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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,126
Reviews: 1,622
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 56
Gots: 700 | 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 DoubleJ
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank this with Halcyondays at the Goat Hill Tavern. That is one of two places in Southern California that I can find this (the other is Naja's Place in Redondo Beach). On to the beer:

This beer has an orangish amber color to it, with a good amount of head retention to it. At first, there isn't much of an aroma, but as it warms, you can smell the apricots and a little bit of diacetyl. The taste is an interesting one. Take Bass and add apricots. Dry crackery malts, apricots, and a touch of diacetyl. The letdown is towards the finish. It feels like a light beer, and finishes like a light beer. Seltzery feel and taste towards the end, owy!

#9 is a classic among East Coast beers, so I was excited just to try this beer. (Okay, and the fact it's not found easily around here). It's half-decent, though I'll skip it next time.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Goathill, excited to try this East Coast classic,

A: Pours pale yellow with a hint of orange, nice head.

S: Some apricot, hops, malt, pretty mild.

T: The ale fruit is apparent. But really, there's nothing much to go by. It tastes good, but any interest is gone fast. The apricot is a nice touch and comes out as it warms.

M: Smooth, light-bodied for sure, in the end it's spritzy, it feels too much like a light beer in the mouth.

D: This is solid and servicable across the board, much better than BMC, but it's not impressive, I can find a lot better session beers out there.

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

A: Hazy orange in color with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation in glass.

S: Apricots and some grainy wheat or malt. But mostly overloaded with apricot.

T: Taste is also all apricot with some honey biscuit malt showing up in the finish. There is a slight flavoring hop in the finish also. The grainy malt and apricot lingers.

M: The carbonation is good and light feeling. The beer leaves the mouth somewhat dry and also a little sweet.

D: It really depends on your preference. I can't really have more than one fruity beer, but I can see where others might like it.

Photo of pmphil33
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer last night for the 3rd time and I thought I'd finally review it. After pouring you will notice the color is a dark gold with a decent head that retained through most of the duration. A sweet tasting beer with apricot flavors and a great after taste. # 9 great beer to drink at anytime of the year and is definitely one of my favorites.

Serving type: Bottle

Photo of rmolledo
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful merigold roughly 10 SRM color with a decent head but not too much carbonation. Smells very sweet and fruity, light citrus notes. Tastes very unique, not a very good example of a pale ale IMO but more like a specialty or spiced beer. The flavor is similar to Mighty Leaf Tea's African Nector. Lots of Fruity Esters. I taste plums, grapes, apricots, and tangerines. My general opinion is that I wouldn't go out of my way for this beer, but i would recommend it to beginner beer drinkers who want more taste in their beers.

Photo of Portertime
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been dying to try Magic Hat after hearing lots of hype from people who have enjoyed it before they finally started shipping to the southeast! One friend of mine who is a huge hop head and IPA fan said he was not into it but I still was intrigued. Pours a clear dark yellow with a little head and fair retention. The smell is sweet and malty with a hint of spicey hops in the background. The taste is dangerously quaffable. I see why my buddy said it was too thin for him because it is smooth as silk! The caramel malts really shine and it actually reminds me of the South African beer Tusker. It is mild and malty with good drinkability reminiscent of an Oktoberfest. Magic Hat was worth the wait.

Photo of Mojoman8561
2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

-L- Clear golden yellow. Moderate carbonation. Little to no head.

-S- Strong Grapefruit smell cutting through me.

-T- The cirus is a bit over bearing on the hops. I think it is really taking away from it here

-F- Very light. Not much to this one for me

-D- Smooth. Easy if you don't mide the grapefruit. Not one I will revist very often.

Photo of thedrewski86
4.27/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a slight haze, 1/2" soft white head. Pretty good lacing down the glass. Very floral smell, open and grainy. Taste is sweet, slight biscuity malt. No real hop taste, very nice never the less. This is really unlike any other beer, it's really nice. Big taste! Mouthfeel, is medium and a little sticky. Drinkability is great.

