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RATINGS: 2236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MNAle (120) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Golden with active carbonation. 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly to a thin ring with light lacing that quickly slides down the glass. Nice hoppy/fruity/citrus aroma with a hint of sweetness. Reasonable mouth feel for the pale ale style. Odd malt or fruit initial taste that transitions to a sweet aricot with a very slight bitterness with the fruit sweetness lingering on the tongue. This beer is interesting, at least, and hardly ordinary. It is enjoyable enough to finish the 6-pack over a few days, but not enjoyable enough that I will buy it again. Even though it is easy drinking at first, it begins to wear out its welcome; I couldn’t have more than 2 at a sitting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sirmixsomewhat (196) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
I remember the first time I ever had this beer. I thought it was great, and it still is if what you define as "great" is more commonly defined as "not that good." It’s color is darkish light, its taste is weak, and I couldn’t tell you what it smells like. This was once a great beer to get you started in drinking craft beer. Now it’s a great beer to ignore.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Neekkidc (1) - - DEC 7, 2015 does not count
Simplemente deliciosa, con un gusto particular otorgado por el not quite pale ale. La amo

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Larry_Duffman (357) - - DEC 6, 2015
I had it on tap. It pours a copper color with a white head and little lacing. The aroma is berries and bread malt. The taste is berries, bread, and honey. The sweetness isn’t overwhelming, and it’s pretty smooth. This was pretty good.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
markas101 (2281) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle, winter mixed 12 pack. Medium gold, slight haze. Bready aroma, sweet with some fruit. Slight spice, faint stone fruit in the background. Cereal grain and honey finish.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JaKeAFC (915) - ITALY - NOV 26, 2015
35 cl bottle i took over from a bottleshop in Manhattan, NY, 9 months ago. Light orange color, slightly hazed, big but reciding white head, no lacing, fizzy. Funky smell. Aroma is fruity, flowery. Belgian-like fruity esters with a light sulphuric edge, yeast, white grapes, pear, plum, sugar. Some leaves and earth. Taste sweetish, a bit sour, light to medium body, heavily carbonated, farily dry mediu-short finish. Not quite ordinary indeed.

0.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
stator (1) - - NOV 25, 2015 does not count
Found the only worthwhile thing about this beer to be the pour and the appearance. Once it hit the palate everything was downhill. The flavor was nearly nothing except for some saccharine overtones that remained far too long on the palate. Will not be returning to this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4581) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2015
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/16/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of apricot, peach, plum, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of apricot, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, peach, plum, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, plum, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of apricot, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavor; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a very good fruited English pale ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of apricot, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. The aromas were stronger on the apricot notes, but still had a good amount in the flavor; and the base English pale ale is very well done for the style. A very enjoyable offering.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mr_Abner (329) - Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Draft (free hotel beer). Pours a lightly hazy golden with a two finger head. Some lacing coats the sides of the glass half way through. Aromas of flowery hops and citrus, some spices. Taste is unpleasant. Something really stale is prominent – is this wet cardboard? Wouldn’t know. Citrus fruit, some spices, far from crisp. Really don’t like the taste.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lbianchi66 (309) - FRANCE - NOV 16, 2015
Robe orangée et légèrement opaque. Pas de mousse arômes de pêche, caramel, biscuit. Pêche et céréales en bouche, tartrique. Final sur le tartre et l’aigreur. Assez courte en bouche. Une pale ale bizarre.


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