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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,081
Reviews: 1,610
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 53
Gots: 647 | 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 BiereBlanche
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown glass bottle. Also found in Magic Hat 'Feast of Fools' pack.

Appearance - Medium amber color, mid-high carbonation and very clear. Pours with a rich, bone-white 2 finger head that persists and eventually settles to nice lacing.

Smell - A balanced smell of slight hops mixed with distinctive fruit aroma. Not yeasty or bready, the smell is pleasantly apricoty with undertones of other fruits.

Taste - As with the smell, Number 9 achieves a fairly balanced flavor while being clear with fruity taste. Light hop bitterness mid-taste, very enjoyable apricot aftertaste fills the mouth. As the beer warmed, the fruity sweetness seemed to arrive sooner. Overall a pleasant and fairly balanced taste, slightly lacking in hops.

Mouthfeel - Mid-high carbonation, medium mouthfeel, warm and refreshing aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very good flavor, nothing unpleasant. More hoppy bitterness would make 9 a more potent offering. Would be enjoyable for a few and is a nice specialty.

Photo of kirok1999
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a slightly rising head from an aggressive pour. Smell is strong fruit, massive notes of grape candy, banana, cherry.
Taste is mellower on the fruit side than the smell, thank goodness. Nice malt backbone with the fruit coming through in the finish. If you like grape koolaid this is your beer. Slight bitterness in the finish but the sweetness finishes it off.
Easy enough to drink if you could find the right food to go with it.

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

12 ounce bottle in a pint glass

A: A small white head disappeared quickly, leaving a bit of lacing. Body was a slightly hazy light orange. Not as attractive as the bottle itself.

S: Interesting fruity aroma of apricot, grape, and some berry.

T: A touch of hops & some grainy ... aw, who am I kidding - it's all overwhelmed by the apricot. "Not quite pale ale"? No, not quite beer.

M: Lighter than preferred body. Adequate carbonation. Dry finish with an apricot aftertaste that would not go away.

D: Maybe fruit beer is not for me - or maybe it's just the apricot I don't like. Maybe this would be great for a woman who loves apricot, but it sure isn't for me. A friend talked me into trying this - it won't happen again.

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

Had this beer as part of a mix pack. Drink by date was for February 28th 2008. Drank out of a hefe glass.

Nice autumn brown color with a slight pink hue. Smells like apricot and hops presence is evident as well.

Not bad for a beer in this class. Nice apricot flavor but you know its beer. Surely a good ale behind the fruit.

The hops may be a little too much though.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a medium gold with ok carbonation. The head is one finger on white foam fades fast leaving some lace in it's wake.

The smell is big apricott, fruity.

The taste is ok if the appricott brew is your thing try it it's good. This brew is not hoppy but ok balanced.

The mouthfeel is thin but the carbonated bite is good.

The drinkability average, However I would not buy more nor sit and drink more then this one. MK

Photo of JamesS
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out nice with a good dark color and nice head. I could not detect the fruit scent at all, although it did have a nice hoppy scent to it. Just about the same for the flavor, although there was a slight touch of apricot. It was more like a straight pale ale, in my opinion, than a fruited beer. Worth a shot, but Magic Hat makes better brews.

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

Magic Hat beers are finally available here in Charleston, at least the most common beers, no Thumbsucker yet.
I had this beer on several occasions locally on-tap and I was impressed. The taste and finish was better on-tap.
Poured from a 12 ounce beer into a pint glass.

A. This beer is a clearish copper brew with a small head that leaves lasting lacing.

S. Much better on tap. I can smell the malt and just a hint of hops. The apricot smell is very muted in the bottle.

T. The taste is much milder bottled. The apricot is less bold.

M. Moderate clean finish.

D. Still a drinkable beer. Moderate carbonation and a clean finish!

Photo of animal69
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

another from the '07 fall combo pack; looks pretty, nice golden color w/ tinge of red, little head tho, minimal lacing as well; a sweet caramely, tart fruity aroma as well, some apple notes; tart, sweet malt flavor at first, then a overpowering sweetness like an artificial sweetner type flavor comb. w/ what i suspect is artificial fruit flavor as well, kinda perfumy aftertaste, too; a little thick & cloying, would be better w/ less malto-type body & more co2 like a zima or something; sorry, i just don't like it....

