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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,952 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,952
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 48
Gots: 533 | 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 shand
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just as an aside - I'm doing this review because I just had and reviewed a Southern Tier 422 and found it to be very similar to #9. I knew I had one kicking around in my fridge and decided to do a head to head. So please excuse all the references to 422.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked best by November 22nd into a pint glass.

Appearance: It's a nice pale golden-wheat color with tiny head decent retention. It sure does have 422 beat in the looks department, there's some nice looking carbonation bubbles here and there's a bit of nice retention and lacing on the (minimal) head.

Smell: Sweet malts and apricots. Smells almost completely different than 422 ... did I imagine the taste similarity? Either way, it's a good smelling beer.

Taste: Well, at least I didn't imagine the similarity. #9 is a pale ale at heart, and you can taste it right away. It's a nice and crisp taste, with sweet malts and just a bit of hops. Then, Mister Apricot comes in and steals the show with some sweet fruitiness to round it up. Southern Tier 422 really does taste quite similar to this, minus the apricot. At least I didn't imagine that. This was one of my first craft brews and I still love it. It's best enjoyed as fresh as possible, I'd prefer there to be another three months or so on the best by date, but what can I do.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and highly carbonated. Really a perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, as long as the relentless apricot doesn't get to you.

This was one of my first craft beers and is still a favourite. It's a great gateway to craft beer that just about anyone will have a hard time putting down. I always keep some around to give to friends.

shand, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed orange yellow color with red hints. Smells of raspberries and malts with subtle hops in the background. Tastes of sweet raspberries and maybe a little cranberries, some malts and minimal malts to keep it sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty nice and drinkability is quite high.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Dodt
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer a bunch of times finally decided to review this one .
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance a pale golden color with slight lacing
smell a blend of sweet malts and fruit
taste see above
drinkability crisp and clean
a good all season beer for me

Dodt, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of lovetranquillity
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color, white head, no lacing.

Smells of apricots and sweet malt, sweet and fruity smelling with the apricots the focus.

Apricot Sweetness, sweet malts, slight bitterness.

Watery mouth feel, medium to high carbonation. Little bit like seltzer water.

Easy drinking since the consistency is not much different than seltzer water. Not my favorite, the apricot can get to you and the taste gets old quick. The initial taste is good but the more you have the less you like it.

lovetranquillity, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of TonyVic
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think that this is a good beer to drink on a hot summer afternoon while looking out at the lake. It's light and has quite a bit of fruit. This beer is gold color with a white head. The head disappeared pretty quickly though. The apricot really comes through in the aroma. There is a nice malty character, but it is quickly taken over by the apricot.

TonyVic, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of NeutroMan
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a solid one-finger white head.

S: Wow. Apricots aplenty, along with some pear and butterscotch.

T: Has a nice crispness to it, but a little too sweet for me. Bitterness is kept to a minimum, as the buttery smooth malts dominate. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery and weak, with medium-high carbonation. Overall a good, solid fruit beer.

NeutroMan, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of trf32
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Not-quite-pale-ale indeed. Hazy. Nice head, sticks around for a bit.

S- Spiced yams. Cinnamon and some herbs I could describe better if I cooked more. Plums. Hm, this is fun.

T- Peaches and pears and plums all the way. It definitely has that tart taste they have when they're just getting ripe, but with cinnamon apple sauce. It's really unique and well-rounded with the hops and malt.

M- The beer comes and goes as the flavors stick around. There's a bit of dryness to it. Carbonation is solid.

D- Not hard to drink and the flavor is actually nice enough that I wouldn't mind getting a case.

trf32, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

served in standard pint glass
HOPS: Cascade & Apollo / MALTS: Pale, Crystal

A- yellow-golden. Pours with nearly 2-fingers of attractive off-white head; quickly drops to nice full coat. exceptional lace coating on glass as level drops.

S - very fruity; Apricots!; detectable toasted malts. Highly distinctive (and hard to rate).

