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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,844 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,844
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 45
Gots: 487 | 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 Redwood21
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a huge foam like white head that quickly shrunk down. the beer is a light amber color. it smells of ruit but not too strongly. You get a hit of apricot, which makes sense since they say its brewed with the "essence of apricot". The first time i tried this beer i did not like the taste at all, however upon the second tasting its more pleasant and seems more balanced. I still feel that it is a bit too strong in what i guess is apricot flavor for my tatse but im sure ppl would like that. The drinkability is reasonable since the abv is around 5 and the flavor is not too strong one way or another, however for those who dislike fruit like beers, this prolly wont become a favorite.

Redwood21, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of McClungbrew2
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured deep gold with a white head. There was a steady stream of small bubbles rising from the sides and bottom of the glass. It is very clear in a glass.

The aroma was somewhat faint but mostly pale malt and essences of fruit.

The flavor was mostly dried apricot and not enough hop presence for balance. The finish was sweet and again tasted like dried apricot. It is fullflavored but not balanced.

The mouthfeel was heavier than I expected. I thought it would be lighter.

This beer is fairly complex. It doesn't suit my personal taste, but others may consider it very drinkable.

McClungbrew2, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of OSUbrewman
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap at Mad Mex in Columbus, OH.

Appearance: A dark, clear orange. Not much of a head here, very thin, with lackluster lacing.

Smell: Very mild hops and malt, but citrus and apricot rule the day here. Perhaps just the slightest hint on cinnamon. Interesting.

Taste: Fruity with mild bitterness. Subtle and deinfatle easy on the palate. A dry, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and very smooth.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and sessionable. However, I prefer a bit more substance to my sessions.

This is definately a unique choice, and is far and away better than most fruit beers I have tried. I just prefer someting a bit more complex and challenging. Nevertheless, #9 is not a bad choice if you're looking for a change of pace.

OSUbrewman, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle - psychadelic label with more fluff than actual information. "flavored not quite Pale Ale"

Appearance: Light reddish orange, thin head but with good retention.

Smell: Tart, lots of apricot.

Taste: Fruit dominated, but plenty of nice beer flavors as well. A bit of clean malt to go with an apricot flavor - finish is dry.

Overall impression: Nice and drinkable fruit beer - reminds me a bit of aprihop, but a bit more subtle.

rowew, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Neehan
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange with a thin head. Fruity smell of peaches, pears, red apples. The taste is smooth with the fruitiness covered in a buttery texture to calm the flavors and not make them overly sweet or sour. Tastes of slight tangerine and orange merengue that dies out for a smooth, balanced finish. Different, but a solid choice.

Neehan, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured hazy and amber, the head was thin and dissipated quickly. It smelled of fruit and spice. It tasted of apricot and yeast (not a bad thing), the hops are very subtle. It was smooth, not overly carbonated. Although not a spectacular beer, I could drink this quite often.

cichief, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The old boy poured a semi-hazy amber, with a fast disappearing white head. Loads of an orangy malt tickled the ol’ beak, followed by a nice taste of prickly orange, with some underlying notes of floral hops.

Very crisp and dry, this would make for a good spring session brew, although a touch high in alcohol (above 5%).

A nice payoff from TheManiacalOne in the Super bowl o beer bet.

Vancer, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of pgenius
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a light orange kind of color with a small white head that goes away fast

S - Fruit and mild hop, nothing special

T - Initially theres a good apricot flavor, but for me it fades after a few sips and becomes virtually indistinguishable. I picked up on some hops too which balanced the fruitiness nicely

M - A little watery for my taste, but its refreshing and goes down easy

D - The definition of an average fruit brew, but too over hyped. Its good in the warmer weather

pgenius, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
2.23/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served several degrees above fridge temperature in a pint glass. Best before April 2007.

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy pale orange, with an extremely durable three-finger snow white head. Very nice initial lacing is left behind in the beer's tracks.

Smell- Lots of apricots, not much else. There's just the mildest suggestion of breadiness, but keeping my nose in this glass for too long begins to turn my stomach. Too fruity, perhaps...

Taste- This beer comes across much too heavily in the fruit category... the tongue is walloped with a manufactured apricot flavor that obliterates all else. After the swallow, the aroma in the mouth (if that makes sense) is nice... it's the ghost of apricot... but the hop bitterness feels stale and it lasts way too long.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Thin and wispy mouthfeel... no body. The carbonation is weak to begin with, but it just dies after that. I remember about ten years ago drinking these with pleasure, but that was straight from the ice cold bottle at local bars when Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam were crowding the jukebox. A real tough tasting to get through.

yelterdow, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of HausBrewer
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber color with a finger of head that disappears with some lacing as I drank.

