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#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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 GCBrewingCo
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass clear medium amber with a white head which rose medium and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was apricots front and center with a nice sweetness. The aroma also contained peach and just a hint of caramel and perhaps a cinnamon spice.

The flavor was light with a wheat flavor and not much of a fruit flavor at all. There was a light apricot and low peach at the very first contact with the palate but that quicky goes away leaving a dryness and no other real flavors besides just a hint of caramel and a light tartness.

The finish was dry with really nothing lasting into the afteraste. The body was just a bit less than medium. Nice aroma, but not much else here of interest.

12 ounce bottle. Best before end N notched on label.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A full two finger head with a nice amber color.The smell is a little sweet with hints of ginger,cinnamon and carmel.The taste has a sweet carmel start,but leaves a dissapointing watery finnish.This ale is a little lighter than it looks,it does go down smooth,but I wish this was a little bitter.

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

"Don't Tease, aim to Please"

Pours clear copper color with a small head. Smells of malt and fruit - apricot and peach. Sweet fruity taste - but not too fruity. Solid pale malt and wheat behind the fruit too, making this much less one-dimentional than other fruit beers - very earthy. Minimal hop bitterness. Light, dry mouthfeel.

The most common of the Magic Hat's and not as bland as one might think. Simple but good if you want a nice refreshing beer to chug. Crisp and enjoyable.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild, barely sweet aroma that is a mix of apricots and grainy malt. Small white head fades quickly to a thin film leaving no lace. Scores of fine bubbled streams rise through the glowing copper beer. Faint apricot combines with a dry hop tea flavor up front. Maybe a bit of wheat in there, and if you try hard a pinch of hop bitterness towards the end. Finishes rather dry and clean. Moderately light, crisp mouthfeel combine with the lightly sweet flavors to create a very drinkable beer (especially when it's extra cold). A good fruit beer, decent overall that unfortunately become a

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

Looks crispy clear and golden tangerine with a nearly white mediocre head that fades fast. Nice color though. Smell is quite refreshingly full of fresh apricots, pear, apple and peach. Its a very nice mouth watering smell. Taste is also refreshing. Very fruity with a slight twang and some malts that peak through. Very smooth in the mouth with nice crisp carbonation, and very very very easy to drink. It slides down real easy and leaves the palate fruity and dry with subtle bitterness. A very easy beer to enjoy. Not complex/very simple.

Refreshing, crisp, and apricotacular. I can see why many like this beer. Easy going and not offensive.

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

Just bought a 6-pack at the grocery store for around $6. For some reason tons of places around Richmond now are carrying Magic Hat. They had a 6-pack of Jinx, too, which I'll try soon, but since it's still hot and this seems to be a good hot weather thirst-quencher, I opted for the #9.

Appearance: Decent head that doesn't fade as quickly as I thought. Oddly there's tons of sticky lacing all over the glass as I drink, which is pretty cool and surprising.

Smell: Not an overuse of fruit in the aroma, but you can definitely tell it's there for sure. You can smell the apricot and faint hints of malt, but it may be that there's not enough malt to give this a decent enough backbone.

Taste: Once again, seems like it's too light on the malt. It's not insanely fruity like some fruit beers, and you can still tell it's a brew for sure, as some fruit beers won't do. Mostly apricot flavor and a little bit malty and yeasty. But I wish there was more of a chewy body, as it seems a bit watery. Still, it's tasty, refreshing, and has enough in it that I'm not sick of it and can easily drink another. It seems like fruit beers (not lambics but fruit / vegetable beers) are hard to get right, and I suppose that makes sense. But this is pretty good for what's going on with it.

Mouthfeel: A little slick and a little watery, but the carbonation is the thing saving it, as it's enough to make it enjoyable as you keep drinking, but it's not overdone.

Drinkability: If the smell and taste were better it would be a 4, but as it stands it's not something I could see many people wanting to drink this as a session beer. But for summer, when you're thirsting for a beer that's a little bit different, or something to sweeten up the palate in the fruit department, this is a pretty decent and readily available (I think) version of the style.

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Photo of freed
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is the last sample my friend brought back from the east coast, and the one I'm most anticipating because of internet chatter. The label is cool, and the bottle pours a light copper liquid with a slight haze. Rim of foam and little spots on top and seemingly active carbonation.

The aroma is, well, it's like almost any fruit beer. Like you took a regular beer and put generic fruit into it. It's reminiscent of Blackberry Wheat but with an apricot twist. Whether the aroma comes from extract or not, it doesn't smell natural.

The taste is also dominated by the apricot-ish flavors. Following the initial rush of sweetness there's a quickly drying tartness that leaves the mouth parched like soda ash. It's really not very pleasant, and I'm not sure I want to finish it.

