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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,642 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,642
Hads: 5,413
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 32.94%
Wants: 75
Gots: 1,039 | 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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Reviews: 1,642 | Hads: 5,413
Photo of Andyyyyyy
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance- Light copper tint. very transparent
Smell- Not really much of a smell. nothing overpowering at all.
Taste- Fruity, berry taste with a slight bitter twang at the end.
Mouthfeel-Syrupy and sticky
Drinkability- drinkable but must be cold or its rough on the palate

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Photo of Absalom
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

Apricot beer doesn't at first seem like a genius idea, but let me tell you it most certainly is.
The fruitiness draws you in, and the little ditties they write under the cap keep you from drinking all of it at 3 in the afternoon on a Monday, you know, just cuz.

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Photo of LANDRY
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Magic Hats flagship beer and with good reason, tastes like American Beer used too full bodied and well balanced not overly hopped not too weak not too strong just right

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Photo of Limbo569
4.25/5  rDev +25%

First time I tries this beer it was in college 8 years ago and didn't care for it. However, as my taste for beer has evolved I feel as this beer is a pleasant change from the regularly available beers in the Northeast.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; honey colored; 1 finger white head that receded quickly; no lacing;

S: fresh apricot with some light malt;

T: malt is a little more prevalent here, but the apricot still comes through clearly; virtually no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not a beer I would generally choose, but good nonetheless;

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev +17.6%

If you haven't had this beer extremely fresh, you're doing yourself a disservice. Too many bottles are old or poorly kept. This beer has many subtle complex aromas and flavors that can only be experienced when fresh.

Light notes of apricot and bready yeast are followed by a little tartness and a clean finish.

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Photo of DAHoffman
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I will be updating this review at a later date. Not sure if maybe I got a bad six pack here. First one I had tonight was much more what I recall of the beer, but the second one had some issues. This is in a batch from "Play Under the Cap" (contest begins 5/1/14 and ends 9/1/14, so it may be that it was older in the store and mistreaded - wife bought it, so not sure yet where /when). I wanted to give a review a go though with a beer I knew, OR THOUGHT I KNEW, because I had NO IDEA this was classified as a fruit beer. Plowing onward...

A: Same golden color as normal (I have this beer often - see below) but seems I have a bust on the head this time (warning bells).

S: Also seems a little different, but may be because I'm trying to be more thoughtful. I am picking up more of a fruity note than I recall ( result of new knowledge? ), and catching a whiff of biscuits.

T: Not hitting the apricot note that seems prevalent in other reviews I read after seeing the fruit/vegetable categorization (see below again, I'm thinking more veg), and am really struggling with this because a) I love apricot so think I would hit it and to some extent I guess I see it, and b) never thought fruit with this beer in the past. As I think about it I keep hitting in my mind BRUSSEL SPROUTS (also a favorite of mine - think tiny sweet cabbages with slight under note of bitter) so may explain why I always had an affinity to the product. Kind of a hint of tea too, and maybe encouraging more in my mind green/veg aspects.

M: light and effervescent, with a velvety but clean finish, but with the effervesence another mystery to me on the lack of a head

O: Have been a fan since I first had one, and what I use it for is a "balance" beer. Normally don't have much on hand at home, and have too many people I know that are not into big beers and are pretty much old school pre-craft beer consumers. So I like to use it as a way to have beer on hand and not challenge them too much, but still gives me something to enjoy.

