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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 15
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 08-04-2001

An ale of enlightenment created to aid in deciphering the puzzles along life's road, and to interpret signs in the voyages of the spirit. Blind Faith is an extremely well-balanced India Pale Ale with a crisp, refreshing hop bitterness and a deep malt body to match.

60 IBU
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Ratings: 1,131 | Reviews: 474
Photo of mikeg67
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry. Overallit is good brew.

Photo of Brenden
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer is a clear and shining dark orange the color and clarity of well-polished brass. A foamy head maintains just over a finger of creamy froth and holds itself up well. A ring of lacing at the top is followed by patching and thick spotting.
Grains and diacetyl are strong enough to push out from citrus, flora and earth along with fruity (darker) sweetness and some unusual spiciness. There's nothing screaming English as opposed to American, and diacetyl's could probably be toned down a little.
Toast and caramel speak strongly of the malts and, while floral and citrus notes are present, the levels may be more appropriate for a Pale ale than an IPA. There is a bit of mineral I didn't get in the nose. Some orange peel comes out into a more biscuity finish, a buttered biscuit effect as the diacetyl rolls through.
The body's on the light end of medium, with moderate carbonation giving it a good crispness and smoothness, but it ends slightly thin.

Photo of lochef81
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is my first encounter with Magic Hat aside from #9. This ale pours s handsome Hazy amber color with a thick and lasting slightly off white head. It leaves a slight amount of lacing and has nice legs to it. The aroma is quite weak but had notes of hop and citrus, mostly lemon. The flavor follows suit with some subtle malts underneath. It is a good tasting beer but nothing special. I hope that Magic Hat has more to offer than just this.

Photo of Skunky_Brewster
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - slightly cloudy, nice amber color. Creamy off-white head that sticks around.

S - Slightly lemony.

T - Almost all citrus, mainly lemon

M - Adequate mouth feel for the style.

Overall - Not bad, but certainly not was I was hoping for. I'm a little disappointed by this offering from Magic Hat. I've had a few of their sample packs before, and have been impressed by their style. This IPA is too strong with citrus hops, like a stronger version of #9, except more lemon and less grapefruit. Next time, I'll stick to their black IPA.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a nice fluffy white head. Smells of grain and slight floral hints. Tastes of ale yeast and citrus notes, very nice combination. Beer is carbonated a little heavily and is light bodied, could possibly be sessionable. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of youngs11
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber in appearance, opaque, a little darker than average for what I expect for the style. No cap after the pour settles. Little to no lace on glass

Smells of sweet fruit, pine, grass. The citrus burst that I love about IPA aroma is a little lacking, but overall the smell is pretty inviting.

This beer has some hop character, but not what I am seeking when opting for IPA. There is also a malty, nutty undertone. It offers an unexpected astringency that I don't prefer. After-taste is a lot like sourdough.

Medium-bodied mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Nice and sticky. I don't like the previously mentioned astringency, which I feel is relevant for both taste and MF.

Overall, this is not a bad beer. When I want an IPA, though, I really want a spicy, exciting flavor profile that showcases hops. Hops should be obvious in both aroma and taste, and I think the Blind Faith misses the mark on that note.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and fruity hop aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour citrus zest and malt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with an unexpected sour flavor that is throwing me off of what would otherwise seem to be a decent example of the style.

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of floral hops and hints of caramel malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell and taste of this beer seem to be a bit muted for an IPA, even when compared to English IPAs. Nonetheless, it's quite easy to drink.

Photo of Libationguy
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-copper color with some brass hues. Off-white 2-finger frothy head with medium+ retention. Nice lacing in the glass.

Spicy citrus, light malt and floral notes and an earthy quality. Subdued, but not unpleasant.

White grapefruit, orange zest, white pepper and some of the floral notes from the nose are all supported by the underpinnings of an earthy base and a slightly nutty finish.

Medium-bodied with a rather thin feel to the back end. The finish is slightly tacky with the lingering bitterness. Not the bright bitterness of the American IPA style, but more earthy and more naked.

Not unpleasant, but not huge or complicated either. More middle of the pack for its class.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: BevMo in Mission Valley North (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $15.99 for a Summer Scene variety 12-pack
Purchased: July 26, 2013
Consumed: July 29, 2013
Misc.: Part of the I.P.A. on Tour series (I guess?)

Poured a dark caramel amber color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy khaki-white, almost straight white, head. Decent amount of sporadic foamy lacing along the sides. Great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a mix of hops and fruit up front. Got Cascade hops, citrus hops, floral hops, pine, lemon, lime and faint grapefruit.

Tasted a bit earthier and raw than the smell. The bitterness and 6.2 percent ABV is apparent as well. Got floral hops, citrus hops and even a bit of resin hops. Also pine, lime, grapefruit rind, tangerine and tangerine rind. Seems much stronger than 6.2 percent.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish.

A decent beer for the style. I kept trying to remember that it’s not an American IPA, but an English IPA. The basic #9 was the best of the four in this variety pack.