Photo of beeroclock
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to form a nice looking glass of beer. Nice white head on top of a golden liquid with many bubbles. Smells slightly fruity with a wildflower scent. Taste is all about the apricots. It is crisp with a subtle aftertaste. The carbonation contributes to this refreshing beverage. I enjoyed it, which was shocking as I typically do not care for the fruit beers. The apricot is not overpowering, good beer.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange-amber color, clear with a good white head. Nice lacing.
Smell is malt, citrus, apricot and wheat.
Taste is hops, malt, slight citrus and wheat (?).
Slightly less than medium body, light effervescence. A good enough session beer but no standout.

Photo of motleybrew2010
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am new to Magic Hat Brewery. I am a huge fan of Pale Ales and #9 "not quite a pale ale" was good, something different. I dig the apricot taste, lace was good, head was good. The all around color was more of a dark yellow/orange. Will drink again.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up as part of a mixed twelve pack. Seems to be a pretty divisive beer so let's go in for a closer look.

A: Pours out clear, deep yellow and orange, head is scant, about a quarter inch thick but it does remain at this thickness at least.

S: Light, sweet caramel, bready, maltiness with a nice touch of apricot tartness. Even in the middle of winter the smell of this beer lets me know that all the cold and ice will eventually end and I could see myself sipping this on the Fourth of July.

T/MF: Begins with a mixture of the bready sweetness evident in the initial aroma and a deeper kick from the apricots. Feel is light but not watery, has enough texture to feel almost chewy. Each sip leaves the palate refreshed with the apricot acting almost like a sorbet.

D: Not quite sure what the rap is on this beer. Seems like it could be a great gateway beer. Very refreshing and pretty tasty to boot. I suppose this beer only has two dimensions, the malts and the apricot fruitiness but if it tastes good why try and foist more dimensions into the beer? If the price is right I'd pick up a case of this for a summertime party.

Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed golden amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pale malt and a good dose of apricots. Not bad, sometimes fruit themed beers can be overdone and distracting from the actual beer but this one is subtle enough.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some pale malts that is followed by a fruity apricot flavor with just a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, #9 is a pretty decent beer from Magic Hat. Worth a try.

Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat #9 pours a light orange color with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma isn't very impressive, grainy maybe some fruit. The flavor is mostly apricot, there is some other grain like flavors deeper down, but they don't do much to enhance the flavor. Drinkable, decent, ok if you really like apricot.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#9 pours a slightly hazy yellow, just a couple shades darker than straw with a thin, creamy cap of foam forming on the pour into the pint glass.

The beer smells slightly grainy, as well as an obvious apricot. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes (of course) of apricots, just thought I would get that out of the way. A little malt and the slightest bit of alcohol. Again, not terribly complex, but it doesn't taste bad.

Light to medium body. Carbonation is complementary to the light tastes. Would make a fine heat-wave beer IMO.

It's not a BAD beer, and is actually pretty easy to drink, just not exactly my cup of tea.

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

Shared a 12 oz. bottle...poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a thin sliver of a white head that dissipated rather quickly. The body is a clear golden orange color with hay yellow hues.

Grainy nose...apricots on a sweet malt backbone.

Pretty much like the nose...a little on the sweet side...malty with apricot flavors throughout.

The mouth feel is thin, astringent with mild carbonation.

Pretty decent offering...will not go out of my way for, but will not turn down!

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

orangey...a hint of spice. no after taste. refreshing. light. great beer. 1st time i had this was in Ptown at a seafood restaurant. it's a great choice for seafood and in the summer. runs around $7.50/six pack. also got a case of the xmas magic hat selections...and i do not recommend them. there were very bitter.

Photo of Carpathia
4.45/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear orange color with a tall, pillow-like head that disperses to a thin, lacy head. Lots of lace on the glass, still fizzing on the way down.

Smell: Apricots and malt. Apricot is dominant, smell is overall pleasant.