I am going to have to get a LOT more PRACTICE in reviewing and learning how to put up a good description of my beer experiences.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Haters gonna hate. I feel like this beer is underrated on here because it has three characteristics that people on BA tend to dislike: it's a fruit beer, it's mass distributed, and it's made by Magic Hat. While not an amazing beer, it's certainly better than average. The point of rating beers on BA is to consider a beer within its own genre...and as far as fruit beers are concerned, I think this one is damn good. If you don't like fruit beers, it should be no surprise to you that you won't like this one. If you think it's uncool to drink Magic Hat, either because it's mass distributed or because of the West 6th thing...then don't drink it. Anyway, now that I'm down off my soapbox, the flavor of this is rich, and the apricots definitely come through, refreshing pretty much any time of year. The color has an inviting orangish hue which I find very appealing. Mouthfeel isn't awesome, a little heavy on the carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of jbraico
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has always been a favorite since my college days (whenever I had enough money to afford it). Love the sweet, fruity smell you get (its not over powering though) and its smooth going down (not a lot of bit). Always a fall back beer for me, if nothing else catches my attention.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can picked up over the border; packaged March 31 2014. This is the last can in a 4-pack (consumed over several days), so I've had more time than usual to think about this one before reviewing. Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear, pale orange-amber colour, topped with nearly two fingers of pillowy, sparkling-white head that steadily recedes over the next few minutes. It leaves behind a dense curtain of lacing, eventually settling into a wide collar and thin cap. The aroma is subdued, and a little fruity - apricot and pale malt sweetness are really the only things I can identify.

This is an approachable, simple pale ale with a nice hint of apricot and peach flavour. Grainy pale malts and a touch of caramel come through at first, with the aforementioned fruity flavours becoming more prominent toward the tail end. Not much is heard from the hops at all, really, other than a vaguely weedy bitterness in the finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with zippy carbonation initially - though it settles down fairly quickly, something I noticed with the other 3 cans as well. Smooth, flirting with syrupy texture; very high sessionability due to the mild, inoffensive flavours.

Final Grade: 3.41, a passable B-. Magic Hat #9 is a drinkable, but fairly unremarkable apricot beer, a sub-style that I will admit I am not exactly well-studied in. This has all the markings of a serviceable, mass-marketable fruit beer, which is probably how it has managed to become so widely spread (even available in Canada) and long-lived in the marketplace. At $5 and change for a 4-pack, it's a bit of a steal from my perspective, but it's still not something to go out of your way for.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Clear gold. one finger head dissipates quickly with mild retention. Spotty lacing.

S - Tea, malt and faint apricot.

T - Malt and yeast dominate with some bitter hops and tea flavor to finish with. The longer it sits, the more pronounced the light apricot flavor becomes.

M- Light

O - I tasted more tea than apricots. This would be a good choice where you can build your own six pack.

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Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Kinda odd. It's light, but slightly malty. Some fruit notes, perhaps apricots. A little fizzy, and the slightest note of hops at the finish. Not really sure what to make of it, but it was drinkable.

Would drink again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(no freshness info - poured into a British pint glass)

A: relatively-clear, sunny, yellow-amber colored liquid with a mild haze... keeps a < finger-width head for a minute... head falls, leaves a thin, frothy cap which holds till the end... spits of lace here and there

S: huge, extract-fruity aroma - not too far off from a peach Jolly Rancher mixed with a cough drop... no hops (unless the Cascade is lending some highlights to the candy-fruitiness), kinda tough to tell what impact the yeast has... wee bit floral

T: certainly a British bitter (or cream ale) base with some minerally esters and a decent bit of hop bitterness floating beneath the haze of somewhat white wine fruitiness... not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests - actually, it finishes rather dry despite a swipe of light crystal malt up front... the bitterness gradually asserts itself more and more with each sip... I suppose the fruit flavor is a fresh apricot, having only had nasty, sulfury dried ones - could be construed as mildly peach and/or cantaloupe... dry, sort of biscuity-bready malt pacing around in the background, delicate toastiness... dandelion-like (petals and stem) aftertaste

M: smooth-ish, mildly frothy-creamy flow... flash of soft sizzle at the back of the palate... very easy to knock back... blanket-soft and dry

O: it's not all that bad a drink - I could certainly understand it being popular amongst young kids who don't enjoy the flavors of traditional ales and lagers - real beer!

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Solid copper with a tiny collar and minimal head that is gone as fast as it is there.

S: Just a nondescript fruity scent with no real hop or normal beer scents.

T: Just slightly fruity, which makes this a tolerable pale ale for me. Weird flavors here, and just a strange fruit beer.

M: Smooth, with barely any felt carbonation. Bit of carbonation felt on the end of your palate.

