#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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Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: wheat and citrus

Taste: wheat, grain, citrus, and apricots

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet

Overall: An average to just above average light fruit beer. I could have several of these especially on a hot day. Nothing spectacular, but very solid.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Clear golden orange and yellow. Small white head. Some lacing.

Sweet and relatively malty profile with little to no hop character. Some fruit sweetness and a touch of apricot, but I was expecting much more apricot character.

Flavor follows the nose. This beer is relatively simple, relatively malty, and possesses just a touch of apricot flavor. Not a whole lot of anything except some bready and sweet malt, though it is incredibly easy to drink and good enough with food. Nothing offensive, but nothing very much of anything either.

Medium mouthfeel.

A very simple apricot ale--would love to see a lot more fruit character. As is, it's a simple, muted, apricot pale--not great nor terrible, just slightly above average.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oddly enough, they had this on tap at a concert I was at. So I slugged down quite a few of these.

A: Amber with a small retaining white head that laced as much as it could.

S: Real fruity with hops, malts, and sweet aromas. Smell was interesting.

T: That fruit you smelled is definitely present in the taste. Apricot, dark fruit and hops are the dominant tastes.

M: Good coating, light, crisp, and clean. The aftertaste is fruit/hop finish.

I'm not a huge fan of the fruit-infused beers, but this one was real crisp and clean. I would probably try this one again.

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Photo of cbo2122
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I expected more from this beer when I bought it. It looked nice and the glass and smelled nice with some hoppy tones complemented by sweet fruit, but when it came to drinking it. I found myself wanting more beer and less punch. The fruit took over and was too powerful. I like the hops when they presented themselves along with some light malty flavors, but immediately the sweet fruitiness took over. Just too much.

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Photo of lechroy
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A is rich golden color w crisp white head that fades quickly. S is slightly bitter roused w fresh apricot. T is a touch of sweet fresh fruit & a light touch of English smooth hops. M is fairly carbonated pushing the buds. O, a great summer drinkable brew that is nice and refreshing. Yum.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tap into a pint glass. Orange look with about a half-inch of head. Had a fruity smell, maybe apricot or plum? Mildly carbonated. Had a peach flavor, so not apricot or plum. Didn't taste as fruity as it smelled. The good taste lasted throughout the beer.

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Photo of sommersb
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 07-14-2011
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: On tap at the Flying Saucer, Nashville

I didn't have the best lighting, being in a bar, but color was golden to amber, with a small head of white. Lacing was good.

The smell on this beer was definitely unique, with a strong fruity nose on top of pale malts and floral hops. The apricot fruit notes have a sweet, candy-like aroma.

Taste is also dominated by the fruit flavors of apricot. Seems like a blonde or pale ale with a slight bitterness offset by the sweetness of the fruit. Light body and clean, dry finish with lingering tastes of spices and light fruits.

Overall and interesting fruit beer. I think this would make a good brew to have on a warm beach, but otherwise I would probably not seek it out.

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Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange, almost orange soda orange
Smell: Sweet, hints of apricot and citrus
Taste: Light sweet flavor with apricot overtones, citrus under
Mouthfeel: Crisp and light
Overall: A good session beer for those who like a little bit of sweet in their beer. Can helps it make it as cold as possible which makes this a really easy beer to drink in a session but is far superior to most domestic sessions.
Serving type: Can

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Photo of deaconoflove
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Dark golden color with smallish head.
Sm. Immediate and strong apricot. Hard to find anything else.
Ta. Apricot first with a hint of hops, then sweet mild finish.
Mf. A bit syrupy, but not really.
Dr. A very good sippy after dinner beer. One will do.

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Photo of schmidtn
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass, cloudy brownish goldenishy color.

Nice foam and nice lacing.

Malt and apricot smell comes out nicely.

The taste has the tartness/ acidic flavor of an apricot. Hops and malt linger in the mouth.

Carbonation level is nice for this style.

Nothing overpowering or spicy here. A relatively mild brew when compared to other pales.

Overall worth a try, or two.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt oragne, golden brown. !/4 creamy head, minor lacing.

Smell - Fruit smells, grape, apricot, grassy hops, malts, syrup.

Taste - Very bland veggie flavor. Kinda like beet and grape juice with some malts and hops. Light with very mild dry bitterness from hops. Final flavor of carmel and sugars end the drink.