Taste: Clean and bright with a dominate, yet mild to medium flavor of apricots and other similar fruit. Sweet, not bitter in the slightest. Thoroughly enjoyable at the pricepoint.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, clean. Not too heavy, not at all light.

Drinkability: This is a definite session beer. It can be knocked back all night long.

Photo of MNJR
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

The apricot flavor is overdone and the beer has a tart, astringent flavor that pretty much ruins it for me. Smells like: fruit. It is a well constructed beer with a golden color, nice mouthfeel and decent body. Behind the wall of apricot you can sense the foundation is solid. But, enough said; if you don't like sour apricots in your beer, you won't like this.

Photo of zoso493
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight-sided Foothills pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a decent-looking honey-amber color that is pretty translucent. A semi-vigorous pour produces a bubbly one-finger that disappears almost instantaneously and as expected leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: This one has a pretty decent fruity scent to it, as you would expect. I could pick up a lot of grapefruit but not too many more specifics.

Taste: The taste is a little bit bland as compared with the smell, but it's still pretty decent. It tastes a lot like one would expect a mediocre pale ale to taste like.

Mouthfeel: Very thin in the mouth with a slightly above average amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a really undrinkable brew, as this one bottle went down pretty fast, but I don't know how many of these I'd really want to consume.

Overall, this is a very average beer and one that I think a lot of non-craft drinkers would peg as being "a good beer." It has some good things going for it, but it's lacking some needed hop character and malt backbone, which is pretty crucial. Not a great beer, but definitely worth a try.

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

A - Light clear wheat appearance. Not much off white lace, reduces to ring. Some spotty lace.

S - Veggie grainy malt.

T - Pretty nice malt, although mixed with some off grainyness. Nice apricot shows up to blend.

M - Medium body, nice carb, good coat, kinda off kilter at finish and a little harsh bitter.

D - Could do a few without getting too tired.

Photo of brownbeer
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass; pours a pale orangy color without much head.

Pretty much one note from the aroma to the taste, and that's apricot. It's medium bodied and the taste has a touch of peppery hop spice that I didn't get from the aroma.

Overall, pretty average and maybe a good intro craft for people who aren't ready for the more challenging flavors.

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a 22oz. glass at Quaker Steak and Lube. By the time it got to my table the head was nonexistant. Very little lacing going on here. Beer pours a golden/orange color. The aroma is pretty much all appricott. I'm not really picking up much else. This is a pretty sweet beer. The appricott really only hits you in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very light, a really drinkable beer. I think this could be a good introduction to craft beer for people who are used to drinking light american lager. It went down well with wings, but overall I wouldn't want to drink more than a glass or two of this beer due to it's sweetness.

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

Dullish golden hay color with a smallish topping of unglossed starchy white foam. The cap skips off fairly quick to leave a few strung out thin strings of lace.

Aroma is light and dryish of chalky apricot with some lemony sweet attributes and crystal malt.

Taste is more of the same carried over from the aroma as the dullish play of dry apricot with a slight chalky texture makes its appearance right off the first sips. It does grab enough of the malt sweetness and lemony play to help balance it out. That said, its still uneventful and fairly plain and lacking any body, length, or impressionable character. Pretty ho hum with mostly a light sweetness talking the stage and any other things staying way in the background.

Body is light and crisp with a tender little sweetness thats nice and ever more subtle in tone of light peachy/apricot fruit skin dryness. Drinkable and soothingly simple. Just nothing outstandingly super yummy. Pretty basic and simple, but not terrible.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From "Feast of Fools" Winter '09 variety pack.

Pours a clear amber-orange with two-finger head which fades to a lasting cap. Slight lacing.

First smell that comes across is apricots, then there's some hops in the nose.

Tastes like apricots too, but it's pretty subtle and backed up with a nice complimentary hops bitterness. I'm not one for fruity beers, but this is refreshing and seems pretty well balanced. Thankfully in my case, the more I drank the more I tasted the hops and the less the fruit.

These get better the more you have... along with the low abv the drinkability is quite good.

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,126 ratings.