RATINGS: 2248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Pours golden/straw color with smallish white head, mostly diminishing. The aroma is banana and vegetal malt. The flavor is wheat and metal. Thin and matery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2005
I used to think that I really liked this beer. Every once in a while, Iíll try it and not mind it so much. For the most part, Iím not a fan. Very weak bodied and flavored. I feel that the apricot flavor mixed with something else in the beer comes off tasting like mild barf. Yes, thatís really what I taste. Itís not strong but very present.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2012 6 pack from Beer Store of all places. Well, I have come a long way. Drank a 6 pack in apparently better shape than 7 years ago! Aroma still mild - some hops and citrus. Colour the same. taste though is fine - light ale, citrus overtones, some hops. A perfectly fine session chugger. Originally 5/3/2/3/6 . Bottle from a Magic Hat sampler 12-pack split with blankboy, HogTownHarry and GregClow. Dark orange, slight white head. Odd aroma - stale hops, sweetness, a hint of a carbonated fruit beverage, citrus - very odd. Thin mouthfeel, but pleasantly frothy and active on the tongue. Flavour - yeck! Cream Soda! That is the dominant flavour here, it took me a bit to identify it, because it has been years since I have had it - I hate Cream Soda! Lingering sweetness. Terribly unbalanced, by the end I truly despised this beer, a strong reaction that I usually donít have one way or another to a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GregClow (3390) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2005
Bottle from a Magic Hat sampler 12-pack split with blankboy, HogTownHarry and tupalev. Clear orange-amber with a small head. Aroma like lemon drops mixed with hair dye - weird, but actually sort of appealing. Body is fizzy. Mild flavour, with some notes of orange, apricot and sweet malt. A really strange beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (7637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev. Pours a clear dark orange with a spare white head. Aroma of citrus, fruity malt and hairdye (thanks GregClow). Hairdye? "Magic Hatí says "#9 is really impossible to describe because thereís never been anything else quite like it." -- after that crazy aroma I believe it. Flavour of cream soda (thanks tupalev), bubble gum, malt, cherries and more. Wacky! This is one of the most unique and strangest beers Iíve had but it doesnít quite work -- though I must say I liked it the most out of those of us who got together for a tasting. Iím so intrigued by this beer I look forward to trying it again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogTownHarry (6611) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2005
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - out of 2005 Magic Hat 12-pack. Poured clear light copper with a thin wispy white head. Aroma of vegetal malt, a tad uriney, with notes of wet newspaper-wrapped dog and very slight stale hops. Taste hit me immediately of microwave "buttered" popcorn, which was weird to say the least. Flat and thin mouthfeel. As I finished my sample I decided that overall I didnít loathe it as much in toto as each of the parts would lead me to think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 27, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC) Very fruity pale ale that tastes like apricots, or perhaps a bit of peach. Otherwise, itís a fairly basic beer with a very mild hops bitterness that is also unexpectedly nutty and slightly caramely. Solid apricot aroma, and thatís about it. Light-medium body, gently carbonated and kind of slick on the palate. Slightly hazy and light amber in color. Half an inch of off-white head quickly settles to a thin film, and then eventually to a small ring, leaving spots and streaks of lace here and there on the glass. Not bad, but certainly not tasty enough for me to buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1542) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Had on tap. Pretty nice stuff. Very smooth, a bit spicy. Seemed light, but not watery or anything. Coulda drank like 5 of these in 10 minutes. Bit of a sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1635) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Bottle. Please drink by end of: January. An orange pour with a small light-tan head. Apricots and wheat in the aroma. First and foremost, this beer just doesnít taste that clean. There are weird chemical tastes throughout. Other than that, this isnít too bad. Artificial apricot flavoring with some wheat and a little bit of hops. Slightly tangy finish. Thin-bodied and watery. Fairly refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkgrenwel (617) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 apricot comes all the way through. Dry. Apricot really sits on the tongue. Tiny touch of bitterness in the back. Most of the flavor comes from apricot. Nice while in the mouth, but very short finish. Flavor dissappears once you swallow. Where does it go? I donít know. Lots of points taken away for this. Otherwise would be a higher scoring beer.

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