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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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77
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5,037 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,037
Reviews: 1,592
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 52
Gots: 601 | FT: 0
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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

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Photo of welldigger888
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into an irish pub pint glass, nice pale golden straw color with a descent fluffy bright white head and descent lacing.
Apricots have the floor in the aroma department with some malty hop in the background.
Again with the apricot holding the floor in the flavor department as well, but intrestingly enough there is a solid backbone of beer in there.The malts support the fruit very well for the style and with just a kiss of hop bittering.
Carbonation is in full swing, a little heavier than I prefer but not bad. A little thin but with a nice dry finish.
An enjoyable beer for the style and could session I think.Possibly a very refreshing summer afternoon brew but right now the style is doing nothing for me.

Photo of prdstmnky
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*review from notes on 4/6/10*

Best before date: June '10

Pours a light amber color, with a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing on my pint glass. Definitely get that apricot smell that was expected, as well as some sweet malts and an odd metallic scent. There is not much going on in the taste, its quite bland and boring in my opinion. I get the apricot, some other fruits coming through (pears maybe), and some maltiness, but its all very faint. Light bodied, a bit dry, and lots of carbonation...nothing I'd wanna drink more than one of in a sitting.

Photo of dataskatt
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack of this based on a co-workers recommendation. It is marketed on the bottle as a "not quite pale ale". I had no idea it was considered a fruit beer...until I smelled and tasted it. The appearance reminds me of weak tea, a very pale amber. The smell is big time fruity...apricot and peachy. The taste is, again, very fruity and somewhat watery to me. It is very drinkable, and would be a nice, refreshing summer beer...IF you like fruit beers. To me it tastes like somewhat of a cross between a wheat beer, a fruit beer, and a splash of pale ale. This was just too "funky" for me to like it, and I think they should state on the bottle that it is a fruit beer. I wouldn't buy it again, but hey, if you like this style, it might be worth a try. Honestly, I had 2 of these, and got rid of the rest. Definitely not for me!

Photo of superspak
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Pours bright amber with a one finger white head with good retention that recedes to a fine lacing. Aromas of peaches and apricots. The aroma of this made me start laughing because it was such a new aroma for me, I don't think I have had a fruit beer before. Tastes of mainly apricot with maybe some apple in there. Finishes with a malty sweetness. The palate was kind of odd because at first it didnt taste like anything, then the fruit flavors came in. The first sip made me feel a bit weird but it got better as I drank through it. Medium carbonation and a lighter body. Some slight hop bitterness on the finish. Interesting beer, decent.

Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly pint glass. It poured a darker golden, slightly amber color with a modest white head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of grainy flavors to it along with a fruity, apricot like flavor.

The taste shows a little more of a maltiness to it. I get a little caramel along with the grainy flavor. Like the aroma, the apricot flavor is there giving it a little fruitiness. A little balancing bitterness is present as well in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is a little above average. Drinkability is average, it's light and goes down easy but just doesn't do it for me in the flavor department. Not a bad beer but not a great one either.

Photo of bigrzman
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle with a clear freshness date. Pours out with a orange yellow color. Plenty of carbonation and decent head. Head does not lace.

Smells of apricots, oranges and cooked veggies. Not liking the cooked veggie thing though. lots of fruity esters.

Tastes of berries, oranges, and fruits in general. Its fruity beer. Some cooked veggies and grain. Malty overall.

Mouthfeel is medium and tingly. Lots of carbonation on the palate.

Drinkability is OK. I will have one of these and move on. Not my cup of tea but not terrible.

Photo of Skeeter206
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a 6 pack of this, I used to drink this as one of my go to beers. Very flavorful, good summer beer. Will definitely be picking this up again.

A~ A very golden color, spotted lacing with a 1-1.5 finger head. Looks like a lot of carbonation.

S~Smells great, smells like a pale ale mixed with very fruity and apricot-like flavors.

T~Good taste, smells like it tastes up front, but definitely a slight hop finish, very refreshing, good on the beach taste.

M~Mouthfeel nothing special, slightly carbonated easy going down.