Photo of Bugsey
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a big disappointment to me. Very flat, with no complexity in the taste. Mouthfeel was very flat. Nothing jumped out in terms of flavors or mouthfeels. Just a boring beer.

Magic Hat has cool labels on the beers, but it is what is on the inside that counts, and this is just not drinkable to me.

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

12 oz. brown bottle, BBD of January (no year, I'm assuming 2008)notched into the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured a crystal clear golden yellow color. The head formed small and faded into some lacing.

Aroma: Fruit, mainly apricot.

Taste: Apricot up front with a bready malt background. The finish is more of the same, with a mild hop bitterness coming through as well. In the end, though, the sweet apricots dominate the finish, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing. the carbonation was strong and balanced out nicely.

Overall: I think I got to this one about a month too late, as it would make a great summertime beer. The apricot blended in nicely. Even if you're not a fan of fruit beers give this one a try.

Photo of CpnYates
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite day to day beer...to buy for the lady.. and if I happen to drink a few so what... this fruity apricot mess is damn good... a pool, some nice weather, dogs on the grill, this beer fills a sweet spot in quality beer in the WV line up, good to see the distributors pushing it out there.
Oh yeah its copper colored, smells off, and tastes like apricots.
right... just enjoy it and don't act retarded over it being fruity.

Photo of pwoods
2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from the fall variety pack.

A: 1 1/2 finger off white head. Pours light copper. Decent retention. Very little lacing.

S: Has a very strong corn smell to it. First thing that comes to mind is macro lager. That's really all I'm getting.

T/M: The bottle says it. Not quite Pale Ale. Lot of corn and lots of cloudy, malty sweetness. Hops aren't there. Light body and high carbonation.

D: Goes down easy but just not very tasty. I'll be skipping this from now on.

Photo of tempo013
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I first drank this beer about two years ago when I vistited Johnny's Wifes Place, a fantastic bar/restaraunt that has about 35-40 beers on tap (abuot 30 of them micros) I had it on tap and it made a nice impression on me. Today, I found a twelve pack at the 6pack shop at my college and decided to buy. Tastes just like it says on the label.. "flavored not quite pale ale". tastes just like a pale ale but less bite and less inviting. although its not the best pale out there it is worth drinkin a few.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

For me, this is where it all started. My first taste of a microbrew. This was a great beer 10 years ago and just as amazing now. I have had this beer from a tap at a bar and right from the source at the brewery. However, this time I speak from the bottle. Either way its amazing.
Great color, a rich golden brown. But the smell is what sets this beer apart from most others. At first its all about the hops for this pale ale. Then a great, but not overpowering aroma of apricot takes over. Much like the taste. I wouldn't call this a fruit beer, but rather a pale ale with an appetite for something sweet.

Photo of michaelc916
4.24/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite "between" beers....not too hoppy or malty but still a good drinkable flavor. Presents with a great hop aroma and a clean finish. On tap at Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA

As a homebrewer, this may be a beer I use to inspire a similar homebrew.

Photo of marcpal
4.32/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

To be fair, this beer is a personal favorite and this is my first time getting a chance to review it.

A: Golden color with floating head that fit the beer perfectly.

S: Apricot with a bit of fruity aromas added but primarily dominated by the apricot. Great smells.

T: Citrus and apricot hops. Awesome balance that starts, leads, rides, and finishes with apricot. If you like a tight crisp citrus taste, this is the beer.

M:Medium-bodied with lively carbonation & good balance

D: Unbelieveably easy. On more than one occassion, put away a more than fair share of these in one sitting.

This is the perfect beer for either grilling or steaming some clams. So freaking smooth. You have to have a liking to apricot though.

