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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,738 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,738
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 41
Gots: 426 | 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 Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orangy-golden amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma is rich and fruity, malty with strong strawberry component (and I love strawberries!). Flavor is strong and malty with a definite strawberry undertone. Very smooth and a little sweet, definitely refreshing.

Cyberkedi, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of kenco12
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was an extremely fulfilling beer. It was hyped up by a radio personality, and found it on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Deaborn, MI. Had it for lunch with a chicken pita, and it was delicious. I had to actually slow down so I could enjoy it with my food. I'm not one to usually eat with my drink, but this I think enhanced my eating experience well. For one who does not partake in too many APA's, this one is a keeper for me. I had it in a bottle, and the tap tasted a lot smoother for me. I'd suggest having it on tap, but if you're "stuck" with a bottle, it'll still taste delicious.

kenco12, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Snagged on tap at Jupiter's, this did not leave a good impression. The mistake began at the beginning, when the beer came bereft of any head. Though with nice color--a burnt copper--the flat appearance and texture was a no-no that began this beer with a whimper. I enjoyed the smell more than the taste--nice fruit, some spice, hints of caramel mixed with berry--pretty good. While these emerge in various forms in the taste, it's spoiled with an odd, dishwater flavor. I don't say that lightly or with the intent to trash, but that's what accosted my palate. The taste was more than too clean, or even cleansed, but a bit like soap. What can account for that I don't know. Maybe it was the bar's fault that the beer was BOTH flat AND soapy. This happens, especially when places carelessly clean out their pipes and when kegs sit too long. Yet the fact remains that this beer was flat in texture, and soapy in taste.

Needless to say, this was one beer worth moving on from quickly. Magic hat, try more fruit next time. If the onus is on you, please lose the soap and make it better carbonated. There are elements of good beer here lost in a miasma of nonsense that should afflict no beer. Pity it did here.

Gehrig, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of nmyers
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice thin white head, a nice golden color and it looks like little carbonation.

S- mostly malt and a hint of hops.

T- malty right off the bat with a touch of unexpected sweetness. Slight touch of hops on the finish.

M- Very light body

D- It goes down really smooth and would be a great beer on a hot day.

nmyers, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had recently at a bar. I guess they're new to GA.

A - small white head with clear, gold body

S - malt for the most part

T - sweetness from malt, some fruity tartness I wasn't expecting

M - light bodied with good carbonation

D - I personally don't have any desire to try this again, but I could easily see someone drinking a lot of these. I definitely understand the "gateway beer" description I've heard.

ruckzuck, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of giblet
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a decent pale ale. pours nice with steady carbonation and slight head. settles quickly. nice aroma and pale taste. the hops are subtle. finishes nice with only slight aftertaste.

being more of a double and ipa guy this is good for pale but not the best. i will certainly look for more from Magic Hat.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of haver
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow what a strange beer. It taste a little soapy and the smell of opium incense. Good carbonation
and a oily finish. The warmer this beer got the worst came out of it. My wife picked up a sample twelve and this was not a favorite. I would try this again because this beer was so interesting. I like things to be a little different but this is a little funky.

haver, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of timbro81
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to scootny for the opportunity. Pours a light golden straw color. Nice head that settles to a fine ring. Good carbonation flow up through the beer. Juicy apricot very noticable that mingles nicely with citrusy hops. Light mouthfeel. Much more of an APA in the mouth, I expected some fruity creation, pleastantly surprised. Hops keep the tongue alive then a balance of mild malty sweetness. There is a flash of some toasted grains in there. Ends with an after thought of a whisp of apricot. Quite nice indeed. Finishes somewhat dry. Good balance. Would be very refreshing on a hot summer day.

timbro81, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To be honest, this was the first beer that I ever tasted that made me think that beer could have flavor. And so I diverged from Natty...I had not had it in a while, so I picked some up.

A:Pale golden honey color. Half finger head of thickly packed bubbled. Faded after the first sip.

S: I still love the smell of this beer. Sweet, apricot, honey, and hops.

T: Lightly sweet, dull apricot, a bit of hops. Honey, rank fruit at the end -- but rank in a good way.

M: A little lacking. Light bodied. Weak, watery, with a tingle.

D: Nice and light, great for warm weather.

Overall, now that I've had many beers since -- this isn't as good as I remember it -- but, it's still enjoyable and thirst quenching.

phantomwyse, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of rgb2807
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is certainly an interesting beer. The pour is nice amber-orange color with a very small head. The thing that is noticeable about it right away is the strong smell, you can really smell the apricots. I'm not super fond of the smell, but it's better than no strong smell at all in my opinion.

