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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,953 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,953
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 48
Gots: 533 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-1998)
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Photo of bsend
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark amber to copper color. Holding it up to the light produces the amber color. A standard pour yields a 1 finger white head.

Smell: Heavy amounts of apricot and yeast. Strong nose on this brew.

Taste: Decent taste, but there is heavy amounts of apricot and yeast. Very bready in the backbone.

Mouthfeel: Creamy head with a medium body.

Drinkability: This beer really works as a summer brew. Decent apricot flavor that provides refreshment.

Final Thoughts - Decent entry into the fruit beer experience by Magic Hat. Not my top choice, but not bad at all. Worth trying in a mix pack before committing to a larger purchase.

bsend, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.Pours a hazy amberish golden color with a soapy white heading that disappears in a minute.

Smell is of apricot's and pears.Sweet malt's,kind of bready and an odd yeasty smell.

Taste - Mouth is ridiculous of fruits kind of sticky,with a slight sting of hops on the tongue.Highly carbonated maybe a little too much. Light bodied and again very tasty.

Drink is high. Easy to go down and very refreshing.

I heard alot about this inparticular brand of Magic Hat and I must say I was very impressed.

TheFightfan1, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear, light yellow with tons of bubbles streaming to the top and feeding a soapy white head that sticks to the sides of the glass and lingers as a cap for a while.

Smells like, well, apricot juice. There are hints of malts in the nose as well, but the apricots don't let much else through.

The taste has an initial apricot rush with tons of sweetness in tow. The malts are a little more evident in the taste but not much as the apricot sweetness also lingers through the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty light with good carbonation and very crisp in the finish with a slight dry fruit texture.

This is a decent brew that is drinkable to start with but starts to wear on me a little bit after half a glass. Those apricots start to get a little much for me. Still, not bad.

gford217, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of CMitchell
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Pint Glass

A: Clear and Golden, the head disappeared fairly fast.

S: Apricot shines through right away, fruity along with some earthy tones, grass, and hay. Something a little musty in there as well.

T&M: Nice and crisp, slightly malty with good carbonation. Again, something a tad off on the taste as well, musty or off flavor.

D: Overall disappointed in the beer. Would drink one if someone handed it to me though. . . .

Serving type: bottle

CMitchell, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of littleshamrocks
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear and golden in color with about an inch of quick to settle white foam. The overall brightness of the beer and liveliness of the carbonation make this an inviting proposition. It would have been nice for the head to stay around a while longer.

S: The initial scent is strong with grainy husks and apricots. Dig a little deeper and you get a fairly good balance of hay and lighter bread-y malts along with some flowery hop aroma and some fruity esters.

T&M: Hits the taste buds with that familiar graininess and tingles the tongue with the carbonation. More straw than hay in the flavor with a supporting lemony citrus quality to help with balance. Mostly crisp and clean in the finish.

D: This seems like a beer best enjoyed in the heat of the summer months. An unspectacular but refreshing light natured brew that would probably appeal to a large segment of macro drinkers. Easy to put away.

littleshamrocks, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of grayburn
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangey sunset color with a two finger head. There is minimal lacing and retention.
The smell and taste are all apricot, there is some mild hoppiness in there as well, but it seems very one dimensional.
The mouthfeel is very thin, I would like a bit more body. The carbonation is pretty high, which is rather refreshing. There is little to no bitterness or astringency on the tongue.
I could drink a few of these, but would probably pick something else, not very impressive.

grayburn, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of BringusKilkenney
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good looking brew pours golden with a small white head. a little amber in the light nice looking.

Smells of fruits and apricots with a nice hop presence.

The taste is nice a fuity, bitter with the hops and a dry aftertaste. Nice offering liked this one for quite a while.

The mouthfeel is fizzy and light easy to drink good to enjoy when it is warm out.

BringusKilkenney, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of emsroth
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz w/ freshness date

App: Pure gold with a fluffy white head.

Smell: A hint of malt in a sea of fruity apricot. I can't wait to dive in.

Taste: A light touch of dry malt. The fruity flavor pervades throughout the taste. Ends crisp, but lacking and leaves a mineral taste in the mouth, almost like hard water. The taste is much drier and less sweet than the smell leads one to believe.

Perfect level of carbonation. I could have a few of these despite its setbacks.

emsroth, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of donmonkey1
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow. The head is nice, thick, and doesn't dissolve too quickly to be appreciated.

