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RATINGS: 2108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Apricot flavouring
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 beer brewed clandestinely and given a name whose meaning is never revealed. Why #9? Why, indeed. A sort of dry, crisp, fruity, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there’s never been anything else quite like it. Fermented with our 150 year old strain of top-fermenting English yeast.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Bottle pours slightly hazy golden, small white milk froth like head, lively carbonation, with so-so lacing.   Slight grainy/cereal like aroma, with hints of gooseberries.   Forwardly matly, some cereal, with a soft floral and fruity like flavor.   Decent body, medium mouthfeel.   Finishes slightly sweet, crisp, with what I think to be gooseberry, currant, and maybe some raspberry.   Not bad.   Thanks goes out to jah noth for the trade!


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2004
On tap at the RPI Pub Clubhouse. Pale red in color with almost no head. The aroma is very slight and difficult to distinguish. The taste however is quite refreshing. Notes of a pale ale come through, with a hoppy character. Also prevalent is a smooth yet hard-to-identify fruit flavor. A decent drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Interesting almost orange color with a lite white head. Definite fruit flavor and odor, but hard to pick exactly what it is. Nice taste with a very smooth body, and virtually no aftertaste. If you are into fruit beers, this should be on your list.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
PatMac (17) - Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Definite aroma of fruit but also dry like a pale ale. I think it tastes better on tap in Vermont obviously. I bought a 9 pack and felt a little cheated when it cost as much as a 12. This is a good tasting beer that is well received at cookouts etc. Don’t hand one to a Bud drinker, you’ll find it abandoned somewhere.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
agulsrud (11) - USA - OCT 12, 2004
Very fruity beer. Good mix of flavors, hard to pick out an individual flavor. Might be overstated. Great initial taste though. After taste is a little tainted.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Very simple, yet balanced enough that I enjoyed drinking this. It pours a slightly cloudy ambery orange color with a thin white head which dissipated almost immediately yet left a slight lacing on my glass. Aroma of apricots, mandarins, grapefruit peel, malts, sugar candy and nectarines...very sweet to say the least. Perhaps a slight honey quality as well. The flavor is light and ends incredibly dry. Big malty flavor with a mandarin/nectar and slight honey finish. Sugar coated tongue finish, very sweet and appealing. Good mouthfeel, actively carbonated with a sweet honey aftertaste that was nicely long lasting. A very surprising beer that I’d enjoy having a sixer of on hand!

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4486) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Smells just like apricots, with a little peach aroma as well. Has an apricot flavor as well, but it is not overwhelming and therefore tolerable. A smooth finish that is not overwhelming as well. I thought i’d be against fruit beers, but this one i’d definitely get again. A rather dry finish is the only downside.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2004
On Tap.Light amber with a medium size white head. Sweet aroma of malt, apricot and toffee. Much drier than expected. Mostly malt with just a touch of fruitiness and a kind of butterscotch aftertaste that I didn’t like.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aweb (11) - USA - SEP 30, 2004
Drinking one of these is a good idea. The apricot is not overbearing and makes for a yummy, crisp beer. After about three of these, however, the apricot flavor gets old.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 This beer is a treat with a wonderful hint of fruit flavor, a wonderful dark orange color and never a let down from the magic hat guys. Always an interesting brew.


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