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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,116
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 55
Gots: 694 | FT: 1
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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:
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 cratez
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at ABC Fine Wines & Spirits in Daytona Beach, FL. Freshness date of June 2010. Review from notes taken at the time of tasting.

A: pours a copper amber gold with a ring of foamy white head and threads of lacing on the pint glass.
S & T: perfume, candy, pale and crystal malts, apricot, moderate hop bite in the middle, hollow and metallic fruit sweetness, tartly malted finish.
M: malty, astringent, lightly spiced, dry and lingering fruit flavour.
D: a solid example of the genre. The "not quite pale ale" label should be dropped to encourage style-appropriate ratings. Pretty decent, quaffable fruit beer, but one is enough, and I probably won't buy again.

Photo of smokeypeat
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. I'll always be thankful to Magic Hat because they were one of my "gateway" beers out of the land of BMC.

Pours a clear light copper with a decent white head. #9 is a good solid beer that has nice fruit tones with apricot being quite present throughout. I've also found this beer to have a slight hint of funk to it. Drinks easy on a summer day and makes for a good session beer.

Photo of champ103
2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. At first, a bubbly white head rises to a finger, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace to speak of.
S: Artificial apricots, sugar, fake sweetener. Light pale malt and grain. The little hops that are present are very soapy and dishwater like.
T: Grainy pale malts. Prickly apricot that tastes like artificial flavoring. Very sweet, and kind of like perfume as well.
M/D: A light body and prickly carbonation. Not hard to drink for what it is. Though I am board, and want something else have way through.

There is a rough, prickly character throughout that is odd. Part carbonation, part apricot I guess. This seems very artificial, like fruit syrupy was added. I am not a fan. Not something I would recommend.

Photo of aasher
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Apricot in color, translucent, decent carbonation with slight, white head

Smell: smells very sweet and of apricot

Taste: Way too sweet for me. There is not enough "pale ale" flavor for me and this beer is full of apricot flavor.

Mouthfeel: average mouthfeel, fizzy due to carbonation, almost watery

Drinkability: Not very, it is far too sweet and doesn't deliver any other flavor than apricot.

I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone. I feel it was a poor take on a flavored pale ale. If you're looking for a good apricot beer, go with the Aprihop by Dogfish Head.

Photo of katan
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Showing a bit of haze, but I would say its proteins and not yeast. Head formation is solid, bright white, hangs around to about 2mm.

S - A strong, dry fruity nose. A fruit that I have difficulty nailing down. Certainly to the sour side, with orange, grapefruit notes present. No hopping detected.

T - Starts off with the same fruity sweetness detected on the nose. Dryness prevents it from being too cloying. Gets more balanced via some yeast spicing, more dry notes. Cloves come to mind. Hopping is not detected in flavors. Finishes with a light, somewhat bitter fruit note.

M - Moderate body - carbonation is stronger than the beer - slightly biting. Finishes mostly clean, just a bit of sugar left on the tongue.

D - Very easy drinking. ABV is quite sessionable. Certainly a summer beer, refreshing. Can be a bit filling at times.

Photo of thewolf32
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

i found this beer to be "different" it says not quite pale ale and wow were they right!!! I am a big fan of pale ales and the bartender recommended this one on thier pitch "not quite pale ale" so i tried it.
A- appearance was nice golden with a decent head ,about a finger and a half, it disappeared quickly though but has a nice lacing on the glass.
S-apricot on the nose some malt no bitter hues ,also smelled something i cant place, like a hint of perfume almost?
T- tasted all malt with the same perfume i smelled , i did not like the taste one bit!! I think it may have been the "not quite pale ale" slogan that did it, i was expecting a less bitter(and it was) lighter(and it was)than an i.p.a. but i think the taste got lost in albuquerque.
M-medium carb, medium to light body
D-didnt like the product so drinkability suffered!!!!

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

Appearance - Pours a golden clear color with about two fingers of head. Decent lacing is left on the glass with relatively quickly receding head.

Smell - Apricot, light hops, wheat, slight funk.

Taste - Similar to the nose though not as strong in apricot flavor as expected. Somewhat bland to be honest but seriously, not as bad as many people are making this out to be. Perhaps I'm just in a fruit beer mood?

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability - I could put a few of these back in a sitting. Not overly sweet or overpowering in any way which to me makes this a decent session beer on a hot summer day while out on the patio. Have been wanting to try this for a while and is not as bad as the reviews make it out to be.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale, unimpressive yellow. High clarity, no head to speak of. Very little lacing.

S: Mm, it smells very nice. Fruit, apricot definitely among them, dominates the nose. Rather one-dimensional, but that one-dimension is very nice.

T: The obvious fruitiness is belied by a mild - not entirely pleasant - bitterness, and a light grain pervades the background. Vaguely watery and the aftertaste is briefly fruity, then empty.

M: Light, somewhat bitter, carbonated. Fruit initially coats the mouth, but fades quickly.

D: High. This tends to be a very accessible beer that appeals to a large audience, even if it doesn't to me.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear sharp yellow color with one finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma does have a hint of apricot and some sweetness and not m/uch else

Taste is unremarkable, but not bad. Just not exciting. Minimal hoppiness. Actually very drinkable and refreshing - nothing bad about this beer. Solid and enjoyable.

Photo of lovindahops
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured of tap

A- pours a straw yellow look with nada for a head. No retention on the sides. Leave it at that

S- apricots and buttery yeast like smell. It does rise up with the attempt to sniff

T- well, it has a reasonable tase profile. The highlighted tropical theme dominates with a fruity presence. Not much otherwise

M- crisp and clear. Big time

D- look, the brew is light and enbjoyable. It participates in an apricot-like engagement that provides a decent experience. In the summertime... You can dunk many of these

Photo of drizzam
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best buy date of May, 2010 on the back label. Under the cap it says "Would you be interested in selling?"

A - Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color topped by a fluffy eggshell white head. Decent head retention and spotty lacing.

S - I can certainly smell the apricots in this...that's pretty much the dominant aroma, not much else going on in the nose.

T & M - The apricots are there to be sure, but it's balanced with light malt and just the tiniest bit of hop bitterness toward the end. Tastes almost "earthy" to me. Light bodied, and kind of has a coarse texture to it.

D - To be truthful, I think I was expecting something a little different when I bought this. It's neither a pale ale as it proclaims on the label, nor really a fruit beer in my opinion. Ok, maybe it's a fruit beer, but the apricot is just throwing me off. In its defense, it does seem to get better as it warms. Not bleh, but I won't probably buy it again in the future.

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.

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,116 ratings.