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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,713
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 40
Gots: 411 | 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 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.

canoehornpoint, Jul 07, 2009
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.

zeff80, Jul 02, 2009
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.

minterro, Jul 01, 2009
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.

Vonerichs, Jun 30, 2009
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.

MikeBrandman, Jun 27, 2009
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.

youngblood, Jun 22, 2009
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.

Anthony1, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
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.

caddybuyer, Jun 20, 2009
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.

atpben, Jun 16, 2009
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".

NODAK, Jun 12, 2009
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.

endincolorado, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 09, 2009
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.

gmcfarre, Jun 06, 2009
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

ensign11, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of tj4288
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!


tj4288, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Natainos
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.

Natainos, Jun 03, 2009
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)

sweemzander, May 29, 2009
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.

originalsin, May 27, 2009
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.

m2paulun, May 27, 2009
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.

m1ked, May 25, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

Bottle notched June 09. "rehtona evah" under the cap.

Pours gold with a short-lived head.

Sour, fruity nose backed up with malts.

Artificial fruit flavors dominate the palate. Apricot. A slight, pleasant tartness comes through on the back end. Not as sweet as expected, but not exceptionally dry. The mouth feel is a little thin and a little fizzy, but still thoroughly adequate.

This is very smooth, and very easy to drink. An interesting beer that keeps me wanting another sip, even if it's not something I'd drink all the time.

IMincedTheKing, May 23, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

A - Poured a darker golden color. With a dense white head about 1.5 in that was retained for a while.

S - Smell of fruit and citrus. Also some floral hop hints.

T - Fruity beer also some hints of tomatoes if m not mistaken. Some spices as well and slight sweetness.

M - light bodied. well balanced.

D - refreshing and low in ABV. Not necessarily my favorite style if beer but interesting and drinkable.

JoEBoBpr, May 23, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

12 oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A: Golden in color, very clear with lots of bubbles... about a 2 finger pillowy head... Very nice lacing.

S: Dried apricots...and a little sweet malt..

T: Just like it smells dried apricots... There is a sweet malt in there too... maybe caramel.. Little to no aftertaste.

M: Light, crisp, very nicely carbonated and refreshing

D: This is a straight up summer session beer... very low ABV and just refreshing...

I've had tons of this beer... one of the better fruit beers out there....

mralphabet, May 21, 2009
Photo of birdyone
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours with a nice head, good webbing for a lighter beer.

The smell is Ok, not great. That's the only time you notice the apricot extract; which in beer just isn't natural.

The taste is pretty good. Better than a lot of widely available beer.

Mouthfeel and drinkabilaty are both pretty average.

Fun factory to visit though!

birdyone, May 17, 2009
Photo of kittywamp
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%

Poors a coppery clear kinda hazy with almost no head to speek of. What was there left in a rush. Smells fruity but that was expected. Taste like kinda funky peaches with the smell of 3 week old been stuffed to the back of the fridge rasberries. Feel is light almost miller lite like. Could drink this in mass quanities if it were avaivible here was in the mood and it were hot out.

kittywamp, May 17, 2009
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