#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Fruit and Field 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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Ratings: 5,799 |  Reviews: 1,721
Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a chilled sample of this brew into my pint glass. The aroma is fruity apricots and some grassy hops as well, just a pinch of caramel is present too. The brew pours clear orange yellow with a bright white head foaming up easily and fading to a thin surface layer.
First sip reveals average body and carbonation. Flavor is fruity sweet up front from the apricots, gives way to an earthy hop middle and returns to the apricots for a sweet finish. The brew leaves a sweet film on my lips. This is in very easy to drink and would be crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Peculier Pub in Greenwich Village, NYC.

Pours an orange color with a decent tan colored head. Smells and tastes exactly what it is supposed to smell and taste like: Apricots. The taste is by no means overwhelming. This beer goes down very smooth. Could definitely drink quite a few of these on a nice spring or summer day.

I haven't had a #9 since I spilt a bottle of it on my laptop about a year and a half ago, frying the entire circuit board. Everytime I see one of these, it just brings back bad memories of that day and I have not been able to drink it since because I get too pissed off when I think about what happened, haha. But, nonetheless, I do like this beer a lot and would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, slightly cloudy, gorgeous head with tight thick lace.

Mild malt sweetness is the basic aroma. There's a touch of hops but it is also very mild.

Very fruity flavor, like grape juice. Slight wheat flavor along with a balancing hop. Watery with a quickly fading finish. Not bad, quite interesting. Probably would be good on a summer's afternoon

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

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange color. Head immediately disappeared. The nose is very fruity. Apricots with a slight hoppiness. Flavor is very malty with the apricots coming through, again. Nice bitter balance to malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium. Not a bad beer, but not one I would drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber, white head, leaving a bit o' lace. mild hop/fruit/apricot/apple aroma. Decent malt backbone, moderatly hopped. Noticable apricot flavoring. All in all a decent ale, nothing too exciting. decent complexity and enough subtle flavors going on to make this one worth giving a try if not seeking out.

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Photo of theo871
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner style glass. Freshness date notched. Bottle cap underside reads "time is slow when your six feet below"

Pours an orange shade color with large white head. Smell is of apricot, as is the taste. A very drinkable brew from the folks at Magic Hat. Brews like this make me proud to be a Vermonter.

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

A different style brew...Very nice light copper color with a decent head and nice lacing. A definite apricot smell that was pleasant...following taste had the same apricot quality with a slight bitterness...mouthfeel was somewhat slick, but nonetheless fine. There was an odd taste in the middle that I can't put my finger on. It was not overly pleasant and detracted from the overall experience. Drinkability was a bit above average.

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Photo of genaro
2.62/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Magic Hat #9 was a cloudy light gold. The head was quickly gone and there was no lace to speak of. The mostly apricot aroma had a little citrus as well and wasn't too bad. The mellow taste was a little citrusy (orangey) with apricot and some maltiness. The finish had nothing to it.
This beer was brought to a tasting by a friend of mine. Since I'm not a fan of extra ingredients added to beer, such as essence of apricot, (I don't particulary care for apricots) I wouldn't try this beer again.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in a Marti Gras themed bottle, kinda cool. Cap says have a 9 on 9/9, whatever that means. Pours a gold color, with a very light red tinge. Very light, lacy head. Smells of apricot actually! Taste is carbonated and sweet and hoppy. Though I’m usually not one for fruit beers, this one is actually quite good. I’ve always like Magic Hat for trying such unique brews, and this fruity IPA is no different.

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

Pours a crystal clear orange-amber with a large bubbled white head. Small streams of carbonation rising throughout.
Sweet aroma, with a strong apricot base.
The taste is also strongly apricot, bitterness present as if you ate an apricot right down to the pit. Some malt in the background, an impression of apricot smeared on a nearly flavorless biscuit, and a touch of butter.
The apricot taste could get strong after a few, but it's fine if you're only having a couple.
Smooth, with a medium feel, and crisp. One of the best fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of JamesBerry
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an interesting orange gold with an average head. Tasted just like it smelled: a good balance between bitter and sweet. However, the aftertaste was dominated more by the beer's bitter qualities. Mouthfeel was moderately smooth, clean and enjoyable. I didn't think I'd enjoy this beer, but it certainly made me regret all those trips I took to Vermont without visiting the Magic Hat brewery.

