#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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Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with 4 fingers of foamy off white head, good head retention and lacing

Smell: very citrusy, smells of oranges and apricots, some malt/toffee notes do a nice job of balancing the fruity aromas.

Taste: Very refreshing, tastes of citrus with bready, malt notes and bananas. I would like a little more hops however.

Mouthfeel: Not to carbonated, slightly thin but refreshing. very drinkable

Overall: Discovered this beer a few months back and have enjoyed it since. This is probably my favorite offering from magic hat. Great on a hot summer day after a round of golf.

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The beer pours out like piss. Yellow and murky, almost orange, the beer is practically the epitome of a dehydrated piss colored beer. A thin scrim/head of soapy white bubbles pours and stays as a ring on the glass, but is not too impressive in any way. Carbonation bubbles are quite constant in the glass, and lacing is thin, stringy, and slippery. The beer smells fruity with yeasts and a nice biscuity malt body. There is actually some sour funk in the smell which must be coming from the apricot extract. The sweet side of the fruit smell is at the back of the whiff and is slightly candied. The beer tastes biscuity with nice bread notes from the yeast and a slight fruity tingle throughout the taste. Aftertaste is strong with sweet biscuit malts, and the mouth is left with a little flood of saliva on the back of the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels a little thin but smooth and clean, carbonation is a faint bit too high, but does not detract from the beer. Overall this is an average beer. I hate calling it a fruit beer because it really isn’t, and then again it isn’t really a pale ale either. I guess Magic Hat had it right when they called it a “not quite pale ale,” but that hurts when trying to judge this beer by its style. This beer is a classic of the more mass produced microbreweries, and is very easily sessionable. A nice go to cheap drink for those who want to try it.

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