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Beer #23 – Magic Hat #9

So yeah, long hiatus due to moving, travel, and dissertation research.  But I’m back and I’ve got a summer sampler of Magic Hat so I’m diving in and the next few reviews will be from that pack.  I assume most East Coast crafties have had #9 before, but since I’m trying to document everything and I haven’t reviewed this yet, here it goes.  Plus, the Artifactory is like the Willy Wonka version of a brewery, so you owe it to yourself to visit.

#9, Magic Hat Brewing CompanyVermont, United States of A
Fruit Beer,  5.10% ABV

Aroma: Strong presence of fruit, apricot, hint of lemon.

Appearance: Pours clear gold with a wonderfully large head of white foam.  Excellent lacing.

Flavor: Apricot up front, followed by a nice citrus hop flavor, and then a slightly sweet and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, nice carbonation, smooth but not slick.

Overall: It bills itself as a “not quite pale ale” but the beer world classifies it as a fruit beer with the pale ale as the underlying trait.  For that style, I think it’s a pretty solid example.  The fruit might be too aggressive for some seeking more hops and pale ale traits, but to me the profile fits Magic Hat’s billing.  At 5.1% it’s a solid summer session beer.

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