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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,484 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,484
Reviews: 1,562
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 34
Gots: 308 | 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 HausBrewer


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

Appearance: Clear amber color with a finger of head that disappears with some lacing as I drank.

Smell: Orange citrus
Taste: Sweet, with a lot of fruitiness. As the beer warms I get some grapefruit along with the occasional taste of hops.

Mouthfeel: A nice smooth mouthfeel with some tingle from the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a solid, very drinkable beer. Its too bad I only have one.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 16:13:06 | More by HausBrewer
Photo of jdg204


4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bad boy in it's hometown of Burlington, VT (a great place to try some local brews).

Appearance - Nice golden color with a decent white head, nothing spectacular here.

Smell - Very nice (but not overpowering) floral/fruit smell mixed very nicely with some light expected ale spices.

Taste - The uniqueness of the flavor is definetly what sets this brew apart. A nice raspberry/ apricot flavor come through but unlike most crappy fruit beers, don't overpower the pale ale's natural flavors. Extremely well balanced and unlike anything else I've had.

Mouthfeel - The consistency of the texture if very nice and the aftertaste is very pleasant due to the fruit notes.

Drinkability - Don't let the fruit beer label fool you, this is one bad brewhaha. The label is correct, it's completely unique and unlike anything I've ever had. Rather than trying to make a beer more fruity for non-beer lover's this one uses the fruits natural flavors in an aweomse beer, can't recommend this one enough for those looking for something original.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2007 03:18:20 | More by jdg204
Photo of Alkey


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured a clear golden color with large white head the leaves some spots of lace around the glass. The smell of this brew is very fruity almost like a fruit cup cocktail with the little cherries and peaches. The taste however seems rather watery with light flavors of apricot and thats about all. The feel has a tingle of carbonation and is light. This beer is very easy to drink but mostly because it has very little flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 12:54:15 | More by Alkey
Photo of Seanish


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

This is probably the third time I've bought a 12 pack of these but the first time I've really tried to figure out what I thought about this beer (besides the fact that I liked it)...

#9 has a very nice appearance, the beer is gold in color, I wouldn't call it dark so much as deep, and very clear. Drinking from the bottle I would have guessed darker. After pouring it has a small foaming head that dissipated pretty quick, with a strand of foam clinging to the sides and a flat cloud on the top of the beer.

The smell is the weakest part of this beer, it doesn't lend to the taste like you would expect. It has an almost sanitizer quality that I don't find pleasant but it doesn't keep me away.

Taste is where #9 shines. It has a great balance between light fruitiness with the apricot essence and the hops which take over the tail end of a sip. It is a wonderful transition between the tastes as well, this beer flows smooth. Mouthfeel wise it also shines, it has the right amount of carbonation coupled with a well blended taste.

This is a session beer to me. It has the perfect amount of balance with a twist. I never even knew I liked apricots. Do yourself a favor and give this beer a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 04:31:04 | More by Seanish
Photo of therica


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

I'd reviewed this, on-tap about half a year ago, and although I rated it 4-3-3-3-3 I wasn't all that impressed, probably because of over-carbonation in the on-tap serving.

I'm on my 3rd bottle of this here at home, now, and enjoying it.

A- Huge near-white foamy sudsy head that stays for a long time, eventually pooling and also clinging to the sides of the glass stein all the way to where it began.

S- Less impressed with the smell, reminds me of starch like on laundry or something. Still, interesting and a bit fruity. [ADDED 8/29/2008- actually rather impressive in this batch, noticeable watermelon-strawberry traits, nice]

T- Very nice, moderately bittered hops with fruits, light sweetness of honey, what reminds me of apple-cider [depending on age] as well as some other fruity-ness. [ADDED 8/29/2008- actually rather impressive in this batch, noticeable watermelon-strawberry traits, nice]. Very nice bready malts.

M- clean, with some residual bitters, probably more bitters in the aftertaste than during the drinking.

D- very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 01:42:26 | More by therica
Photo of ohnoitsthefuzz

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this directly from the bottle, having no glassware available, during a drinking session. I started sober and drank only #9 the whole night, so I jotted down a few notes in case I ended up getting a little sloshed later on. #9 has an enticing apricot odor (being an apricot infused ale, that should sorta be expected) and a great overall character. The taste is at first smooth and sweet, with the fruit character coming to the front, and then as the taste progresses, the small hoppiness comes to the front and balances it with a light bitter flavor in the end. There appears to be little aftertaste to this beer. Mouthfeel is unremarkable, but satisfying. Honestly, I put down five bottles of this before I realized it, its that easy to drink. Personally, this is one of my favorites if I need an inexpensive but quality beer for the evening. I've even had people who refuse to drink any kind of beer tell me they love #9. Definately a good call.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 11:24:11 | More by ohnoitsthefuzz
Photo of veech


2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was just not overly impressed with this beer. Magic Hat is newly available in NC, and my brother picked up a 6'er to try.
The appearance was demure enough nothing outstanding nothing wrong either. The smell hinted of dried fruit and was just plain odd, and particularly appetizing. Taste was sweet with a strange apricot finish, not very tasty. Mouthfeel was fine, but the fruity aftertaste ruined it for me. No. 9, like most other fruit/veg beers, is not going to get much love from me. I would have to assume that Magic Hat produces much better options than this one. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 19:40:36 | More by veech
Photo of jhicks12


2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pour a yellow and bubbly with an unimpressive head

Smell: I picked up bit of apricot and fruit and really nothing else

Taste: average taste not as much apricot as i would have thought really just bland

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin and bubbly fizzy not what i was expecting

Drinkability: Very unoffensive and not that much flavor. Kinda bland session beer that speaks to the masses...i hope magic hats other offerings are stronger

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 14:38:25 | More by jhicks12
Photo of foureyedgeek


2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of santoslhalper.

