NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Aside from a slight fruit flavor, it tasted like a plain old ale. Smooth and easy drinking. Cobra (1100) - - DEC 5, 2003
12 oz. brown long-necked bottle. Best by end of July, but no year noticed. Clearly, this beer is old, and I mean really old. Poured out a light amber color, with no head, and very little carbonation. Nothing in the way of aromas stood out to me, except that damned Ringwood yeast. This may have been a decent beer if they'd change to an American ale yeast, but as it is, it's just plain nasty.
Tasted stale, no fruitiness, no hops, no nothing. Stale is the word.
A certified drain pour if ever there was one. Good thing I only bought one to try it out, because I'd be mad as hell if I had a six pack of this pig swill to get rid of. Jayb0 (1215) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2003
I like this beer. It is one of the only totally quaffable (even right from the bottle) fruit beers. The apricot does nothing but add a light refreshing character to an otherwise straightforward, slightly creamy ale. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2003
Strong apricot aroma and flavour. Thin white fully diminishing head on hazy straw body. Medium body. I find the fruit flavour to be artificial and cloyingly sweet. Although I do generally like the output of this brewery, I'm not a big fan of this offering. On tap at the brewey and bottled. bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2003
(Draught) Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Has a strong apricot aroma and a clean fruity flavor. Nice and refreshing for a fruit beer.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 15, 2003
"Number 9... Number 9... Number 9..." The soundbite for this self-acclaimed "not quite pale ale" would be "Not Bad for a Hippie Beer!"
Actually, this is a very "feminine" beer. A disarming, and friendly label. The soft and pleasing, citrusy aroma. The slight, unabrasive head. The stong presence of apricots. A sensual, fruity and refreshing beverage perfect for a summer's evening. Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2003
Very interesting natural apricot aroma. The flavour is clean and fruity. Quite refreshing and nice. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2003
A sweet apricot juice gusto in the front turns to a fizzy, yeasty toffee...A strong, cumbersome comeback of the apricots then surges forth with a lingering, astringent bitterness...Same "thirst-quenching yet different" purpose and character as Unibroue's Ephémère line, without the wonderful Belgian yeast... bclasen (17) - USA - OCT 29, 2003
I never thought of myself as a fruit beer lover, this doesn't change my mind. Strong aroma of apricot, pours to a nice orange/tan color, little head & lacing. The first and subsequent tastes were pleasant enough, though there didn't seem to be any aftertaste. A nice fruity taste that disappeared to nothing. I miss the taste of hops, not a bad beer, but in my book, nothing to write home about. NateDawg (12) - Arlington, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2003
I'm not a fruit beer fan, I'll state that up front...unless we're talking Krieks and lambics. Since Magic Hat thinks they're beyond cool (one of the guys used to be a graphic designer) and don't have to give the consumer any idea what it is that they're buying (the labels don't say this is a pale ale w/ apricot...it's all pseudo-hip, zen stuff), I was duped. The beer itself tasted OK as far as I could tell, but then the cloying aftertaste of apricots hit my tongue and I had to struggle to finish the bottle. The fact that I had had Thai for dinner didn't help. Once or twice since, I've given #9 another chance and have decided that it needs to be 86'ed.