Mouthfeel - Light and smooth, refreshing summertime beer for non beer drinkers. No worrys of palette being ruined or tounge bittered to hell.

Overall - Its decent, not as bad as i was expecting. Decent summer beer but ill stick with wheat ales or fresh hop ales for when i want to get my summertime drink on.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pour resulted in a two-finger head that disappeared after a few minutes, leaving only a minimal amount of foam. Beer is sort of a copper/cider color.

S: Pleasant apricot scent, with a bit of unpleasant perfumey, chemicalness.

T: Sweet apricot dominates this brew and gives way to a tasty grain finish. A bit tangy overall. Gets a touch cloying as it warms.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy. Carbonation is fairly high and sticks to the tongue.

O: Haven't had one of these in nearly a decade. Flavorful and better than I remember, but I still couldn't see having more than 1-2 of these in a sitting. Nice as a change of pace.

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Photo of Dlish
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- lots and lots of head. not to great head.

S- Smells lots of Belgium yeast some apricot, almost no hops. Smells a bit like vegetables and it is reminding me much of Coors.

T- Really light, almost water on the tongue, it has some apricot, refreshing this might be better if it was a hef, does not really stand up as a pale. It does have some lemon zess at the end.

M- Its smooth, light, and a bit refreshing. This is probably served best very cold on a hot summer day.

O- I was told to look out for this my by girl's girlfriend. Finally found it in the liqueur store across the street. This beer far as I know is only found on the east coast, I first saw it on tap in Austin a week before in my liqueur store. Overall this is a chick beer, or someone who wants something more than Coors. I'd drink this on a Hot summer day no problem, but overall its a beer with little flavor and is styled in smoothness and softness.

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Photo of renegadeburger
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this one on-tap over at barcade in jersey city my new favorite watering hole they are getting some really awesome beers in there love that place

poured a nice golden color with perfect white head the head disapated very quickly though

aroma was really heavy fruity syrupy aroma kind of like a fruity cocktail in this sense heavy apricot fruit aroma with some esters

the taste was also heavy in the fruit flavor department i could definitely tell it was heavy fruit flavor here all the way through it tasted more like a fruit cocktail beer than a real beer

decent mouthfeel but rather thin bodied

overall a decent beer but lets be frank here this beer would probably be a good crossover or gateway beer but a seasoned beer drinker would not want this just ok for me i had one pint then ready to move on

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with 1/2 a fingers worth of head that dies fairly quickly to tiny bubbles

S: Fruit of some kind, some grassy hops, and some backing malts. Not too much to it

T: Same as the smell. A nice fruitiness to it that helps to give it a little sweetness along with grassy hops and malts. Not bitter at all, well balanced

M: Light-medium body with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely an interesting take on a fruit beer. I'd call it more of an English pale ale with fruit if anything, but I'm not a judge. Nice easy drinker, either way

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Photo of pb9613
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful copper color with a nice white head. The head retention is OK with little to no lacing.

Smell: A slight caramel aroma with apricot/peach notes but nothing from the hops.

Taste: A slight sweet caramel flavor with a apricot/peach finish. There is not much bitterness and no flavor from the hops

Mouthfeel: Extremely light with high carbonation.

Overall: A good solid beer with a light fruit finish. They are correct that it is “not quite a pale ale” since there is nothing from the hops except a little bitterness.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, #9 is a hazy golden straw color with a thick, soapy head and lots of active carbonation. The nose definitely has some sweet fruitiness to it; peaches and apricots, possibly cherries and white grapes. The taste is very similar to the nose with a slight grainy undertone to remind you that this is a beer not a wine-cooler. Mouthfeel is a light medium body with a creamy, inviting carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. Overall a decent beer, not sure how many in a row I could drink but definitely something worth having once and a while.

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Photo of csiewert
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a slight amount of foamy white head that doesn't retain or lace well. The aroma is definitely strong with apricot notes, as well as some caramel sweetness. The taste is similar, but very sweet and fruity. The apricot is very prevalent and the malt notes are overpowered. The mouthfeel is nice an balanced and smooth. Overall an ok fruit inspired beer.

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Photo of Guden
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Brilliantly clear copper with a half inch white head that retains well but leaves no lacing.

