#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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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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Photo of kbnooshay
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm. Allright when you pop it open you smell a nice fruity scent and as it pours the amazing orangeyness will please your eye. With the taste you get a little hops, lots of apricot and wheatness. This is really original stuff. When you drink it out the bottle the apricot is really strong. It is lightly carbonated. For the price it better be good, and it is. But still this is damn expensive here in new york. Another creative brew from magic hat. Tight label.

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

On pouring I get a solid inch of tight and fluffy off-white head. The beer is kind of hazy and caramel colored.
Smell - All I can really smell is apricots.
The taste is mostly fruit. There is some bittering and a touch of hops however it's pretty much all about the apricots.
Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is real good, big body.
Drinkability - I like this beer but I don't think I could drink too many. I think it's a bit overboard on the apricots although with the full body it's almost like eating an apricot scone... maybe I should try this with breakfast.

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Photo of mjc410
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Your standard 20 oz pint glass

Appearance: Very slightly hazy, has a yellow-golden color. The head is smooth rather than rocly, laces the side of the glass the whole time.

Taste: Dryer than expected. Can't identify the fruit flavors myself. To me, it didn't really taste like it smelled. Falls short here. Not very sweet or malty.

Mouthfeel: This was better, had a nice body to it.

Drinkability: Didn't like the taste that much, but of course there are far worse things out there. Middle of the road.

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

Presentation: This beer poured red-orange into a traditional pint glass, with about a finger-thick head. Retention was decent. There were hints of light to moderate carbonation. A scent of apricot (and a light hint of hop bitterness) came through in the nose.

Tasting: #9 seems to have a little more hop character on tap than it does in the bottle. Either that, or it's slightly more carbonated. Nevertheless, it's still pretty good. Apricot is most prevalent on the tongue and in the aftertaste, with slight bitterness. It seemed more carbonated than the bottled version. It's a very drinkable brew, certainly good for more than one.

I actually like this better poured out of the bottle than I like it on tap. But it's still good. I've seen a few decent bars with this on tap, and that's encouraging.

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

Clear gold color, thin white head and a nice ring of lace on the glass. Smell is fruit and apricot laden. Flavor is light and crisp with a huge wall of sweet apricot flavor and a bit of something that almost tastes like pumpkin.
Lots of sweetness, but it's not at all cloying. The aftertaste is pleasant with apricots and orange in it. You wouldn't want to drink the whole sixer of these at once, but I think it's a nice occasional drink.

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

Pours a funky golden orange color. Thin head dissipates fairly quickly. Distinctive apricot aroma in the smell, as if you opened a bag of dried apricots and stuck your nose in it. Taste is mostly apricot up front with some other underlying flavors that have a hard time competing with the apricot. In short, I don't care for this beer. I'm not a big fan of fruit beers anyway, and especially apricot. There doesn't seem to be a lot of hoppiness to this beer, and the maltiness is overwhelmed by the apricot. The apricot taste lingers on the palate for quite some time after finishing one of these. If you like apricots, you'll probably like this beer, if not, steer clear as this beer has nothing else to offer.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a golden amber color with nice head. Definite fruity smell (apricot) that is pleasant to the nose. I'm suprised that I like this beer so much at this time of year. It seems to me that this wsould really be enjoyable on a hot simmer day sitting on the deck. It looks anothe trip to Maryland to get some for the summer

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Photo of Citadel82
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a refreshing beer though not my first choice for a refresher. Way over the top in the apricot department,

Pours a clear copper with a long lasting rocky tan head that has some legs. Leaves pillows of lace as it is consumed.

Smell? Apricots, little else.

Taste? Starts like a typical pislner then all to quickly the apricot kicks in. After that Del Monte takes over and buries all but the slightly dry finish.

Medium to light bodied.

Somewhat drinkable, not the best Majic Hat has to offer.

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

A clean amber/yellow beer with golden highlights. Has a nice white head. The aroma is very light and hard to pin down. I got some malt, hops and maybe some fruit in there. The flavor starts out with abit of malt sweetness followed by a gentle push of hoppiness. A distinctive apricot fruit flavor hugs your tongue on the finish.

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Photo of dough
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have a friend who is a big Magic Hat fan. Was in the local Beverage Barn and saw a few of their offerings. Decided on #9. Looked like an ale from the pour so I guess that was a good start. The intitial taste and smell where awful. This beer tastes like a cross between a wine cooler and Genny Light. It is drinkable but I was dissapointed in the end.

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Photo of ski271
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had to get a six-pack of this for my wife to try, since she likes fruit beers and enjoys the apricot wheat at the local brewpub. She didn’t seem to like it as much because it was too dry for her. She’ll stick to the wheat beer, but I thought it was decent… for a fruit beer. Doubt I’ll rush out and buy it again anytime soon though, but I’m glad I tried it.

This beer is an orange-straw color with a slight chill haze. It has a small, rocky, off-white and fully diminishing head, leaving a little lacing early. Aroma is rather malty and sweet, but it’s the apricot that sticks out the most, and there’s a hint of peach and a little bit of a grassy aroma. The grassy aroma comes out more, along a yeasty smell that smells a little off, when you allow it to warm up. The taste has a caramel sweetness, followed by the flavor of apricot and an orange-rind bitterness of hops. The apricot lingers through the finish which is dry and medium in length. Mouthfeel is medium-light, oily, carbonation is lively, and drinkablility is… decent. Don’t think I’d want more than one of these, but that could just be because I don’t like fruit in my beer.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 5,660 ratings.
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