Hi-#9 Not Quite India Pale Ale | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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.

Added by tdm168 on 08-06-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,706
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
126
pDev:
18.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
34
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Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 6/23/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy apricots, peach, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of apricots, citrus/pine/earthy hops, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy apricots, peach, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of apricots, peach, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of apricots, citrus/pine/earthy hops, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Bit of increasing hop astringency through the glass, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 5.9%. Overall this is a nice fruited IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of apricots, citrus/pine/earthy hops, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the increasingly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Very well balanced between juicy apricots and citrus/dank/earthy hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with no residual sweetness. A nicely enjoyable and unique offering.

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Photo of TheHexIsReal
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dougwillhike
1.77/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Undrinkable for me. Tasted like soap.

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3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I keep coming across these oddball loosey-goosey bottles in the singles coolers at my local bottle shops & I cannot help but be curious as to what they are like. Sometimes they simply help to round out a mixed-sixer, other times, I find a diamond in the rough. Hey, for a low price, I will drink anything once.

From the bottle: "Hi-#9 is a concoction created by visitors of our Brewery & Artifactory who sought the signature sweetness of #9, but with the bitter punch of an IPA. Here is Hi-#9 in all its glory: a mysteriously great IPA with citrus hop notes, balanced by a subtly sweet yet dry finish."; "A bittersweet blend."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. It foamed up all on its own, forming three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention that left behind a load of sticky lacing as it fell. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity and amber highlights. Nose smelled like a fruity AIPA in that it was definitely hoppy, but there was a sweet fruitiness cutting into the hoppy bitterness. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste began with a citrusy-grapefruit bitterness, but then a subtle fruity sweetness began creeping into the mix. It had a jammy flavor, like some sort of preserves, but I could not quite put my finger on it. Peaches? Not quite that sweet. If it was #9, then it was apricots, but it has been so long since I have drank a #9 that I have forgotten what it tastes like. Finish was semi-dry, but the flavors struck me as being kind of jangly, not meshing as well as I might have liked. If this were a take it or leave it choice, I would leave it on the next time.

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Photo of ScaryEd
1.72/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

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3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RBorsato
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutElk_92
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
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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3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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1/5  rDev -70%
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 -1.8%
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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3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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Hi-#9 Not Quite India Pale Ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 126 ratings