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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,150 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,150
Reviews: 1,629
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 56
Gots: 735 | 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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Ratings: 5,150 | Reviews: 1,629
Photo of CrellMoset
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle left over from a fundraiser. "Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday," opines the inside of the bottle cap. Indeed. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold - halfway between yellow and orange, with a nice amount of shine - and yields a two-finger foamy head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Carbonation is sparse but quick.

Aroma: Whew, have some beer with those apricots, sir. Maybe some hints of other fruits - I do get some pear and some nectarine, but not much else. It gets a 3.5 'cause it's nice though, not solventy of faux-smelling, even though it's not necessarily my thing.

Taste: Fruits come through here too, but they're not sweet or cloying, which is nice. It's actually a relatively neutral beer as far as sweetness goes, with some pale malt and a light hop bitterness interacting decently well with the apricot overtones.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, crisp, a little uneven, thin, light. A lot of adjectives you normally don't want in a beer, but it works for this one - anything heavier might have driven the "fruit" point home a little too much.

Drinkability: Now that I'm reviewing this beer properly, I suppose it's not as bad as it was in my mind (though it's no Aprihop). It was always the one that the craft beer guys wanted their girls to try at the bars, so it always seemed like a "compromise" beer to me, but I suppose there's something here to be appreciated by both classes of beer drinkers.

Photo of adamette
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had in bottle at House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio last night. Review from notes. Really cool labeling with the swirling "9" on the front label and I liked the colors as well.

A Suprisingly basic look. Admittedly, the light was not good there at the HOB but it looked like a basic lager with a one inch head which dissipated quickly.

S Apricots, light, fruitty. The fruitty smell is not overpowering, just a nice hint of apricots. Certainly it is interesting. My brother who also smelled, tasted it did not like that smell, taste much but I appreciated it.

T Well, it tasted like a nice smooth pale ale with apricot juice/flavoring. No surprises in my experience.

M At first I was not sure that I liked it but then mid way through to the end I really started to taste/feel the smoothness and the light fruit taste began to be pleasing.

D I had just come from eating at the HOB restaurant so I was really full but if not for that I could have had another.

Notes: #9 is what it advertises to be...a solid pale ale with light fruit flavoring.

Photo of MerkinMan
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Somewhere between amber and gold. Lots of little bubbles, but the head dies quickly.

S: Awww, shit. I bought a fruit beer? *reads label* sure enough. Wait. This smells pretty good once I know what this is all about. Will this fruit beer hater be pleased?

T: Does not agree with me at first (see above), but becomes better. Apricot is a good choice for fruit -- not to overpowering. The malt backbone lets the fruit take the lead, but is not too weak either (like some fruit beers).

MF: Effervescent. Sparkly / spritzy. This is what a fruit beer should be, I guess.

D: This is a fruit beer I would probably drink again. I am surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this one.

Photo of ncvbc
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper orange with a decent white head and moderate lacing. Pretty sweet fruity smell with a light floral essence. Same with the taste where an apricot flavor is quite apparent. Ripe fruit and a touch of hops. Good mouthfeel with nice carbonation that is very smooth on the tongue with a somewhat crisp finish. Maybe a couple would be manageable but this isn't the most drinkable brew in the world. A little much fruit for me.

Photo of n00tz
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Blonde body, white head with low carbonation.

S - Fruit and flowers... my curiousity is piqued with this beer scent.

T - Probably one of the lightest, yet tastiest beers I've ever had. Very fruity with super-mild cascade hops. It is an odd flavor for beer, keeps you wondering what other flavors might come out in the next sip. I've tasted what I think is peach, lemons, and some grapefruit... so the citrus is there... but it's awfully sweet even for those flavors.

M - Light on the palate, and finishes very clean: like drinking a fruit-infused tea.

D - If there was a beer to drink in the morning (for breakfast) or early afternoon (after lunch) I'd put this on the list for drinking all morning. I think I'm going to have to run to the store to pick up something else for the rest of the night, however.

Photo of Buggies
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours looks like a hazy orange color kinda similar to the label colors. The smell is citrus with apricot and tangerine coming through slightly. Taste is the same. The taste is quite nice. The fruityness stays with you a while. Also a slight metallic after taste for me, but not enough to think twice about it

All together, very refreshing. Reminds me of a combination a witbier and fruit beer styles almost.

My wife, who isn't a big beer fan, even enjoys it a lot.

