#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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Reviews: 1,693 | Ratings: 5,660
Photo of SitkaSteve
1.41/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I've heard bad things about this brewery, still wanted to try this for myself.
Well, here goes nothing.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt purple to ruddy brown color with a quickly dissipating fizzy head with no lacing, well, okay then, be that way, I'm trying to be fair here, easy there Tonto, no need to just die out and show me entertainment.
The smell, well, there's some burnt sugars, raisins, and overly baked bread (wants to seem like its burnt?!?!).
The taste was semi-sweet with that burnt bready to overly cooked fruits. Weird aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied. Sessionability, hmmm...weird flavor and aftertaste makes it not seem so much.
Overall, do I have to go on? Well, I gave it a fair shot and am now thinking the joke's on me and my wallet for paying for this swill. Oh damn, look at that, my toilet just barfed it up.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I used to love this beer back in the early 2000's as well as most of Magic Hats offerings. Drank it every time I was up north. Now that my pallet has refined a bit and I've had many world class beers since then, this beer is no more then average to me. I still respect it and like it's unusual flavor but I think this is my last. 3.25

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Photo of Cimperman17
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look was a light orange color. Not too much of a head on this beer. I like the taste more than the smell. Bites strong when you first drink it followed by a very smooth after taste. Unique taste.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer gets hated on wayyy more than it should.

Look : A dark apple cider color, with 60% opacity. The head is 3 fingers tall, popcorn yellow, and leaves giant fluffy lace as it recedes to a finger.

Smell : Apples, pears, a slight sour berry note, and some grains behind that. No hop presence. Nice, fruity, floral.

Taste : A little washed out with pale malts and hints of pear, banana, and sliced apple. A nice oaty cereal grain finish as well. Lingering notes of marshmallow, peaches w/ cottage cheese. I think it's delicious.

Feel : Super easy to drink, light bodied and refreshing. Crisp all the way to the bank.

Overall : I'd buy more of this. I liked it, others hate it...the only way to know is to try it for yourself.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Pale light gold, thin head

S: Muted aroma, light breadiness and yeastiness, some mild tartness (fruit?)

T: Light peach tartness mixed with moderate pale ale bitterness, clean finish, somewhat thin

F: Thin finish, not terribly complex

O: Average beer, unique, would not get again

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a small head. Lightly fruity smell followed by a pleasant taste. Creamy mouthfeel with very little bitterness. Intriguing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had in a can, so no visual other than the iconic, and admittedly pretty cool art. The nose suggests sweetness, with a bit of hop. The flavor is odd, with an open of a fairly typical APA, hops with a bit of bread from the malts, but the close is fruit notes. Unfortunately, what is not clear is the nature of the fruit. The sweetness is undifferentiated, and not particularly distinctive. The feel is fairly clean, but not "crisp." I like a solid fruit-based beer, but this lacked clarity, and was fairly disappointing overall.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
1.52/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

L: Drank out of the bottle, but poured a little into a glass to see what it looks like. Light amber haze with little head that dissipates quickly.

S: Artificial fruit, light spice, Blue Moon but weaker

T: Artificial citrus, apricot, spice, then Robitussin after it sits for a while

M: Sticky, unpleasant, much like a past-prime Hefeweizen

O: Purchased because of word of mouth/Rochester on the label. Would drink for free if offered, otherwise avoiding

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
2.22/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Dumps out a copper color, around 3/8" head on it, white, wit dem small bubbles and shiz. Aroma was weird, yet inviting fruitiness and a faint malt aspect to it.

Holy crap, now it seems like I'm drinking some artificial laboratory perfume animal tested whatnot. Fuck is this axe body spray? Drinking this is now a chore.

Mouthfeel sucks too. Fruit beers have their place, but when it comes to liquid hitting the lips, this doesn't come off like fruit, much less a fruit beer I would ever want to have again.

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Photo of mark5692
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm not a fan of of those caramel sweet, dark brown beers. If this was pourn into a glass without me knowing what it was I would be turned off by the color. But for its darker look it has a surprisingly good taste. It reminds me of a darker, less sweet Blue Moon. Would recommend trying but it's not something I'll go out if my way to get again.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The tint is a Texas burnt orange, but it looks lighter than that because of the clarity. There isn't much head, but it sticks around. The smell is oddly, umm, nonexistent? Perhaps the faintest touch of fruit. There is much more there in the taste. The initial taste is of a light, sweet fruit. Perhaps apricot? (P.S.: not a fruit guy.) Then, there is a light, balanced hoppiness that carries through to the finish, without eliminating the fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice. Crisp, and doesn't linger or get slick as beers with sweet flavors sometimes can. Decent, though not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of dustin22martin
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Eh. Not much to this one. It's got a decent yet artificial apricot flavor. Finishes clean, but that's because there's not much flavor to start with.

