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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,730 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,730
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 40
Gots: 421 | 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 TastefulNudity
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

First review, so here goes:

Poured from a 22oz bomber in to a tulip.

Appearance: Golden orange. Can see almost completely through it. Head builds up to a one finger that quickly dissipated. About what I expected to come out of the bottle, maybe a little head retention would be nice.

Smell: Poured really cold and had that funky adjunct smell, at first I was really put off by it. Let it breathe for a while and it had a different character. Pure, dense apricots. Citrus, orange, sweet grapefruit on the back end. Very fruity.

Taste: Taste was an extension of the smell. Holy apricots. The more it warmed, the more apparent the taste became. Extreme sweetness on the front end followed by a hoppy bite on the end. Touch of malt sweetness in the middle. Honestly not terrible, thicken this stuff up and turn it in to pie filling.

Mouthfeel: Sharp fruit attacks the front of the tongue, hops in the back keeping it dry and not too cloying. Lots and lots of carbonation. Thin. Doesn't linger at all.

Overall: Not bad, I definitely wouldn't classify it as a pale ale though. I'm glad I knew it was a fruit beer before I cracked it open, I would have been a little upset if I was looking for something more sessionable. The label doesn't say anything about the flavor. I'd drink it again on a hot day but I wouldn't run for it.

TastefulNudity, Jun 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

jmslade7, Jun 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

scotti314, Jun 01, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

Jslay013, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18%

rjholcomb, Jun 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Kearneytheking, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18%

maq89, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Pours a hazy light copper with a 1.5 finger near white head. Impressive lacing and retention. Says its not a pale ale, but sure looks like a good one.

S- Herbal earthiness and esters present with crystal malts playing the lead role. Has a Euro style nose to it. Not real sure if it is the malt or the yeast.

T- Hmmm. Not real sure what they were going for here. The look and feel tells me they were aiming for pale, but some confusion ensues on the palate with a discombobulated mix of flavors with the malt profile. Some sweetness kicks in. Just an overall lack of balance with the heavy malt profile.

M- Decent feel. Covers the palate nicely. Crisp carbonation. Fairly smooth with a hint of dryness.

O- Seems to be an lack of direction that leads to the flavors not coming together well. I warmed up to it some as the drink went on, but still a bit of a miss for me. One that I will pass on in the future. When you snag a bottle off the shelf that you are totally in the dark on, sometimes it is a delightful surprise, other times it is a flop. This one was the latter.

Bosoxfan20, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

gauth1979, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18%

Beerlover, May 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Ctruskey, May 30, 2013
Photo of CrackerjackNY
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel like they have watered this down over the past 10 years. It is a decent, light, refreshing beer, and I enjoy it outside on hot summer days, but it isn't something I would go out of my way to buy. I think it they made it a little more stronger, or added some additional hops/malt this would be fantastic. When I first started drinking it, it did not taste as light to me. I honestly think they have watered it down.

CrackerjackNY, May 30, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle:
Medium amber colour with a clear body and a half centimetre tall, bubbly white head that stays quite steady over the opening minute before reducing some.

Sweet & fruity with some sugar and as expected from what I'd read in advance, there is a strong apricot aroma too along with some medium strength, sweet malts. The smell is a really good one that is more pale ale than fruit beer.

Sweet with apricot from the aroma but it isn't as strong this time round. There is some grain and a bit of spice too. There are a few dry, background fruits making themselves known and I could detect some sweet malts towards the end. The taste was a slightly unusual one and I couldn't quite place.

Medium to light bodied with a pretty sweet taste that is complimented with some spice. The finish is initially a wet one that has minimal bitterness and then suddenly becomes quite crisp and dry.

One of the most unusual beers I've tried in a long time and left me confused on how to rate it. It started very sweet and the aroma was a very good one that had plenty of apricot and sweet malts. The taste had more of the same but wasn't quite as strong then turned slightly bland after that which stuck me as odd.

flyingpig, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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2/5  rDev -41%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,730 ratings.