#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 AlCaponeJunior
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange and hazy. Pretty good head and very nice lacing. Rising bubbles.

Smells fruity with a caramel malt backbone. Pleasant but not too strong. An indistinct grainy aroma seems to distract just a little from the smell.

Tastes quite pleasant. Very fruity with just a touch of medicinalness, but not enough to really affect it negatively very much. Malt backbone. Sweet apricots.

Surprisingly dry finish for such a sweet beer. Medium body and a slick feeling after.

Drinks ok. I'd drink it again but not going to rush out to find it at all costs. Seems like it would be a good compromise when you're with ladies who like fruity drinks, but you'd rather drink beer.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Distinctly orangey light golden copper. Bright and clean without much head or lacing. Straightword & simple, but it looks ok.

S: Grainy sweet but not much else in the malt department. A bit fruity. Faint whiff of generic hops. Fruity note grows as it warms and takes on an apricot character. A faint hint of some soapy / hand lotion smell also pokes out. Still, the aroma is quite weak - even as it warms.

T: Here the hops are. Resiny and a bit herbal - almost medicinal. Firmly bitter, especially in the long lingering finish. Grainy and fruity / juicy sweetness only briefly makes a showing early on along with some light crackery malts. An odd sort of artificial apricot note comes out in the finish.

M: Firm CO2 with a body that is only medium-light. Seems a bit fizzy and thin. It is prickly on the tongue to a distracting degree.

D: Looks decent, smell is a bit weak, taste is barely ok, and it is kind of thin and fizzy. A bit less CO2 and/or more malt & body would help this one. I fall in the camp that says this beer isn't all that fruity - maybe a bit of apricot but not remarkable. But hey, if the chicks dig it, then bonus points for helping clothes fall off.

(from notes - tasted Sept 2010)

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Photo of Daktyls
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a two finger foamy head with big bubbles that has fairly good retention. You can see the beer continue to bubble up from the bottom while it sits.

S: Smells of apricots and a little bit of peach with some citrus on the back end.

T: The taste has a very faint hint of the apricot detected in the nose, enough to tell that it's there, but not so much as to overwhelm the other flavors, which include a little bit of wheat and yeast. Also seems to taste a little bit watery.

M: Feels nice on the tongue, a nice light bodied beer with not a whole lot of carbonation.

D: Tasty, yes, but the beer as a whole is not enough to make me want to run out and buy more immediately. It is good and I would enjoy have more as part of a Magic Hat mix pack. Seems like it would make a good session beer.

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Photo of Giggy
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is golden straw with a nice white head.

S: Aroma of apricot, spice, citrus, fresh strawberry, and cantaloupe.

T: A little less intese than the smell but the same attributes. Seemed a little on the weak side.

M: Slightly dry

D: Not bad for a lighter beer

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Photo of bamojr
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I seem to find this in many places, which leads to me drinking it quite frequently when there are not other options. This is a good general beer that does have a nice apricot flavor you don't find in too many other beers. It is nice and light which can compliment many foods are be good just to relax with. Its overall lightness gives it a great drinkability.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nicely carbonated gold/amber with a descent bubbly head.
Smells of apricots/pears/mango with a nice pale malt backing. Some soft bread notes also and almost no hops. If anything I get some slight citrus.
Taste is smooth and malty with a good amount of carbonation. A light fruity taste lingers and finishes with a slight citrus bitterness and a little honey. I should barely call this bitter. I think the fruit is blended well with this smooth pale ale.
Drinks pretty well and in the past I have put down a bunch of these in a night. It was a reliable and good micro-brew while I was at college in NH. Was able to get some girls to like it, Giggidy.
I've had it on tap/bottle/and outa the keg at parties. Doing the review from the Yard House in Dedham, MA.

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Photo of masey222
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wheat golden color with a small frothy white head that falls fast characteristic of the style though...
smells of white grapes and dried citrus, somewhat wine like sent maybe a tinge of fermented wild berry not my favorite smell...
its taste is really nothing like the scent, super mild somewhat dry and wheat and grain like, all of the flavors are pretty vague though, through the end it maintains the grain flavor, but a small tinge of berry comes through a few seconds after the drink...
fresh carbonation, light body, thin, but fresh...
Over all its not to bad not my favorite but defiantly good if you like the style, I think people that only drink macro brews, that this would be a good first craft brew.

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Photo of nbbd
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A simple, drinkable beer, nothing special but was one of my first "Craft" beers so It has its place..

Smooth semi sweet lacking body and bitterness, thin mouthfeel.

