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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,028 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,028
Reviews: 1,590
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 52
Gots: 580 | 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 BitterLover
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: One finger fluffy white head that died down to a nice little film. Nice lacing. Moderate carbonation. Nice glowing honey color.

Smell: Yeasty bread with apricot jam.

Taste: Malty and sweet, actually does have a noticeable apricot flavor. Finishes with a bitterness that does not linger long. I normally don't like flavored beers, but this is subtle.

Mouthfeel: Nothing unusual or noteworthy, slight carbonation becomes evident.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Low alcohol means that this could be a session beer, and the flavor is interesting enough. I could drink this on a hot summer day for sure.

Photo of remllof
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured about a one inch white head that disapated fiarly quick. Smell is of apricots cant exactly get much more else from it. Taste first a bit taste of malts then a hit of apricots with no real sences of hops. Mouthfeel is fairly light not too bad. The aftertaste is sweet. Drinkabilty is pretty good this beer is actaually pretty smooth. This is one beer I would use to try to get some of my friends into better beer.

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

A - 2 finger white foamy head. Clear golden yellow body like a slightly darker pale lager. Some lacing.

S - Fruity apricot initial nose, but then it gets more dominated by a musty earth smell. I think this latter one is where the mysterious name is from.

T - Sweet and lightly citrus with a hint of bitterness that is intriguing.

M - Flavorful after the head dies down, nice before that with the foamy head. Thin body overall, watery mouthfeel but not watery taste due to the odd warming aftertaste.

D - It's light, and an excellent complement to fish fry or other light dishes.

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

From a bottle.

Kind of a hazy amber color. The head was thin but stayed for a long time.

Smelled a little tart. A hint of berries maybe.

The taste was very smooth and fruity. Berries and peaches were the dominant flavor. No artificial sweetness and almost no hops at all.

The mouthfeel was just acceptable. Smooth and nondescript.

A tasty beer. Easy to throw back several and keep liking them.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Again for the first time. MH #9 has been a "go to" in bottle or on tap for years and I never wrote it up. Picked-up a 6'er yesterday and had one with dinner. I had forgotten just how enjoyable they are. Cloudy orange-ish in the glass with a decent, if quickly disappearing head of tan/yellow foam. Definite fruit and malt in the nose, but the taste is perfectly balanced without the "spritzer" style fruitiness you get with some similar style beers. Tastes first and foremost like a nice, lighter-body pale ale, with a delicate fruit behind it. I tasted no alcohol at all. You could definitely put these away all night before they caught up with you.

Photo of bcolflesh
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a fruity-smelling pale ale - easy drinking and after it's done it seems like there is going to be some bitterness, but it does not have a bitter aftertaste - tricky brewing.

It would be easy to eat some snacks and enjoy more than one these - but it's nothing special to me.

Photo of TStandley13
4.45/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I have a special place in my heart for an ice cold #9. I know that it gets criticized for being mediocre, and that many people feel that Magic Hat is a "sellout" but I truly feel that #9 is a unique and quite tasty.

A - Orange and cloudy. Head is pretty white, and sticks around for a bit leaving slight lacing on my glass.

S - Fruity smelling, very sweet. Definitely detect apricots.

T - Fruity flavor, once again surfaces the apricot. Other fruits as well. Not bitter at all. Alcohol hidden very well.

M - Decent mouth feel but nothing notable. Pretty thin with a pleasing amount of carbonation.

D - I could probably put away a sixer of these bad boys and I would still crave more.

Photo of wiseguy142
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a lot of hating on this beer in the reviews so I'll have to see how this holds up to all the negativity. Pours a really unique light peach color into a chalice glass. Like softened mandarin oranges or a very light honey. Good head sticks on there for a couple mins then dies down to a decent cap with good lacing. Nothing wrong with that.

Aroma is bursting with fresh apricot goodness. I just picked up the spring mix pack (in January..) so it must be damn fresh. It really smells like I'm sticking my head into a bag of dried apricots and you can smell both the sugary insides of the apricots as well as the slightly tart skins. Whatever they're using, it works.

Solid malt character along with the apricot in the taste. The apricot isn't as strong as in the aroma but it pairs itself wonderfully with the husky flavor from the grains. Just enough carbonation brings the apricot out a little more at the end. A little astringent at the end.. makes your mouth pucker. I guess that's to be expected. But it doesn't come off really as a flaw since it's going with the apricot flavor.

Seriously why all the hate? Because it's an apricot beer? Because it's widely distributed? I see a ton of C-'s out there but I'd like to see a better apricot beer out there.

