#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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pint glass pour. Looks nice. The head subsided pretty fast, but it boasted with promise. Nice clear honey glow to it. Some lacing occurring.

Dried apricot, citrusy hop, a little sugary. Confection sugar, gummi candy, maybe corn syrup...

Peach and apricot. Ripe. Minty. The hop that complemented the nose is much more reserved. The bitterness levels are weaker. Plays out like a soda. The pale malt is minor, also. A little wheaty, with some strange preservative flavor. Sweet and candied.

Fizzy and swishy mouthfeel. A bit too sweet and thin. Burpy bubble double cola--sorry, got carried away there for a second.

Hadn't had one in 2+ years. Not a regrettable decision, but there's a reason why I've steered clear.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Free beer tonight.

A - Straight from the bottle, gave it a 4 for benefit of the doubt.

S - A bit of fruity/floral hoppiness playing around some moderate apricot/peachy scent and some grainyness.

T - Lighter pale malt backbone with a top layer of apricoty fruit flavor. Taste is sweeter and somewhat artifical but short of cloying or off-putting for me. A short wave of mild hop bitterness leads into a sweeter, wet finish with traces of apricot lingering.

MF - Has a refreshing crispness attribute. Fairly light-bodied. Thin in character which makes it drinkable. Carbonation is lively but not overdone. I did not get the dry finish in this one at all.

O - This is perhaps a bit above average for fruit beer category. Mostly one-dimensional. The apricot flavor is sweet but not too much. I would not go out of my way for this, and it's not really worthy of being a flagship beer, but it's decent. I can see it working better on hot days for sure.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber with medium white head.

Smells like lightly roasted grain with fruity sweetness. Apricot and peaches come through strong.

Taste is light and with crisp apricot sweetness and malts. Lightly toasted biscuits lead into light herbal hop character

Pretty light, good for a warm day

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a – light orange pour, small head

s – apricot is definitely the dominant smell

t – low hops that are not bitter allow for the apricot taste to come through.

m – Medium to light bodied, kind of fizzy

o – Easy to drink, popular drink for those who enjoy fruity beers

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