Smell: straight tangerines. Is that malt or hops? I'm confused and don't know what to think. I'm expecting it to taste good, but not like beer.

Taste: Tastes like a really weak tangerine juice drink.

Anybody could drink as much of this juice as they want. I thought I was getting beer so I'm a bit pissed off.

donmonkey1, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Andreji
4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a strange beer from any point of view. in fact, i was like "of course!" when i came online- after trying it- and finding it classified as a fruit/veggie beer.

The pour is thin and semi-mate golden amberish with not much magic to it. honestly, seemed like i was facing just another hop bomb (hey, i'm only starting to like these).

but the smell, the smell....a prelude of things to come. frutti di bosco? definetly unusual. it's fruity alright, just not your usual citrus tropical fruit....this is red, small fruit type. the taste is a strawberry, raspberry hidden behind a half bitter feeling, seems almost synthetical like it's just very subtly fruit flavoured. it's quite damn nice.

it is a bit thin though, which explains my 3.5 mouthfeel. but overall this is a fantastic american beer by magic hat. it's definetly not just another ale.

Andreji, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of jmfc8237
2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Golden hue with mild head retention. Light carbhonation and some lacing.

S- Almost non-existant smell for me on this one. It had a fruity tint but thats all that really jumped out at me.

T- Very mild fruit taste consisting of orange and apricot. A splash of lemon was also present but the lack of body kind of ruined the taste for me.

M/D- I was not really impressed with this one and the warmer it got the less impressed I was.

jmfc8237, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Birchgrove77
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap special at Realtime Sports in St. Charles, IL.

A: Light yellow, with a nearly non-existant white head (1/4 inch). Some cloudiness, and a nice stream of carbonation.

S: Some wet cardboard with a hint of citrus fruitiness.

T: The apricot character came across as a winey character. Very light flavor and mouthfeel. A touch of hop character. Slight Fruity Pebbles quality. A touch of sweetness at the end.

D: Easy drinking beer, but I couldn't really get past the cardboard character. A bit watery.

Birchgrove77, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Rennpferd
2.03/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

It poured extremely pale. It had a one finger, pure white head. Moderate carbonation was present.

It had a slight rice like smell at first. There was little to no scent present after a moment of sniffing at it.

It had a unique taste. Not bad, but not good. There was a presence of fresh pea-pods. It was medium bodied. It had a clean finish.

Not a good beer for me. I did not find it very drinkable.

Rennpferd, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of dustinTN
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I didn't think I liked fruity beers but this one really surprised me. The fruit is very apparent, but it's not especially sweet. There is just a slight twinge of hoppy bitterness in the finish that adds a nice complexity when combined with the citrus and apricot flavors. Very pleasantly surprised with this one. Never thought I'd consider a fruit beer as a session beer, but this one has changed my mind.

dustinTN, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice, radiant clear orange with no appreciable head.

S: General citrus freshness with some just-cut hay thrown in there. Overall, subtle and floral.

T: Nice strong taste of oranges, apricots and nectarines. Ends on an adjunct note reminiscent of the rice flavor you get from products like Rice Dream.

M: Well carbonated and smooth.

D: Very drinkable; went down like juice, or an apricot/orange flavored Italian soda.

thekanna, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Had a thick 2 finger white frothy head that lasted about 5 minutes before becoming a thin layer. Color was a very pale amber yellow with small amounts of bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma was slightly sweet and fruity. Apricots/peaches was prevalent. Taste was fruity, but not overpowering. Was a bit thin in the mouth, but still coated ok, wasn't overly carbonated. Easy to drink, could definitely session this.

mountdew1, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Seahorse
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, refreshing beer with a fruity taste that I couldn't quite identify. Thought it tasted like grapefruit. Checked the website and it said apricot flavored. Must have missed that. A decent beer that I would drink on a hot summer day, as it is. Would prefer a litte more hops to make this a great beer.

Seahorse, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is very apricot, or quite like canned peaches (which I love). Smells very pleasant.

Pours a pale-medium gold yellow color, perfect clarity, mild head. Looks alright.

Light toasty English malt with a definite apricot flavor. Light hoppy suggestions. Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Tasts pretty good. Feels pretty good. Nice carbonation. Quite drinkable. Not overbearingly apricot-like.

