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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: 733 | 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 uustal
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orangey-amber color with a fairly non-existent head. Same can be said about the lacing. Very toasty smell, some apricot as well. Taste follows. Sweet apricot, peach and citrus flavors off the bat. Then a lot of toasted grain flavor caps off the beer. High carbonation.

Photo of Verticalgambit
1.98/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange/Amber in color with somewhat cloudy in glass.

Poured with almost no head.

Smell is mild floral and malty with a little fruit.

I can definitely taste the apricot with a little acidic after taste.

Overall not my favorite beer, but I can see how my people would like this beer. It really could be sensational with someone that is not in to super hoppy beers.

Photo of geryeb624
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with best by Sept. 10 notched.

A- Pours a golden amber with smooth white head.

S- Fruity apricot dominates the smell with a slight medicinal note. Some maltiness peers through as well.

T- Fruity and a bit bitter up front, with some maltiness in the finish. The medicinal character comes through a bit in the flavor as well.

M- Very nice, smooth and a slightly rich/creamy. Works quite well. Decently carbonated as well.

D- Quite drinkable, could have several of these fairly easily.

Not my favorite fruit beer or my favorite "pale ale" in the world, but an interesting combo of the two styles. Pretty tasty brew, and very refreshing.

Photo of wcintula
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a regular pint, there was 0 head. The beer was poured to the very top of the glass. The color of the beer was a mixture of those on the label, a very light amberish-orange with lots of carbonation clinging to the glass. It smells faintly of apricot with a similar taste profile with a few malts thrown in. Sip. Burp. Sip. Burp. Very gassy, sharp carbonation on the tongue. A very "average" beer, I'd continue to drink if nothing else were around.

Photo of ryolz
2.62/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: light golden orangish color, head very unimpressive large bubbles,

Aroma: strong malty flavor nothing else

Taste: slightly acidic, light bodied, no finish, slight veggie flavor

my beer might have been flat slightly but not a bad beer to fruity and veggie flavored for me

Photo of Bestein
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is very original. The Magic Hat Brewing Company is clearly good at marketing their different types of beer. The beer itself is hazy.

Smell is that of a normal tasting beer with a hint of plum, barely noticeable though. If I didn't know this was a plum beer, I wouldn't be able to tell what it was.

The beer starts out pretty smooth and drifts into a small taste of plum. After the plum flavor, the taste becomes slightly bitter.

The Mouthfeel is not too bad. It's not overly carbonated and feels just about right.

This beer is drinkable mostly because the sweet plum taste of the beer triumphs the bitter tang at the end of each sip. I'm so glad they brought this beer to Alabama just recently.

Photo of BostonBrewins
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden. Not much of a head, but the remnants of it stick around.

S - Nose is a bit faint, apricot notes are at the forefront. Bready too.

T - Just like the nose, apricots flavor and bready. The notes are too muted. Not quite enough flavor.

M - Feels good on the mouth. Moderate carbonation, maybe a bit too light.

D - Very drinkable, a good beer to slam on a warm summer day, but not a whole lot of flavor.

Photo of hopstradamus
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A. Pours a mostly clear, bright golden color with a slight haze. Pours with about 1 inch of thick, fluffy foam that settles into about 1/4 inch head that lasts.

S. The nose is a dry, bready sweetness along with hints of apricot, mango, and peaches. A dry hop aroma is present, but understated.

T. A bready, biscuit-like malt backbone with an overlying fruit taste- it's kind of like an old, stale Coors Original with a cheap apricot extract. I have had worse beers, but not many.

M. Light bodied, lighter than I expected for a "not quite pale ale."

D. I am glad I tried this, so I will no longer have to wonder if I will like it...I don't!

Photo of jporf911
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with freshness date notched onto the label. "Find a Cure in the Soup du Jour" under the cap; if the soup du jour is beer, then I'm happy to search!

Appearance- 4 out of 5. Bright but hazy golden yellow with hints of orange in the center; pours with a decent one finger head that is extremely fizzy, matching the carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. The head fades fairly quickly but leaves a good bit of thin lacing.

Smell- 3.5 out of 5. The smell is rather weak, with hints of apricot, buttery bread (fresh buttery biscuits, to be descriptive), and a bit of mildly spicy yeast.

