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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,126
Reviews: 1,622
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 56
Gots: 700 | FT: 1
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Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-1998

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
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Photo of bobsy
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold, with a tight white cap. Apricot and pear flavours in the nose - a nice perfumed bouquet. Nice crisp light malt backbone, which allows the apricot flavour to come through strongly, while still keeping it within the realms of good beer. Fairly light mouthfeel, but quite crisp and refreshing. All of this adds up to making some good drinkability.

Photo of changeup45
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Initially sampled back in July, 2004 and drank it quite often but not so much recently. The more I had this the more I found it quite refreshing but at first I didn't like it at all. Gold body with medium head and a pretty good amount of lace. It has a sweet apricot taste with a mild hop flavor. The apricot flavor is just too sweet! I like the beer alright but wish they would tone it down a bit, which prevents me from giving it a higher rating.

Photo of currysage1
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod yellow, one inch slight off white fizzy head.

Smells of strongly stinky dried apricots (surprise surprise).

Taste is of coffee grounds mixed with light fruits. Light grains and bready yeasts.

Mouthfeel is not bad at all, good texture and carbonation is very nice and refreshing.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Not quite pale ale", eh? Ok. Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a thin slightly off-white head.

Whoa! This one smells interesting. I get wheat, green grapes, pears, honey and yellow cake mix. Cool nose on this mutha.

Tastes of bright, fleshy fruit....yellow apples, crisp pears, ripe tangerines and clover. This has to have some wheat in it, right? Pretty far out there! May be a bit too sweet for some, reminds me a bit of Midas Touch.

A very interesting beer, worth the experiment. I was lucky enough to get a single of this, as I am not sure how long it would take to get through a whole sixer.

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

Ok, picked up a sixer of this brew in New York. I have had it before at the Capital Ale House in VA. It markets itself as not quite a Pale Ale. I would say they are pretty close with that description. Pours a light copper color. Pretty good head that settles out quickly. You can pick up a bit of fruitiness in the smell. Almost hefe like but a tad sweeter? (After having a few I noticed the bottle said it was brewed with essence of apricot) Good mouth feel. A sweet note, but not a malty one. Very odd but pleasant. A short hop note up front but no bitterness to be had (darn!) Lingers in the mouth a while, a slight oily feel once done. There is something about this beer I can't really put my finger on. It isn't a pale ale but shouldn't really be called a fruit beer either. Maybe an SPA, Sweet Pale Ale? It is a refreshing drinking beer and a tad mysterious as it says on the bottle. If I could get it in GA it would be a semi-regular feature for when I was in a mood for a darker ale but not on a hop bender. If you like Pale Ales but are not a Hop Head (or if you are and want to try something interesting) and you find this on tap, give it a shoot.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - golden clear yellow color with airy white head. not much retention.

s - slightly hoppy with a little sweet maltiness. Not a lot of smell.

t - malty, fruity, apricot, slightly hoppy, dry finish

m - smooth

d - interesting taste, but nothing too spectacular. Worth a try, but nothing really begs me to try it again.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a white head that settles all to quickly to a ring. No real lacing. Fruity, juicy bubblicious type aroma with notes of peaches, wax, blueberries and light grain. Taste is similar. Mostly waxy fruit up front followd by a hint of grainy, earthy bitterness that is quite mild. Slightly sweet and sticky mouthfeel keeeps it from being that refreshing. Just okay, but five me a wit any day over this as a summer refresher.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance was light golden-amber with a small white cap that left a fair amount of lacing on the cup (yes, sadly it was a cup -- they don't serve glasses outside).

Not much detected in the nose aside from sweet fruit. Taste followed suit, with a thick sweetness of apricots and hints of mango up front, followed up by a showing of biscuity grain in the middle, finishing semi-sweet and slightly dry.

Very smooth and very refreshing, this would be a superb beer for a hot summer day or to finish off a good meal, and probably a good introduction for someone unfamiliar with or turned off by more powerful brews.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not an especially impressive beer. The plain amber color is not inspiring, and there is little head even in a newly poured draft. This brew meets the nose with a slightly tangy aroma, which foreshadows a dry tangy fruit flavor. Very unusual for a pale ale, but not really what I'm after when I order such a brew. It is a refreshing drink, nicely carbonated and with a nice texture.

Photo of mbenthall
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy orange decent lingering head.

Smell: Fuity overpowering any hop or malt.

Taste: Subtle hop flavors, sweet fruit but not overly sweet. smooth dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry.

