#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 VoxRationis
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ordered at The Quarry in Tuchakoe, NY. Poured golden to light copper color with a 3/4 inch head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving significant lacing. Nose: just a hint of apricot/pear; palate: like a lager, but again with fruity notes, especially on the back end of swallowing. Light body and mouthfeel. Refreshing, if not very complex. Probably good for the beach.

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Photo of spaceman24
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I drank it from the bottle. It tasted like if you mixed a pale ale with that lavender scented toilet paper that I bought by accident once before I knew it existed and I thought it was just regular angel soft.

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Photo of Hutchman25
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Refreshing brew for a hot day.
Hints of apricot/peach flavor. Not real bitey, would not classify it as a pale ale, but nice alternative to your ordinary go to.

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Photo of MFMB
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This Beer confused me, mainly because it was listed under the hoppy/floral category at the Yardhouse Vegas. So I was expecting a IPA-APA. This turned out to be a fruit beer. Lots of peach and mango on the nose and taste. Reminded me a lot of Samuel Smiths Organic Apricot. Had a sort of peach nectar feel and taste to it. Had I looked it up on beer advocate first I would have known what I was getting. It was okay just a bit to sweet for me.

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Photo of LJSchoppert
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Amber with little head
S: A lot of apricot, as expected
T: Sweet and a bit medicinal. Not a huge fan.
F: Nice and crisp
O: I feel like this is a very nice pale ale that someone accidentally spilled a bunch of apricot syrup in. I'm not opposed to fruit-augmented beer in principle, but this one is a bit of a mess. There just isn't enough beer to keep up with the apricot, so it ends up tasting like a bad malt soda. A brew of historical interest for New Englanders, it's not really worth much on its own merit.

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Photo of Jtall78
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber / dark golden color with minimal head. Smells of fruit and malt. Taste is fruity up front with hints of apricot and tangerine, then it gets a bit medicinal and that taste just won't let go for me. Very mild hops throughout. I'm not a hop-head, but the medicinal or artificial taste kills this one for me. Probably will not buy again.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a one finger white head. Aroma of citrus, slightly floral, and a bit of Belgian funk. Taste is sweet, citrus, honey. Light to medium body.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells of malt mostly with some faint fruity sweet smell somewhere in there. I'm tasting some fruit along with a solid malt backbone with just the hint of hop bitterness. It's a bit watery on the finish and it's there that I taste some wheat? Coming through. I think this is more complex than some people think and yet easy drinking. Pretty good I think.

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Photo of Holderness
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pale amber with minimal head and lacing. Clear
S -- lilacs, apple, daffodils, hint of vomit
T -- Mild hops, brown sugar, floral notes
F -- Medium bodied, crisp
O -- A unique, intensely fruity brew

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Photo of ThePold
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a DFH IPA glass, not a lot of head resulting, but plenty of carbonation. Dark gold. Taste is kind of moderately light and worth a try. Not the greatest, but better than the okay rating shown overall.

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Photo of D1noB
4.66/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A smooth, Blueberry taste that hits in just the right place, an easily drinkable ale.

Taste Rating in Words: You lay down after a long day of work on those beautifully smelling, fresh sheets, as you slide to sleep you cant help but think how relaxing and comfortable your life just became.

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

Had this over 20 years ago and thought it was great because I knew nothing. Tried again recently for nostalgia purposes - meh. Underwhelming.
It's a gateway craft beer that can't hold it's own against the latest and greatest. If you want to try a fruity ale I'd go with Grapefruit Sculpin or Festina Peche.

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Photo of colts9016
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass at 41 degrees. Appearance is a medium amber color with orange and reddish hues. The clarity of the is clear with some carbonation bubbles. The head is white frothy, and one finger thick.

N: A fruity nose with stone fruit, toasted malt, lemon, floral, and perfume and yeast.

T: fruity with stone fruit, toasted malt, lemons, floral, perfume, yeast, and a pharmaceutical note.