Taste- 4 out of 5. The first sip is a bit of a pleasant surprise. The first upfront taste is of apricots, light malt, and bready yeast. For something that's almost a Pale Ale, I expected a lot more citrus, but this beer tastes good without it. There are undertones of spice, but this beer isn't very complex. Delicious, but not complex. It finishes with crisp, tingly hops on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. I reiterate what I said about it being crisp and tingly; that feeling lingers for a little while after swallowing. The overall body is light and smooth.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. Overall, this is a well-rounded beer. It's not particularly deep or complex, but it hits the spot on a hot Summer day and goes down so easily that one could consume a lot of these in a short amount of time. If you want a Pale Ale-esque beer without the heavy citrus and hops, give this a shot.

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

Poured a golden yellow with orange highlights that had a half finger of head and left good bubbly lacing on the glass. The nose was was fairly simple consisting of most malts that had apricot accents and faint spice and hop notes. Upfront the malts were dominate on the taste but the apricots were a lot more potent which had a nice hop bite. The beer was light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation that had a fruity and slight bitter finish. Very drinkable light beer that one could enjoy on a hot day poolside.

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

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very light yellow with a small white head that fades quickly, no lacing. Nose is really light and fruity, all apricot.

The taste is just lie the nose, all apricot. Its not a great beer but it was the first craft beer I ever had, so to me it tastes like college which I think is cool. Mouthfeel is light but quite easy drinking.

Photo of lou50rp
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it has a nice orangey color. Not a lot of carbonation. Little head or lacing.
Very mild smell of apricots
Strong taste of apricots. little malt or hops. Note of spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel is good.
It is a very drinkable beer for a hot summer's day. The cold apricot taste goes down really easily and the ABV makes it a good session ale. One of my favorite summer ales.

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

A: light straw, noticeable carbonation bubbles, thin head.

S: hints of a spicy yeast character and tons of apricot aroma

T/M: Apricots dominate the palate. The Apricot flavor is much stronger on tap than in the bottle, really overwhelms everything else. Not a lot of hop or malt flavors. Decently carbonated, crisp finish.

D: It's definitely sessionable, and I do enjoy it, but there really isn't a lot going on here- the apricot flavor is really the only thing noteworthy. Not something I would want in the cooler months, but can hit the spot on a nice summer day.

Photo of bozebus17
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear gold in the pint glass. There is a small white head that sticks around at the edges.

The aroma is very malt dominated. I smell a nice breadiness, and I detect hints of the apricot in the nose. This is a very strong smelling brew.

Upon taking a sip, malt seems to dominate. Flavors of bread hit first, followed by a hint of the added fruit. I can't really taste any hops to speak of, but the beer is nicely balanced.

The beer does not seem be very carbonated; that, along with the wheat give it a very creamy mouthfeel. The smoothness paired with the relatively low ABV make this a very drinkable brew.

This is the first time I purchased this beer outside of the occasional #9 at the bar. Overall it is a solid, albeit unimpressive brew. In the future if it isn't on sale as it was today I would probably pass it up for a worthier pint.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Our waiter had trouble describing to us why this beer was located in the "fruit" category, but my wife and I decided to share one anyways. Orange color, surprisingly dark, with a white cap that doesn't stick much. Fruity nose; maybe apricot, something like yogurt, and flowers. Tastes somewhat soapy/metallic along with the bouquet of field flowers. Definitely seems like a wheat beer with fruit juices added, we thought maybe peach, apricot, mango. Not too great all around, and the thin and boring mouthfeel and finish are an apropos way for this beer to go out.

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

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden amber color. 1 1/2 fingers of head that gives way to a little bit of lacing.

S: Strong fruity smell - reminds me of a Purple Haze. I guess this is what apricots smell like. Nice sweet malt on the tail of the smell.

T: Sweet apricots in the taste. Also a light raspberry flavor here. Refreshing and light.

M: Crisp, light lager style feel. Moderate to high carbonation.

D: Good, light summer beer. A little sweet and fizzy to drink a ton of, but refreshing.

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

12 oz bottle to standard pint
Best by July '10

A: Pours honey gold with some orange hue building a 1.5-finger white forth head that was retained pretty well leaving spot lace on the top half of the glass.

S: Well no surprise, Apricots on the nose first with some bready notes.

