#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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78
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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
Ratings:
5,697
Reviews:
1,702
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
17.94%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
1,270
For Trade:
0
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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 WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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 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 dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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 Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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 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 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 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 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 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 dbrauneis
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Jet Rock Bar and Grill at LGA (New York)

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow with lots of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces by about 50% but has pretty good retention. Light to moderate amounts of lacing is observed.

S: Some floral and very light grassy hop notes behind a fruity (possibly apricot) aroma.

T: Sweet and slightly fruity upfront with a lot of apricot hints followed by some light bitterness in the finish. The hop flavor could be described as lightly floral.

M: Light to medium bodied with high amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a beer I had very fond memories about from college but unfortunately my palate has changed/matured since then... Still a good beer for a very warm spring afternoon and very refreshing but not as good as remembered. Likely one I will still grab in the future.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -41.2%

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 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 Rifugium
2.17/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

It took me a while to finally sample Magic Hat. I didn't even know that #9--their flagship brew--was a fruit beer, specifically, an apricot beer. And I didn't care for it much.

Pours a clear golden-yellow with a quickly dissipating head and moderate carbonation. Aroma is light, with pale malts and fruit on the nose. Light, grainy malt taste, with dilute apricot and a sugary quality. A small hop bite towards the end and some bitter aftertaste. Light bodied and somewhat drinkable, but not really my style at all.

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly pint glass. It poured a darker golden, slightly amber color with a modest white head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of grainy flavors to it along with a fruity, apricot like flavor.

The taste shows a little more of a maltiness to it. I get a little caramel along with the grainy flavor. Like the aroma, the apricot flavor is there giving it a little fruitiness. A little balancing bitterness is present as well in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is a little above average. Drinkability is average, it's light and goes down easy but just doesn't do it for me in the flavor department. Not a bad beer but not a great one either.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 5,697 ratings.
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