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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,070 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,070
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 53
Gots: 642 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-1998

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 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

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

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.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Chimes, in an imperial pint.

Good looking beer. Slightly hazy darker gold color with a creamy white head.

Smells malty with a whiff of hops and just a hint of apricot. Not very strong on the nose.

The taste is more bold. Roasted malt flavors up front with again just a hint of apricot and lingering hops on the back end.

Definitely one I'd order again, good body and easy to drink.

Photo of legatovibrato24
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, clear golden straw in color. not a bad head, fades quickly to a thin cover. Smell is of tarts and fruit, apricots it would seem.

A bit unfair to try this after an oatmeal porter, however, the taste is at first apricot/fruity followed by a not so desirable corn malt flavor. As much as it may seem like a light lager base with a fruity taste, there does seem to be a bit more there.

It is a very refreshing beer and goes well with light dining. Very drinkable, and may serve as a buffer beer, between BMC (cud miller coors) and hardcore microbrew goodness.

Photo of wmtxbb
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Not too bad, decent head supported by plenty of carbonation. Nice gold color.

Smell: tart bubble gum smell, slightly citrus. Very interesting smell.

Taste: upfront there is a tart flavor, followed by a watery malt corn esk type of flavor. Interesting, but I'm not sure if I like it or not. Maybe some wheat malt in there too. Finish is citrus like.

Drinkability: This beer is a little confused. I feel like it's trying to be too much and ends up being mediocre. Lots of different flavors which keeps this beer interesting but I'm not sure I want to stay around to discover any of it. Slightly above average drinkability. The weird tart flavor just throws me off when I get hit by this corn/wheat malt with whatever this flavor is that it ends with.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a finger of head that has okay retention. Leaves behind an okay amount of lacing.

S - The strongest smell is of the apricots. The overall aroma is very fruity and sweet, with a bit of a distinct sweet malt smell to it.

T - Starts a bit bland, but very soon the fruitiness, in particular the apricot flavor, comes in. ITi s joined with some other fruit taste, like some tart apple and also some nice malt flavor that blends together the whole taste. The aftertaste is a mix of sweet and dry.

M - Medium to light beer with a medium about of carbonation that is really crisp and refreshing.

D - This is a very drinkable and very refreshing beer. It has a decent amount of flavor to it, and stays really crisp from start to end.

Photo of stonermouse
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

I've had this brew many times, and alternatively despised it and tolerated it. Finally, I review it.

Appearance is nothing special. Coors-golden with decent carbonation and a steady head.

Smell is a strange metallic fruitiness. Nothing else to speak of. At least the aroma is fairly potent.

The taste is average for a "fruit/vegetable" beer, I suppose. Tastes of old (as opposed to fresh) pears, and the flavor is a little flat. I guess the flavor could be apricot, which is mentioned in many reviews, but it doesn't matter. Nothing else to really speak of, besides some interesting sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fairly nice. The flavor, as it were, envelopes the entire palette, and the sweetness comes out in the aftertaste.

Drinkability is OK, I guess. I've seen a lot of folks session this beer over the years. I personally can barely finish one... not because the flavor is offensive, but because it's just to sweet and fruity to have more than that. Interesting to try once because there aren't many like it, but I wouldn't buy a twelve pack.

Photo of callmeclemens
4.9/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


I love Magic Hat, I'm just being honest. However, #9 is one of the last Year round beers im trying out.

Brown Bottle, bottom of the bottle lid read, "Dont yap when you nap" ehhh.

The pear smells slighly like a pear cider, but not strong enough. At first it tastes like pear, hits with with a touch of malt and a touch of hop, none of these are over powering, a very laid back beer.

Photo of mc1775
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard alot about this one so i decided to try it.

A- Very clear yellow and gold. Pours a 2 finger white head that is gone in a few min leaving a very thin white head. A small amount of lace clings to the side of the glass all the way down.

S- Really fruity with a tiny bit of Sweet malt and very little hop smell pulling through. Very very fruity.

T- Much like the smell, Pretty fruity very lightly hopped. Very well balanced alot less flavor then i had hoped but still good.

M- Incredibly smooth medium to light mouth feel. very nice.

D- Outstanding drinkability.

Notes- This was my first APA so im not sure its to style but very easy to drink and good flavor.

