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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,771
Reviews: 1,574
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 41
Gots: 442 | 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 sixerofelixir
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Best-by date clearly inked on bottle neck.

The last time I sampled this beer was about 3 years ago. Spotting a bomber @ the Giant Eagle for $2.49 (!) led to a purchase. Pours a hazy golden yellow. A slightly off-white laces the glass a bit. Smell is very much of apricots, and grasses. Sweet. Taste is fruity (ton of apricots), a bit of hops on the tongue and a residual tartness, sort of the fruit-loop, bubblegum hops spiked with fruit juice. I'm getting quite a bit of a rhubarb taste, too. Feel is effervescent at first, with an oily backing. Drinks good, and even if it's a little sour and deprived of malts, for the price it's a decent pour.

sixerofelixir, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/26/11:

Appearance: golden orange, very small head

Smell: sweet malts, apricots

Taste: sweet, apricots

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, oily on the tongue

Drinkability: highly drinkable just wish it didn't have this oily feeling on my tongue.



THECPJ, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at a friend's on Sunday afternoon, and he offered me a beer. He handed me a #9 in a SA Perfect Pint glass, so let's drink. Clear body, with a orange tinted color. Lots of carbonation and a nice white head. Smell was on the citrusy side. The flavor - well, it's unique to this beer. It's an odd marriage of ripe peach and lemony hops. I've always thought this beer was unusual in an off-putting way, which may be why it's literally been years since I've had one. Thin body, but not quite watery. It's a beer that made MH famous and some people love it. I just don't care for it much from a craft beer point of view.

morebeergood, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Floyd12
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. "Simon says drink your beer," under the cap.

A- Pour an orange/amberish hugh with a half inch head that should some retention throughout the beer, minor lacing that lasted briefly.

S- A fruity apricot smell dominates the smell of this beer. A slight scent of hops are present in the aroma, but are almost entirely drowned out by the fruity scent.

T- A very crisp and clean taste with the strong fruity taste of sweet apricots. But again the slight tastes of hops and malt are present but fighting to be recognized with the fruit.

M- Very highly carbonated beer contributes to a strangely dry beer given the fruitiness. But overall a light bodied beer.

D- Conditionally high. A very good beer on a hot summer very refreshing.

Floyd12, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In Magic Hat's Spring Variety Pack '11. Best by 4/30/11.
Magic Hat's "Not Quite Pale Ale."

A: golden straw/light amber color on pour; a white, frothy head, about 2.5 fingers thick; good, inviting appearance

S: hello, APRICOT, which dominates the aroma profile; grainy hops also present, but mostly an after-thought

T: Tangy, sweet apricot flavor overwhelms the taste buds at first; followed by a mildly hoppy bite; a hint of the yeast/grain bread aroma comes through as well

M: medium/light body with a pleasant carbonation feel; good mouthfeel

D: definitely great drinkability; perfect for a sweltering, hot day; refreshing and crisp; not perfect, but close

boudreaux, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Aiptasia
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First tasted this beer at a brewer's pizza on tap. Most recently in a 22 oz. brown bottle.

A: Pours a warm blond color with a decent head and not much lacing.

S: Smells of hay and lemon citrus.

T: Eh. It's a clean taste with light hops up front and a dry apricot finish. A little watery but balanced.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D: Drinkable. Light on the alcohol and heavy on the water makes this beer a refresher during a hot summer day.

Aiptasia, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of mjn5036
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This one pours a golden/amber/honey color with a large, three finger white head. Head it actually quite substantial; sticky looking and when it recedes it leaves behind a lot of soap-like lacing around the glass.

The nose is lightly floral, light citrus and very slightly hoppy. There is also this lingering fruity smell that reminds me of artificial smells found in soap products...off putting to say the least.

Taste is significantly breadier than the nose alludes to. The apricot is there but it doesn't taste as natural as I would like. Again, floral notes with a definitive soapy flavor are offsetting. All of the flavors are light and fairly subdued, leaving your taste buds moments after you take a sip.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with ample carbonation. It is thin on the palate and goes down easy. I could definitely see this being more enjoyable on a hot summer day.

mjn5036, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of mattsdenney
2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear gold with thin white bubbly head. Some lacing and retention.

S: Apricot candy, cough syrup, slight pilsner-y scent. Overall not much "beer" smell to speak of.

T: Not much to speak of. The Apricot is there with very faint hints of hops and malt. A weak yeasty aftertaste lingers. Pretty bland overall.

M: Light, bubbly, a light sticky coating remains.

