#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,272 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,272
Reviews: 1,667
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 64
Gots: 889 | FT: 1
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:
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 322wingedfoot
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A fruit beer and, though not to my taste, fine for what it is.

Photo of thesidewayz01
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

good beer, real smooth flavor

Photo of Nicollette
4.81/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I liked the fruitiness of this beer. Good overall taste.

Photo of LacquerHead
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's like a pale ale with an attempt at fruity that doesn't really come through.

Photo of timfelix
2.31/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

lemony, with some mild beer flavor. Not my type of beer. Does not meet the "tastes l9ike beer" test. But not awful- IF you like a lighter lemony beer with a little bit of "beer" flavor

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Peach & tangerine up front with boring malt profile. Not enjoyable.

Photo of TheCondor
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Also picked up as a part of a mix and match six pack at the sto'. Side poured from the glass into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, slightly orange color with a thin soapy head that dissolves rapidly and leaves little lacing.

Smell - Light fruits, a bit of spices, not much else.

Taste - Pretty much the same thing as the nose. Nothing much going on here.

Mouthfeel - Finishes dry, a bit fruity. Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall - Meh. Underwhelming, nothing at all stands out. I don't even know if I would recommend it even in a mix and match.

Photo of hurricanes56dan
1.84/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Not enough grains to make the body equal the amount of fruit added, and not enough hops either, its just to unbalanced that makes it not that great.

Photo of Bosoxbennie
1/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ill have a bud please!!

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, golden-amber color with a slight reddish hue, topped with a quarter of a finger of white head that almost completely dissolved away into some wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very fruity and aromatic. Lots of Belgian yeast and raspberry up front, with some toasted malt notes imparting aromas of freshly baked sourdough bread. Very nice.

Taste: Very malty up front, quickly followed by some assertive and pleasant raspberry fruitiness, a little sourness, and some honey-like sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 5.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is one of my favorite session beers. I really enjoy how refreshing it is with the nicely balanced malt, raspberry and Belgian yeast. Very good.

Photo of jarheadduk
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Working off old notes. Will update with more details if/when I have another.

Photo of classixIII
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drinkable but less than memorable. It definitely asked more questions than it answered.

Photo of jharper2189
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a good fruit taste to it, but overall it still ends up being smooth with not too much bitterness or sour taste to it.

Photo of zeledonia
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tasted 17 January 2015.

Pours a very clear, slightly odd orange color, sort of apricot-toned amber. Half a finger of off-white head, okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is funny, too. Again, it's sort of apricoty, but with some faint spices, and a chemical feel.

Taste is like someone took the smell and vacuumed all the substance out of it. It's dry and empty, with just a touch of that fruity sweetness. Not at all what I was expecting. Not bad, but not very enjoyable. It's slightly chalky, and there's just not much to it.

Feel is pretty good. Light body, sparkly carbonation. Dries out quickly and suddenly, like tonic water.

An okay beer, but kinda weird across the board. Seems like they tried to make something that would appeal to people who don't really want flavorful beer. Maybe they succeeded, but that's not what I want.

Photo of Griep
4.81/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is underrated. Sweet taste, full feel. So drinkable. My only qualm is the slight syrupy sugary feel that forms on the back of my palate over time. Good with anything, so even tho some wouldn't call it "world class" it's really good any time and stacks up against the best. F***!

Photo of JavieX
4.19/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yes, really distinguished apricot tones. One of Magic Hats Best.

Photo of kajestudio
2.27/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Appearance-cloudy pale golden color. A head that quickly dissipated. Smell - a very light vegetative aroma. Taste-- kind of bland. Mouthfeel - light bodied, slightly dry finish. Overall - it's OK, but doesn't quite compare to others.

Photo of JimmyCaprese
2.46/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

OK, but did not care so much for the funky aftertatse which lingered.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Blue Ridge Grill (Brambleton, VA) - draft in a pint glass
A - Light golden color with surface covering head, good lace
S - Very light fruit, not much else going on here
T - Distant fruit, sort of absent anything
F - good, nothing unpleasant, nothing standing out
O - Very easy drinking, but likely becasue there isn't much to this beer in the way of dominant flavors or complexity. It tastes mass produced.

Photo of mchegash
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - 3/5
Pours an extremely clear light orange-amber. Little to no head. Can see an above average amount of carbonation rising.

Smell - 4.65/5
A very unique smell, full of many flavors. Overall mostly fruity, berries are the fruit that stands out the most. The smell is so unique that it's hard to describe, other than that it smells fruity and delicious. Perhaps a small amount of malt smell and a tiny hint of alochol smell.

Taste - 3.5/5
Tastes similar to the smell during the beginning of the sip (though the taste is much less strong than I was expecting from the smell), but then changes its character a bit and becomes much less flavorful. There is some sweet malt flavor, with a tinge of fruitiness left. The latter half of the sip is also much more alcoholic. Overall, the flavor in the taste is slightly different than the smell, less flavorful than the smell, and for the most part just not that great. Not really bad either...just "weird". An interesting brew definitely, and I give them points for creativity and uniqueness. But overall, not something I would want to go buy a 6-pack of.

Mouthfeel - 3.8/5
Fairly smooth. In between creamy and crisp (or both?). Slightly less than medium-bodied. Moderate level of carbonation.

Overall - 3.25/5
This is a unique beer, and was definitely worth trying once. I don't think I will be getting again any time soon though.

Photo of RockRuler
4.31/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and drinkable. No after taste and I could not taste any vegetables.

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

Purchased as a single at a gas station in Flit MI. Served at 6deg C in a plastic cup

A- Opens well and pours a dark golden slightly brown color.

S- Lots of fruity goodness. The raspberry comes though in spades.

T- Yup there is that raspberry again. Very light fruity beer. Long finish

M- Nice dry and crisp while being creamy at the same time. Very nice

O- An excellent brew. Will buy again if I see it

Food Pairing

This wonderful beer went well with..... Pizza- peperoni, hot peppers and pineapple.


Photo of Kuebrich
2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This tastes like cough syrup. Can't shake it. I made it through one the other night. I tried a second tonight and couldn't stomach it. I recycled the remaining four bottles.

Photo of boognishIPA
1/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tastes like an expired miller highlife. So gross!!

Photo of DenisKolkin
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance-clear pale golden color. A finger of head with decent retention. Some visible carbonation.

Smell - vegetative with some apricot aroma. Apricot saves it otherwise this wouldn't be good.

Taste - starts with cooked veggies again and then a bland apricot flavor comes through. Faint apricot aftertaste, but there's a permeating bitterness through that prevents this from being sweet.

Mouthfeel - light bodied reasonably carbonated. slightly dry finish.

Overall - not a terrible fruit beer, but doesn't stand up to a lot of the other ones on the market. Worth a try especially if you like apricots and more beer like than others in the style, but not my preference.

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 5,272 ratings.