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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company


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4,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 4107
Reviews: 1540
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%

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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:
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 CrackerjackNY

New York

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel like they have watered this down over the past 10 years. It is a decent, light, refreshing beer, and I enjoy it outside on hot summer days, but it isn't something I would go out of my way to buy. I think it they made it a little more stronger, or added some additional hops/malt this would be fantastic. When I first started drinking it, it did not taste as light to me. I honestly think they have watered it down.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 18:17:13 | More by CrackerjackNY
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle:
Medium amber colour with a clear body and a half centimetre tall, bubbly white head that stays quite steady over the opening minute before reducing some.

Sweet & fruity with some sugar and as expected from what I'd read in advance, there is a strong apricot aroma too along with some medium strength, sweet malts. The smell is a really good one that is more pale ale than fruit beer.

Sweet with apricot from the aroma but it isn't as strong this time round. There is some grain and a bit of spice too. There are a few dry, background fruits making themselves known and I could detect some sweet malts towards the end. The taste was a slightly unusual one and I couldn't quite place.

Medium to light bodied with a pretty sweet taste that is complimented with some spice. The finish is initially a wet one that has minimal bitterness and then suddenly becomes quite crisp and dry.

One of the most unusual beers I've tried in a long time and left me confused on how to rate it. It started very sweet and the aroma was a very good one that had plenty of apricot and sweet malts. The taste had more of the same but wasn't quite as strong then turned slightly bland after that which stuck me as odd.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 17:52:23 | More by flyingpig
Photo of ranger7


3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-tap from Brewgrrs in Vero Beach, FL.

A - Nice amber color, with a thick and sticky white head.

S - Smells a bit sweet. Some type of fruit, maybe apricot or peaches.

T - Nice and smooth flavor. Not much in the way of hops or malt. Basically, it tastes like a light beer with an apricot finish.

M - Hardly any carbonation, which is good. There is some apricot aftertaste, but it's actually not bad.

Summary - Not my favorite beer, that's for sure. But, it's not a bad pick for a fruit beer. Really, it's comparable to Shiner's Ruby Redbird, but not as harsh an aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 13:27:11 | More by ranger7
Photo of dougbassett


3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #25 of the ones I've reviewed here.

An odd beer -- I wish they hadn't been so coy with the label and marketing and just straight up confessed to what this is, an odd attempt to blend apricots into a pale ale. Color is very nice and is best thing about this one, it has a rich golden brown, very reminiscent of a dried apricot, in fact.

Dried apricots are sort of the theme here. It smells noticeably of dried apricots, not high-quality ones but the kind you might buy in a tub in a grocery store. The flavors are an attempt to marry this sort of dried apricot flavor with a basic sort of pale ale -- it's not a happy marriage, there's neither enough apricot nor enough hop flavoring to really make either side noticeable, rather the flavors sort of mishmash together unsatisfyingly, the hop bitterness undercutting the apricot sweetness, the apricot sweetness muting the punch of the ale.

It's not a bad beer, it's drinkable, but if somebody was to ask me to point to a badly-balanced beer, this is the example I would use.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 22:24:55 | More by dougbassett
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- copper color, 1/2 inch head, nice lacing

Smell- malt, hops, for a fruit beer, I didn't smell any fruit at all. I thought it was a pale ale.

Taste- light hops and malt flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok but it certainly didn't taste like a fruit beer. I thought it was a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 21:44:13 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of yeahman


1.08/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this from a mixed pack that my wife bought.
Looks hazy.
Smells like a dry apricot.
Flat and uninteresting flavor and mouthfeel.

I thought id give this a try since my wife seems to like it. Maybe her review will balance out my glaringly bad review.

Is the #9 in reference to how many attempts it took for them to get to this flavor profile? Maybe they should have a #10. Just sayin.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 17:54:40 | More by yeahman
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with moderate to heavy carbonation and a decent head. Hoppy fruity aroma. Sweet, herbal, with a hint of spice flavor. Slight bitterness to balance. Lacks a complete full body however. You can definitely feel the carbonation. Finishes a bit weaker than it started. Overall, a good beer that pleases the palate with a unique flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 06:32:45 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

P: Clear slightly foggy golden apricot body with a 1/2 finger of thin white bubbly head. Leaving behind a white halo.

