Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I've been down on Magic Hat for a couple of years now. But a friend brought over a six-pack a couple weeks ago and left with one Blind Faith still in the fridge. Poured it tonight and realized "hey, this is a solid beer."
A copper/amber body with mahogany hints capped off by a foamy 2-finger light tan head that lingered nicely, leaving good chunky lacing. Some bubbles rise throughout, and the head had some staying power.
Smelled of grassy, piney hops at first sniff. But as it warmed the malt became more noticeable, presenting a better balance.
Taste was interesting, with caramel sweet malts up front. A moderate hop bitterness followed, but not too powerful or flavorful. It did, however, coat the mouth and make hops the predominant aftertaste. As it warmed the malt/hop dynamic became more balanced.
As for mouthfeel: decent carbonation and medium body.
A good, drinkable IPA.
Final notes: I actually preferred this beer more as it warmed -- in my opinion, it became a little bit more like a traditional English IPA as the flavors melded together and sort of "softened" the hops. In some ways I think it feels closer to an American Pale Ale, particularly when it's cold. Like I said, I'd been a bit down on Magic Hat lately, but a thoughtful, deliberate drinking of the Blind Faith surprised me and reminded me why I liked this when it first came out years ago.
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2006 02:56:20 | More by Kendo
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