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Day #26 – Magic Hat #9

January 27, 2011

Today I’m reviewing a beer from a suggestion I got from a friend, Richie.  Keep the suggestions coming as this is fun!

Magic Hat #9

Magic Hat is based out of Vermont and have recently begun distribution to the north Texas area, as of the last few years.  Their company is well known for taking risks and using odd ingredients for brewing.  They use lots of vegetables and fruits to brew which often times lead to very unique concoctions.  #9 is their flagship beer, and is classified as a Fruit Beer.   It should be served in a flute glass, but I’ve got a sweet Magic Hat #9 shaker glass.

The beer appears to be quite clear with lots of carbonation.  The bubbles are unceasing from the bottom of the glass.  It pours a light orange color that touches on copper, with a light white head.

The aroma has a big element of fruit, namely blueberries and raspberries.  It also has a strong dry grain nose to it.  Fairly straightforward after the fruit smell.

The flavor is also fruity, but very quickly turns to a dry bitter taste.  It has a slight touch of metal that also lingers on.  The fruit flavor is most definitely a blueberry type taste but it does not last long at all.  The finish is by far the largest drawback as it tastes a bit of cardboard and oatmeal.

I’m fairly certain this is a bad bottle, as I’ve had this beer before and it was nowhere NEAR in this condition.  Sometimes that happens, which is sad because one bad experience could turn a consumer off of a particular brand.

Again, thanks to Richie for the suggestion!  If anyone else has suggestions for beers for my blog post them in the comment section below or on my facebook page….if you’re my friend.

Cheers!

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