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#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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5,727 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden brown with a half finger head that dissipates instantly. Minimal lacing and cap remains.

S - Heavy scent of malts and apricot, lightly sweet.

T - Lightly sweet malty caramel at first, followed by heavy apricot on the swallow. Light bitterness as well.

B - Medium body and heavy carbonation, slight dryness. Decent for the style.

O - A decent fruit flavored beer, though the fruit flavor could be better integrated to mix with the flavors. Nice body, though lighter carbonation would certainly benefit it. A beer that I imagine would be good with a fruit dessert on a warm summer day.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.  Minimal lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Sweet fruits up front with some apricot and a bit of mango.  Citrus fruits a little behind ... grapefruit mostly, but subtly.  A bit of malt as well, but not much else. 

T: Citrus is more subdued than even the smell would lead you to believe it would be.  Definitely on the sweeter side.  Apricot and maybe some mango, just a hint of citrus, and a very soft biscuity taste.  Nice, but hardly keeps my attention. 

M: Thinner side of medium-bodied with a good bit of carbonation, maybe too much.  Fizzy and prickly on the palate. 

D: This isn't what I was expecting, but it's alright overall.  I could do without all the sweetness and more citrus, and the mouthfeel is a little off.  Not a go-to IPA for me.  

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

Consumed 1/12/12

Appearance: Golden orange, small white head, leaves a surprising amount of lacing

Smell: Perhaps the best thing about this beer - fresh, juicy apricots - a base of sweet, pale malts underneath - fruity and sweet - not a lot of depth, but good for a fruit beer

Taste: Sweet, syrupy apricots - a little too sweet for my taste - definitely apricots, but some peaches/nectarines, too - some light citric bitterness - pale, grainy malts

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat sticky, an adequate amount of carbonation, but I would like this crisper

Overall: For what it is, it's good

Magic Hat #9 was one of the first craft beers I ever had, so I guess I have a soft spot for it. I can't say I appreciate it as much as it did about 5 years ago, but it's worth a try. Any fruit beer that isn't a complete disaster should get bonus points.

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Review from notes.

A: Pours clear orange/amber color with a foamy white head that fades quickly, leaving behind little bits of thin lacing.

S: Can smell the apricot right away and a little bit of sugar. A little bit of grainy malt.

T: The fruit flavor comes forward again, and masks any sort of malt or hop flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy drinking.

O: I remember when this was a go to beer, years ago. Now, it just doesn't excite me. I can see why people who "don't like beer" gravitate towards it though.

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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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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 5,727 ratings
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