#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

5,683 Ratings
Read the review

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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,683 |  Reviews: 1,697
Photo of Roxann
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of JHeskew
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of pma7779
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: very decent 355mL brown bottle, funky label. Me likey!

Appearance: golden in colour with a small white head, average retention.

Aroma: aroma is apricots, peaches and coconut.

Taste: very interesting! The coconut, peaches, mango and apricots certainly follow in the taste.

Aftertaste: the sweetness gets a little bit much, but it is well constructed.

Mouth feel: mouth feel really backs up the flavours. Carbonation is medium without being over-powering, body is also moderate.

Overall: if you are after a really interesting fruit-based beer, this one is good for the price. I wouldn't have it all the time, and I certainly wouldn't have more than one or two in a sitting, but it is a good, interesting beer.

 721 characters

Photo of matt21
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of MikalMick
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of PatGreer
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kingslotty
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Cooper
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of DavidGross
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Oaks
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of ms11781
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of doggball
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of nitter
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of magictalkngtacos
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of TuffNut87
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a beautiful opaque gold and had a decent white head. Smell was lightly fruity and not like yeast or bread. Taste was like a crisp lager with a hefeweisse. For me, best of both worlds...not too fruity, but. Very pleasing. I am not a pale ale fan so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this beer. It was great after being out in the heat, but is more complex than many summer seasonals.

 390 characters

Photo of KSather
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of blckout20
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of blazinworm
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of BCash
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic! In a nonic pint.

Appearance- #9 is hazy and a little more gold than amber, although those highlights are making a case. A few columns of bubbles languidly drifting to the half-finger of cakey, orange-tinted foam. A smattering of soapy stuff sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell- There is something almost musty about this beer... Maybe it is a little fruity? That is reminding me of peach or apricot. Wheat bread is in here too.

Taste- Sweet is the predominant characteristic at the front of the tongue, but by the end bread is more apparent. The fruits have a bit of apricot and navel orange about it. I really wish that stuck around into the finish, instead of leaving behind wheat bread on the tongue.

Mouth feel- It starts creamy but is a little more snappy once it goes down the gullet. A little weird, like the bubbles need a second to catch up. Above average feel, but not great.

Overall- A touch of fruit can be more entertaining than something all out like a lambic. However, I am not sure that works entirely well here. The hop and malt bill are VERY muted. I feel like they should do more of the heavy lifting to compliment the kiss of fruit flavor.

 1,174 characters

Photo of ChrisKuhns
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of notjaredlouche
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Monkey007
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 5,683 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More