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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company


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4,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 4125
Reviews: 1542
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%

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 kguyty


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

This was my first beer from Vermont. I had this in upstate NY at a sports bar. I got it because the name intrigued me, and I was not disappointed. The beer was a nice golden brown color, and smelled of hops and fruit. The taste was unexpected from a pale ale... very hoppy with a little citrus flavor.
A pretty good beer that I look forward to trying again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2007 01:02:01 | More by kguyty
Photo of michaelc916


4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2007 14:22:50 | More by michaelc916
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2007 21:53:58 | More by iceball585
Photo of franksnbeans


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear stawlike amber with little head or lacing. Smells of ripe fruit and berries. Average and nothing spectacular in the fruity flavor. Light in the mouth and finishes a little dry. Ordered this out of curiousity, now that I know I wont be ordering it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2007 17:17:11 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served a nice light amber with a minimal head that quickly diminished. The aroma was malt, slight citrus hops and apricot. The taste is dominated by fruits above an otherwise common pale ale flavor. The beer is light and crisp with low carbonation. This one is enjoyable and will be a choice at places when other better beers may not be available.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2007 00:40:36 | More by atsprings
Photo of WillieMoe


4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The #9 is a solid offering from the gang over at Magic Hat. Pours well, with minimal head and is extremely drinkable, with a fruity taste. Not too much of an aftertaste. One of my favorites from Magic Hat, it is especially a great beer for someone just learning to appreciate "good" beers. Not a beer you could spend a whole night drinking perhaps, due to it's sweetness, but one or two really hit the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2007 15:26:05 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of Durge


4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of the few fruit induced beers I consistently like, along with Sam's Cherry Wheat. I drink it in bottles regularly and had it here as a pint from a local establishment. A thin looking pale golden-yellow, but it does produce a great white head with big bubbles. You get the apricot aroma right away but it is not overpowering, smells like a fresh apricot with a bready overtone. First mouthful comes on as a pretty watery blend of fruit and wheat/yeast. It's mild and finely carbonated with that unique, tasteful apricot flavor that results in a very drinkable beer. I generally find that I don't like to overdo this apricot goodie as the taste can wear a little thin after a few, but they go done fast and easy, and they really seem to quench your thirst. I can see where not everyone would rave about this, some might think it is whimpy and weak, but I think it does a good job of keeping this in the beer family without the heavy syrupy, champagne like stuff you can get from some of the old school fruit beers. It is watered down, but I think it works. A favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2007 00:53:13 | More by Durge
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had quite a few times, reviewing from having on tap at Coles when they screwed up my order!

Pours a clear yellow, small white head, leaves a few spots, settles to a thin ring. Smell is sweet, carame, apricots, florally citrus hopping, not bad. Taste is sweet, apricot, citrus kick, kind of wheaty middle, more apricots in the finish, good balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Refreshing summer beer but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2007 00:47:53 | More by Viggo
Photo of Slar211


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on draft from the B-Side Liquor Lounge on Coventry, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Golden amber with hints of orange, and a thin white head that leaves little lacing.

Smell: Sweet, unmistakable apricot. Interesting if not all that appealing.

Taste: Fruity sweetness with a faint, alcoholic spice. No trace of hops, I guess that's why they call it "Almost Pale Ale."

Mouthfeel: Light body with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Glad to try it, but it's not an everyday beer for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2007 19:18:13 | More by Slar211
Photo of MTNboy


3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had tried this beer out of bottle a while back a go and was not overly impressed but this time I got on tap and it was a great improvement.

Appearance- Cloudy gold color.

Smell- You can definitely smell the fruit.

Taste- Essence of a pale ale with a fruit candy kick. It really reminds me of dime store candy in beer.

Mouthfeel. Medium to light bodied.

