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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 thereís never been anything else quite like it. Fermented with our 150 year old strain of top-fermenting English yeast.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 11, 2001
A great brew that goes down easy and has an equally good after taste.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kari13 (1) - USA - SEP 11, 2005 does not count
I love the apricoty after tatse of this beer... itís not too heavy, itís not too light... just right.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rowdyg4 (1) - USA - MAY 29, 2006 does not count
This beer is fresh, crisp, cool, sweet, and has everything that you could ever ask in a beer. There really arenít many words that can describe how good this beer is.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chad9976 (1125) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 There seems to be an understanding in the beer-tasting community that beers that taste like fruit juice or soda, no matter how delicious and easy they are to drink, arenít ďrealĒ beers because they have no bite. I suppose if thatís true Magic Hatís Circus Boy and Hocus Pocus must not be as good as Number 9. This is a unique take on the traditional American pale ale style that has a fruity, almost citrusy flavor without overwhelming the true beer taste.

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

Straight from the bottle, Number 9 pours very smoothly and forms a surprisingly large, bright white head. Whatís odd is how quickly this foam disappears. Blink and youíll miss it (literally). There isnít a lot of carbonation, either, so its tepid body and lack of head lacing is understandable.

Its color is one of the prettiest shades of copper I have ever seen. Perhaps if you were to melt down a bunch of pennies this is what it would look like. You could easily hide a brand new penny in a glass of Number 9 Ė itís that brilliantly colored. Strangely enough, itís a tad bit cloudy, but not to the extent of a wheat beer.

The aroma is also very pleasant, a battle between the fruits and the malts. Usually pale ales have a very distinct malty nose, but they are about even with the fruit ingredients in Number 9. Either way, its scent is extremely original.

TASTE AND FINISH

Well, if the beer snobs want a beer with real beer taste to it but with a unique flavor, then Magic Hatís Number 9 MUST be what they desire. I like how the brewers use the slogan ďnot quite pale aleĒ on the bottle as something of a disclaimer. Perhaps thatís to silence critics who would complain about it not being a ďrealĒ pale ale Ė which itís not.

Number 9 has a very distinct apricot and peach flavor to its palate, but without sacrificing its roots of malts and hops. Those who like a sweet beer like a hefeweizen or any kind of summer ale would definitely enjoy the sweet, subtle taste found here. This beer has one of the best-balanced flavors I can think of. Itís sweet enough to make it easy to drink, but still has a real malty flavor to give it some bite.

And as is true of every beer in the Magic Hat line that Iíve tried, Number 9 is extremely smooth and finishes very clean. Thanks to its delicious taste and smooth finish, any beer drinker; whether novice, intermediate or expert; could easily down several glasses or bottles of this brew quickly and easily.

BODY

American pale ales have a tendency to be much heavier in body than youíd expect. From their appearance alone, they look as light as lagers, but their weight is deceiving. However, in the case of Number 9, you can believe you eyes. This beer looks like a typical ale and drinks like a lager. I was able to down three bottles in a row after eating a fairly heavy dinner. Imagine how fast you could drink a pint in a bar or just on an empty stomach.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is a great beer for introducing lightweights and casual beer drinkers to more high-quality craft beers. Itís tasty without being gimmicky. Itís sweet but still has some bite to it. Itís very smooth and not nearly as heavy in body as most pale ales. Whatís not to like?

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jmlong2985 (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2012 does not count
Amazing. I drink this all the time. This is by far my favorite beer of all time. Iím willing to make a trip up north just for this.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - APR 12, 2011
One of the best fruit beers Ive tasted in a long time. This beer taste manly of peach. Great underrated fruit beer.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CrimsonSamurai (8) - - JUL 4, 2013 does not count
Overall this is one of the best beers out of the hundreds I have tasted. While complex with hints of apricot this beer is able to maintain a smooth taste. The aftertaste is pleasant and leaves you wanting more. A perfect beer for those who do not like a traditional beer taste.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ted99 (10) - USA - DEC 5, 2001
The aftertaste keeps you going for more

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gr8tbeer (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006 does not count
I like the sweet taste, but not too sweet the after taste is very refreshing

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
emancomeith (8) - - FEB 20, 2011 does not count
This beer is great.When I took my first taste of this I thought good-nothing special.Then the fruity taste came in on the end and it became my favorite beer.


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