Photo of orcasteve
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one i drank out of the bottle so for appearance i gave this the bennift of the dobut, this is a great light flavered beer, the flavor of approcats fills my mouth in the begining stays through the middle and leaves me wanting more at the end. i dont realy taste much else in this one. this is a beer that would be a great starter beer to get people who hate beer or only drink ABMC into craft beer

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

A: Deep golden orange. Light head though good retention
S: Light and fruity. Apricot, tangerine hops with bitter grapefruit rind.
T: Hops but not too bitter. Light, spicey apricot up front and a slightly metallic finish.
M: Good mouthfeel. Heightened carbonation but not overwhelming. Refreshing overall.
D: This is a pretty decent apricot pale ale. Not too obvious in apricot taste but enough that it just leaves you wondering. definately worth a try.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a pint of a very pale orange brew with a fair off-white head and lacing. Doesn't look like much, but don't judge the book by the cover.

Terrific scent. Light malt, light hops and nice apricot/peach scent (light, faint). Just right.

Wonderfully balanced beer here. Light malt, some mild bitterness, and a nice apricot finish. No overpowering fruit-nectar here; just an essence. Finishes clean. Wow. That's nice.

Moderate carbonation, light in the mouth and on the tongue.

This is the type of beer you might shy away from buying a 6 pack, as you wonder how much apricot can you take...well, the answer is ALL 6! No way will you hit a saturation point. Extremely sessionable. Food? How about fowl stuffed with fruit, grain, etc. or roast pork loin with squash/sweet potato/ or roasted apples. Might also work with Asian sweet/sour cuisine. Nice beer.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear pale amber color with a medium thin off-white head that burns away quickly. Faint ripe fruit aroma with some floral hops. Light-bodied with flavors of citrus, mildly spiced hops and bready malt. The finish is short and fruity and leaves a tart fruit and yeast aftertaste. Pretty standard Fruit Beer all around.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer. Caramel/amberl colored, not very out of the ordinary. Not sure if this really classifies as an "American Pale Ale". Smell and taste combine a flowery combination of tulips and women's lipstick. Unique flavor, not too hoppy but fruity. Not too heavy and drinkable if you are a fan of the flavor.

Photo of MDekker
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a clear copper color. The head, a finger at first, dissipates very quickly, leaving a ring around the edge.

S: Very fruity, sweet aroma, which transitions to faints notes of bread, and then hops.

T: Again, quite sweet - makes me think of starburst and apple juice. Molasses flavors, too, and a faint hoppy finish, without something a little bit off.

M: Slightly chewy, somewhat soapy. OK carbonation.

D: Overall, pleasant, but nothing more than OK.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at Tyler's Taproom in Apex.

Clear bright orange gold in color with a solid 2 fingers of thick white head. Very good head retention with decent lacing, pretty much down the glass.

Aromas were unexpected. Lots of grain malt and fruit with additional light hoppy citrus notes.

The flavors are enjoyable but difficult to describe. There are a ton of different subtle fruit notes like apple, apricot, and pineapple. The backbone seemed to be a solid rich barley malt that came through at the middle and toward the finish. The beer finishes with some malt at first and then sort of has a buttery popcorn linger. I can honestly say I have never had anything like this before and it really was good.

Mouthfeel is a bit better than average with a reasonable level of carbonation. There is a heaviness of malt there that was enjoyable as it is generally hard to find that kind of flavor in an pale ale - full and rich of grain.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. At first I couldn't figure out why this brew is classified as an APA but on reflection, I'm not sure if there is a better classification for it. It definitely stands on its own and has some interesting components that make it unique. Very cool.

Photo of beerkittycat
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An Apricot Pale Ale. Appearance is brilliantly clear deep golden with a modest off-white head. Aroma has that apricot up front mixed in with floral hops and some mild graham cracker crust-like maltiness. Taste is very similar to aroma yet with just enough hop bitterness to remind you that it's definately beer. Very smooth and delicate beer with a slighlty sweet finish is very thirst quenching. This reminded more of a blonde ale rather than pale ale. Whatever. It's perfect for at hot summer day on the patio.

Photo of MyGoodness
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was absolutely terrible. After a night of sampling some awesome brews in a little joint in brooklyn, my buddy and I tried this one on tap. We both nearly gagged. It poured a generic amber colour. There was little to no head on top. The smell was sweet and a little bitter, pretty hoppy but not astoundingly so. The mouth feel was fine, can't complain. But the taste. It was like dirty dishwater. (And it wasn't the glasses, my friend gave the same complaint when he tried it from a bottle a few nights later). Bad news. Very disappointed.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, one of the first microbrews I've ever had, oh the memories. Label doesn't say too much and I'm always amused how Magic Hat refers to their beers as "3/4 of a pint' instead of 12 ounces.. who are they fooling? Anywho, this beer is just absolutely delicious to me. So drinkable with just a touch of apricot, its a perfect session beer.

