#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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of May 2013. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Not quite pale ale - a fruity ale!

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden-amber hue with light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of light fruity notes with hints of apricot, peach, melon and white grape. Underpinned by subtle caramel malt and a whiff of stewed hops. Dry, with a faint earthy note in the background.

Tastes of fruitiness and mild malt, with a dry finish. Notes of apricot, peach, white grape, grainy malt and stewed hops. A harsh hint of cardboard or overcooked veg in the background. Dry upon swallowing, with little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasing carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of harsh stewed hops, cardboard and faint fruit notes.

Interesting, though not amazing. The light apricot notes are pleasant and smell good, but the underlying beer is rather lacklustre. The background flavours are somewhat acrid and unpleasant, as if little thought was given to this other than adding fruit. Body is light but OK. Drinkable enough and probably quite nice on a warm day, but imperfect. Worth trying for the novelty.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet.

Golden bronze crystal clear body under a minimal white head that disappears to a rim of bubbles after a few minutes.

Smells like a amber lager to me. Light hop-like notes play on top of generic grain aromas.

The flavors are subtle, but I believe I taste some mild crackery grains, and a floral bitterness. There is a bit of a twang in the aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on.

The mouthfeel is average in body and carbonation. Good overall balance.

Conclusion: Not terribly remarkable, but not bad in any way. I am not sure what I am tasting in this beer, maybe carrots.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a mug at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 2-finger white bubbly head that rapidly dissipates into a ring of bubbles surrounding the edge of the glass. Not really any lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Apricots and bready, grainy malt. Not much in the way of hops; maybe a small amount of floral aromas.

T – Sweet nearly all the way through with bready, cereal, and caramel malt along with apricot. There’s a touch of subtle floral hop bitterness at the finish.

F – Thin-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and somewhat syrupy mouthfeel, and a sweet finish.

O – This beer is pretty average. It’s not a bad idea, and the apricot is a nice touch. The problem is that there are hardly any beer characteristics. The malt is there but weak, and the hops are pretty much nowhere to be found. I’ve got to say that I haven’t been very impressed with many beers that Magic Hat puts out. They’re starting to get on a pretty short leash when it comes to buying their stuff. That being said, the beer isn’t offensive and it is drinkable. If given the choice between this and BMC, I’d still pick this.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 5,706 ratings.
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