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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,673 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,673
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 37
Gots: 389 | 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 grayburn

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours an orangey sunset color with a two finger head. There is minimal lacing and retention.
The smell and taste are all apricot, there is some mild hoppiness in there as well, but it seems very one dimensional.
The mouthfeel is very thin, I would like a bit more body. The carbonation is pretty high, which is rather refreshing. There is little to no bitterness or astringency on the tongue.
I could drink a few of these, but would probably pick something else, not very impressive.

04-17-2009 15:30:16 | More by grayburn
Photo of BringusKilkenney


4.05/5  rDev +19.5%

Good looking brew pours golden with a small white head. a little amber in the light nice looking.

Smells of fruits and apricots with a nice hop presence.

The taste is nice a fuity, bitter with the hops and a dry aftertaste. Nice offering liked this one for quite a while.

The mouthfeel is fizzy and light easy to drink good to enjoy when it is warm out.

04-17-2009 01:27:20 | More by BringusKilkenney
Photo of emsroth

New York

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

12oz w/ freshness date

App: Pure gold with a fluffy white head.

Smell: A hint of malt in a sea of fruity apricot. I can't wait to dive in.

Taste: A light touch of dry malt. The fruity flavor pervades throughout the taste. Ends crisp, but lacking and leaves a mineral taste in the mouth, almost like hard water. The taste is much drier and less sweet than the smell leads one to believe.

Perfect level of carbonation. I could have a few of these despite its setbacks.

04-15-2009 16:37:47 | More by emsroth
Photo of donmonkey1


3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow. The head is nice, thick, and doesn't dissolve too quickly to be appreciated.

Smell: straight tangerines. Is that malt or hops? I'm confused and don't know what to think. I'm expecting it to taste good, but not like beer.

Taste: Tastes like a really weak tangerine juice drink.

Anybody could drink as much of this juice as they want. I thought I was getting beer so I'm a bit pissed off.

04-14-2009 17:34:59 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of Andreji


4.28/5  rDev +26.3%

This is a strange beer from any point of view. in fact, i was like "of course!" when i came online- after trying it- and finding it classified as a fruit/veggie beer.

The pour is thin and semi-mate golden amberish with not much magic to it. honestly, seemed like i was facing just another hop bomb (hey, i'm only starting to like these).

but the smell, the smell....a prelude of things to come. frutti di bosco? definetly unusual. it's fruity alright, just not your usual citrus tropical fruit....this is red, small fruit type. the taste is a strawberry, raspberry hidden behind a half bitter feeling, seems almost synthetical like it's just very subtly fruit flavoured. it's quite damn nice.

it is a bit thin though, which explains my 3.5 mouthfeel. but overall this is a fantastic american beer by magic hat. it's definetly not just another ale.

04-11-2009 03:13:24 | More by Andreji
Photo of jmfc8237


2.13/5  rDev -37.2%

A- Golden hue with mild head retention. Light carbhonation and some lacing.

S- Almost non-existant smell for me on this one. It had a fruity tint but thats all that really jumped out at me.

T- Very mild fruit taste consisting of orange and apricot. A splash of lemon was also present but the lack of body kind of ruined the taste for me.

M/D- I was not really impressed with this one and the warmer it got the less impressed I was.

04-08-2009 22:36:09 | More by jmfc8237
Photo of Birchgrove77


3.08/5  rDev -9.1%

On-tap special at Realtime Sports in St. Charles, IL.

A: Light yellow, with a nearly non-existant white head (1/4 inch). Some cloudiness, and a nice stream of carbonation.

S: Some wet cardboard with a hint of citrus fruitiness.

T: The apricot character came across as a winey character. Very light flavor and mouthfeel. A touch of hop character. Slight Fruity Pebbles quality. A touch of sweetness at the end.

D: Easy drinking beer, but I couldn't really get past the cardboard character. A bit watery.

04-08-2009 17:22:26 | More by Birchgrove77
Photo of Rennpferd


2.03/5  rDev -40.1%

It poured extremely pale. It had a one finger, pure white head. Moderate carbonation was present.

It had a slight rice like smell at first. There was little to no scent present after a moment of sniffing at it.

It had a unique taste. Not bad, but not good. There was a presence of fresh pea-pods. It was medium bodied. It had a clean finish.

Not a good beer for me. I did not find it very drinkable.

04-08-2009 00:28:37 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of dustinTN


4.2/5  rDev +23.9%

Ok, I didn't think I liked fruity beers but this one really surprised me. The fruit is very apparent, but it's not especially sweet. There is just a slight twinge of hoppy bitterness in the finish that adds a nice complexity when combined with the citrus and apricot flavors. Very pleasantly surprised with this one. Never thought I'd consider a fruit beer as a session beer, but this one has changed my mind.