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Photo of Stimack
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that I have had my highs and low’s with this brew. Over all it is one of my favorite seasonal brews even though it is brewed year around. For me it is the prefect summer brew, lighter, very refreshing with taste! During the winter it is not usually a brew that I go for, usually it would be a Heart of Darkness from Magic Hat.

This brew pours a golden orange color, little cloudy with a nice sized head that sticks around for a long time. The first thing that I notice is my olfactory nerves going crazy as this beer has a huge fruit smell. Smells mostly of apricots but I do sense some other fruit as well. For some reason the smell reminds me of summer, probably due to the amount that I drink of this brew during that season.

The taste is also of fruit, mostly apricots with a little hop bitterness that goes great with the brew. Over all the taste and feel of this brew is great, again a beer that I can drink a ton of during the hot sticky summer months but usually stay away for about 8 months during the colder seasons.

In the past I can say I am not a big fruit beer person, but to me this is a special beer that pulls it off. If you can give it a try, I think you will be satisfied!

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Photo of necoadam
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you keep drinking stouts and strong belgian ales and what not, this is a huge change, almost like a punch in the face. Looks like a light orange/dark pale yellow mixed in. Color is a little unique actually. Smell? Can we say apricots? But there's another thing in there, seems almost like a nectar, very interesting. Taste hits you first with some fruit up front and seems to finish with a buttery aftertaste. Not bad. I wouldn't go crazy trying to find this beer, but I wouldn't mind getting it from time to time to change things up in the beer rotation.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another solid beer from Magic Hat. Some people make a big deal out of the apricot flavor, but it's so subtle that I have no idea how it can seem disagreeable. I never even thought of this as a fruit beer until I looked it up on BA. It has that certain Magic Hat taste that I can't quite put my finger on but that I love. I could go all night with this one.

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Photo of Suds
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear and orange (maybe slightly peach) colored liquid. Soft and white head produces a lot of lace. There’s a very nice, moderately strong apricot aroma, mixed with very light hopiness and malt smells. The first taste is sweet, but it quickly settles into a subtle malt flavor, mixed with apricot. Finish is crisp and very faintly hoppy. I’d say it has a light body, and is very easy to drink, especially for a fruit beer. It’s certainly not as annoyingly sweet and artificial as a lot of them. It’s something of a lightly hopped pale ale with some added apricot. Pretty good.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.42/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12ozer from a mixed 12pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Underside of bottle cap said "Buy your Gal Growlers with her Flowers" for those interested in such things...

Poured into a pint glass, formed a short-lived but substantial head, which left lace here and there as it receded down the glass. Nice lightish orange color, with a an easily apparent fruit essence. Not a big fruit beer fan myself, but this one just seems to balance so well with just the right amount of fruit input, it works almost perfectly for me. Crispness makes it a great summer beer as well.

Has become one of my "normal" beers over the past few years, with some holding down the fort in the fridge at almost all times.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
4.55/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason if I go into a bar, and this beer is on tap, I have to have at least two. I love apricots, and they figure very prominently into the flavor of this beer. Not only that, but the apricot nose is much more prominent than that of the hops (I guess that's why the name it a near pale ale or something like that). The beer pours a golden orange, and, when I've had it on tap, has no head. There is a crisp sweetness that is balanced perfectly by the apri-hoppiness (the delicious mix of apricot and hop flavor). It reminds me a bit of a low alcohol One-Eyed Cat hefeweissen...