Pours a clear straw color with a small white head that falls to a ring of foam and little bit of bubbles.

Smells of dried apricots but also kind of like soap or perfume, as well as a little leather(?).

Taste is sweet and of course fruity, as well as a cereal sort of graininess. Its interesting, but I'm not really sure that I like it.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, its crisp and kind of bubbly.

Drinkability isn't too bad either, but really this one is just too different. Its not bad, but its just plain odd. I'm glad I tried it, just for something new, but I really won't be seeking it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 03:37:35 | More by foureyedgeek
Photo of beerphan


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

12oz bottle -> pilsner glass
notched best buy APR 07

Pours a golden orange with a small frothy head that leaves behind some decent sheeted lace. Carbonation appears robust througout.

Nose: Sweet fruits along with some faint floral notes.

Taste: Sweet, crisp and clean. No flavors seem to shine but the balance of sweet malts, fruity esters and subtle hop combine nicely. Some banana flavors as well. Mild hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouth is crisp and semi-dry.

A nice fruity beer for the spring/summer season, so why am i drinking this in late January??

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 00:55:45 | More by beerphan
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I first tried this at the Philly Airport last summer and I was NOT impressed- bad taplines? Maybe, but here we go with a fresh bottle.

Poured into my white ceramic pint glass, I believe it was more on the pale to darker golden color. Thin film of foamy head formed.
Aroma- a touch of sweet malt, hardly any hop aromas present.
Taste & Mouthfeel-Nice carbonation, very little hop flavor but some malt sweetness, a touch of caramel flavor, and there is this subtle sweetness, almost metallic. It is not bad but just odd. A good froth releases some nice citrus flavors and creates a much nicer finish. Magic Hat creates good beers, this one just does not make a spalsh for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 16:15:10 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of Atron67


3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got it in a magic hat variety pack i picked up for the weekend
poured in a pint glass from a bottle.
Not much head with a medium pour
decent smell, apricot and some other slight fruit smells.
a decent taste but a overly sweet finish
a good medium bodied mouthfeel
a decent beer but a little overly sweet, better with food than for sitting around drinking one after another

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 03:21:56 | More by Atron67
Photo of barondebourgogne


2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale tangerine color. Quick to head but dissapates even quicker. Crystal clear.

Fruity, dried apricot nose. Some lingering malt sweetness on the edges.

Tastes fruity, finishes metallic with some hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel starts astringent and dry on the tonque with a chalky finish.

I am burping apricots. I suppose it is a refreshing summer alternative to a pale ale. The apricots flavoring is not authentic and lacks some dimension. Overall an OK brew and a fun one to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 03:09:33 | More by barondebourgogne
Photo of alexskovan

New York

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

Poured pale orange with a coarse white head that dropped to a quarter-inch at once. Strong smell of raspberry preserves. Taste was grainy raspberry seeds balanced with citrusy hops. Light and dry finsh keeps the overall effect from being cloying.

I'm not usually one for fruited beer, but this one isn't overdone.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 19:51:46 | More by alexskovan
Photo of jmc44


4/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not being a big fan of fruit beers, I have been putting off giving this one a try for a while. However, last night at a restaurant with rather limited beer choices, I figured I'd give it a go.

Appearance is a slightly hazy golden color. Prominent white head that recedes quickly. A fine lacing remains.

The aroma is fruity, resulting from the apricot, but is not overpowering.

Taste is the same, a light fruity apricot with perhaps a bit of pear, a slight hint of sweet, but thin, malt. Dry and crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, light. A very drinkable beer; the fruit is not overwhelming as with many fruit-beer styles; and therefore the light and cripsness of this brew makes it very drinkable.

Generally, one of the best all-around fruit beers I have had. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 22:31:24 | More by jmc44
Photo of billybob


4.97/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a opaque gold with a one inch head that holds fairly well and nice lacing to the finish. smell is very fruity. taste, apricot and pears. mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly sweet very well balanced. magic hat hit the nose on this one, just a great tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 23:40:52 | More by billybob
Photo of jwc215


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

Had on-tap at The Fox and the Hound in Edison, NJ.

Pours copper with nice head that diminishes and sticks around.

The smell is of soft apricot.

The taste is of soft apricot - not overwhelming - but present. A sweet maltiness gives it some body with a hint of balancing, bitter, earthy hops in the finish. Fresh apricot remains, but not strong.

