#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

5,706 Ratings
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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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Supplied by Magic Hat. Gotta love cans.

Nice light orange in color with a white head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

Fruity aroma of apricots.

Light fruity flavor with a crisp note and a taste of biscuit.

Creamy body is quite nice.

Overall I don't really see any difference from the bottle. This is still one of the best fruit beers and perhaps a nice gateway beer for those new to craft.

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Poured a almost clear golden orange and produced a finger high white head, no lacing.
The smell is fruity, just like it is expected from the style.
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Smells of apricot preserves on fresh buttered toast. The nose is the highlight; the apricot flavor leans toward the overly sweet and slightly artificial. Thankfully toasted malts and tangy wheat provide some balance to the sweetness. A touch of hop bitterness is followed by a disappointing limp finish. Now I see what all the fuss is about, I guess, but this is a pretty pedestrian beer I'm not likely to revisit.

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