#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,619
Hads: 5,294
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 68
Gots: 919 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of LarryV
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a funky golden orange color. Thin head dissipates fairly quickly. Distinctive apricot aroma in the smell, as if you opened a bag of dried apricots and stuck your nose in it. Taste is mostly apricot up front with some other underlying flavors that have a hard time competing with the apricot. In short, I don't care for this beer. I'm not a big fan of fruit beers anyway, and especially apricot. There doesn't seem to be a lot of hoppiness to this beer, and the maltiness is overwhelmed by the apricot. The apricot taste lingers on the palate for quite some time after finishing one of these. If you like apricots, you'll probably like this beer, if not, steer clear as this beer has nothing else to offer. (711 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a golden amber color with nice head. Definite fruity smell (apricot) that is pleasant to the nose. I'm suprised that I like this beer so much at this time of year. It seems to me that this wsould really be enjoyable on a hot simmer day sitting on the deck. It looks anothe trip to Maryland to get some for the summer (323 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a refreshing beer though not my first choice for a refresher. Way over the top in the apricot department,

Pours a clear copper with a long lasting rocky tan head that has some legs. Leaves pillows of lace as it is consumed.

Smell? Apricots, little else.

Taste? Starts like a typical pislner then all to quickly the apricot kicks in. After that Del Monte takes over and buries all but the slightly dry finish.

Medium to light bodied.

Somewhat drinkable, not the best Majic Hat has to offer. (512 characters)

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

A clean amber/yellow beer with golden highlights. Has a nice white head. The aroma is very light and hard to pin down. I got some malt, hops and maybe some fruit in there. The flavor starts out with abit of malt sweetness followed by a gentle push of hoppiness. A distinctive apricot fruit flavor hugs your tongue on the finish. (328 characters)

Photo of dough
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have a friend who is a big Magic Hat fan. Was in the local Beverage Barn and saw a few of their offerings. Decided on #9. Looked like an ale from the pour so I guess that was a good start. The intitial taste and smell where awful. This beer tastes like a cross between a wine cooler and Genny Light. It is drinkable but I was dissapointed in the end. (350 characters)

Photo of ski271
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had to get a six-pack of this for my wife to try, since she likes fruit beers and enjoys the apricot wheat at the local brewpub. She didn’t seem to like it as much because it was too dry for her. She’ll stick to the wheat beer, but I thought it was decent… for a fruit beer. Doubt I’ll rush out and buy it again anytime soon though, but I’m glad I tried it.

This beer is an orange-straw color with a slight chill haze. It has a small, rocky, off-white and fully diminishing head, leaving a little lacing early. Aroma is rather malty and sweet, but it’s the apricot that sticks out the most, and there’s a hint of peach and a little bit of a grassy aroma. The grassy aroma comes out more, along a yeasty smell that smells a little off, when you allow it to warm up. The taste has a caramel sweetness, followed by the flavor of apricot and an orange-rind bitterness of hops. The apricot lingers through the finish which is dry and medium in length. Mouthfeel is medium-light, oily, carbonation is lively, and drinkablility is… decent. Don’t think I’d want more than one of these, but that could just be because I don’t like fruit in my beer. (1,153 characters)

Photo of BurghBrewPSU
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light golden appearance with a beautiful white head. The smell of fruit is very light. Upon first sip, the taste is delightful, sweet appricots and pears consume your tastebuds. After awhile, the aftertaste is weird. Its kind of sweet, with a hint of hops. Overall, its not too bad, I would suggest it to someone who enjoys fruity beers. However its not something i would order more than one of. (397 characters)

Photo of Scheity
4.42/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat is one of the biggest perks about going to school in Boston. My Vermont buddies go crazy about it, and for good reason.

Works best, if in a bottle, poured into a pint glass. A slightly reddish-orange color. Generally pretty small head.

The taste, a light hoppy taste with the apricot flavor -- great clincher, not overwhelming at all -- makes for a hell of a session beer. Take a whiff of it beforehand, it's got a lovely and full fruity aroma. (461 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (1,542 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
2.47/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: Pours a simple orangish copper with a little head. Very mild carbonation, and no lacing.

