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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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5,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,149
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 56
Gots: 733 | FT: 1
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:
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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Ratings: 5,149 | Reviews: 1,628
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour on this brew was pretty nice. The brew poured a golden, amber color with a great 2 inch fluffy head. Had a nice retention and strangely long lasting lacing. Not what you expect for a fruit beer.

The aroma of this brew is evident quickly. Fruit, not to sweet, but hits the nose with a nice punch. Its the kind of aroma you get with dried fruits. The fruit that I smell the most is apricots. That is followed up with a bit of citrisy, orangey aroma, that then ends with a bit of a bread or bread crust like smell.

Taste is very much what hewhat you expected after smelling the aroma of the brew. The first flavor that gets you first is that of sweet, almost juicy apricots. Like the ones I ate when I was a kid, the ones that were in dried and in the bag. The two major flavors you get after the apricots, is orange and sweet malts.

The mouthful on this brew is very light and some nice bubbly carbonation. It might be a bit a high for some, but it works very well with the flavors and texture of this brew.

This brew has a very nice drinkability. Surely a brew that I could session very easy. I have had a few Magic Hat brews, but this is the first time I have had #9. As above, its got a great flavor of apricots, that just remind me of wonderful, slightly sweet dried apricots. Not to sweet, but every much enjoyable. I look forward to having it again.

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Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Poured honey/amber colour with a light frothy head that dissipates to a thin film rather quickly only a little lacing.

S - Very sweet apricot, fairy floss or perfume like aromas. Weird..

T - Apricots, mango, sweet sticky toffee apple and candy. Quite syrupy and difficult to consume.

M - light to medium bodied with very little carbonation

O - As a fruit beer definitely not for me this one. Very sickly to drink and I will struggle to finish. Would not recommend.

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I swear they recenty changed the recepie to include more appricot and a hint less hops. This is the easy drinking beer in the magic hat portfolio. Smells fruity of appricot, hint of pineapple. Overall bananced flavor if fruit, hops and a corn husk flavor I detect in a lot of fruit beers. Drinkability is high because of it's easy going nature. Forgive spelling errors, reviewed from iPhone, desperate for BA app.

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I was working late at work and one of the guys came with a 6 of this. Never tried anything by these folks before, so I was interested!

The color is a light amber. Nice soft white head. Good lacing.
Small dark particles in the head - not sure what that's all about.

The smell was like fake raspberry soda with a touch of beer.

The taste was an incredibly disappointing generic pale ale with raspberry flavoring. There is some breadiness but it's quickly into the fruit which comes across as artificial.

It's a medium body brew with medium carb.

I just couldn't get into this beer at all. It reminded me of the article on BA Magazine that talked about not wanting to review the bad fruit flavored beers from Europe. I won't be going back and it seems like such poor judgment, it makes me question other brews by these folks.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,149 ratings.