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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

4,487 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,487
Reviews: 1,563
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 34
Gots: 308 | 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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neenerzig

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours a clear medium gold color with an orangish hue. White head is about 2/3 inches when poured and settles to a nice thick white ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lace here. Has apricot on the aroma along with some malts and hops. tastes fairly sweet and malty upfront along with the aforementioned apricot fruit, followed by moderate hop bitterness. good balance of flavor, but largely not complex and not overly interesting. No subtle flavors here. I really like it when beers have some subtle flavors hiding in them, and that is certainly lacking here, at least to this palate. Has a smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 03:49:54 | More by neenerzig
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a pour into a pint glass this beer had a 1 finger thick head that was white in color.

As I poured it, I immediately was hit by the aroma. Certainly fruity and nice. Not sure I would have immediately picked up that it was apricot if I didn't know, but I did so I recognized the specific fruity tones.

Nice clear, light Amber in color. Very clear.

A decent amount of lacing that lingered as I enjoyed the beer.

I thought the taste was very well balanced from the slight malt flavor up front to the slightly sweet then hoppy finish. The fruit does not overpower and I do not find that it's too sweet.

Light mouthfeel but not too watery and very drinkable.
This would make a nice session beer.

A decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 11:50:59 | More by Reagan1984
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at a bar in downtown Champaign, but I didn't catch the name of the place!

A - Hazy bronze/gold with a one finger white head. Lots of really nice lace sticks to the glass.

S - Yeasty and bready, with a hint of Belgian Pale Ale qualities. Hay and grass notes are here, along with some sweet marzipan too.

T - Big time yeast and sweet but grassy hops. This is not like a northwestern pale ale at all. The hops are restrained for the style, allowing the yeast to be the star of the show.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and sweet on the finish with a lingering hay note.

D - A damn fine session brew with boatloads of complexity. This one is easy to down, and can also be sipped and appreciated.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2008 23:12:19 | More by pmcadamis
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden rod color. Thin white head that sort of hung around for a few seconds.

S: Was tough to decipher. Nothing stood out, some fruit hints, mostly berries.

T: Tasted better then it smelled, malty and sweet, which was expected with berries scents.

M: A tad thin, a decent light body.

D: A drinkable beer, not sure it would be high on my list, but I had no expectations when trying it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 16:16:49 | More by IronCitySteve
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Would say I was probably something of a novice when I first reviewed this sucker. Give it another shot with a little more experience under my belt. Nose is extremely mild, but I detected hints the apricot. Taste is similar; not a lot of strength or complexity to this one. Straight up, almost syrupy faux-apricot flavor. Very mild graininess and hops. Feel is a little watery, and it limits the flavor's strength. Overall, it's alright every once in a while, but there's not much going on here.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 15:02:50 | More by soupyman10
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first time i have had this beer since being in Boston, and the first time I have seen it down south. On tap at 3 crow bar in East Nashville.

I received a stadium pour so not much head on this one; but it does have a nice transparent gold body.

The smell of apricots and citrus hops are awesome.

This is a nice combination of fruit and hops. If it wasnt for the taste of squash in the finish, this would have been rated higher.

I like this beer for not being an ordinary pale ale. It is unexceptional, but a welcome change to more conventional pales.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2008 19:39:23 | More by IPAcraig
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 12 ounce bottle into SA pint glass
A-pale golden color with good carbonation, medium head with thin lacing
S-Very sweet apricot
T-Sweet apricot flavor
M&T-good carbonation, not heavy very drinkable
overall-good beer for a hot summer day or a good desert beer

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 18:22:14 | More by bonkers
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a misty peach color with about a three-quarter inch head.

S: Mostly a very noticeable apricot scent.

T: Very obvious sweet apricot taste. Very crisp and refreshing.

M: Very light smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Part of Pandora's Box Spring Variety Show. I'm not normally interested in the sweet tasting beers but this was an excellent beer. Very appropriate for a nice warm summer/spring day.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 14:37:06 | More by BeerCon5
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mdm46410

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap and served in a Magic Hat shaker. This beer poured a golden amber hue with a two-finger thick head of creamy white foam that lasted through about half of the glass. A nice amount of lacing coated the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of light citrus, berries, and also some toffee. The flavor included apricot, raspberries, light caramel, and also some mild citrus hop notes. The mouthfeel was light-bodied and highly drinkable with moderate carbonation. An interesting mix of flavors without being messy. A tasty, highly sessionable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2008 22:54:56 | More by mdm46410
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden with a small head.

