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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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4,641 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,641
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 35
Gots: 380 | 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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marcpal

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +26.8%

To be fair, this beer is a personal favorite and this is my first time getting a chance to review it.

A: Golden color with floating head that fit the beer perfectly.

S: Apricot with a bit of fruity aromas added but primarily dominated by the apricot. Great smells.

T: Citrus and apricot hops. Awesome balance that starts, leads, rides, and finishes with apricot. If you like a tight crisp citrus taste, this is the beer.

M:Medium-bodied with lively carbonation & good balance

D: Unbelieveably easy. On more than one occassion, put away a more than fair share of these in one sitting.

This is the perfect beer for either grilling or steaming some clams. So freaking smooth. You have to have a liking to apricot though.

10-06-2007 01:38:38 | More by marcpal
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iceball585

New York

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

A- Light amber color, semi-clear, thin head that turned into a white ring around the glass

S- Strong smell of dried fruits (mostly apricots), toasted malts, grains

T- Very strong flavor of dried apricots, fairly sweet, malty, grains, slight hops finish

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, sweet tangy feel lingers

D- Very nice fruit ale

This beer has always been a favorite of mine even though I usually lean more toward the darker beers. I've only had a few different apricot ales but this one ranks above them all so far.

10-03-2007 21:53:58 | More by iceball585
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

Delicious beer

At first pour the beer was a deep dark gold colour. Minimal head is produced but my glass may have done that.

The first smell held a very light hint of fruitiness that was not unlike other beers(DFH-Aprihop came to mind).

First taste was quite smooth with some hoppiness coming through, but ending very smooth. The beer was slightly chilled when first sipped it, subsequent sips yielded a greater fruit taste as the beer warmed up.

Mouth feel was very good. Relatively light feel to this beer but had definite characteristics while in the mouth. Smooth feel with a slight almost spicy edge.

I found the first one very drinkable but would probably not be able to have more than a few before moving onto something else

Overall I was very impressed by this beer. I would rate it as a better fruit beer but not the best. I will buy this product again.

09-29-2007 00:59:21 | More by Mit
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rdub

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18%

August '07 drink-by date. Oops. No head or lacing. I think my glass is dirty. Nice orange/yellow color, slightly cloudy. Slight apricot aroma but not as much as I would suspect when reading other reviews. Taste is mild, medium carbonation, good balance (or at least nothing overpowering) and a bit of apricot does come through. Pretty refreshing, light to medium body. Would buy again - women seem to like it.

09-22-2007 03:39:50 | More by rdub
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genog

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a light golden color with minimal white head and not too much lacing left at all. Smell is of honey, and some black berries and raspberrys? Im not sure this is not usually a style I drink, but decided to give it a try. Not too much sweetness in the taste but it is still sweet. A little citrus follows the honey taste. Not a great beer.

09-15-2007 02:13:40 | More by genog
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours hazy and orange with a nice foamy head.

First sniff of this beer and the "not so" ingredient is apparent-peaches and lots of them. Beneath this peachy aroma is subtle cascade hop aromas.

Bone dry with ghost like peach flavors upfront. Followed by lemon and pine flavors. Finishes with some odd mild horse flavors that kind of clash with the hops.

Really dry and almost refreshing. Carbonation is high. The peach and odd finish reduce the drinkability of this beer a bit but other wise decent.

09-11-2007 23:48:01 | More by bosco7
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Nice clear gold with a medium head which leaves some lacing on the surface and sides. Light fruity and spicy smell. Fruit flavors with some spicy notes. Apricot is noticable. Not overly sweet. A touch of bitterness in the finish provides some balance. Medium to light bodied and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable but it could become a bit old after a couple

09-03-2007 17:31:18 | More by burnstar
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albern

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11.5%

A very average beer, but enjoyable and quite drinkable. The beer is an amber with some head, not heaps of retention, and some lacing. The smell is your typical malty, tinny, American ale smell that is indistinguishable from so many other micros of the same bent, but there may be some fruit flavors (apricot?) that have been added. The taste is nicely balanced and that is the high point. There aren't enough hops in this brew and the malts are a bit too fruit spritzer for my tastes, but there is the overall balance which adds to the enjoyability and quality of the beer. There isn't much dryness to this beer, the mouth feel is a bit creamy on the tongue, the consistency is light to medium bodied, and the aftertaste is a tad bit peppery and sharp. This one is okay but not distinctive.