Smell: Orange citrus
Taste: Sweet, with a lot of fruitiness. As the beer warms I get some grapefruit along with the occasional taste of hops.

Mouthfeel: A nice smooth mouthfeel with some tingle from the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a solid, very drinkable beer. Its too bad I only have one.

HausBrewer, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of jdg204
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bad boy in it's hometown of Burlington, VT (a great place to try some local brews).

Appearance - Nice golden color with a decent white head, nothing spectacular here.

Smell - Very nice (but not overpowering) floral/fruit smell mixed very nicely with some light expected ale spices.

Taste - The uniqueness of the flavor is definetly what sets this brew apart. A nice raspberry/ apricot flavor come through but unlike most crappy fruit beers, don't overpower the pale ale's natural flavors. Extremely well balanced and unlike anything else I've had.

Mouthfeel - The consistency of the texture if very nice and the aftertaste is very pleasant due to the fruit notes.

Drinkability - Don't let the fruit beer label fool you, this is one bad brewhaha. The label is correct, it's completely unique and unlike anything I've ever had. Rather than trying to make a beer more fruity for non-beer lover's this one uses the fruits natural flavors in an aweomse beer, can't recommend this one enough for those looking for something original.

jdg204, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of Alkey
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured a clear golden color with large white head the leaves some spots of lace around the glass. The smell of this brew is very fruity almost like a fruit cup cocktail with the little cherries and peaches. The taste however seems rather watery with light flavors of apricot and thats about all. The feel has a tingle of carbonation and is light. This beer is very easy to drink but mostly because it has very little flavor.

Alkey, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of Seanish
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the third time I've bought a 12 pack of these but the first time I've really tried to figure out what I thought about this beer (besides the fact that I liked it)...

#9 has a very nice appearance, the beer is gold in color, I wouldn't call it dark so much as deep, and very clear. Drinking from the bottle I would have guessed darker. After pouring it has a small foaming head that dissipated pretty quick, with a strand of foam clinging to the sides and a flat cloud on the top of the beer.

The smell is the weakest part of this beer, it doesn't lend to the taste like you would expect. It has an almost sanitizer quality that I don't find pleasant but it doesn't keep me away.

Taste is where #9 shines. It has a great balance between light fruitiness with the apricot essence and the hops which take over the tail end of a sip. It is a wonderful transition between the tastes as well, this beer flows smooth. Mouthfeel wise it also shines, it has the right amount of carbonation coupled with a well blended taste.

This is a session beer to me. It has the perfect amount of balance with a twist. I never even knew I liked apricots. Do yourself a favor and give this beer a try.

Seanish, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd reviewed this, on-tap about half a year ago, and although I rated it 4-3-3-3-3 I wasn't all that impressed, probably because of over-carbonation in the on-tap serving.

I'm on my 3rd bottle of this here at home, now, and enjoying it.

A- Huge near-white foamy sudsy head that stays for a long time, eventually pooling and also clinging to the sides of the glass stein all the way to where it began.

S- Less impressed with the smell, reminds me of starch like on laundry or something. Still, interesting and a bit fruity. [ADDED 8/29/2008- actually rather impressive in this batch, noticeable watermelon-strawberry traits, nice]

T- Very nice, moderately bittered hops with fruits, light sweetness of honey, what reminds me of apple-cider [depending on age] as well as some other fruity-ness. [ADDED 8/29/2008- actually rather impressive in this batch, noticeable watermelon-strawberry traits, nice]. Very nice bready malts.

M- clean, with some residual bitters, probably more bitters in the aftertaste than during the drinking.

D- very drinkable.

therica, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of ohnoitsthefuzz
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this directly from the bottle, having no glassware available, during a drinking session. I started sober and drank only #9 the whole night, so I jotted down a few notes in case I ended up getting a little sloshed later on. #9 has an enticing apricot odor (being an apricot infused ale, that should sorta be expected) and a great overall character. The taste is at first smooth and sweet, with the fruit character coming to the front, and then as the taste progresses, the small hoppiness comes to the front and balances it with a light bitter flavor in the end. There appears to be little aftertaste to this beer. Mouthfeel is unremarkable, but satisfying. Honestly, I put down five bottles of this before I realized it, its that easy to drink. Personally, this is one of my favorites if I need an inexpensive but quality beer for the evening. I've even had people who refuse to drink any kind of beer tell me they love #9. Definately a good call.

