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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,453
Reviews: 1,562
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 32
Gots: 290 | FT: 0
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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 wingman14


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a frothy white head that fades quickly. A very sweet and fruity smell (apricot, tangerine) hits immediately, with a definite hop presence. The hop aroma fades with the head leaving just the strong sweet smell. The taste is much better, the sweet takes a back seat to a small hop presence that is subtle as well. The aftertaste leaves you with an apricot flavor and a stronger hop presence. The body is light and refreshing, with a great balance of flavor, and good carbonation. These are easy drinkers, tasty and light. A good beer worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 03:29:09 | More by wingman14
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer at the beach over the summer. Was expecting an American-pale-aleish type of beer, but was pleasantly surprised by the nice dose of sweet that came through. It was a good addition of apricot/peach flavor that was not at all too sticky sweet. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but I could drink a few of these and not be in a state of sugar shock. Interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 02:35:11 | More by alysmith4
Photo of sacfly


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

12oz, drink by November 2006notched.
Pours a clear yellow color with a huge head of large white bubbles. Aroma is all apricot. Taste is all apricot. Glad I like apricots, but I also like beer qualities. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Apricot is not overwhelming, but is predominant. OK, but I’m not into it. As far as the goal of the beer is concerned, I think they hit their mark. This one was left over from a party we had. I guess it could change BMC drinkers perceptions on what beer is?

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 21:11:22 | More by sacfly
Photo of psinderson


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear, light copper with the remnants of a once white head.

Smell: Definite apricot aroma, but not overwhelming.

Taste: The apricot flavor is well blended with a mild background of hops. A slight caramel flavor is present as well.

Mouthfeel: Nothing spectacular, light to medium body.

Drinkability: Some find it hard to down a sweet fruit beer, but this better than most. The apricot is not too intrusive.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2006 14:55:30 | More by psinderson
Photo of SteveO1231


2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown bottle with a pink and orange # 9 logo. No fresh date. Pours a light copper with a very thin white layer of bubbles, thin spider webbed lacing. Lots of fast moving carbonation. Aroma of pale malts, apricots, and buttered popcorn. Light bodied and a thin texture. Faint sweetness, with a grain husk bitterness. Some fruity tones. Hop profile is very faint but finishes a bit grassy. Overall kind of boring, for as often as I see it on tap around town I am not entirely blown away.


Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 04:50:03 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of unclecrappy


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat's beers just started showing up in Pittsburgh, so even though I've already tasted #9 a few years ago, I jumped at the chance to have a glass last night at the Sharp Edge.

A: Copper to almost red. Thinner head, cream-colored, that faded fairly quickly.

S: Probably the most interesting aspect of the beer. Pretty fruity for a pale ale, some yeast, ...

T: Good, but not great, I don't mind fruit beers that are well-balanced, but the apricot and peach flavors really push to the front. I will say this: #9 has an absolutely unique flavor.

M: Smooth. Goes down well.

D: I couldn't drink these all night, but the folks at Magic Hat have come up with a beer as mysterious as its cryptic name. Nice effort.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2006 01:36:21 | More by unclecrappy
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on draught at D's,already had it bottled.
A light coppery color,reddish hue clear.Off-white head,coating the top of the beer,looked a bit flat.
An intense apricot aroma,followed by a yeasty aroma,no other aromas noticable in the nose.
The taste was intense apricot,a bit breaddy,a slight sour tart taste,kind of a soapy taste at the finish.
A medium mouthfeel,a bit flat on the palate.
1 glass was enough for me,I enjoyed the bottled version a lot more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2006 22:24:06 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of Beertroop

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- This beer appeared to be like any other ale. Nothing extravagant. I had this beer on tap at a great local bar on Halloween. Small head, it was gone in the early part of drinking.

Smell- Good smell, but not as strong as the tasted turned out to be.

Taste- This beer has an almost undescribable taste. The first taste was like having peach ice cream. The more I drank it the more the fruity taste came out. It is an ale with its own unique taste.

Mouth- This beer was a good beer to drink without any bad aftertaste. Low carbonation with strong taste.

