#9 | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

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 jvdineen
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer looks like your everyday pale ale yet alas 'tis not. #9 has a slight apricot taste. My friends can taste a much stronger flavor than I can. I've run through the Magic Hat mix box and I really can't say that I like anything from them. Past the slight fruit flavor #9 should be #5 for run of the mill. A slight strawberry blonde color, medium hop notes and a head that sort of stays around.

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Photo of Freshie
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pale golden hue, with small head that fizzles quick. The head had some rather large bubbles, that may be a result of a shitty pour, or something else. The aroma is sweet and true to the bottle's hint...a bit apricotty (is that a word?)

In terms of taste, the malt is very sweet, and the fruity taste blends nicely. The aftertaste is clean and sweet.

I can see how some would not favor this brew, with a general lack of hopiness being overpowered but the sweet fruit overtones, but I think of it as a nice change of pace. It works well in the summer with a nice light meal, like seafood, carribbean, or mexican.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.29/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

There's not much to recommend this beer. It's pretty enough -- just shy of crystal clear and bronze, with a head that starts decently and then fades. But the smell of apricots that dominates the nose is not appealing at all. There's some pear in there too, but little else -- it's a simple and boring nose. The taste is no better. There's some fruity acidity and a rather flat malt character, with little bitterness or hoppiness. Mouthfeel is average; a bit watery, perhaps, but nothing bad. That inoffensiveness aside, though, this isn't something I'll drink by choice. No thank you.

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Photo of Jredner
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is a kind of cereal and fruit mash. Apricots stand out. Amber/tea colored with a thumb thick white head and moderate lacing. Watery fore followed bya grainy apricot tinged middle and finish. Flavor is fairly low intensity and watery and not something I really care for.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold in color and clear in comlexion. Smooth hop aroma with hint of malt sweetness. Moderate carbonation.

Smooth light malt sweetness. Slight apricot sweetness that seems canned, fizzy and slightly over carbonated. Seems too light for style, and lacks body.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.35/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The first time I had this beer, two or three years ago, I enjoyed it. With time, as I drink it occasionally, I like it less and less. It has an amber appearance, without much head. It has a sweet odor of apricot. The tase is sweet, but there is a distinctly bitter aftertaste which is not very pleasant. It has ordinary mouthfeel, somewhat on the thin side. Not much fun to drink.

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Photo of pbr85
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden amber color with a small, one finger head that disappears quickly. Smell is apricot with sugar, almost like a caramalized apricot was used in the brewing. Taste is apricot upfront with some malty sweetness in the backbone. There is a strange aftertaste that is not very pleasing that is kind of metallic, ocassionaly with a hint of apricot added to it. Carbonation is good and the beer is smooth. The aftertaste makes the drinkability score low, because it really got to me after a while.

I remember this beer being much better than this, but I'm pretty sure there is nothing wrong with the six pack I bought. As I drink more quality craft beers I find that many of the brews I used to like are not what I remember. I guess this is just a case of that.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden bronze color with a head that didn't last long. Light lace down the glass.

A crisp fruity scent. Really not much in the nose to speak of.

The flavor was slight hops up front with a sweet alcohol backing. Fruitiness is prominent including apples and apricots.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle from a case given as a gift from Carol and Ron. Well, it was actually given as a kind of repayment for all of the porn DVDs's that I have given them...

Pours a clear amber with a white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma of fresh apricots with a slight maltiness. I love this aroma as I am very fond of apricots. If you don't like apricots or peaches, this beer is not for you.

Taste of fresh apricots upfront followed by a nice maltiness. Washes away clean, slightly crisp and dry. Refreshing and delicious.

Body is good for the style. Nice and light which makes it very refreshing.

I love this beer, especially on a hot summer day. The fresh fruit flavor, and smooth body make it extremely refreshing.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good fruit beer. This was acquired from the Amana Beer Cache, though I don't remember who left it.

Pours to a clear and clean golden color with a slight pink. The head is thin and fluffy, fading quite fast into a ring. Carbonation is fairly minimal.

The smell is of assorted fruits (mango, kiwi, apricot?) and a harsh graininess. Smells alright, but the malt and fruit don't quite mix harmoniously.

The taste is a blast of fruit with a light biscuity malt finish. Very easy drinking, and not a bad taste.

