Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 15
Gots: 101 | 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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Reviews by CountJustinian:
Photo of CountJustinian
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Hops, hops and more hops.

This EIPA pours to a loud, stinging orange color with good frothing. Hoppiness hits the nose as you lift the glass and it keeps on running. Mild citrus flavor with some peatiness but this one is all about the hops. Great mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and a lingering bitter smoke-effect.

It's not for everyone, but a very good back-to-the-basics EIPA, particularly as compared to its other bottled contemporaries.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Hazy orange in color with a bit of carbonation and a nice, tan head.

Smell – The aroma of this ale is reserved, but strong. It has a nice piney base along with some rindy orange but no sweetness. I can also pick up some grapefruit and some good toasted malts.

Taste – The chewy caramel malts are much bigger at the taste than I picked up in the nose. There are a lot of butter flavors going on here as well. The hops are tangy, typical East Coast, and quite complex.

Mouthfeel – This IPA is a solid medium-bodied with a thick, sugary mouthfeel.

Drinkability –This is a solid IPA that went down well and could double as a good session beer.

Comments – Many thanks to francisweizen for sending me this bottle. I had a bad Hocus Pocus experience in NYC last month and was anxious to try another offering from Magic Hat.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Faith by Magic Hat Brewing. 6.2% alcohol content English India Pale Ale.

A- Pours a beautiful hazy orange fluid with a nice off white head that drops to a froth and heavy lacing that clings to the glass.

S- Dominate scents of citrus and grassy hops upfront with light carmel and sweet malts in the backbone.

T-M- Taste is solid with upfront grapefruit, citrus and grassy hop bitterness. Thick malty notes of sweet tea and carmel are in the backbone with a fresh finish. Mouthfeel is easy with a dry and astringent feel.

D- Drinkable it is! I would like to get a sixer and see how it goes.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a SA pint glass the beer was a dark amber color with a thick, off-white head. A smidge of lace.
Aroma mostly of citrus, maybe a little bit of sweet malt.
Grapefruit taste, almost exclusively so. The malt I thought I detected in the nose just wasn't there.
I just couldn't appreciate theis beer as much as I wanted. Maybe too unidimensional. It was OK, but didn't do much for me.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was at a package store recently that didn't have a great selection and decided to pick this up. Used to drink the hell out of this beer in the early 00's, then it got discontinued and apparently it comes around seasonally now as part of MH's "IPA on Tour" series. Kinda had low hopes.

Pours nicely, smells like a good IPA should. A little bit malt-leaning, a bit of grapefruit and pine in the nose.

Nice balanced taste in the mouth, a bit biscuity. Finishes nice and clean, no odd after-tastes in the mouth. Good example of a New England style IPA.

I was a bit surprised that I liked this. I would drink this beer any time and am glad I picked it up.

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into pint glass. The label listed the abv at 6.2%. The back label has the year of 2010 and the month of July notched for its freshness date.

Appearance: It has a hazy amber to coppery colored body with an off white head. The head is tall thick and foamy. It has good retention and keeps a nice small cap on the beer until the last drop. On the way down the glass it makes some cool lacing.

Smell: The nose has a solid hop aroma featuring citrusy/herbal and musty notes over light pale maltiness and bready yeast.

Taste: Its medium bodied with a light bready maltiness supporting some decent hop bitterness. In the bitterness there are notes of herbal tea hops, citrus and some musty hops as well. The texture is smooth and firm with a nice level of carbonation.

Notes: This is a decent all around IPA.

Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. The bring this beer back on occasion like it is a big deal ... it should have stayed a year-round beer. Have not had it in a long while so here we go.

Two fingers of froth with decent lacing on the glass, clear and bright brass color. Fruity, spicy and grainy mix in the aroma ... hint of alcohol and faint buttery smell from the yeast. Maltiness is a bit thin, the body is a little light for the style. Bitterness is there, fruity and spicy palate. Some maltiness which is dry for the most part, slightly biscuity. Buttery tone and leafy hop flavor in the dry finish.

Pretty much a hollow shell of its former self, it is ok ... just ok. There are many other IPAs that have raised the benchmark a lot higher than this beer.

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This quirky, bottle pours a rusty orange, hazed iced tea colored, body with a moderate, beige, head that retains very well. Thick, island chains of lace coat the pint glass.

