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

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
12oz. bottle and on tap. Better on tap by far, though neither format offers an exceptional beer. Very light body and an underwhelming nose of seemingly artificial peach and apricot. The colour is reasonably pleasant but simply isnt backed by any substantial depth of flavour outside of a very faint note of nectarines/apricots, etc. All in all a weak drink hardly worthy of its purported "mystery."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
from bottle

Poured deep amber with creamy white head. Aroma very fruity. Flavor starts out sweet as expected, the fruity notes shine through what I orginally though was peaches and grapes, turns out to be apricot. Good mallty tones throughout, apricot not overpowering at all. Nice mix of flavors. Sweet aftertaste. Dry finish, light mouthfeel. Smooth to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - FEB 20, 2006
It has a nice, mellow, somewhat fruity aroma. Orangy color. Flavor thats not overpoweringly apricot. Refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pierogy (15) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Very good ale with formidable flavor on its own. The hints of apricot do not interfere with the ale flavor. Very smooth taste and finish. Has a much thicker body than Pyramid Apricot - a comparable, yet inferior beer. Great packaging adds to overall feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattShizzle (605) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle from sampler pack. Pretty good beer that is hard to fit into a style. Plenty of apricot flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbomb (224) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Im giving this a higher rating than i initially thought i would- first, i tried it as the first beer of the night. the second time around, i had it following a very heavy weizenbock and a tremendous amount of apricot flavor was brought to my taste buds attention. It has a very smooth apricot flavor that blends surprisingly well with the pale ale-its definitely in the refreshing catagory so if that what youre looking for, its worth it. FYI definitely a good palate cleanser following a heavy beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
intouch (15) - Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Cute packinging hides a really shitty beer. I am baffled by the positive reviews. A bunch of beer snobs?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2006
whoops, thought i rated this YEARS ago. One of the better fruit beers that you run across. Feels like a pale, but just seems a little bit off. But you cant help like it anyway

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Not bad, I really do like it. Dont think I could stick with it all night though. Nice balance between sweet malt and spricot fruit. Just enough hop bitterness to give a crisp clean finish that invites another sip. Bartender, shell have another!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Number 9 is an interesting beer, in the fact that it is an American pale ale, brewed with apricot essence. Ive had my share of apricot/fruit beers in my day, and Number 9 is one of the best of them. The secret to a good fruit beer, is to keep the fruit character of the beer in check and not make the beer too "fruity". You want to smell and taste the fruit, but you also want to know you are still drinking a beer. Number 9 pulls this off very well, as there is no question you are drinking a beer, and a very good one at that. Magic Hat Number 9 pours to a deep golden to pale amber color with a thick and creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting with nice fragrant aromas of apricot and light aromas of pale and biscuity malt. The palate is crisp and flavorful with good pale and biscuit malt flavors paired with a nice back drop of apricot flavor. Number 9 then finishes with more good malt flavor, and ends with a pleasing dry apricot essence and some balancing hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. A really well done fruit beer with a nice balance of apricot and malt aromas and flavors. Hops are in this beer but just to balance the sweetness, making this beer actually very balanced. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer that makes for a perfect aperitif, or a great beer to sip and savor. It is very food friendly and would work well with a number of dishes from pork, to a fruity desert.

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