Drinkability: Good beer defiantely a easy enjoyable drink. If your up for somthing sweeter with fruit taste.

Photo of fank2788
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
After the pour #9 is a light yellowy copper in the glass with a one finger off white head that falls to a thin layer of bubbles, that laces the glass a bit. In the nose I'm getting some apricot up front, fairly one dimensional, with some caramel malt underneath. Hop presence is minimal in the smell. The apricot comes through heavily in the taste also. Despite being an extract the fruit seems fairly real, however, the base disappoints a bit. For an APA the malt profile is pretty one dimensional and the hops are only there to provide a backing bitterness and leave me wondering if they really wanted to make a pale ale. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not enough bitterness to give it the kick it needs yet it finishes quite dry with a bit of a slick exctracty fruitiness. Despite the shortcomings drinkability isn't awful, it wouldn't be my first choice, aprihop is much better for example, but it isn't terrible.

Photo of everetends
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I poured into a shaker pint. Handed to me out of a fridge stocked with Magic Hat and other Vermont brews in anticipation for my arrival. Hey, drink local right?

A: Poures a clear, coppery, orange with a touch of head. The beer has some carbonation activity but nothing too crazy. Has some decent amount of head but very little retention. What head does exist produces some sticky lacing.

S: Smell is of floral hops, citrus rind, apricots, and malt. I only rated it a 3 because although these aromas were present, they were very faint.

T: Taste is a good balance of floral hops and light, sweet malt. Citrus and apricot are present but not in your face. Bitterness is minimal but I believe that is what they trying to achieve with their "not so pale ale". Mission accomplished.

M: Light bodied brew that really has goes down clean and crisp. Has a good carbonation level and makes this pretty refreshing. Only took some hits because I like my APAs to have a bit of stickiness to them that keeps the flavors in the mouth a bit. Finished bit too clean.

D: This is a very sessionable brew. Has some great taste, low ABV, and a good refreshment level. It is easy to loose track of how many you have put down. My type of every day brew.

Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with psychedelic label.

Brassy orange body; clear. Small, off-white, gauzy head. Nose of caramel, buttered toast, fresh flowers, orange zest, and floral hops. Toasted malt and some floral bitterness up front. Caramel and marmalade spread on toast come through mid-palate. Fruity-perfume quality (like pears mixed with chamomile). Light citrus in an otherwise floral hop finish. Lingering butterscotch. Moderate to light body. Lively feel. Refreshing, but not my type of pale ale.

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a light gold with hardly any head. The head diminishes into a thin ring of bubbles around the glass. There's a little bit of lacing as the beer goes down the hatch.

Smells alright - lots of apricot along with a bit of something I can only describe as hair product, kind of astringent.

Tastes better than it smells. Lots of apricot with a tiny bit of hop bitterness at the end. Pretty good for the amount of fruit taste in the beer.

The mouthfeel is alright, carbonation and thickness are a little better than average, but it won't blow your mind.

This is pretty drinkable, although the apricot taste gets old after a while. It's not as intense as other fruity beers I've tasted however.

Overall I have to recommend this beer. It's pretty unique, even if it's not earth-shattering. Worth a shot, although I would avoid an entire 6-pack.

Photo of mhewes
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice copper color with a decent head that doesn't stick around

S : Good apricot aroma. Some malts in there also. Not picking up any hops

T : Very good apricot flavor with some malt in there also. A slight hop bitterness on the finish.

M : Light-bodied, refreshing, good carbonation

D : I would have classified this a fruit beer instead of an American pale ale. I enjoyed it and would definitely get more.

Photo of mrsoul12
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper color with very little head. Aroma was sweet and hard to place. In the end I decided on apricots, which I thought was a pretty original choice. Incredibly tasty in the mouth, a real lip-smacker, washing down easily and refreshingly. This is definitely not your ordinary pale ale. Tastes a lot like Pyramid's Apricot Weizen.

Photo of unionturf
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

HAd this from a bottle...poured dark gold with very little head. Being a fan of a hoppy beer I was a little let down by it's lack of "zing". It was drinkable and not a bad beer, but as stated by others it would be further down my list of choices. The apricots were not too noticeable in the beer and didn't really hurt the flavor too bad, just wished it had a little more taste.

Photo of klintok21
4.87/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Being a fan of Pale Ales, I had to give this a try on suggestion from a friend. I was pleasantly surprised! It has a very fruity aroma to it but is not overwhelming and keeps the characteristics of an American pale ale. With light carbonation and a great taste it is a very easy drinker, well worth at least one try!

