#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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3.39 w/ 5,720 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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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New release 6 packs at Beer Store of Ontario.

Pours a clear dark amber golden with a nice foamy two finger head. Nose is apricots, jelly beans, bready malt slightly but mostly fruity. Taste is malt, grains, some apricot and lighter fruit. Mouthfeel is drying, loads of carbonation.

Overall, i'm more impressed with this last bottle that I actually poured into a glass to review and took from the fridge. The other ones from the 6 pack were consumed from the bottle and beer store temp, and I disliked them in a big way, even poured half on the grass. This bottle is quite refreshing on this waning hot summer day. Though I still wish it was a pale ale as mentioned on the label!

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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent beer on tap or in a bottle. It has a darker feel to it while remaining rather light in aftertaste. Has quite a fruity taste to it, similar to a Bells Oberon, yet it is built more so for any season or occasion and doesn't fit a particular time of year. Still its for those who don't mind the taste of a little fruit in their beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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

A: Deep gold with an orange tint and excellent clarity. The creamy light tan head head is composed of compact bubbles.

S: A moderate aroma of stone fruit mostly apricot with some peach dominate the aroma. the malt is subtle adding a slight toastiness and sweetness. There isn't any hops aroma. The malt increases as it warms.

T: A moderate bitterness and apricot flavor dominate the flavor. There is a good amount of support from a soft malt sweetness giving about an even balance. The off-dry finish leaves a slightly grain malt sweetness and apricot flavor and a light lingering bitterness.

M: The body was a little thick at a medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation. The is no creaminess and no warmth but there is a slight astringency.

O: This is a restrained fruit beer with the apricots still taking center stage but not overwhelming the underling beer. The problem is I'm not that wild about the underling beer. The apricots might be suited better on a slightly sweeter base style beer.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with an amber tinge. Moderate white head that remains as a persistent ring throughout the glass; spotty lacing.

Apricot dominates the nose. Fresh, floral note with a syrupy, but light caramel backing. A slight vegetal note as well.

The apricot is more balanced in the taste, imparting a mild dryness over a tropical citrus body. An earthy graininess serves as the backbone and a nectar-like syrup quality builds as the ale warms. The finish has a mild, slightly dry grape tone about it.

Medium-bodied with a mild carbonation. Nice creaminess with a syrupy quality on the tongue. Aftertaste is tart, with syrup and apricot notes.

I normally don’t like fruit-infused ales like this, particularly if they’re apricot flavoured, but this is an exception I’ll probably pick up one in a while now that it’s available in Ontario.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 30.3% out of 100 with 5,720 ratings
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