#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 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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Photo of ritzkiss
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can from iguenard as an extra, thanks man! Pours a most beautiful crystal clear golden apricot color with streams of bubbles feeding a creamy lush white foam top. Beauty.

Nose is quite fruity, apricot and other stone fruits, perhaps a hint of something darker. Sweet, not much else. The taste on this one is just way too one dimensional and that dimension isn't that great. Syrupy fruit notes with a hint of a weird tart quality, apricot and pear, bready malt, perhaps the faintest hint of a lemony hop dryness in the finish. Somehow both a creamy and thin mouthfeel. Not offensive but certainly not something I enjoyed.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the beers that got me into Craft Beers. It's been about 3-4 years since I had one.

Appearance-Bronze with a 2 finger off white frothy white head. Nice retention that reduces into a thin film on top.

Smell-Light apricots and peach. Some sweet malts with some light earthiness.

Taste-Hops are present, along with the fruit. Pretty balanced, just not bringing much to table.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, medium carbonation. drinkable and smooth.

Overall-Great gateway beer. It started changing my perception on beer. I don't find myself drinking many more, but I have to give Number 9 it's dues.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer presents a pale copper-orange color with a thin cover of white, dense foam. The nose is peach, raspberry, banana, and a very light sweet malt. Tons of bubbles in this. The flavor is a watery muddle of peach, pear, and raspberry. The flavors are like a four day old fruit salad. Limp bodied and watery, with no real aftertaste. The finish is "meh." Not a lot to say...I feel like an assault victim.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yup I swirl this one around and I definitely get the apricot on the nose plus some sweet citrus and grainy malts smells as well. I get a spicy crisp bite in the beginning with a bready malt and the apricot and citrus hop character coming together to end with a crisp spicy bitterness. It's a very smooth beer in which you can't even taste the alcohol. It has a taste that just wraps around your taste buds and lets you know you drank a full flavored beer.

There's something in the mouthfeel that really makes this beer a winner. Perfect summer beer and really is better than their summer offering and most summer offerings I've had. This reminds me of a less hoppy Dogfish Head Aprihop but thats not to say this doesn't have any hops it does but they are very well balanced. Hops always blend together fantastically with apricots or any fruit flavors. Magic Hat really defines themselves as a good brewery with this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I had a #9 was in 2007 on tap at a place called the Kaystone Pub in Bethlehem. I remember seeing a neon sign for it above the bar and the friend I was with say that it was a pretty good beer. I hadn't heard of it so I gave it a try. It poured out as a copperish amber color with a thin fizzy white head on it. Not much lacing here. The smell of the beer had a fairly strong aroma of apricot and grains. The taste was subtle yet strong enough to know that there really was some apricot in there. The mouthfeel was light and pretty smooth going down, not a huge amount of carbonation in there. Overall, when I first started trying different beers I founf this one to be a real treat. If there was either Guinness or #9 where ever I went, I would have to choose which one I wanted. For a while it was a goto beer for me. I still enjoy it from time to time.

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Photo of Francepants06
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured the beer in a regular pint glass.

it had an appearance of a yellow to orange color.

fruity smell, apricots and peaches.

Very fruity taste, definitely apricot and peaches. slight malt finish.
Its a very easy drinking fruity beer. I also had it on tap, it was a little better than in the bottle. I still think the Saint Ambroise Apricot is a better and crisp beer.

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Photo of afrye29
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A orangey gold color is poured from the bottle, yielding a 1/4 finger head a few traces of lacing left behind. Cap saying "the answer lies in the other hand" I got a kick outta that

S - VERY fruity smell, mostly of apricots or peaches. a tad bit of a butter smell, but a very powerful fruit smell

T - Very fruity at first with a little hoppy bite toward the end of the sip, mostly hints of apricot or peachy taste

M - Its lighter than i expected, but good carbonation a good mouth feel

O - I did not know what to expect from this beer after reading the bottle, I have spent a lot of my time in Burlington, and being its very cold there i felt like this beer would be very heavy, but i really enjoy coming off the ski lift and having a #9 brings a little spring into you. overall a good beer definitively will drink again

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Photo of dubinsky
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter from 22oz bottle.