Drinkability-Alright and does the trick when you want something different. A good conversational beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2007 22:26:16 | More by MTNboy
Photo of mcarroll10177


4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy gold with a nice off white head and tons of lacing coating the glass

S- some fruit, apricots and some slight hops

T- clean subtile hop profile with some fruit, not to sweet but smooth and clean

M- a bit thinner than I expected

D- an easy drinker for sure. This is a great warm weather beer, nothing to extreme just good tasting refreshment with a clean dry finsih. I will be having this beer a lot this summer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2007 12:57:10 | More by mcarroll10177
Photo of mwearl

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a clear glass, this beer was a pale golden color with a very white head with small bubbles. The smell was sweet with some flower fragrances. Taste was sweet with some hoppiness, so white grape flavors. Mouthfeel was light with little after taste. This is a good drinkable beer for a hot day. I prefer heavy dark beers but found this a drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2007 21:24:13 | More by mwearl
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a amber/straw color with a small white head. There is a light apricot aroma with a small malt background. The flavor is much stronger in the fruit department than the aroma and is fairly sweet as well. The body is light and drinks fairly easily, especially in warm weather. I would give this average drinkability because it's a bit too sweet and only really works for a lawnmower beer for me personally.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2007 17:32:14 | More by drseamus
Photo of zdk9


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An apricot punch followed by a smooth malty texture and some faint hops bitterness, #9 seems to be the standard for measuring fruit beers (at least by non-BA's. I don't know how that statement fares in the community)

A- Poured out a slightly murky golden color. A small head that lasted through the entire glass, and some weak lacing.

S- I found the nose of the beer to be way too neutral. Some fruit and malt but almost undiscernable scents to my nose.

T- The taste was a blast of sour apricots, like I was chewing on a dried apricot, followed closely by bready and not too sweet malts. There was a touch of hops tinge in the back of the mouth but nothing that made you say "There's the hops". The blend didn't seem to be there, though the balance was. Instead it was fruit-malt-hops. If I could want something more it would be for these flavors to meld together like a watercolor better.

M- Very light and considerable smooth. Only a hint of bitterness which I felt allowed the flavors to come out fully (maybe I'm just being a bitter wussy though).

D- A delicious fruit beer appropriate for a light mood, and especially for summer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2007 05:48:43 | More by zdk9
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear, with a rusty look and barely any head. Smell was overpowered by fruit, mostly apricot, but maybe other fruit compliments as well (perhaps pear?). The taste is also overwhelmingly apricot. Sweet and tasty at the first hit of the tongue, and the aftertaste has a slightly bitter bite. While I like the beginning taste, the balance between sweet and bitter doesn't quite work in the end. I enjoy this beer, a sugary fruit beer isn't bad every once in a while, but I certainly understand why others would not.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2007 02:01:59 | More by micahgoldfus
Photo of ghostmech007


3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the ATR in Gainesville. Poured into a pint glass. I like the tap handle on this one, a copper tube with a giant 9 at the top. Very cool.

Clear with a haze to it. Pale gold in coloring. Smooth, but chewy head. Left a lacing on the glass.

Very fruity nose. Pears and apples. Very over powering smell.

Nice crispy dryness right off... and the fruits are everywhere. Grain and malts are present. Ending with a nice britter but dry finish. Small hop bitterness. Wasn't an overpowering fruit beer like the others in this catagory. Good medium body as well.

I'm not a big fruit beer guy but this one suprised me. Truth be told I thought this was just a regular pale ale with a twist, until the tender told me it was techinacally a fruit beer. Crazy. Nicely done to the brewers, I could easily come back to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2007 14:47:37 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of jackorain


2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Golden orange clear, bright. Nice tight head of about an inch. okay lacing
S-Apricots immediately hit the nose. Some tropical fruitss, passion, papaya also noted. Almost nothing but fruit here. Maybe a touch of hops and malt but nothing of significance. It smells good but not a lot like beer

T-Apricots, magic hat yeast funk, mild hops, biscuit malt, ends dry
M-Fine crisp carbonation light to medium body,
D-Too much funk. I will not order again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2007 19:36:59 | More by jackorain
Photo of ndekke39


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

Had this on-tap at the Joshua Tree bar in New York City. Pours a clear straw color with a small white head. Decent retention. Strong smells and flavors of raspberry (a little too much of the fruit - no real complexity) with a clean, malty finish. Very fizzy mouthfeel. Easily drinkable and enjoyable, but as I said, not terribly complex.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2007 18:10:59 | More by ndekke39
Photo of cro250klr


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of fruit beers, but I do like this one. Had it both in the bottle and on tap. The bottle had a finish that was more bitter than that of the tap offering.

Looks great in the glass, orange/copper hue. A decent head that trys to hold on till the end.

