#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 GregFromRI
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I use this website often to decide on my buys, today I decided to try out a 6 pack of #9's with my 30 rack of bud light.
I was for some reason expecting it to taste like a typical IPA which I don't like but I was surely mistaken. It goes down so well, tastes of apricots and citrusy fruits, unlike any beer I've ever tasted. I'm not very well at describing beers down to the taste and smell and all that, but it's definitely worth a try. I could now say it's my go-to beer until I find something tastier, I know I'll be picking up larger quantities of this in the future! Definitely not looking forward to this 30 rack after tasting that!

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not the best fruit beer I've ever had, hints of apricot but nothing substantial in the body. Nothing special, just like the bulk of Magic Hat's lineup

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Photo of CtyLineBeerBlog
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L - Amber color, very clear. Not much froth head from a hard pour. Disappeared very quickly.

S - Licorice; Fruity; Nothing overpowering.

T - Apples and other fruit at first; Wheat and beer after taste. Very weird.

F - Light body like a domestic lager but it is like an hard cider and a beer

O - This is like a hard cider and a beer combined. Very weird in character but that has been the whole story with this beer. This doesn't particularly dive into my realm but I would have this over Redd's Apple Ale

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Photo of Pegasus
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Medium orange-brown color, with slight haze, anda small, dense white head, which retains poorly, leaving only a scattering of foam on the surface. Thin, finely-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls. Modest amounts of carbonation drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: The aroma offers a surprising note of apricots, and fairly robust pale malt.

Taste: The taste begins with caramel and apricots, not quite caramel dipped apricots, but both flavors are prominent. There is also an underlying bread-like malt flavor. Towards the finish, there is a slight tart and sour flavor, and some mild grassy hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, with modest carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad really, would be appealing in the depths of summer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Recently got a 12 pack assortment with different magic hat beers. First one out of the cooler was #9. I've had this one before and enjoyed it then and now.
Tastes good, looks good and goes down smooth.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange, a few lazy bubbles. Only a ring of white lace.

S: Fresh fruit; mandarin orange, apricot, peach. Not much 'beer' aroma- almost like a fruit punch, but enticing.

T: Same fruits, presented very dryly. Finally some banana-like wheat flavor, reminding me that this is actually a beer.

F: Light bodied, thankfully not syrupy from the sugary fruits. Not much texture, but that makes this extremely easily drinkable.

O: Not-quite-even-close to a pale ale. No hops, not much real beer flavor, and definitely not pale in color. Pretty simple, but that's it's strong point. A good refreshing summery beer.

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Photo of IronLover
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, bright, frothy white foam with moderate retention. Sweet apricot and bready malt aromas. Esters are present due to eh apricot presence. No hop aromas. Aromas are well balanced and moderate. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Smooth and creamy through the middle with a slow building drying sensation toward the end. Sweet, mellow apricot and malt up front balanced by moderate bitterness through the middle. No hop flavors. Light bready malt near the end as this finished, clean, crisp and dry with a light ready and bitter aftertaste. Fruit, malt and bitterness strike are very well balanced. Exemplifies the style.

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Photo of Vixie
2.41/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Pours a clear gold color with a bit of a white head that quickly reduces down to some lacing across the top.

Not a lot to the smell, seemed a bit funky when first poured, but there is malt and some fruit there.

Mainly fruit and sour, leaves a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.

Feel is basically water.

Not sure what they were going for here, if to be different, they succeeded, but not in a good way. Tastes more like a chemical laced soft drink than a beer. I have had worse beers, but not many.

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Photo of timfelix
2.31/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

lemony, with some mild beer flavor. Not my type of beer. Does not meet the "tastes l9ike beer" test. But not awful- IF you like a lighter lemony beer with a little bit of "beer" flavor

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Photo of TheCondor
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Also picked up as a part of a mix and match six pack at the sto'. Side poured from the glass into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, slightly orange color with a thin soapy head that dissolves rapidly and leaves little lacing.

Smell - Light fruits, a bit of spices, not much else.

Taste - Pretty much the same thing as the nose. Nothing much going on here.

Mouthfeel - Finishes dry, a bit fruity. Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall - Meh. Underwhelming, nothing at all stands out. I don't even know if I would recommend it even in a mix and match.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, golden-amber color with a slight reddish hue, topped with a quarter of a finger of white head that almost completely dissolved away into some wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very fruity and aromatic. Lots of Belgian yeast and raspberry up front, with some toasted malt notes imparting aromas of freshly baked sourdough bread. Very nice.

Taste: Very malty up front, quickly followed by some assertive and pleasant raspberry fruitiness, a little sourness, and some honey-like sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 5.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is one of my favorite session beers. I really enjoy how refreshing it is with the nicely balanced malt, raspberry and Belgian yeast. Very good.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tasted 17 January 2015.

Pours a very clear, slightly odd orange color, sort of apricot-toned amber. Half a finger of off-white head, okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is funny, too. Again, it's sort of apricoty, but with some faint spices, and a chemical feel.

Taste is like someone took the smell and vacuumed all the substance out of it. It's dry and empty, with just a touch of that fruity sweetness. Not at all what I was expecting. Not bad, but not very enjoyable. It's slightly chalky, and there's just not much to it.

Feel is pretty good. Light body, sparkly carbonation. Dries out quickly and suddenly, like tonic water.

An okay beer, but kinda weird across the board. Seems like they tried to make something that would appeal to people who don't really want flavorful beer. Maybe they succeeded, but that's not what I want.

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Photo of Griep
4.81/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is underrated. Sweet taste, full feel. So drinkable. My only qualm is the slight syrupy sugary feel that forms on the back of my palate over time. Good with anything, so even tho some wouldn't call it "world class" it's really good any time and stacks up against the best. F***!