In a world of beers with big flavors, one often finds their way back to balance. I think this beer could use less of the fruit flavoring and rely on the goodness of malt to give it a more palatable taste.

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Photo of granger10
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got a sixer of this from my family in New York, it's their favorite beer. Throughout this week I have been trying to enjoy it, thinking it would improve but alas it did not happen. Flavor is sickening with a poor apricot flavor and some funky English ale type taste. Finish is medicinal and leaves a nasty flavor on my tongue. I could be wrong but I don't think they used real apricots in here. It just doesn't work for me. This tastes really fake and overly sweet and medicinal. Not a good beer at all.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat #9 Ale pours to a golden color with a light head formation and a crisp malty nose. Nor does it in the palate, where the fruit is not entirely noticeable upfront but becomes apparent in the finish. There's just a touch of it, and it accents the crisp, biscuity malt palate and slightly buttery Ringwood yeastiness nicely. A light kiss of hops punctuates the brew and makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of semihobo
4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice glowing orange-amber. Poofy head slowly faded down to a nice layer of lacing.

Smells of spiced fruit, with spices like those in some wheat beers (coriander, etc). Some smell of citrus rinds and tanginess, with a mild hops scent.

The taste is excellent, very different. Fruit and apricots (listed on the label, they are a prevalent flavor). NOT too sweet, which is welcome as so many fruit beers go over the top and come out cloying. Some light malts and a grainy aftertaste after a small but noticeable hop finish. For being described as a "not so Pale Ale" the hops are very subtle.

The mouthfeel is nothing dominating, moderate and appropriate bubbling that doesn't overwhelm the flavor. Far from flat, though.

The drinkability of #9 is ridiculous. It's one of the most drinkable beers I've had or even heard of, in all senses of the word. I could barely set this one down, and it's even more quaffable when it's fresh on tap. The taste is friendly and nonthreatening but surprisingly complex. Doesn't fall into the usual "super sweet" or overfruited categories of fruit beers. Good for inexperienced or even non-beer drinkers, but also good for those who like to root around looking for flavors. You can think hard about it or not. Also gets points for creativity -- I don't know of any other fruit beers as multidimensional as this.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
4.67/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking this odd brew for quite a few years. It puts a different spin on beer. Sat down with it, and it had a nice clear amber color, with a 1 inch head, not too thick, it left quickly after pouring. Smelled great, of fruits, notably something like peaches or apricots, quite different than other fruit brews. Very sweet first taste, hits the front of the tongue. Very smoothe and easy to go down mouthfeel. I will keep coming back to this beer when I can get it. Always a good choice, keeps things interesting.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimal head on the draught. Deep amber with nice carbonation. Fruits I can't identify blending with malts in the nose. Flavor is watery malty and just a touch of fruit..maybe apricot...a surprising little balance of hops. Thin mouthfeel, very light body, and the finish is watery and short. But this is a drinkable brew, no doubt.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy gold with 2 fingers of white head which sticks around for a few minutes. Smells very fruity, apricot, tangerine, peach. Taste was pretty light on this one, apricots coming through gently over a mildly malty pale ale base. Barely detectable amount of hops in the fnish struggles to balance the fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, but a little on the thin side. This is an OK fruit beer, but too one-dimensionally unbalanced to be a session beer.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wholly translucent copper color with no head. Smell is hard to discern, but there is definitely a vegetable taste in there but in the best way possible. Taste is really surprising. Very full and like that of a copper ale with much attitude. Very indicative of the Magic Hat flavor, lots of it and always something new.

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Photo of scooter231
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very refreshing beer. It pours a hazy golden color that's slightly cloudy, and almost sunset-looking in appearance, with a very little head. Smells are fruity, lemonade and strawberries mostly coming through.

Taste is like it smells, fruity, though I sensed different fruits as well- apricots peaches, and oranges mostly. It's sweet, subtle, and dry. Also has a slightly sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is chewy, but a little watery. Pretty drinkable, but it's a bit too sweet to make this uber drinkable. Overall a refreshing, tasty beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a small strange)
A- crystal clear golden body with low carbonation and a thin soapy head

S- Clean pale malt almost corn aroma but more like light fruit

T- Strong fruit a bit earthy peach with a taste of white raspberry and a light malt note. It has a slight peppery spice at the finish but not really hops flavor.

M- Medium mouth feel with some fizz noted

D- This beer is a smooth refreshing surprising beer. A pale ale without hops and a nice twist.

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Photo of jakester
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is from a 12oz. bottle from a sampler case. Expiry date notched on the label. Label says "#9 flavored not quite pale ale".

Pours a slightly hazy (chill haze) gold with orange accents. One finger head of cream colored foam drops quickly to form just a ring. Not much lacing. Some carbonation is evident.

Aroma is of strong apricots, faint peaches, maybe light pale malt, with almost no hop smell. As the beer warms, bready malt does come through.

