#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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3.39 w/ 5,719 ratings

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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Ratings: 5,719 |  Reviews: 1,708
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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a typical amber color with a very small head that leaves no lacing.

Smell: The best thing about this beer. Spices and apricots. Could make for a pretty good candle, actually.

Taste/feel: I really liked the first sip and had high hopes. From then on, it all went downhill. The bitterness on the finish turns me off for a fruit beer. The apricots and spices are a lot more subdued in the taste, and I'm not too high on this one. Just not feeling it. The feel is a little too watery, and carbonated like a pop.

I just don't care for this one. Something about it is just a little bit off. It smells nice, but that's about it. I'd say pass.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Immortale25
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clear, light amber color with a 1/4 inch head that immediately disappears becoming only a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and light surface foam. Above-average lacing.

S- Fair amount of apricot sweetness backed by semi-stale cereal grain.

T- Apricot comes in initially followed by a mellow bite of hops that is actually quite complimentary. Tame malt provides just enough backing to actually qualify it as a "pale ale."

M- A tight feel with just enough prickle from the hops and apricot working together.

O- This beer, I feel, is underrated. Yeah, most of Magic Hat's other stuff is relatively bland and all tastes the same. Yeah, DFH Aprihop is basically a better version of the same concept. Yeah, they sold out to NAB but this beer hasn't changed and remains a great stepping stone for people who haven't developed a palate for true craft. It's incredibly drinkable while remaining tasty and interesting IMO. Cheers.

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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +18%

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5/5  rDev +47.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Ford
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brick House Tavern in Galveston, Texas

One of the few craft beers they had on tap, and I hadn't tried this one.

I wasn't excited about it as I'm generally not a fan of this style of beer.

Overall it was pretty good. There is some fruitiness there, though I couldn't pick out quite what it was.

Not a huge amount of aroma.

Slight bitter finish, but very small. An easy beer to drink. I liked it, didn't love it. I'll take it over the big American beers for sure.

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3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date. Served in a Sam Adams sensory glass.

Appearance: Healthy one and a half fingers of head that stay a while and eventually start to thin out. Swirling the glass around a bit brings it right back to life. Dark gold, very deep color, yet very clear. Leaves behind some great lacing. clings all over the glass.

Smell: Smells mainly of apricot hard candy, pretty sweet and pleasant. A bit of malt in the background as well. This is a beer after all!

Taste: Very fruity, without being overwhelming. It tastes of apricot candy, malty as well. Just a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, smooth, very easy to drink. Good amount of carbonation. Semi-dry and quite tart despite the fruitiness. Very pleasant all in all.

Overall: A fun and refreshing any-time brew. Interesting in the taste department, but always feels like a beer. Perfect for when you just wanna sit back, relax and have some fun drinking a cold one. You won't be missing your go-to, 'run of the mill' lager when you have this "not quite pale ale" by your side.

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2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mckenziac
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a "Participation" variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dull golden color. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates down to a small cap.

Smell: Smells strongly of apricots with a bit of graininess.

Taste: Moderately hoppy up front with a significant apricot flavor. Finishes bitter and grainy.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a medium body.

Overall: #9 is a bit of a sentimental beer for me; it was one of the first "craft" beers I drank that got me into drinking stuff other than the big guys. It's certainly not a bad beer, but it is a bit one-note. Though it's billed as a "Not Quite Pale Ale," it tastes and feels more like a fruity lager to me. Still, I never mind having one in the midst of a Magic Hat variety pack.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.05/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Starts off fine enough...but then the promising mouthfeel and flavor turns into an odd perfumy unpleasantness.

I could reach deep and point out positives aspects of this beer like an interesting complexity, crispness, and a decent color. But to my palette, the taste (especially the finish) is something I'd never want to taste again. I've had a lot of pale ale's and haven't had this reaction before. Maybe it's just my palette versus this particular beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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2/5  rDev -41%

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 30.3% out of 100 with 5,719 ratings
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