#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,034
Reviews: 1,591
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 52
Gots: 596 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-1998)
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Photo of CBOLAND17
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The infamous "Not Quite Pale Ale". An ale that has all the characteristics of a pale ale except that it isnt quite as hoppy as a pale ale. Additionally it has a fresh fruity taste laced in with the maltiness, but it doesn't have the dry quality that some fruit beers have.

Photo of Evocatus
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a half inch of head that was white-ish. Armoa was somewhat fruity but faint. Hints of fruit, but overall somewhat metallic and wheaty. Hops are in the aftertaste, but don't really balance anything out. Crisp and dry, not to thick. A beer that you could have any time, but would rather not since there are better out there.

Photo of Dunkle
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange with a half inch of head. Cloudy when held up to the light.
S: Kind of fruity, but there's just not much there.
T: Grassy and metallic. A hint of fruit here and there. Finishes with the hops leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.
M: Light-bodied. Crisp and dry.
D: This is a light beer and goes down easy.

I would not recommend this, although it may be an okay brew to start out with if you're just getting into craft beer.

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

A - Slightly cloudy orange body to it. Very nice pillow-like head. Decent head retention and some lacing. Not very carbonated.

S - Fresh apricots, caramel or honey, grass. The fruity smell definitely dominates. Smells pretty light.

T - You should be able to taste apricots right from the start. Then you will probably get a taste of a very solid malt backbone, with biscuit-like and caramel notes. Slightly tart, a bit grassy. There is a light bitter hoppiness that comes through in the finish. The apricot flavour lingers on.

M - Medium-bodied, but very smooth and easy-drinking. Crisply carbonated at first, this beer settles down to a very smooth state.

D - Very good. This can make a perfect summer refreshment, when you want something light, yet with flavour.

Photo of climax
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#9 was a bright clear gold. The head was 2 fingers of wispy white froth, leaving good lace.

The nose was a confusing blend of several subtle flavors. At first, wheat and lemon were all I could gather. As it began to warm, honey, floral herbs, and ginger emerged.

The flavor was a bit tart and bitter at the beginning. More grassy weed characteristics covered up the sweeter blend of honey, wheat, and strawberry that lingered through the finish.

It's a pretty light beer, with and tingly crisp carbonation. It had a somewhat sticky feel that added spunk to the medium/light body. It does have some tart strawberry fruitiness to it, not sure if that's enough to justify that it's a fruit/vegetable beer. But it's something. Easy to drink and interesting, one's enough though.

Photo of fbone
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=orange color,head dissapears quickly,light carbonation.

S=smells like oranges,slight fruity aroma.

T=tastes of orange,slight bitter hops,clean flavor.

M=light body,goes down smooth,herb like hop finish.

D=very easy to drink,nice fruity herb like flavor.light on the hops.I'm really enjoying this beer.I'll for sure grab this one again,It's a solid choice.

You can really drink this ale up!Give it a try.

Photo of HotHands
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a glass stein.

A - pours a slightly orange straw color with a one-finger white head that dissipates. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing around the top.

S - apricot, grass, citrus.

T&M - Follows the nose - definitely some apricot, with some grassy flavors, a bit of malt, as well as some hop bitterness. Slightly dry finish. Still, not a whole lot going on here. Well-carbonated, but the body feels thin.

D - quite drinkable because of the mild taste and body, but that's about as big of a complement as I can give it.

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

This beer looks like it is going to be delicious. It came to me in a frosty glass and was a hazy pale golden color. The head was a beautiful thick white lace.

The nose was pleasant with hints of fleshy fruit and malt. Very little hop was detectable. It is not the ideal nose for my personal style, but was definitely nice.

The mouthfeel was a little bit watery but had a decent malt backbone. Actually more than what I was expecting. There was considerable acidity, but enough sweetness to balance it.

Overall this is a nice, relatively cheap and refreshing beer. Definitely something I will drink again. Its not the most complex or really delicious beer, but enjoyable to say the least.

Photo of LuthersMug
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden and crystal clear with a nice and creamy 1.5" head, which had great retention. Nice lacing throughout. My cap read, "Next time use less cologne." Not sure about that one, because my wife usually wants me to wear more cologne, but I digress.

