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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 SaucyA
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, straw-colored. Thin bodied 1 finger white foam. Lacing present. Very clear.

S - Fruit. Apricot, lemon, sugar, call me wierd but I smell strawberries, too. No real hop or malt profiles to speak of, just fruit.

T - Slightly astringent and phenolic. Definitely not a style of APA I'm familiar with. Starts fruity and finishes dry. Not much to work with here.

M - Fine in all aspects, if a little thin.

D - A good lawnmower, backyard bbq, day at the beach sort of sessionable beer.

I'm not a huge fan of the interpretation of the style, but it's a solid party/session/non-beer-drinking-girlfriend beer.

*edit. I tried this on tap last night and it's actually a bit better. sweeter, heavier, less dry and astrigent. I suggest trying it on tap if you have the chance.

Photo of johnnyirishman
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-It had a Golden Yellow apperance, with a smaller head that dissapeared to nice lacing a quater way through the beer.
S- An interesting fruity smell with a slight hop smell.
T,M- Definately tastes like Apricot but it dosent overpower the beer at all. It kind of lingers in the background untill you swallow.
D- It is quite a drinkable beer, but not for "all the time drinking". I do enjoy drinking this from time to time.

Photo of Proteus93
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pretty light golden yellow hue, with an eggshell head. A touch of lace

S: A bit of hops, a bit of pear. Just generally fruity, yet a moderate to not be overwhelmingly so.

T & M: Tastes like liquid apricot, just the tiniest hop finish. Quite dry, though a little more sparkling would have been nice.

D: Reasonably flavoured so as to not taste like fruit syrup concentrate or something. Not what I'd consider representative of an "APA" as the style suggests, and not really my thing, but not a bad drink overall, and fairly refreshing.

Photo of Floydster
2.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle that was part of a Magic Hat mixed pack I received in a trade, split with a friend, poured into a pint glass

A-Very light yellow, resembles a macro, miniscule 1/8 inch white head that settled immediately, not any retention and no lacing either

S-Lots of apricots, lemon, roasted barley, faint grassy hoppiness, flowers, malt, grains, blueberries, and yeast

T-Medicinal flavor I could not stand that tasted like Robotussin, strong apricot taste, small amount of hops, bready and biscuity malt, some different kinds of berries, nasty bitterness, too watered down, balanced pretty well, just not a fan of this taste, got even worse as the beer warmed

M-Dry mouthfeel to along with a funky sweetness, super thin body, taste did not last long thank goodness, not enough carbonation

D-Could not drink more than a bottle of this if that, not heavy on the stomach or high in alcohol, just not smooth and the taste is flat out funky and tiresome

Tasted more like a bad cough syrup than beer to me, would not drink this again, never had a pale ale that tastes like this, too weird, not recommended

Photo of SpencerT
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale poured a butterscotch body with a thin white head. The scent of Apricots mix with the sweet scent of the malt.
The taste of Apricot Mix with a slight hint of floral flavors of the hops. This is a smooth drink with not much after taste.
This is a middle of the road Apricot Pale Ale with not a lot of complex flavors.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: slightly cloudy deep yellow, 1 finger fast thinning head
S: very fruity, malty
T: bitter, bland, watery, light hoppyness
M: smooth all the way through, clean, not so great aftertaste
D: decent

Decent beer, probably not something I'll reach for again.
Give it a shot.

Photo of Mitchster
1.69/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

$1.70 for a 12oz bottle, newly available in Michigan, here at Jack's. Pours out to a crystal clear orange amber, forming a modest white head which quickly recedes. No lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma opens with apricots, followed by some dank wet cardboard. The mouthfeel has a crisp carbonation, but also has a ruddy oxidized twang. The taste is pretty bland, quite dry, little to no residual sugars, chemical bitterness, cardboard, wet newspaper.

Pretty dang awful. Horrible mouthfeel, horrible taste, horrible aroma. This one is going down the drain.

Photo of brewskitier
4.16/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3/4 Pint Non-returnable out of pandoras box variety pack

Pours (i mean beautiful too) glorious golden brown crystal clear and light on the carbination.

smells like whoa. apricot and "not quite pale" grainy scent.

like apricot baby. yummy sweet apricot. for a flavored ale, most are wheat beers what give you a heaping headache and cant have more than a few. this isnt as bad and could finish more than my share.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, nice little touch of apricot, and caramel. The taste is slightly bitter/sweet, malty, slight apricot, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad of a beer.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this On-Tap at a local Italian restaurant (Anthony's). My second beer of the evening.

