#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

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

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Reviews: 1,693 | Ratings: 5,658
Photo of Ninjakillzu
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a clear orange with a rapidly fading head. The aroma consists of peach tea, mild caramel, mild spicy hops, and biscuity malt. The flavors are the same. The mouthfeel is bubbly with high carbonation and is low/medium bodied.

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look - Golden amber clear with good head, No haze.
Smell - Fruity, a little apricot and a slight raspberry among a small wheat beer odor.
Taste - I happen to love fruit beer. I drink so many heavy styles, Fruit beer and IPA are my light mellow, and hot weather choices and this beer is probably my favorite of these outside of the one time or limited releases without my local feel. Apricot forward and malty back. Yummy.
Feel. Least important to me as long as it's not offensive, I can't honestly rate this but I feel lame drinking this thus my rating. Other than that note Feel like a filtered beer on the unfiltered side of scale and I am not a filtered beer guy or pasteurized beer one.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Semi-transparent orange hued amber with a one finger head that lingers and doesn't leave lacing. Nose of dark fruit and citrus hops. Taste follows the nose with a weird semi-sweet fruit and slightly bitter finish. Medium body and medium carbonation with a weird aftertaste.
A fruit influenced pale ale is the best way to describe it. It feels half done to me but it's definitely a good gateway craft beer. Not a bad fallback option on disappointing beer menus since it's more interesting than a Boulevard Wheat.

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Photo of Cadiazmk78
4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I get this beer everytime it's available at one of the local restaurants near my bussiness... Love the flavor, really refreshing and a great aftertaste

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Photo of billysj
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks good with a golden orange with nice carbonation. Smells of pear with a taste of hops and hint of pear, but the flavors are very light to watery.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L (4.25) - Nice dark gold, clear colored beer. Fairly good amount of fluffy, slightly off white head.
S (3.5) - Not much aroma here. I can tell it's beer, but barely.
T (3.75) - A bit of general maltiness, more like a bread/cracker. But not a lot here. There probably shouldn't be a whole lot of flavor, but I need a little more.
F (3.5) - Fairly light bodied, under-carbed, beer.
O (3.75) - I had this beer years ago, and finally had it again after being on BA. We don't get it in our area, so I got some. It's okay, and I can see how non BA's might like it. But it's just okay. I also disagree with their classification of it, but I guess I don't really know how they brew it.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.1% abv

Appearance- Pours a copper orange with large white head slow to dissipate. Very clear and effervescent.

Smell- Lightly toasted grain, hints of peach, light floral scent.

Taste- Grainy dry malt with a light fruit sweetness of peach or pear flavor. Crackery bread-like flavor mixes in. Has almost like a cider like finish.

MOuthfeel- Medium to thin in body with active carbonation.

Overall- Drinkable and alright but a bit lacking on the flavor. Could use a bit more flavoring. I'd barely consider this a fruit beer.

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Photo of carlborch
2.41/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours brilliantly clear and forms a short, white, creamy head. The nose suggests caramelized bread crusts and stone fruit such as not-quite-ripe peaches. Medium body with a light-malt palate. Rather short. I find this "Not Quite Pale Ale" rather uninteresting. I will not repurchase.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is an unusual, mysterious beer.
How did they get it fruity, yet dry at the end.
Rather than never have #9 again, I think I will give it another try with spicy food, Indian or salsa, as recommended.

This was on the "1001" list. You judge that for now.

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Photo of HiWire
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear Amber with 1/2 finger head. Has no aroma at all. Tastes malty with a very clean finish. Okay carbonation with decent lacing. I don't see why I would get this again. Pretty bland.

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Photo of KingHefe
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Golden with average head that quickly dissipates
Smell: Apricot scent
Taste: Mild Hop Flavor..not bitter at all
Feel: Light and smooth

Average beer, no surprises. Balanced, doesn't crash the palate.. Likely enjoyed most by consumers who enjoy a mildly Apricot scented ale. Definitely suitable for the IPA fan and not for the higher calorie beer enthusiast on the lookout for a bold flavor.
If you are a Quad fan..or even a Hefeweizen fan, then this beer may just be a palate cleanser. If you like pale ales, then go for it as I see no reason for this beer to disappoint the category it represents.

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Photo of theBubba
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Poured a golden yellow with a wisp of a head that lasted 25 seconds (I counted) followed by a few sad dabs of lacing. Carbonation lasted a minute more resulting in an almost nasty flat mess of a beer with a bitter aftertaste. Kind of like an old Corona with a bit more color and, yes, a slightly peachy aroma. Magic Hat says "A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers." Like why did I buy this $10 bucks a sixer disappointment?
Yes there's worse out there, but not too many at this price. Luckily I had a Keystone Ice to cleanse my palate. What does that tell you?

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Good amount of lacing. Peach and citrus in the aroma. The taste is a mix of sweet malts and peach, with a little bit of a bitter sting at the end. Mouth feel is good. Not exceptional, but good. Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. It's certainly easily available to try.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Copper gold color with a very creamy head and nice lacing on glass.