S: Ginger, artificial apricots, and buttery grains. Very odd aroma that I just can't pin down but it's not good.

T/M: The odd aroma follows into the taste and has a unpleasant profile. The taste is like old snow cone apricot syrup. Light-medium zesty body. Finishes wet with the linger of the odd apricot taste.

O: Not a fan of this at all. It's just odd and displeasing. I get the apricot presence but its just not a good apricot. This would be much improved if the apricot taste was real and not a syrupy fake. Glad this is my last one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 22:07:55 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Brewing Company - #9 - 12fl oz can

Look - Pours a clear golden amber tint with a fizzy dissipating head. Sticky lacing. Minimal carbonation. It has the look of a domestic but the freshness of a micro, therefore above average.

Smell - Aroma is malt, heavy apricot, and smooth faint hops. Bready and rather sweet. Low-profile.

Taste - Malt and breadiness come in first. After that the sweet fruity apricot approaches and sits next to very faint hops.

Mouthfeel - Slight bitter hops with apricot rests comfortably but a little sweet. Super smooth and drinkable, not boozy at all.

Overall - This is how Magic Hat got to where they are. Makes sense, this is a decent fruit beer that represents almost like a crossover between domestic "reds" like Coors or Bud and into the micro scene through fruit flavor. I give it between a 3 and a 4 because my under 3 is reserved for domestics and other brews that I consider "below-average". This brew is slightly above-average, so I have rated it as such.

In general there are not a lot of good fruit beers, these are sweet, quite specifically flavored dessert beers that are not for everyone. That being said, buyer beware, but if you like apricot, give it a shot, just be warned that this is not an organic apricot beverage, these are likely artificial flavors.

Serving type: can

05-05-2013 13:07:08 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


2.71/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into becker. Clear light fizzy yellow, with a thin white head even from a vigorous pour that goes away fast, but leaves some nice lacing. Smell is of clean malt and some sort of artificial-seeming scent, perhaps this is the apricot I keep reading about. Taste is smooth and clean, not as crisp as I'd like a pale ale to be. That odd sweet flavor comes in and blurs things around, seeming to change places every sip. First it's in the front, then it's in the aftertaste...this beer is drinkable, but I don't know what it's trying to be. I can understand the cult following it has though; it must seem like a super-complex ultra-craft beer to macro drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:04:07 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of ElderBeagle


2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Middle of the road clear amber, Decent 1 finger of head.

S: Smelled faintly sweet and not a whole lot much more

T: Ugh..its just not working for me. The sweetness tastes very artificial, like hard candy maybe. It has a decent dry beer flavor in the middle and end, but damn the sweetness. Its not mingling well with the beer, its like it just doesn't belong.

M: Feel is fine if not a little watery

O: I just cant get behind this one. The sweetness is too overpowering and artificial. It doesn't mix well with the beer. Even the beer behind the flavor is average at best. Most likely will not drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 20:13:56 | More by ElderBeagle
Photo of pkalix


3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

why is it classified as a fruit/vegetable beer?
orange colored, nice head. interesting aroma.
taste is a tad malty, enjoyable; but the left side of my brain is still asking why it's classified as a fruit/vegetable brew... i'm uncomfortable.
it's okay. it's alright. nothing special. so how do you keep an a$$hole in suspense??? exactly... great marketing. take your average product, give it a certain amount of mystery, and wait to see the results. guess i'll need to taste some others from this brewery to determione if they/re viable.... i gave it a 4 in taste, though, because it did have a firm, discernible taste....

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 23:32:17 | More by pkalix
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no apparent bottled on date present, just a code. Part of the summer sampler variety twelve pack. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a little over a finger of bone white head on top of a clear amber orange colored body.

S - Smell is of pale dusty malts, peaches, citrus fruit, coriander and other floral smelling notes & some corn husk adjuncts.

