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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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4,717 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,717
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 40
Gots: 413 | 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 Brent
4.58/5  rDev +35.1%

Wonderful airy fruit flavors going on here. Hey - all you other brewers who think a fruit beer should taste like a Jolly Rancher candy - try some of this. Aroma is very soft, not quite faint, apricots and peaches. Malt glides across the tongue, a bit dry and powdery. Not at all sweet. Then the aromatics waft through post-swallow, peachy and delicate. Far333 - you've done me right, brother.

Brent, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Definite apricot aroma. Oaty, lightly sweet maltyness, slightly grainy. Mild apricot flavour, with a refreshing crisp-ish finish, low bitterness. It was definitely not as sweet as i expected, easy to drink, easy to enjoy. perhaps a bit "girly", but in a good way (Bottle-GBBF 03')

rastaman, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of littlebibs
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%

Finally got to try this very tasty fruit beer. If you like a change of
pace and some apricot flavor in your beer this is quite a nice warm
weather beer. Although not for everyones taste for sure, I can understand its popularity. #9 poured a nice white head, slight lacing and has a pronounced smell of dried apricots/citrus( I loved the wool sock description!) So far I like this brewery, there not afraid to
make unsual beers and I will continue to support these local beer
makers from New England.

littlebibs, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of steelreign
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%

Had this on tap in RI at the Ocean Mist in Matunuck. Pours a cloudy light amber color - could have been chill haze, but it also could have been yeast sediment. Not bad at all.

Smallish white head. Not much lacing. Smelled like fruit and malt - mainly apricots and some hints at orange peel (?). Goes down so smooth with no bitterness, nice balance of hop and malt, and the apricot taste was quite refreshing. One of the better fruit beers I have had.

steelreign, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of PZuke
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

This beer is a nice amber in color with a little creamy head. It has a very strong smell of apricots. From the first to the last taste it is of apricots. It is almost like you are eating apricots it is so strong. It ends with a hoppy finish that is very nicely balanced with the taste of the apricots. I would say that this would be a good beer for the summer or to be drank as a change of pace beer. Not my favorite but still one of the better fruity tasting beers.

PZuke, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%

From a 12oz bottle.

Pours a crytal clear pale gold. Small head with lots of carbonation. Sparkling tiny bubbles.

Sweet pear aromas and a bitter dry smell as well.

Definitely dry but also kind of skunky. Don't enjoy the fruity body at all. Light hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and dry. Not an enjoyable brew in total. Interesting dryness for a fruit beer but for me, I do not get the appeal of this beer.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

The beer pours a crystal clear burnt orange, topped with a creamy dollop of ivory head. Some blobs of lace, but not much.
Aroma is malty and crisp. Apricot is present, along with a rich herbal, piney hoppiness. A touch grassy, with just a hint of diacetyl and estery floral notes.
Flavor is malty, with a solid hop presence. Moderate apricot glides through the entire sip, making an interesting citric pairing with the hops, coming through the middle and finishing the beer fairly dry. Some grassy herbal flavor. Light buttery flavor in the middle, with a touch of apple and apricot. Slight piney aftertaste. A bit rough edged. Well carbonated and very crisp. An excellent thirst quencher for hazy late summer New England. A quirky, interesting beer that I always enjoy.

UnionMade, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with good head. The smell is of apricot. The taste is a mix of hops and the apricot flavor, with the apricot taking the bitter bite off of the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a couple more.

Not a terrible summer beer, and with its popularity could be somewhat refreshing. Though this certainly isn't one of my top beers, I'd probably have another one again.

beergeek279, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.73/5  rDev +10%

Clear, brownish golden color with an off-white head.
Aroma is very fruity. Sweet malts as well.

Taste is fruity, like Juicy-Fruit gum. Caramel malt blanced by hops that seem to have a citrus nature to them.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid pale ale/fruit beer. Something different for a change of pace.

