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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,944
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 47
Gots: 527 | 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 beeragent
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium gold, forming a 1/4 inch white head that quickly fades. Small spots of lace stick to the glass.

S - Very light aroma consisting mainly of apricots, but with a hint of hops present in the background.

T - The taste is dominated by the apricot flavoring, but beneath the apricot is a well balanced malt and hop profile. Nothing extreme, but both taste like they are equally present.

M - Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth in the finish.

D - For a fruit beer, this seems to be a better representation of one. Not overpowering in the fruit flavoring, but enough to taste what they were going for. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

beeragent, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden honey color. Pretty decent white head that stuck around for a fair bit, eventually settling into a crown around the beer. Smell was very interesting...the first thing that popped into my head was "hair salon." Apparently this is what everyone else is describing as "apricot" - duly noted. Fortunately, the taste is not at all similar to a hair salon - it's actually fairly malty with a fruitiness at play, also notes of honey. Mouthfeel is fairly medium and coats your mouth - fair amount of carbonation that tingles across your tongue.

Absolutely drinkability. Maybe ever so slightly on the boring side, but there's definitely more going on here than any BMC. Perfect segue from BMCs to crafts. Very slight aftertaste. This won't tantalize any snobs, but it's a good enough beer.

Mavajo, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of deapokid
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden apple color with a thin, quickly evaporating white head. Liquid is murky, but not unfiltered.

Scent is faintly apricot with no hop character. It's a touch astringent with buttery undertones.

Taste is thin with a small amount of maltiness. Apricot flavoring is warm and strong, backed by a bit of diacetyl butteriness. Sadly, the apricot extract overshadows any pale ale flavoring that might be present, kicking any hop flavor right to the curb.

Mouth is actually one of the best parts. It doesn't pass much of a bitter, artificial fruit flavor and it's noticeably soft on the conclusion. Aftertaste brings the apricot's sweet/dry vibe in spades.

This is easy to drink with a low ABV, but that doesn't stop it from being mundane. It never rocks the boat and I really appreciate beer that breaks boundaries and pushes limits.

deapokid, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a SA perfect. Label is notched November of 2009.

Pours a medium straw/honey color with a frothy two finger head with decent retention. Clarity is good.

Aroma is huskey grain on the front. Middle brings sweet honey and floral noble hop aroma. Clover and bready malt on the finish. Aroma brings apricot and peach.

Flavor is apricot on the front. Sligtly citrus, but it has that dull orange flavor I associate with apricots. Slight hop flavor is there, nobles that taste floral, but weak. Finishes dry and earthy, fibrous.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, carbonation is a bit harsh and much, but adequate.

I didn't even look into the site for the make-up of this beer before I tried it and I'm certain it has apricot or peach in the bill. Interesting and possibly a good quencher, but not something I would go out of my way for.

wheatyweiss, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have to give this beer props because it was my gateway beer into the craft world. I do feel however that Magic Hat has gone downhill fast in the past couple of years, and I no longer buy their beer. They seem to axe their best ales and I don't care for the new beers they are pushing at all. Sad really, but I did pick up a bomber of this because it was only three bucks and I wanted to review it.

A - Pours a light golden color with a two finger white foamy head.

S - Apricot, maybe slightly hoppy but not much else.

T - Much like the smell. I'd like more hops in a "pale ale" and all I can really taste is the fruit. Has a bit of a golden ale taste to it in the finish.

M - Very light with moderate carbonation.

D - I used to go through cases of this in college easily. Low abv and tasty for what it is.

Overall, not a bad beer but doesn't pack the hoppiness/bitterness I would like to compliment the overly sweet apricot flavor. I homebrewed an IPA with apricot and it was everything I wished this beer could be. If you want a really good apricot beer, try the Dogfish Head Aprihop. Still, this is a beer they will never retire and is always delicious during the hot summer months on tap.

Bring back Blind Faith!

BeerPhan86, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color, with an off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

Smells like a load of apricots. Little bit of floral hop aroma. Quite a sweet aroma.

Tastes, again, strongly of apricots. Not as sweet as it smells, but fairly tart towards the end of the flavor. Has a little bit of bitterness, but not quite as much as i would usually like. I think the flavor would be improved and very good if they added some more hops.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, and quite carbonated. the beer is very dinkable, although the tartness might get to be a bit much after a few.

