RATINGS: 2245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 there’s never been anything else quite like it. Fermented with our 150 year old strain of top-fermenting English yeast.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Much much better on tap. I did not like the bottle. I don’t care for fruit beers, but this was pleasant. Good color, nice head, Crisp.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JdoubleyouS (82) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2004
A great beer brought back from Vermont for me. Nice peachy color, light, but full of flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2004
A confusing label here. "not quite pale ale" What does that mean? "natural flavor added" Which ones? If you "read" the psychedlic/op-art label, you’ll find the image of an apricot. I still don’t know why it’s called #9.. Peachy color, with a short, white head. Aroma is the very essence of apricots! I read that it’s "a pale ale with a spritz of apricot essence." Some spritz! That’s the cheif aromatic, and flavor, but, I don’t mind, I love apricots! Texture is full and welcome. Light body, good hop play on the palate, but very little bitterness. Malt is in adequate supply. A very tasty , bright, delicious ale, that I enjoyed.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2004
Biere au arome et gout de malt.Legerement houblone.Une pale ale tres simple rien d’exceptionnel.Je ne goute aucun gout de fruit ou autre je ne sais pas pourquoi on la classe dans les fruti beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 A refreshing summer favorite of mine, though an old bottle or keg can really make it unremarkable. Toasty malt mixes with a sweet apricot flavor that would probably be complimented by more of a hop profile. Sometimes finishes a bit stale. Nevertheless, a nice cold #9 really hits the spot on a hot summer day.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - NOV 1, 2004
I have had this a few times, and have been pleasantly surprsed. For a fruit beer it does not come across too sweet, has a nice transition from start to finish. Out of the Magic Hat beers I have tried, I believe this one is one of their better offerings.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2004
orange koolaid with a head-- that’s how it looks, tiger-orange but oh so thin. this poor tiger might need life-support. the head, like cheap carpeting, wears down to the floor way too soon. very fruity aroma suggests some character, but it’s more fruit than solid body. it’s like the peach resin-soaked cotton coveralls of an orchard worker, that is: chewing gum fruitiness mixed with dry muslin fibers. soft bristles of carbonation don’t impede the well-irrigated dried orange peel flavor, moderate sweetness and bitterness, sod grass malts, and a finish like citrus-flavored envelope glue. the combination of lots of inoffensive cool water and clarion apricot-lemon cough drop flavoring makes for a very mild and ostensibly sincere refreshment.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Bottle pours slightly hazy golden, small white milk froth like head, lively carbonation, with so-so lacing.   Slight grainy/cereal like aroma, with hints of gooseberries.   Forwardly matly, some cereal, with a soft floral and fruity like flavor.   Decent body, medium mouthfeel.   Finishes slightly sweet, crisp, with what I think to be gooseberry, currant, and maybe some raspberry.   Not bad.   Thanks goes out to jah noth for the trade!


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2004
On tap at the RPI Pub Clubhouse. Pale red in color with almost no head. The aroma is very slight and difficult to distinguish. The taste however is quite refreshing. Notes of a pale ale come through, with a hoppy character. Also prevalent is a smooth yet hard-to-identify fruit flavor. A decent drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Interesting almost orange color with a lite white head. Definite fruit flavor and odor, but hard to pick exactly what it is. Nice taste with a very smooth body, and virtually no aftertaste. If you are into fruit beers, this should be on your list.


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