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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

4,960 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 4,960
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 48
Gots: 540 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -11.5%

spycow, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see this in CA so I had to get a bottle to try.

Pours a hazy light honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of apricots, peaches, and some sour funkiness. Taste is of apricots/peaches, bread-like malt, and a slight sourness on the finish. A slight funky acidic flavor stays on the tongue after each sip along with a slight bitterness. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some decent apricot/peach smells and tastes. However, both the smell and the taste are a bit subdued which makes the overall score lower in my book.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11.5%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -11.5%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -11.5%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate light orange color, bordering on the apricot that it contains. The nose is some light apricot and not too much else. The taste is the same. It's well done in the sense that the apricot doesn't taste all that artificial. Feel is slightly sweet and a tiny bit bitter. Drinks well enough and will work in a pinch.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +18%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly dies down. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of apricots in the nose along with some notes of pale malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather fruity with flavors of apricots but isn't completely overpowering or overly sweet. The hops contribute a faint amount of bitterness to the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate. The beer is very smooth and has a clean finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink; I would consider having this beer again from time to time because of its unique flavor.

metter98, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.5%

GRG1313, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

kjkinsey, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot jam color with a modest head that fails to do much in the lacing department

Smell: I have always found the aroma the best thing about this beer as the wafts of apricot provide a pleasant invitation to imbibe

Taste: The caramel and fruity apricot tastes build from the first swirl until after the swallow but it is all a bit one-dimensional

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fun change of pace; imagine what it could be if it were an apricot IPA!

brentk56, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. Without knowing what makes this such a "not quite pale" ale, I'm going to take a stab at it. The pour brings a sparkling clear golden / orange hue with nice head formation and retention; mild lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet malts, fresh oranges, fruity esters, but only a mild hint of hops. Flavors bring out a well-attenuated malt character that dominates the beer because of a lack of meaningful hop additions. Decorated with sweet orange peel, hints of ginger, cloves, and some spicy esters. Apricots it is! These flavors come apart too quickly and lack meldedness, but it seems pleasant enough. The mouthfeel is moderate for a pale ale, but lacks depth, breadiness, and overall heartiness. Finishes sweet and spicy as expected. The sweetness works on you towards the end of the glass, making me switch up to something else.

BEERchitect, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.73/5  rDev -49%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured orangey color ale with almost no head or carbonation. Aroma is quite weak but I can distinguish some sweet fruity flavour and some malt. Taste is almost indescribable, like a mix between some poorly grown apricot (lacking flavour and sweetness) and malt that doesn’t do any favour to this mix. Like all fruit beer, they can be a wonderful experience when correctly balanced or a complete disaster when things go wrong, such as this case was. Almost needs to wonder if this was a bad bottle.

Phyl21ca, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"... number nine... number nine...
number nine... number nine..."

--from 'Revolution 9' on The Beatles (The White Album)


Light, bright orangish amber beneath a fluffyfirm head of yellowed bone white. The cap is more stubborn than it looks like it'll be immediately after the pour and leaves meandering chunks of soap sudsy foam as it slowly deflates.

The beer smells a little soapy too, like apricot-scented hand cream. Okay, it isn't quite that bad. Let's call it floral and apricot fruity, that's more of a beer-related description. The nose is interesting without being all that appealing.

This isn't my kind of beer. Like the nose, it's still floral and semi-soapy on the palate. Part of the problem is that #9 is, as the brewery describes it, a 'not quite pale ale'. Translation: the hop content is 'not quite' what it should be in order to end up with good beer.

It tastes insipid to me; there's isn't enough malt and there aren't enough hops. What's left? Answer: fresh apricots sprinkled with shavings of Irish Spring. That may (repeat, may) be overstating the case to some degree since the beer is still somewhat drinkable. The body and the mouthfeel are no help at all. Thin and wimpily carbonated just doesn't cut it.

I'm confident that the other bottles from this brewery that currently reside in my basement will be more to my liking (thanks far333). As far as #9 goes, my feeling is that Magic Hat should plunge their (collective) hand back into their magic hat and pull out a rabbit with balls next time.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -41%

ygtbsm94, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

jaydoc, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Could not believe I have never drank this one before. Anyway, I decided to order it up at the Saucer tonight. Served in a pint glass. THis one was consumed on 09/07/2008.

