#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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 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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Photo of BurghBrewPSU
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light golden appearance with a beautiful white head. The smell of fruit is very light. Upon first sip, the taste is delightful, sweet appricots and pears consume your tastebuds. After awhile, the aftertaste is weird. Its kind of sweet, with a hint of hops. Overall, its not too bad, I would suggest it to someone who enjoys fruity beers. However its not something i would order more than one of.

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Photo of Scheity
4.42/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat is one of the biggest perks about going to school in Boston. My Vermont buddies go crazy about it, and for good reason.

Works best, if in a bottle, poured into a pint glass. A slightly reddish-orange color. Generally pretty small head.

The taste, a light hoppy taste with the apricot flavor -- great clincher, not overwhelming at all -- makes for a hell of a session beer. Take a whiff of it beforehand, it's got a lovely and full fruity aroma.

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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 santoslhalper
2.47/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: Pours a simple orangish copper with a little head. Very mild carbonation, and no lacing.

Smell: Smells like apricots. Thats about all. Nothing else stands out, and it definitly doesn't smell like beer.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Ouch!! This one really hurts the taste buds. Disgustingly sweet with no balance and no flavor. Doesn't taste like beer even. Tastes like old juice. The mouthfeel is gross and watery.

Drinkability and Overall: Fruit beer. Need I say more?

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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 lackenhauser
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight,hazy golden color. Average carbonation level. Nice fruit aroma-apricots,malty and sweet. Apricot flavor up front. Somewhat dominant in the overall flavor. Nice malty backround. Finishes sweet. Its almost like the aroma translates right into the flavor. The body is fair-a bit thin. A decent enough pale-might get to be too much after a few. Good summer beer in moderation.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very unusual beer, I will always remember this one. A nice lookong brew with a surprize.
The colour is a nice deep yellow with a very light carbonation and limited crown. The body is full.
The aroma is that of a fruit mash combination...grapes and cut flowers are dominent.
The taste is floral and fruity, more like a medium sweet wine than a beer.
This would not be a session beer...maybe dinning...but not for me.
Sadly, I was disappointed.

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Photo of Skidz
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright gold and sits an even brighter copper-amber in the glass with a bitg white head. Nice lacings. Killer in a tuliped glass.

Smells intensly fruity. Full of Apricots and nectarines. Nice caramel twist with a light dose of herbal hop aromas. Some hints of apples topped with caramel cream.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, light malty charater. Faint traces of apricots and nectarine skins. Some hints of apples and canned pears. Tart, hoppy flavors provide a bit of herbal spiciness. Finish is mildly bitter with lingering fruity flavors.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with nice carbonation in a medium-light body. Glides around the mouth with great ease.

Very delicious, and the flavors continue to intrigue. Couldn't go down much easier than this one.

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

On-tap at "Big Daddys Wagon Wheel Tavern" in Wuakertown, PA!This beer is a nice dark golden, peachy colour with a nice head. It smells of a light pale ale with some apricots in the mix. It tastes like more of the same. Dry and fruity, but not too fruity. A very light tasting beer with not much going on...this is immensely drinkable with a light mouthfeel and a good drinkability as well.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this at room temperature into my trusty goblet, I quickly got the aroma almost before I poured it from the bottle. I caught hints of vanilla w/ apricot malts, and maybe some sour grapes in there. I expected a hoppy aroma but that is not what I got here. it was overpowered mainly by the apricot (fruity) scents.

however, it was a nice coppery color and left a good 3/4" fluffy, creamy head that lasted for a few minutes before tasting, which was pretty cool. It also showed some nice cascading, which I also enjoy watching!

Upon tasting it, the apricots came out right away, but I also tasted almost a sour grapieness coming out as well, along with some hints of vanilla tones punching through lightly. Up front the fruit destroyed any other flavors, but the light hops came through a little at the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel was very thin, crisp, w/ bursts of fruity flavors but didn't hang on very long throughout. Nice carbonation, but not much to write home and tell mom about.

Overall, this is just another example of how Magic Hats cool as hell labels market a pretty average beer.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its always interesting to see what will be under your cap with Magic Hats brews. This poured out a clear orange with a decent sized off white head on top. The head dies quickly leaving a slight lacing around the glass. Aroma is sweet with malt with a touch of fruit and an odd smell that I couldn’t recognize. Taste is similar with a malt sweetness standing out the most over slight fruit notes and an odd taste matching the smell. Overall this is a very mild brew that is a bit odd but I can’t place my finger on what it is. Mouthfeel is a little watery. Ok drinkability, but not something I could have many of or something I would have very often.

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

Pours a peachy (surprise) golden colour with a fair off white head. Smell is of peach-apricot and a bit of pale malt. Taste is confusing. Pale ale at first followed by a growing apricot/peach finish. As others have said as well the finish is just odd.. It almost tastes like a peach land lotion my wife used to use. Mouthfeel suffers due to this odd aftertaste. In my opinion, between the odd finish and the strong fruitiness this can only be taken in limited doses. Not bad, but just a bit odd.

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Photo of NEhophead
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy off white head with poor retention. Some thin and spotty lacing with average strength. Light orange in color; very watery in appearance.

Musty odor along with some metallic, burnt fruit (apricot) aromas. A bit of floral hop aromas as well, but all in all unpleasant.

Burnt, metallic astringency. Dark apricot flavors that are also unpleasant. Underlying floral hops with a mild bitterness. A very soapy aftertaste that made me queezy.

Light bodied; crisp on the palate yet a bit thin.

This is a light beer, but drinking more than one of these would really piss off my tastebuds. Just a bad tasting concoction and probably Magic Hat's worst offering IMO.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottlecap: "Life stinks with no Jinx." I thought these were suppose to more fortune cookie than ad? Disappointingly corporate.

A dullish gold body,with a tinge toward red, topped by an initial two inches of tight bumpy foam, which rapidly deflates into a table top with a lumpy table cloth. Some lacing.

Nose does feature apricots, but not nearly with the strength I would have expected. Nor do the hops approach what I might expect from a "not quite pale ale".

An underwhelming splash of malt, a light sheen of hops, a late low-level eruption of apricot, it surges by at the speed of a rushing river, before mangling together in a somewhat soapy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road ok.

Drinkability? Thankfully this is over quick. I hope the other bottles went at the party.

Fruit beer or American Pale Ale, this #9 is a bad dream.

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