It arrived in a tall curved glass with hardly a ring of foam (I wish I could find a bartender that knew how to pour a beer!). The beer itself was a copper color and virtually clear.

Smell: WOAH!... what's that?... FRUIT?! Like apricots and blueberries. Some lightly toasted malt in the nose as well.

Taste: More fruity than anything... on the sweet side: Apricots and berries....and malt. On the bitter side: some grassy hops... The sweet side wins dominance.... I wouldn't call this balanced.

MF: Not very robust or creamy. A little too fizzy for my taste.

Drinkability: Probably not something that I would try again... not a bad beer.... just not my thing...

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear orangy amber. some head, but quickly fades into just a few wisps of thin foam. lacing is negligible.

definitely a fruity, apricot-infused aroma. a bit of yeastiness.

also yeasty in the flavor, but again with the fruit infusion. interesting, but not my preference. hops are pretty subtle here, and classifying it as an APA is a little out of place.

crisp carbonation, not too thin, slight acidic astringency.

refreshing, but really just a novelty to me. "not quite pale ale" is an understatement. more like a slightly hoppier than avg fruit beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA.

I love this beer as i have had it numerous times. It has to be one of my favorites especially in a variety pack.

A-clear golden in color with a one finger lace. The head dissipates very quickly as does the lacey whiteness.

S-it has a hint of apricots and hops. A sweet yet bitter smell.

T-the taste also has a hint of apricot but it has more o f a mild hoppy taste.

M-fresh, crispy. It kindo f reminds me of eating iceberg lettuce. The freshness.

D-i recommend a case of this. Good beer and i could drink it all the time.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

#9 has a clear, Golden-colored body with a small white head that has decent retention, but doesn't yield any lacing.

Smells like pale, cracker-like malt and apricot.

#9 is fairly straight forward, it pairs pale malt that tastes like cracker with a huge, sticky sweet blast of artificial tasting apricots. A hint of bittering hops also float around somewhere in there. That may sound like a negative assessment, and maybe it is, but I will admit that the slightly cloying sweetness of #9 is probably what Magic Hat is going for. I'm sure this beer drives most of their revenues, so

No complaints in mouthfeel, both the carbonation and body are fairly well but nothing spectacular.

As fruity beers go #9 isn't terrible, and if you really want a beer it's better than macros and can be found in bars that are macro-only. I'm sure #9 drives most of Magic Hat's revenues, so I guess it is what it is.

Photo of erosier
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Copper coloring with a thin white head. The smell is of sweet malts and an apricot flavoring that is kind of interesting to the senses. The taste is of pale malts and some light hoppy bitterness followed by a sharp apricot taste at the end. It is an interesting flavor and I really like this beer. The mouthfeel is good for a beer like this, but I would say it could use a bit more carbonation to help with the lighter flavoring. This is a very drinkable beer and it is definately worth a try.

Photo of BeerSox
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear honey hue with a thin off white head. Stringy lacing along the glass.

The aroma is very clean, with a sweet fruit smell coming through. Not much hop aroma to speak of.

The malts are continuous throughout, giving a grainy backbone for the sweet fruit and mild hoppiness that comes in at the end. Ligher bodied with a high amount of carbonation, giving a fizzy feel. The finish is very quick and dry, with some of the grain lasting for only a bit.

I think I found another great all-around beer for any day. The low-mid ABV makes it a great session beer. The fruit added is a nice touch, and doesn't over-do it. Recommended.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light copper color with almost no head. The smell is definitely fruity with a large amount of apricot and a trace of floral hops. The taste starts off sweet with a hint of fruity apricot taste that is finished by a very muted hops bite that is there but not bitter. The mouthfeel has a medium amount of carbonation that helps make it it very drinkable. Definitely a good beer to have two or three of on hand just in case.

Photo of dmamiano
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw color with an almost orange hue to it. Nice head and lacing observed.
Smell was very fruity, with fruity hops dominating the nose. Some mild maltiness noticed as well, the backing of malt was minimal.

Taste as well was fairly ordinary. Some citrusy hops noted and a mild malt backing. Pretty clean in the end.
I have had this beer in bottles before, and definitely prefer the draft version.

Photo of holzmann
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish copper color with a small amount of head that dissipated quickly. Sweet malty nose with slight fruit notes. Feels crisp and light on the mouth. Slightly sweet taste that is definitely not hoppy. Has a malty smooth finish that resembles that of an American wheat beer.
The title of "not quite pale ale" is correct on this one. It's definitely an ale, but due to the lack of hops, it resembles a malty wheat beer more so than a typical American pale ale. This is not a bad thing, my point is simply that it's difficult to place this beer in a definitive style category.