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

a - Peachy and transparent with a quickly dissovling head

s - Apricots and yeast. Probably its leading quality.

t - sweet and fruity up front with a carbonation that shows up mostly in the back of the tongue on the swallow. A bit of standrd light beer aftertaste lingers with the apricot

m - Thin.

d - The perky carbonation is the only thing keeping it from going down like water. I mostly encounter this one as a draft or straight from the bottle at a cookout. I think the scent is the saving grace with it - otherwise there isn't much there. Not bad overall but kind of boring as a session beer. I liked the other non-Circus Boy elements of the Multipacks much more.

Once this stuff warms or loses carbonation...no thanks. It moves quickly into the realm of light beer in this regard - great and crisp when ice cold at a sports bar or cookout, lousy when warm. Gotta knock down its drinkability a bit for that aspect.

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

Served a pint at Flying Saucer in san antonio. Theres a small white head, that stayed around for awhile. Body is copper colored, clear, with some medium carbonation. Minimal lacing through out

Smells of something very familiar, passionfruit shisha, or a fruit juice. Also some sweet spices, malts and hops were very faint if present at all

Taste was of sweet fruit, like apricot or passionfruit. Tasted some spice maybe coriander, cardamon, or tea leaves. Kinda reminded me of a hibiscus herbal tea i had once. One of a kind flavors in this beer

Mouth feel was a bit on the light side. Almost watery, with a good amount of carbonation.

I always enjoy trying new styles out , and this was definitely different. Tasted good, above average drink ability , would order again

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful opaque beer with a fruity scent. It has a nice wheat malt flavor to it and just a hint of bitterness to it. It also has a nice fruity taste to it. It sits somewhat heavy, but very refreshing.

This is one of my favorite store-bought beers. It's a very good fruit style beer, which normally I don't care for, but this ale has a nice balance to it.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow with a thin white head.

S - Apricot with a malt graininess and lightly bready malts. Very faint aroma.

T - Apricot, slightly sweet with a general grainy flavor. Much more flavor than aroma.

M - Light with good carbonation. Refreshing.

D - This beer is down right slammable with a light fruit aroma/flavor, light body and low abv. I just wish it was a little more interesting.

Photo of MillySox
1.4/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Light golden color with a foamy white head. Very little aroma with nothing out of the ordinary detected. Smooth on the pallet followed by a swift kick in balls. There is something like grape hi-c all over this concoction that was mislabeled as beer. If they did use hops they were wasting them.

I'll be perfectly honest. My review maybe should be taken with a grain of salt because I only drank half of this beer. The barmaid actually approached and offered to pour me something different because she could see the agony on my face as I tried to swallow this crap.

Photo of bluesoul
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into pint glass. Vigorous pour yielded maybe half a finger's worth of white foam, which dissipated fairly quickly. No lacing at all. Poured more orange than gold to the light, and quite hazy.

S - Getting a nutty aroma, like a fruit salad with nuts. The malt keeps a low profile to the nose but does become more apparent when swirled in the glass.

T - Taste doesn't quite go with the aroma, a rich fruity yet malty taste with an unusual twist of a finish, possibly grape or plum. Very light hops in the finish, hop heads would be best served with another ale.

M - Feels pretty light all in all, certainly inoffensive. Alcohol taste is nonexistent. Aftertaste gives you a fruity feeling on the tip of your tongue, like you just ate a banana, and the hops do build up towards the back of the tongue as you keep drinking.

D/O - I don't think it really merits some of the pannings I've seen it get on here. While it's fruity enough to not be an all-around favorite I'd have to say it's a quite inoffensive, and very drinkable approach to an apricot-themed beer. Could see myself scouting it out again in the summer when I think the flavors would really shine. Do yourself a favor if you've got it in a fridge, give it a few minutes out to warm up a bit and you'll appreciate the flavors quite a bit more. It really got a lot more pleasant as it warmed up.

Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured orange gold in color with a 1/2 inch creamy cloud-like white head, and smells sweet like apricot, malt and hops. Very light carbonation that goes down smooth with good lacing.

Tastes sweet up front like citrus and only a hint of apricot mixed with malt and hops; there's a strange balance and variety to this beer that all seem to work well together in a mix of spice, sweetness and a slight roasted bready finish. Nothing dominates the palate as the hops, malt, fruit and other ingredients all seem to peek through without any one taking control of the taste - that aspect of this beer could be bad or good depending on your perspective and mood. I've always enjoyed #9.

I always liked how this beer keeps me guessing on the flavor, as the taste is such a unique mix that each time I drink it the brew seems different and always enjoyable. I have been drinking it for almost 10 years and will continue to do so...this is a tasty beer that I feel leans more towards an IPA than a fruit beer as the apricot smell up front does not dominate the taste like a traditional fruit beer such as the Lindemans Framboise Lambic.