The pour was very light peach colored amber. A light haze was enveloped around it, but not terribly cloudy. A nice sized head of maybe an inch and a half came up over the top and settled down gradually, eventually leaving behind nothing in its wake. Loads of carbonation though could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was light and very fruity. Much more then I thought it would be to be honest. Lots of light grain, peach, apricot and various other notes along the lines. Not really picking up many hops in here, neither in the flavor. Took a sip and could have sworn this was like a lindemans or something. Lots of light sweet peach and apricot notes. Some light grains and a touch of yeast. Very light body, almost water like in its thinness. Lots of carbonation as well with tons of bubbles just rippling up toward the surface and keeping it the consistency of seltzer almost. Easily sessionable, though a bit too fruity to throw down too much of it.

Overall not bad, for a flagship I would say ehh though. I was not really missing too much holding out for this one, though not horrible, just way too fruity and one sided for me.

mikesgroove, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Barney's Beanery in Pasadena.

A: #9 is a cloudy light amber color with a fluffy white head that doesn't leave much, if any, lacing in the glass.

S: The smell is incredibly sweet, and not necessarily in a good way. A lot of artificial fruit smell, mostly apricot.

T: The taste is all fake, sugary, candy-sweet apricot. There are probably some other flavors in there, but the aforementioned "quality" is just overbearing.

M: The mouthfeel is surprisingly decent. The body is medium and there is moderate carbonation.

D: This is one of the least drinkable beers I've ever had. It's just so sickeningly sweet that I tried mixing a bit of Stone IPA in it to make it a bit more palatable. I finally just gave up and drank the IPA instead.

womencantsail, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I had a #9 was in 2007 on tap at a place called the Kaystone Pub in Bethlehem. I remember seeing a neon sign for it above the bar and the friend I was with say that it was a pretty good beer. I hadn't heard of it so I gave it a try. It poured out as a copperish amber color with a thin fizzy white head on it. Not much lacing here. The smell of the beer had a fairly strong aroma of apricot and grains. The taste was subtle yet strong enough to know that there really was some apricot in there. The mouthfeel was light and pretty smooth going down, not a huge amount of carbonation in there. Overall, when I first started trying different beers I founf this one to be a real treat. If there was either Guinness or #9 where ever I went, I would have to choose which one I wanted. For a while it was a goto beer for me. I still enjoy it from time to time.

Knapp85, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, yellow body with a small, fizzy, white head. Some splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Light pale malt scent with some citrus and yes, even some apricot.

Taste: More of that light pale maltiness, somewhat grainy, and with a medium level of sweetness. Fruity citrus and apricot arrive simultaneously. Medium hop bitterness. Watery, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: The ladies flanking me at the bar really dug it. A true gulper, if only to get to the next beer.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

SocalKicks, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this many times while living in Vermont and had a bottle yesterday for the first time in a few years.Poured a slight hazed light amber color with a tight 1/2 finger white head that stuck around for a minute leaving no lace behind as it settled,quite effervescent on the nose with big apricot and honey notes,with a noticable toasted grain elemant in there as well.Its a good cook out and or bbq beer lighter easy going down and chicks dig it,anyways the fruity flavors of apricot and or peach are not as big as in the nose but really show thru in the finish as well a little toastiness with just a lighter herbal hop note as a slight balancer.Hey it is what is a easy quaffing cult beer I would take it over any macro or other fruit beers out there for sure.

oberon, May 15, 2006
Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Man, I'm startin' to dig the discount beer area at a local Whole Foods: I can pick up a brew I've heard a lot about without paying very much. If only more stores did this. This guy pours a mostly clear pale-ish straw topped by about a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose comprises peaches, wheat, rice, very light toffee, and a smattering of florals. Something akin to a medicinal scent creeps in on the borders, making things seem a bit off. The taste brings this medicine in in the form of an aspirin-like flavor, which ends up dominating things, forcing the apricot, wheat, and hoppy florals to the back (relatively speaking, anyway). The body is pretty light, with an strong moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Overall, something went wrong here. The fruit dies on the tongue, allowing the aspirin to usurp. It's almost as if they gave up on this one.

TMoney2591, Aug 09, 2010
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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 4,960 ratings.