PhantomVodoo, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

This beer has a nice hazy orange color, white foamy head. Smells...wow, like a bag of dried apricots and nothing else. I swear I could reach in the glass and pull out some dried apricots. Taste is mild up front with the taste of dried apricots in the middle and a hoppy finish. Not too artificial tasting, quite refreshing. Could be more interesting if the apricots had a sour or tart flavor.

chaduvel, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of bmills1608
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%

Presented in a 12 oz brown bottle. Poured into the glass a slightly hazy, pretty deep gold color with a medium sized, fairly typical white head. On the nose was an explosive blast of fruit, to be specific, apricots and peaches. Rather strong and "fuzzy", that same fuzzy scent you get if you were to put you nose directly on a fresh peach and sniff. An interesting nose for sure. I liked it.

The taste had some of the same fruity flavors, but this time, they were much more under control. Flavors of apricot and citrus fruits, peaches, light bready malts and a kiss of hops melded together to form a really nice, above all refreshing beer. Fairly smooth, medium body and very drinkable. The apricot flavor was the front runner, everything sort of hung off of the apricot frame. Very balanced and a real tasty change up. Surprisingly, Magic Hat's infamous yeast left little imprint on this one.

Overall - a nice beer on a hot humid day to start things off.

bmills1608, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of kmo1030
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

clear amber with a thin white head. smells very fruity more like plums than apricots i think, but maybe it's just me... or the bottle... this beer seems to taste different everytime i have it. there is also a hops aroma that smells kind of like ashes, but in a good way. very mild flavor (this time). with a lot of fruitiness. hops come through at the end, but not too strong. i could drink this all day. medium mouthfeel, could be a bit thicker. just a little though. overall real nice, but good god, this beer changes everytime i drink it... usually pleasantly surprised though.

kmo1030, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a copper almost apricot tone with a nice sized full creamy off white head that leaves bountiful amounts of scattered lacing around my pint. Bottle says brewed with the essence of apricot this is pretty accurate for the aroma in my opinion, there's just a touch in the aroma along with a nut caramel malt character not really detecting any hoppage. Flavor of this beer has a little more apricot coming through then in the aroma but really blends together with a nut character in the taste, nothing expectacular but an easy drinking fruit beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but there is some slight syrup textures going on here. Not a milestone go to but a drinkable beer that hit the spot tonight.

Under the cap: "Have 3. Gotta Pee". All I can say is don't break the seal man.

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

Deep golden and slightly hazy with a effervescent head that dissipated quickly. Aromas of citrus and fruit with a bit of graininess (wheat?) to it. Palate is quite thin and I found it slightly watery. Flavors of honey, orange and corriander stand out. Slight metallic aftertaste.

BierReise, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
4.28/5  rDev +26.3%

This is slowly becoming my staple beer.Its strange like everything Magic Hat does,but this beer tastes different everytime I drink it.I've tried it on tap and it tasted totally different than in the bottle.When poured a thick white head remained leaving trails of sticky lace.Left an instant warming feeling in the stomach.Color is a crystal clear light gold.First taste is a spicy ginger followed by a dry bitterness.I've had this on tap and it was very fruity with a cherry-like taste.Light bodied with a foamy mouthfeel that goes down easy.Leaves a strong aftertaste of many different flavors.Ginger,wheat,and hops.A bit watery which surprises me.Highly drinkable and refreshing.Great for a Summer day.

kelticblood, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%

#9 poured a golden color with plenty of tiny bubbles and a frothy white head. The head dissapated to a thin film that was continuously reinforced from the high carbonation. The aroma was my favorite part, very floral and fruity, full of apricot and other soft and sweet fruit notes. The taste fills the mouth with the same apricot background and a mild hoppy bite - bittersweet to start and crisp on the finish. This is actually the first microbrew I ever had and began my love affair with the Magic Hat family. I would recommend and type of MH, but this is one of the best - very unique and easily enjoyed all year round.

nixhecks, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%

#9 pours a gold with a slight orange hue. There was a thick white head present after the pour. The head did give way to a nice lace to the end of the glass. The aroma was a bit different from other brews. There is an oaky/smokey aroma there with hints of fruit. The taste has a malt flavor to it and hops and that fruit again. Maybe it is apricots or peaches. As the malt leaves in the flavor the hops take over and then there is the peaches again. Well worth the effort to drink. One beer that I will have again

