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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,617 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,617
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 34
Gots: 373 | 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 dasmith52


3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

Being that I go to UVM, this is the one of the most popular beers in town so I may be bias. Ive had a lot of this and it is good in a bottle, but much better on tap.

A: Pale brown that is slightly golden and nicely translucent. Holds its head very well.

S: The apricot is very prevolent as well as other fruit flavors. There is also a nice malty and a very slight hops flavor that is reminiscent of a pale ale.

T: The fruit flavor really cuts through (especially on tap) without being too much or overpowering. there is a great malt and slight hops flavor.

M: Nice carbonation and smooth. maybe could be a bit thicker or creamier.

D: Very easy to drink and drink a lot of.

07-15-2009 04:33:31 | More by dasmith52
Photo of skrib09


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

poured a hazy gold with a white head.

smells of peach and apricot. the canned stuff.

taste is much the same. it hits the palate with the same notes as the syrup from the canned fruits. sweet, a little viscous, and fruity.

mouthfeel is neutral. not a lot going on. it's a little crispy on the sides of the palate. this beer is drinkable if it's your thing.

07-11-2009 23:56:14 | More by skrib09
Photo of Dotcubed


3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

I know I've had this but haven't typed in any notes.

Good head retention.
Smells like I remember, Apricots. Sweet aroma.
Very potent.
Looks average. Crystal clear yellow.

Malty, sweet. Strong white bread yeast.
Refreshing, medium to light body.

Kind of dry too. Lacks some carbonation.

The label says drink by the end of July 09.
Kinda wish it has a production date too, but glad to see a best by date.

Pleasant and enjoyable.
Wondering if they'll bring more into the Minneapolis market.
Kind of a long way to ship them.

07-10-2009 04:22:24 | More by Dotcubed
Photo of VTaler


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

A - Darker golden yellow color. Almost kind of orange. Pretty Transparent. Had surprisingly great head retention. Ivory white color head. Very thick lacing. Very impressed with the appearance

S - Fruity aroma. Even though there is apricot it was not really an apricot smell. Slight hoppy and malt smell

T - Not very bitter. I guess this is what they mean by "not quite pale ale". The aftertaste is of apricot. Kinda spicy but in a good way. There really is not much apricot at all. There could be more. It kinda tastes like a generic all with a subtle generic fruity aftertaste.

M - Too carbonated. I feel like more of the flavor could come out if it were less carbonated

D - This is very drinkable because there are not strong flavors so none to get sick of. Overall there is nothing special about this beer. It's rather low in alcohol. It seems like a beer too please everyone but not astonish anyone.

07-09-2009 02:56:45 | More by VTaler
Photo of LyonsHead


3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

A: Pours a dark yellow/light orange with a nice white head and some lacing

S: I smell earthy hops with some citrusy notes mixed in, there is a nice malty balance here.

T: starts with an earthy spiciness. there is a strong maltiness all the way through and it finishes sweet.

m: slightly on the thin side and finishes pretty sweet. I wouldn't call it cloying but it definitely sticks with you

D: this is good, not a pale ale... which I guess the label says. Its still good though, I do like this beer!

07-07-2009 21:15:39 | More by LyonsHead
Photo of canoehornpoint


3.08/5  rDev -9.1%

Thin white head that holds the glass well. Color is medium golden, perhaps slightly cloudy.

Aroma is thin, some malt and twangy grain. Very mainstream aroma.

Taste starts with orange citrus and then a bit of plum/apricot and finishes sort of a flat plum/apricot that doesn't have great appeal.

Medium body with lithter and sort of unpleasant finish. Not bad but nothing to write home about.

07-07-2009 01:02:16 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of zeff80


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Poured out a clear, orange-gold color with a thick, rocky off-white, one-finger head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of apricot. There are some floral notes and hints of caramel

T - Apricot taste lead things off but mellowed as it warmed. It was sweet with a mild tart kick. Caramel and homey flavors emerged as it warmed even further.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - An interesting beer. The taste was constantly evolving, which was good and bad.

07-02-2009 01:13:05 | More by zeff80
Photo of minterro


3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

A: partially murky yellow colored beer, with a off white colored head that leaves specks of lacing. on a side note i really like this label. under the cap "It's always best to Confess to your Mess".

S: very strong perfume fruit

T: taste of the beer is odd to say the least. I don't like it when i leave the beer in my mouth, however it tastes fine if you shallow it right away... idk. fruity taste. refreshing, might be better enjoyed on a sunny day

M: don't like the feel, light and watery, the carbonation bites at the inside of my mouth

D: easy to drink, although most light bodied beers are.

notes: i don't know about this beer, it was interesting and non-convertional... it could have been worst. its worth a try not sure if i would buy it again, but u never know.

07-01-2009 20:09:17 | More by minterro
Photo of Vonerichs


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

Deep golden color with an enormous white fluffy head that lingers for a long time, leaving behind moderate lacing.

The smell is light, and reminds me of juicy fruit gum. The apricot is there but it smells like a combination of sweet fruits.

The apricot is the dominant fruit in the taste, no doubt. In fact, it's about all I can taste but just like the smell, it's very light. I think that's a good thing in this beer because it allows bready malt to come through.