A - A nice looking dark orange color is poured from the bottle, yielding a 1/4 finger head that recedes immediately. No traces of head on the wall and virtually no head on the edges of the glass. If i had to quess, this beer is somewhat flat due to the lack of carbonation.

S - I pick up on hints apricots and peaches. A bit floral and a hint of light malts that gets drowned out. Not knowing anything about this beer, i thought it was a "not quite" pale ale, but now im learning that this is a fruit beer. Whats up with that?

T - This is definitely a fruit beer. I'm not picking up much from the hops at all. The apricots taste like they came from a concentrate, yet they are pleasant.

M - Its light in body as well as carbonation. This would definately be better for me with higher carbonation.

O - This really reminded me of Pyramids Apricot ale which although drinkable is not a well crafted beer. I see this being a decent summer cookout beer that i would pour for the non-initiated beer drinker. This is on par with Corona and Heineken. Definitely not something i would buy again. I may not even drink this to the end. ;(

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.95/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I love pale ales, and I love fruit beers... So a marriage of the two could only be awesome....
Sadly, tis not the case here.

The beer is a weak pale ale--- not enough hops to be a good pale ale... The fruit flavor isn't popping enough to make this a good fruit beer. This is taking to mediocre attempts at the two styles and combining them into one bottle.
Kudos to Magic Hat for trying to reduce their carbon footprint by combining two crappy beers in one crappy beer, but this is not good for any other reason.
Golden yellow with small white head and virtually no lacing or retention. Looks undercarbonated.... And it feels like it too. Weak thin body is in need of more bubbles!

Weak thin beer is in need of more flavor! This thing has a slight touch of malts, little sweetness and breadiness. Little hops come through with floral and citrus notes. The fruity apricot notes hit too, but very weakly. There is also a soapy bitterness that comes through on the finish.

Overall, if this were a Pale Ale it would score worse than it is here. As a fruit beer, I'm inclined to be more forgiving. This is just not enjoyable.

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

A: This beer has a light golden color and a nice white head, with medium sized bubbles.

S: The smell is good, but not awasome. Would have liked to see little more hops involved.

T: It has some pine, some citrus in it, all and all pretty solid taste for an "Almost Pale Ale"-beer, as Magic Hat Brewing Company calls it.

M: Mouthfeel is good. Well balanced and very enjoyable beer, especially on hot summer days.

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Photo of CaptainInsaneO
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very brown, looks like glass, possibly a piece of paper glued onto it. Normal looking bottle. Though I do dig the spiraling #9 logo. Seriously though, it starts off a little cloudy as the carbonation rises to the top, and settles into a just off orange gold.

S: Smells how it tastes, you get a strong whiff of the apricots along with a buttery undertone. It smells... interesting. In a good way.

T: Fruity, hoppy, sexy goodness. The first thing you taste is some carbonated hops and then comes a tickle of dried fruit and apircot, with a smooth buttery finish.

M: there's a significant smoothness here, it almost feels heavy or thick but it goes down thin.

Overall: Listen, this is a shoehorn beer. What i mean is that this is the kind of beer that makes you realize there's more to beer than pounding keystone and natty in your friend's basement while trying not to wake their parents. You back up and say "wow, so beer doesn't have to taste like carbonated piss?" suddenly dropping a few extra dollars on some obscure beer you've never heard of seems like a possibility.

I know a lot of other people that shoehorned their way into the world of craft brew through #9, and I think it deserves some real points because of that. #9 is the Quentin Tarentino, the Kurt Vonnegut, of beers. It's not the best beer out there, but it demonstrates how good beer can be, and makes you want to go out there and find out for yourself.

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Photo of bmwats
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Cloudy, golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, white head. Disintegrates pretty quickly, and carbonation seems to disappear completely in short order. No lacing to speak of.

S: Wheat and a little lemon pepper.