Photo of raninator84
4.29/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden in color with light head.

Smell - A hint of hops and sweetness

Taste - Slightly hoppy with a hint of apricot that's not to strong. Great finish.

Mouthfeel - Light Body, Average Carbonation.

Drinkability - Very appealing, magic hat's popular beer. The local bars are starting to carry it on tap. The hint of apricot is a bit unique for such an accepted beer. I am a fan, easy to find and always a crowd pleaser.

Serving type: bottle

Conclusion - Great beer with a reasonable price and easy to find. Always a good decision!

Photo of kshankar
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, golden...decent foam.

Aroma: This is predominantly apricots. Its very noticeable.

Taste: Apricot, fruity, sweet

Mouthfeel: Crisp..well balanced with the fruity flavors though

Drinkability: Light and refreshing, with some good apricot flavors. Its got a lot going for it, and I'd say its overall a pretty good beer. Due to its fruitiness and lightness, it makes for a drinkable summer beer. But I don't mind having one in January at all, since its pretty good generally speaking.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Could not believe I have never drank this one before. Anyway, I decided to order it up at the Saucer tonight. Served in a pint glass. THis one was consumed on 09/07/2008.

The pour was very light peach colored amber. A light haze was enveloped around it, but not terribly cloudy. A nice sized head of maybe an inch and a half came up over the top and settled down gradually, eventually leaving behind nothing in its wake. Loads of carbonation though could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was light and very fruity. Much more then I thought it would be to be honest. Lots of light grain, peach, apricot and various other notes along the lines. Not really picking up many hops in here, neither in the flavor. Took a sip and could have sworn this was like a lindemans or something. Lots of light sweet peach and apricot notes. Some light grains and a touch of yeast. Very light body, almost water like in its thinness. Lots of carbonation as well with tons of bubbles just rippling up toward the surface and keeping it the consistency of seltzer almost. Easily sessionable, though a bit too fruity to throw down too much of it.

Overall not bad, for a flagship I would say ehh though. I was not really missing too much holding out for this one, though not horrible, just way too fruity and one sided for me.

Photo of Kuemmelbrau
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

drank in a taco mack in Atl. GA

this brew poured a nice light copper color with a slightly off white head that disappears quickly (that must be the magic part) and leaves no lace.

great nose of apricot/pear/banana- sweet smelling- honey and wheat seem included. very mild floral hoppiness

taste is similar to smell with the addition of a doughy sweetness, little initial hop taste, but with a noticeable finishing bite

medium light body with good overall carb. a little chewy mouthfeel with a dry finish, good drink ability but m/b a little sweet for an all day session

i liked this beer a lot, the apricot is apparent yet not overwhelming to me, personally I'd go for a tad more hops to level out the sweetness, not that this beer really lacks hops, just something to help balance it out.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Their flagship brew and famous 'not quite pale ale.' Off the tap this brew was a copper color with orange highlights. Off white head but little retention or lacing. Intriguing aromas of apricots, pear, floral hops and hints of citrus. The flavors were again fruity, apricot and pear followed by the wet but not bitter hops. Some doughy malts offer balance. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. A great session beer and an interesting hybrid.

Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light orangish hue. Plenty of carbonation. No head retention at all, but that could be from the glass. Smell is very sweet with honey and flowery notes. Body is very light, almost like water. There is some fruity flavor in there but I'm not sure how to pinpoint it. Just a touch of hop flavor and enough bitterness to round it out. Finishes just a touch dry.

Overall, I think it's a good session beer but it's nothing outstanding. The fruity flavor is interesting.

Would I buy more of this? No. Would I drink more if someone offered it to me? Yes.

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

Pours a clear light copper with quickly vanishing white head. Aroma is light sour, earthy hops, light dough and, some fruity (apricot). Flavor is sweet apricot and some mild earthy hoppiness. Light bodied, sticky texture. Finishes abruptly and a bit tart.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours an orange and amber color with a thin white head. Smelled of hops, a little pine/citrus and mild malts. Also had a fruity, maybe apricot aroma. Tasted the same, sweet with a light body, a bit watery. A little to light for my tastes.

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.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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