O: Leftover from a Fourth of July party, so I can't complain. The rest of this one will be made into pancakes, and the other beers will be given to my family when they come over tomorrow. It is a not quite pale ale on the label, but it is given as a fruit/vegetable beer on here, which makes this a weird beer.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer was a good beer from what I can remember, I know that I liked it. It has just been a while since I have had it. I know that I enjoyed this beer, it is one that I have to be in the mood for. But I enjoyed this beer. If I could find it somewhere close to where I live, I would like to try it again.

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from a bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a head that dissipates quickly. Lacing isn't very prevalent. Mouthfeel is kind of smooth and the taste is smooth very much like a fruit beer. The smell is fruity as well. I would try this again it wasn't bad.

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Photo of Credmill
2.35/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Had this brew at a bar in Louisiana. Poured a two finger head that left quickly. Really sticky lacing. Poured at a moderate pace into a frosted mug from a bottle. First sniff gives you not much a smell at all. First taste is not very please. Has a light feel in your mouth, but a kind of a grapey initial taste, but very bitter after taste. I don't lie this very much at all. Won't try it again, don't recommend.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a Magic Hat mix pack because I had not had any of their beers. They have not gotten good ratings so my expectations were low. This one surprised me, decent looking beer that does not offer much to the nose but tasty, nothing special but a good, enjoyable beer. I will gladly have another of these.

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Photo of newaquarius
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the beer the put magic hat on the map and for good reason. They're right by calling it a not quite a pale ale, as the color is more of a paler amber if you will. The smell is floral and fruity and this matches the taste. It goes down smooth with a faint fruitiness mixed with the malt flavors. The fruit flavor is apparent but not overwhelming, especially not present enough to be considered a "fruit beer" in my opinion. Overall it's a good refreshing beer for a hot summer night.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#9 brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Company. This brew has an ABV of 5.1 and pours out a dark amber color. There is a small White head to this brew. The smell is rich with grains. The taste is rich and smooth. #9 goes down with and smooth with a clean finish. There is a slight bite at the end of this brew. The bite is nothing over powering. #9 is a well balanced brew nothing over done in this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of kwlightner
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - light gold, translucent, very little head which disappears quickly, nice lacing
S - actually, no discernible smell
T - fruity, mostly taste of oranges, crisp and refreshing
M - light carbonation
O - a good summer beer. Goes down easy. Could drink a few at one sitting, but not have the need to repeat anytime soon.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company aka the "not quite pale ale" is considered a fruit/vegetable brew here on BA, but I'll attest that this is much more an embodiment of this product's AKA moniker. Poured from the bottle into a class, #9's head clears away very quickly, as do most ales I've experienced. Impressive lacing. Medium amber body, certainly NOT pale.

Smells faintly of peaches and plums.

By gosh, by golly I taste that well. Who'da'thunk'd it? Perhaps a wheaty crispness, but this is by no means related to the witbier family. Very clean and crisp with absolutely NO lingering elements. A fitting choice for Magic Hat's summer collection.

Very clean mouthfeel here

Overall a 3.75 for this refreshing brew. I dig the faint fruit elements, too. The fact that this is called a fruit beer kind of puzzles me, but I enjoyed #9 nonetheless. This brew would be a great choice for any hot, sweaty summer refreshment with a quality brew. I will certainly buy this brew again.

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Photo of ferociouswalrus
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has really become one of my go-tos over the past few years. I'm partial to pale ales and though they don't quite advertise it as one, that's what it is. It's a little hard to describe what makes it so popular but I think it's that it has a lot of complexity without being overwhelming. I think Magic Hat has been a "gateway" craft beer for a lot of folks and I think its successful balancing act may be why.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Amber in color with a small head that quickly faded. The taste is fruity and refreshing. It would be a good "beach beer.". Overall, it's not the best beer ever by a long shot, but it's not a horrible choice either.

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Photo of CreedeSon
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fruity beer to be enjoyed during the warmer weather months. Just finished some yard work and wasn't looking to combine with a particular type or style of food (which might be limited given the distinctive flavors).

Have had this beer in the past, but probably not for the last 2 years, Bought it as part of a 'sampler' case.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,642 ratings.