MrHungryMonkey, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of DNICE555
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My gateway to craft beers. Very tasty beer for what it is. Its not an extreme DIPA or RIS. Its a pale ale with a hint of apricot. Very nice session/warm weather beer.

Not much head unless you give it a rough pour. Nice lacing though.

Smells kinda fruity. Pleasant, nothing offensive.

One of my favorite pale ale's. Very little hops, very light and fruity.

Carbonation is at a perfect level for me. Combines with the apricot and creates a party in my mouth.

I could drink a bunch of these...

DNICE555, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of KeefD
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stub n Herbs. Poured a golden orange color with no head and no lacing into an American tumbler glass. Aroma of citrusy fruits and light hops. Flavor is lightly fruity. Yes, there is an apricot flavor, but it's light, hop bitterness is light. A bit watered down, light carbonation. really nothing good about this beer. I guess it is pretty drinkable and wouldn't be horrible on a summer day on a bar patio, but I would never buy a sixer of this, even it was available in bottles here. Next.

KeefD, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stub and Herbs

A: Fizzy yellowish-orange color. Minimal head.

S: Faint floral hops. I mostly got a grainy, pilsner like aroma. Mildly sweet. Not too bad overall.

T: Mostly sweet malts present. I once again get the grainy flavor. There is another element of sweetness, possibly from the apricots? I really don't get a lot of hops in the bitterness or the flavor, but they are there. More of a floral flavor than anything else. I do get a faint citrusy taste.

M: Light, crisp. Finishes dry and goes down easy.

D: Really a pretty average to slightly above average beer. If you rate it as a pale ale (what the website says the style is) it really isn't that outstanding. I'd take a SNPA over this anyday. It is fairly easy to drink and has more flavor than some lighter beers. I'd try it again sometime, but probably not if I had some other good choices.

brewdoc75, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of thirdeye11
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a drought tap at New Amsterdam bar in Dallas, TX.

A: Pours some nice frothy head with decent lacing on the glass, this beer is a very pale beer, and has nice bubbles throughout.

S: Smells of fruit. Couldn't figure it out at first, but once we were told it was Apricot it was very apparent. Extremely interesting smell. Not sure I liked it a LOT, but it was different nonetheless.

T: It definitely tasted better than it smells. Lots of spices and dried apricot here. I enjoyed minimal tasting of this one from my wife's glass, but not sure I would drink a whole pint.

M: Nicely carbonated and has a great mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one.

D: It was good at first, but after a few sips that was enough for me personally. Probably would enjoy this more if it was colder, and on a hot summer day. Then I might be able to drink a few, but not the way it was served yesterday.

Overall a very cool beer I'm glad I got to try. This was definitely a unique one I recommend everyone to drink at least once.

thirdeye11, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of bigdeuce
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap last night and found it quite pleasant. Not a beer that "wows" anyone, but a nice summer drink. Kinda fruity, no head to speak of and without lacing. But has enough malt in it to make it tasty, yet pretty light and crisp. Not something I will seek out, but in a situation that calls for it, I will buy it again.

bigdeuce, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of cnally
2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

interesting beer title, #9 has a lot of connotations that are strange to me. love potion? revelation? who knows. poured this out of a bottle into a pint glass.

darker yellow color in the beer, crisp looking. a thin head sticks to the side of the glass reluctantly, but retains a thin bubbly look.

scents of raisins, wine, cherry, apricot, but all with a very fermented aspect. yeasty and grain scents fill the nose after the fruity aspects die down. slightly sour.

very sour flavor. almost flavored like an adjunct lager, seemingly of corn and wheat. slight hop flavor in the aftertaste, but swallowed by a fruity raisin and apricot - type flavor. the balance is questionable, with the sweet and sour overpowering any hop or malt aspect.

creamy, full feel. fills the mouth well and retains a bit on the tongue, not dry, or heavy. very appealing expect for a mild over-fizziness.

not sure what this is all about. tastes very fruity, in the way of sundried fruits. not easy for me to finish this, and is a chore for the minimal alcohol content.

cnally, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of woodjm
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to give this one a try after hearing a lot about it since it came to SC. It pours a nice clear orange/amber color that I liked, it also had a nice head with some lacing. Smells and tastes of apricots or plums, but I hear the brewery won't say exactly what it is. I don't get that...I guess they feel mystery is their prerogative. By no means an outstanding or legendary beer, but an easy drink and a pretty tastey overall.

woodjm, Mar 26, 2009
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 4,953 ratings.