Originally Posted by santacore
Just cracked a Magic Hat #9. Pretty lame. The label says "not quite a pale ale". Yeah well, to my palate it's miles away from a pale ale. This is lame fruity beer which I'm ashamed that I bought. Maybe a bourbon chaser will take cleanse my palate. Ugh....
Magic Hat #9 is terrible. The worst part is that Magic Hat themselves seem to be very enamored with it even though their brewery produces many beers which are far better. The marketing on it only adds insult to injury, "A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there's never been anything else quite like it." - yeah, there's never been anything else quite like it because most breweries would throw out a batch that turned out that poorly.
So, here's my contribution for the day. I haven't had it yet, but my friend in Winchester, VA got his hands on the new Two Hearted Ale in cans from Bell's. That's right, one of their best beers, and my personal favorite IPA of all time, now available in cans. It seems to me that Bells historically has always found a way to ramp up production in the past in a way that doesn't sacrifice quality, but unfortunately from what he tells me, that is not the case here. He said it tasted more bitter and slightly flavorless compared to bottled/on-tap. Overall, he thought it was terrible. I was very sorry to hear that. Can anyone confirm? It's amazing how some brews taste so much better in one form compared to another (for example Old Rasputin is brilliant on-tap and terrible in bottles).