T- sweet; mildly malty; unusual. Definitely "not quite pale ale". A slight bitterness eventually emerges in the finish. IBU = 20

M - pleasant; effervescent

O: crisp & refreshing; very good hot weather brew. Also works for me in the other 3 seasons.

chinchill, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of whisperjet
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

a: Pours a yellowish/orange in color with a medium head that doesn't stick around very long. Leaves a good amount of lacing behind. The beer is crystal clear and bubbly.

s: Strong fruit smell, apricots and oranges. The citrus is brought out by sweet smells of slight spices and honey. However, the apricot scent may be a bit overwhelming for my taste.

t: Sweet and fruity, lacking in any real bite. Very slight hop presence with some bitterness added by the apricot taste. Nice with the lightness and overall sweetness of the beer.

m: Very light and crisp. Moderately carbonated and fairly thin bodied.

d: Easy and pleasant to drink. A nice all around beer I would drink any time.

whisperjet, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat #9

Appearance: Straw yellow, medium head, and a little lacing.

Smell: Grains, malts, and slight spice.

Taste: Grains, malts, and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

Not a bad brew. Just a hint over average. The flavors are interesting.

megahurts4, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Klgkenny
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

An aggressive pour from a cold bottle into a room temp pilsner glass produces a light cream-colored head on top of a hazy orange-yellow liquid. The quickly dissipated and the remainder of the head quickly drained down the sides of the glass.

Smells like an ocean breeze infused with apricots and backed up by citrus. Underneath those smells, the beer smells of... cheap beer.

Tastes much like it smells; very light apricot and citrus. Not spectacular, but simple... and good.

The mouthfeel is very light which matches the taste well. I wish that it were crisper. What I am trying to say, is the mouthfeel is light enough, but it would be better if it were drier and crisper. Yes, that is what I am trying to say.

I know that giving this beer a 5 for drinkability when it received less than a four in every other category seems outrageous, but this beer is perfectly drinkable. I spent an entire week at the beach drinking this beer the entire time. Great for sunny summer days with the ocean in sight.

Klgkenny, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of alli4051
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

This was the beer that brought me into the world of better beer so I guess it's time that I got around to reviewing it. Appearance is an orange gold. Pour produces a fizzy white head that recedes after a bit and doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing. Scent is faint but mostly fruity with some grainy undertones. Taste is grainy with some faint hop and tea leaf tones up front with a crisp fruity apricot finish. One of the things I like about this beer is the fact that it's kind of a fruit beer without really tasting like a fruit beer. Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied and the drinkability is phenomenal. I know this is a pretty average beer but it will remain one of my all time favorites for the simple fact that I owe my current craft beer passion to this beer.

alli4051, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazy, golden straw. A bit light. Big puffy 3 fingers of head. Spiderwebs a ton.

S - Initially it's slightly tart, and a little fruity sweet. There is some grassy qualities, along with some metallic rice. It's similar to BMC adjuncts.

T - The sweet/tart from the apricot is back. The taste of adjunct is not, thankfully. There's not much of a malt backbone, but that's all there is as at the back end. A little hops would have been nice. As it is, it's just average.

M - Feel is solid upper-light in body, ample carbonation, and smooth. Not coating.

D - Not hard to drink but not overly desirable as a whole. I think the pale ale base claim fits only to market the "not quite pale ale" gimmick. Seems to be normal lager base, aside from the ale consistency.

Now that I've had this, I probably won't see any reason to revisit.

EgadBananas, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of beehivechaos311
5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Currently my favorite beer as far as pale ales go, or should I say 'not quite pale ales'? This beer is great from start to finish.

A- Typical, but very golden.

S- Smells almost just like it tastes. Very crisp and clean smelling.

T- Has a slight fruity taste but hits you with the hops simultaneously so you it is in no way overpowering at all. Leaves you with a good crisp feel all the way through.

M- The perfect consistency.

D- Anytime, Anywhere.

beehivechaos311, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of weller1js
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a golden color with very slight haziness, moderate carbonation with light foam and slight lacing.

smell: light citrus fruitiness with hoppy oundertones.

taste: light and mellow beginning with slight citrus and sweet notes, the hop flavor becomes pronounced throughout the middle, yet leaves only a slight lingering and a clean finish.

drinkability: very pleasant to drink, progresses well, and with no part overly intense, makes for a very drinkable beer.

weller1js, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a drink by date of September 2010

Magic Hat #9 poured a clear golden amber color and produced a white 1 ½ finger head that had "hit and miss" lacing. Aroma is of fruit and hints of malt and hops. Taste is of berries and apricot sweetness with a mild hop presence.