I had this a while back and wasn't so impressed. Glad that I started off with this while watching the football games. Easy to drink and refreshing. This is rated according to style (as it should be)- Can't see myself getting this with any regularity, but for an American fruit beer, it holds up well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2007 21:54:31 | More by jwc215
Photo of wagenvolks


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

Looks alot like pineapple juice with head and carbonation when poured, very golden-brown and filtered. There is a good amount of white head that is well retained. The aroma is fuckin' fruity. Sweet pineapple fragrance up front followed by peach, grape, and apricot. Very fragrant, my mouth is watering.

Sadly, the taste does not dazzle like the aroma. I taste a wheaty, non-significant beer with all the fruit from the aroma left to the aftertaste. "The essence of apricot" is brewed with this beer and the taste is just that...the bare essentials. The mouthfeel is light and bubbly, very palate friendly. I could drink this beer all night, a very social beer and beginners will think they are being adventurous if they have one (omfg, i'm not drinking a budweiser!).

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 23:30:00 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of notoriousdav


4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours and very light amber, almost like a lager. Nice creamy white head, not a lot of retention though. Smell is all about the apricots, and while I never really enjoy fruit beers, this one works for some reason. Taste is just a enough apricot to balance with the hops. For some reason, it stays nice dry on the end, very crisp and refreshing, which is also weird for a fruit beer. The apricot really seems to be in balance with all of the other ingredients and almost accentuates some of the more common elements found in pale ales. This beer really works well, and that's coming from a guy that that's not too in to this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 16:50:41 | More by notoriousdav
Photo of qcitydarkstar

North Carolina

2.15/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Methodologically, I’m rather torn on how to proceed with this review. The bottle refers to this concoction as a “not quite pale ale,” leading me to believe it is some sort of altered pale ale. Personally, this is a fruit beer…and a rather chemically one at that…so I cannot decide how to approach this. I will do my best to be objective about this fruit beer.

Pours a frothy white head, approximately two fingers in depth and appears golden blonde, but murky (almost like a hefeweizen) without particulates. The head decays into a white rim with sticky lacing as evidence of its previous existence. The initial scent is chemical sweetness, almost like a foreign citrus soda…ersatz apricot in this case. Sipping this beer immediately confirms this suspicion—chemicals and lots of them. Was any real fruit actually used in this beer? The aftertaste clings like a soda but without the carbonated effervescence.
If one was to disregard the fruit taste at all, the beer has the basic tongue feeling of a light lager. I’m having a hard time even calling this one beer. Alco-pop. Bad cider. Something seriously wrong here. I’m not going to flunk this beer only because it is technically not a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 07:14:14 | More by qcitydarkstar
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First time I've seen anything by Magic Hat on draft in NC. Since it's not my favorite style, I'll do my best to comment versus it's BA style description:

A generic form of flavored beer, some breweries actually use real fruit or veggies, though most use an extract, syrup or processed flavor to give the effect of a particular fruit or vegetable--not sure what is used here but definitely has that fruit plus corn flavor and smell that changes to fresh hops near the finish.

Usually ales, but with not much ale character to them and commonly unbalanced. Malt flavor is typically hidden with a low hop bitterness to allow the fruit or vegetable to dominate--do notice a bit of hops and little malt character.

Worth trying but for me, not worth buying again anytime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2006 02:31:23 | More by Backer2004
Photo of schoolcb


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle delivered to me directly from the brewery by family. Pours a dark yellow, with a big white creamy head, slighlty hazy. Aroma of malt, and barely a hint of apricot. Flavor is malt, a hint of apricot, and balanced well against the hop bitterness (no hop flavor). Well carbonated. Overall a nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 21:32:09 | More by schoolcb
Photo of HopDerek


4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange color with a tall, white, fast fading head and little lacing. Smells are primarily apricot, citrus, sweet caramel, and some pine. Taste is primarily apricot with some other fruit sweetness like apples and grapefruit. Dry hoppy finish. Medium in body and carbonation. Good well balanced mixture of fruit and hops. A very good session beer, especially in the warm summer months.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 01:23:07 | More by HopDerek
Photo of JayQue


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

Pours an orange color with a nice sized white head that fades fast. Minimal lacing. Faint hops aroma. The taste is pretty good, apricot and mild hops. I thought the slogan on the bottle was accurate, it seemed like a pale ale wannabee but lighter and with a more watery mouthfeel and less hops bite.

In all, it is a pretty pleasant tasting beer, but nothing exceptional. There is nothing keeping it from being a very adequate session beer, especially for warmer weather. If I was just having one or two to sip and savor, I would rather have a good APA or IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 00:23:46 | More by JayQue
Photo of tcfishler


2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Moderately cloudy amber-tinted orange. Offwhite head makes a brief appearance.

Soft, simple, inviting but dry nose that suggests apricots and flowers.

Initial flavor replicates aromas but then diffuses disappointingly fast, becoming watery and almost flavorless, leading to a very halfheartedly bitter finish.

Not much going on in this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 19:56:33 | More by tcfishler
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,484 ratings.