Smell is full of apricot.

Taste is a bit of a disappointment after the smell. Apricot comes through, but then it just sort of fades off, with little else in the mix.

Mouthfeel somewhat weak for me.

Sort of one dimensional, could use something else in there.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 23:31:16 | More by Strix
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david131

California

2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Slightly cloudy orange liquid with no carbonation streams and no head to speak of. Kind of sad looking.

S- Some apricot and biscuity malts. Very sweet smelling.

T- Sweet apricot, biscuit malt, and a slight hop profile. Has a slight buttery aftertaste.

M- Creamy, but crisp and dry on the tail end.

D- A little sweet and fruity for my tastes. Kind of simple, but I could see this being a a great entry level beer for people getting into the craft scene.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 05:31:10 | More by david131
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generallee

New York

4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a pale golden color with a small foamy white head. The aroma is full of fresh ripe apricots and sweet grains. On the tongue it has a silky smooth texture with a pleasing fruity apricot flavor that's not too sweet or sticky. It works well with light malts and a mellow hop bitterness. This is a very drinkable beer with a great fruity flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 14:15:46 | More by generallee
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold, weak, fizzy head and a distinctive fruity aroma. Flavour on the other hand fails to deliver in any intensity. There's still an undertone of some fruit, but it's weak at best. Otherwise, the beer tastes like a run-of-the-mill light ale with some moderate hops. Mouthfeel is OK - decent body and quite dry. Overall, a little bit of a different brew, but doesn't excite me at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 04:01:35 | More by allergictomacros
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Gmann

New York

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

Pours a clear golden amber color with an average off-white head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is tart and tangy with a big apricot smell. The apricot overpowers any other aromas that may be present. The brew has a weak malt presence, an almost grainy flavor, which is wisked away by the apricot; perhaps a touch of floral hops in the end. The feel is light and watery with moderate carbonation; finishes slightly tart and dry. I used to drink the brew all the time several years back as it was a stepping stone to better beers. I'm just not a big fan of the apricot anymore. The brew is light so it is a good change of pace beer and good for the summer. Need to put this side by side with Aprihop.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 23:32:19 | More by Gmann
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joezak5

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; light and clear peach color, excellent off white head, nice lacing and ok retention.

Smell: Musty and sweet apricots and peaches; mildly pleasant but artificial smelling.

Mouthfeel: Light and sweet with medium carbonation.

Taste: Light malty with the sweet apricots coming through very strongly and again artificially.

Drinkability: I can see this being different and refreshing on a hot day for someone that hasn't had a real craft beer. This one just smacks me as artificial. I expect pure and natural from Vermont but get essense of apricot. I won't be buying any more Magic Hat and will be reading labels more closely to looks for hidden fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 01:12:19 | More by joezak5
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mkabull

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 1st magic hat beer I have had . Very nice aroma witha mix of malt some hops and fruit accents . A nice balance of flavors with malt and hops blending nicely . The aftertaste had a very slight but pleasant taste of apricots which is something I would not normally match up with being good in beer but I really enjoyed this twist . Overrall a nice change from normal craft brews with a good overall drinkability

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 23:38:03 | More by mkabull
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LukeD23

Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I hadnt had this beer in about a year. I never remembered it as anything special, but I had one last night and man did I enjoy it.
Beautiful color and chrystal clear, no much head retention but I wasnt expecting any.

The smell was nothing special, slight sweetness not much hop aroma

Taste was mildly sweet with hint of almost a tart fruit finish, very nice blend of hops and malt leaning on slightly malty

Mouthfeel was light and vibrant, really felt alive in the mouth tartness hits on the front of the tongue and a short hop taste was left after swallowing

I think this is a very very drinkable beer, not to strong but tuns of flavor.. light enough for summer but strangely seems warm enough for a winter drink, I guess thats why its a not quiet pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 12:43:25 | More by LukeD23
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jayrod20

Texas

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everyone always comments on the fruitiness of this beer but it is the perfect accent in taste and smell. It is not overpowering and if you gave it to most people they wouldn't even know. It's very drinkable and not too heavy. A great choice from Magic Hat. I would recommend this to anyone who wanted an almost pale ale with great hidden flavors.