M: A creamy note, carbonated, and finish a little short.

O: This is an average fruit beer, I would have like to tasted more fruitiness.

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Photo of 0_0
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The wheat/barley classic Magic Hat. Its the refreshing light summer beer thats perfect for downing as few at your local bar without breaking the bank.

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Photo of bpasseser
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Magic Hat Brew. Not particularly overwhelming aroma, balanced Hops and malt easily drinkable. Was once regarded by me as a Craft Brew but now more of Go To brew when out for the evening because it is readily available at my local watering hole even down here in Florida

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Photo of moodenba
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A friend brought me a six pack of #9 from Magic Hat "not quite pale ale" in June, 2016. I had tasted this brew previously, and wasn't a fan. Great packaging though! But to make sure the purchase wasn't a total loss, I'm reviewing #9. I note that North American Breweries lists Rochester (Genesee) as a second production location now. They can produce decent beer at Genesee. As evidence, some good Blue Point beers were contract brewed there until the ABInbev takeover.

Aroma is not bad, a slight fruity nose. Taste has some poorly defined fruity character on top of a pretty good basic beer base. I think I need a "Heart of Darkness" chaser.

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Photo of TheRossness
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This was the beer that got me into craft beers. by my pallet now, this beer kind of sucks. But back in the day, this beer was the mack daddy. It tasted soooo good. It was refreshing, crisp and tasted like new england colleges should taste. Once in a while if there's nothing else good on tap, I'll order a #9. It brings me back.

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Photo of The_Atom
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a bottle. No flavors really stand out, but I tasted a mixture of wheat, barley, and some citrus/fruity notes. Everything seems fairly balanced, but overall don't present much in flavor. Easy to drink and is a good summer beer - as it is decently refreshing.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kolsch-like! A little grain, some citrus.. light beer, drinkable as anything but not THAT good. Almost no bitter; a little astringent or sour. Some barley, a little malt lingers... Kind of reminds me of a Lawnmower by St. Arnold's with a little more citrus/malt flare and less grassy/pine.

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Photo of emount91
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

had to rate it just to bring my beer count up. slightly decent beer, clear brown. good carb, fluffy head. smell is malt. taste is peaches and apricot, caramel malt back end. not bitter at all. decent beer, nice fall back when there's nothing exceptional on the shelf. nice that it comes in cans too.

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

Well, I had never thought I'd drink a beer that tasted and smelled exactly like Honey Bunches of Oats with Peaches, but by golly I have now. I wasn't overly impressed, but it's certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark gold/orangish color into a pint glass with very little head. Slight carbonation and no lacing. The smell is vaguely pale like. Initial taste is lightly hoppy but turns to a sweet and dry finish. Overall, not to impressed with it as far as a stand out but the flavor is solid and very drinkable, will probably enjoy more this summer

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

From a bottle at ChiCha Hookah Lounge in D.C. BA has this properly categorized as a fruit beer. If the label leads you to believe that it is a pale ale and you infer that it is an APA, you'll probably be disappointed. Faint aroma of apricot and not much else. Tastes like a summer wheat that has been doctored with apricot juice. Not bad, just different.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Translucent light amber. Big frothy head that lasted, lots of lace retention.
S-Faint fruitiness, wheat, barley.
T-Initial hop bitter that endures throughout, mildly sweet grapefruit, wheat, barley.
M-Big carbonation, crisp & clean, light body, bit watery, a little astringent.
O-Very easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange in color, with decent white head.
S: Smells fairly sweet, slighty wheaty, and barely fruity.
T: Very blandly sweet, but in a good way. Slight taste of strawberries. Fairly generic sweetness, with a hint of maybe pear and apricot.
M: Light bodied and heavily carbonated.
O: The sweet fruity flavor is pleasant, and I could see this as a good summer session fruit beer. However, I wish there was more character to the flavor, then just a generic form of sweet.

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