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

When it was poured into a pint glass it had a nice 2" white creamy head that lay on a nice golden wheat color body. The smell is nice of sweet malts and a hint of apricot. I think the taste is well balanced of malts and hops with a nice sweetness of apricots. Very smooth and great mouth feel, and is very drinkable.

Photo of taigor
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A - Poured hazy golden color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing at all.

S - Mostly fruity, some apples, apricots and grains.

T - Very crisp and sweet just like expected with slightly dry finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable and refreshing beer. Would definitely enjoy more in the future.

Photo of JayS2629
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the better beers I can get around here. First of all, my beer cap says: this cap will self-destruct in 10....9...how fun!

A- Straw, transparent, slightly hazy with a small foamy head. Sea foam lacing.

S- Floral and bright fruits. Citrus,light and floral. A hint of apricot or pear. Wheat malt.

T- Bright and fruity. Watery, but complex at the same time? An aftertaste/smell of apricot in the background.

M- refreshing with a slight fizz. Easy. Light bodies with dry finish.

D- fruity and very easy to drink. Nice and refreshing summer beer.

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

Just as an aside - I'm doing this review because I just had and reviewed a Southern Tier 422 and found it to be very similar to #9. I knew I had one kicking around in my fridge and decided to do a head to head. So please excuse all the references to 422.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked best by November 22nd into a pint glass.

Appearance: It's a nice pale golden-wheat color with tiny head decent retention. It sure does have 422 beat in the looks department, there's some nice looking carbonation bubbles here and there's a bit of nice retention and lacing on the (minimal) head.

Smell: Sweet malts and apricots. Smells almost completely different than 422 ... did I imagine the taste similarity? Either way, it's a good smelling beer.

Taste: Well, at least I didn't imagine the similarity. #9 is a pale ale at heart, and you can taste it right away. It's a nice and crisp taste, with sweet malts and just a bit of hops. Then, Mister Apricot comes in and steals the show with some sweet fruitiness to round it up. Southern Tier 422 really does taste quite similar to this, minus the apricot. At least I didn't imagine that. This was one of my first craft brews and I still love it. It's best enjoyed as fresh as possible, I'd prefer there to be another three months or so on the best by date, but what can I do.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and highly carbonated. Really a perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, as long as the relentless apricot doesn't get to you.

This was one of my first craft beers and is still a favourite. It's a great gateway to craft beer that just about anyone will have a hard time putting down. I always keep some around to give to friends.

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

Pours a hazed orange yellow color with red hints. Smells of raspberries and malts with subtle hops in the background. Tastes of sweet raspberries and maybe a little cranberries, some malts and minimal malts to keep it sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty nice and drinkability is quite high.

Photo of Dodt
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer a bunch of times finally decided to review this one .
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance a pale golden color with slight lacing
smell a blend of sweet malts and fruit
taste see above
drinkability crisp and clean
a good all season beer for me

Photo of lovetranquillity
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color, white head, no lacing.

Smells of apricots and sweet malt, sweet and fruity smelling with the apricots the focus.

Apricot Sweetness, sweet malts, slight bitterness.

Watery mouth feel, medium to high carbonation. Little bit like seltzer water.

Easy drinking since the consistency is not much different than seltzer water. Not my favorite, the apricot can get to you and the taste gets old quick. The initial taste is good but the more you have the less you like it.

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

I think that this is a good beer to drink on a hot summer afternoon while looking out at the lake. It's light and has quite a bit of fruit. This beer is gold color with a white head. The head disappeared pretty quickly though. The apricot really comes through in the aroma. There is a nice malty character, but it is quickly taken over by the apricot.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a solid one-finger white head.

S: Wow. Apricots aplenty, along with some pear and butterscotch.

T: Has a nice crispness to it, but a little too sweet for me. Bitterness is kept to a minimum, as the buttery smooth malts dominate. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery and weak, with medium-high carbonation. Overall a good, solid fruit beer.

Photo of trf32
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Not-quite-pale-ale indeed. Hazy. Nice head, sticks around for a bit.

S- Spiced yams. Cinnamon and some herbs I could describe better if I cooked more. Plums. Hm, this is fun.

T- Peaches and pears and plums all the way. It definitely has that tart taste they have when they're just getting ripe, but with cinnamon apple sauce. It's really unique and well-rounded with the hops and malt.

M- The beer comes and goes as the flavors stick around. There's a bit of dryness to it. Carbonation is solid.

D- Not hard to drink and the flavor is actually nice enough that I wouldn't mind getting a case.

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,070 ratings.