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Photo of smash1gordon
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first thing that hit me with this beer was an artificial/candy-like taste lurking under some other indescribable flavors. So I looked down the list of recent reviews and grabbed these descriptors that I agree with:
mandarin orange
pound cakey
fake berries (fruity pebbles) and down the line got more prunes
aromas of freshly baked sourdough bread
Smooth and creamy through the middle with a slow building drying sensation toward the end
no hops

The drawback is that these aromas feel artificial.
I do reccomend using this to marinade chicken with.

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Photo of Curtis
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer was ..... kind of boring. Nothing wrong with it at all, just nothing particularly good about it either. Poured a standard pills/IPA gold, decent foam head reduced quickly to tight lacing. Smell is clean, not overly hoppy. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated. Taste is ok, not bad at all, but nothing really stands out to make it interesting. It's very drinkable, probably because there is nothing really to it. Slight grain, slight hops, yeast is neutral and clean. It just needs... more. Not sure more of what, but more of something, anything, to appear less "average".

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Photo of codekiln
2.74/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: fizzy, clear, amber

Smell: funky, old shoe, fishy

Taste: not as repugnant as the smell; cheerful, yet flatter than expected; citrusy; toasted sesame aftertaste; juicy

Feel: not very strong

Overall: interesting

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Photo of breardon1776
4.36/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great all seasonal beer. summer picnic beer or warming up by fire in winter. Love this beer. Not a staple but several times a year its a go to. So unique. Been drinking it for over a decade before fruity beers were in. Its sweet but not sugar-y. Floral and not too hoppy. It moth coating and so de-lish. Nice amber color. Good smell. Better taste.

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Photo of MicTar
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1pt 6oz bottle poured into a mug

L: Amber (darkish) with a large white/tan head that fell after about a minute to a thin layer. Small amount of lacing that slid down the sides of the mug to rejoin the the thin head.

S: light smell a bit citrusy. As it sat and warmed a bit moved to a more fruit like smell. A very little of a hop smell.

T: light hop taste with some bitter on the backend.

F: lightly carbonated bite on the tongue and mouth. Has a dry feel in the aftertaste.

O: enjoyed this ale and would get it again but it is, in my opinion, not a drink that you drink more than a pint of at a time.

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Photo of Ri0
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark shade of yellow. Has a hoppy wheat like flavor with some fruity apricot notes. It's decent to consume for free on a warm day. I'm not going to the store to buy this on purpose. At least it is in a can and comes in a variety pack.

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Photo of TryThemAllOnce
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A darker colored Blue Moon - sweet, fruity (apricot) - not untasty, but no head at all... if tasting with eyes closed, it's not bad actually, but the lousy visual with no head or lacing at all? Not too good.

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Photo of Iacobeer
4.47/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer. Originally had this on tap at a BBQ restaurant and it has grown on me since. Flowery aroma, similar taste and hints of coriander. As far as cheaper craft beer goes, this is a home run.

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Photo of Kingbee73
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a bit of an acquired taste and in my experience needs to be one of the first things you drink or with a clear palate. The distinct flavor a such as apricot and coriander can be harshly influenced by other beers before it. That said I like this beer a lot. Love the dark color and very floral scent. Easy to drink multiples.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a bubbly white head.
The aroma is a combination of floral and spice and a bit of fruit candy.
Taste is similar. A bit flowery and maybe a hint of corriander and a bit of earthiness. As it warms, I pick up a bit of a vegetal flavor. Very little bitter.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side and well-carbonated.
Overall, weird but not unpleasant and somewhat refreshing.

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Photo of lk51
2.11/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Light Amber color with 2 finger head of foam upon pour. Poured into 16 ounce pint glass from a bottle. Decent head retention with some lacing. Carbonation evident upon pour with tiny bubbles throughout.

Smell: Yeasty with light apricot tones, contributing a musty scent (I have always thought apricots smell musty, so that's an individual nose thing, not a fault in the beer). Nose opens to stronger apricot-fruit scent as the beer sits.

Taste: Drier than the nose would indicate. Floral notes hit near the end, followed by a touch of bitter. Very malty, almost no hop presence, except for very slight bitterness at the finish.

Feel: Thin, just this side of watery. Pleasant level of carbonation.

Overall: A decent fruit style beer for warmer weather, but nothing I would seek out to drink again. While the aroma opens the longer the beer sits, the taste never changes. Not a bad beer, but in all fairness to Magic Hat, I'm not much of a fruit or vegetable style beer drinker, unless it comes to Dogfish Head Punkin Ale or Southern Tier Pumking.

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Photo of gaulsandman
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Just a strange feeling and taste to this beer, to me it taste like grape cotton candy. Sweet and fruity but in a sugary way which I'm not use to in a beer. I don't hate it, nor do I love it but I will order it again until I figure out what taste is hidden in this beer. No head upon pour ... just confusing

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light gold/brown color, clear body and topped off with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing around the glass and there’s no visible carbonation.
Mildly fruity but otherwise there’s not much aroma to this one.
Semi tart, mild apples and wheat grass and a slight touch of ops, not bad at al.
Light bodied and very crisp
Not bad over all, good tasting and well balanced.

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 5,660 ratings.
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