Smell: Smells like apricots. Thats about all. Nothing else stands out, and it definitly doesn't smell like beer.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Ouch!! This one really hurts the taste buds. Disgustingly sweet with no balance and no flavor. Doesn't taste like beer even. Tastes like old juice. The mouthfeel is gross and watery.

Drinkability and Overall: Fruit beer. Need I say more? (481 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.74/5  rDev -48.8%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight,hazy golden color. Average carbonation level. Nice fruit aroma-apricots,malty and sweet. Apricot flavor up front. Somewhat dominant in the overall flavor. Nice malty backround. Finishes sweet. Its almost like the aroma translates right into the flavor. The body is fair-a bit thin. A decent enough pale-might get to be too much after a few. Good summer beer in moderation. (388 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very unusual beer, I will always remember this one. A nice lookong brew with a surprize.
The colour is a nice deep yellow with a very light carbonation and limited crown. The body is full.
The aroma is that of a fruit mash combination...grapes and cut flowers are dominent.
The taste is floral and fruity, more like a medium sweet wine than a beer.
This would not be a session beer...maybe dinning...but not for me.
Sadly, I was disappointed. (449 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright gold and sits an even brighter copper-amber in the glass with a bitg white head. Nice lacings. Killer in a tuliped glass.

Smells intensly fruity. Full of Apricots and nectarines. Nice caramel twist with a light dose of herbal hop aromas. Some hints of apples topped with caramel cream.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, light malty charater. Faint traces of apricots and nectarine skins. Some hints of apples and canned pears. Tart, hoppy flavors provide a bit of herbal spiciness. Finish is mildly bitter with lingering fruity flavors.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with nice carbonation in a medium-light body. Glides around the mouth with great ease.

Very delicious, and the flavors continue to intrigue. Couldn't go down much easier than this one. (776 characters)

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

On-tap at "Big Daddys Wagon Wheel Tavern" in Wuakertown, PA!This beer is a nice dark golden, peachy colour with a nice head. It smells of a light pale ale with some apricots in the mix. It tastes like more of the same. Dry and fruity, but not too fruity. A very light tasting beer with not much going on...this is immensely drinkable with a light mouthfeel and a good drinkability as well. (389 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this at room temperature into my trusty goblet, I quickly got the aroma almost before I poured it from the bottle. I caught hints of vanilla w/ apricot malts, and maybe some sour grapes in there. I expected a hoppy aroma but that is not what I got here. it was overpowered mainly by the apricot (fruity) scents.

however, it was a nice coppery color and left a good 3/4" fluffy, creamy head that lasted for a few minutes before tasting, which was pretty cool. It also showed some nice cascading, which I also enjoy watching!

Upon tasting it, the apricots came out right away, but I also tasted almost a sour grapieness coming out as well, along with some hints of vanilla tones punching through lightly. Up front the fruit destroyed any other flavors, but the light hops came through a little at the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel was very thin, crisp, w/ bursts of fruity flavors but didn't hang on very long throughout. Nice carbonation, but not much to write home and tell mom about.

Overall, this is just another example of how Magic Hats cool as hell labels market a pretty average beer. (1,112 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its always interesting to see what will be under your cap with Magic Hats brews. This poured out a clear orange with a decent sized off white head on top. The head dies quickly leaving a slight lacing around the glass. Aroma is sweet with malt with a touch of fruit and an odd smell that I couldn’t recognize. Taste is similar with a malt sweetness standing out the most over slight fruit notes and an odd taste matching the smell. Overall this is a very mild brew that is a bit odd but I can’t place my finger on what it is. Mouthfeel is a little watery. Ok drinkability, but not something I could have many of or something I would have very often. (651 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a peachy (surprise) golden colour with a fair off white head. Smell is of peach-apricot and a bit of pale malt. Taste is confusing. Pale ale at first followed by a growing apricot/peach finish. As others have said as well the finish is just odd.. It almost tastes like a peach land lotion my wife used to use. Mouthfeel suffers due to this odd aftertaste. In my opinion, between the odd finish and the strong fruitiness this can only be taken in limited doses. Not bad, but just a bit odd. (495 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy off white head with poor retention. Some thin and spotty lacing with average strength. Light orange in color; very watery in appearance.