T: Tastes like it smells. Wheat base, lemon pepper, and a little raspberry maybe.

M: Light crisp body. Slightly sweet start and a slightly bitter, steely finish.

D: Decent enough, but probably not something you'd want to make a session brew.

Atmosphere is decent enough. Okay appearance, and a fair nose. Flavor is decent enough. Nothing overly impressive. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have seen this beer for quite some time and saw one sitting at the Kroger in Porter Texas tonight and I was one six-pack short, so I guess tonight is the night. Let's see what this one has to offer.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy orangish yellow color with a small 1/8" head of white foam that faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds. There are only a few bubbles rising, but they don't stick once they make it to the top. There is no lacing on the glass so far.

Aroma: I initially got a clean dose of the peachy/apricot fruit along with some mild caramel malt and some also subtle floral hops. Aside from the apricot notes, this beer is quite subtle.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. The apricot flavors are showcased with some supporting malt and hops. The body is light to medium-light with low carbonation so that the beer finishes quite watery on the palate. With the floral hops and the sweetness that the balance of this beer is leaning toward, it is crazily enough reminding me of a kid's juice box. The hops are reserved in the bittering department, so the sweetness that you get pretty early on in the flavor profile carries you all the way to the finish. There is a very slight acidity that is left on the palate long after the sip that feels like carbonation, but it may just be atringency from the apricots or something that I am mis-interpreting as this is a light beer on the palate so just about anything stands out.

Opinion: This is an alright beer. The bold apricot is nice for a change, but it is rather mild and uneventful for my particular taste. I am sure that this is better than drinking one of the flavored "malt beverages" that they have out there...if that kind of thing floats your boat. If it were me, this beer would have a sour edge to it, and the hops may play out a bit more with the apricot...like an Amarillo hop that would accentuate the flavor of the fruit and still crank up the overall profile a bit. Obviously, I would like this one to be more bold.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a light peach flavored beer thats quite transparent with noticeable carbonation a finger thick fluffy white head that withdraws to a ring quickly. some decent lacing.

S - apricots are the main smell here with a bit of cracker/bread malts in the background. simple. a little too sweet in the nose which is not surprising given its about 90% apricot. not bad not good.

T - again its all apricot in the taste. there is a bit of creaminess to the apricots which is nice. its some bread malts in come in the middle before again apricots hit in the end. maybe a bit of clove and banana in there as well but very faint.

M - light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. no real puckering or alcohol feel. its ok but nothing special.

O - eh its alright. its kind of a one trick pony which is great when you are first getting into beer but losses its appeal after a while. a good transition beer into the world of craft but once you go back you realize its just decent at best.

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Photo of DarthRadb
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, almost the color of Apple Juice, even with an Aggressive Pour Head foams to a Fat Finger and fades almost instantly. Slight Lacing left behind.

Smell: Tangy, Piney Hops with Lots of Yellow Apple and Apricot Notes.

Taste: Fruit up front with some Hop Profile, Sweet and Tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Lawn Mower Beer with a Good Taste. Body is Weak and Watery.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable on a Hot Day, A Good Session Beer.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my CCB pint glass, golden color with a 1 finger head that disapates almost instantly, a little lacing. Aroma is all apricots, taste follows the nose, nothing real complex here, just a smooth refreshing fruit beer. Great for the summer, this is a good beer, just not outstanding. Sometimes you just want an easy drinking refreshing beer, this is one of those beers

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good, hot weather beer. Thats about it really, the aroma is weird to say the least, kinda bubble gummy malt. The taste is ok, but I have definetly had better. I think Dfish's Aprihop is a way better example, though it is an IPA. I would not drink or but this again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Notes of a Recent Beer Tasing Party.

Magic Hat #9 was clear light amber with thin white head. The nose was quite pleasent...wonderful notes of peach and apricot. The taste was decent is a little sweet, certainly could taste the citrus and floral hints. The mouthfeel is tough to gauge, this beer is a situational beer...meaning that you need to have right situation to really enjoy the beer.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 5,766 ratings