The beer is good, but I'm just not a huge fan of the apricot taste and therefore I could never make this a consistent choice. It's a very sweet pale ale, and the hop presence I love to taste in a pale ale isn't there for me.

Pretty drinkable, and definitely a good beer to serve your friends who are afraid of good beer. I would probably drink this again in those circumstances, but I wouldn't ever choose to pick up a 6 of this.

rgb2807, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of andrewt960
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall not the worste beer i have had, but def not my favorite. It Poured a nice gold color, with a small head... that didn't last. Lacing was somewhat evident, and stuck around for most of the beer. Smell was kinda nice. Appricott smell but not overwhelming. Some hints of malt and even some hops. I thought there may be a bit more hops that either jkumped out at initial smell, or even some that lingered a bit, but i was a bit disapointed. Taste was very refreshing. Very carbonated, and was actually quite drinkable. More so than i remembered from the past.

andrewt960, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of four labels in the Magic Hat Pandora's Box 12-pack mixer.
Pours from 12oz bottle with minimal head & lacing. Color is a slightly brownish gold.
Smells of grain (hops & barley) as well as a faint fruit scent, perhaps apricot.
Very crisp & slightly sweet with fruit. Hops are evident in the background but do not overpower the brew. The fruit presence is also not overpoweing as in many flavored beers. This seems to be designed as a quality thirst-quencher without an overpowering hop or malt presence.
Despite no head, there is carbonation which dashes around the mouth with each sip.
Very drinkable and an excellent session-brew, especially in warm weather.
Certainly more of an English-style than American pale ale.

Natural510, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Jayli
4.75/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I know this isn't everyone's kind of beer but this is by and far my all time favorite beer.
It has a golden body that is also pretty clear. It has a fruity smell. The taste is like the smell, with a medium to full body being dominated by a tropical fruit feel. There was a crisp hop bite on the end. It is a smooth beer. I like this style and drinkability. It is definitely the beer that I always know if nothing else catches my eye, will never disappoint me!

Jayli, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Pencible
2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer describes itself as a "flavored not quite pale ale." To me, it tasted much like a Miller Lite but slightly better. Texture and scent were comparable to the generic pilsners, as well. It just didn't have a very clean flavor at all. I know several people who really like this beer, but I wasn't impressed. (Drunk straight from the bottle, so I don't have any notes on the appearance.)

Pencible, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of May 2008 on the back label of this 12oz brown bottle. The front label resembles a maze on a denny's children's menu at 4am after a night of drinking.

The beer color is clear and coppery with a thin tan head that disappears so fast its like magic. Perhaps there is more to the name "Magic Hat" the meets the eye.

Smell is mostly of malts and thin earthy hops.

Taste is initially malty metallic and sweet. It then moves into a watered down fruit flavor that reminds me of thinned out cough syrup. There is a malty finish that has an earthy sweetness that is just about average.

Despite the average flavor this beer is clean and refreshing. It is smooth and easy to drink, especially on a warm day and in my case just after mowing the lawn. However there is nothing here that is really intriguing or interesting. I would pass on another 6 pack but gladly accept one if offered at a friends.

jbphoto88, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of StrangeBrew1
1.93/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure what all the hype is about this beer with friends and every time I go into the store? I can only say the marketing is much better than the product. Every brewery has there signature taste like adding hops or chocolate in the brew. Magic Hats signature is Dove soap. Every single beer from them tastes like a mouth full of soap. I have tried and tried other ones and the same aftertaste is there. Explaining everyones reviews that they couldn't drink more than 1 of them. It must be the MAGIC I'm tasting?

StrangeBrew1, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. Without knowing what makes this such a "not quite pale" ale, I'm going to take a stab at it. The pour brings a sparkling clear golden / orange hue with nice head formation and retention; mild lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet malts, fresh oranges, fruity esters, but only a mild hint of hops. Flavors bring out a well-attenuated malt character that dominates the beer because of a lack of meaningful hop additions. Decorated with sweet orange peel, hints of ginger, cloves, and some spicy esters. Apricots it is! These flavors come apart too quickly and lack meldedness, but it seems pleasant enough. The mouthfeel is moderate for a pale ale, but lacks depth, breadiness, and overall heartiness. Finishes sweet and spicy as expected. The sweetness works on you towards the end of the glass, making me switch up to something else.