Light body and crisp carbonation, leaving a slightly sweet aftertaste. Surprisingly, the mouthfeel isn't very sticky and is more on the crisp side, slightly dry.

This is a decent summer beer and with a relatively low abv and lighter body is easily sessionable.

06-30-2009 12:19:49 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of MikeBrandman


3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

A - Golden yellow. Deeper than straw. Transparent. Big deal here is the head. Poured 3 fingers of head that faded slowly and supported an excellent aroma. Off white head that got rocky and fluffy with a little settling. Some of the thickest lacing I've ever seen.

S - Gave off a pretty strong aroma, but it wasn't as much apricot as...fruity. Smelt a little generic and not necessarily apricot.

T - Good mix of pale ale bitterness and apricot. Bitterness comes through in the begininning but then fades to the apricot tones. A nice spiciness to it. However, the apricot tastes as cheap as it smells. Not so much flavor as essence.

MF - I didn't care for the mouth feel that much. It felt syrupy, as if it was in my mouth long after I took a gulp. Lends to the artifical taste of the beer.

D - If the flavor doesn't get to you, it has great drinkability. The alcohol is low, but if you're a hophead or a devote fruit beer fan, you probably won't like it. It's too middle ground to appease hard core fans in either camp.

06-27-2009 01:42:47 | More by MikeBrandman
Photo of youngblood


3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours very effervescent, like watered down gold. Lots of carbonation bubbles, super light head.

Smells like apricots. Yep, mostly like apricots. I like apricots though.

Very one dimensional, lots of shallow apricots flavor and some lagerish flavor hanging back. Not alot of depth here.

Pretty slick on the tongue, not in a bad way though.

High drinkability, very refreshing on a hot summer day.

06-22-2009 12:47:14 | More by youngblood
Photo of Anthony1


2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

bomber poured into 2 "perfect pints"

This poured a hazy gold with a decent head. Head faded fast and no lace. Smell was kinda bland as was the taste. Tasted like appercot and bread. Tasted very bready to me. Was rather let down by this beer, felt like it was nothing special. med/light feel that was slightly dry.

06-20-2009 14:42:22 | More by Anthony1
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

From a 12 oz bottle, from notes

A-pale amber with an attractive rocky head that lasts awhile. Decent looking beer.

S-Sweet candy like smell..almost like a soda, but with malts under it all. A bit strange.

T-Apricot malts hit the palate immediately, then some dry malts. Not bad. Decent summer brew.

M-Well balanced overall.

D-Not looking to have another any time soon, but for a refreshing summer fruit beer, this is not half bad. The label says "not quite pale ale"...I'd say "nothing at all like pale ale", but, whatever....kudos to them for trying something different.

06-20-2009 01:19:27 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of atpben


2.88/5  rDev -15%

Had this at the Gingerman in Houston. Review from notes taken. Poured into a pint glass. Appears a light copper color with thin white head. Very fruity in the aroma with apricot? seems to prevail with also a little bit of peach. Fairly light in the body with more apricots and wheat in the taste. Hints of light caramel came through also. Didn't care for the finish too much which was dry and nutty. Average beer.

06-16-2009 18:25:55 | More by atpben
Photo of NODAK


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Interesting aroma on this one of maltiness and some citrus, which could be expected. Definitely different.

On first sip, the carbonation seems pretty heavy here. I get a sense of sour fruit upfront, which is quickly whisked to the side by a decent shot of hops, which seem to be Cascades or something similar. As it finishes, the bitterness intensifies a bit and runs along the sides of the tongue. After the finish, I get a little bit of grain on the palate. The finish is also quite clean, with minimal to no stickiness in the mouth.

Overall, I'd say it's a decent, but not that good, brew and is a bit toned down for a pale ale as far as hoppiness is concerned. Then again, it does say on the bottle it is the "not quite pale ale".

06-12-2009 02:18:15 | More by NODAK
Photo of endincolorado


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance- clear, pale gold with thick, white head. Light lacing.

Smell- Fragrant, citrus, fruitiness that reminds me of Smarties. Decent, crisp maltiness. Light hop aroma.

Taste- Sweet fruit in forefront. Apricot, maybe some mango, and lemon peel. Some biscuitty malt. Fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty refreshing and crisp. Definitely different. The fruit flavorings could become overwhelming after a couple.

06-09-2009 22:43:46 | More by endincolorado
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.83/5  rDev -16.5%

Bottle. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet apricot and fruity perfume. Flavor of light sweetness (a little artificial tasting) and sweet pale malts, some wheaty/bready notes. I had this side by side with DFH Aprihop and #9 was better. Palate is a little wearing though.

06-09-2009 16:28:04 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of gmcfarre


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a hazy straw color with a touch of orange tint. Head is very foamy and climbs to 1/2 an inch with a careful pour and rests there for quite some time. Lacing is abundant as the beer falls.

S - Grassy with a subtle hint of apricot and ripe peaches. Slightly astringent. Some orange citrus flavor as well.