D: I get what they were going for and I'm sure this beer has been the initial stepping stone for many into the craft beer world. I wouldn't drink if unless it was the only craft offering on tap (which is frequently the case. Has probably made Magic Hat alot of money.

mattsdenney, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a murky yellow-gold, with a large head and nice lace. Attractive presentation!
Aroma is of peach and apricot. Unusual but refreshing and clean.
Flavor is apricot. I get very little of a "beer" taste, though. Mixed feelings here. It's not a typical brew, but certainly drinkable enough. Beer snobs will hate this one, but I found myself enjoying this one while it lasted.

secondtooth, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of jar2574
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear yellow-orange, white head of average depth. The smell is faint, but what smell there is is vaguely sweet.

I'm not sure why this is under the category of fruit / vegetable beer. I can't make out a fruit or a vegetable. It's just sort of sweet.

It goes down easily and the taste is inoffensive, but that's about the most positive I can be about it.

There's just not that much to this beer. Can't make out any hops. It's sort of sweet. But mostly it's watery and reminds me of a macro lager with sweeteners added.

jar2574, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
2.15/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a mason jar

Pours a one-note orange color. One finger or more of sterling white head forms, but it sneaks out the back door when you aren't looking. It doesn't look bad, but it in no way impresses.

Magic Hat #9 has the potential to smell good. Very pale, light malt flavors waft up to the nose. The artificial apricot flavor is very strong. A beer can go a long way towards averageness by just smelling like sugar-sweet fake apricot. Where #9 takes a wrong turn is smelling like burning PVC pipe. There is a serious I-have-some-plastic-and-it-is-currently-on-fire component to this beer's aroma. And no, you can't get past it. It dominates everything and makes you think of carcinogens being released into the air and generally makes you hate life.

That terrible, plasticy taste carries over to the palate, but it's softer. The off-putting flavor tastes composed of 40% burning PVC pipe, 60% too-charred apricot skin, like someone saw Bobby Flay grilling fruit on the Food Network and decided to give it a go with used-up charcoal. The apricot juice flavor is woefully artificial. I think I tasted a hop or two, but it too was singed by the fire that befell the apricot syrup factory.

The mouthfeel is lightish, carbonatedish. There's plenty that's wrong with #9 but its mouthfeel isn't one of those things. Drinkability sure is, though. Because of the screwed-up flavor profile, this is a slow sipper at best (drain pour at worst) in a style that should be very quaffable.

In the past two days I've had Magic Hat #9 on-tap and in the bottle. Both forms featured this charred plastic flavor, so I can't blame it on the tap-lines at the bar. It's Magic Hat's fault that this beer is awful.

Reaper16, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of livewire78
1.63/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My first Magic Hat.

Lemme just get to the point and say that this tastes like a Bud Light PLUS.

I could describe the color and the aroma and blah, blah, blah but it all comes down to the taste anyway.

It has the same stale wet clothing taste that Bud Light has but only amped up a little bit. I certainly don't think it's a masterpiece of brewing perfection but it would be a great gateway beer for your BMC buddies.

livewire78, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of mdunman
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Lightly hazy amber with a good head and little linger.

S: Blueberry, lemon and light malt are notable here.

T: Fruitiness takes over early, a lot of the blueberry from before with a bit of malt and finishes w/ a light dryness.

M: Light body, good carbonation.

Not my cup of tea at all. If you like this style, it's probably a good choice for you, but I wouldn't come back any time soon.

mdunman, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of MinnesotaRIS
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving from a bottle. Pours with low body. Golden, darker amber appearance. High carbonation with medium, white head that dissipates at a decent rate. Immediate smell of apricot and slight hops. No malt aroma.

Very weak taste. The apricot is apparent but there is not a lot of body to the taste. Finishes without taste and watery. No aftertaste. For me, this was a hard beer to drink because it there wasn't much to it. The apricot comes from extract so the contributing factor is only to aroma and some taste.

I don't recommend this beer and that is hard to say for a craft brewery. This is a poorly constructed pale ale. The alcohol to hop to malt/fruit balance is way off.

MinnesotaRIS, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of eatsleeprepeat
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be more fruity than anticipated. When you crack the bottle open you receive a delicious apricot smell. The taste, however, leaves something to be desired. If you like a fruity beer, give it a try and decide for yourself. If you don't like a fruity beer, maybe pass on this one.

A - The beer isn't really even pale, as the name suggests. But it looks good - it has the consistency a beer should have. Not water, but not syrupy.
S -The smell is probably the best attribute (hardly a good reason to drink any brew).
T - Leaves you thinking there's something missing.
M - Very light.
D - Low alcohol content lends it's self to high drinkability.

eatsleeprepeat, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Fatherskull
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: copper, half a finger of white head, maintained decent lacing throughout, lots of carbonation

S: Not very strong, fruity apricots

T: very light malt, fruity

M: light, crisp

D: easy to drink, not much to it

I have had this in bars a few times but this one was in a mixed pack I picked up at Trader Joe's. Pretty light and as it says on the bottle "Not Quite Pale Ale". It's kind of refreshingly crisp with the high carbonation and light fruity taste. Overall underwhelming but drinkable.

