#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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2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pale orange body, very active carbonation, 1 finger of pillowy head that hangs around. Very pretty beer. I love the clarity.

S- not too crazy about the aroma. it's faint, sour, and slightly fruity, but mostly confusing. The blend of this soury fruitiness kind of puts a bad taste in your mouth. Almost like rotting garbage or a septic tank.

T- It's drinkable. There's a fruit character that's not defined (i'm told its apricot), but other than that it's kind of thin. I'd say watery. I don't really know what they were going for here.

M- It's spritzy, but in a good way. It's kinda dry, which I like. It's pleasant in the mouth, almost lager like. Easy drinking.

O- Not great, not horrible, and a fun challenge. I think this is good for home brewers and craft beer drinkers to sit around and debate on what they get out of the flavor and aroma. As far as my take on it, i'll never buy it again, but I can get through these six without complaining. I have had other offerings from this brewery and I like what they do, this one just isn't worth my money.

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3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and part of a massive order from. Beers of Europe
Pours a slightly reddish golden body with quickly disappearing white head
Subdued aroma some golden syrup and some grated carrots
Flavour is all malt slight bitter finish
Good solid mouthfeel though

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3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a dark rich amber color.

The aroma hits of dried apricot and orange peel marmalade. Quite fruity, a little bit sweet.

On the flavor, that sweet fruitiness comes through again. Apricot, blueberries, a melange of candied fruits. However, there is a grainy mid-palate and then a lacking finish. A refreshing brew for the summer.

Decently sweeter and more flavorful than I remember it in the past.

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Barely a finger of simple white head is made, not too soapy, has a little bit of puck staying power. Body color is a very clear copper bronze, some mix of rising thin carbonation coming up some slow some fast, but most of it is pretty small. Looks like a brew, but sort of half dead.

A real odd grainy, weird fruit, and smell of bile on this. The vomit smell really starts to dominate. Hints of weird somewhat sweet beet/root vegetables also. Not attractive.

Surprisingly the palate comes off as really neutral and muted. Wetness is what feel primarily, very watery. Fruit hints come out some sort of candy fruit, but I can barely taste it. Watery malt, there is practically no depth to this beer at all.

Overall what strikes me isn't that it necessarily tastes bad, it's just flavorless and there's nothing going on. Time to move on, even for a fruit brew this isn't really delivering.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 5,684 ratings.
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