2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2006
The #9 is Lisa’s favorite beer and, we have to ask as Red Sox fans, is #9 a tribute to Ted Williams? Or is it just another in the numerical naming conventions that Magic Hat likes to use? This will require further investigation. For now, the #9 pours a light amber color with a hazy body. White fizzy head, leaving virtually no lacing behind. Aroma is of light flowery hops and, according to MB, baby food bananas. There is also, of course, the aroma of apricots, as this beer is brewed with the essence of apricots. This provides this beer with a very unique flavor, and makes it one of the very few beers that stands apart from the crowd on taste alone. Initial taste is moderately sweet, with both a light sweet and light bitter finish. Light on the mouth with soft carbonation, leaving a watery feel in its wake. JoeMcPhee (9553) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
Golden coloured beer with a thick fluffy tan head. Aroma is sweet and apricoty. Like apricot jam. Sweet fruity, low hop aroma, pale malt. The flavour is very similar, apricots, pale malt and an off-putting tinnny metallic flavour. The apricot flavour is pronounced and the beer is neither sweet nor cloying, but it just doesn’t do it for me. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Hazy gold with a tolerable head and too many bubbles. The aroma is straight up fruit flavored candy, maybe tropical skittles or something. Apricot, raisins, maybe pear. This is a bit thin in the mouth, with a bit more CO2 than need be. The flavor isn’t unpleasant, but is a one trick pony: apricot and significant amounts of it. While this is clearly a session beer, it’s just too watery, lacking flavor. Moderately sweet (but not malty), a bit of a hop finish on the back of the tongue, but in a moment it’s back to apricot and that fruity sort of bitterness lingers in the mouth thereafter. Not bad for a fruit beer. Bigger malt and more hops could make this a decent beer... or maybe then it would be DFH’s Aprihop? tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Yellow/orange with a lot of carbonation and a small white head. Aroma is malty with apricot and pear. Flavour is also very sweet, and pretty much the same fruitiness that was in the aroma. Fruit flavour is not overwhelming, which is nice, but its not very complex either. Highly drinkable in a refreshing way, but not a very interesting beer. jimhilt (2626) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Pours a white, three finger-head that goes slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Nearly clear amber color. Very light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Smells like hay. Starts with a malty, fruity, hoppy flavor. "Not Quite Pale Ale" is a good name - the hops are not intense like in many pale ales. 12oz bottle from 12-pack $11.99 Market Basket Concord, NH.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
Slightly hazy golden amber w/ a generous pour of off-white foam. Sweet, fruity, somewhat candy-ish aroma. Light, juicy feel. Flavour is sweet & fruity over a bready, toffee-ish foundation. Clean bitterness in the finish. hokiebeerguy (21) - USA - MAR 2, 2006
This is a very nice and unique beer. Very refreshing in my opinion, and a great summer beer. Okay, here’s the weird thing....drink it with dry Cheerios (not combined). I’m not one for pairing beer with food, and this is off-the-charts odd, but they really work well together. If you don’t like it, don’t sue me, lol. 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 eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2006
On draft at House of Brews in NY, a tangy sour apricot-y aroma with thin head. Tastes of fruit and bread or yeast rolls with a light apricot flavor, less than in the aroma and certainly not overwhelming like some apricot beers. Palate is smooth and velvety with bright orchard fruit and just enough crisp hops for balance, melting into a soft mellow finish. Nicer than I expected. 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 isn’t 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."