#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
16 oz. can picked up over the border; packaged March 31 2014. This is the last can in a 4-pack (consumed over several days), so I've had more time than usual to think about this one before reviewing. Served well-chilled.
Pours a clear, pale orange-amber colour, topped with nearly two fingers of pillowy, sparkling-white head that steadily recedes over the next few minutes. It leaves behind a dense curtain of lacing, eventually settling into a wide collar and thin cap. The aroma is subdued, and a little fruity - apricot and pale malt sweetness are really the only things I can identify.
This is an approachable, simple pale ale with a nice hint of apricot and peach flavour. Grainy pale malts and a touch of caramel come through at first, with the aforementioned fruity flavours becoming more prominent toward the tail end. Not much is heard from the hops at all, really, other than a vaguely weedy bitterness in the finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with zippy carbonation initially - though it settles down fairly quickly, something I noticed with the other 3 cans as well. Smooth, flirting with syrupy texture; very high sessionability due to the mild, inoffensive flavours.
Final Grade: 3.43, a passable B-. Magic Hat #9 is a drinkable, but fairly unremarkable apricot beer, a sub-style that I will admit I am not exactly well-studied in. This has all the markings of a serviceable, mass-marketable fruit beer, which is probably how it has managed to become so widely spread (even available in Canada) and long-lived in the marketplace. At $5 and change for a 4-pack, it's a bit of a steal from my perspective, but it's still not something to go out of your way for.
Serving type: can
07-16-2014 04:51:00 | More by thehyperduck
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,442 ratings.