#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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Presentation - On tap in pint glass at Bar on A in East Village

Appearance - Poured a golden-orange colour with decent white head

Smell - Very malty and dry fruity, can't quite put my finger on it

Taste - Oh here's the flavor, a lot of apricot, as well as candy apple

Mouthfeel - Very light carbonation and body

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - a good choice, but if I want an apricot flavoured beer, I'd go with a River Horse Trippel

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Appearance: Looks quite a bit like an APA, sparkling yellow with a decent head.

Smell: The aroma is pretty fruity, maybe a touch of hops.

Taste: Lots of apricot flavor up front. Many others detect pear flavor. I didn't notice that myself but see where one might get that. Balanced enough with pale malt and citrus light hops to not be over-the-top fruity.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side, with significant carbonation.

Drinkability: Much more drinkable than many beers heavy on fruit flavor.

Notes: The waitress said people either love or hate this beer, but I find myself in the middle. I like it, but don't love it. It's advertised as a not-quite-APA, which I found to be an accurate description. Where this beer succeeds is where many other fruit beers fail: the quality of the base beer. #9 has good APA qualities, whereas so many wheat-fruit beers leave something to be desired in the wheat department. I can tell the fruit flavor comes from a syrup or extract, but it is still subtle and not too sweet, so as not to bash the drinker over the head with fruitiness.

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unbelievable how this beer gets such a bad rep on here. If I wanted to complain about fruit beers I'd start with a litany of others before this one(strawblonde, leiney'sbluewheatdisaster, many more).

#9 is literally magic to my mouth. It's a light flavor pale ale with a serious sour/sweet citrus. It's almost like somebody dropped a few sweet tarts into a good pale ale... maybe I just don't like the strawberry and blueberry flavors... but the citrusy stuff I can go for(no blueberry here thank goodness)... and this one is really good because it doesn't overdo it(the fruit)... and yet it's still a completely distinguishable brew. The sweetness is really rounded out by the sour finish which is helped by a small detectable hop presence. SOme decent lacing. Still has that real beer backbone. I like this.

perhaps the only magic hat brew I do care for.

I'll definitely re-visit this. A six pack is in my near future. I disagree with many reviewers here in that the flavors do NOT take away from the experience, and at the same time, do not completely over-ride the underlying beer character. This is a pretty dam^ good brew... I can see it as a definite beach favorite or lawnmower beer that beats the corona or landshark anyday at the same price...jmo

I like sour stuff.... especially sour candy...sweettarts.... sour patch kids... etc.... and this is truly a romance between sour candy and beer... it's definitely NOT for all tastes... but it's right up my alley.... maybe that will help... if you like sour candy and beer.... you will like this marriage.... if not you'll disown it.

This best thing about this fruit beer is the 'Ale' backbone that comes to the rescue every time you think it's getting too sweet. far too often these very fruity beers lack the normal good beer characteristics, but #9 here has a nice hoppy ale backbone that really sets it apart from the normal fruity crap on the grocery shelf. Underrated brew. A twist on a pale ale thank thankfully remembers it's roots.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 5,671 ratings.
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