Photo of Kemmerlin
2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: waffer thin head light yellow orange color and good clarity no lacing.
S: I couldn't really smel much except a very faint hint of apricot and sugar.
T: The first part of the taste hits with a big apricot wallop and follws it with an apricot medicine flavor that makes me wish I didn't order the beer. I canalso get a small taste of the yeast and malts used but this brew is about apricots
M/D: light and has a bit of a carbonation bite on the tongue. I can't easily drink this one due to it's huge apricot flavor and don't enjoy it as much because of the lack of smell. But props to the brewer for saying he was going to make an apricot beer and doing just that.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle received in trade, thanks to Phil.

Tried Jul 2008.

Medium sized yellow head. Well carbonated. Clear orange yellow color. Apricot smell is fresh, sweet and tart with a hint of grass. Starts dryer than it smells, clean fresh apricot taste. Medium body. Finishes dry and tart, slightly sticky.

Photo of Duhast500
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color is very pale orange with a off white.

The smell is fruity and a bit sweet with a hint of peach and hops.

The taste is malty but also hoppy. Is sweet and has a slight appricot taste. Is well balanced and not heavy.

This is a great session beer. Is pretty tasty for a that is a little on the lighter side of ABV.

Photo of rlparker3
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1-Jan-2009 Home

A decent choice for last beer of the evening: light and mild... not powerful.

Poured a light amber with a 2 fingered, large bubbled head. Smells meekly like sweet, overripe fruit... sugary. The beer flavor is concealed behind sweet, apricots. It is surprisingly refreshing... a soda stickiness lingers... especially after the beer warms.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice head upon retrieval. Tangerine in color. An aromatic smell unlike no other, cant place it. Kiwi strawberry in nature, exotic to the extreme. Taste is fruity and relaxed, would be completed with sunshine. Carbonation and froth made this beer tolerable. Lacing was above average. Drinkability, not so much. Will recommend to my lady friends.

Photo of kbeals
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Sort of a hazy, golden color to it. About a finger's worth of head to it. Decent lacing

S- Mostly of fruits, some hops present, but the fruitiness easily dominates the smell.

T- Taste is also very fruity, the hops make a presence once again but fail to come through. Almost a bit of maltiness to it also.

M- Pretty smooth, light to medium body, lightly carbonated.

D- These are fairly drinkable as they're not very strong. A decent beer overall.

Photo of JayNH
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a sightly hazy golden color with a thick foamy head.

S- Has a dirty/earthy hop smell with a tinge of fruitiness in the background.

T- A slightly fruity sweetness with an eathy hoppiness. Very bland...

M- Flat, watery and no body to it.

D- Not a bad beer, just not good. Watered down and bland.

Photo of czfreeman
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Under the cap says "magic is where you make it"hmmm...
Pours a light golden amber tone, pale gold color. Light carbonation,producing a light wisp of a head. Decent lacing
Smells like apricot-orange juice, sweet,sugary, some biscuity malts in the mix,the not-quite-hoppy-pale ale we have here.
This tastes..well like juice. I liked Hi-C when I was 10,but this is not really what I was looking for nowadays. In all fairness..well dammit,it tastes like apricot-fruit juice! A touch of malts in the mix, but I can see why girls(who aren't BA's!) love this beer so much.
Mouthfeel is oddly light for the beer to be so sugary-sweet. I have an "Odd Notion" that I won't be buying this "feast of fools" anytime again.

Photo of SerieDNo3
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug

A: Pours a pale orange-ish gold with a white one-finger head that dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass.

S: Very heavy on the apricots here. A faint hint of hops, but mainly a sweet apricot smell.

T: This is a bit sickeningly sweet. The apricots dominate the other flavors. It gets a bit more pleasant as it warms up, with a little bit of hop bitterness to balance it somewhat.

M: An odd mix between low carbonation and a thin mouthfeel. I suppose it would be better on a summer afternoon.

D: This is too sweet for me to want more than one. I don't necessarily have a problem with sweetness, but this is an unpleasant sweetness. It approaches sourness.

Photo of jadpsu
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

One bottle at parents house. Pours less than clear but not too cloudy either. Decent head in both volume and longevity. Blonde to amber in color.
A lot of citrus hops along with a stale, sour like aroma. Delivers a tangy taste with some apricot, peach. On the thin side. Average brew for me, after the citrus flavors of orange and lemon peels I'm just not a big fan of other fruity tasting beers.

On 3/31/13 I purchased a 6 pack of #9. I am finding that there is no correlation to this brew and what I read above.
This bottle: Pours clear, and is pale straw in color. Light herbal hops detected, definitely more malty than hoppy. Has a decent head with some solid side glass lacing.
Tangy citrus flavors are very distant.

Serving type: bottle

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 5,028 ratings.