The mouthfeel is a bit prickly carbonated. Very crisp and clean. Drinkability is good. I could see myself getting sick of it after a few, but it has potential to be a good sessionable beer.

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Photo of Phatz
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Brewing Company has a unique ability to make some very good, unique and extremely different beers. This beer '#9' is no exception. All I need to say about it is that it is alcoholic apricot juice, and that about sums up this strange (and tasty) beer. The color is a clear golden orange color. A bit hazy. Plenty of carbonation and little lacing. The smell and the taste are truly the essence of apricot. This hardly seems like beer it drinks so much like a thick fruit juice. There is a bit of a sweet malt characteristic in the taste and mouthfeel, of course apricot flavored. The mouthfeel seems a bit syrupy but with lots of carbonation it leaves you with a slightly dry aftertaste. Pleasant. A very nice and easy beer. Very drinkable, however because it is so sweet I would not find this to be very sessionable. After one or two more it'd be too much sweetness. I am not usually a fan of 'Fruit beers'. This is a pretty good beer though and I highly recommend giving it a try. It is definitely not for everyone but you don't know till you check it out.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#9 pours a nice bright orange color into my pint glass. The white head disappeared rather quickly on this one. The smell was a please fruit bouquet, apricot and maybe a bit of butterscoth. Yum. At just over 5% this beer is an easy drinker and I find a favorite while watching football. There is not much of a mouthful feel with this beer as the taste disappears from the mouth rather quickly but overall is still enjoyable.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Capital Ale House. A "Steal the Glass" beer.

Mostly clear orangish-yellow in color. Thin, tight layer of dense foam. Scant lacing of the glass. Citrusy aroma of apricots. Light. Flavor is dry, with sweet bready malt mixed with a light fruit flavor. Thin, with fizzy mouthfeel. I really didn't care for this one that much.

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

Had this one on tap about six months ago, this review is therefore from notes. However, I’ve had the bottled version several on several occasions since and I can tell you that the recipe hasn’t changed nor are there any problems with brewing consistency…

Pours an orange amber color with lass than remarkable head retention. Apricots and sweet, fruity malt in the nose. The very malty palate includes flavors of grain and very distinct notes of apricot and pale malt. A somewhat thin mouthfeel with a mild carbonation tang.

Though my review might indicate otherwise, I really like this beer. It’s one of those craft beers that are truly accessible to the unrefined palate; this exceedingly drinkable beer features a tasty, fruity flavor that isn’t too strong or too weird. In fact, not only is it useful in converting those who exclusively drink swill beer, but it’s also something that can be appreciated by those who generally prefer foo-foo drinks! Anyway, while it’s certainly far from the best brew I drink these days, I always end up buying a six-pack of this here and there… and I always enjoy it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with a creamy head that is slightly yellow. Smells of cucumbers, dish soap, aluminum and a bit of butterscotch. Quite odd, but not entirely un-pleasant. There’s lots of butterscotch in the flavor with a tart sourness that is really ill paired. I’m guessing this is some sort of bizarre pale ale. Finishes very dry. This is definitely original. Mouth feel is Creamy and thick, but not too heavy. I’m not sure what to think about this beer. It’s an odd duck that’s worth a try on originality alone.

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Photo of blitz134
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear body. Orange in color. White head that didn't stay for any amount of time. Aroma mainly has a malty base to it. Some slightly noticable citrus hops.

Taste follows up with a mainly malty flavor with some fruit overtones. A little bit of apricot and some lightly toasted malt flavors. Comes across to me as a flavored lager.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel, nothing outstanding here. Drinkability is good though. Easy to put down, nothing offensive.

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Photo of Jarod
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best by date January 2006