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Photo of kajestudio
2.27/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Appearance-cloudy pale golden color. A head that quickly dissipated. Smell - a very light vegetative aroma. Taste-- kind of bland. Mouthfeel - light bodied, slightly dry finish. Overall - it's OK, but doesn't quite compare to others.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Blue Ridge Grill (Brambleton, VA) - draft in a pint glass
A - Light golden color with surface covering head, good lace
S - Very light fruit, not much else going on here
T - Distant fruit, sort of absent anything
F - good, nothing unpleasant, nothing standing out
O - Very easy drinking, but likely becasue there isn't much to this beer in the way of dominant flavors or complexity. It tastes mass produced.

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Photo of mchegash
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - 3/5
Pours an extremely clear light orange-amber. Little to no head. Can see an above average amount of carbonation rising.

Smell - 4.65/5
A very unique smell, full of many flavors. Overall mostly fruity, berries are the fruit that stands out the most. The smell is so unique that it's hard to describe, other than that it smells fruity and delicious. Perhaps a small amount of malt smell and a tiny hint of alochol smell.

Taste - 3.5/5
Tastes similar to the smell during the beginning of the sip (though the taste is much less strong than I was expecting from the smell), but then changes its character a bit and becomes much less flavorful. There is some sweet malt flavor, with a tinge of fruitiness left. The latter half of the sip is also much more alcoholic. Overall, the flavor in the taste is slightly different than the smell, less flavorful than the smell, and for the most part just not that great. Not really bad either...just "weird". An interesting brew definitely, and I give them points for creativity and uniqueness. But overall, not something I would want to go buy a 6-pack of.

Mouthfeel - 3.8/5
Fairly smooth. In between creamy and crisp (or both?). Slightly less than medium-bodied. Moderate level of carbonation.

Overall - 3.25/5
This is a unique beer, and was definitely worth trying once. I don't think I will be getting again any time soon though.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at a gas station in Flit MI. Served at 6deg C in a plastic cup

A- Opens well and pours a dark golden slightly brown color.

S- Lots of fruity goodness. The raspberry comes though in spades.

T- Yup there is that raspberry again. Very light fruity beer. Long finish

M- Nice dry and crisp while being creamy at the same time. Very nice

O- An excellent brew. Will buy again if I see it

Food Pairing

This wonderful beer went well with..... Pizza- peperoni, hot peppers and pineapple.


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Photo of Kuebrich
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This tastes like cough syrup. Can't shake it. I made it through one the other night. I tried a second tonight and couldn't stomach it. I recycled the remaining four bottles.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance-clear pale golden color. A finger of head with decent retention. Some visible carbonation.

Smell - vegetative with some apricot aroma. Apricot saves it otherwise this wouldn't be good.

Taste - starts with cooked veggies again and then a bland apricot flavor comes through. Faint apricot aftertaste, but there's a permeating bitterness through that prevents this from being sweet.

Mouthfeel - light bodied reasonably carbonated. slightly dry finish.

Overall - not a terrible fruit beer, but doesn't stand up to a lot of the other ones on the market. Worth a try especially if you like apricots and more beer like than others in the style, but not my preference.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I remember the first time I ever had this beer. I thought it was great, and it still is if what you define as "great" is more commonly defined as "not that good." It's color is darkish light, its taste is weak, and I couldn't tell you what it smells like. This was once a great beer to get you started in drinking craft beer. Now it's a great beer to ignore.

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Photo of Bezy901
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

I absolutely love this beer! This was the first beer I've drank that I would classify as "refreshing." I'd had other Magic Hat brews and brought to a BBQ and everyone made the same face when they noticed how smooth and fresh the beer was after a first sip. Pairs extremely well with food and is and ideal summer beer.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
3/5  rDev -11.8%

It wasn't bad, and I'd get it again. Definitely is worth serving warmer than the crazy cold way we tend to serve beer here in the States. Malty, kind of sweet. Nice biscuity crispness at the end. I wouldn't buy a 6-pack, but I'd get it at a bar again. Pleasant but not particularly unique to me.

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Photo of Auraan
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured a clear golden body with a one finger bubbly white head that quickly receded leaving no lacing. A fairly boring looking beer. Scents of sweet raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, peach and light berry perfume. Overall impression of flavor is of a very fruit-forward beer, no other aromas are present. Very sweet and fitting a fruit beer, but a bit lacking in balance. Flavor begins lightly sweet and fruity with notes of peach, raspberry, lightly sour strawberry and not much else. Middle is slightly drier with the same flavors present. Finish is lightly dry with the same flavors present, but with light grainy malt in the background. Aftertaste is tart berries quickly giving way to grainy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a very fruity beer that is balanced mostly towards berry flavors, with malt most apparent on the aftertaste. It isn't as sweet as the nose let on however and is pleasantly dry on the finish. Better than expected. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and an effervescent slightly chalky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very drinkable, light beer, refreshing and crisp. Overall this isn't a bad fruit beer. It has a rather pleasant sweet aroma, leading into a nicely sweet beginning flavor with a slightly dry finish aided by a crisp mouthfeel. It is refreshing, not at all cloying and fairly well done.

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Photo of EricFlamm
4.25/5  rDev +25%

A fruity beer with attractive mouthfeel - very drinkable in a social setting. Definitely not for th e super-hoppy, lip-puckering beer drinker. Goes great with bar food (pretzels with mustard, wings, nacos, etc.)

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Photo of Jonoesh5
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

A deep yellow/orange, decent 1/2 finger head retention

S fruity

T carbonated citrus juice, malt blend, sweet

M very light but numbing

O somewhat unique, but flavor left halfway through, no distinguishing flavor to write about

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