04-07-2009 04:42:46 | More by dustinTN
Photo of thekanna


4/5  rDev +18%

A: Nice, radiant clear orange with no appreciable head.

S: General citrus freshness with some just-cut hay thrown in there. Overall, subtle and floral.

T: Nice strong taste of oranges, apricots and nectarines. Ends on an adjunct note reminiscent of the rice flavor you get from products like Rice Dream.

M: Well carbonated and smooth.

D: Very drinkable; went down like juice, or an apricot/orange flavored Italian soda.

04-07-2009 02:13:51 | More by thekanna
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Had a thick 2 finger white frothy head that lasted about 5 minutes before becoming a thin layer. Color was a very pale amber yellow with small amounts of bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma was slightly sweet and fruity. Apricots/peaches was prevalent. Taste was fruity, but not overpowering. Was a bit thin in the mouth, but still coated ok, wasn't overly carbonated. Easy to drink, could definitely session this.

04-06-2009 22:19:14 | More by mountdew1
Photo of Seahorse


3.9/5  rDev +15%

Light, refreshing beer with a fruity taste that I couldn't quite identify. Thought it tasted like grapefruit. Checked the website and it said apricot flavored. Must have missed that. A decent beer that I would drink on a hot summer day, as it is. Would prefer a litte more hops to make this a great beer.

04-06-2009 01:37:36 | More by Seahorse
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.78/5  rDev +11.5%

Nose is very apricot, or quite like canned peaches (which I love). Smells very pleasant.

Pours a pale-medium gold yellow color, perfect clarity, mild head. Looks alright.

Light toasty English malt with a definite apricot flavor. Light hoppy suggestions. Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Tasts pretty good. Feels pretty good. Nice carbonation. Quite drinkable. Not overbearingly apricot-like.

04-05-2009 04:08:42 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of DNICE555


3.95/5  rDev +16.5%

My gateway to craft beers. Very tasty beer for what it is. Its not an extreme DIPA or RIS. Its a pale ale with a hint of apricot. Very nice session/warm weather beer.

Not much head unless you give it a rough pour. Nice lacing though.

Smells kinda fruity. Pleasant, nothing offensive.

One of my favorite pale ale's. Very little hops, very light and fruity.

Carbonation is at a perfect level for me. Combines with the apricot and creates a party in my mouth.

I could drink a bunch of these...

04-04-2009 02:34:40 | More by DNICE555
Photo of KeefD


2.93/5  rDev -13.6%

On tap at Stub n Herbs. Poured a golden orange color with no head and no lacing into an American tumbler glass. Aroma of citrusy fruits and light hops. Flavor is lightly fruity. Yes, there is an apricot flavor, but it's light, hop bitterness is light. A bit watered down, light carbonation. really nothing good about this beer. I guess it is pretty drinkable and wouldn't be horrible on a summer day on a bar patio, but I would never buy a sixer of this, even it was available in bottles here. Next.

04-02-2009 02:28:59 | More by KeefD
Photo of brewdoc75


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

On-tap at Stub and Herbs

A: Fizzy yellowish-orange color. Minimal head.

S: Faint floral hops. I mostly got a grainy, pilsner like aroma. Mildly sweet. Not too bad overall.

T: Mostly sweet malts present. I once again get the grainy flavor. There is another element of sweetness, possibly from the apricots? I really don't get a lot of hops in the bitterness or the flavor, but they are there. More of a floral flavor than anything else. I do get a faint citrusy taste.

M: Light, crisp. Finishes dry and goes down easy.

D: Really a pretty average to slightly above average beer. If you rate it as a pale ale (what the website says the style is) it really isn't that outstanding. I'd take a SNPA over this anyday. It is fairly easy to drink and has more flavor than some lighter beers. I'd try it again sometime, but probably not if I had some other good choices.

03-31-2009 18:40:47 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of thirdeye11


3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a drought tap at New Amsterdam bar in Dallas, TX.

A: Pours some nice frothy head with decent lacing on the glass, this beer is a very pale beer, and has nice bubbles throughout.

S: Smells of fruit. Couldn't figure it out at first, but once we were told it was Apricot it was very apparent. Extremely interesting smell. Not sure I liked it a LOT, but it was different nonetheless.

T: It definitely tasted better than it smells. Lots of spices and dried apricot here. I enjoyed minimal tasting of this one from my wife's glass, but not sure I would drink a whole pint.

M: Nicely carbonated and has a great mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one.

