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#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-09-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,099
Reviews:
1,709
Ratings:
5,732
pDev:
18.29%
Bros Score:
3.25
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
1,288
Trade:
0
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Photo of 22Blue
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DrewTheBrew
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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2.06/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of marcrech
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JoeyJellico
1.35/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Brendanjames
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChipChaight
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LUE_Shane
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yancot
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of msmith816
4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottyshades
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnTurano
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gerred
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Packageguy
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tricky situation, here.
Overall, #9 is a decent beer...but it's definitely old school. I mean, it popped up in the mid nineties, somewhat as a pioneer in the craft beer scene. They did things with beer that no one had ever done, before. Apricot flavored beer? What?
It was different, and stood out in a crowd. Jeez, back then, green bottled imported beer was "fancy," and most people (in the northeast) were just drinking Bud. Beer was beer...all the same...bottles were better than cans...etc, etc.
Then #9 appeared. People were like: what's that?
Fast forward to today, and the flavor trend has shot into the stratosphere...only, the flavor comes from hops....hops that didn't even exist back then. So...cheers to Magic Hat for paving the way..sort of.
Today, there are certainly some fruit puree flavored IPAs out there that sell well...
What I liked was that I found a Can-tastic mixed 12-pk. Let's face it, cans are where it's at, today. Three cheers for the "old man" keeping it "young."
And, anyways, they've been bought and sold a few times...they aren't quite who they used to be.
So, as a beer goes, when you have a #9, you're drinking a pioneer...enjoy it for what it's worth... I do.

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

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3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of drtth
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The clear apricot/amber colored beer pours into a shaker pint glass with a 3/8" head of foam that recedes slowly and doesn't leave much lacing behind. Sipping creates a few scattered patches of lacing.

The aromas are slightly malty but heavy on the apricot.

The flavors focus on the apricot and some caramel malt sweetness without much in the way of hops showing even during the ending of the beer.

The mouthfeel medium is bodied and fairly soft with the moderate carbonation.

A drinkable beer but one I'll not be revisiting. While it is tasty and fruity, that's about all it offers.

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

Photo of VILJ
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TBDave
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had two and really enjoyed them. Although I wouldn't want to drink too many. It was very filling, with a sweet fruity taste. Almost no head, but a really nice color.

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2.54/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This is my first review, so I may not use all the correct vernacular, although I read the "How To Review A Beer" thread. This beer is described by the brewer as "Not Quite Pale Ale" and I should have known better than to let the eye catching can fool me. This beer is less than stellar, being of thin body, flabby in flavor, and slightly under-carbonated for my taste. This reminds me of a sweeter version (and by sweeter I do not mean maltier) of a readily available commercial English Pale Ale, a beer I hold in low regard. Oddly, on a positive note, I enjoyed the aftertaste more than the beer itself.

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

With pulled pork sandwich for lunch, on tap at the New American Cafe in Boston... medium amber with a finger of tan foam... had a moderately fruity and earthy character... smooth and easy-drinking... cafe called it a pale ale but it was darker, maltier, and less hoppy than most I've had; not sure why the site categorizes it as a fruit/vegetable ale, but then again, I'm not sure if it is brewed with any additives... Decent enough, but not to my usual tastes...

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 5,732 ratings
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