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#9 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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4,667 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,667
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 35
Gots: 388 | FT: 0
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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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

05-30-2013 17:52:23 | More by flyingpig
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Johnnyv310

New York

4/5  rDev +18%

05-30-2013 04:48:00 | More by Johnnyv310
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themind

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.5%

05-30-2013 04:21:05 | More by themind
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CesarLopes

Brazil

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-30-2013 04:15:11 | More by CesarLopes
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zdeck37

Virginia

3/5  rDev -11.5%

05-29-2013 21:56:30 | More by zdeck37
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Mikkiicky

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

05-29-2013 21:31:00 | More by Mikkiicky
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cannunzi

Florida

2/5  rDev -41%

05-29-2013 19:30:15 | More by cannunzi
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norinco

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

05-29-2013 15:10:10 | More by norinco
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RSGeraghty

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-29-2013 02:50:35 | More by RSGeraghty
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TriskalJM

Alabama

1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

05-28-2013 22:46:47 | More by TriskalJM
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bef126

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

05-27-2013 20:13:10 | More by bef126
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RedWeizen83

Texas

4/5  rDev +18%

05-27-2013 19:16:03 | More by RedWeizen83
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HinghamRick

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-27-2013 17:40:00 | More by HinghamRick
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mgroothuis

Michigan

4/5  rDev +18%

05-27-2013 17:34:01 | More by mgroothuis
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dwagner003

California

2/5  rDev -41%

05-27-2013 03:21:50 | More by dwagner003
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-27-2013 02:22:52 | More by DRTBrewster
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chudson1992

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18%

05-26-2013 22:11:43 | More by chudson1992
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-26-2013 19:12:26 | More by mikeincharleston
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doctor_dirk

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

05-26-2013 15:04:12 | More by doctor_dirk
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calmac

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

05-26-2013 14:50:28 | More by calmac
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MickeyMonk

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

05-25-2013 19:00:19 | More by MickeyMonk
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ranger7

Texas

3.24/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

05-25-2013 13:27:11 | More by ranger7
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NormLobstah

Virginia

3/5  rDev -11.5%

05-25-2013 03:43:12 | More by NormLobstah
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danwho

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-25-2013 02:34:56 | More by danwho
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

05-24-2013 22:24:55 | More by dougbassett
#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 4,667 ratings.