Tastes like it smells. Apricots dominate the taste, with some hop bittering there as well. Low to medium sweetness. The apricot flavor lasts through the aftertaste. Pleasant. Well balanced for style, with apricots coming to the front.

The mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium carbonation sting on the tongue. The pleasant, long lasting finish is crisp and clean, on the dry side. Some astringency is apparent at the end.

This style is really not my cup of tea, but judging it for what it is, it's good. I think the apricots would get to me after awhile, so I wouldn't want to have alot of these in a row. One or two of these would be refreshing, though.

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

Deep, apricot colored beverage evacuated this bomber.
Smells of, at least a little bit, strawberries, peaches and nectarines.
Tastes like it smells, but more so. Has a bitterness that reminds me of nectarines as well. I find it to be quite tasty and refreshing.
There's some bitter/sour mouthfeel going on, but for the most part it is light and soft. Pretty pleasureable on the whole.
This is a smooth, drinking friendly concoction.

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

Clearish dark gold appearance, fluffy head of almost 1/2 an inch, creamy bubbles, and good staying power. Laces in partial rings and punctuation marks. Aroma is slightly acrid, some apricot and some sulfurous and wood elements. Mouthfeel is solid if light, carbonation about medium. Starts out light and oddly refreshing in a medicinal way. Cherry, lemon, and peach balance a bitterish backbone. Rounds down and finishes fuller at the back half, again with a slightly bitterish medicine quality and a distinction much more subtle than typical fruit-infused brews. I could be in the mood for this at the right times.

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

Finally tried the flagship of the Magic Hat Brewery on tap from Woody's in Boston, Ma. Served in a standard pint glass the beer was a dull copper color with a bit of a pink tinge to it (similiar to Lindeman's peche). It was toped by a half-finger of white head,

Smell was fruitty with the obvious apricot coming thru predominantly. Behind that some scents on malt and definite hop could be detected.

Taste was similiar to the smell. Obvious fruit upfront, but not overpowering as in some other fruit beers. The apricot was there but it didn't interfere with the taste of the beer. Taste similiar to an American Pale Ale. Overall it was well-balanced and smooth to drink. Bitterness was slight to nothing, and the overall taste was not over powered by any one flavor.

Rather light on the palate without much noticable carbonation.

Very easy to drink and rather enjoyable. Not one I'll have time and again. But one I will visit from time to time.

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Photo of thegiggy86
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on tap at Brooklyn's The Brazen Head.

Beer had an orange hue.

I didn't smell much. Small whiff of apricot, nothing special though.

Not much of a taste, very light. Definitely a good transition beer for the less enlightened.

Frothy mouthfeel with not much of an after taste.

Very drinkable. I could pound these down remorselessly all day. Even those who find craft brews to be "gross" should like this.

This is my first review of a Fruit/Vegetable beer. Although I am not blown away by the beer's flavor, it has incredible drinkability.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a nice amber color. 1/4" head that disappears quickly

Smell: sweet with a hint of hops. A fruit smell does stand out

Taste: light with a hint of apricot. The fruit flavor is not strong, but enough that you notice.

mouthfeel: very smooth

drinkability: great, deffiantly can though these back on a hot day.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at some bar in Baltimore.
Copper orange in color, nice head, doesnt last too long.
Can smell the apricot for sure, pleasant scent, maybe a touch of hops in there too.
I really enjoy the apricot flavor of the beer. It is only a little sweet, I would have expected it to be more so. There is a slight hop finish to cut off the sweetness. Not a big fan a sweet, sticky fruity brews, but I'd make an exception for #9.
Mouthfeel gets a little sticky by the end of the first one; I had two.
Overall a satisfying beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light golden yellow with a 1 inch head. Medium carbonation and spotty white lacing.
Smell is of light apricot.
Taste is slightly light with a mild apricot taste and mild bitterness that lingers. Trademark Ringwood is present.
Mouthfeel is slightly tingly that starts on the back of the sweet tastebuds in the front of the tongue and finishes semi dry with a slick but dry sliding down the throat. This is pretty drinkable. I've gone through a 6 pack of these with no problem on many trips to Vermont.

It's ok, dog.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Nice 3/4 inch head that faded into 1/8 inch and stuck for awhile. Clear orange hued light honey brown colored.

Smell = Sweet floral & fruity scent, very plesant

Taste = I had this on tap at Whiskey's Smokehouse and thought it was really bad. Now I think the tap was unclean or the keg was old , as the taste in the bottle is MUCH better. Nice lemon, pear taste. Refreshingly light yet still full of flavor. Great grain/toasted wheat like aftertaste.

Overall = Wow, what a change from when I first tried this beer. I haven't been a fan of many Magic Hat brews, but this one hit the spot. I highly recommend it.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,679 ratings.
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