Fatherskull, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of derekmorris7
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not impressed. Smell was very nice, sweet and fragrant. I thought after smelling this it would be very nice. Wrong, had a sweetness and fruity flavor but this underlying metallic taste you find in a Coors Light..ugh

A > Nice golden color with touch of amber, nice carbonation

S > Smell was great, fragrant and sweet

T > First its sweet and fruity then the metallic undertones come up

M > very light almost weak

D > Not very drinkable, one is enough

derekmorris7, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Sudsy89
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big 22oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a copper-orange color, with a solid two-finger head. High level of carbonation, has a fizzy, light-bodied mouthfeel. Aroma is sweet, fruity. Taste is mostly sweet fruits, noticeable apricot taste. Hops are present, but not strong. I find the high level of carbonation and acidic-like mouthfeel to be annoying and more like a soda. At 5.1% abv it's pretty drinkable and decent, but I don't think this beer is all that special, it's just a pale ale with fruit flavor added, as other BA's have indicated.

Sudsy89, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my first craft beers which boded well with me at first but then my tastes has become more refined over the years after sampling different craftbeers. Poured a clear, light copper color with a thin, quickly disappearing white head. Aroma is primarily fruity with big notes of apricot or peach, some mild hops are also present. Thin body with a watery mouth feel. First sip I thought this was peach infused Colt 45, it didn't get much better. Flavor is malty with big notes of artificial, apricot jam and very mild earthy hops. Finishes weak and fruity.

CuriousMonk, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, flowers, and nutmeg. The flavor was of sweet malt, flower petals, nutmeg, coriander. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew lacks in all aspects for me. It was a lot more flowery than I was expecting based on the nose. I don't see how the macro crowd can drink this and enjoy it... It might be a good gateway beer, but that is definitely about it.

thagr81us, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

Looks murky light golden, with a loose bubbly white head.

I could smell lemon, wheat, sweet bread and some apricot.

Tastes a little weak, I picked up some grass, lemon, bread, and a hint of melon.

It feels light and bubbly with a dry finish.

This would be a good session beer, other than that I probably won't drink it again unless it's free.

JMad, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of FollowedMyFolly
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whenever i drink Magic Hat #9 I always have a happy buzz. The end taste is a hint of bananas and I think apricots. I have yet to meet a person that wouldn't finish the pint of it if it were sitting in front of them. It is great to get a fruit beer that tastes like beer and not so much a fruit stand in your mouth. Thumbs up Magic Hat.

FollowedMyFolly, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of jkrich
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with freshness date on label: poured a slightly hazy, golden orange with quickly receding white head.
Perhaps its most conspicuous trait: very strong earthy and fruit aroma - almost like a liquor.
The ale starts refreshingly fruity and hoppy with just a hint of the apricot flavor. There are almost american wheat ale characteristics in this one. The taste ends on a rather too sweet note for my palate.
The body is too thin, but it does have a little better mouthfeel as the ale warms. The carbonation is high, giving this a refreshing quality.
This would be best on a hot day or on the beach in summer. The ale has an overall quality of a fruit drink. I easily finished my 12 oz. bottle but did not order another.

jkrich, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of phideltashaggy
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this many times, but I prefer from a pitcher at one of my favorite bars.

A-slightly hazy orange with a barely off white head and beautiful lacing.

S-Smells of fruit (apricot, apparently) and a slightly bitter hops.

T- More of the smell. I'm not usually a fan of bitter hops, but it offsets the fruity, sorta malty sweetness perfectly.

MF- Not exceptional, but very nice, the bubbles are present, but by no means off-putting.

D- I honestly believe I could drink this all night. The taste is great, but it's light enough that I could pound these back for hours.

Overall, this is one of my favorite brews, especially sharing a few pitchers with good friends and good conversation.

phideltashaggy, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of theghost3
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light copper with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates. Almost no lacing.

There are faint biscuit and citrus scents. The flavor is made up of lemon, grass, caramel malts, apricot, and slight tangerine. Mouthfeel is light/medium-bodied; somewhat acidic.

This would be OK to drink on a hot day because it could be refreshing. However, I found it to be a little artificial, and the amount of acidity is off-putting, so I won't be drinking this with any regularity.

theghost3, Jan 30, 2011
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,771 ratings.