BEERchitect, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bit murky dark gold appearance with a thick head that laces nicely eventually. The aromas were wicked strong: raspberry, peach, citrus mixed with wheat. Sharp taste of the above flavors with a bit more malt and wheat to it. The mouthfeel gives it a good crispness but there is this lagging watery texture to the drink. Overall, a little too strong but I do like where it is going with this.

fitzy84, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden body that is almost seethru completely; contained a decent head that was frothy and stuck around a little. A very fruity smell with not much malt or hop coming through; this is more a wheat beer it seems than a pale ale. The taste is like the smell, with a medium to full body being dominated by a tropical fruit feel. There was a crisp hop bite on the end, but overall a smooth, silky beer that tasted like an American wheat (not a fruit beer though). I like this style and wheats, and I don't mind a fruit beer even, so I would session this since it was a nice draft special at the sports bar I was at. Recommend at least a try to anyone who likes Wheats/Pale Ales.

clayrock81, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An amber orange-like color with decent head. The aroma is banana bread, apricot, and perhaps some cloves. Flavor is fruity and sweet, apricots and bananas, fruit syrup also comes to mind. Still somewhat dry and carbonated. A little too fruity for my tastes and the sweetness hurts the drinkability.

BeardedBoffin, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of cfriend2
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap back home. This is a brew I have tried before and enjoyed, but I thought I would give it another shot in order to give it a little more attention.

Served to me in a glass mug. Nice wispy white head sticks around for a good while atop a clear orange-ish golden liquid. As far as smell is concerned, not much to speak of, just faint hops and apricot. The taste of this beer can be adequately generalized with one word: apricot. Okay, so that isn't the only thing going on, I could taste some hints of grain and malt sweetness, but the apricot is pretty prominent throughout the whole drinking experience. Sweet apricot on the tip of the tongue, an apricot sourness while it lingers around the mouth, bitter and overripe apricot on the way down accompanied with the taste of cardboard. The finish could use some retooling. Crisp bubbly mouthfeel.

This one is definitely unique. I wouldn't say I was craving more after my first, but I had another anyway. It was the only craft beer on tap. Worth a try. I can see myself at some point in the near future thinking to myself, "I wouldn't mind having that again."

cfriend2, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
1.63/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Got this in a "Pandora's Box" mixed pack. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint mug.

Nice fluffy head, pretty golden bronze color, light fruit smell, and then the drink...

Apricots. Apricots. Apricots. Sweet, sour, bitter. Hops undetectable above the jaw-clenching, eye-squinching,head-shaking sourness. Awful. Ugh.

Otherwise, it defintely seems to be beer,(if in no way resembling any version of a contemporary PA), but with a sour and bitter fruitiness that pervades, annoys, and overwhelms.

The originally enticing head cashed in early and diminished to virtual non-existence before I gave up trying to like this one; very little lacing to wash out of the glass. Won't drink the other two in the sampler, didn't finish this one, and opened a SN Celebration Ale to get the taste out of my mouth. Cheers!

cvstrickland, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 06/08
Pours a medium dark straw color with a slight haze and half inch of brilliantly white head. Aroma, right off the bat is hit with lots of fruitiness, especially apricot, a bit of toasty, biscuity malt and a touch of floral hops. On the palate, a mouth filling amount of malt hits you first, bready and toasty still, with that biscuit malt used. The apricot flavor is subtle (much more pronounced in the aroma) and blends well with the floral, citrusy hops which provide just enough bitterness to counteract the malt sweetness. This is a very balanced APA, much less hoppy than most, and the apricot, while some see it as just fruity nonsense, is a nice change of pace from your usual APAs. I've had this before on draft, and have to say it's better in the bottle.

dreadnatty08, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. #9 has an amber color and a middling texture about it. There was a small, quarter-inch head on it and some OK lacing.

The smell isn't terribly noticable. There's a wheaty quality, along with some type of fruit in the aroma.

The malts, wheat and apricot appeared in the taste, but it didn't seem to have much of a personality. Very average taste.

The mouthfeel was decent, but not great. The carbonation level was alright and the finish was a little on the slick side.

Overall, this is a terribly average beer. It never really grabbed me in any way. There are certainly worse beers out there, but there are also a whole lot better ones.

avalon07, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle courtesy of davehoward.
Clear honey amber color with a medium white head. Smell is sweet apricot and malt. Taste is mostly mild apricot and a light bitterness that keeps it from being cloying at all. Nice fruit beer overall. A bit thin, but very drinkable, and it has a really nice apricot flavor to it.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,738 ratings.