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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,640 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,640
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 35
Gots: 379 | 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

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Photo of projectflam86


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

A- Light bronze color with a nice 2 finger head that leaves sticky lacing all the way down.

S- Fruity nose with touches of pear, apricot, and fig.

T- Lots of diacetyl accents with a sweet finish (pear and apricot mostly). Not much in the hops department.

M- Fairly crisp and smooth although the hops were a little weak.

D- Overall a nice brew with an interesting flavor. Worth trying so don't be scared about the fruit flavor.

02-19-2009 22:36:45 | More by projectflam86
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

On tap at a local BBQ joint. Color was copper/yellow, a little cloudy with a nice creamy foam head. Lots of lacing as the beer receded.

Aroma and taste are fruity - mostly apricot, peachy - in that vein. Otherwise very clean with a mild hop finish. I find that the fruit stays enough in the abckground to cotrnibue but not dominate the taste. Slight carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Overall I really like #9 and find it to be very drinkable. While I haven't been enamored with the other MHBC offerings, this one I keep coming back to.

02-16-2009 23:35:01 | More by KTCamm
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

This was the only choice on tap besides the usual BMC swill. Arrived at my table in a standard pint glass. The beer had a nice fluffy head on top with a light orange/copper color. Aroma is kinda fruity with peach and apricot aroma dominating. Some spice in the backgound. Taste is crisp and clean, a little malty with a spicy finish unlike any beer I have ever had. Next time I see this in the store, I'll pick up a six.

02-16-2009 01:33:32 | More by clemtig76
Photo of damienblack


3/5  rDev -11.5%

Pours a transparent pale brown - looks like apple juice. Sticky white head clings to the glass's edge. Smells like peaches and apple juice, with a vinegaric overtone. A little bready, and kind of a spoiled smell (I got the same thing in Circus Boy, but worse... it must be their house yeast strain).

Tastes faintly of peach or apricot extract up front, before a metallic feel kicks in and stays, kind of sharp. Gives way to a slightly biscuity feel the rest of the way that isn't too pleasant. Almost tastes like watered down peach flavored Cream of Wheat. Very light in body, there's almost nothing behind it. Kind of crisp, kind of acidic. Just lacks the flavors I'm looking for, though. No hop profile to speak of. I'd rather drink apple juice personally, or cider definitely. Both have stronger flavor and less unpleasant sensations accompanying. Mediocrity all the way through. I'm drinking this one because I haven't reviewed it yet, and it came in my winter mixer. It seems like all the good magic hat products are the ones that don't make it down from VT, which is a shame.

02-15-2009 02:23:55 | More by damienblack
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr


2.7/5  rDev -20.4%

Bottle from the Spring Fever 12 pack, Best by date is June/July of 09 (got to love those notches!) Into the Lakefront Tumbler

A - Rich golden color, with half a pinkey of white head that is reduced to a thin ring in a minute or two.

S - Gee, smells like Apricots. Also smells like caned peaches, sweet Briess malt, and butter/diacetyl.

T - My problem has nothing to do with the balance of apricot flavors and dry pale malt (not bad), or it's hop balance (it's finish is balanced and spicy, with a nice dry malt finish that on occasion seems lightly soapy), it has everything to do with the fact that both me and my wife couldn't drink this without thinking "popcorn!" Between the diacetyl and the dry malt, it was a dead ringer.

M - Crisp, without feeling over carbonated, with a nice light body that seems to fit what they are going for.

D - I cannot figure out how to take this beer. I would not expect to taste diacetyl in the product of such a large craft brewery, but it's there. I'll have to try more samples in the future, but for now it stands. Other than that, it's a fine creation, and I can see why it's popular. Not quite my style, but still, popular.