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Photo of BCMan
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer made me want to try it. The name, the way the brewey describes it, the label...all are very cool. I was a bit dissapointed. The beer was cloudy and had a very consistant flavor. Not that it was good. It tastes just like it smells. It was the first apricot beer I tried and was intrigued by it. I thought that wouldn't buy it until I found out that the case was submitted for my beer club was a bad case. I compared it with another #9 and it was an difference. The good bottle was defineltly better and tasted more crip the way I expected, I very misterious brew indeed. I give it my vote for the coolest label. I'm a big fan of the brewery as a whole.

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

This beer poured a pretty golden color with a small white head. Its aroma was sweet and fruity apricots with a bit of a floral hint in it also. The taste is basically all apricot. As it sits on your toungue, the taste doesn't change very much, though I think I picked up a bit of floral essence at the end. The beer was carbonated fairly heavily, reminiscent of soda...with a similar mouthfeel. If it wasn't for the background alcohol presence, I would have thought I was drinking an apricot-flavored soda.

Overall, it isn't really a bad beer...just not a regular for me. I guess it has a time and a place. It's too sweet for me to grab when I feel like a beer. I find that the apricot in the taste pairs well with chinese food. In the future, when I buy Magic Hat sampler 12 packs, I will save the #9s for when I order chinese.

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Photo of Maestro
1.84/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had a really hard time with this one. The "essence of apricot" was overwhelming to me. I think this would have made a great pale ale, had they left out the apricot. The fruitiness dominated the smell and taste. There was a decent head. The color was yellow/orange. Anything else was just apricots. Yuk! It sort of tasted like tea?

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented to me by a dunken friend asking me to chug, I waited till he wasn't looking and poured it into a cup to savor ;).

Smelled strongly of apricots, I was expecting an overly sweet beer from the smell.

Thankfully the flavor did not match it. Still nice and malty, with the malt and apricot sweetness complimenting each other, while the light, bitter hops in the background even the entire brew out. Quite fantastic overall flavor, with the apricot complementing the beer perfectly.


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Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer in the bottle and have to say I in no way enjoyed it as much as when I drank it on tap.

The appearance was nice. Bright gold, thickish white head that retained pretty well. The smell was where it really shined for me though. On tap the apricot notes were very apparent. The taste was above average. Again, apricot notes were nice. When I drank it from the bottle I found it to be sort of tinny, but not so on tap. Full flavor, apricot smell and taste expanding in your nose and on your tongue. Very drinkable. Mouth feel was much better also, bigger, heartier in a way. As to the drinkability, as I said above, very good. I had three in a row at the Rusty Scupper in Princeton N.J. which to me says it was pretty darn drinkable, especially considering I did'nt like it when I drank it from a bottle.

I'm not a big fan of fruit beers, but this one is pretty good for what it is. I would avoid it from the bottle though, not quite the same experience in my opinion.

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Photo of chiapet
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer I've had from them and it was really enjoyable. Found it in NJ at the Mexican Food Factory of all places. I tried a taster at first and thought I was in for a really fruity beer from the strong initial apricot smell, but to my surprise it was very drinkable... due for the most part to its dry ending. I quickly ordered a full pint and I'm looking forward to going back to try it again.

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Photo of AbePhroman
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy Magic Hat's Blind Faith so I figured I'd give this a shot. Bought a six pack for $5.99. Creative label. Pours a light ambr into my glass. Very fruity aroma. Peachy flavor, apricots maybe. Very drinkable brew. I'm not a big fan of fruit brews but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of theozag
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours gold, and settles to amber with a thin, patchy white head. This brew smells of fruit, with what might be grape or peach dominating. It starts sweet, light, and slightly sharper than most pale ales. As it sits on the tongue, you notice that it does indeed taste a lot like a fruit drink. Apricot flavors become evident. #9 is light to medium bodied. It finishes smooth, wet, and somewhat bitter. Mostly this beer is distinctive because of its fruit flavoring, and most drinkers might even mistake it for its own catagory of beer. This beer wasn't bad, but it wasn't too impressive either.

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Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 5,799 ratings