Photo of TagoMago
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat's #9 is an American Pale Ale (APA) brewed with apricots. While I was never a big fan of fruity beers, Magic Hat did quite well with this because the fruity overtones compliment the beer rather than overpower it. There is nothing worse than a fruit beer that tastes more like soda than beer. This is not the case here.

The beer pours with a nice copper color. The head is there for a few seconds after the pour, but doesn't last long.

The aroma of this beer is very nice and is of bready malts and apricot. Very little in the way of hops are detected.

The apricot in this beer is quite noticeable up front, but is in no way overpowering. You can taste the biscuity malts and ringwood yeast in the finish. For a pale ale of the American style, there isn't much hops to speak of. The mouthfeel is pretty average, but decent for its style.

While this beer is far from outstanding, it does make for a great hot weather beer that you don't have to think too much about. It's refreshing and tastes good, and is the perfect beer for any outdoor event where people with good taste predominate.

Photo of Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a darker gold orange color with a large foamy white head. Smells grainy, citrus, other fruits...peach?

Taste is a little flat. Expecting more crispness with this one. Taste the citrus right off the bat, very mild hops flavor coming through. Sort of a sour aftertaste.

Very easy drinkability! Smooth and creamy aspects make this a great drinkable beer.

Would get this again, but not the greatest of the genre.

Photo of elricorico
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange gold in colour with a finger of creamy white head. Head seems to stick around for a while.

Smells fruity and flowery. Apricot, and perhaps peach. I also get something a little creamy, that is hard to pin down. Quite different to the nose.

Fruity again in the taste, but less pronounced. Peach more than apricot, though both are present. Finish is a little empty, sweetness of the fruit isn't much balanced at the back end.

Medium, creamy body, with subtle carbonation that cuts the body just right. Mouthfeel is a strong point.

I like it. I didn't really know what to expect, but the six pack I picked up went down very well.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed about six this past Friday on Govenors Island in New York Harbor for a concert. I've had this one since the late 90's starting at the Providence Civic Center to see a Phish show and numerous times afterward in the past decade. Had a similar apricot beer the other night and was interested to see the differences. Not entirely sure how this is classified as a APA instead of a fruit beer but here goes...

A: Poured into plastic cups, bringing out a dark orange/brown hugh with a bubbly clear bottom. Rather good lacing and medium to low retetnion.

S: Nose gave you sweet malts, bevy of citrus with orange being the domimant one. Minor estery accents and even less hops.

T: Following the nose, you get a sweetness of the malts and the apricot for the most part, citrus peels, cloves and spices. The taste does not remain consistent with the estery giving way to the well hidden hops.

M: This is my biggest problem with the classification. Medium to light at best has no biscuit or body for the most part. Gets watery as you move down the glass. The finish is a meld of spice and sweetness, but the apricot dominates too much.

D: A good beer and one that i would put on the far end of the American Pale Ale category. Very little hops and the zing coming from the citrus and spices instead of hops. Good outdoor festival beer but goes through you very quickly.

Photo of UA8
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Gold to copper in color with a light half finger head

S- Scents of Oranges and other citrus light hops and malts

T- Starts with fruity flavors of oranges apricots and other dried fruits moves to hops and malt finish not too potent.

M- A bit on the light side but the carbonation is fitting.

D- Its a reasonably solid beer when your stuck at the store on a summer beer before a bbq and your choices are bud, sam adams, etc. It is refreshing and decently balanced for a macro. Just dont try and drink this after a fantastic IPA or whatnot and expect it to stand up.

Photo of evanackerman
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

beer pours a very light copper with a sizable head, nice lacing as the beer is consumed.

aroma is citrusy hops with a macro-brew like grain presence that is very unappealing.

taste is overly sweet, it seems like someone dropped a sugar packet it, not enough bitterness from the hops to counteract the sweetness, the taste is a mess as far as i'm concerned.

overall, I did not enjoy this beer, this was my first time trying Magic Hat and i am quite disappointed. definitely won't be buying again.

Photo of JRed
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With this beer's sweet smell and attractive looks, (not to mention the candied taste.) I find it difficult to not keep taking swigs from the glass. If this beer was a woman, I could find myself calling her every week to see if she might just be "the one". This beer goes great on a summer day to cool off the bod and does a pretty good job using apricots in its brew. All in all this beer is light and enjoyable but the tart taste builds up in your mouth more and more after each additional glass. After a few of these, the beer gets a little annoying.

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,126 ratings.