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

#9 is my first Magic Hat. I saw the add in BA mag,so the Fiest of Fools sample pack and then saw some dislikes of the brewering efforts in the forum, oh well, here we go!

It pours a nice looking copper color. White head that pillows and maintains well enough to lace.

The aroma has malts and a hint of wispy apricot.

The taste has just alittle pale ale charactor. The hops are slight and mild. Malts carry the brew with the apricot not far behind.

The mouth is crisp and left slightly dry.

Drinkable, sure for what it is. I thought this would be a fruit beer. Apricot adds that little something to at least treat it as such. I happen to like apricot and therefore the beer is not bad, but enjoyed in its proper context.

Photo of HardTarget
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Best before Mar 08 (sampled Jan 08)

Aroma: Grape soda, heavy floral, lilac maybe, little orange peel, hint of wort. I can get some of the apricot now that I am looking for it.

Appearance: Bright gold amber glass with a thin spotty cover that gives up some lacing.

Flavor: Well, this one is different. Roughly the same elements as in the nose, more of a vegetal note though, almost like a chili pepper. The apricot comes off as a little artificial, or washed out.

Mouthfeel: Very soda like, heavily carbonated for the lighter body.

Overall Impression: Not really doing much for me. It’s like it got caught between a pale ale and a fruit ale. I’m not up for another.

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

Poured into a glass, a medium sized head forms.
The color is amber.
The smell is floral with chocolate tones.
The taste is of apricots and of something that feels as though it has been burnt a little bit, but it still is very good, different than most beers out there.
The MF in light and complex, a pleasure to twirl around the mouth.
The drinkability is a little better than average. A great beer to introduce to someone who is looking to expand their brew horizons and has only had a few brands in their past.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light caramel color with 1/4" of off white head. Transparent.

S- Some sour hop aroma, with the famed apricots overpowering everything else. There is a smell there too that I relate to waffles? Weird.

T- Taste the apricots for sure on top of a light caramel malt backbone. Finish is of hops, but not too bitter at all. The lingering aftertaste is like an apricot perfume.

M- Medium to thin with high carbonation and a nice sting to it.

D- The perfumy apricot makes it a little low on the "quaffability" scale.

Overall- Interesting spin on a common style. I enjoyed it, and will pick up some when I am in an area that sells it. Thanks to ineedabeerhere for trading this one to me.

Photo of PhageLab
1.78/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Looking around at the beer selection on tap at the NorVa in Norfolk during a concert recently, I realized this was the only beer they had that I had never actually tried. I was reluctant @ $5, but why not? Or so I thought...served in a plastic cup.

A - Hard to tell really in my red cup, but it appears to be dark orange. Decent bit of froth on the top. Couldn't tell how it would lace. Doesn't look bad at all.

S - Something peculiar, ripe fruits mostly. Some fruit punch-like blend of citrus and a slight touch of fermentation. Oddly reminiscent of peach schnapps.

T - Gah! Rotted fruit notes, and, that's about it. Some beer like qualities I suppose, but this simply wasn't pleasant.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation level, acrid aftertaste.

D - Negative on this one. Will not revisit. No reco's here. For the record, their taps weren't very bad, after this disaster, I tried several other brews on tap and found not one to have any off flavors. Unless the keg had been improperly handled, I simply did not like this brew.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1 finger head that dissipates not long down the glass.

Apricot and malty smell. Somewhat floral and a little soapy.

Not remotely hoppy at all. Like a dumbed down ale with apricot extract. Kind of soapy. Is it just me or did I get a bad sample?

Something is just not good with this beer. It leaves a soapy flavor in my mouth that's just horrible. It's just a miss for me.

Thanks to whoever gave me the sample, I believe it was pimpp.

Photo of berserker256
2.39/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Orange/gold with a nice head of large caliber bubbles. This beer appears OK but appearances can be deceiving. The smell reminds me of when my mom would give herself a home perm in the late 70's/early 80's. An odd combination of chemicals and lawnmower grass stick out in my opinion. The taste is better than the smell. Light, hint-of-fruit ale flavor. Perhaps a species of hops that I'm not entirely familiar with is present also. It's quite watery and seems to coat my tounge with sour unpleasantness. I don't know... maybe I'm not a fan of the style of beer but this ain't too good.

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