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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,087 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 42 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: pezoids on 08-04-2001)
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Ratings: 1,087 | Reviews: 473 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beerman599:
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beerman599

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%

Much more malt than I expected in an IPA from magic hat this sure ant number 9 The hops do not dominate but theres enough to make most hop heads happy there is a good mouthfeel balance between the bite of the hops and the smothness of the malt. someone else wrote tat it reminded them of an ESB but i disagree there are way more hops than a true english ESB.

07-30-2003 22:19:16 | More by beerman599
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RoyalT

Ohio

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
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npala86

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-25-2014 19:47:10 | More by npala86
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

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
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kuishinbo_tantei

New York

3/5  rDev -15.5%

07-06-2014 02:32:47 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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
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csmartin6

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

08-19-2013 01:13:40 | More by csmartin6
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

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
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-26-2013 17:49:24 | More by TTripp725
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generallee

New York

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
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-25-2011 21:52:30 | More by TimoP
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

08-01-2014 14:10:35 | More by Doomcifer
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev +12.7%

01-08-2013 03:57:47 | More by iemailjack
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Jason

Massachusetts

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
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merlin48

Kentucky

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
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Billolick

New York

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
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-16-2013 04:01:27 | More by Guinnsslvr
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jakester

Pennsylvania

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
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-10-2013 01:24:32 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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RTEdmunds

New Hampshire

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
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-15-2011 16:54:44 | More by mjtiernan
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

06-24-2012 01:01:39 | More by Milkysunshine
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-01-2013 02:59:41 | More by Cynic-ale
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Thrasher

Oregon

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
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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.