T - Taste is crisp, fruity apricot / peach flavor, some pretty intense floral characteristics like coriander or lavendar, and some corn husk adjuncts. Not the best or most ideal or the most typical pale ale, but it is tasty enough.

M - Feel is crisp, fruity and floral. Bit of corn kernel adjuncts, and some off-putting alcohol astringency. No real lingering flavors or taste of any kind.

Overall, definitely not the most complex or traditional of beers as far as pale ales go, but it goes good on a hot summer day. I haven't enjoyed anything from Magic Hat recently, but this will definitely be a beer I revisit over the summer, and most of these beers are good introduction beers for people new to craft beer.

Magic Hat #9---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 20:47:22 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of lordofstarside


3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up almost three months ago from total wine. More than likely expired by now, which I'll keep in mind as I review. Bomber to snifter

Pours a cloudy golden orange with almost no foam- a half finger of head which receded immediately. Little lacing and carbonation- if this beer was a woman she would not be pretty. The color was alright, the rest needs to be improved

Smells of cranberries, grape, peach, apricot, pine apple, with a touch of piney hop and a sweet malt. I don't really know what to think here- there's a lot of different aromas in the beer, but they don't come together too well

Taste is for the most part on the nose, heavy cranberry followed by other fruit notes- apple, some citrus, and tropical fruit. That's about when it hit me- BAM! Super skuny malty finish. It's probably the age more than anything, but this straight reminds me of weed, sort of like in Hienekin or Corona. I really like weed, but not in my beer

The feel is light bodied with tingly high carbonation. Terrible finish as mentioned above, drinking this isn't much fun.

Overall I understand this beer is old, but goddamn was I caught off guard. It's like taking a hit off a bong filled with cranberry juice. It's unique and tolerable, but the poor things I hear about it are true. Honestly if you gave this to me blind I'd think it was a bad cider

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 00:34:39 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of SHODriver


3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light orange with a one finger ivory head that fades to a small mat into a nonic pint glass
S: fruity on the nose with hints of apricot and wheat
T: tastes of apricots on the palate with some creamy wheat flavor slight tinge of noble hops on the back end with more fruity apricot flavor. swallow brings a bit more wheat with apricots
M: surprisingly heavier than the 5.1 ABV let on. medium mouthfeel on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation. slightly drying finish
O: For an ale allegedly cloaked in secrecy their secret ingredient isn't much of a secret. It isn't bad but it isn't great. drinks pretty easy but it isn't what I normally go for.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:41:16 | More by SHODriver
Photo of BrianJohnson

South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a beer that I have loved since my first taste! Very light, definite apricot/fruit smell and taste. Very light on the hops, very light mouthfeel. I would recommend this beer at a summer picnic or in warm weather, which I find surprising coming from Vermont. Overall, a very enjoyable, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 00:54:28 | More by BrianJohnson
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2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Magic Hat sounds like a brewery composed of magicians secretly toiling away with batches of beer using esoteric ingredients... that being said it says clearly on the bottle: contains gluten, apricot essence - mystery solved! If this is just beer with an apricot taste I for one will be disappointed.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: This brew presents with a clear apricot (I clearly couldn't resist mentioning it) body with a cream coloured head that sticks to around half a centimetre.

S: Apricot (of course!) aroma with a touch of pomegranate, a light toasted malt grain base and some vegetable/grassy hops in the background. The apricot really stands out and overpowers the other aromas.

T: Flavour-wise it is a little more interesting with the aforementioned aromas coming in to play and balanced off nicely with a buttery diacetyl, light hopping and dry finish. There's nothing heavy-handed about this brew (which can be a refreshing at times). The after taste however leaves a vegetable matter flavour like other cheaper beers would and this does not bode well for the final score.

M: Quite an English-style mouthfeel; mid to light bodied, light dense carbonation, not normally expected from a US brew.