S- Sweet caramel with a bit of cider notes and just a hint of ale derived allspice character. The apricot is there but subdued.

T- Up front light sweetness, with a bit of bitterness in the middle that keeps it subdued and light dried apricot sweetness on the end to give it a nice pep. All around the flavors seem well put together and complimentary.

M- Light to medium in body with a moderate carbonation the levels seem just right for the style and makes the flavors pop on the tongue and finish easily.

D- This is a well made beer. There is no sense of the fruit being forced on the beer or the beer on the fruit, just a well rounded harmony of the two. While not the best beer ever it is a solid offering and perfect example of the style which does well at what it sets out to do, and for that I am very grateful.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
best before date: sept 30th, 2011

pours a clear golden tone while yielding a good 1" of creamy off white head. decent retention and a bit of lacing. soild presentation. underside of the caps reads, "life in a hurry makes everything blurry." feel like i should dock points for that.

nose pack a good dose of apricot, maybe a little peach, along with secondary notes of honey and malt.

flavor follows the nose closely with apricot being the star, and peach, honey, and some toasted malt rounding out the supporting cast. decent flavor.

overall, given the mediocre reputation of this beer i was prepared for a slam review going in, but not so. don't get me wrong, it's no superstar, but i find it to be an easy drinking, relatively flavorful fruit beer. great for summer months.

edit: the fruity/apricot flavor tends to wear on the palate after a while, i don't think i'd go for more than one or two (max) at a time.

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Photo of bsp77
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear golden amber with a nice foamy white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Apricot, citrus and toasted malts.

Taste: Decent, but not overwhelming, level of apricot over a bed of grainy toasted malts. Ends with citrus and spiciness in addition to the apricot.

Feel: High carbonation over a fairly light body which makes the beer too gassy feeling. Otherwise a crisp beer with a semi-dry finish.

Overall: Certainly better than expected after all the hate on this site. Nicely refreshing but the over carbonation is a detriment.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
1.89/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: Light copper color with 1 1/2 inch foamy white head and some good lace. This beer has some crazy looking carbonation bubbles looks like a science project.

Smell: Some wide range of fruit in here and when mixed together they leave a kind of funky smell. Picking up hints of apricot, peach, bananas and just a slight note of citrus most likely from the hops

Taste: That same funk that I described with the scent. Its fruity thats for sure but not sure the flavors are working in harmony.

Mouthfeel: Thin body mildly carbonated with a smooth finish

Overall: I think the logo describes this beer the best. It does not make any sense to me. Seems like they just winged the recipe and threw things together and said to hell with it we brewed it so let's bottle it and see if it sells.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is classified as a fruit beer. Well, a fruit/vegetable beer. Not sure I would enjoy a vegetable beer. Yuck! At least a fruit beer sounds sweet, and somewhat enjoyable. What’s next, Miller Cabbage Lite?

The beer smells quite carbonated, with a punch of fruity goodness. With just one sip, you are hit with a force of carbonation then the palate is covered with a fruity sweetness. Not too sweet, like candy, but a soothing and polished sweetness. The beer has a very low ABV, and it’s obvious when you drink it. The aftertaste is weak too, and leaves your palate quickly after you swallow. Even the burred (a subtle burp of course) is weak and has little to no flavor. This beer smells a LOT better than it tastes.

The folks at Magic Hat are known for making unique beers, with even more random naming conventions. But this one just doesn’t cut it. I would rather just smell this and then drink a Bud Light. Nice try Magic Hat, but this beer just isn’t for me.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, stamped best by Aug 31 2011 on neck

appears a rusty orange copper color, with thin white head. mild aroma of peach or apricot. taste is slightly sweet, mild fruity flavor that matches the aroma. thinner body, medium carbonation.

it's a little unique, but still an average beer.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard

A- Pours a clear golden honey color with one finger white head. Leaves no lacing.

S- Strong aroma of apricots and honey

T- Honey (almost like a honey graham cracker), apricots, and a nice bitterness on the finish

M- Some prickly carbonation, crisp, dry, refreshing, with some bitterness on the finish

O- Since I had never had this craft beer staple I figured I should give it a shot. I had low expectations from what I had heard, but this was a nice flavorful fruit beer with some surprising bitterness.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 5,784 ratings