Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
I purchased a six pack of this while spending the holidays back on the East Coast. I popped the top to reveal the standard hippy-bullshit underneath the cap (Im kidding..kinda). After pouring this into a standard shaker pint the body is revealed to be a beautiful copper/amber. It is nearly crystal clear, evidently due to the fact that the yeast that bottle conditioned this were nicely compacted into the bottom of the bottle. The head rolls up perfectly to fill the rest of the glass, but does recede rather rapidly leaving only sparse speckles of lace and a thin clumpy layer in its wake. When the bottle was opened actual aromas of malts reached my nose from several feet away as well as the more stark aromas of hops that typically greet you when opening an IPA. Upon further inspection the malt aromas are nice. The hops I pick up in the nose however seem a little flat, I do pick up on some citric and light pine aromas but also a little sourness that seems out of place. A nice little fruity/nuttiness from the yeast rounds out the nose. The taste fairs a bit better than the nose in my opinion. Nice little layer of sweet malt up front. It seems the flavors of the malt layer nicely with the subtle nuttiness of the yeast. The bitterness levels are firm, but a bit light for what I find perfect in an IPA. The hops almost seem sweet, and although they have a bit of bite arent tongue stripping. About halfway through the last beer in the six pack I think I finally understand it. The sweet flavors of the hop (tangerine/apricot) compliment that nice midly sweet/nutty combination of the malts without totally over-powering them. This creates a balanced IPA, with layers of complexity that peel back revealing others. This beer leaves practically no aftertaste and the taste of alcohol is never even hinted at. As others have said, if there is a such thing as a session IPA than this would be it. Definitely try this one, dont be expect to have your teeth stripped of their enamel by alpha-acids, just sip on it and enjoy the nuances.
01-14-2005 01:31:18 | More by FormatKid
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4/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
07-04-2004 17:48:58 | More by RoyalT
4/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
07-29-2010 21:43:57 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
07-17-2010 13:02:37 | More by lordofthewiens
4/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
09-28-2011 12:19:36 | More by SunDevilBeer
4.03/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
07-10-2010 00:51:55 | More by generallee
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
04-15-2011 03:13:44 | More by Jason
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
07-28-2004 10:44:17 | More by merlin48
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
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)
02-17-2004 12:48:58 | More by Billolick
4.3/5 rDev +21.1%
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!
06-27-2005 13:06:10 | More by jakester
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
05-09-2012 03:29:11 | More by RTEdmunds
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
08-14-2011 02:00:43 | More by jondeelee
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
11-20-2002 15:02:47 | More by Thrasher
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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