09-01-2007 21:01:39 | More by albern
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured bronze with one finger of white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Fruity, mostly apricot

T: Fruitty & jammy with a little bit of citric hops up front. Finishes with a bit of hop snap & apricot jam

MF:Medium-bodied with lively carbonation & good balance

Drinks fairly easy, just too damn fruitty for me. Liked it much more than the 1st time I tried it though. A decent enough fruit beer

08-31-2007 17:47:11 | More by russpowell
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absolutbc2001

New York

4.3/5  rDev +26.8%

I'm not a big fruit beer fan but this one is good.

The appearance is a little weak with a light tan brown color. The head is thin but nice looking and ligered for a little while.

The smell is strong at first and a little unexpected. Strong fruits but not overly sweet.

The taste is strong of fruit and wheat without (once again) being too sweet. Tastes of rassberrys or peaches.

The mouth feel was velvetly and smooth. With the slight wheat aftertaste adding some crispness.

This beer is more drinkable then any other fruit beer i have had including lambics. This is probably because of the balanced bitterness to sweetness. When something is too sweet, 1 beer is enough.

08-30-2007 04:44:32 | More by absolutbc2001
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Duster72

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a minimal off white head. Aroma is sweet malts and fruits, with peach, apricot and fruit punch. Taste follows with a very bready maltiness combined with a fruit cocktail kick that seems to lean toward the peach end of the fruit spectrum. Mouthfeel is fine. Not terribly drinkable IMO - I left half the glass for the drain.

08-28-2007 20:27:38 | More by Duster72
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franksnbeans

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a clear stawlike amber with little head or lacing. Smells of ripe fruit and berries. Average and nothing spectacular in the fruity flavor. Light in the mouth and finishes a little dry. Ordered this out of curiousity, now that I know I wont be ordering it again.

08-26-2007 17:17:11 | More by franksnbeans
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

Magic Hat has some rather neat packaging and labeling. Lets see how the beer holds up to all this eye candy. It pours with a fair sized head that hangs on till the end (just barely mind you), leaves behind some lacing. Has a light orange color.

Smells of fruits ( apricots would make sense), some sort of spice, and a bit of hops.

The taste is peachy, malty sweet, with nice clean finish. A great beer with some mixed reviews. But I would definitely buy again.

08-24-2007 05:09:43 | More by irishkyle21
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zerofear13

New York

4/5  rDev +18%

#9's are pretty common anywhere you can find Magic Hat products. Poured out a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice dark, hazy gold/orange with thin head that disappears but not before leaving a thin lacing on the side of the glass. Smelled of hops and fruits, with the fruits being pretty present. Strange thing: the taste did not agree with the initial smell. The fruity smell would leave you to believe the drink would be overly fruity and sweet, but the hops and malts are a bit stronger than the mixed fruit. My taste is not refined enough to identify each individual fruit, but the hint is present nonetheless. Great mouthfeel, not too carbonated. I could easily session with these as they are both light and refreshing. Overall, another great brew by Magic Hat. Balanced, light, and not over the top on any given thing.

08-20-2007 01:25:25 | More by zerofear13
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hustlesworth

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

gladly scooped up the last multi-pack from giant eagle. it was on sale because the freshness dat was july 31 and it's now almost 2 weeks into august. under the cap reads "you can win if you grin"

A- crystal clear burnt orange body with 1/2in of flat off white head that contained nice bubble constellations.

S- totally fruity. tropical, apricot, red grapes, pear, raspberry, blueberry, fruit punch, maraschino cherry, some sweet malt, a lot like salt water taffy with squash or zucchini in the background.

T- bland hops and faint malt mingled with mixed berry soda initially, with a surprisingly pronounced cooked vegetable finish and an english ale type dry hop aftertaste. all seems very artificial.

MF- thin crisp and watery. over carbonated like an alcohol infused grape soda. i can't stop burping.

D- thirst quenching for sure, but lacks that beer oomph. great example of the style though, i find it to be better than thirsty dog's raspberry and on par with sea dog blueberry. i only wish it was more beery like sam adams cherry wheat.

08-14-2007 06:15:48 | More by hustlesworth
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%

This is a great summer sipper. Low in alcohol with a sweet apricot midpalate and good smoothness all the way thru. The hops are just enuff to get your attention but the fruitiness and the malts win in the end. I can see why they call this magic because this ale starts of sweet and ends dry and crisp. I heard these guys might come to Georgia soon. That would be great.

08-13-2007 21:34:10 | More by athensbeermaster
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

Short, off-white even head sits on a sparkling golden-orange tint--rather attractive...strong grape and citrus fruit bouquet....swift, dry and soft palate--hints of a faux lambic?....lively carbonation pairs with a dry, medium texture...begins heavy with malt, then softens into a hoppy, fruity finish that lingers...although the fruitiness may be intrusive at times, overall this is, like the label says, without a parallel....which also makes it an odd duck when pairing or sharing...

