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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,080 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,080
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 53
Gots: 645 | 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 armock
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is very fruity with an apricot nose

T - Tastes just like it smell like drinking carbonated apricot juice

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this really isn't a bad beer I just don't get all that excited over fruit beers but it has a decent taste that works so if you like light refreshing fruit beers give it a shot

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

The bottle cap reads, "if Jerry were here, we'd buy him a beer".

This beer pours a golden orange-ish color with a thick white head that quickly disappears and leaves a light lacing. It has a yeasty but fruity smell. This is a beer that tastes good anytime but especially during the warmer months. It's more refreshing than filling. It goes down smooth, there's no bitterness only a fruity (almost apple like although it's actually apricot) flavor.

Photo of vdread
2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Magic Hat #9 was left at my house after a party. this seems to be the ubiquitous high school/college party girl drink for some reason.

#9 pours a very clear yellow with tons of bubbles, but only a very slight head that soon reduces to nothing.

smells are initially very fruity. a very sharp apricot taste rules. some slightly bready malt aromas linger.

the maltiness does come out a bit more in the taste, but unfortunately, it is drowned out by the overbearing fruit. some breadiness, doughiness is most apparent. the hop note is slight, yet sharply floral, and easily missed.

this brew delivers a blast of apricot with each sip along with a sick-sweetness that makes it hard to drink.

mouthfeel OK. well carbonated, and does a good job of scrubbing the tongue after each sip, leaving hints of bready malt(more apparent in the aftertaste than in the actual taste). ends slightly dry.

i had one or two of these the other night, after a few Torpedoes of course, and thought it didn't taste too bad. upon fresh review, i find this beer to be difficult unless you really like the apricot taste, or are a fan of fruit beers that are more fruit than beer.

Photo of jwinship83
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a clear mostly golden with a hint of amber colored body. a small bright white head sits on top.

S- not much here. faintly of apricot. a little bit of grainy malts.

T- the taste is alot like the smell, unfortunately. lots more apricot than i could smell but still not very strong. grainy cereal malts.

M- light bodied and heavily carbonated.

D- not really my thing. this seems to be for those who dont really like beer but want something outside of the typical BMC choices.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first offering from Magic Hat.
Poured into a standard pint.
Very weak looking beer. The color is a decent golden amber, but there was next to no head and zero retention. I even poured the beer fairly vigorously. No lacing, just a miniscule ring of foam around the edge of the glass.
The aroma is sweet and fruity, as expected, with apricots on the nose and biscuity tones in the background. Nothing too special.
The taste is a sweet a crisp English style pale ale, spiked with a candy like apricot essence, and a very dry finish.
Overall, I didn't care too much for this brew. I can't see myself seeking this one out again.

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

12 oz poured into pint glass

A: Pale orange gold brew, topped with a sticky white head, decent lace

S: Sweet citrusy fruit, oh its apricot! light barley malt

T: Rush of mild crystal hops, apricot finish on top of mild roasts, pale

M: Mild bitterness, medium bodied

Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bubbly apple juice. Very very active, but not like soda. Good foam. Not much else to note.

Smell: Smells like spiced apples. Nice and pleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Once again, spiced apples. Extremely refreshing. A lot like English cider in my opinion.

Drinkability: Like apple juice.

Overall: I know I'm a broken record with the apple juice bit, but that's really what this tastes like. My favorite fruit beer.

Photo of Ezone024
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden color with lots of carbonation and a rubyish hue to it.

Non aromatic head, small pale malt with a little fruit aroma, if i didnt know it was apricot i wouldn't have placed it.

taste is average pale and the apricot is not overwhelming, which is key for this brew.

it does leave a nice bit of bitter hops on the tonugue along with the fruit, so the mouthfeel is nice and it's smooth and crisp so the drinkability is very easy and not obnoxiously acidic.

Photo of TtheGrey
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light Golden Color, Nice!

S - There is something in the smell, can't quite place it.

T - I thought this was a nice light mild flavored beer. Not too strong. but some nice flavors.

M - A bit of carbonation lingers, medium body in the mouth.

D - I find that I could put down quite of few of these. I think that with a mild body and flavor these would make for a good session beer.

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

Pours a golden amber with a big fluffy white head and a nice bit of lacing.

Smell is honey and crisp light hops with maybe a touch of grape.

The taste is even and clean. Same as the smell. Maybe slightly more grassy.

Mouthfeel is thin and lightly creamy. Semi sweet finish.

Good session beer.

A nice recently popularized beer. A good change of pace from the typical lighter sides of beer.

Photo of dstc
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a white head that falls to a minimal one. Very thin lace.

Artificial fruit aroma. Apricots and mild malt.

Sticky sweet apricot taste. A bit fake maybe. Decent malts in the background. Bit of a flowery medicine finish.

Thin and refreshing mouthfeel.

Average beer for me. Nicely made but not one I'll visit very often.

Photo of bturton
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. I wasn't sure what to expect, but had heard nothing but good things about it. The first impression I got from it was that it would have a fruity taste, as that is what the aroma implies, on that note I would have to say I was somewhat disappointed as it didn't taste fruity at all. tThe mouthfeel wasn't anything special from what I have experienced with other Pale Ales. It was very drinkable, and I look forward to finishing the 6 pack that I have sitting in my fridge.

Photo of Overlord
2.21/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light orange-ish gold. Gigantic foamy head.

Smells ... hmmm. Well, it smells faintly of flowers, and lightly of .... nectarines? Grapefruit? Not sure. Other people say apricot, but I can't put my finger on it.

