RATINGS: 2244   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Dan, Thanks for sending me the collection of Magic Hat, Great Trade!

Pours a copper colored body and a bountiful, fluffy, frothy white head. The aroma is very fruity.. mostly apricots and peach... I was not expecting this at all. I take a swig… yep, more peach and apricot, a tangy hoppy bite in the finish, some malty notes of toasted wheat bread. The palate is medium, and boy, this beer leaves tons of lacing along the glass. This was a pretty good…. Oh, I thought it was a fruit beer after sampling it, but I was under the impression before hand that it was an APA for some reason…

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2876) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Medium sized white head, good retention and lace spattered all over. Clear light copper color. Flowery, fruity nose of apricots, nice. Med/light body. clean apricot flavor with a hint of malt. A nice fruit ale. Its no Aprihop, but its a decent brew.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 Hazy orange color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is of Apricots and Peaches. and made me expect a tart flavor. This is a light bodied beer, with a light, fizzy feel. The flavor is slighlty nutty and fruity, with a strong apricot flavor. Hops flavors are present but subdued. Short finish. Intense carbonation detracts from the mouthfeel.

Re-rate 9/13/2007: Not much to add, my notes were very similar to the rating above, the score virtually identical.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fly (1475) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2004
A grade above ho hum. There was a time that I would buy apricot nectar and mix with carbonated mineral water ... Not bad, not terrible, but makes me wonder how it can be so prevalent. Okay, now I remember how widespread BMC is .. okay beer. Maybe if I was really hot and didn’t want a "real" beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Very nice light summery beer. The ratings are based as "on-tap". Bottled version tastes stale and old comparitively speaking. A higher apricot presence than Dogfish heads aprihop, but overall not as good. Could only drink one or two of these before I had to move on...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Average copper color with an interesting apricot flavor. There was a malty tang evident in the aftertaste after it was all said and done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2004
Aroma is a bit fruity, with some earhty hops. Nice orange body. Flavor is of tropical fruit (apricot apparently) woven into a good American pale. Easy drinker and tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10458) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2004
On draft at the Manayunk event. Pours gold, with aroma of malt, hops, slight citrus, and slight fruit. Tastes like a somewhat fruity, less hoppy pale, with a decent finish. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2004
One of my personal favorites. Has a very nice clean golden look to it. There is a enticing aroma of apricot and hops and a big and natural fruit flavor that meshes nicely with the malt. The hops are present and don't hide behind the apricot, but are not the main part of this beer. I bring back a 6 every time I go to New England.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2004
(Bottle) Amber/orange in color with a small white head. Good hop flavor that is moderated by the apricots. Easy drinking; an very good beer that I'd never turn down.


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