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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,117 Ratings
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Ratings: 4117
Reviews: 1541
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

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Ianhockey91

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A interesting pale ale. Pours out a golden orange, wiht a nice white head. Smells of apricot and hops, wiht a lil of something else i cant discern. Taste like a crisp pale ale in the beginning, when instead of a hop bite you get the sweet flavor of apricots, the end however does have a touch of hops and finishes nicely. Good all around beer, or crossover beer, but it gives me heartburn.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 20:01:33 | More by Ianhockey91
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell of funky wet shoe leather and apricot fruit. Fluffy pale white head which is persistant and a carbonated peach filtered look in the pint glass. Sweeter peach/apricot fruit upfront followed by a a slight grassy finish. Nice mouth. A little too much on the sweet malt and fruit side. A little more balence is needed... but not bad overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 03:43:39 | More by frank4sail
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Stingray5

New York

2.17/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"3/4 Pint" bottle pouerd a crystal clear golden amber with almost a pinkish hue. Fizzy white head. Fruity and slightly adjunct aromas. Taste was on the cidery side, with peach, apricot and green apple. Some sourness. Finishes with more of the same and leaves an artificial sweetener aftertaste.

Did I land a bad bunch? Sadly, I don't think so. Not enough 'beer' here. feels like I just drank Caffeine Free Diet Cider.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 01:58:54 | More by Stingray5
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nomad

Kansas

4.55/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

– Poured a hazy soft orange fading to gold at the edges, fairly reminiscent of a glowing version of apricot skin, and thus appetizing. Had a thin foam head often falling to soupiness, occasional tendrils of stain, and fairly widespread though slippery lace.

Smelled of beautiful apricot with some beer character from the fermentation – it shas that sweet and almost citric character and slightly floral nature of apricots, too. Full and evident but not overpowering or stickly sweet, it is a natural-smelling fruit beer. Tastes of sweet, juicy apricot goodness, though it does have some small sour notes, and a citric flavor bite. Supported effortlessly by a light amber malt underneath, and a small hop lick at the end, it actually had a moderately dry finish.

Thin and easy mouthfeel, this is an impossibly drinkable beer, one of the best fruit beers brewed in the U.S. This is the beer that alongside Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout laid the foundation for my passion for beer enjoyment. Still as good years later.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 19:37:38 | More by nomad
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silks636

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle. A classic cap asks “How much for the goat?”. Freshness date notched.

Clear golden with a fluffy white head that retreats quickly to a ring around the glass. Leaves spotty lacing. My first whiff of this one was rather disconcerting... I didn’t know quite what to make of it. After a few swirls I was able to detect a nose heavy with dried apricots and raisins. Starts off with apricots and a subtle hop bitterness. Immediately turns watery and grainy. Finishes dry with an almost unpleasant wet paper taste. Aftertaste is grainy and bitter. Mouthfeel is slick with vigorous carbonation.

Not at all what I expected. The use of fruit is meant well by being not overpowering or too sweet, but the beer itself is rather objectionable. The best part of this brew was the quip beneath the cap. Not one you will find in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 23:50:23 | More by silks636
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Brent

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful airy fruit flavors going on here. Hey - all you other brewers who think a fruit beer should taste like a Jolly Rancher candy - try some of this. Aroma is very soft, not quite faint, apricots and peaches. Malt glides across the tongue, a bit dry and powdery. Not at all sweet. Then the aromatics waft through post-swallow, peachy and delicate. Far333 - you've done me right, brother.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 01:57:03 | More by Brent
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definite apricot aroma. Oaty, lightly sweet maltyness, slightly grainy. Mild apricot flavour, with a refreshing crisp-ish finish, low bitterness. It was definitely not as sweet as i expected, easy to drink, easy to enjoy. perhaps a bit "girly", but in a good way (Bottle-GBBF 03')

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 01:58:31 | More by rastaman
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littlebibs

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this very tasty fruit beer. If you like a change of
pace and some apricot flavor in your beer this is quite a nice warm
weather beer. Although not for everyones taste for sure, I can understand its popularity. #9 poured a nice white head, slight lacing and has a pronounced smell of dried apricots/citrus( I loved the wool sock description!) So far I like this brewery, there not afraid to
make unsual beers and I will continue to support these local beer
makers from New England.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 21:17:52 | More by littlebibs
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steelreign

New York

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in RI at the Ocean Mist in Matunuck. Pours a cloudy light amber color - could have been chill haze, but it also could have been yeast sediment. Not bad at all.

