Beer Wednesday – Magic Hat #9
Happy Beer Wednesday!
How does the song go? “If you believe in magic, come along with me. . .” Well, I admit it, I believe. I believe in Magic Hat.
The Magic Hat #9 is the first Magic Hat brew that I’ve drunk, and while I was extremely skeptical about an apricot “Not Quite Pale Ale,” I was rally pleased with how eay it went down and the not overpowering apricot flavor.
Now, at 5.1% ABV, I figure I could drink these all night and still know my name, but when I’m drinking an ale, I want it to have a good hop bite, and this just didn’t have that. Not that it didn’t taste good, but I prefer the richness that a good, rich IPA has. The Magic Hat was just the slightest bit thin in both hops and in companion fruit.
A little bit more apricot, and it may have been a pretty solid lambic, while more hops might have made it a better ale. Overall, I’d give this beer a 3/5. It’s certainly drinkable, but not an awesome as I would have liked. . .