Taste is pretty bad. Not sure what they were going for here. There's an acrid, almost dirt/soap taste to it. Little to no hop or fruit content. Bad aftertaste.

Too thin.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat #9 -- "not quite pale ale". 11.2 oz.

Pale orange with a foamy weathered yellow head of about 1.5".

Dried apricots, cotton candy, short bread -- an interesting combo.

Very fruity and a touch herbal. Lemon really stands out, backed by some apricot or peach. The dry malts really fall flat -- cloying and heavy in all the wrong ways. Minor hop presence. Finishes dry with a massive wave of vegetable-like sweetness. Not what I was hoping for, but interesting the first time.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Medium to light-bodied. Probably a bit under-carbonated. I think it has something interesting to offer, but I won't be coming back for round 2 anytime soon.

Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From 4/9/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a straw/golden color with one finger of white head with little retention. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus fruits, tropical fruits, and hints of sourness and malts.

t - Taste is again fruit. Some citrus and tropical fruit flavors, and some hops/bitterness on the end.

m - High carbonation and light to medium body.

d - This is one of my girlfriend's favorite beers, but doesn't do it for me. It's easy to drinkg and you could have a few of them, but I wouldn't really want to.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear strawish yellow color from the bottle into a tumbler. Ample head that laces well. Crisp fruity smell with some grassiness. Flavor is similar with a fruitiness that leads followed by the grassy flavors. Feels good and crisp, a nice drinking summer-time ale.

Photo of BigBry
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have heard the name #9 alot, but this was the first time I had seen it available.
Draft served in simple pint glass.
Clear, copper gold color with a short cap of head. Foam quickly shrunk to a thin ring, no lacing to speak of. Fruity and sweey smell with some flowery hops. Also a bit of wheat-like aroma present. Subued pale ale / hop flavor with the sweet fruit coming out at the end. Orange (and as I discovered after) apricot.
Medium towards thin mouthfeel, but not watery. Good carbonation, dry finish. OK drinkability, might start to get overly sweet/cloying if you had too many.

Had no idea of what to expect prior. Checked the Magic Hat website to get more insite on this one after the fact - now it seems to make a bit more sense.

Photo of kneeland
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like it's only been around for a couple of years, and it's already an old classic. It's just one of those 'hey, this is a pretty good beer' beer. I really like it, and my girlfriend likes it, so it's a win win for my kegerator.

The color is great. It's what a beer is supposed to look like. You can definitely tell the difference between it and some domestic light beer. I will continue to drink #9

Photo of berpwillie
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy orange color, with about a finger width of very heavy head. mediocre lacing with a good bit of carbonation. good flavor but nothing too impressive here. used to love this beer when i mostly drank big beer names. but now that i've been enjoying the finer things beer has to offer, i'd say it's just an o.k. beer.

Photo of JoeMertens
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Great brew to enjoy on warm or hot days. Apricot aroma eclipses any malt or hops on the nose. Taste is predomanantly apricot/peach, with just a slight bite of hops in the finish. The clean malt helps to balance out the apricot. A great, simple, summer session beer for hot days.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 'mysterious' ale pours clear light golden color with a moderate bright white head that leaves just a few patches of lace. The aroma is moderate-low malt, slightly grainy, a bit sweet and rather fruity. No real hop detected in the nose. The flavor is moderately malty--kind of husky, fruity, a little sweetness, and a light hop bitterness/mild astringency. The carbonation and body are both medium. Overall a fairly well made brew, but the recipe is largely lacking. Some light malt flavor and light some grainy astringency, any fruit presence is not differentiable from yeasty esters. Spend your money elsewhere.

Photo of danadeny
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I swear they recenty changed the recepie to include more appricot and a hint less hops. This is the easy drinking beer in the magic hat portfolio. Smells fruity of appricot, hint of pineapple. Overall bananced flavor if fruit, hops and a corn husk flavor I detect in a lot of fruit beers. Drinkability is high because of it's easy going nature. Forgive spelling errors, reviewed from iPhone, desperate for BA app.

Photo of lester619
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange. Very thin head and no lacing. Smell is rather odd. Slightly sweet, grassy, fresh cut hay. Surprisingly little apricot smell. It really doesn't taste all that fruity considering it has apricots in it. The taste is alright. Starts out crisp and sweet, but turns off somehow. The bitterness just doesn't seem to work well with the other flavors. If I didn't know that fruit was added, I would say it's just a mediocre pale ale. Not great.

Photo of Bulkman
1.93/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a golden color with amber hues from a bomber into a goblet; yields a full one finger head. There is no lacing to speak of as it immediately drops after drinking.

This beer smells like dish soap, I am trying hard to find something else in it, but that is all I get. Ughh.

Once you get past the smell, it is actually not awful, but not even average either. Pretty bland with an artificial fruity taste.

It feels light on the tongue with a crisp, though not clean, finish. It's barely drinkable, and in fact, I am drain pouring the rest of my glass, as well as the rest of the bomber. Pass this one by, not recommended.

Photo of garymuchow
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Before the fruit kicks in there is a flat pale malt and yeast quality, which is okay, not bad, but nothing impressive either. Then the fruity somewhat extract of stawberry/raspberry appears. I find if just okay. I'm not offended, but not particularly delighted either.
Terrifically clear, amber with dense white head. Easy to watch the bubble rise.
Flavor emulates the aroma. Sort of a plain pale ale with minimal hops (slight bitterness and hop flavor) and a fruit flavor added. I don't mind the pale ale, I'm somewhat distracted by the fruit.
Drinks very easily. Light body and well balanced carbonation.
I'm not sure if I'd pick this over a MBC. It would be a close call.

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,080 ratings.