Very pleasing hop aromas, with pine cone, some florals, and pears hovering over a sweet, caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate, hops bite on the tongue. Somewhat coating in the mouth.

This is a tasty, American style IPA, with some aggressive hopping. Smoother than a SNPA, with more flavors going on. Very well balanced use of the malts and prominent hops. Finish is clean and mildly fruity.

Nothing chaotic about the chemistry here. This is an exceptional pale ale that is very tasty and enjoyable. Stands up very well to extra sharp, Vermont cheddar cheese.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eeh, I wasnt really blown away by this "IPA" tastes more like a "PA" Freshness dating only tells you this should be consumed before "July" wonder which July? NIce mouth feel and appearance, but tasted a wee bit skimpy on the malt and HOPS, not what I'm used to in a American IPA...may have been an old bottle (last July may have been the date in question)

Photo of jakester
4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a sampler case. 12oz. bottle. Expiry date clearly notched on the label. "Blessed with Hops" on the label.

Poured a deep copperish/amber with a 1/2 finger off-white head, which dropped very quickly to islands and a ring. Some carbonation is evident. Oddly, not much lacing at first, but picked up as I drank. (warming?)

Aroma is strong spicy/earthy hops, with strong toffee/brown suger malts. Pride of Ringwood yeast? Smell dry, if that's possible.

Flavor is crisp, clean pale malt, with a good hit from bitter hops. Strong earthy/grassy hop flavor fills the empty spaces, and lasts a long time. This IPA tastes pleasantly different!

Mouthfeel is tingly carbonation, followed by a dry, bitter, long lasting finish. Some hop resins on the tongue.

Very surprising beer. It has a prominent bittering, pleasant hop aroma and flavor, good malt for balance, and hidden ABV. Poundable, but look out!

Photo of RTEdmunds
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangeish color. Pretty decent white head, nice lacing. Solid retention.

Floral and hemp-y aromas.

Tastes herbal and pleasant. Sweet, but not overly. Slight caramel undertones.

Smooth and quite drinkable. The alcohol content is masked. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty nice and very pleasant IPA. I'm really enjoying the "IPA on Tour" by Magic Hat. Some good stuff! This is probably one of my favorites of the series thus far.

Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind Faith opens with a surprisingly tame nose for an IPA: there are hops, yes, coming out of the bottle in light grapefruits, but at least an equal part of the emphasis is on malts, which bring fresh-baked wheat bread, brown sugar, and apricot notes to the party.

On the tongue, the beer is far hoppier than the nose foretold, opening with a good smattering of pink grapefruit and pine notes that come across in medium strength. These overlie a bed of fresh wheat flavors, including brown sugars, toast, biscuit, and apricot. Hints of pecan and Brazil nut shade the edges. In subsequent sips, the hops take on more of a grapefruit rind flavor (i.e. more tart and sour), and the malts are slightly plagued by the flavors of sucking on hay. The aftertaste is a continuation of the bitter hops, with light remnants of hay and toast, and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good mid-level IPA, bearing many of the trademark flavors and aromas of the style, but lacking such finesse and creativity as would set it apart from its peers.

Photo of Thrasher
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome orange amber with white sudsy head that sticks around. Great, sharp aroma of hops. There is a good, British malt character that's quite subtle and then a big smack in the face of hops. Lemon and cookie flavors make up the profile. Refreshing at a quite cold temperature; as it warms the malts gain strength. Delectable hoppy aftertaste brings balance to the beer. Magic Hat makes great British style ales and then turns them 90 degrees on their side to make something unique, some of the best beers in New England (although that whole tired Burlington hippie image smells a wee bit phish-y). I think this beer would go with just about anything, particularly spicy Asian cuisine and maybe even sweet/tart desserts like lemon bars.

Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been a big fan of this beer since before MH was a popular brewer, and appreciate it even more now that I've finally poured one to review. Iced tea colored, with a gorgeous foamy head full of big bubbles. The head stays with me, and laces the glass as I drink. The aroma is hoppy, but not overdone, with hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is full and creamy and enjoyable, and the hop bitter is crisp, and is tasted throughout the mouth, with a lingering bitter in the back. Now I know why I've always liked this one.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light amber with a smallish off-white head. Good retention and lacing down the glass. Smells sweetly hoppy with a slight buttery nose to it. Tastes like an average IPA. A hint of malt meets you at first and then you get a sweet syrupy hop wave followed by the burn. Mouthfeel and carbonation are moderate and don't detract at all. Easily drinkable by those that dig this style. Seems like a good summer beer. Not bad, not stellar.