D~ What you would expect out of a pale ale in terms of drinkability. Can definitely pick up a 6 pack and drink it over a night with no problems.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 4 December 2010
Glassware: Standard American Pint Glass
Type: 355ml bottle

Pours clear gold, 1-finger head reduces to a thin film, lacing is extremely sticky -- far stickier than other Magic Hats. Carbonation is heavier than usual. Aroma is like that of a German pilsener. Lightly hopped, hardly bitter. The apricot is slight on the nose and tongue. It doesn't kill the palate...it's quite drinkable....but there's nothing outlandishly special about this one. So. Good ratings for this one.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber copper. A one finger head that sinks into wisps. Spotted lacing.

S - Candied apricots, and those raspberry hard candies that nobody eats.

T - Sweet candied fruit along side a dry wheat, grain, and earthy hops come out toward the end. The grain and grassy hops dry out the candied sweetness.

M - Prickly carbonation.

This one smelled pretty good but the first sip was a little strange. It got better on down the glass. The aftertaste is reminiscent of cough medicine.

Photo of huxcrunner
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a-about a fingers worth of white head ok lacing amber in color golden undertones

s- sweet smells little bit of earthy undertones

t-taste is sweeter upfront with a little bit of a bitter sweet aftertaste

m-good mouthfeel

d-overall not a bad beer i would get it again but wouldnt make it a regular

Photo of bubseymour
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is nothing to write home about, but a good refreshing beer none the less. It definitely has a light fruity taste but nothing too sweet..just a hint. Others have said its apricot. Also a slightness of hops both in taste and aroma. At 5% ABV its fairly light and definitely no alchohol afterburner. I'm a big Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgium IPA fan. To me this Magic Hat #9 has many similiar qualities to Flying Dog's Belgian IPA, but Magic Hat tones all of the Flying Dog characteristics down a few notches. I recommend this to try by anyone and its worthy to drink but its somewhat forgetable in the overall beer world.

Photo of bens0n
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear yellowy amber with a slight amount of white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

You can pick up on some hops when you take a good whiff, and the apricot is subtle in comparison to the rest of whats going on but its still there.

In all honesty it took me a while to finally pick out the apricot flavor, it is very subtle and not easy to distinguish in comparison to the hops and malted flavors. It has a dry quality to it, the subtle sweetness is nice, but does not really blend that well with the rest of the flavors that are going on.

This is a decent beer, but did not live up to my expectations, it has a fair amount of carbonation but still goes down smooth, very drinkable, just nothing special.

Photo of leokbelo
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper with a 1 1/2 inch foamy head, that dissipates to a 1/2 inch lacing that lasts till the end. Peach / apricot on the nose with a bit of yeast, very interesting bouquet. A little taste of toffee/candy, again apricots, but not overwhelming. Mild bitterness.
Very drinkable, very refreshing, I could see myself drinking this on a hot summer day (unlike today), but nothing complex about it.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember when I first had one of these years ago. It was one of the first "microbrews" in this area and everything from them had a great name to it. This was before I really got into drinking beer from as many different Brewers as I could and since I saw that I could get one of these as a single bottle in Totowa, I figured that I'd give it a whirl once again.

As you can probably guess, father time did not treat my memory of this well. Everything about this was light - the appearance, hue, and taste. There was a decent amount of head and some lacing to this but the taste would have led me to believe that there weren't any hops in this. Most reviewers on here tasted apricot but personally, I thought that there was a lot of raspberry in this with some straw and malt on top. The aftertaste had a strong biscuit characteristic to it, but closer to the wonder bread-type than a hearty grain that I tend to like more.

Session beer? Look no further. You won't be majorly pleased with this but you can't go wrong either as I'm sure it's easy to down a 6-pack of this in a sitting. I can't honestly say that I'll never had this again, but it's beers like this that remind me how much my tastes have changed over the years. Worth a try for the neophyte but with so much better out there, why enjoy this for any reason but the gimmick aspect?

Photo of Tsmalley
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beer has a light and crisp taste with a hint of apricot. It is not as hoppy as other pale ales, nor as bitter. it is extremely easy to drink and that is what I like most about hid beer. Very mild with no overpowering flavors.