D: The whole apricotness of this brew cheapens it once you realise that it's a flavouring added to the brew, hell anyone can add flavouring to beer - I could brew a vanilla-flavoured beer using vanilla essence but where is the challenge, and more importantly where is the craft? Say what you may but I am not a fan of beers that add artificial flavouring just to be different.

Food match: It is a refreshing beer to some extent and would match well with seafood, a decent summer salad thrown into the mix, also if we're talking red meat then lamb would go down a treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 08:54:03 | More by doktorhops
Photo of manemota420


4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold and orange in its introduction. Leaves color but still very bright!

Smell:my sense of smell is a bit off but i did get some aromas of toffee very inviting.

Taste: comes as bland at first but gets a kick that had me trying to discover a taste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated but not to the point of a big brewer. Still had room to enjoy the

Drinkability: A beaut! I had another one and was up to par. A good beer but has its flaws in sense of taste because I found myself trying to distinguish the taste.

Try it! its not a bad beer but some may be happy with another. Its not a top quality one but it is one to consider when you need a beer on a sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 01:14:21 | More by manemota420
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United Kingdom (England)

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle (pint and 6 ozs) drank while passing through the Panama Canal on 26 Jan 2013.

Slight haze to the light amber body, a thin white head sat on top.

Orange/peach type aromas, so fruity and semi-sweet in the nose.

The taste was more bitter than the smells suggested with a prounced hop presence especially towards the finish.

Fairly spritzy and lively: I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 15:08:27 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of LiquidAmber


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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium, slightly coppery golden amber. Thin off-white head dissipates to islands of foam and a ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma dominated by apricot and peach with slight sweet malt. Flavor follows aroma, light sweet malt and apricot and peach juice with light hop bitterness. Finishes with residual bittering hops and light fruit juice, very slightly sour. Light bodied. An interesting fruit flavored ale that could use a bit more hop and malt character, but the fruit sweetness is deftly done and it is a refreshing, lightly fruit flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:49:34 | More by LiquidAmber
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of apricots/peaches, some breadiness and grainy malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some apricots, grainy malts, and a touch of breadiness. Fairly bland.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 19:38:44 | More by SebD
Photo of Reidrover


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

22oz from "Habits" in S.Salem. $2.79 First time i ever saw any Magic Hat up here. Clear golden ale with a large,frothy eggshell white head. Creamy apricot and toffee aromas..quite similar to Pyramid Apricot Wheat Apricot and semi bitter caramel malts..maybe a touch of hop in the very end. OK. Nice palate Not bad..good summer type beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 17:23:05 | More by Reidrover
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a decent head that settles to a heavy film and leaves behind a fair bit of lace. Sits on top of a clear beer is appropriately apricot coloured.

Aroma is noticeably fruity. Apricots, a little bit of alcohol, slightly dry, not sweet or candy-like in any way. Tastewise, it reminds me of something like a raspberry wheat beer. Has a drying, metallic quality to it.

Okay as a fruit beer goes. Drinkable, but pretty average overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 20:21:28 | More by TerryW
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Magic Hat # 9 has a lot going for it.
It is a pleasant easy to drink beer. Slightly fruity. Hints of apricots in the flavor and smell.
The good news is that the fruitiness is not over powering.
On the down side, the beer is a little plain. It is basically a plain pale ale with a little fruit flavoring.
Overall, It is a nice enjoyable beer. Most people should like it, unless you are oppposed fruit flavored beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:55:11 | More by JohnFatAss
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3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden/Dark Yellow with a mellow haze, it's not crystal clear. The head was bright white about half a finger thick. It dissipated quickly but left behind some lacing.

S- A very sweet aroma with notes of apricot, pear, and celery. It smells very similar to its taste. I didn't pick up any malt or hop notes.

T- Very fruit forward and sweet, almost apricot like. It finished dry, almost tart, with a mild spicy bitterness that lingered.

M- Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- Not a bad beer, it's definitely unique. If you're looking for a pale ale that's fruit forward and dry on the finish this is your beer. It's something that I'll continue to drink when I'm looking for something slightly different than your average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 03:35:41 | More by y2jrock60
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,107 ratings.