bread. Ever so slight hop notes that linger the longest after being missed on the initial whiff.

Tst- Let's drink the damn thing... Is this a beer? This reminds me of Abita strawberry. I haven't had many good fruit beers, and when I drank the lambics I didn't know what the hell I was doing so that doesn't count. The best fruity beer I've had is a Leinie summer wheat (blueberry) and I did enjoy it. It was done with respect to their beer. They wanted the beer to shine WITH the berries, and the flavoring itself was more of an essence than a juice. Here, the beer is a pathetic thing on crutches and the candy apricot drags it behind while mocking it. I wish I could be more constructive but they are putting too much sweet juice into this. If that is their intent, I believe they are on the wrong path.

Mf- The fruit is leaving behind a sticky residue like apple juice. Other than that it is a pale ale, so there's some body there. I don't like how this beer leaves my mouth feeling.

If you want to try fruit beers, I've heard the lambics are great and are proper beers. This is in the Abita Strawberry and Leinie summer categories. Unspecial beer assaulted by too-pronounced fruit flavorings making something that alienates the drinker. If you're a beer fan, that is. If not, who knows, maybe you'll like it.


Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 05:52:23 | More by Hulk_Beer
Photo of Franziskaner


2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold hued with a half inch of foam on top. Apricot on the nose, but it is faint. I take a sip and, whoa Apricot! That's it. Very one note. Not intensely sweet, but not too pleasing to taste. The flavor definitely sticks with you well after the swallow.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 23:19:22 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of Libationguy


3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light reddish-copper color with brass-yellow hues and a slightly hazy look. Fine bubbles in the carbonation. Moderate head with moderate- retention.

White peach, mandarin orange and apricots. Hop citrus notes are nicely balanced with the fruitiness. A little bit of celery seed and coriander. Relatively bright on the nose. Mild floral tones.

Fruity quality continues on the palate. Bright and lifted in style. More citrus than stone fruit in the palate. Grapefruit pith in the back end cleans everything up nicely.

Medium bodied and very clean. Body pushes through the finish. Carbonation is well balanced in the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 22:51:35 | More by Libationguy
Photo of FLima


3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright color of apple juice with a two finger head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Fruity aroma of peaches with notes of English hops.
Same here, flavor of pale malt with apricots and English hops. Notes of guaraná powder with a spicy feeling. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
A fruity Pale Ale that resembles British brews. And it is quite pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 15:02:54 | More by FLima
Photo of BryanCarey


3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orange/gold in color and a little bit cloudy, this beer produces little foam- even with a good pour- and it has a nose of fruit, mainly apricot with some citrus and other notes.

The taste is about what you would expect. Flavors of apricot and a touch of vegetable are noticeable, with some citrus and pale malts. There is a certain earthiness to the flavor with some herbal character as well. And the hops?- Yes, they are there, in the form of the herbal flavor described, but are overshadowed by the other flavors present.

This is a different type of beer and nothing like I expected. Not looking up any reviews or other information before tasting, I assumed it was going to be an amber or pale ale. But it is nothing like that- it is actually a fruit accented beer and not a bad one at that. It doesn’t rank among my favorites, but it does have enough going for it to recommend a sample or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 04:58:35 | More by BryanCarey
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,125 ratings.