Not much to the smell. Faint fruitiness

Taste is much better that smell. A lot more flavors emerge that weren't detected by the nose. I get apricot, and very little hop and malt.
Really soft on the mouth. Again, the bottle is a bit more harsh overall, so don't expect as soft of a mouthfeel from that.

Drinkability is really good. I'm a Belgian brown nut, so I'm partial to a higher abv. At a tad over 5%, this one could definetly be a session beer.
Pairs well with most bar food, i.e., burgers, wings, the like. Also goes down well any time of the year.

Worth a try. If you can, make your first experience one from the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2007 01:00:20 | More by cro250klr
Photo of OSUbrewman


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap at Mad Mex in Columbus, OH.

Appearance: A dark, clear orange. Not much of a head here, very thin, with lackluster lacing.

Smell: Very mild hops and malt, but citrus and apricot rule the day here. Perhaps just the slightest hint on cinnamon. Interesting.

Taste: Fruity with mild bitterness. Subtle and deinfatle easy on the palate. A dry, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and very smooth.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and sessionable. However, I prefer a bit more substance to my sessions.

This is definately a unique choice, and is far and away better than most fruit beers I have tried. I just prefer someting a bit more complex and challenging. Nevertheless, #9 is not a bad choice if you're looking for a change of pace.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2007 17:15:59 | More by OSUbrewman
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange with a thin head. Fruity smell of peaches, pears, red apples. The taste is smooth with the fruitiness covered in a buttery texture to calm the flavors and not make them overly sweet or sour. Tastes of slight tangerine and orange merengue that dies out for a smooth, balanced finish. Different, but a solid choice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2007 22:27:33 | More by Neehan
Photo of cichief


3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured hazy and amber, the head was thin and dissipated quickly. It smelled of fruit and spice. It tasted of apricot and yeast (not a bad thing), the hops are very subtle. It was smooth, not overly carbonated. Although not a spectacular beer, I could drink this quite often.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2007 04:37:24 | More by cichief
Photo of jdg204


4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bad boy in it's hometown of Burlington, VT (a great place to try some local brews).

Appearance - Nice golden color with a decent white head, nothing spectacular here.

Smell - Very nice (but not overpowering) floral/fruit smell mixed very nicely with some light expected ale spices.

Taste - The uniqueness of the flavor is definetly what sets this brew apart. A nice raspberry/ apricot flavor come through but unlike most crappy fruit beers, don't overpower the pale ale's natural flavors. Extremely well balanced and unlike anything else I've had.

Mouthfeel - The consistency of the texture if very nice and the aftertaste is very pleasant due to the fruit notes.

Drinkability - Don't let the fruit beer label fool you, this is one bad brewhaha. The label is correct, it's completely unique and unlike anything I've ever had. Rather than trying to make a beer more fruity for non-beer lover's this one uses the fruits natural flavors in an aweomse beer, can't recommend this one enough for those looking for something original.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2007 03:18:20 | More by jdg204
Photo of jwc215


3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Fox and the Hound in Edison, NJ.

Pours copper with nice head that diminishes and sticks around.

The smell is of soft apricot.

The taste is of soft apricot - not overwhelming - but present. A sweet maltiness gives it some body with a hint of balancing, bitter, earthy hops in the finish. Fresh apricot remains, but not strong.

I had this a while back and wasn't so impressed. Glad that I started off with this while watching the football games. Easy to drink and refreshing. This is rated according to style (as it should be)- Can't see myself getting this with any regularity, but for an American fruit beer, it holds up well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2007 21:54:31 | More by jwc215
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First time I've seen anything by Magic Hat on draft in NC. Since it's not my favorite style, I'll do my best to comment versus it's BA style description:

A generic form of flavored beer, some breweries actually use real fruit or veggies, though most use an extract, syrup or processed flavor to give the effect of a particular fruit or vegetable--not sure what is used here but definitely has that fruit plus corn flavor and smell that changes to fresh hops near the finish.

Usually ales, but with not much ale character to them and commonly unbalanced. Malt flavor is typically hidden with a low hop bitterness to allow the fruit or vegetable to dominate--do notice a bit of hops and little malt character.

Worth trying but for me, not worth buying again anytime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2006 02:31:23 | More by Backer2004
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,125 ratings.