HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2002
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2003 # Yuck! I feel a real fruit beer should contain real fruit, not the flavoring. This beer taste like a light hop free ale with a Jolly Rancher thrown in the fermenter.
scoobyluv (503) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2003
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
thin head over a light amber coloring. smells like a garbage container and it tastes like a licking a dirty ashtray filled with water.
tiggmtl (4513) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Strong apricot aroma and flavour. Thin white fully diminishing head on hazy straw body. Medium body. I find the fruit flavour to be artificial and cloyingly sweet. Although I do generally like the output of this brewery, I'm not a big fan of this offering. On tap at the brewey and bottled.
ghawener (1368) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUL 8, 2006
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Impossible to describe!? There are at least 477 ratings that say otherwise. Overall: plain, simple, some fruity taste. That´s it.
gsteph (312) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pale gold pour with a thin white head. Usually, anything that looks like this is a blueprint for disaster. Apricot and yeast on the nose with hints of a citrusy wheat. Flavor is similar up front. Crisp, sweet, fruity and semi-citrusy with a wheat-like characteristic. About midway through it seems to shift over to something similar in flavor and finish to a pale ale, but not quite. It leaves an odd unappetizing hoppy, dirty sock, metallic flavor on the finish that unfortunately lingers a while. I don’t know what this is or what they wanted it to be. Maybe they’ll work out the kinks with #10.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Looks like apricot juice with a smallish white head. Hey it smells like apricots too! What do ya know, it tastes just like apricots! One dimensional and overall it’s simply boring. This lacks both freshness and depth.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2007
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pale golden color with a light head. Aroma of peach, apricot and berries. Taste has some berry and summer fruit, but really tastes grainy and cheap. Drain pour. Magic Hat beers just always seem sloppy and in poor form to me. I would like to see something better from them.
lampeno420 (321) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2007
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
ehh. another one i shouldve read before grabbing. unique at best, but very overpowering with the apricot. i dont know if that was the greatest choice to pair with a pale ale, but a good idea at the least. i just might not be a fan of apricot, and surely am not of #9. wouldn’t mind trying some other Magic Hats though.
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2009
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
There is a really nasty flavor here. Maybe it tastes like something, but I don’t know what. A turd dipped in carmel and tar with a lilac potpourri dropped on. Uggh. As it got warmer, that flavor actually became less prodominant thankfully.
The description says 150 yr old strain of yeast. Tastes like a sock full of sweat with 150 yr old hops in it. If this is good beer, I’m headed to AA right now.
Color is a really light straw color. Everytime I take a drink I can’t believe how bad this tastes. They must have been going for different and comparing this to good beer. It is very different from good beer.
caralkaline87 (433) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours amber with a big foamy off-white head. Nose is bittersweet fruit with a touch of floral hops. Taste is similar...the sharp, semi-bitter hops/fruit combination seems severely out of balance with a bland malt. A bit oily as well. I’m honestly not a fan of fruit beers and this one didn’t do anything to change that...it’s in need of a much bigger malt. Might be better as a double. Might.