Hi #9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Hi #9Hi #9

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A mysteriously good India Pale Ale with citrus and piney hop notes, balanced by #9’s signature sweetness.

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Photo of beergoot
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Deep gold colored body; thick, foamy white head; plenty of carbonation. Spicy/citrus hop aroma; lemon zest; minty; fruity. Flavors starts out strongly mimicking the aroma; somewhat astringent; faint notes of cereal grains; strong bitter aftertaste. Medium body; somewhat watery in character; dry finish.

A fair IPA with a somewhat unique flavor profile that may work for some people and not others. I almost equate the flavor to a minty toothpaste. It must be the hops that give this a queer pungency and spicy resinous quality. Unique in its own way...

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
1/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Absolutely a pathetic JOKE of an example of an IPA. This literally tastes like an extremely metallic and chemically bitter Keystone light. Worst IPA I've ever tasted in my life I think. Magic Hat is normally solid, but this is just bad.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light copper body with a nice foam head.
aroma is citrus and pine
Taste has a some citrus but is more sweet than hoppy.
mouthfeel is smooth
Not a hoppy ipa.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Dark, clear, golden yellow. Thin white head.

Smell: Pine, some citrus, faint,

Taste: Sweet with some pine. Similar to #9. Not that hoppy

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated.

Overall: A solid beer, but if you want a hoppy IPA, this might not be the way to go. The bitterness is there, but not strong like you expect in an IPA. Still, the sweetness and piney flavor go well together.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure why nothing from this brewery hits me with both barrels, but it never happens. They make decent, drinkable products, but I've yet to taste one that impressed me.

This one looks nice enough. Dark yellow and a nice light lace. The aroma is decent but slightly understated and slightly skunky (not the great skunky, the funky skunky). Similarly the taste is a little dirty, and refreshingly not as dry as many of the style, but it also has a skunky over the hill out in the sun taste.

The aftertaste is good. Hi 9 is certainly better than 9. It has some character and is a nice ale. It is weak for the style, though.

Magic Hat needs to crank it up a notch. They are a pretty high volume brewer but none of the brews are ever anything I care to drink regularly. Unfortunately they sell 9 and not a lot else at various Playhouse Square venues, so I have probably had 10 or 15 9's in the last year.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%

With a kinder and lighter hand at the India pale ale, Magic Hat borrows their brewhouse influence with a fruity, malty tilt and delivers a hop-forward ale with a sense of balance and simplicity.

Its light copper-orange hues show bright clarity and racing streams of carbonation. Quick head formation dissipates nearly as quickly, but releases simple candied sweetness with tropical, citrus and pine.

Retaining its fruity sweetness and releasing its creamy body, the taste of apricot, orange, mango and lemon bounce off of a low-lying simple syrup in rounded middle taste. The follow-up of grass, stem and pine are preludes to the dry and resinous finish to come.

Trending dry and with a stern hop bite, both bitter resins and stemmy astringency offer a verbena-like twang to ride along side of smooth hop bitterness. Lasting spruce and dried citrus linger even though the bulk of sweetness and fruit dry to completion in a snap.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a burnt yellow color with almost no head to speak of

S: Some citrusy hop notes along with the apricot from #9. A little pine as well, a decent mix

T: Follows the nose. Starts with a mix of the apricot and pine with the citrus coming in shortly after. Lightly bitter throughout. Finishes with a hint of pine and some lingering bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Not too much different from #9 aside from some more pronounced citrus and pine notes. The flavors clash a little, so I'd rather just have either the Hi.P.A or #9 on their own. Interesting and creative blending concept, though

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Photo of BigCheese
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Tastes like what it is.

Its got the sweetness of #9 with a pretty significant IPA hop bill. Standard hop notes of citrus and pine, it literally tastes like a half and half.

The balance is interesting, and the hop presence is respectable but the apricot thing just isnt my jam.

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Photo of Brenden
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

This one looks none to different from the original #9 (together in the Fall variety pack). It's a little darker, maybe, with the same thickness but still bright though almost completely opaque. The head is a fluffy one that almost hits one finger, and it stays up pretty well as it leaves good lace.
In the smell and the taste, it's a lot of sweet apricot at first, not entirely natural-seeming nor offensively artificial. The hops come into the middle, leafy with an almost woody earthiness, maybe a bit of citrus, and balanced by the sweeter malts so that is ends up being a sweeter type of beer overall, particularly for an IPA. Hops do make a good show, but it could use more balance so they shine and take charge.
The feel is nice, crisp and fluffy in an easy medium body that runs well on the tongue.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy, piney hops and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and pleasantly bitter. Light, drinkable brew.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Hi #9 brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Company with an ABV of 5.9% This brew pours out a nice dark amber color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with citrus and some grains. So far this brew is ok. So now for the taste is rich with citrus with grains. It is a bitter but not bad. The mouth feel is nice and clean. The mouthfeel is ok. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3.5 out of 5. I would get his brew again.