D: It was good at first, but after a few sips that was enough for me personally. Probably would enjoy this more if it was colder, and on a hot summer day. Then I might be able to drink a few, but not the way it was served yesterday.

Overall a very cool beer I'm glad I got to try. This was definitely a unique one I recommend everyone to drink at least once.

03-30-2009 14:54:10 | More by thirdeye11
Photo of bigdeuce


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

I had this on tap last night and found it quite pleasant. Not a beer that "wows" anyone, but a nice summer drink. Kinda fruity, no head to speak of and without lacing. But has enough malt in it to make it tasty, yet pretty light and crisp. Not something I will seek out, but in a situation that calls for it, I will buy it again.

03-30-2009 03:03:22 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of cnally


2.4/5  rDev -29.2%

interesting beer title, #9 has a lot of connotations that are strange to me. love potion? revelation? who knows. poured this out of a bottle into a pint glass.

darker yellow color in the beer, crisp looking. a thin head sticks to the side of the glass reluctantly, but retains a thin bubbly look.

scents of raisins, wine, cherry, apricot, but all with a very fermented aspect. yeasty and grain scents fill the nose after the fruity aspects die down. slightly sour.

very sour flavor. almost flavored like an adjunct lager, seemingly of corn and wheat. slight hop flavor in the aftertaste, but swallowed by a fruity raisin and apricot - type flavor. the balance is questionable, with the sweet and sour overpowering any hop or malt aspect.

creamy, full feel. fills the mouth well and retains a bit on the tongue, not dry, or heavy. very appealing expect for a mild over-fizziness.

not sure what this is all about. tastes very fruity, in the way of sundried fruits. not easy for me to finish this, and is a chore for the minimal alcohol content.

03-28-2009 00:48:12 | More by cnally
Photo of woodjm

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

Decided to give this one a try after hearing a lot about it since it came to SC. It pours a nice clear orange/amber color that I liked, it also had a nice head with some lacing. Smells and tastes of apricots or plums, but I hear the brewery won't say exactly what it is. I don't get that...I guess they feel mystery is their prerogative. By no means an outstanding or legendary beer, but an easy drink and a pretty tastey overall.

03-26-2009 01:40:43 | More by woodjm
Photo of biggred1


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Pale golden with a slight, fine cream colored head. Smells like toasted grain and sweet fruit. Tastes of apricot and cereal grain with a light hop bittering in the finish. Light bodied with crisp carbonation, finishes dry. Drinkable on a hot day, a bit more hop/malt flavor would suit me a little more.

03-24-2009 02:30:58 | More by biggred1
Photo of brianlg


4.15/5  rDev +22.4%

Pours a copper/orange color with two finger head or so. Smells very citrusy and hoppy and of apricots for sure. Very pleasant smell. On first sip, I was a bit surprised on how good this is! It tastes as it smells, and is fucking delicious! Very well balanced taste. Mouthfeel is very smooth. This is a great beer. I think I am going to have to keep some of these in my fridge.. I can definitely see this being a regular.

03-19-2009 00:01:11 | More by brianlg
Photo of scruffwhor


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

Hazey banana straw and amber colored ber with a nice two finger head to start, but recedes to nothing after a few sips. Bananas followed by peaches and dried grass. The taste starts chalky dry, but has some yeasty fruits developthrough the middle. The peaches mix with grassy hops. Makes me think of sipping watery peach juice through a hay straw. Dry yet fruity, but very drinkable.

03-17-2009 03:52:06 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of MillRat


3.98/5  rDev +17.4%

On tap at Mad Maggie's in downtown Elgin, Illinois. Poured into a (thankfully not frosted) pint glass. A slightly hazy, orangey beer with a persistent thin white head. Lifted the glass and got walloped in the nose by apricots, followed by a clearing snort of cascade-like hops, all citrusy. Yeah, there's a liitle English ale yeast and malt playing around in the background, too.

A taste brings the more varigated fruitiness of the English yeast and the chewy maltiness to the front without losing the fruit and hops promised in the aroma. Notable for having all this English ale and fruit character going on yet not really getting unbalanced toward the sweet end of the scale.

The balance keeps this beer quite drinkable and not too heavy on the palate. The low ABV and the interplay of the flavors make this a beer that doesn't wear out its welcome and writes itself an invitation for the next pint.

03-15-2009 19:10:06 | More by MillRat
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Reviewed 3/6/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a pretty light, pretty clear body. big creamy white head, lasting. good lacing. sweet fruity malty aroma. raspberry. malty dusty taste, nutty. refreshing. hazelnut? apricot or peachy taste. somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Tasty.

03-10-2009 02:54:36 | More by jujubeast6000
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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