Photo of BadBadger
1.85/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured an amber coloration. There was very little head and the carbonation was minimal. The smell was rather bland. No hint of the hops promised within. The taste was a diappointment. As with the smell, this was lacking in hoppy bitterness. I have sampled this beer a number of times and in a number of places and my personal palate is always dissapointed. Others enjoy this beer. I do not. There are significantly better beers out there to be enjoyed IMHO.

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 ShrinerMcBitey
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper with orangish tones. 2 fingers of foam to start 1 finger hangs around through almost the entire beer. Pretty good lacing.

S: Spice, gingerbread, christmasy

T: Pretty good malt backbone, plenty of hops that dry out but not over the top hops. Some spiciness, bready. Pretty nice balance, enjoyable.

M:Good balance, wet to dry finish.

O: I enjoyed this. have not had it for many years. Last time I had it was on draft at the Mews Tavern in 1998? 2000?
Its a "more drinkable" IPA, by that I mean it has good balance, the hops are not through the roof, as such I actually find this quite a refreshing IPA.

Photo of AzAleC
2.18/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: A dark gold, nearly light brown color. Full, but small head, less than 1/4" in a pint glass. (Franklu, I found this to be the brew's strongest point)

S: Ripe hop aroma, slightly sharp.

T: Strong hop flavor, but not very complex at all, perhaps they only used one or two hop strains. Almost no hop backbone whatsoever, which leave the hops floating around with nothing to balance out the brew.

M: Full and well carbonated, but the mouth looses hop flavor quickly.

D: Strongly lacking distinction and balance, probably nothing I would pick up again without a recipe change.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber and orange color, below average head and carbonation. Aroma was decently hoppy, the taste was a bit of a letdown after that.

A bit of citrus, but seriously, where are the hops? Is this one of those not west coast ipas from back in the day that use to rock the sox off the jersey boys or something? Seems commonplace and heavy on the malt and wood. It isn't a bad beer, just has big expectations, and it didn't meet them. Pricey for what it is.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, so far just from cracking the bottle and the initialy hints of the aroma from the pour I see why my favorite style is an IPA. Appears a copper amber brown with a tawny off whtie cream colored head leaving generous patches of lacing this is my type of beer. Rich soothing pine cone scented hops along with a floral bouquet definitely worth noting in this beers complex and aggressive aroma tamed by a rich malt undertow in this wave of bliss. Taste is well beyond crush my palate with hop bitterness and ends up somewhere in an ideal world where hops and malted barley unite and become not rivals but friends that gain mutual benefits from acting out not parastically on one another but in a symbiotic relationship where each member thrives. Not overly bitter but a load of malt flavor reaches the palate and blends oh so nicely that I have found my session brew. This is a beer that reaches down deep within the soul of it's style to bring nothing but the best to the table, quite drinkable to boot my I wish I had at least five more of these to enjoy. Drinkability from a medium bodied chewy but not too thick brew this one allows the drinker to fully indulge into a different realm of beer nirvana. I am one with this beer I see why the title is giving to this beer, because after trying it you put blind faith towards it as one of the true gifts from God.

Words of Wisdom from under the cap:
"Truthsayers beat soothsayers."

Photo of rastaman
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The immediate aroma is of lychees. Quite floral. The moutfeel is softly carbonated, lightly citrusy and floral, with a touch of acidity. The flavour was less hoppy than the aroma suggested. A nice solid IPA, with a nice soft mouthfeel, enjoyable little beer.

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 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 meatymattyballs
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

first off let me say i tried this in a variety 12 pack that ran me around 15 bucks. worth every penny and cheaper then the sam adams variety at my local store.

id also like to say im not the biggest ipa guy so im gona keep it short.

A- a nice color. seemed kinda amber to me. a 2 finger head with a decent lacing

S-not too hoppy, nothing realy floral or fruity

T-ok i was expecting or bracing for that hop zing that after bite. it never happend, nothing crazy about this beer , nothing bad nothing amazing. a nice finish i have to say i was expecting more but was satisfied. this is a solid beer.

D- i could drink a couple of these. im not usealy crazy about ipa's or i havent realy started to appreciate them. but blind faith is good start for me

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.