Great beer for a light lunch or chilling with your friends on a warm day

Photo of madamebeer
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance- good color, a mid-range amber

smell- very fruity, almost a raspberry scent. light and crisp.

taste- very fruity, a slight aftertaste that i can't quite put my finger on.

mouthfeel- very sweet and smooth!

drinkability- i dont know how much of this i could drink but it is good

Photo of greenmonstah
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a very slightly cloudy orange-amber with a finger of soapy head with poor retention. Average lacing.

S - Sweet dried apricots dominate and block out most of the rest of the nose.

T - Taste is immediately the sweet apricots but these are followed by a bready malt base, and a tiny hint of hops.

M - Medium to light body with a nice carbonation kick. Leaves the mouth s bit sticky and simultaneously slightly dry.

D - Very quaffable, there's a good reason this is quite popular. A good beer for people to try if they're just starting to get into craft beers.

Photo of boss302
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Majix hat 9 draft

A Yellow, clear not much head. 4

S Apricot aroma, reminds me of fruit jelly. 3

T More fruit, light on hops and malt flavor. Decent beer, just fruity. 3

M Thin body, but good carb. 3 

D OK, I would have another, but it wouldn't be my first choice. If you like fruit, you may like this beer. 3 

Photo of LittleDon
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw to golden with decent head retention. Bleached white head and nice lace. Strong fruit aroma with some uncooked grain. Carbonation bite up front. Apricot middle fading into a cooked fruit/grain finish. Some back end bitterness. Thin to medium mouthfeel.

Photo of anotherpg
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a party-in-your-mouth kind of beer. Best served with sweet potato fries or anything with pesto. It's bubbly, sweet, clean, and light -- just the kind of beer you might get your GF to drink. If you love doubles, steer clear. But if you can handle a 4.5% with some fruit, this is a fine beer and a great example of a style most brewers avoid.

Photo of mjurney
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Honey color, a little amber. Clear. Good amount of carbonation. Bright white head. Lacing looks alright on the glass.

Aroma:
Apricot, clean malts, touch of honey.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Grainy malts up front, nutty, a little honey. There some touch of apricot in the flavor, but it's not overwhelming like "Pyramid Apicot Ale". A little flowery in the middle. Body is medium, a little creamy.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Smooth finish with dry grainy aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Probably the best Fruit Beer I've drank so far.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate light orange color, bordering on the apricot that it contains. The nose is some light apricot and not too much else. The taste is the same. It's well done in the sense that the apricot doesn't taste all that artificial. Feel is slightly sweet and a tiny bit bitter. Drinks well enough and will work in a pinch.

Photo of bearfootdaddy
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

-Served from Bottle in to a pint glass,
-Head was half finger high, and ceased to exist when the beer was half gone,
-Color was golden orange, quite foggy.
-Flavor was lite with a great apricot taste, My wife really likes it,
-Smell was sweet apricot.
-Drinkability is good , It is a beer that is hard to stop with one or two or three...

I think it is a little mild but my wife really likes it.

Photo of xnicknj
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a clear golden amber with plenty of carbonation. A light head fades into filmy, bubbly top with some spotty lacing.

Very subdued, light, sweet malts along with some fruity hops in the nose. Bites of wheat and citrus spring forward as well.

Some citrusy hops right up front with pineapple, apricot, and a hint of grapefruit. Sweetness in the malt backbone reveals itself quickly along with some toasted grains and breadyness. Finishes with some lingering hops and juiciness.

Lighter body, slightly dry feel, and pretty easy drinking. This is definitely middle-of-the-road beer, but not terrible by any stretch of the imagination. I wouldn't buy this, but I wouldn't refuse it either.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from fridge split with my girlfriend poured into a long slender pint glass. best before dec21 2010.

pours a slightly hazy golden orange color wiht a small, somewhat fizzy pure white head. eventually faded to nothing, not so great retention. just some spotty lace.

the aroma is pretty one dimensional. lots of fruity (pukey) apricot with some grains. thats about it. no hops. nothing overpowering or off however.

kind of simple boring taste as well. apricot and grains up front followed by a VERY slight lemon citrus hop bitterness. true to the claimed style, but nothing really stands out.

light body, prickly, fizzy, high amount of carbonation. mouthfeel could improve with a little more body and a little less carb.

of course this is an easy drinker, but i wouldnt recommend it.

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,037 ratings.