Stubbie1, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%

Everything about this beer screams "apricot!" Hazy apricot/orange color brings forth mental images of apricot skins and dried apricots. The aroma is heavily dominated by apricot with some subtle, lighter, more syrupy fruit flavors underneath. Naturally, the flavor is similarly loaded with fruit. Never one to mind a little sweetness in his beer, I'm a big fan of the concept -- but I can imagine this one being especially popular. The apricot flavor is true to form with a very dried apricot sense, and the surprisingly crisp finish is not really bitter -- but extraordinarily clean. Don't blink, or you'll have drank this one before you even notice it's in your glass.

marburg, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of dmarch
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

Orange-gold color with a white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is nothing, but apricots. Apricots are in the taste, but not nearly as much as I expected. Taste is malty with a slight hoppy dryness. I expected beer flavored with apricots to be incredibly sweet, but this was dry and quite pleasing.

dmarch, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

about five years ago, #9 was my first and most frequent magic hat brew. now i'd have to say it's toward or even at the bottom of my magic hat list, which certainly isn't to say it's a bad brew...'cause it's not. as i remember it in the past, the apricot taste used to be much more subtle than it is now. while still the most drinkable fruit beer i've ever had, #9 seems to pack a bit more of an apricot punch lately. it's still amazingly dry and lacking (in a good way) in the sweetness that most fruit beers bring to the table. also, i'd like to see it pour with a bit more head as well, but maybe that's just me. overall, still a fine brew that's quite good.

SixpointJMH, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of shirfan
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Rich gold with a thin, fluffy white head, this immediately gives off an aroma of dried apricots, with a hint of biscuity malt.

Taste is light-bodied, hints of biscuit and very mild hopping are overtaken by more apricot and what might pass as pear. Much drier than I would have epxected from a fruit beer; unfortunately ringwood-style yeast is also discernable. A slight sourness and musty undertone takes away from the fruit flavor, which would probably be better in a belgian-style, sweeter beer.

The hat may be magical, but a ringwood-laden apricot brew rolls a d20 and comes up with a 1 when attempting to cast Impress Shirfan. Not a bad brew, and definitely different, but I won't rush out to buy any more of these.

shirfan, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of Loki
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at Old Bay in New Brunswick, NJ

Poured a copper color with no head at all and very minimal lacing.

The nose was of dry malt and hops with notes of fruit like apricot or peach and hints of wheat. Not all that appealing to me.

The taste was of malt, hops, butter, apricot with a grainy residual taste and a slightly bitter hop finish. The residual of grain or husk was very unappealing to me. The body is medium with a crisp finish that flows very smoothly. Not a bad beer, but I don't see what all the hype is about. I might sample this again someday, but I don't ever see myself going out of my way for it. A little disappointing.

Loki, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of LiamStLiam
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%

I will freely admit that this is one of my favorite beer by one of my favorite brewers. I have had this at the brewery, which is where I first found out about it.

Since then, I have begun to drink it regularly, especially when I just want a six-pack that I know I will enjoy, kind of an old reliable.

Yet, what spurred me to write a review was drinking it on tap and realizing how much I really do enjoy it. I find it sweeter on tap than from the bottle.

LiamStLiam, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%

"Beware the bore behind the Door"

This beer poured very clear orange/copper colored body. A finger size white head sat on top that took it's time to slowly die down.

The smell is in your face apricot. Very overpowering syrupy sweet smells of apricot.

The taste of this beer is amazing. It starts with a very soft bitterness and some light but very present soft malt flavor. What then follows is this amazing fresh apricot taste. As if you just big into a juicy ripe apricot and the nectar is flowing out. But at no time is the apricot flavor overpowering to the beer. It sits perfectly in the mix and finishes very dry and even.

Just like smoked beers fruit beers are an aquired taste. I myself love Magic Hat, but hated this beer for years. I think once you let down your predjudice towards fruit beers lumping them in with malternatives, you can really look at this beer for what it is. A work of art.
It's not for everyone, but another fantastic and original beer from Magic Hat.

taez555, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%

Poured a slightly hazy light copper with a small off white head...

Smelled mostly of a refreshing fruit (couldn't tell what kind) with a very slight hint of hops...

Tasted sweet, fruity, and light floral citrus hops...

Good mouthfeel and I could drink alot of these...

stegmakk, Jun 09, 2003
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,717 ratings.