Drink- Easy to drink with a dry, crisp, and fruity taste

An decent beer, worth the try. Great for light beer drinkers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2006 03:49:14 | More by Beertroop
Photo of Onibubba


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a lot of this on my last trip to NY. Had several bottles on arrival, and was surprised to see it on tap at several bars we hit that night. Poured into a pint glass a hazy amber yellow with very little head. What there was, was gone by the time I got back to my table. Very nice aroma of hops and apricots/peaches. Tastes like a less bitter IPA. You get more of the fruit in the nose, but there is a pleasant reminder in the aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable beer. The carbonation is not too high, and the alcohol is low enough to be sessionable. Great mouthfeel, not to sweet, not too bitter, lends itself to great big gulps. While I did prefer what I had on tap, the bottled beer was fine too. Seemed to be very prominant at supermarkets and bars we went to, and I would say its reputation is well deserved. If I could get this beer locally, it would be a fridge staple. Eager to try more from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2006 21:47:48 | More by Onibubba
Photo of eze153


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was recommended this brew from a friend of mine, I never thought I would find it on tap, because I have never heard of the brand before. anyways this beer pours a an orange color with a decent head which only lasts a bit before its gone. It smells like apricots, very fragrant and pleasing to the nose. the taste is like apricot but not strong like a a lambic beer, however; the aftertaste is a bit hoppy. It's a smooth beer with light carbonation, so it goes down easy and won't fill you up fast either. This is a good beer to have only a few of at a time. I would not drink these all night because I think one could easily get sick off them. but overall a great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2006 18:45:43 | More by eze153
Photo of BeerRun13


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

Pours a mostly clear goplden straw color. A super white bubbly head settles after a bit & provides some decent filmy lacing.
Apricots in the nose for sure. Almost a malty/wheat aroma in the the back.
Nice apricot flavor. A subdued malty backbone seems to aid in pushing the the apricot flavor. Some hops in the flavor and a slight touch of crisp bitterness.
This one's on the lighter side of medium. Well carbonated. Smooth and fairly crisp.
This ones allright, but it may make more sense to drink this one on a warm summer day as opposed to a cooler rainy night like it is tonight.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 18:53:09 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of AChamberlain


3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this on tap at the Dove in Greenwich Village. It poured a copperish gold with almost no head, very average. Yeasty smell. Not much flavor, a bit of fruitiness. Light to medium bodied. The best thing about this beer is its drinkability. It was easy to drink but unimpressive. This was my first Magic Hat beer and it was not a good showing, but it will not discourage me in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2006 01:33:28 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of mcallister


3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pale copper color with a small white head dissipating quickly. No lace prevelant.

Smell is yeasty with a good flowery hop sense as well as hints of fruits with other wheaty feelings.

Medium mouthfeel highly carbonated. Fruity but not distinguishable. Chewy hop flavors but not overpowering. Not a beer I'm going to drink more than once. Dissapointed as this is my first try of a beer from the Magic Hat Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 01:14:35 | More by mcallister
Photo of tempest


3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get a bit lost in this beer. There's nice apricot and spice, but I have a hard time picking out flavors here, its a bit of a mess. Either way, it's still tasty and very drinkable. Also a great gateway beer in the Northeast. I dont seek it out, its offen the best option at a bar and is still satisfying.

Edit: Let this baby warm up and a nice complexity between the malts, spice and fruit comes out.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 06:43:33 | More by tempest
Photo of CigarMatt


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

It was my 21st birthdaty and I was at a local bar/coffeshop. A friend of mine got this for me as this place has old/stale Guinness and this is my normal drink. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It didn't leave a bad aftertaste as I expected. It looked good in the glass, had a nice colour to it, not much of a head though. Smelled of hops and citrus. Tasted excellent, a few hind notes I could not put my finger on. Very good indeed.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 16:51:05 | More by CigarMatt
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a light tangerine color, a thin white layer of suds that laces randomly.

Aroma - a light orange, citrusy aroma, apricot even. Not much else, but I like it.

Taste - decent grain front with a moderate citrusy follow-through. Finishes on the fruity, citrusy side, tastes good.

Mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation, nothing special but a good fit for the style.

Drinkability - an easy session pick for a lighter, sweeter pale ale. Props to beachbum for hooking me up with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 04:08:08 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of HossMcGraw


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent brew. Ignore it's recent trendiness, and just enjoy it for what it is: A clean, tasty, well made pale ale.

Pours a light amber/orange color, with a decent 2 fingers of head and some lacing Aroma is a bit lacking, with notes of chemicals, subtle hops and raspberry iced tea.

The flavor is initially steely and similar to your average lager, but then some hops join in and you get a decent bitter kick. Aftert that, some honey joins in and some fruitiness and more hops on the finish. Well balanced, but lacking in flavor.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, with decent carbonation. Drinkability is high. I would have no problem with this as a sesher.
Overall, pretty good, but it seems like Magic Hat could truly make something spectacular out of this instead of dumbing it down for a mass audience.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 18:20:28 | More by HossMcGraw
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (Thanks Eric):

Poured a hazey-amber orange ale in the pint glass...nice frothy sticky 2 finger cap lasts a while then laces the glass.

Aromas of sweet malts and fruits: apricot-pear tones, some wet hay.