T - Starts slightly sweet with good apricot and peach flavor. Orange citrus accompanies. Somewhat grassy, but not as much as the scent. Good tart fruit flavor at the finish with just a touch of bitterness. Fruit flavor is well balanced and not overwhelming.

M - High carbonation with a lighter body and slightly drying finish. Slightly tart.

D - Light and refreshing with a nicely expressed fruit flavor and low alcohol. A good summer beer.

06-06-2009 18:03:04 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of ensign11


4.55/5  rDev +34.2%

A - the appearance of this beer was a nice amber color with a decent pale head

S - immediately get hit with the citrusiness of this beer, some hops in the nose

T - taste is sweet, just like smell

M - mounthfeel is pleasant with good carbonation and medium bodied

D - definitely could drink this one all day

06-05-2009 13:10:12 | More by ensign11
Photo of tj4288

New York

4.35/5  rDev +28.3%

poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass

a- bright/clear yellow orange, foamy white head fades to about a finger

s- apricot of course... some citrus, perfumy

t- like dried apricots from bulk section of super market (which i love), and citrus and ends with a slight honey/ artificial sweetness, nutty finish

m- lots of carbonation, medium bodied, crisp, very sweet and refreshing

d- great, goes down smooth and easy, pleasant fruity aftertaste, not too expensive, a beer to buy again and again! i also appriciate the 4.6%alc while being low this beer still has lots of flavor and i could enjoy many of these outside in the summer time, or at dinner, or even lunch or any other time!


06-03-2009 04:34:40 | More by tj4288
Photo of Natainos

New York

4.05/5  rDev +19.5%

This one is a great crisp fruit beer, does have bitter after taste, but still very drinkable, Has a nice head and is very good when cold . for $7.99 plus NYS Tax (8%) and deposit return, a six pack was nice and worth the change...support small brewerys.

06-03-2009 00:11:39 | More by Natainos
Photo of sweemzander


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best buy date on the back.

(A)- Pours a yellowish/orange amber color. Not much foam at all to speak of; diminished in seconds.
(S)- A refreshing apricot,pineapple,mango citrus aroma. Tons of fruit on this! Just a hint of piney honey at the end.
(T)- Some of the fruit in the smell definitely comes through in the taste (if not all of it). Almost fruit punch-like with some honey added. The malty sweetness is nice but very mild. Very slightly piney on the finish. Reminds me more of a mild Maibock.
(M)- Pretty darn smooth! No bite, almost like drinking fruit juice only with alcohol
(D)- At 4.6% abv, it is pretty easy drinking for me. A 6 pack would not last long at all. Its smooth, fruity and slightly sweet so these could go down pretty quick with no effort whatsoever (especially in summertime)

05-29-2009 17:29:57 | More by sweemzander
Photo of originalsin


4.08/5  rDev +20.4%

My avatar! I'm awfully tempted to run through this review with straight 5s but that wouldn't be right. It's not the best beer, I know, but I really love Magic Hat. #9, along with SNPA, are really my reason for craft brew.

A: Pours a nice hazy apricot gold with about a 1/4 inch of white head that quickly fades into a nice lingering cover.

S: Tart/sweet fruit instantly up front on the nose. It's almost overwhelming but a nice biscuity grain note balances the apricot smell out nicely.

T: Just as the smell was hinting at- this beer derives most of its kick from the artificial apricot taste right up front. It's like biting into apricot slices straight out of the freezer--like the sweet ones you might buy at whole foods. It finishes well with biscuity notes and more apricot tartness.

This was one of the first beers that got me into the craft beer scene. There's a reason why that is. It's not perfect, by any means, but is really an all-around beer. It's got a nice medium body that makes for an incredibly drinkable beer. I love spending summers at home with Magic Hat #9.

05-27-2009 23:44:41 | More by originalsin
Photo of m2paulun


3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A half inch head appeared that went away fairly quick. The beer is a nice amber color that looks very refreshing.

S - Fruit right from the get go. Smells like you opened a package of dried apricots.

T - Taste is just like the smell; fruit and more fruit. The taste of dried apricots really lingers.

M - Has a decent amount of carbonation and goes down smooth.

D - If you like beers with a fruit taste, it would not be hard to drink more than one.

05-27-2009 22:47:20 | More by m2paulun
Photo of m1ked


4/5  rDev +18%

Grabbed a growler of this at Grab in Park Slope. Enjoying a sunny Memorial Day in Prospect Park, by the Audobon Center, across from the pond and next to my sweetheart....having a picnic. It doesn't get much better than this.

A- Pours a beautiful clear gold with a huge white head that remains for the duration. Multiple streamers throughout. Just looks refreshing.

S- Biscuity maltiness with a light summer stone fruit throughout. Nice not great.

T- Soft flavors like a wheat beer. Here is where the fruit flavor of apricot & peach are most enjoyed. I am not a huge fruit beer guy but this is soo refreshing and soo summery to me. There is a slight piney blip at the very end.

M- Once again, this feels like a wheat beer to me.... Med body that fades away, dry finish.

D- This easy drinker is my newly adopted session beer for this summer (or until I find a new one) It is easy to drink, refreshing, low abv & tastes great.

05-25-2009 17:41:24 | More by m1ked
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