Smallish white head. Not much lacing. Smelled like fruit and malt - mainly apricots and some hints at orange peel (?). Goes down so smooth with no bitterness, nice balance of hop and malt, and the apricot taste was quite refreshing. One of the better fruit beers I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2003 14:54:28 | More by steelreign
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PZuke

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice amber in color with a little creamy head. It has a very strong smell of apricots. From the first to the last taste it is of apricots. It is almost like you are eating apricots it is so strong. It ends with a hoppy finish that is very nicely balanced with the taste of the apricots. I would say that this would be a good beer for the summer or to be drank as a change of pace beer. Not my favorite but still one of the better fruity tasting beers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2003 21:10:01 | More by PZuke
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle.

Pours a crytal clear pale gold. Small head with lots of carbonation. Sparkling tiny bubbles.

Sweet pear aromas and a bitter dry smell as well.

Definitely dry but also kind of skunky. Don't enjoy the fruity body at all. Light hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and dry. Not an enjoyable brew in total. Interesting dryness for a fruit beer but for me, I do not get the appeal of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 23:48:14 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystal clear burnt orange, topped with a creamy dollop of ivory head. Some blobs of lace, but not much.
Aroma is malty and crisp. Apricot is present, along with a rich herbal, piney hoppiness. A touch grassy, with just a hint of diacetyl and estery floral notes.
Flavor is malty, with a solid hop presence. Moderate apricot glides through the entire sip, making an interesting citric pairing with the hops, coming through the middle and finishing the beer fairly dry. Some grassy herbal flavor. Light buttery flavor in the middle, with a touch of apple and apricot. Slight piney aftertaste. A bit rough edged. Well carbonated and very crisp. An excellent thirst quencher for hazy late summer New England. A quirky, interesting beer that I always enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 17:45:18 | More by UnionMade
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with good head. The smell is of apricot. The taste is a mix of hops and the apricot flavor, with the apricot taking the bitter bite off of the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a couple more.

Not a terrible summer beer, and with its popularity could be somewhat refreshing. Though this certainly isn't one of my top beers, I'd probably have another one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 02:36:48 | More by beergeek279
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, brownish golden color with an off-white head.
Aroma is very fruity. Sweet malts as well.

Taste is fruity, like Juicy-Fruit gum. Caramel malt blanced by hops that seem to have a citrus nature to them.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid pale ale/fruit beer. Something different for a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 02:26:01 | More by PhantomVodoo
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice hazy orange color, white foamy head. Smells...wow, like a bag of dried apricots and nothing else. I swear I could reach in the glass and pull out some dried apricots. Taste is mild up front with the taste of dried apricots in the middle and a hoppy finish. Not too artificial tasting, quite refreshing. Could be more interesting if the apricots had a sour or tart flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2003 14:29:05 | More by chaduvel
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz brown bottle. Poured into the glass a slightly hazy, pretty deep gold color with a medium sized, fairly typical white head. On the nose was an explosive blast of fruit, to be specific, apricots and peaches. Rather strong and "fuzzy", that same fuzzy scent you get if you were to put you nose directly on a fresh peach and sniff. An interesting nose for sure. I liked it.

The taste had some of the same fruity flavors, but this time, they were much more under control. Flavors of apricot and citrus fruits, peaches, light bready malts and a kiss of hops melded together to form a really nice, above all refreshing beer. Fairly smooth, medium body and very drinkable. The apricot flavor was the front runner, everything sort of hung off of the apricot frame. Very balanced and a real tasty change up. Surprisingly, Magic Hat's infamous yeast left little imprint on this one.