02-09-2009 03:03:47 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
Photo of tzieser


3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

pours a golden color with slight amber with a white head that dissipates into a thin lacing with decent carbonation.

smells interesting-- with a fruity apricot smell up front, followed by scents of malts. strange, but good.

tastes good. i dont really mind the fruityness of the beer. pretty flavorful. nice malts compliment the apricot flavor. it's slightly watery, but refreshing and finishes a little dry

mouthfeel is pretty average. nothing to write home about.

drinkability is a 4.5 because theyre just so damn tasty and thirst quenching on a hot summers day

overall-- this is a pretty damn good beer, especially for a fruit one. definitely pick this up sometime this spring/summer. it's a great beer for people who dont like beers....damn im the millionth person to say that cliche here....

02-08-2009 23:47:55 | More by tzieser
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +13%

Pours gold with a decent 1 and 1/2 finger head. Good lacing. Nose is fruity, with notes of apricot and a faint twinge of candy sugar and cider. Hits the tongue sweet and finishes sweeter. Mouthfeel remains creamy. Hops never really enter into the picture. For a beer advertised as a pale ale, that's probably not a good thing.

A good beer, but not what is exclaimed on the label.

02-08-2009 02:22:58 | More by beer2day
Photo of paco1029384756


2.68/5  rDev -20.9%

Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of foamy white head and heavy carbonation.

Scent of malts, blueberry, grain, and some other fruit. Unbalanced and unappealing, terrible.

Taste of some grain, light fruit, and pretty much nothing else. Not much flavor, but it isn't awful.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a bit too much carbonation.

02-08-2009 00:10:05 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of bbeerman


3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

A..A pretty standard and clear beer. Light gold. I didn't experience much head in my drafts.

S..Yup, somewhat fruity, though nothing like a blueberry or raspberry beer's fruity-ness.

T..A smooth, crisp taste. Obviously some fruit flavors as well. The apricot flavor is a nice variety amongst beers.

M..Average mouthfeel. Nothing special or bad either.

D..This could be a decent session beer. I think it's changed a bit since I first had it more than a decade ago, but it's still a good beer. A cut above many of the fruit-flavored beers.

02-07-2009 14:20:07 | More by bbeerman
Photo of bum732


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a clear soft orange, decent head that dissapears to just a donut around the glass leaving mild lacing. Smells predominately of apricot with some bready malt in the background. Tastes of bittersweet apricot throughout rounded out by a decent bready malt profile. Ends fairly dry with some fruit. Decent carbonation for the style.

The first "east coast" beer i had when i first moved to the east coast, so this one brings back memories. That said, a decent unique beer, i can see its mass appeal. I don't really drink this too often as there are much better beers out there, but still a pleasant surprise.

02-07-2009 01:14:19 | More by bum732
Photo of FrothyBeverage


3.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Ive drank this beer a few times and finally got around to rating it. Magic Hat #9's apperance has a rich dark golden color with gentle mohogany overtones. There is very minimal head and lace. The smell is somewhat faint aromas of peach and apricot bouqets. There are many sensations in the taste. The inital taste is of spices of the orient then the after taste is of peach, apricot, and quince. The spicy taste lingers in your mouth for a few seconds after you drink it. There is a very little carbonation factor in this beer. The drinkablity of this beer is a major strong point. Magic Hat #9 truly does makes me feel like my hat is magicical.

02-06-2009 05:10:13 | More by FrothyBeverage
Photo of Bagman007


3.98/5  rDev +17.4%

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear orange coloring with just a little bit of white head.

S- Has a fruity apricot scent to it, but it is by no means that strong.

T- As it says on the label it is the "Not Quite Pale Ale." Basically I would sum the taste up as being a combination of a pale ale and an apricot ale. Has a apricot flavoring, but is a little hoppy as well.

M- Fairly smooth, somewhat of a dry, bitter finish. Kind of has a funny after taste as well.

D- Very drinkable beer. Smooth and not bitter. The fruit flavoring is not overpowering.

Overall a very good fruit beer. Solid balance and not overpowering at all. I used to drink this quite a bit in college, but haven't been able to find it in the south. On a trip to Boston I made it a point to pick up some of this. Great decision indeed.

02-05-2009 03:11:51 | More by Bagman007
Photo of BitterLover

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +15%

Appearance: One finger fluffy white head that died down to a nice little film. Nice lacing. Moderate carbonation. Nice glowing honey color.