This beer poured an amber/orange color that was slightly hazy and had decent carbonation. The head that was formed was a light tan to off white color, not a firm packed foam, very airy and bubbly. Was alittle disappoint in the lasting power of the foam which was not very long, it fell fairly fast to just a skim on the surface of the beer. There was some lace, kind of soapy/bubbly in nature. The aromas of this fruit beer were mostly, well fruit, apricots, pears, some apples and maybe berries, I noted some light spices (like the white pepper bite) which was probably from the hops, and sweet malt, but mostly fruit. The flavors mirrored the aromas where fruit (mostly apricots) , dominated, sweet crisp malt, some citrus (hops), white pepper and some grains all intermingled through the whole mouthful from start to finish. Aftertaste was very light and faint - all apricots. I thought this beer was on the thin side so I would say this is a light bodied beer. A good fruit beer, allot better then most that I have had in the past.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a warm, ruddy orange hue, not clear, juicy. Nose was interesting - strong with yeast and unusual citrus, perhaps some straw. Initial tongue was strong with the yeast Magic Hat is fond of, nice body, fruity...one of the more exotic citrus fruits, almost punchy, papaya? Even on the pallete, it finished nice, clean, little sweet, almost a bit syrupy. This was enjoyable, would be easy to session, would probably pair fantastic with seafood, spicy, Pacific Rim. Would definitely drink again.

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

Part of a Haloween 12 pack sampler from our visit to Vermont in early October.

This brew poured a orange-brown color with a small head. Nose was of sweet apricots. Taste was of the fruit tones to start followed by a hop note, and finishing with roasted malts. Mouthfeel has a decent body and carbonation. Overall drinkability was pretty good as this was a pretty unique beer that was easy to enjoy.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, best by December. Pours a very clear golden/amber that is not very active and has a 1 finger tan head that leaves some lace. Smells of malts and apricots. There are caramel malts, hops that have a mild to medium bitterness, carbonation, and some sweet, almost syrupy apricot on the palate with a medium to light body. Decent... kinda like a watered-down ApriHop.

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

Pours a deep golden with orange highlights. Head is thin and whispy and disappears almost immediately. Not much carbonation. Nose of apricots, sweet malt, very light hops. Palate is redolent with apricots, along with some light hops, mild citrus sourness, and a touch of sweet malt. Finish has some pretty serious astringency. Body is nice and substantial, but not heavy. Sort of a novelty, but still a decent beer.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#9 pours orangey gold into the glass, pushing up a modest of-white head that disspates and leaves thin trails of lacing. The nose is of apricots and malt, and the taste is much the same. But the fruit is dry, almost astringent, a bit too "clean" and the malt is not quite enough to offset this. It has a modest body and bitey mouthfeel.

This beer has changed over time and is not the same as I remember it.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The famous Magic Hat #9. An ex-girlfriend introduced me to this beer long ago..at least I got something out of the relationship.. Saw a Halloween Mix 12 of Magic Hat's beers and went to an old reliable first.
#9 pours a bright reddish color, actually closer to orange than brown, with a hint of head but no more. This is among the fruitiest beers I've ever smelled, with sweet apricots and probably other fruits as well. It almost smells like wine from some angles which is normally bad until you sniff again and get the fruit.
Beautiful full flavor with obvious fruit tones at the begiining followed by a hop period and finishing with roasted malt on the roof of the mouth. There is a yeast flavor mixed in here as well. This is a very pleasant sipping beer, and more adaptable than most fruit beers because of its dual hop/malt action.
High marks to Magic Hat for originality and craftmanship. A bit of the "jack of all trades, master of none" label here but this is still a nice effort.

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Photo of CastAStone
4.29/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap from Buffalo Brewpub - about the farthest they let this beer travel. Essentially no head, no lace. Beautiful smell - very orange, very smooth. A little weak, however. I could say the same about the taste - orange, smooth (i.e. no hop taste whatsoever), other fruit flavors are noticeable. A lighter beer flavor, but not in the light beer way. Thicker than you might expect in your mouth. Very drinkable - you could easily drink this all night. My two non-beer snobs with me both were blown away by this beer.

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

Everything about it seems every so slightly above average. It looked alright, didn't have much of a head, and had a grainy smell with a hint of frutiness. It has a fairly simply taste with a bready grain flavor dominating in the front, and a refreshing dry fruitiness in the back. It is a bit sweet around the edges with the fruit flavor becoming more apparant for a moment or two after swallowing. The slightly tart aftertaste disappears really quickly.

The one thing that stands out about this is how easily drinkable it is. It goes down smoothly, doesn't leave much of a taste behind, and really is refreshing. Definitely something that I would get for hanging around outside during a warm day with friends.

This is an interesting beer, but not really something I saw initially as being a good flagship beer. After drinking a lot of these I can see why it is the Magic Hat flagship (easily drinkable and a definite good session beer).

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#9 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 5,609 ratings.
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