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Photo of UnionMade
1.25/5  rDev -59.3%

Hmmm. When I lived in Connecticut, I would often partake in the ubiquitous Magic Hat mixed 12er at holiday parties. Traditionally, the HiPA would be gone first and the #9 would be ignored until everyone was drunk enough to not care, and that includes drinking ALL the other 12 packs first. If this is an attempt to bring out the best of #9 and HiPA, I think it failed miserably. I like HiPA, and I guess a little apricot would theoretically work with the hops, but this is an abject failure. If HiPA was all about citrus and pale malts like a very assertive west coast IPA, I could see something happening here, but the apricot only brings out the clash of earthy hops and #9 fruitiness.
The flavor is like staring at a painting of a bright orange line through a sea of lime green, only in your mouth. If you stare at it long enough, you might just go insane.
This frankenstein combo has taken all the good elements of HiPA and hidden them under a shroud of gross apricot #9 flavor.
I always thought #9 was assertively gross, but now I'm curious as to what it can cut through? I have ideas for a masochistic challenge of blending it with great beers and see how much it can ruin them. Is #9 the voodoo curse of the beer world?
Getting back to the beer at hand, the hop flavor in the finish is what I would call "less than assertive" and gets almost entirely buried under the weird dried apricot fruit #9 thing. I'd always liked HiPA, and it seemed like a well hopped beer, but the hops are entirely wrong for what is happening here. Only Girl Talk could make this a mashup I might enjoy. Given how many episodes of Forensic Files I'd watched yesterday, the metaphor that comes to mind is a shallow grave exhumed by a hard rainstorm. You have something good killed and disgraced by something really bad. The malt flavor really has no bearing on the flavor, and the only thing that stands out to me is apricot and more apricot(the unpleasant 80's fruit roll-up kind of flavor from my childhood that they don't make anymore. It made me feel a little like crying when my Mom packed it into my lunch and I ate it.) and a bit of earthy hops. The aftertaste is actually pretty disgusting, with the false apricot that lingers on for hours, like a drunken murder that was quickly buried in a shallow grave. A dessicated white hand of IPA sticking out of the ground, cruelly murdered and quickly buried in a forest by the psychopath that is #9 in the Magic Hat line up, only to be stumbled upon by an unsuspecting citizen wishing to enjoy a couple beers. A relaxing trip to IPAland becomes a crime scene you're stuck dealing with until you can get the apricot aftertaste out of your mouth, much like being witness to a crime. A crime against a good beer that got mixed up with the wrong crowd.
Truly, this beer is confounding in execution. I'm sure I went overboard in how much I hate this, but if Magic Hat reads this review, never make this again. Not that I know how they could make #9 more palatable, but they could have at least not ruined gallons of HiPA. The flavors completely clash, and I can't help but wonder if anyone actually tried this beer before they bottled it. I have a huge soft spot for Magic Hat deep in my heart, but this should never be made again unless they want to copyright it and sell it to 4loko.
P.S... Good God, this aftertaste somehow gets worse as the beer warms. I'd rather quit drinking than have another bottle of this.

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Photo of far333
2.25/5  rDev -26.7%

Under the cap: "Riddle me this, riddle me that, why is it you drink Magic Hat?"

These days, I honestly don't know. This used to be one of my favorite breweries around fifteen years ago when they were ahead of the curve. Now nothing they do seems to make sense. The best beers are the retired beers. I only ended up with this one because it came in the fall sampler pack, which I bought only because it included Jinx, a fall favorite from the good old days (though this incarnation seemed a little sweeter than I remember, but that's another rant for another time and place).

This is obviously a blend of #9 and HiPA, but no one seems to want to admit it. It's a phone-in for the fall pack, and just a bad idea overall.

Clear and apricot colored (go figure) with a low head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of apricot and grainy corn. Flavors of apricot, creamed corn, some piney notes, a peppery flourish up the cheeks. No hop flavor or aroma, but a firm bitterness offsets the malt. Semi-slick mouthfeel, finishes with a carbonation tingle. Overall below average. There are so many good IPA's out there, I would recommend spending your time with those.

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Photo of LANDRY
3/5  rDev -2.3%

A very dry bitter IPA no citrus flavor apparent a little grapefruit, tastes thin with a dry mouth feel, flavor is fleeting doesn't stick around, no head no lacing, clear straw color, weak hops aroma not much else. A rather "meh" addition to the Magic Hat line of which most I find to be above par.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Pours a perfectly clear orange color with a white, sudsy froth. Plenty of lace is left behind the glass.

It smells like apricot, so very much like the usual offering by Magic Hat named simply #9, yet perhaps a touch more pine than in that brew.

The taste has a good deal of bitterness to go against the apricot flavor, lending notes of orange citrus, pine and herb. Tip of the tongue bitterness and citrus oil that lends the semi tropical feeling. Definitely offers a more IPA like flavor to the #9 base.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Good amount of carbonation. Semi dry hop bite. Makes you want to take another sip.

Overall, this beer is growing on me. Certainly a more balanced beer than the regular #9. Certainly approachable and pretty decent all around. I would drink this again especially in warmer weather.

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Photo of alapmi67
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Interesting IPA. Nice summertime beer. Great beer for a late summer Bar-B-Q. Kinda like a shanty only it's an IPA! Had it work a grilled chicken and roasted chicken dinner. It was spot on for the day. Was very refreshing yet not tot light. Would highly recommend for the IPA drinker that was looking for a lighter beer!

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Hi #9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.07 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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