Smell: Yeasty bread with apricot jam.

Taste: Malty and sweet, actually does have a noticeable apricot flavor. Finishes with a bitterness that does not linger long. I normally don't like flavored beers, but this is subtle.

Mouthfeel: Nothing unusual or noteworthy, slight carbonation becomes evident.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Low alcohol means that this could be a session beer, and the flavor is interesting enough. I could drink this on a hot summer day for sure.

02-04-2009 02:56:17 | More by BitterLover
Photo of remllof

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured about a one inch white head that disapated fiarly quick. Smell is of apricots cant exactly get much more else from it. Taste first a bit taste of malts then a hit of apricots with no real sences of hops. Mouthfeel is fairly light not too bad. The aftertaste is sweet. Drinkabilty is pretty good this beer is actaually pretty smooth. This is one beer I would use to try to get some of my friends into better beer.

02-02-2009 03:29:19 | More by remllof
Photo of pandashaver

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +13%

A - 2 finger white foamy head. Clear golden yellow body like a slightly darker pale lager. Some lacing.

S - Fruity apricot initial nose, but then it gets more dominated by a musty earth smell. I think this latter one is where the mysterious name is from.

T - Sweet and lightly citrus with a hint of bitterness that is intriguing.

M - Flavorful after the head dies down, nice before that with the foamy head. Thin body overall, watery mouthfeel but not watery taste due to the odd warming aftertaste.

D - It's light, and an excellent complement to fish fry or other light dishes.

02-01-2009 23:12:52 | More by pandashaver
Photo of Cylinsier


3.8/5  rDev +12.1%

From a bottle.

Kind of a hazy amber color. The head was thin but stayed for a long time.

Smelled a little tart. A hint of berries maybe.

The taste was very smooth and fruity. Berries and peaches were the dominant flavor. No artificial sweetness and almost no hops at all.

The mouthfeel was just acceptable. Smooth and nondescript.

A tasty beer. Easy to throw back several and keep liking them.

02-01-2009 16:20:31 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of tugdriver7


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

Again for the first time. MH #9 has been a "go to" in bottle or on tap for years and I never wrote it up. Picked-up a 6'er yesterday and had one with dinner. I had forgotten just how enjoyable they are. Cloudy orange-ish in the glass with a decent, if quickly disappearing head of tan/yellow foam. Definite fruit and malt in the nose, but the taste is perfectly balanced without the "spritzer" style fruitiness you get with some similar style beers. Tastes first and foremost like a nice, lighter-body pale ale, with a delicate fruit behind it. I tasted no alcohol at all. You could definitely put these away all night before they caught up with you.

02-01-2009 16:12:39 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of bcolflesh


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

This is a fruity-smelling pale ale - easy drinking and after it's done it seems like there is going to be some bitterness, but it does not have a bitter aftertaste - tricky brewing.

It would be easy to eat some snacks and enjoy more than one these - but it's nothing special to me.

02-01-2009 02:25:33 | More by bcolflesh
Photo of TStandley13


4.45/5  rDev +31.3%

I have a special place in my heart for an ice cold #9. I know that it gets criticized for being mediocre, and that many people feel that Magic Hat is a "sellout" but I truly feel that #9 is a unique and quite tasty.

A - Orange and cloudy. Head is pretty white, and sticks around for a bit leaving slight lacing on my glass.

S - Fruity smelling, very sweet. Definitely detect apricots.

T - Fruity flavor, once again surfaces the apricot. Other fruits as well. Not bitter at all. Alcohol hidden very well.

M - Decent mouth feel but nothing notable. Pretty thin with a pleasing amount of carbonation.

D - I could probably put away a sixer of these bad boys and I would still crave more.

02-01-2009 00:22:09 | More by TStandley13
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

4.05/5  rDev +19.5%

There's a lot of hating on this beer in the reviews so I'll have to see how this holds up to all the negativity. Pours a really unique light peach color into a chalice glass. Like softened mandarin oranges or a very light honey. Good head sticks on there for a couple mins then dies down to a decent cap with good lacing. Nothing wrong with that.

