Hi #9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

119 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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.

Added by tdm168 on 08-06-2014

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by LANDRY:
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.

 297 characters

More User Reviews:
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.

 1,166 characters

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of briandaube
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Ryogirl
3.5/5  rDev +14%

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.

 810 characters

Photo of marmstrong1212
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
1.48/5  rDev -51.8%

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.

 414 characters

Photo of Mike412
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of Beerpiggie
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of beardown
3.64/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of AUGRAD06
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Nothing special really about this IPA.

38 characters

Photo of PJCarnell
2.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kevkize
3.52/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of CM31
3.9/5  rDev +27%

Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of enelson
3.24/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Ryanpro
4.8/5  rDev +56.4%

Photo of kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Eman17
3.59/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yoda22
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hi #9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.07 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.