ohnoitsthefuzz, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of veech
2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was just not overly impressed with this beer. Magic Hat is newly available in NC, and my brother picked up a 6'er to try.
The appearance was demure enough nothing outstanding nothing wrong either. The smell hinted of dried fruit and was just plain odd, and particularly appetizing. Taste was sweet with a strange apricot finish, not very tasty. Mouthfeel was fine, but the fruity aftertaste ruined it for me. No. 9, like most other fruit/veg beers, is not going to get much love from me. I would have to assume that Magic Hat produces much better options than this one. Not recommended.

veech, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of jhicks12
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pour a yellow and bubbly with an unimpressive head

Smell: I picked up bit of apricot and fruit and really nothing else

Taste: average taste not as much apricot as i would have thought really just bland

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin and bubbly fizzy not what i was expecting

Drinkability: Very unoffensive and not that much flavor. Kinda bland session beer that speaks to the masses...i hope magic hats other offerings are stronger

jhicks12, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of foureyedgeek
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of santoslhalper.

Pours a clear straw color with a small white head that falls to a ring of foam and little bit of bubbles.

Smells of dried apricots but also kind of like soap or perfume, as well as a little leather(?).

Taste is sweet and of course fruity, as well as a cereal sort of graininess. Its interesting, but I'm not really sure that I like it.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, its crisp and kind of bubbly.

Drinkability isn't too bad either, but really this one is just too different. Its not bad, but its just plain odd. I'm glad I tried it, just for something new, but I really won't be seeking it out again.

foureyedgeek, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pilsner glass
notched best buy APR 07

Pours a golden orange with a small frothy head that leaves behind some decent sheeted lace. Carbonation appears robust througout.

Nose: Sweet fruits along with some faint floral notes.

Taste: Sweet, crisp and clean. No flavors seem to shine but the balance of sweet malts, fruity esters and subtle hop combine nicely. Some banana flavors as well. Mild hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouth is crisp and semi-dry.

A nice fruity beer for the spring/summer season, so why am i drinking this in late January??

beerphan, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of ByTor2112
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I first tried this at the Philly Airport last summer and I was NOT impressed- bad taplines? Maybe, but here we go with a fresh bottle.

Poured into my white ceramic pint glass, I believe it was more on the pale to darker golden color. Thin film of foamy head formed.
Aroma- a touch of sweet malt, hardly any hop aromas present.
Taste & Mouthfeel-Nice carbonation, very little hop flavor but some malt sweetness, a touch of caramel flavor, and there is this subtle sweetness, almost metallic. It is not bad but just odd. A good froth releases some nice citrus flavors and creates a much nicer finish. Magic Hat creates good beers, this one just does not make a spalsh for me.

ByTor2112, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of Atron67
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got it in a magic hat variety pack i picked up for the weekend
poured in a pint glass from a bottle.
Not much head with a medium pour
decent smell, apricot and some other slight fruit smells.
a decent taste but a overly sweet finish
a good medium bodied mouthfeel
a decent beer but a little overly sweet, better with food than for sitting around drinking one after another

Atron67, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of barondebourgogne
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale tangerine color. Quick to head but dissapates even quicker. Crystal clear.

Fruity, dried apricot nose. Some lingering malt sweetness on the edges.

Tastes fruity, finishes metallic with some hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel starts astringent and dry on the tonque with a chalky finish.

I am burping apricots. I suppose it is a refreshing summer alternative to a pale ale. The apricots flavoring is not authentic and lacks some dimension. Overall an OK brew and a fun one to try.

barondebourgogne, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured pale orange with a coarse white head that dropped to a quarter-inch at once. Strong smell of raspberry preserves. Taste was grainy raspberry seeds balanced with citrusy hops. Light and dry finsh keeps the overall effect from being cloying.

I'm not usually one for fruited beer, but this one isn't overdone.

alexskovan, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of jmc44
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not being a big fan of fruit beers, I have been putting off giving this one a try for a while. However, last night at a restaurant with rather limited beer choices, I figured I'd give it a go.

Appearance is a slightly hazy golden color. Prominent white head that recedes quickly. A fine lacing remains.

The aroma is fruity, resulting from the apricot, but is not overpowering.

Taste is the same, a light fruity apricot with perhaps a bit of pear, a slight hint of sweet, but thin, malt. Dry and crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, light. A very drinkable beer; the fruit is not overwhelming as with many fruit-beer styles; and therefore the light and cripsness of this brew makes it very drinkable.

Generally, one of the best all-around fruit beers I have had. Recommended.

jmc44, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.97/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a opaque gold with a one inch head that holds fairly well and nice lacing to the finish. smell is very fruity. taste, apricot and pears. mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly sweet very well balanced. magic hat hit the nose on this one, just a great tasting beer.

billybob, Jan 10, 2007
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,844 ratings.