HURTemHIZZY, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of chickencoop
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence & Smell - Golden pour from the bottle, not much of a head, smell of apricot but that was obvious.
Taste & Mouthfeel - first off, I like fruity beers, maybe because my mother loaded me up on candy as a wee lad. So that being said and comparing this to other apricot beers, funny only one I can think of is it's west coast brother at Pyramid, I liked this more. It is a little bready-er, if that makes sense, and fresher and lighter tasting.
Drinkability - I do like these beers but I like them between like every 10 beers I have standards. That being said, this is very drinkable, but probaly not for everybody.

chickencoop, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden color. Head is light-colored, off-white; two finger height quickly reduces to thin layer, no lacing

S: Distinct apricot, very mild hop aroma; fruity; no maltiness detected.

T: Also distinct apricot, light grassiness. Low hoppiness. Dry finish, mild to moderate bitterness. Lower than typical hoppiness/bitterness

M: Moderate carbonation; smooth, rather thin, like a weak green tea.

D: Good drinkability; warm-summer-day-working-in-the-yard beer.

Overall: A little bigger mouthfeel would have been preferable. Reminiscent of Pyramid Apricot.

kevinjosephlee, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of ommegoose
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge pillowy head. Light golden color with a touch of haze in my pint glass. Pretty good retention and lacing. Nice job.

Strong scent of apricots, of course. It's bright and crisp and inviting. I'm not sure I can tell you much else.

Flavor primarily of apricots and some bready malt. Lightly hopped, more akin to what you might find in an all-malt lager. Just enough bitterness to be noticed, but not too much to offend just about any drinker. Enough to be a bit dry, encouraging that next sip. I didn't find it to be especially sweet at all. A little tart at the end. I wouldn't have minded a little more.

Rather light bodied, to facilitate easy drinking (and appeal to fans of light beer). Nicely carbonated to give a lively, but not fizzy feel. Creamy.

This is a pretty light beer, and it is easy to drink. I didn't drink more than one out of the four in the package during any sitting, but I'm sure I wouldn't have minded a couple. It's refreshing on a warm day. This is a simple, but very refreshing beer. (Not to stereotype, but it would probably be a good choice for the ladies.) A good alternative to summer wheat beers. There's a niche for this, and I think it's pretty good at what it's trying to be. I think the Magic Hat stable has grown on me enough to make the mixed pack worth a quarterly buy.

ommegoose, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of kegger22
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber with a modest head that faded to a collar. The aroma was bubblegum. The taste was dishwashing soap. The feel was light bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability was not particularly good, unless you like dish water. Not the worst I've ever had, but below average.

kegger22, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of eallured
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours slightly chill hazed into wine glass. White, dense and creamy head sits atop this not quite copper "not quite pale ale".
Smells very fruity. Orange and strawberry jump out with some banana, dried apricot and ephermeral vanilla hints. Maybe some caramelly maltyness, but it is hard to tell under the fruit.
Apricot/ peach jump out initially with a fruity sweetness. Whoa, this is quickly overshadowed by an unexpected bitterness that strips any sugar coating the tongue. The malty sweetness comes in a bit at the end to give a little balance to the bitterness, but not a lot.
Doesn't have excessive carbonation but it feels fizzy on the tongue. Medium in body initially on sipping. Finishes paradoxically dry due to the bitterness even though the fruity sweet taste lingers.
Had no idea this was a fruit beer until bringing up the page. Assumed the. Atural flavor stated on the bottle was going to be a little orange peel or something. Reminds me of a more bitter apricotweizen from pyramid, one I'm not particularly fond of either. I love my beers hoppy and bitter and usually scorn those who promote balance in their beers, but I may have met my match. This is not quite a drainpour, but I do wish I had a smaller bottle of it and not a bomber. Too bitter to save for cooking. Oh well, experimenting is as much finding bad beers as it is good.

