MonsterMash (58) - North Tonowanda, New York, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Good but I could only have one before the peach drowned out all else. Good with Guinness as a Black and Tan.
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
How on earth did I never rate this beer, despite seemingly having a fridge full of them at all times? The reason I always have #9 around is because I don’t like it that much, and I buy the variety cases and this beer is always the last to go. I would compare this beer to a lead-off hitter that strikes out too much. This could be an effective "specialty" beer, but it doesn’t work for me as the flagship beer of Magic Hat.
RobKormal (36) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap in Cheers, Boston. Light amber color with interesting aroma. Had an aftertaste of some sort of bread. Got more interesting as the flavor took hold.
beerlover82 (234) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light golden-amber with minimal head that fazes out quickly. OK lacing, with aroma of fruit and sweetness. Taste is sweet and fruity(maybe apricot???), a little thin-bodied. Not too impressed, as I am not a fan of fruit beers.
weare138 (9) - Pleasantville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2006 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer looks really good but has little aroma and the only flavor I could make out was the apricot.
stef92 (128) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap -
Pours a light golden color with a nice creamy head. Aroma is clearly fruity, apricot with a slight yeasty smell. Taste is very light with a hint of sweetness. A very drinkable beer but reminds me of a light beer (a little watered down). Could use a boost of flavor. Overall not bad but would prefer a little stronger tasting version.
clueo (172) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very sweet and fruity. This beer has a nice floral aroma and a nice clean after taste. It is light in color and does not look like it will have nearly as much flavor or smell as it does. This is an enjoyable and refreshing beer.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The #9 is Lisa’s favorite beer and, we have to ask as Red Sox fans, is #9 a tribute to Ted Williams? Or is it just another in the numerical naming conventions that Magic Hat likes to use? This will require further investigation. For now, the #9 pours a light amber color with a hazy body. White fizzy head, leaving virtually no lacing behind. Aroma is of light flowery hops and, according to MB, baby food bananas. There is also, of course, the aroma of apricots, as this beer is brewed with the essence of apricots. This provides this beer with a very unique flavor, and makes it one of the very few beers that stands apart from the crowd on taste alone. Initial taste is moderately sweet, with both a light sweet and light bitter finish. Light on the mouth with soft carbonation, leaving a watery feel in its wake.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden coloured beer with a thick fluffy tan head. Aroma is sweet and apricoty. Like apricot jam. Sweet fruity, low hop aroma, pale malt. The flavour is very similar, apricots, pale malt and an off-putting tinnny metallic flavour. The apricot flavour is pronounced and the beer is neither sweet nor cloying, but it just doesn’t do it for me.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold with a tolerable head and too many bubbles. The aroma is straight up fruit flavored candy, maybe tropical skittles or something. Apricot, raisins, maybe pear. This is a bit thin in the mouth, with a bit more CO2 than need be. The flavor isn’t unpleasant, but is a one trick pony: apricot and significant amounts of it. While this is clearly a session beer, it’s just too watery, lacking flavor. Moderately sweet (but not malty), a bit of a hop finish on the back of the tongue, but in a moment it’s back to apricot and that fruity sort of bitterness lingers in the mouth thereafter. Not bad for a fruit beer. Bigger malt and more hops could make this a decent beer... or maybe then it would be DFH’s Aprihop?