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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see this in CA so I had to get a bottle to try.

Pours a hazy light honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of apricots, peaches, and some sour funkiness. Taste is of apricots/peaches, bread-like malt, and a slight sourness on the finish. A slight funky acidic flavor stays on the tongue after each sip along with a slight bitterness. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some decent apricot/peach smells and tastes. However, both the smell and the taste are a bit subdued which makes the overall score lower in my book.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on the boat with the lads in the summer when its light out til 930pm, this is your pick. its local(ish), fruity(ish), and hoppy(enough to be refreshing without filling). had hundreds of these and the marginal utility is always parabolic. too sweet to have 14 of, but interesting enough to session all afternoon. find your groove with these and stay up late. a fine pair with any grilled veg.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I had a #9 was in 2007 on tap at a place called the Kaystone Pub in Bethlehem. I remember seeing a neon sign for it above the bar and the friend I was with say that it was a pretty good beer. I hadn't heard of it so I gave it a try. It poured out as a copperish amber color with a thin fizzy white head on it. Not much lacing here. The smell of the beer had a fairly strong aroma of apricot and grains. The taste was subtle yet strong enough to know that there really was some apricot in there. The mouthfeel was light and pretty smooth going down, not a huge amount of carbonation in there. Overall, when I first started trying different beers I founf this one to be a real treat. If there was either Guinness or #9 where ever I went, I would have to choose which one I wanted. For a while it was a goto beer for me. I still enjoy it from time to time.

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly dies down. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of apricots in the nose along with some notes of pale malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather fruity with flavors of apricots but isn't completely overpowering or overly sweet. The hops contribute a faint amount of bitterness to the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate. The beer is very smooth and has a clean finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink; I would consider having this beer again from time to time because of its unique flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. Without knowing what makes this such a "not quite pale" ale, I'm going to take a stab at it. The pour brings a sparkling clear golden / orange hue with nice head formation and retention; mild lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet malts, fresh oranges, fruity esters, but only a mild hint of hops. Flavors bring out a well-attenuated malt character that dominates the beer because of a lack of meaningful hop additions. Decorated with sweet orange peel, hints of ginger, cloves, and some spicy esters. Apricots it is! These flavors come apart too quickly and lack meldedness, but it seems pleasant enough. The mouthfeel is moderate for a pale ale, but lacks depth, breadiness, and overall heartiness. Finishes sweet and spicy as expected. The sweetness works on you towards the end of the glass, making me switch up to something else.

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Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot jam color with a modest head that fails to do much in the lacing department

Smell: I have always found the aroma the best thing about this beer as the wafts of apricot provide a pleasant invitation to imbibe

Taste: The caramel and fruity apricot tastes build from the first swirl until after the swallow but it is all a bit one-dimensional

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fun change of pace; imagine what it could be if it were an apricot IPA!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, in a dark, pleasantly dank pub in Wyandotte, Michigan - you know, the kind with the best tap-list in the local, and any adjacent zip code. Anyway, this one is brewed with 'essence of apricot', apparently.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of lazily dissipating puffy, frothy, and rocky off-white head, which leaves a low-slung wall of well-pockmarked lace around the glass.

It smells quite readily of a semi-sweet apricot and peach fruitiness, with a lesser, somewhat sugary pale malt underneath. The taste is more not quite sweet floral fruit - highlighted by seedy apricot and stale peach - a bit of earthy yeast, timid grainy pale malt, and subtle leafy hops. Not quite pale ale, indeed.

The carbonation is on the low, barely perceptible side, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, if a bit wispy and ethereal seeming. It finishes well off-dry, showing off its proclaimed pale ale-friendly grainy malt, and still innocuous earthy hops, amongst a lingering plum and pithy apricot fruitiness.

An interesting blending of a pale and a fruit ale, drinkable enough in the late summer Michigan sunshine, I suppose, the bit that makes it through the various shutters and small windows of this joint. As for the apricot, I'm duly familiar with it through my local micro's best selling option, and I gotta say, I actually like this one better.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.74/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured orangey color ale with almost no head or carbonation. Aroma is quite weak but I can distinguish some sweet fruity flavour and some malt. Taste is almost indescribable, like a mix between some poorly grown apricot (lacking flavour and sweetness) and malt that doesn’t do any favour to this mix. Like all fruit beer, they can be a wonderful experience when correctly balanced or a complete disaster when things go wrong, such as this case was. Almost needs to wonder if this was a bad bottle.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from above the glass about an inch gives this clear honey golden colored beer a pretty big white to off white head that settles into a sort of light lacing.