eallured, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Has a hazy medium golden color to it with a nice size head that reducces it itself to a thin ring rather fast but that thin ring stays for the remainder of the beer to leave a nice laceing.
S: Has a grassy apricot smell right up front with the slightest bit of a honey hoppyness at the end. The whole smell in it self is very diffrent from any other beer i think.
T: Kind of like it smells a little sweet with a good tartness to it there is a little wheat in their also. The best tasteing fruit beer i ever had i would say that they got the balance of fruit and beer right with this one.
M: very Smooth good body with good carbonation, it leaves the mouth with a good dry feeling.
D:For being a fruit beer this is really drinkable i could drink alot of thees on a hot summer day but i cant see myself buting this agian for quit some time due to the fact that i would get sick of it faster.

yuenglings, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat hazy light gold body. Topped with a decent sized creamy white head. Fair amount of lacing. Nose is mainly dominated by the apricots, some light malt tones. Not picking up much in the way of hops. Taste is mostly sweet malt backed by a fairly dominant apricot. Slight bit of hops in the taste. Slight bite on the tongue, but fairly creamy mouthfeel. If you take it for what it is, a nice refreshing lighter beer, than you wont be too disappointed

Tballz420, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a golden/orange hue with a nice 2 finger length head that retains for quite a bit. leaves behind quite a few legs.

Smell: Half and half, caramel malt and apricot.

Taste: Quite complex for a fruit brew. At the forefront is some malt and apricot but then it dry's but then balances out with a doughy, citrusy, almost buttery finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth yet zesty from the citrus and carbonation and in the end doesn't leave much of an aftertaste

Drinkability: Would go great on a summer day

Overall: This beer holds a place in my heart as the first craft brew for me that opened me up to the slippery slope into craft brew. Revisited on 9/9/09 at 9:09:09

craftaholic, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of demodave
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A.. No head or lacing as-recieved. Pilsener, or maybe a touch darker. Generally, just got glass full and wet.

S. Fruity. Apricots in particular. Ho hum. Average seems generous, but there it is.

T. Started thinking average, but not really impressed, so split the difference. I taste the apricots, but really nothing else. I'm
on my iPhone, and this beer does not want to justify a lot of typing. It's just unremarkable. Needs more of a lot of something.

M. Really light, going on thin. Great for the ladies or mowing the lawn.

D. I just wouldn't normally order this twice, so I gues I would be voting no with my wallet.

demodave, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A= pours a completely transpartent deep yellow almost amber color with a one finger head that falls fast but leaves a nice touch of a thick topping on top of the beer. No lacing is present.
S= sort of a perfumy sour apricot smell. There's a little caramel malt odor and a sort of rotten smell.
T= very light of the fruit side almost to the point that it hits you like a tea. The middle is a definite mix if beer and the fruit. Lots of sweet caramely malt and the soft fruity apricot flavor. The end is odd. Lots of movie theater butter popcorn taste. Really quite doughy and bready with wheat sweetness. Really quite wheaty actually. After a while its very much like the after taste of tea until you take another sip.
M= soft like I mentioned before. Really hits like a tea and finishes like one. Really soft and smooth mouthfeel.
D= pretty good. Not that bad of a beer to drink from time to time. The taste gets old fast nad the butter flavor feels odd like it shouldn't be there but its still not that bad. I got it in a mix pack and ill prolly come back to it again sometime.

jjanega08, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Schwab
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer yesterday (9/5/09) at the Yardhouse in Palm Gardens.

A - Beer was served in pint glass and came with a nice, creamy 1" head that stayed for the most part and left a nice lacing in the glass. Orangey pale ale type.

S - Smelled fruity, perhaps even spicy but still remaining somewhat of a pale ale.

T - Very fond apricot taste. I don't know where some people get the peaches from, but I am pretty sure it is apricot and not peach that gives it the unique taste.

M - Smooth pale ale character with a big fruit note, maybe even a hint of spice.

D - Great beer that's easy to drink. Very smooth and balanced which makes it a great session beer. Does not appear to be too strong.

Schwab, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of storksonm
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 22oz bottle.

Formed a great nice head and kept it. It was a amber-red in color smelled like a pale with peaches in it. Great pale ale taste with a peach aftertaste. Nothing really too fruity, or sour just the right kind of tang to it. It was very smooth but the slight tang and sweetness of the peachy tastes. I think it might even be apricots in this beer also and it is very drinkable I would buy it again.

storksonm, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Bottle marked best by October 2009.