Overall - a nice beer on a hot humid day to start things off.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 13:06:46 | More by bmills1608
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear amber with a thin white head. smells very fruity more like plums than apricots i think, but maybe it's just me... or the bottle... this beer seems to taste different everytime i have it. there is also a hops aroma that smells kind of like ashes, but in a good way. very mild flavor (this time). with a lot of fruitiness. hops come through at the end, but not too strong. i could drink this all day. medium mouthfeel, could be a bit thicker. just a little though. overall real nice, but good god, this beer changes everytime i drink it... usually pleasantly surprised though.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 19:59:21 | More by kmo1030
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper almost apricot tone with a nice sized full creamy off white head that leaves bountiful amounts of scattered lacing around my pint. Bottle says brewed with the essence of apricot this is pretty accurate for the aroma in my opinion, there's just a touch in the aroma along with a nut caramel malt character not really detecting any hoppage. Flavor of this beer has a little more apricot coming through then in the aroma but really blends together with a nut character in the taste, nothing expectacular but an easy drinking fruit beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but there is some slight syrup textures going on here. Not a milestone go to but a drinkable beer that hit the spot tonight.

Under the cap: "Have 3. Gotta Pee". All I can say is don't break the seal man.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 03:37:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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BierReise

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden and slightly hazy with a effervescent head that dissipated quickly. Aromas of citrus and fruit with a bit of graininess (wheat?) to it. Palate is quite thin and I found it slightly watery. Flavors of honey, orange and corriander stand out. Slight metallic aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 02:49:25 | More by BierReise
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is slowly becoming my staple beer.Its strange like everything Magic Hat does,but this beer tastes different everytime I drink it.I've tried it on tap and it tasted totally different than in the bottle.When poured a thick white head remained leaving trails of sticky lace.Left an instant warming feeling in the stomach.Color is a crystal clear light gold.First taste is a spicy ginger followed by a dry bitterness.I've had this on tap and it was very fruity with a cherry-like taste.Light bodied with a foamy mouthfeel that goes down easy.Leaves a strong aftertaste of many different flavors.Ginger,wheat,and hops.A bit watery which surprises me.Highly drinkable and refreshing.Great for a Summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 16:40:18 | More by kelticblood
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nixhecks

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#9 poured a golden color with plenty of tiny bubbles and a frothy white head. The head dissapated to a thin film that was continuously reinforced from the high carbonation. The aroma was my favorite part, very floral and fruity, full of apricot and other soft and sweet fruit notes. The taste fills the mouth with the same apricot background and a mild hoppy bite - bittersweet to start and crisp on the finish. This is actually the first microbrew I ever had and began my love affair with the Magic Hat family. I would recommend and type of MH, but this is one of the best - very unique and easily enjoyed all year round.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 00:15:01 | More by nixhecks
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#9 pours a gold with a slight orange hue. There was a thick white head present after the pour. The head did give way to a nice lace to the end of the glass. The aroma was a bit different from other brews. There is an oaky/smokey aroma there with hints of fruit. The taste has a malt flavor to it and hops and that fruit again. Maybe it is apricots or peaches. As the malt leaves in the flavor the hops take over and then there is the peaches again. Well worth the effort to drink. One beer that I will have again

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 22:58:04 | More by Stubbie1
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marburg

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer screams "apricot!" Hazy apricot/orange color brings forth mental images of apricot skins and dried apricots. The aroma is heavily dominated by apricot with some subtle, lighter, more syrupy fruit flavors underneath. Naturally, the flavor is similarly loaded with fruit. Never one to mind a little sweetness in his beer, I'm a big fan of the concept -- but I can imagine this one being especially popular. The apricot flavor is true to form with a very dried apricot sense, and the surprisingly crisp finish is not really bitter -- but extraordinarily clean. Don't blink, or you'll have drank this one before you even notice it's in your glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 06:01:06 | More by marburg
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-gold color with a white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is nothing, but apricots. Apricots are in the taste, but not nearly as much as I expected. Taste is malty with a slight hoppy dryness. I expected beer flavored with apricots to be incredibly sweet, but this was dry and quite pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 05:37:24 | More by dmarch
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

about five years ago, #9 was my first and most frequent magic hat brew. now i'd have to say it's toward or even at the bottom of my magic hat list, which certainly isn't to say it's a bad brew...'cause it's not. as i remember it in the past, the apricot taste used to be much more subtle than it is now. while still the most drinkable fruit beer i've ever had, #9 seems to pack a bit more of an apricot punch lately. it's still amazingly dry and lacking (in a good way) in the sweetness that most fruit beers bring to the table. also, i'd like to see it pour with a bit more head as well, but maybe that's just me. overall, still a fine brew that's quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 09:42:11 | More by guinness33
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,117 ratings.