Dark fruits like apricots, light prunes maybe, with very light hops and caramel malt that is just as light blends well.

The taste is very similar to the aroma with apricots dominating over light caramel malts and light hops.

A very light dry aftertaste with just a hint of dried dark fruits, again apricots sticks out most.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a beer stem-flute. I don't remember where. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a transparent clear bright copper.

Sm: Apricot, clean malts, and heavy fruit esters. Clean and fresh. Very welcoming and appealing.

T: Clean apricot, some light background hops, and clean malts as the foundation. Fruity but balanced. Simple yet effective. Very refreshing. Built well for what it is. No complexity or subtlety. Nothing unique here.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. Doesn't feel tailored specifically to the flavour profile. Light on the palate. A touch too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable. Does what it needs to. They were aiming for a simple refreshing beer, and in that they've succeeded. I'd have it again on-draught if it was offered at a good price.

B-

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, one of the first microbrews I've ever had, oh the memories. Label doesn't say too much and I'm always amused how Magic Hat refers to their beers as "3/4 of a pint' instead of 12 ounces.. who are they fooling? Anywho, this beer is just absolutely delicious to me. So drinkable with just a touch of apricot, its a perfect session beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange-gold color with a thick, rocky off-white, one-finger head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of apricot. There are some floral notes and hints of caramel

T - Apricot taste lead things off but mellowed as it warmed. It was sweet with a mild tart kick. Caramel and homey flavors emerged as it warmed even further.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - An interesting beer. The taste was constantly evolving, which was good and bad.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate light orange color, bordering on the apricot that it contains. The nose is some light apricot and not too much else. The taste is the same. It's well done in the sense that the apricot doesn't taste all that artificial. Feel is slightly sweet and a tiny bit bitter. Drinks well enough and will work in a pinch.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this many times while living in Vermont and had a bottle yesterday for the first time in a few years.Poured a slight hazed light amber color with a tight 1/2 finger white head that stuck around for a minute leaving no lace behind as it settled,quite effervescent on the nose with big apricot and honey notes,with a noticable toasted grain elemant in there as well.Its a good cook out and or bbq beer lighter easy going down and chicks dig it,anyways the fruity flavors of apricot and or peach are not as big as in the nose but really show thru in the finish as well a little toastiness with just a lighter herbal hop note as a slight balancer.Hey it is what is a easy quaffing cult beer I would take it over any macro or other fruit beers out there for sure.

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Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Two fingers of white head on a slightly hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves moderate lace in its wake.

S - A light note of tart malt with some vanilla. There are some lightly hoppy notes in the background with a little bit of fruity yeast.

T - Light malt up front with some weak fruity flavors of pomegranate or raspberry. Tangy grain in the middle with mild herbal hop flavor. Finishes with slightly tart wheat and mild hop character.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - There is nothing seriously wrong with this beer, but it is a bit bland and one dimensional. The pale malt, along with a non-descript herbal hop character, seems to be the dominant flavor. One bottle is enough, I just don't find this beer to be that drinkable.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extra from Caleb - thanks.

Pours a slightly hazy amberish orange with an initial moderate white head which fades quickly to a ring around the edge and a few clumps of clingy lace. Biscuit bread yeast and spices of pepper with a sweet malt carmel nose. Intriging fruitiness like a hard candy which turns out to apricot extract. Tastes mildly hoppy with a sweet malt balance. The apricot is dominant with a yeasty dryness on the finish. Really enjoy the fruit quality but perhaps the extract could be toned down a little. Take an apricot Jolly Rancher and mix in some biscuit yeast and this is it. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of mactrail
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much head but a rather rich mouthful. Malt is full flavored, with a hint of roasted barley, but more biscuity. Flowery, with a taste of sweet orange. Touch of brambly berry with a tangy taste. Nice malty note is the best feature. Very unassuming but one of the more pleasant lagers I've had this summer.

On tap in Manyunk, Pennsylvania at Raven Hill.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How this got to be Magic Hat's best known beer I don't know. I'm sure it has something to do with its appeal to women, but even that doesn't make sense since women are better at tasting than men and this is just crap. Now don't get me wrong, 10 years ago with a little more fruit, it was bearable. Now, however, it just lacks fruit character. The yeast, at the very least, over-rides it for sure. It's more obvious once it warms though. I won't even drink this as a last option, I'd rather have the Miller Lite.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"... number nine... number nine...
number nine... number nine..."