For a fruit beer overall not bad...just not my personal style - leave that flavor to wine coolers.

bushbeer75, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy pale gold colour with medium size white frothy/fizzy head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - light hops, almonds, apricots, wheat, and corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a nice mouth feel, creamy - yet light with a fair amount of carbonation. I can taste wheat, almonds, and some very light hops. It finishes with a sweet almond aftertaste mixed with some slightly bitter hops.

Drink - A nice sessionable beer. Not sure I'd seek it out again, but I wouldn't turn it away if offered one by a friend.

spinrsx, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Maggies on the River in Watertown, NY.

A: Hazy golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: has a mild fruit aroma with a trace of fresh grain.

T: Nice clean taste of fruit, light malt & fresh grain.

F: Medium body, creamy feel & quite smooth.

D: Easy drinker. Pleasant surprise.

soju6, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of CBOLAND17
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The infamous "Not Quite Pale Ale". An ale that has all the characteristics of a pale ale except that it isnt quite as hoppy as a pale ale. Additionally it has a fresh fruity taste laced in with the maltiness, but it doesn't have the dry quality that some fruit beers have.

CBOLAND17, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Evocatus
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a half inch of head that was white-ish. Armoa was somewhat fruity but faint. Hints of fruit, but overall somewhat metallic and wheaty. Hops are in the aftertaste, but don't really balance anything out. Crisp and dry, not to thick. A beer that you could have any time, but would rather not since there are better out there.

Evocatus, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Dunkle
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange with a half inch of head. Cloudy when held up to the light.
S: Kind of fruity, but there's just not much there.
T: Grassy and metallic. A hint of fruit here and there. Finishes with the hops leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.
M: Light-bodied. Crisp and dry.
D: This is a light beer and goes down easy.

I would not recommend this, although it may be an okay brew to start out with if you're just getting into craft beer.

Dunkle, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy orange body to it. Very nice pillow-like head. Decent head retention and some lacing. Not very carbonated.

S - Fresh apricots, caramel or honey, grass. The fruity smell definitely dominates. Smells pretty light.

T - You should be able to taste apricots right from the start. Then you will probably get a taste of a very solid malt backbone, with biscuit-like and caramel notes. Slightly tart, a bit grassy. There is a light bitter hoppiness that comes through in the finish. The apricot flavour lingers on.

M - Medium-bodied, but very smooth and easy-drinking. Crisply carbonated at first, this beer settles down to a very smooth state.

D - Very good. This can make a perfect summer refreshment, when you want something light, yet with flavour.

NightINgale, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of climax
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#9 was a bright clear gold. The head was 2 fingers of wispy white froth, leaving good lace.

The nose was a confusing blend of several subtle flavors. At first, wheat and lemon were all I could gather. As it began to warm, honey, floral herbs, and ginger emerged.

The flavor was a bit tart and bitter at the beginning. More grassy weed characteristics covered up the sweeter blend of honey, wheat, and strawberry that lingered through the finish.

It's a pretty light beer, with and tingly crisp carbonation. It had a somewhat sticky feel that added spunk to the medium/light body. It does have some tart strawberry fruitiness to it, not sure if that's enough to justify that it's a fruit/vegetable beer. But it's something. Easy to drink and interesting, one's enough though.

climax, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of fbone
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=orange color,head dissapears quickly,light carbonation.

S=smells like oranges,slight fruity aroma.

T=tastes of orange,slight bitter hops,clean flavor.

M=light body,goes down smooth,herb like hop finish.

D=very easy to drink,nice fruity herb like flavor.light on the hops.I'm really enjoying this beer.I'll for sure grab this one again,It's a solid choice.

You can really drink this ale up!Give it a try.

fbone, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of HotHands
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a glass stein.

A - pours a slightly orange straw color with a one-finger white head that dissipates. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing around the top.

S - apricot, grass, citrus.

T&M - Follows the nose - definitely some apricot, with some grassy flavors, a bit of malt, as well as some hop bitterness. Slightly dry finish. Still, not a whole lot going on here. Well-carbonated, but the body feels thin.

D - quite drinkable because of the mild taste and body, but that's about as big of a complement as I can give it.

HotHands, Sep 14, 2010
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 4,952 ratings.