Photo of Bockrules
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy coppery-orange with a rocky, two-finger, off-white head. A fair amount of small bubbles are rising to the head. Head stays fully intact all the way down the glass and leaves behind an intricate web of lacing across nearly the entire glass. Textbook.

S - Buttery crumpets and light, apple spice, hop notes upon opening the bottle. Smell is subdued once in the glass.

T - Buttery malt upfront. The body continues with smooth, biscuit and butter malts being balanced out by light, yet crisp earthy fruit hop notes. Nice hop slap as the beer passes over the back of the tongue transitions into a lingering, hop resin and buttered biscuit finish.

M - Distinctly medium bodied with the characteristic IPA chewiness. Adequate carbonation rounds out the mouthfeel for a solidly crafted english IPA.

I haven't had much luck with Magic Hat offering in the past, but this rotating IPA was a surprise winner. Right out of the bottle, it had a textbook IPA appearance and an inviting nose. The taste was very well balanced and yet distinctly an English IPA. Very well crafted. I would buy this again, especially since I was paying only around a buck a bottle with the variety pack it came in.

Photo of schwemjw
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a really good looking beer! A dark copper with a big three finger head! Very clear.

S: Very malty. Sour bread with dark cherry, a touch of citrus at the front and some figs. Not much going on here.

T: Acidic tartness at the end. Very bready. An entrance of citrus followed by spicy, citric earth. A hoppy bite going on. Underwhelming.

M: An awesome mouthfeel. very easy to drink, mild. It goes down quick.

O: I was very underwhelmed by this beer. It looks great, it drink great but the flavors and aroma just aren't there. almost more of a pale ale. I'd drink it again, or session it but there are so many better offerings out there. /73

Photo of jifigz
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer has a typical English IPA appearance. The color is a deep amber orange with some haziness to it and a nice fluffy head that looks nice and lingers for quite a while. The aroma is nice and light hoppy with fresh smells of grass, citrus, and minor sweet hints of honey. The taste is very smooth and sweet with enough bitterness riding the tailcoats of this one to balance it just enough. There are tastes of candy, fruit, and a grassy, herbal taste. It does taste a bit watery though. The alcohol isn't very present in the flavor. The MF is thin and very smooth.

This is an okay English IPA. The beer looked and smelled better than it tasted. Once again, Magic Hat doesn't totally impress.

Photo of Sludgeman
2.13/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured into a chalice.

Did not like this beer. It had a very adjunct lager taste to it. I thought it was unbalanced with not enough malt to counter the grassy and minerally tastes. Not recommended at all. There are so many great beers out there, I am actually surprised when I find a bad one. No redeeming qualities unless you’re stuck in the desert without water.

A - Pours a clear golden color with an average head.

S - Pale malits, a little earthy, some faint lemon.

T - Grassy hops, but not too hoppy or bitter, minerally.

MF - Smooth and light bodied, dry finish, moderate carbonation.

Photo of Natainos
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: 2inch head with plenty bubbly action for a minute, than a nice quarter inch. Amber on color.

S: lemon grass, earthy, very hoppy.

T: bitter, can taste the citrus, creamy.

M: tingly, flavors linger.

O: not a big IPA fan, but this Ale was not bad, typical hop flavors with some fruit mainly citrus.

transfered to goblet from bottle.

Photo of Act25
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into .5l glass.

A: Cloudy, perfect pine amber color, rocky head, good lacing, avg retention. A good looking unfiltered ipa.

S: the best part of this ale. hops, flowers, bread, bakery, a bit of vermont barnyard. Interesting.

T: Continues the hoppy forwardness, with less malt than promised. Again grassy, barnyardy, farmy, country tasting. A bit edgy, complex and messy - alot going on that doesnt quite add up. Good food beer, for complex tomatoe based (say fish stew.... tomatoes, shrimp scampi, etc)

F: Thin. A metallic note. The one off bit of this beer, besides it's over-business.

I will certainly enjoy this 6 pack and I actually look forward to trying again, but not leaping out as a creamy flavor arc that marks best IPAs.
Worth a try or two.

Seasonal. Easy drinking due to light feel.

Tried again after T-giving. Same impression - cloudy, muddy look, muddy flavor profile, definitely more English in style, and farmy. But a good winter's ale. Not as bright as better IPAs.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Orange/tan in color with a cloudy body, Blind Faith IPA offers the scent of citrus and bread and a moderate amount of foam. Its appearance is decent, even if not enough to really pique your interest.

Taste- wise, this beer has some bready notes, citrus, toasted malt, etc. The body of the beer is medium and the citrus and other notes are middle of the road and non- offensive. Each component of the taste and other attributes are like this- good, but moderate and in some cases even a little underwhelming.

This beer has a semi- complex personality and, while not an amazing IPA by any means, is still a decent representation of the style. Many will find it too light and too basic to take seriously, but it’s really not a bad IPA and is worthy of a try if you get the chance.