--from 'Revolution 9' on The Beatles (The White Album)


Light, bright orangish amber beneath a fluffyfirm head of yellowed bone white. The cap is more stubborn than it looks like it'll be immediately after the pour and leaves meandering chunks of soap sudsy foam as it slowly deflates.

The beer smells a little soapy too, like apricot-scented hand cream. Okay, it isn't quite that bad. Let's call it floral and apricot fruity, that's more of a beer-related description. The nose is interesting without being all that appealing.

This isn't my kind of beer. Like the nose, it's still floral and semi-soapy on the palate. Part of the problem is that #9 is, as the brewery describes it, a 'not quite pale ale'. Translation: the hop content is 'not quite' what it should be in order to end up with good beer.

It tastes insipid to me; there's isn't enough malt and there aren't enough hops. What's left? Answer: fresh apricots sprinkled with shavings of Irish Spring. That may (repeat, may) be overstating the case to some degree since the beer is still somewhat drinkable. The body and the mouthfeel are no help at all. Thin and wimpily carbonated just doesn't cut it.

I'm confident that the other bottles from this brewery that currently reside in my basement will be more to my liking (thanks far333). As far as #9 goes, my feeling is that Magic Hat should plunge their (collective) hand back into their magic hat and pull out a rabbit with balls next time.

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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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Photo of mothman
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Rare Vos glass.

Pours 2 fingers of pillow topped white head. Pretty good retention, leaving splattered lace. Color is a clear copper hued gold.

Aroma: Really fruity. It seems very artificial. Lots of berries, bananas, and even some cinnamon coming from the nose. I am not a real big fan.

Taste: Again, more of an artificial taste to it. The berries just seem to fake. The hops are very grassy and mellow. Big fruit taste, in a bad way however. Not enjoying this one to much.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and grassy like. It is sticky and dry, very chewy. Light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends with a grassy dry aftertaste with tons of fake berries.

Overall, this beer isn't for me. Nothing seemed to work with this beer and I really don't plan on drinking it again. I am glad the price was cheap for this bomber.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, yellow body with a small, fizzy, white head. Some splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Light pale malt scent with some citrus and yes, even some apricot.

Taste: More of that light pale maltiness, somewhat grainy, and with a medium level of sweetness. Fruity citrus and apricot arrive simultaneously. Medium hop bitterness. Watery, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: The ladies flanking me at the bar really dug it. A true gulper, if only to get to the next beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

served in standard pint glass
HOPS: Cascade & Apollo / MALTS: Pale, Crystal

A- yellow-golden. Pours with nearly 2-fingers of attractive off-white head; quickly drops to nice full coat. exceptional lace coating on glass as level drops.

S - very fruity; Apricots!; detectable toasted malts. Highly distinctive (and hard to rate).

T- sweet; mildly malty; unusual. Definitely "not quite pale ale". A slight bitterness eventually emerges in the finish. IBU = 20

M - pleasant; effervescent

O: crisp & refreshing; very good hot weather brew. Also works for me in the other 3 seasons.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: Heavy fruitiness in the smell (apricot & berries) along with a background of hops and malt.

T: The fruitiness that you get in the smell hits you as soon as you get the beer in your mouth. It overpowers what little hops and malt characters exist in it. It does leave a bitter after-taste, but not the hops-style of bitter that is typically welcome.

M: Very crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, dry finish.

D: It’s light and although the flavor is different, it’s strong enough to make it tasty, but to be perfectly honest; I don’t think I could drink more than one of these. I just didn’t like the flavor enough to stay with it.

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

Could not believe I have never drank this one before. Anyway, I decided to order it up at the Saucer tonight. Served in a pint glass. THis one was consumed on 09/07/2008.

The pour was very light peach colored amber. A light haze was enveloped around it, but not terribly cloudy. A nice sized head of maybe an inch and a half came up over the top and settled down gradually, eventually leaving behind nothing in its wake. Loads of carbonation though could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was light and very fruity. Much more then I thought it would be to be honest. Lots of light grain, peach, apricot and various other notes along the lines. Not really picking up many hops in here, neither in the flavor. Took a sip and could have sworn this was like a lindemans or something. Lots of light sweet peach and apricot notes. Some light grains and a touch of yeast. Very light body, almost water like in its thinness. Lots of carbonation as well with tons of bubbles just rippling up toward the surface and keeping it the consistency of seltzer almost. Easily sessionable, though a bit too fruity to throw down too much of it.

Overall not bad, for a flagship I would say ehh though. I was not really missing too much holding out for this one, though not horrible, just way too fruity and one sided for me.

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