This beer is more enjoyable on tap than in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 23:57:58 | More by jayrod20
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, yellow body with a small, fizzy, white head. Some splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Light pale malt scent with some citrus and yes, even some apricot.

Taste: More of that light pale maltiness, somewhat grainy, and with a medium level of sweetness. Fruity citrus and apricot arrive simultaneously. Medium hop bitterness. Watery, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: The ladies flanking me at the bar really dug it. A true gulper, if only to get to the next beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 21:13:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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argock

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date clearly presented.

A: Honey-golden color with 1-finger fizzy white head that reduces quickly to a rim of tiny bubble with spittles of lace.

S: Mild leafy hops with some spiciness and faint apricot aromas.

T: Very minimal spicy hops with pleasant apricot-grape fruit flavors. Sweet malts more prominent as the beer warms. This beer tastes far smoother and mellower with far less vegetable flavor in the bottle than on-tap.

M: Pretty smooth and not fizzy like the head. Light bodied with a faint sweet strawberry-apricot aftertaste.

D: Very easy to drink with some substance. I hated this beer when served on-tap -- not sure if it was served too cold, poured with bad equipment, or just tastes better from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 03:36:34 | More by argock
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hdofu

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strong smell of apricots, light brown color fizzy but no head. Taste starts mildly of wheat beer but overtime the appricot taste overtakes the taste buds. Medium bodied beer with a taste of apricots lingering afterwards? This is a beer I could drink more then one of.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 02:13:46 | More by hdofu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Light brown with a head that dissipates quickly.

S.Wheat and dark fruits. Smells rather appetizing.

T. Definate apricot flavor. Some subtle yeast in the background. Initially fruity with a grainy aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied ale, coats the palate for a moment before subsiding.

D. This is a good brew and one I've had on numerous occassions. Definately a winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 18:46:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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Kraken

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat #9 poured from 12oz bottle into Fordham Maibock pint glass. Vigorous pour yielded moderate one finger head that diminished very rapidly to a thin faint wispy coating, leaving no lacing. Beer itself is a light amber in color. Smells wonderfully of dried apricots, this may be the beers most appealing feature. Slight initial taste of apricots, followed by an almost hefiwiezn like thin body. Body lacks complexity or depth. Very clean finish. Decent session beer

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 01:01:03 | More by Kraken
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elpollodiablo

Ohio

2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was disappointing on many levels. Magic Hat has been marketed really aggressively in our area over the past year, and I'd resisted the recommendations of friends and well-wishers because the packaging looked hokey to me, and I generally avoid pale ales whose bottles say "not quite IPA" and "infused with the essence of apricot." Against my better judgment, I ordered one last night and was summarily unimpressed; actually a little disgusted. While the beer poured nicely and looks pretty enough, cloudy and coppery, it poured with absolutely no head. Its smell was unremarkable, especially for an IPA supposedly infused with fruit. The beer tastes bland and watery with just a hint of an edge of disgusting rancid fruitiness; it completely lacks any of the bitterness or hoppiness that would qualify it as even a pseudo-IPA. Other reviewers here have mentioned a soapy or dishwater like taste, and I'd have to agree. The Magic Hat hefeweizen has this in droves, as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 14:13:33 | More by elpollodiablo
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mecell2000

Hungary

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle

The beer pours clear golden with a thin white head that doesn't stay around too long. Excellent smell of fresh fruit and a very light malt/hop combo that is well balanced. I've got a good batch of #9 here and I'm glad I got a 12pack. Sometimes the Apricot taste of #9 is a little thrown off in the brewing process but this one is perfect. It literally tastes like you're biting into a piece of fruit you just picked off a tree. Very light bodied and nicely effervescent.

Magic Hat #9 is only 4.6%abv, so it's a beer you can drink any time; especially on warm spring afternoons.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 22:57:45 | More by mecell2000
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,487 ratings.