T: Again, apricots out front with a decent crisp sweet grain finish. Other than a slight bitter that lingers hop character I felt was totally missing. As the session progressed the apricots disappeared giving way to earthy pale malt which gave a slightly stale character to the beer.

M: Light bodied and crisp with moderate to high carbonation with a medium dry finish.

D: A decent attempt here with the apricots. Not my favorite fruit but it works in this brew, especially on a hot summer day. Similar in character and design as several other Magic Hat brews.

Photo of zimm421
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, appears a golden orange color with a thin white head that didn't leave much lacing.

Smells of fruit, lots of apricot, and a little bit of grain. The taste is pretty laid-back, nothing impressive, but the apricot stands out very well. There is a little bit of spiciness in the finish, but not much beyond that.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, with an average amount of carbonation. This beer is fairly drinkable, especially on a hot evening. Not a top choice, but I can live with it if it's the best offering...

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

A: Nice foamy head and a very light golden body. Very clear with good carbonation.
S: It has a tart fruity scent with some hints of malt and hops.
T: It has a very malty beginning that finishes in a dry fruity way. It almost reminds me of an herbal tea of sorts.
D/M: Crisp and refreshing, decent beer to have in a pub. Goes down easy and tickles the tongue.

Photo of Shrews629
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden orange that was semi-cloudy. Very white slightly soapy head that was very small and dissipated very quickly.

Smell - Get some hops but nothing overpowering. Citrus and floral in the nose. Getting a hint of caramel and butter maybe?

Taste - Like everyone else I'm getting the apricot. Sort of a mild bread or biscuit flavor also. Small amount of bite at the end with only a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat thin, watery, crisp and smooth

Drinkability - Apricot is not my favorite type of flavor; I could have a few I guess, but not too many at one time. Definitely a spring and summer beer. This brew wasn't horrible, but not my favorite either.

Photo of jsprain1
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow, on the orange side, with a strong head on it.
S- smells of fruit, and some cereal note to it.
T- very much an apricot beer. a bit of malt and virtually no hop presence.
m- Crisp like an english pale should be, but it struck me as a little fizzy.
D- this beer is a tough one. if you compare it to other english pale ales, it isn't quite up to my standards. but if i go into it thinking "fruit beer," it actually ends up being a nice beer. a lot of times brewers lose the beer for the sake of the fruit. while apricot is the main actor here, it is not merely carbonated alcoholic fruit juice.
if nothing else, it wins points as a solid intro to craft beer.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#9 poured a nice amber color, with a small head. The smell and taste was very subtle. There were alot of apricot flavors and smell present. It wasnt to heavy, and none of the flavors were overpowering. A pretty easy beer to drink. Overall not a bad beer, nice for the summer, and I do not like apricots.

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

Seen this on tap for the first time here in Houston at a sports bar. It was on special for 3$ a pint, a great deal for sure.

A: I was dissapointed at first glance when the waitress brought it, I was expecting something less clear and darker. But there was enough lacing on the glass to know it was going to be decent at least.

S: Sweet and exotic, fruity. Not very hoppy smelling, which surprised me.

T: I was very impressed, I don't think I've had a beer that tasted similar to this. Fruity and slightly sweet, I usually hate beers like this but this one seems perfectly balanced. Not a lot of hops.

M: Average mouthfeel, similar to Sierra Nevada.

D: I could of had 6 or 7 of these no problem, mild but pleasant flavors make this a beer I would definitely order again. I could make a pitcher of this disappear fast.

Glad to see this being distributed down here now.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample bottle sent by Magic Hat Brewery for review

Appearance: This beer pours a a golden amber with a nice white head. A little lacing is present.

Smell: Whoa! Amazing apricot aroma. Very powerful apricot presence.

Taste: Huge apricot sweetness with a mild hop bitterness. To me it's apricot sweet in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is perfect for summertime. Nice crisp beer with hints of apricots. This beer has potential here in New Orleans if sold properly. I have a feeling it'll mostly be marketed to the ladies.

Photo of RobertTh3Texian
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale ale look to it. Lots of apricot and sweet smells on this one. I have tasted a beer like this before. What was it...I can't place it. It wasn't Aprihop. much more flavour in that. Apricot and fruit on the palette and almost a syrup quality to it. I would not buy too many of these but its not bad.

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