S - I had a hard time getting a good whiff of this one. What I did smell was a bit sweet and piney.

T - Hops are up front on this one, but not especially strong. A slight bitterness remains on the palate.

M - Excellent carbonation, crisp on the tongue. The finish was slightly dry.

D - An okay beer, I like the style, but the taste is rather average.

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

Poured into a pint glass, cap said "not for beer pong". This is the alleged flagship for Magic Hat and quite frankly, I'm a little under-whelmed. I really like a great deal of what they do (see my other reviews), but this is starting to sneak into the realm of macro brew territory. Nose is fair, a bit sweet, I rarely get the apricot, just more sweetness. I think this is fine, but to a point....

Photo of Lauthaha
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini mug. Underneath the bottle cap, the words "The time is near to drink a beer" were inscribed. Hahaha!

Appearance: Pours a golden/tan hue. It's advertised as a "Not-Quite-Pale-Ale" and that's a great description. Thick, frothy head of about 1.5 fingers supplemented by adequate carbonation. Heavy lacing on the sides of the mug as the head recedes.

Smell: Dried apricots dance in a gentle malt spring, supplemented by very light, floral hops and perhaps just a touch of spice and/or herbs. Beautiful aroma.

Taste: The hops appear first here, with a gentle bitterness that is neither overpowering, nor unidentifiable. Very light maltiness in mid-swig, followed by a distinctly fruity aftertaste. It could be just a touch lighter, but the mild-heaviness doesn't distract too much from the taste.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is just about right. It fizzes gently on the palate, allowing ample time to savor the beer before the drink is done. Once the drink *is* done, however, it sticks around a little heavier than it should (in my opinion). I picture my fruit/veggie beers as being light and refreshing, which is perhaps the wrong attitude. Still a good showing here.

Drinkability: Yes. I would recommend this beer to a friend. In fact, I could probably drink all three that came in the sampler pack without even refrigerating them. They're good at slightly-below-room temperature.

They have this on tap at the bar closest to my house...but I never noticed the flavors there like I did here at home, straight out of the bottle. A good example of the same beer tasting entirely different in different circumstances.

Photo of levifunk
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just tried this last night at the Green Owl in Wisconsin Dells. I had no idea what this beer was prior to trying it. Served in a pint glass. Golden/orange color with good carbonation. Not knowing anything about the beer, I didn't identify the apricot, but it did have a nice sweetness to it, which I would guess now comes from the apricot and malts. I would classify this as a Pale Ale as it isn't fruity by any means. Its got a subtle hop bitterness in the finish which is nice. Overall, its quite drinkable and a decent summer beer.

Photo of hardy008
1.95/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Amber color with an off white head with poor retention. Smells like apricots, or maybe artificial apricots. Not real appealing. Some pale malt is also present.

The taste is as unimpressive as the aroma, maybe even more so. Apricots / artificial apricots, pale malt, and not much else. No real hop presence.

Light bodied, if not thin, fair carbonation. Not impressive, and I don't plan to try this again.

Photo of nick76
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is a bit fruity with yeast but not actual fruit. It also has what seems to be citrus hops and caramel malt. The appearance is orange gold with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with a malty finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a really good beer and a perfect session beer.

Photo of beyah
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a Night of the Living Dead Variety 12 pack from Magic Hat when we did the groceries.
I tried the #9 last. Pours a slightly cloudy gold color, almost no head, but carbonated OK. Slight lacing on what head is there. Very unusual flavor almost like perfume, you can make out the apricot in the background. After a couple sips it's a little easier to drink. Won't be buying this beer again.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden witha soft head.

S-Apricots. More of an artificial apricot taste than a natural apricot taste.

T-Sweet apricots. Also becomes mildly bitter following the apricot.

M-Quite light. Refreshing and carbonated.

D-Easy to drink.

Perhaps my first craft beer. It was once like heaven to me but now is but an afterthought. I must say it is an excellent starter beer for those seeking to shy away from Macros.

Photo of TheJollyHop
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw body with an overall subdued aroma consisting of muddled potpourri, perfume. Medium carbonation. Finish is rather astringent and a tad too long. Body is thin, and there is a little tongue drying going on. Apricot taste is perceived above a baseline of pale malts. If it wasn't for the metallic taste, this beer would be a lot better.