The wife likes it a little apricot smacked her instantly but the finish was rusty money in her purse... (not sure what that means)

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Photo of alee42
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at a local restaurant & bar.

Poured into a pint glass from a pitcher.

A - pours a transparent golden brown, good two finger head that quickly flattens out. mild carbonation, watery looking.

S - it had a good fruity aroma, but i couldn't really smell the apricot nor the hops. i could sense the sweetness but it was very faint.

T - i had the apricot flavor hit me first on the first sip, then followed a watery, wheaty-yeast flavor that didn't really sit on my tongue. Definitely watered down and it doesn't have the hoppy taste that would gives it's boldness.

M - some bubbly carbonation, but rather smooth. again, i didn't get any sharpness from the hops.

D - i wouldn't have another pint, but if i wanted to enjoy a fruity beer, it probably would be one of my first choices.

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Photo of beerhan
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat #9-I really forgot about this beer but it is one of those gateway beers. Recently had on tap and I must say, when its the best thing on tap its pretty good. One pint with lots of carbonation and a nice frothy head. Smells very fruity. Has this apricot taste with a hoppy bitter aftertaste. I kind of still like it. Very drinkable and a pretty decent big distribution beer.

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

one of my go to beers,

amber rosy color, quickly dissipating head

smell is refreshing and rings of fruit

taste is distinct but not too strong, the tangerine comes out but isn't overwhelming by any means

well carbonated and easy to drink, very pleasant

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Photo of welldigger888
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into an irish pub pint glass, nice pale golden straw color with a descent fluffy bright white head and descent lacing.
Apricots have the floor in the aroma department with some malty hop in the background.
Again with the apricot holding the floor in the flavor department as well, but intrestingly enough there is a solid backbone of beer in there.The malts support the fruit very well for the style and with just a kiss of hop bittering.
Carbonation is in full swing, a little heavier than I prefer but not bad. A little thin but with a nice dry finish.
An enjoyable beer for the style and could session I think.Possibly a very refreshing summer afternoon brew but right now the style is doing nothing for me.

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Photo of prdstmnky
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*review from notes on 4/6/10*

Best before date: June '10

Pours a light amber color, with a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing on my pint glass. Definitely get that apricot smell that was expected, as well as some sweet malts and an odd metallic scent. There is not much going on in the taste, its quite bland and boring in my opinion. I get the apricot, some other fruits coming through (pears maybe), and some maltiness, but its all very faint. Light bodied, a bit dry, and lots of carbonation...nothing I'd wanna drink more than one of in a sitting.

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Photo of dataskatt
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack of this based on a co-workers recommendation. It is marketed on the bottle as a "not quite pale ale". I had no idea it was considered a fruit beer...until I smelled and tasted it. The appearance reminds me of weak tea, a very pale amber. The smell is big time fruity...apricot and peachy. The taste is, again, very fruity and somewhat watery to me. It is very drinkable, and would be a nice, refreshing summer beer...IF you like fruit beers. To me it tastes like somewhat of a cross between a wheat beer, a fruit beer, and a splash of pale ale. This was just too "funky" for me to like it, and I think they should state on the bottle that it is a fruit beer. I wouldn't buy it again, but hey, if you like this style, it might be worth a try. Honestly, I had 2 of these, and got rid of the rest. Definitely not for me!

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Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly pint glass. It poured a darker golden, slightly amber color with a modest white head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of grainy flavors to it along with a fruity, apricot like flavor.

The taste shows a little more of a maltiness to it. I get a little caramel along with the grainy flavor. Like the aroma, the apricot flavor is there giving it a little fruitiness. A little balancing bitterness is present as well in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is a little above average. Drinkability is average, it's light and goes down easy but just doesn't do it for me in the flavor department. Not a bad beer but not a great one either.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle with a clear freshness date. Pours out with a orange yellow color. Plenty of carbonation and decent head. Head does not lace.

Smells of apricots, oranges and cooked veggies. Not liking the cooked veggie thing though. lots of fruity esters.

Tastes of berries, oranges, and fruits in general. Its fruity beer. Some cooked veggies and grain. Malty overall.

Mouthfeel is medium and tingly. Lots of carbonation on the palate.

Drinkability is OK. I will have one of these and move on. Not my cup of tea but not terrible.

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Photo of Skeeter206
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a 6 pack of this, I used to drink this as one of my go to beers. Very flavorful, good summer beer. Will definitely be picking this up again.

A~ A very golden color, spotted lacing with a 1-1.5 finger head. Looks like a lot of carbonation.

