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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,149
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 56
Gots: 731 | 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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Ratings: 5,149 | Reviews: 1,628
Photo of Lauthaha
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
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
1.96/5  rDev -42.2%
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
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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
2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
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
4.6/5  rDev +35.7%
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
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
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
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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
2.24/5  rDev -33.9%
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
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
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
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of belgiumbud
4.23/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Bill and Fitch's in a Cheers goblet mug

Much lighter color than I was expecting that resembled something golden and straw-like

Not much head retention but I think the type of glass used here hindered that prospect but seemed very white and frothy and I think alot of the aroma had escaped before the beer had reached my hand

I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor...light, crisp, refreshing, hint of malt and stonefruit sweetness while the carbonation dries out your palate just in time for you to take another sip

It was a hit with my palate being how humid the Boston summer days seem to be...I wish I had time to enjoy another but I needed to catch a bus...

Photo of birchstick
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear piss yellow with a small head

S - smells of grainy malts and some wheat and something sweet

T - taste follows the nose. Grainy malts are mixed with some fruity flavors. This is a little weird tasting...it is trying to be a fruit beer with tasting like an off pilsener.

M - creamy mouthfeel and good body

D - this is an interesting beer. Fruity and light. Nothing too special but good to try nonetheless.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A-Pretty straightforward pale little more yellow than copper, but a nice 1 finger head that lingers around the edge and laces pretty well

S-Very sweet and you notice the aprocot right away. Also some grassy hop undertones with some sweeter malts

T-Ive said a few times upon drinking this beer they nailed the grey area right between a wheat and a pale. Its extremely refreshing and will be a staple in my fridge thru the hot winter months. Sweet but not overbearing with a slight aprocot middle and nice suprisgy hoppy finish that leaves a slight amount of bitterness on the palate.

M-Little overcarbonated but only barely, mouth is thin to medium very close but isnt watery at all

D-This is where this one shines the brightest easy to drink very refreshing and the price is very right!

Photo of bourbonbock
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle of this into a clean glass. It poured quickly with a little head and lots of large carbonation bubbles.

A. Looks very clear with a white foam head that sneaks up the side of the glass.

S. Apparently that smell is apricots. I'm not sure since I don't eat too many of them but I smell wheat and some florals.

T. Slightly fruity and herbal with sweet undertones. Strange flavor but very good presentation. I don't taste too many hops but a slightly bitter aftertaste is present.

D. I could have a few of these but after that I would want some real beer and would need to pass on these.

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

Single bottle picked up on a recommendation at ABC liquors in Tampa.

A light copper brew, with a thin white head, leaving a slight, but steady ring.

Nose is honey, floral, apricot, with a light hop backing.

The flavor of the brew is quite nice, very fresh, but a bit one-sided. Notes of peach, apricot, vanilla, honey, flowers. Smooth, but a little sweet. A dry, slightly bitter finish.

Medium body and carbonation.

A decent fruit beer, but after about halfway through the bottle I was done with it. A touch too sweet, which hampers its drinkability.

Photo of jpoder
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: slightly hazy with nice dense head that holds pretty well

s: apricot...in case you didn't know. I get little else perhaps a touch of hop and hay, but not much. apricot is unique and iinteresting

t: more apricot.

m: little watery/light body.

d: this is refreshing on a hot day, but perhaps a bit sweet. like the apricot as something different.

Photo of tbeckett
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Medium carbonation. One finger of loose, soapy white head that dissipates quite fast but leaves nice lacing. Golden colour.

S - Apricots. Smells like those tropical fruit shampoos. Quite nice.

T - Malts, lot's of apricot and the finish is all apricot. Really sweet.

M - You can feel the carbonation in the mouth. Light bodied.

D - Couldn't have more than one of these. Flavour is interesting at first but after one I feel like the sweetness and carbonation would get to me. Good for one though.

Photo of darkmartin
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours to a see-through golden brown with a large, fluffy white head. Thin layer of lacing.

Smell: Smells floral, hints of apricot.

Taste: All apricot up front, with a pleasant, hoppy, toasted grain finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly watery beer in which the alcohol taste is almost undetectable. Very little carbonation.

Drinkability: The apricot flavor is a little unique, and not for me. However, the finish redeems it a little bit. Overall it is fairly easy to drink, although I'm not sure I could tolerate the apricots longer than a beer or two.

Photo of gboy515duo
4.39/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#9 on tap at Jacoby's in Detroit Michigan. I was kinda scared to stray into what kind of local beer they had there, because this place was kinda pricey...

A goldenrod almost amber cloudy body with lacing and about 1 inch of head. Smells of mostly apricot and plum. There is an extreme lavender smell that resonates from this one. Smooth, hardly any carbonation what so ever, has a very floral, upfront fruit taste, and bitterness is minimal.

Overall, this is easier to drink than the bottled counterpart, in my opinion, but it is also fruitier.

Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly dies down. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of apricots in the nose along with some notes of pale malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather fruity with flavors of apricots but isn't completely overpowering or overly sweet. The hops contribute a faint amount of bitterness to the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate. The beer is very smooth and has a clean finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink; I would consider having this beer again from time to time because of its unique flavor.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,149 ratings.