08-05-2007 04:12:03 | More by dacrza1
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

Served a nice light amber with a minimal head that quickly diminished. The aroma was malt, slight citrus hops and apricot. The taste is dominated by fruits above an otherwise common pale ale flavor. The beer is light and crisp with low carbonation. This one is enjoyable and will be a choice at places when other better beers may not be available.

08-01-2007 00:40:36 | More by atsprings
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WillieMoe

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +22.4%

The #9 is a solid offering from the gang over at Magic Hat. Pours well, with minimal head and is extremely drinkable, with a fruity taste. Not too much of an aftertaste. One of my favorites from Magic Hat, it is especially a great beer for someone just learning to appreciate "good" beers. Not a beer you could spend a whole night drinking perhaps, due to it's sweetness, but one or two really hit the spot.

07-28-2007 15:26:05 | More by WillieMoe
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.65/5  rDev -21.8%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams BL glass. Best by date of 7/07. The body was clear, light golden. The minimal head faded to a filmy ring.

Smell was tropical fruit. Powdery sweet like a just opened Kool-Aid packet. Apricots. perfume.

Taste was tangy. Organic and sweet with a bittering aftertaste. Taste was first fruity, then malty, then bitter. A little too sweet and fruity for my tastes.

Mouthfeel was zesty with a medium to full body.

07-28-2007 13:49:44 | More by Cresant
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westweasel

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%

Thanks to schneid for this beer!

The beer was poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass. The color was a dark orange with just a hint of off-white head. The beer appeared to be highly carbonated. A few sniffs from the glass gave me a sweet bread smell and Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum.

The taste was dominated by strong biscuit and peach flavors. The beer is very well balanced with a slight bitterness at the back of the swallow. The mouthfeel was somewhere between medium and full.

This beer is very drinkable, and could easily be handled in large amounts.

07-26-2007 02:58:07 | More by westweasel
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

Appearance- Pours a medium brown color with hints of amber, little head and that which does pour dissipates quickly.

Smell- Strong fruity elements, strawberry is distinctly notable as is pineapple, blends together extremely well, one of the most delicious smelling beers Ive ever had.

Taste- A very smooth, not overpowering brew. Fruity tones are most evident but so is a more subtle backdrop of wheat.

Mouthfeel- Clean on the mouth, no undue residue. Taste lingers pleasantly on palate for a brief time only, not a drawn-out aftertaste.

Drinkability- A very drinkable brew, not too heavy, refreshing, and clean crisp taste, a worthy purchase especially during spring or summer.

07-25-2007 00:42:22 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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sleazo

New York

2.35/5  rDev -30.7%

A-Hazy orange with virtually no head and minimal head.

S-Smells of spent vegetable matter, sulphur. This smells putrid.

T-Tastes of that same sulphur with a vague fruityness. There is a sweetness that intermingles with some bitterness but doesnt meld at all. Kind of an artificial tasting train wreck

M-Light to medium body with a hard carbonation.

D-I used to like this beer about 10 years ago but now it totally falls flat for me. The whole thing is kind of a mess as the flavours are all vague and dont go with one another. The sweetness of the apricot just doesnt go with their hopping. The offputting smell doesnt help things.

07-20-2007 03:00:48 | More by sleazo
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Durge

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +26.3%

This has been one of the few fruit induced beers I consistently like, along with Sam's Cherry Wheat. I drink it in bottles regularly and had it here as a pint from a local establishment. A thin looking pale golden-yellow, but it does produce a great white head with big bubbles. You get the apricot aroma right away but it is not overpowering, smells like a fresh apricot with a bready overtone. First mouthful comes on as a pretty watery blend of fruit and wheat/yeast. It's mild and finely carbonated with that unique, tasteful apricot flavor that results in a very drinkable beer. I generally find that I don't like to overdo this apricot goodie as the taste can wear a little thin after a few, but they go done fast and easy, and they really seem to quench your thirst. I can see where not everyone would rave about this, some might think it is whimpy and weak, but I think it does a good job of keeping this in the beer family without the heavy syrupy, champagne like stuff you can get from some of the old school fruit beers. It is watered down, but I think it works. A favorite.

07-15-2007 00:53:13 | More by Durge
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cracgor

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

Amber beer with a kind of week head on it. Smells quite fruity. Where sweet, very aromatic. I don't know what kind of fruit, but it is an appealing smell mixed with the hops. A very berry taste to it up front with a delicious malty bite at the end. I don't really like fruit beers that much. This one really isn't that bad, and it could be a nice change to your normal routine. Not excellent by any means though.

07-09-2007 00:53:23 | More by cracgor
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,641 ratings.