Photo of iceball585
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light amber color, semi-clear, thin head that turned into a white ring around the glass

S- Strong smell of dried fruits (mostly apricots), toasted malts, grains

T- Very strong flavor of dried apricots, fairly sweet, malty, grains, slight hops finish

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, sweet tangy feel lingers

D- Very nice fruit ale

This beer has always been a favorite of mine even though I usually lean more toward the darker beers. I've only had a few different apricot ales but this one ranks above them all so far.

Photo of Mit
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Delicious beer

At first pour the beer was a deep dark gold colour. Minimal head is produced but my glass may have done that.

The first smell held a very light hint of fruitiness that was not unlike other beers(DFH-Aprihop came to mind).

First taste was quite smooth with some hoppiness coming through, but ending very smooth. The beer was slightly chilled when first sipped it, subsequent sips yielded a greater fruit taste as the beer warmed up.

Mouth feel was very good. Relatively light feel to this beer but had definite characteristics while in the mouth. Smooth feel with a slight almost spicy edge.

I found the first one very drinkable but would probably not be able to have more than a few before moving onto something else

Overall I was very impressed by this beer. I would rate it as a better fruit beer but not the best. I will buy this product again.

Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August '07 drink-by date. Oops. No head or lacing. I think my glass is dirty. Nice orange/yellow color, slightly cloudy. Slight apricot aroma but not as much as I would suspect when reading other reviews. Taste is mild, medium carbonation, good balance (or at least nothing overpowering) and a bit of apricot does come through. Pretty refreshing, light to medium body. Would buy again - women seem to like it.

Photo of genog
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with minimal white head and not too much lacing left at all. Smell is of honey, and some black berries and raspberrys? Im not sure this is not usually a style I drink, but decided to give it a try. Not too much sweetness in the taste but it is still sweet. A little citrus follows the honey taste. Not a great beer.

Photo of bosco7
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy and orange with a nice foamy head.

First sniff of this beer and the "not so" ingredient is apparent-peaches and lots of them. Beneath this peachy aroma is subtle cascade hop aromas.

Bone dry with ghost like peach flavors upfront. Followed by lemon and pine flavors. Finishes with some odd mild horse flavors that kind of clash with the hops.

Really dry and almost refreshing. Carbonation is high. The peach and odd finish reduce the drinkability of this beer a bit but other wise decent.

Photo of burnstar
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear gold with a medium head which leaves some lacing on the surface and sides. Light fruity and spicy smell. Fruit flavors with some spicy notes. Apricot is noticable. Not overly sweet. A touch of bitterness in the finish provides some balance. Medium to light bodied and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable but it could become a bit old after a couple

Photo of albern
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very average beer, but enjoyable and quite drinkable. The beer is an amber with some head, not heaps of retention, and some lacing. The smell is your typical malty, tinny, American ale smell that is indistinguishable from so many other micros of the same bent, but there may be some fruit flavors (apricot?) that have been added. The taste is nicely balanced and that is the high point. There aren't enough hops in this brew and the malts are a bit too fruit spritzer for my tastes, but there is the overall balance which adds to the enjoyability and quality of the beer. There isn't much dryness to this beer, the mouth feel is a bit creamy on the tongue, the consistency is light to medium bodied, and the aftertaste is a tad bit peppery and sharp. This one is okay but not distinctive.

Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bronze with one finger of white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Fruity, mostly apricot

T: Fruitty & jammy with a little bit of citric hops up front. Finishes with a bit of hop snap & apricot jam

MF:Medium-bodied with lively carbonation & good balance

Drinks fairly easy, just too damn fruitty for me. Liked it much more than the 1st time I tried it though. A decent enough fruit beer

Photo of absolutbc2001
4.27/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fruit beer fan but this one is good.

The appearance is a little weak with a light tan brown color. The head is thin but nice looking and ligered for a little while.

The smell is strong at first and a little unexpected. Strong fruits but not overly sweet.

The taste is strong of fruit and wheat without (once again) being too sweet. Tastes of rassberrys or peaches.

The mouth feel was velvetly and smooth. With the slight wheat aftertaste adding some crispness.

This beer is more drinkable then any other fruit beer i have had including lambics. This is probably because of the balanced bitterness to sweetness. When something is too sweet, 1 beer is enough.

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,081 ratings.