JMFS (6) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perhaps my initial impressions are frought with overly fond memories of the Brooer’s Tent at Bonnaroo, but I have found this offering to vary widely in bottled form. The latest batch, to which I attest was purchased in Pittsburgh and traveled overland back to Cleveland (thanks Whit), where it was quickly imbibed.
A quickly dissolved head punctuates the sweet fruity aroma. The apricot is distinctive, but not overbearing. It has an extremely smooth mouthfeel, which only improves through mid-bottle as it perceptibly warms.
Fond rememberances aside, this is a great moderately priced specialty style that I hope makes its way into Northern Ohio soon.
BonedrySaint (6) - New York, USA - JUL 6, 2007 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I have heard of wine snobs, but beer snobs? You guys, if it’s not an Imperial or some craft beer, it’s not good.
For those who like a good beer, #9 does the job. It’s a hate it or leave it taste, for sure, but it’s a quality brew.
There’s a decent aroma off the tap, and IF POURED RIGHT, a good head. I love how guys complain about a lack of head you blame the beer. The palate is light at first, then kicks in with a nice finish.
Excellent beer that stands out compared to other fruit beers.
awharr02 (6) - USA - DEC 30, 2008 does not count
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
The best thing about this brew is it’s color. Pretty hard pour into a tulip glass and not much of a head and what was there didn’t last. Thin mouthfeel, flavor and aroma of apricots, which i didn’t particularly like. Not enough hops for my taste
smith28 (6) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 2, 2010 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is not a typical American Pale Ale but goes down easy and is perfect for a summer day. You can smell and taste pear on the nose and palate, and the finish is enjoyable. It’s easy to drink and not heavy, perfect for a lazy Saturday late afternoon.
fslo413 (6) - st. louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2010 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh floral and citrus aroma. Butterscotch color with thick white foam. Tighly wrapped layers of flavor that i cant quite put my finger on. I taste fruit and crisp hops. This beer is really good.
russell1388 (6) - lafayette, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magic hats #9: not quite a pale ale. Love it. The hops are so subtle and pleasant to where if you’re not a hop lover but want to get more exposure to hops, magic hat brings you in the hoptastic world of beer.
KarMa0ne (5) - USA - DEC 26, 2004 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold pour , typical head after aggresive pour. Sweet apricot nose; hops faint. Smells like fruit. Good carbonation. Malty start, sweet wheat, apricot finish, with noticible hop character. Palate is nothing special. Not a hearty beer, yet it is not refreshing. Good festival beer, good drink all day at a cook out, or at bonnaroo.
BeerPharaoh (5) - Hackensack, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I truly enjoy Magic Hat #9. The subtle hints of apricot make this a great warm weather drink. Since I spend a lt of time in Vermont I can drink this a lot and I do.
bisgute (5) - USA - AUG 23, 2006 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good but not great. I don’t really see what all the fuss is about. I can’t even really taste the apricots that much. It is definitely more like a lager to me.
mtrojano (5) - USA - JAN 7, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What I like most about this beer is its clean aftertaste. Apricot taste was a bit strong for me at first, but it slowly settled. Great on a hot day.