Photo of Zodijackyl
4.58/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Coalhouse Pizza's Magic Hat Brewery Dinner in Stamford, CT, paired with warm cornbread smothered in New Orleans-style red bean gravy and sausage.

Creamy and cloudy orange pour with a fine white head that soon dissipates. Aroma is heavy on apricots, with a creamy malt and light yeast, slightly sour though the fruit and malt sweetness is stronger. Taste is apricots with sweetness and sourness well balanced, followed by a medium-light malt that is matched to the fruit flavor, and dry yeast. The fruit is a bit more up-front than in the bottled version, and the yeast taste is quite fresh and more prevalent. Slightly tart mouthfeel from the fruit, hops, and yeast, but a very refreshing tang that comes first and last, with the body in the middle. Very drinkable, an exceptionally good summer beer.

It is worth noting that when very fresh on tap, this beer easily outshines the bottled version, as well as on tap at less beer-centric establishments.

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the old standby from Magic Hat.

Nothing too fancy, but it has a nice smell of fruit and malt. This is a refreshing beer to drink; actually quenches your thirst yet is a pleasant pale ale. Very easy to have a few of these on a hot summmer evening.

Photo of Siegmund
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer I bought for myself in my 21st. I poured it into a typical pint glass. It has a really nice color to it, with lots of active carbonation. A decent head that dropped down a little too quickly for my tastes, but this beer laced the glass like it was its job. A nice, fruity smell was very appetizing but the taste didn't quite live up to it. You can taste the apricot, but other than that there isn't anything really worth noting. I'll enjoy the rest of this six pack, but with many more beers to try, I most likely won't be returning to #9 to soon

Photo of VietPong
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely great for a single drink. The plum flavoring is very interesting, and i enjoyed it. The carbonation is right, and there is no watery taste. Plum is not for everyone, and after a few it can get tiresome, but the flavor is perfect for enjoying 1 or 2 after a long day

Photo of TheHopMonster
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

#9 has always interested me so i thought I would try.

The appearance didn't really thrill me like a lot of the beers that im fond of. It poured relatively decent with 2 fingers of foam that didn't stick around too long.

The aromas were probably the best part of this beer. The slight fruity essence was nice but not overwhelming. I think I spent more time smelling this beer than actually drinking it haha.

The overall taste was not surprising. I usually like being surprised the first time I try a beer but it really didnt grab my attention. It definitely had apricot notes with the bite of an ale. But it was very drinkable. It didn't taste like an intensely fruity beer thats why im thinking they don't even mention the word fruit on the label.

Overall it was a decent not too out of the ordinary fruit beer. Then again im not a fruity beer kind of guy. I do prefer others over this though.

Photo of IwuvBEER
2.23/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm sitting here drinking one now and don't really have a lot of good things to say about this one. It's not terrible, its just not good. It has slight fruity flavors that are overwhelmed by a metallic flavor. I paid WAY to much for this and don't think I'll buy it again.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Man, I'm startin' to dig the discount beer area at a local Whole Foods: I can pick up a brew I've heard a lot about without paying very much. If only more stores did this. This guy pours a mostly clear pale-ish straw topped by about a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose comprises peaches, wheat, rice, very light toffee, and a smattering of florals. Something akin to a medicinal scent creeps in on the borders, making things seem a bit off. The taste brings this medicine in in the form of an aspirin-like flavor, which ends up dominating things, forcing the apricot, wheat, and hoppy florals to the back (relatively speaking, anyway). The body is pretty light, with an strong moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Overall, something went wrong here. The fruit dies on the tongue, allowing the aspirin to usurp. It's almost as if they gave up on this one.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep golden orange. diminishing creamy white head w/decent lacing. slight chill haze.
S: apricots and peaches with a hint of citrusy hops in the background. Buttery notes are prominent. Nose is subtle overall.
T: lightly sweet biscuity malts, sourish (but not overly so) and slightly astringent apricot tang, along with some juicy hop bitterness lead to a crisp, almost dry finish. just a bit of aspirin-like astringency. apricot is subtler than i expected.
M: frothy, crisp, light bodied.
D: a good summer quencher, and great if you like apricots. i also appreciate the low abv. i know it ain't cool to like this one, but i do.

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,034 ratings.