The Magic Hat story began in 1994 when Alan Newman and Bob Johnson started a small brewery in Burlington, VT. After tasting the DeVEILed from their Night of the Living Dead variety pack it was decided to go back to an old friend and revisit their flagship beer Magic Hat #9.
The beer pours a rich golden color with light orange hues. The tight head is off white in color and shows some staying power. Once the head dissipates there is a light soapy lacing that remains.
The nose comes right at you with luscious notes of dried, honeyed apricots and peaches. The fruit notes carry a great deal of sweetness. Looming underneath the brazen fruit notes hides an aroma of bready malts, wheat and a light clove spice. Rounding out the bouquet there are citrus and pine hop notes. The hop notes are very faint in comparison to the fruity and malty aromas but if you really pay attention you will find them lurking beneath the surface.
The palate echoes the nose. Slightly sweet notes of stone fruits flood the taste buds. There are crisp clean pale malt notes that act as a back bone to lift the fruits. Balancing the malts and the fruits are earthy herbal and grapefruit laden hop notes. The finish is clean and allows an opportunity to savor the creamy mouthfeel that #9 possess.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5
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