Photo of LXIXME
2.67/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Medium sized fizzy light tan head quickly dies to a decent lacing above a highly carbonated cloudy honey caramel colored beer.

Light roasted but definitely a roasted caramel malt aroma with some light hops rounding out the nose.

A carbonated light caramel grain malts taste with a light almost citrusy hops present as well.

A light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the caramel malts sticking around with this medium to light medium bodied beer.

Seems a bit over carbonated to say the least and whether this is the reason or not the malts and or hops tastes are to light.

Photo of Izzybackyet462
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm new to drinking IPA's, but this one is quite enjoyable. The appearance is a light orange/tan and holds a thin white head. This beer has a noticeably hoppy smell with a hint of citrus. The taste was surprisingly good to me. The initial taste is a bit citrus with a bite and the after taste is appropriately bitter from the hops. This IPA is not overly bitter like some of the others I have tasted. No complaints with the mouthfeel. Overall I'd give this beer a 3. As I mentioned, I'm new to IPA's and so far this is the first I've enjoyed. I would recommend this beer to a friend.

Photo of HBBJ
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Amber colored and quite hazy. Long lasting, fine bubbled head, with lacing down the glass.

Smell: Clean, malty aroma, with a bit of caramel and toast. Moderate herbal, earthy hops wiith a touch of fruitiness. A odd tinny smell came in and out.

Taste: Sour, like it was infected. Some maltiness and hop flavor and bitterness. Sour, mouth-puckering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with an acidic bite.

Overall: I held out hope that this would be a more restrained IPA, without "club you over the head" hops. And perhaps it might have been, but it would be impossible to tell given the sourness problem. Can't recommend this.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, part of the Magic Hat summer sampler twelve-pack. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. Bottlecap says "it is now clear; you drink good beer."

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about a finger of soapy white head which dies out within seconds, upon a coppery orange colored body. The only beer of the package that appears unfiltered, with mad amounts of sediment motionless in the glass. Thin ring of wispy lacing.

S - Smell is of pale biscuit malts, and a light piney citrus hop presence. Dash of lemon, but a pretty underwhelming smell.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty accurately. Some slight citric hop bite, some bready biscuit malts, but basically pretty underwhelming with little action happening. Some sweet green apple skin sweetness lingering on the finish. More malt forward, with not a whole lot of genuine hop action happening.

M - Feel is sweet and tart, with some fruity hop presence lingering. Not what you would normally expect from a bitter hop assault of an IPA.

Overall, a decent enough IPA from Magic Hat. More malt forward, and more of a beginner's IPA in general, but I can definitely see where this beer would come in handy. A modest 6.20% abv, the highest of all the beers in this variety pack, I will definitely be drinking more of these this sumer.

Magic Hat Blind Faith ---3/5.

Photo of MichaelNickerson
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - cloudy amber with large head.

Smell - extremely malty with caramel notes and heavy hops - decently fruity

Taste - not as hoppy as anticipated for an IPA, but some fruit notes seem to be the reasoning.

Mouthfeel - weak, not as crisp as would like.

Overall - not the greatest IPA I've had, but does provide a more unique fruity experience, rather than a bitter overall complexion.

Photo of JMScowcroft
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Magic Hat Brewing Company - Blind Faith

I saw this was on limited release so I had to give it a shot and give it a review.

Look - Pours cloudy copperish amber with a full soapy head. Some lacing. Moderate carbonation. Not sure what they were going for here but this was one of the worst craft's visually I have ever seen.

Smell - Deep caramel malts, light fruity English hops. A bit bland here but at least not overly bready.

Taste - Bitter apricot (yuck) mixed with bready sweet malts here. The hops don't have enough of an attitude, the fruitiness ends up being off-putting. Tastes processed and like a grab bag of ingredients, no finesse. English hops tend to drive me insane so there's that as well.

Mouthfeel - Deeper and fruitier than #9, not as refreshing or crisp. Sub-par really for this style. Rests a slight bitter and sticky. Drinkability not great.

Overall - Overall a disappointment. I remember it much more fondly than it actually is. I have also had some amazing brews since having one of these so it has a lot to live up to. Magic Hat is owned by North American Breweries who owns several brands who don't care about craft beer, such as Genesee and Labatt USA, but I figured since it was a subsidiary it might not brew sub-par. I was wrong and I am not a big fan of this brew or the brewery in general.

Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for 2.00$

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grassy notes, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit, a grassiness, and a peach sweetness. It ends with a fairly bitter hop bitterness.

Overall – Better than I had expected based on reviews. It's kind of like a fusion of English and American styles. I'd drink it again.

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first English IPA. Pours and appears a dark orange, cloudy, low head tannic ale. Smells sweet really, and floral and some citrus, but not hop prominent like American IPA's. Taste is roasted malt and caramel and some citrus bitter, all modulated by a really busy, and creamy and effervescent mouth to the beer. Fun to try. Still, give me more hops!

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.