pierogy (15) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good ale with formidable flavor on its own. The hints of apricot do not interfere with the ale flavor. Very smooth taste and finish. Has a much thicker body than Pyramid Apricot - a comparable, yet inferior beer. Great packaging adds to overall feel.
MattShizzle (549) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from sampler pack. Pretty good beer that is hard to fit into a style. Plenty of apricot flavor.
beerbomb (207) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Im giving this a higher rating than i initially thought i would- first, i tried it as the first beer of the night. the second time around, i had it following a very heavy weizenbock and a tremendous amount of apricot flavor was brought to my taste buds attention. It has a very smooth apricot flavor that blends surprisingly well with the pale ale-its definitely in the ’refreshing’ catagory so if that what youre looking for, its worth it. FYI definitely a good palate cleanser following a heavy beer.
intouch (15) - Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2006
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Cute packinging hides a really shitty beer. I am baffled by the positive reviews. A bunch of beer snobs?
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
whoops, thought i rated this YEARS ago. One of the better fruit beers that you run across. Feels like a pale, but just seems a little bit off. But you can’t help like it anyway
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not bad, I really do like it. Don’t think I could stick with it all night though. Nice balance between sweet malt and spricot fruit. Just enough hop bitterness to give a crisp clean finish that invites another sip.
Bartender, she’ll have another!!!
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Number 9 is an interesting beer, in the fact that it is an American pale ale, brewed with apricot essence. I’ve had my share of apricot/fruit beers in my day, and Number 9 is one of the best of them. The secret to a good fruit beer, is to keep the fruit character of the beer in check and not make the beer too "fruity". You want to smell and taste the fruit, but you also want to know you are still drinking a beer. Number 9 pulls this off very well, as there is no question you are drinking a beer, and a very good one at that.
Magic Hat Number 9 pours to a deep golden to pale amber color with a thick and creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting with nice fragrant aromas of apricot and light aromas of pale and biscuity malt. The palate is crisp and flavorful with good pale and biscuit malt flavors paired with a nice back drop of apricot flavor. Number 9 then finishes with more good malt flavor, and ends with a pleasing dry apricot essence and some balancing hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.
A really well done fruit beer with a nice balance of apricot and malt aromas and flavors. Hops are in this beer but just to balance the sweetness, making this beer actually very balanced. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer that makes for a perfect aperitif, or a great beer to sip and savor. It is very food friendly and would work well with a number of dishes from pork, to a fruity desert.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Quevillon (2605) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 C’est un goût spécial; assé fruité, sans savoir que sorte de fruit qu’il y a dedans. En tout cas, je l’aime bien, elle est rafréchissante et délicieuse.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Was hoping a bit high, but the aroma did bring spring to the head pushing away the winter blues. The pour is light head, with golden copertones. Apricot is hinted, but not as well as the dogfish aprilhop. Had i not tried the dogfish first this may have gotten higher marks.