S~Smells great, smells like a pale ale mixed with very fruity and apricot-like flavors.

T~Good taste, smells like it tastes up front, but definitely a slight hop finish, very refreshing, good on the beach taste.

M~Mouthfeel nothing special, slightly carbonated easy going down.

D~ What you would expect out of a pale ale in terms of drinkability. Can definitely pick up a 6 pack and drink it over a night with no problems.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 4 December 2010
Glassware: Standard American Pint Glass
Type: 355ml bottle

Pours clear gold, 1-finger head reduces to a thin film, lacing is extremely sticky -- far stickier than other Magic Hats. Carbonation is heavier than usual. Aroma is like that of a German pilsener. Lightly hopped, hardly bitter. The apricot is slight on the nose and tongue. It doesn't kill the palate...it's quite drinkable....but there's nothing outlandishly special about this one. So. Good ratings for this one.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber copper. A one finger head that sinks into wisps. Spotted lacing.

S - Candied apricots, and those raspberry hard candies that nobody eats.

T - Sweet candied fruit along side a dry wheat, grain, and earthy hops come out toward the end. The grain and grassy hops dry out the candied sweetness.

M - Prickly carbonation.

This one smelled pretty good but the first sip was a little strange. It got better on down the glass. The aftertaste is reminiscent of cough medicine.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a-about a fingers worth of white head ok lacing amber in color golden undertones

s- sweet smells little bit of earthy undertones

t-taste is sweeter upfront with a little bit of a bitter sweet aftertaste

m-good mouthfeel

d-overall not a bad beer i would get it again but wouldnt make it a regular

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Photo of bubseymour
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is nothing to write home about, but a good refreshing beer none the less. It definitely has a light fruity taste but nothing too sweet..just a hint. Others have said its apricot. Also a slightness of hops both in taste and aroma. At 5% ABV its fairly light and definitely no alchohol afterburner. I'm a big Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgium IPA fan. To me this Magic Hat #9 has many similiar qualities to Flying Dog's Belgian IPA, but Magic Hat tones all of the Flying Dog characteristics down a few notches. I recommend this to try by anyone and its worthy to drink but its somewhat forgetable in the overall beer world.

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Photo of bens0n
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear yellowy amber with a slight amount of white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

You can pick up on some hops when you take a good whiff, and the apricot is subtle in comparison to the rest of whats going on but its still there.

In all honesty it took me a while to finally pick out the apricot flavor, it is very subtle and not easy to distinguish in comparison to the hops and malted flavors. It has a dry quality to it, the subtle sweetness is nice, but does not really blend that well with the rest of the flavors that are going on.

This is a decent beer, but did not live up to my expectations, it has a fair amount of carbonation but still goes down smooth, very drinkable, just nothing special.

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Photo of leokbelo
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper with a 1 1/2 inch foamy head, that dissipates to a 1/2 inch lacing that lasts till the end. Peach / apricot on the nose with a bit of yeast, very interesting bouquet. A little taste of toffee/candy, again apricots, but not overwhelming. Mild bitterness.
Very drinkable, very refreshing, I could see myself drinking this on a hot summer day (unlike today), but nothing complex about it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember when I first had one of these years ago. It was one of the first "microbrews" in this area and everything from them had a great name to it. This was before I really got into drinking beer from as many different Brewers as I could and since I saw that I could get one of these as a single bottle in Totowa, I figured that I'd give it a whirl once again.

As you can probably guess, father time did not treat my memory of this well. Everything about this was light - the appearance, hue, and taste. There was a decent amount of head and some lacing to this but the taste would have led me to believe that there weren't any hops in this. Most reviewers on here tasted apricot but personally, I thought that there was a lot of raspberry in this with some straw and malt on top. The aftertaste had a strong biscuit characteristic to it, but closer to the wonder bread-type than a hearty grain that I tend to like more.

Session beer? Look no further. You won't be majorly pleased with this but you can't go wrong either as I'm sure it's easy to down a 6-pack of this in a sitting. I can't honestly say that I'll never had this again, but it's beers like this that remind me how much my tastes have changed over the years. Worth a try for the neophyte but with so much better out there, why enjoy this for any reason but the gimmick aspect?

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Photo of Tsmalley
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beer has a light and crisp taste with a hint of apricot. It is not as hoppy as other pale ales, nor as bitter. it is extremely easy to drink and that is what I like most about hid beer. Very mild with no overpowering flavors.

Great beer for a light lunch or chilling with your friends on a warm day

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 5,697 ratings.
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