S: A lot of peach and apricot, some citrus

T: Malty, peach with a slight ending bitterness.

F: Light body, pretty Crisp and clean.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured out a very golden color with a large eggshell head. Lots of streaming carbonation

Smell was of sweet malts with a pinch of fruity notes with a prevalent smell of peaches as the beer warmed.

Taste followed the nose with a touch of fruity malts. The sweetness was very balanced with the malts and just a touch of hops that provided that great hops and malt balance.

Mouth feel was a bit towards the medium side with each drink feeling like a bite of fruit followed by a nice clean finish.

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Photo of JDaV
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours an clear gold with only the slightest bit of haze. could just be how i poured it but it didn't form much of a head. Smells musty and malty with very faint fruit tones lingering. Tastes pretty good, like the smell only with a lot more going on that is a little hard to capture; every sip is somewhat of an adventure. Not a hop bomb but still has flavor enough to keep you interested. I could easily sit through a few of these before wanting to move on to something else. Mouthfeel is very easy, carbonated enough to tingle the tongue but light bodied enough for one to want to let it sit on the tongue for a minute so as to capture the full range of flavors. Good, sessionable, interesting.

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Photo of jasonbayly13181
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very refreshing, but this beer isn't for everyone.

Look - More orange in appearance. Medium soda-like carbonated head.

Smell - very distinct. Once you've had this beer you won't ever confuse another beer with it. Various fruits really stand out when smelling it as well as stronger hoppy notes.

Taste - You're either going to really like it or not like it at all. Once again, hints of various fruits all throughout each drink without being overly fruity. The bitter hops are present but nowhere near as bitter or have as much bite as your basic IPA.

Feel - not much different than any other IPA in this category. Carbonation seems to stick with it until the end but it's not annoying. Lighter, definitely refreshing.

I personally wouldn't want to drink too many of these in one sitting. The taste may wear out its welcome to some people and spoil any future #9 purchases, while others will fall in love with it immediately and never look back. Definitely worth a shot, though, if you're wanting to try something a little out of the ordinary. I wasn't sold at first, but on second try a couple years later I became hooked.

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Photo of Almasi_
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very refreshing with a unique, not overly strong fruity taste. You can find this anywhere -- it's one of the most common "craft" beers I've ever come across. Underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of MNAle
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden with active carbonation. 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly to a thin ring with light lacing that quickly slides down the glass. Nice hoppy/fruity/citrus aroma with a hint of sweetness. Reasonable mouth feel for the pale ale style. Odd malt or fruit initial taste that transitions to a sweet aricot with a very slight bitterness with the fruit sweetness lingering on the tongue. This beer is interesting, at least, and hardly ordinary. It is enjoyable enough to finish the 6-pack over a few days, but not enjoyable enough that I will buy it again. Even though it is easy drinking at first, it begins to wear out its welcome; I couldn't have more than 2 at a sitting.

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Photo of devo1980
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very average - but non-offensive beer. Has decent flavor - pretty smooth - not a whole lot to write home about. Reminded me of a big beer companies attempt at a decent craft.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.08/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Starts out with a not appalling copper color and half inch of head. Then you get a weird aroma like the bargain bin fruit at the grocery store that has already started bruising and rotting.

I don't even know how to say that this didn't taste like beer, tasted like ax body spray for women. I can't take anything away taste or mouthfeel wise that resembles a beer. This is not a beer I want to revisit at any price. How in the hell do these guys have the distro they do?

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got as part of a 12 pack sampler.

L- light yellow/orange, can see through easily
S- fruity, but not too strong. tough to put a finger on it. berries? hint of something floral as well
T- interesting flavor. there's definitely fruit in there. maybe grassy too
F- very thin, almost watery

Definitely unique. I don't mind it, and don't think I've had anything remotely similar. May try again.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a mostly opaque amber color with a large head which dissipates to a smaller one fairly quickly however it leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass.

The smell is very fruity, tangerine, apricot, pears, maybe apple. There is also a grassy, grainy smell.

The taste follows the nose with the fruit dominating from beginning to end. There is a light biscuit malt backbone with a dry, champagne like finish. Sweet from beginning to end.

Overall, this is a fruit beer that I believe I can drink in a session without getting put off the sweetness.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Dub Linh Square.
ar: Citrus.
lk:Gold pour
ta: A bit fruity, but mostly smooth barley Pilsner flavor .
fe:Smooth drinking beer, great with Pizza.

Just about what you want for a summer beer

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/16/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of apricot, peach, plum, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of apricot, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, peach, plum, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, plum, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of apricot, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavor; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a very good fruited English pale ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of apricot, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. The aromas were stronger on the apricot notes, but still had a good amount in the flavor; and the base English pale ale is very well done for the style. A very enjoyable offering.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 5,658 ratings.
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