A: Rather light glowing amber with light frothy head and decent lacing. High carbonation quite apparent.

S: A little English pale ale mustiness which fruity apricot tones mixed in. Solid but not overwhelming in any way.

S: Pretty light bodied and rather thin mouthfeel. Taste is dominated by the fruit flavoring. Fruitiness is a dark berry slightly apricot toned taste. Lingering in the back is a little bit of the maltiness. Finish is crisp and a little tingling on the tongue from the carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but won't be seeking again. My first Magic Hat experience was an "eh" one.

elniko, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by notches on back label of end of Oct '09. Was a hazy yellow color with average carb streams. No lacing. It had an average sized fizzy head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar and wisps in the center.

The aroma was pretty much only apricot. Slight hops in the far back. Pretty one dimensional but most fruit beer is that way. Generally, I'm OK with that especially if cherries are involved. Apricots, however, are another story. Not a big fan and this was apricot overload. The taste followed the aroma. Apricots all around with not much else there. The hops showed up a little more but still way in the back.

Overall, a big miss for me. As I said, I'm good with fruit beers in general but apparently not apricot ones. Don't recommend.

Rotation: one and done for me. Now if I could just get some more Founders Cerise I'd be set for fruit beers for awhile.

TexIndy, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of jnezda
2.35/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:Hazy golden at first with egg shell white head. Head was thin with little retention and no lacing.

Smell: Fruit smell overwhelms all others, apricot, banana, citrus

Taste: Slightly malty with an abundance of fruit. Sort of dry but the fruit balances the dryness well. This would be a decent beer to have only one on a summer afternoon since it is refreshing and has little aftertaste but will leave a slight citrus pucker.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation accompanies a light flavor and taste for this beer.

Drinkability: This would go well with a citrus salad and an orange or lime marinaded grilled chicken but would never hold up o a cold day.

jnezda, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours out a fairly limpid pale gold with a very slight head. Highly fruity nose, quite apricot-like, to the exclusion of all else. Ok, it is certainly an apricot beer, with a little bitterness, but little else. The kind of fruit beer that I've always found uninteresting, because of lack of complexity.

allengarvin, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of oldpinecone
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Such an odd beer....

Pours a really nice light amber coller teetering on copper. One finger head that sticks around for a little while. Ok lacing.

Smell is odd. Fruity but what fruit....? Banana? Not much citrus but more so a sweet fruit. Flower aroma comes in but not until your nose is in the glass for a few seconds.

Once again...what an odd taste this is. Im tasting alot of fruit but cant pinpoint which fruit. I think I may be tasting banana or apricot. Sweetness is really nice in this beer. not too much hop bitterness going but its there.

Mouthfeel was ok. A bit watery but the carbonation was nice. very crisp, a little light though.

This is a good beer if your in the mood for something different.

oldpinecone, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nicely hazy, golden-amber body capped by a little under two fingers of whitish head that features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Perfumy, floral, and fruity notes up front, with some pale malt and very mild hops underneath. Reminiscent of a particularly flowery Witbier.

Taste: Floral and apricot-like notes over a lightly toasted and ever so slightly chocolaty pale malt body. There's a bit of light bitterness from the hops keeping everything in check, but not much. Kind of similar to an apricot yogurt at times. It finishes with drying hops and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Nicely refreshing on a summer's day and rather sessionable (if this is your cup of tea).

Verdict: #9 is a solid little fruity refresher. Sure, it's nothing groundbreaking, but it's still interesting enough to get me interested in what else these guys brew up.

BeanBone, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of ralree
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy yellow with a white head. No lacing, decent retention.

S: Rather terrible, like rice beer. Strong wheat malt and some hops, but not much. Slightly fruity.

T: Apricots like crazy with a little hop backing. Yeasty wheat malt is a little annoying, and the aftertaste is all bread.

M: Over-carbonated, like soda. Light-bodied. Non-astringent. Should be more syrupy.

D: Hard to drink - very fizzy. Better than lots of cheap domestic beers, but nothing to rave about.

ralree, Aug 28, 2009
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 4,944 ratings.