Medium-light bpdy, decent malt presense, dry-sandy mouth feel, sharp fruity character.

Starts very fruity with attenuated malt sweetness, fruit adjuncts and yeast by-brodusts combining to give a juicy fruit cocktail cider, mid palate more interesting flavors evolve: jolly rancher gum mixed with wet hay, some pine and citrus....finishes dry with a wheat presense and a growing bittering.

A nice pale with a special edge from fruit additives.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 18:43:24 | More by pootz
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A hazy copper with a pink tint. Small patchy head, no lacing.

S - Well, it smells strongly of dried apricots, also with some raspberry Nestea aroma. Odd.

T - Quite tart for starters. Mostly just like tart apricot infused seltzer water. The aftertaste has an extremely mild bitter which is hard to detect due to the lingering numbness from the carbonation explosion.

M - Very thin and extremely carbonated. Quite refreshing though!

D - Well, it is like drinking flavored selter water (actually, I think seltzer water has a weird unpleasant taste that this lacks, so it is a bit better really) so it is pretty easy to drink. I like it better than soda, since it hate high fructose corn syrup. Aside from being a fabulous beer for college girls at frat parties, its uses are very miniscule. Not terrible, but nothing worth having. Unless of course, you are female and in college - then you might as well start raving about it now, because that is the only place I have ever heard about this beer being consumed.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 00:42:52 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of abcsofbeer


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

This one is a bit different, but, nothing to write home about. Pours a pale orange and light straw color. The liquid is very clear and has a good amount of rising bubbles. The head is white in color, about a finger high and dissipates to a thin crown. Leaves no lace.

The smell is mostly apricots with some banana thrown in. It is sweet smelling brew. The flavor is lemony and apricots together with a very light hoppiness. The mouthfeel is tangy and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 23:59:42 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of IntriqKen


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty pale crystal clear aprocot liquid fills the glass with a nice 1/2" white head that melts to sticky glass covering lacing.
Aroma is faint sweet fruits...tangerines and aprocots with a little earthy tone to the finish.
Taste is surprising...soft fruits seem to balance very nicely between creamy sweet and tart at the end. Tartness fades to lemony citrus hops as it finishes.
Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with nice brisk carbonation.
Aftertaste is pleasantly drying although just slightly cloying and sticky in the mouth.
Overall...nice...pleasant...comfortable drinker or sipper.
Thanks, Clint

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 03:33:36 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

AP: Clear, pale gold. Plenty of activity, dispalys a clear white foamy head.

Smells: fruity sweet, obviously appricot and maybe raspberry.

Taste: A thin, tart, slightly sweet. slight wheatyness. Pretty simple.

MF: Dry, crisp and a decent bite that quickly becomes thin and flat feeling.

DA: ???? I'm not having another.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 00:53:59 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the tap.

Number 3 in my apricot night (aprihop, sea dog, then #9), and it didn't disappoint. Another of the wife's favorites, too (along with Strawberry Wheat), so I always have a few handy.

Pours a yellow-golden with a small head. Smells of a sweet, hoppy, fruit medley. The citrus/apricot flavor, coupled with a decent amount of carbonation. Sweet, slightly hoppy aftertaste; pretty drinkable. I place it above sea dog, but below aprihop because of the lack of major hop action.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2006 18:44:10 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale dirty amber gold, bright white head, coarse and short-lived. Aromas of malt, caramel and very subtle fruit and candy. A hint of butterscotch. The taste is an odd pairing of indifferent malt and faint fruit. Not much sweetness, save for a flash at the start of each mouthfull. Not much bitterness either. The whole thing comes off like a fizzy cranberry iced tea. Can't say much to recommend this. Mouthfeel is a trifle oily with coarse and quick carbonation. I may not finish the bottle....

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 19:23:25 | More by horndecker
Photo of davidshamoon

New York

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As you can see from the scores I've assigned above, I consider this beer to be pretty average. It pours, as advertised, "not quite pale" and with a toothpaste-white head. A flowery aroma is immediately evident -- to such an extent that I actually wondered at first whether I was smelling scented soap on my hands. Sure, it's a fun thing to smell in a beer that otherwise appears pretty run-of-the-mill, but it's not enough to justify a brew. Magic Hat has decided to be pretty subtle with the fruit flavoring, which would be just fine if the "base" beer were more interesting or delicious. Unfortunately, I found it rather bland and watery, and the flowery-fruity layer is just not enough to save it.

It's nice to see a fruit beer receive such (relatively) wide distribution, but I can't say I'm a big fan of the #9.

[Written by yellow lamplight on a gray Sunday afternoon. The upstairs neighbors sound to be moving furniture and shooting marbles.]

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 20:02:21 | More by davidshamoon
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,453 ratings.