Aroma is bursting with fresh apricot goodness. I just picked up the spring mix pack (in January..) so it must be damn fresh. It really smells like I'm sticking my head into a bag of dried apricots and you can smell both the sugary insides of the apricots as well as the slightly tart skins. Whatever they're using, it works.

Solid malt character along with the apricot in the taste. The apricot isn't as strong as in the aroma but it pairs itself wonderfully with the husky flavor from the grains. Just enough carbonation brings the apricot out a little more at the end. A little astringent at the end.. makes your mouth pucker. I guess that's to be expected. But it doesn't come off really as a flaw since it's going with the apricot flavor.

Seriously why all the hate? Because it's an apricot beer? Because it's widely distributed? I see a ton of C-'s out there but I'd like to see a better apricot beer out there.

01-28-2009 08:17:07 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of talkinghatrack

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -6.2%

a - Peachy and transparent with a quickly dissovling head

s - Apricots and yeast. Probably its leading quality.

t - sweet and fruity up front with a carbonation that shows up mostly in the back of the tongue on the swallow. A bit of standrd light beer aftertaste lingers with the apricot

m - Thin.

d - The perky carbonation is the only thing keeping it from going down like water. I mostly encounter this one as a draft or straight from the bottle at a cookout. I think the scent is the saving grace with it - otherwise there isn't much there. Not bad overall but kind of boring as a session beer. I liked the other non-Circus Boy elements of the Multipacks much more.

Once this stuff warms or loses carbonation...no thanks. It moves quickly into the realm of light beer in this regard - great and crisp when ice cold at a sports bar or cookout, lousy when warm. Gotta knock down its drinkability a bit for that aspect.

01-25-2009 18:41:48 | More by talkinghatrack
Photo of angelmonster


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

Served a pint at Flying Saucer in san antonio. Theres a small white head, that stayed around for awhile. Body is copper colored, clear, with some medium carbonation. Minimal lacing through out

Smells of something very familiar, passionfruit shisha, or a fruit juice. Also some sweet spices, malts and hops were very faint if present at all

Taste was of sweet fruit, like apricot or passionfruit. Tasted some spice maybe coriander, cardamon, or tea leaves. Kinda reminded me of a hibiscus herbal tea i had once. One of a kind flavors in this beer

Mouth feel was a bit on the light side. Almost watery, with a good amount of carbonation.

I always enjoy trying new styles out , and this was definitely different. Tasted good, above average drink ability , would order again

01-22-2009 18:38:17 | More by angelmonster
Photo of Amalak

New York

4/5  rDev +18%

Beautiful opaque beer with a fruity scent. It has a nice wheat malt flavor to it and just a hint of bitterness to it. It also has a nice fruity taste to it. It sits somewhat heavy, but very refreshing.

This is one of my favorite store-bought beers. It's a very good fruit style beer, which normally I don't care for, but this ale has a nice balance to it.

01-22-2009 03:14:57 | More by Amalak
Photo of brewcrew76


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Golden yellow with a thin white head.

S - Apricot with a malt graininess and lightly bready malts. Very faint aroma.

T - Apricot, slightly sweet with a general grainy flavor. Much more flavor than aroma.

M - Light with good carbonation. Refreshing.

D - This beer is down right slammable with a light fruit aroma/flavor, light body and low abv. I just wish it was a little more interesting.

01-21-2009 23:45:00 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of MillySox


1.4/5  rDev -58.7%

Light golden color with a foamy white head. Very little aroma with nothing out of the ordinary detected. Smooth on the pallet followed by a swift kick in balls. There is something like grape hi-c all over this concoction that was mislabeled as beer. If they did use hops they were wasting them.

I'll be perfectly honest. My review maybe should be taken with a grain of salt because I only drank half of this beer. The barmaid actually approached and offered to pour me something different because she could see the agony on my face as I tried to swallow this crap.

01-21-2009 00:33:33 | More by MillySox
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,640 ratings.