ttoadee (1582) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2009
I cannot quite put my finger on this one. Aroma got my attention, but the taste that ended up in my mouth did not match the smell that hit my nose as I drank. A slight hint of fruit (apricot/lsightly green peach). Finish was too dry for the fruit aroma in my nose. ucfknightscott (56) - Casselberry, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Aroma is light with fruit and malt. Drinks fairly smooth with notes of orange, malt, bit of hops, and sugar. Kind of interesting, seems to change with each sip. Not that exciting though. This is my first beer from Magic Hat and really not that impressed. An OK session beer. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2009
She is dressed to the nines, replete in clear sparkling orange and amber sequins with a soft, faintly orange top her showpiece. She wears a delicate necklace while choosing to skip on the lacy adornments today. Her perfume is orange, honey, melon, and lemon with a solid backing of wet, sweet cereal grains and freshly bailed hay. A gentle lass, just as her visage is easy on the eyes and her aroma quite soothing, our first moments together are equally gentle and welcoming. Lightly sweet with honey and cereal, fresh lemon zest tingles on top of my tongue and in the finish. A very clean quaff with a short, fleeting finish leaves little to the imagination. She shows a bit of her wild tropical side with melon, pineapple, and mango tangoing atop her steady undercurrent of honey, cereal grains, and bailed hay. There is only a faint drying sensation as #9s palate is brief, albeit highly sessionable and refreshing. It doesn’t take long for our time together to draw to a sad, and like the swift train she came into my life on, she just as quickly departs with nary a memory or memento.
Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Yep. A Gateway Beer. Magic Hat’s #9 Pale Ale is good, but it’s certainly not great nor is it breaking any ground. But that is the purpose of this brew, and why it is a favorite of many of the newly indoctrinated beer aficionados. It’s clean, easy to drink, tastes great, and is different than the mass produced swill that is a product of advertising, not brewing. This is the beer you bring fishing with you, to a friend’s house, especially one you want to convert to the world of Good Beer, or to the beach for a long day of fun in the summer sun. Maybe someday soon when a customer asks me if I have any Magic Hat, I will be able to answer with a “Yes” and show him/her #9 and the wide world of beer that awaits them.
bottle thanks to swalden28. poured gold with a white head. aroma of grains and citrus (lemon/lime?). flavor was grains, citrus, and fruity notes. medium body with high carbonation. drowland (9057) - Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Have had this from the bottle and on tap a few times. A nice sessionable beer that’s somewhat bland but drinkable nonetheless.
Strykzone (7658) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2009
A three finger sized head is light gold in color and dissipates slowly. Beer itself is golden with light cloudiness. Moderate carbonation. A nose full of sweet fruit with a hint of funkiness. Flavor has less fruit than the aroma but it is still prominent. Some tart hops also add bitterness and dirtiness. There is a vegetable taste that doesn’t help. Occasionally a malt profile tried to pop up. Hops never asserted themselves. Fruit faded mid glass. I’m not sure what this beer tried to do but it ended up doing almost nothing well. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Clear pumpkin orange or piss yellow, depending on the light. Head disappears but light film stays.
The smell is apricot, of course, as well as a dry wheatish (thought I don’t think there is any wheat) base that’s not altogether unpleasant due to the toasted malt and mild hop. Still ....
The taste has an almost musty German-style malt. Bitter and necessary for balance to the apricot, which has a welcome brown sugar taste. Still, a tad sweet but rich enough to prevent cloying.
Medium bodied and a little bubbly. Creamy and smooth. Pretty drinkable to the American palate. Sweet and pleasant. The consummate gateway beer. derekbrown (109) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Very crisp with a citrusy taste. Good beer when there are no other available selections. AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Clear light amber with a fleeting white head. Big canned fruit aroma with cereal grains. Light body. Apricot pit fruit flavor with lightly sweet pale malts. twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Bottle. Golden with thin white head. Aroma strong of apricots. Flavor is very fruity, light, with a little hop. I’ll drink it on a hot day.