Magic Hat #9

Yesterday was the Philly Craft Beer Fest. I got to try a lot of great beers and the crowd was awesome. There were so many people there, but the crowd wasn’t drunk or rowdy (despite what my friend Joe thought). Since I was off duty yesterday, I didn’t do any reviews. We ended up going out to this amazing restaurant afterwards, as Joe had never been in Center City before. We also stopped at Nodding Head to grab a quick drink. It was an absolutely awesome day. Since I’m trying to take it easy on my liver, I’m reviewing a beer today that I’ve had more times than I can count.

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable beer

Trivia: Magic Hat lists this beer as “not quite pale ale,” but the IBUs are only 20. I think it’s better classified as a fruit beer, given the apricot taste.

Random: This was the beer that made me get into craft beer. I have a soft spot in my heart for this brew.

The brew poured with a one finger white head that left some lacing on the glass. I usually drink this one out of the bottle, so this is one of the first times I’m actually taking a look at the head. The body was a mostly clear yellow color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose is a lot of apricot notes and maybe a hint of grassiness, but it was very mellow compared to the apricot. The taste is much of the same, apricot with some carbonation and a very light body. This is definitely a very thin brew and has some very light hoppiness to it. The finish was really quick. This is a beer that I really liked a lot more before I tried other craft beers. With that being said, it’s definitely still a great gateway beer (my sister even likes it) and goes down really easily, especially right out of the bottle. I know I’ll be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

3 thoughts on “Magic Hat #9

  1. The Wookie

    Great description of this brew as a gateway beer. This is the brew that my wife reaches for over all the hoppy stuff that usually fills my beer fridge when I have it.

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