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#9 by Magic Hat Brewing Company

Posted on 1/24/2014 by with 7 comments

#9

Magic Hat Brewing Company

Like most Fridays a bunch of us hooligans get together for a beer or too many. This week we planned to try a couple beers that we had never tried before. The first selection was #9.

No I have never tried this beer before, but I have tried other selections from Magic Hat and have never really been let down by them. So let’s get on with the show here.

Pour

#9 pours a hazy amber to a straw color with a very light head that dissipates very quickly. So quickly that at times you wondered if the beer ever had a head to begin with. I assure you it did, but just didn’t hang around very fast.

With #9 the one thing that stands out is the good amount of carbonation running up the side of the glass.

Smell

# 9 has a unique smell that is a little more different and has some small but subtle hints that are intriguing to say the least. What you experience first is a lot of the normal is a mild maltyness that is very familiar with just a touch of fruit.

Then you have what I would call chocolaty to coffee coming in strong with the woody note on the end. As I got another whiff of this brew I said to myself what mad scientist put this concoction together?

Taste

#9 hits you with a fairly good bite of crispness and a pretty fair amount of carbonation. The beer comes through with a very mild hoppy taste, with a minor fruit flavor, lots of fizz with a dry after taste. This to me is more of a summer time ale

#9 based on the smell alone comes across as a pretty strong beer, but it doesn’t back it up in the flavor department. It is an easy beer to drink with a mild pale ale like taste but it has it subtle differences that make it a unique beer all to its own.

Verdict

#9 overall is a nice little beer that is very easy to drink, maybe too easy to drink! It is nice to drink something that has a twist from the same old same old. It’s not what you expect and that isn’t bad, but I’m sure some people might be put off by that.

#9 may not be for everyone but it is a decent beer that pack some unique flavors that are mask in the same old bottle.  #9 won’t win any records but that mean anything to the people that enjoy it.

Verdict 4 of 6

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7 responses to #9 by Magic Hat Brewing Company

  1. On January 25th, 2014 at 3:21 am , Nerdy Gypsy said...

    I grew up in Vermont near where Magic Hat brews and I’ve got to say it tastes different now that I live in California. Perhaps it’s the freshness of the bottle or more than likely because you could pretty much get it on tap effectively anywhere there. On tap it’s a pretty good, well rounded beer, as you said it’s nothing particularly wowing and special but it’s an awesome twist on a classic ale that is simple to drink. Great review!!

  2. On January 25th, 2014 at 10:09 am , Chris said...

    I’m a transplant too, from Maine to Florida. Really miss getting fresh beer from that area, but the weather is much better.

    Chris

  3. On March 7th, 2014 at 8:58 pm , Ernest said...

    Magic Hat #9 is a favorite of mine, especially in the summer. My wife and I visited the Magic Hat brewery in Vermont a couple years back and the #9 flowed like liquid gold. Great place to visit if you ever get the chance.

  4. On March 8th, 2014 at 11:08 am , Chris said...

    Yeah #9 is a great beer in spring and early summer time, I love it as a cool down beer after a hard day.

    I would love to Magic Hat some day, after growing up in the New England and moving away this is just another reason to go back.

    Thanks for commenting Earnest

    Chris

  5. On May 7th, 2014 at 2:36 pm , George said...

    The apricots don’t always come across in #9. I’ve found that as with most beers it’s much more complex when on draft. I like the little bit of fruitiness of it as an easy drinking (think multiple per occasion) beer.

  6. On May 7th, 2014 at 3:16 pm , Chris said...

    Yeah that is true, I have had some much better flavor coming through in a fresher draft that bottled beer and this is defiantly one that it applies too.

    Thanks
    Chris

  7. On May 12th, 2014 at 10:38 am , Landis said...

    Nicely done. I actually prefer pales and reds over the darker brews. I don’t mind #9 but won’t go out of my way to look for it either. Absolutely great for spring.

    Landis

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