Musty odor along with some metallic, burnt fruit (apricot) aromas. A bit of floral hop aromas as well, but all in all unpleasant.

Burnt, metallic astringency. Dark apricot flavors that are also unpleasant. Underlying floral hops with a mild bitterness. A very soapy aftertaste that made me queezy.

Light bodied; crisp on the palate yet a bit thin.

This is a light beer, but drinking more than one of these would really piss off my tastebuds. Just a bad tasting concoction and probably Magic Hat's worst offering IMO. (695 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottlecap: "Life stinks with no Jinx." I thought these were suppose to more fortune cookie than ad? Disappointingly corporate.

A dullish gold body,with a tinge toward red, topped by an initial two inches of tight bumpy foam, which rapidly deflates into a table top with a lumpy table cloth. Some lacing.

Nose does feature apricots, but not nearly with the strength I would have expected. Nor do the hops approach what I might expect from a "not quite pale ale".

An underwhelming splash of malt, a light sheen of hops, a late low-level eruption of apricot, it surges by at the speed of a rushing river, before mangling together in a somewhat soapy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road ok.

Drinkability? Thankfully this is over quick. I hope the other bottles went at the party.

Fruit beer or American Pale Ale, this #9 is a bad dream. (859 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
4.54/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice...well, apricot color, out into my glass. Head is bold and it holds its own here.

Aroma is just knock your socks off, with a neutrally sweet malt (a little wheaty), fresh apricots in the back, and a very strong vanilla bean overlay.

Taste is of 2-row malt, a slight wheat sweetness, and that fresh apricot mid-section. The vanilla bean is present here, but takes much more of a back seat. Hopping here becomes a bit noticeable, in that it keeps the finish from being cloying, without identifying itself. This keeps you sipping, and that's a fine thing. Not too sweet (and I really don't have a sweet tooth at all) and not to hopped for a fruit beer. Almost perfect, swirling, drug-inspired Beatles recording-esque balance. Good times.

Mouthfeel is right on the money.

Drinkability is pretty good -- I've been left wanting a bit more after a 12 oz.-er, and the bomber was spot on.

All in all, a fruit beer for those that don't like sweet fruit beers. Fresh is best here, and it makes a great beer to start your night on. (1,047 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I traded a few of my homebrews for a few of these beers with my new neighbor. I think we are going to get along very well. This beer pours a light golden/amber color with 2 fingers of head that fall to just coat the beer. The nose is nice. I'm getting sweet honey notes from the malt hidden behind a light estery fruity bouquet. The flavor has everything going on. When the beer hits my tongue, there is a sugary/honey sweetness first followed with a fruity (berryish, maybe apricot...well, I just looked at the back of the label and it mentions apricot, so that must be it) finishing with just a slight hop that just lets you know its in the beer. I actually didn't know what to expect from this, but I like it. The beer is a moderate light feel in my mouth. Drinkability on this one is high. I could sit down to a 6 of these over the course of a few hours easily. (865 characters)

Photo of masterbruewer
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light golden brown with a medium white head. Solid lacing with light carbonation.

A malty berry smell with a smell of alcohol.

The tast was malt followed quickly by a grape/cherry syrup flavor and a mild hop presence.

The feel was crisp and light, but a little syrupy feeling settles on the tongue.

This is a decent beer. Drinkablity takes a little hit from the syrupy nature. (398 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
4.42/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with a creamy, sticky head that leaves a generous lace down to the last drop. Tangy dried apricot aromas, on the palate a taste delight-sweet apricot, balanced with tangy hop. The beer heads in a sweet direction then quickly dries out and refreshes nicely. Washed down a baked haddock sandwich with great ease. (330 characters)

Photo of bignick
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a tasty fruit beer. I am not ususally a huge fan of fruit beers, but there are a few exceptions, and this is certainly one. The appearance is a clear, light orange. The smell of apricot is very strong, but the taste is a little more mild. It is not overpoweringly sweet or syrupy like SACW. The beer finishes dry, and it is overall a very drinkable beer that compliments most any food. (394 characters)

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.