Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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4.8/5 rDev +35.2%
An excellent NE I.P.A. from magic hat! This is my first MH beer and it was awesome. I look forward to sampling each and every beer that this brewery has to offer after this experience. This beer pours a wonderful light amber colour with a nice head that leaves excellent lace. This beer has some wonderful aromas of spicy hops, butterscotch, malts, and that wonderfullly fruity Ringwood yeast. This beer is balanced so well that I have to give it a perfect 5 for taste! It has a very spicy, hoppy taste that is perectly balanced by the ringwood yeasts fruitiness and some malts. The mouthfeel is crisp and full and the drinkability is almost perfect as well. What more can I say, I think that I am falling in love with this brewery!
Cheers to paceyourself for sending me this bottle!,
04-01-2003 11:45:23 | More by francisweizen
4.75/5 rDev +33.8%
On tap at the Great Lost Bear...........Glowing copper color, perfectly balanced full beige head. Smell is full of cascade hop aromas, flowery, herbal, and rich. Initial crisp hop kick dances around on your tongue, then a medium feel, biscuit rich malty background. I guess the odd sourness is the Ringwood Yeast strain that others speak about, not sure, but is still pleasant and appealing taste. Crisp, dry, perfect for the style finish, no lingering bitterness. A slightly subdued, but very tasty IPA. One of the highlights of the summer. It lived up to the hype. This one on tap, prompted me to buy the sampler pack and lug it home to Florida.
09-16-2002 19:15:25 | More by StevieW
4.75/5 rDev +33.8%
Beer is clear amber orange in color, with a big frothy head of white foam that retains well and leaves a virtual curtain of lace inside the glass, a really great looking brew.
Loads of fruity citrus rind hop aroma dominate the smell of this beer, not much in the malt aroma department.
Great tasting heavily hopped flavor, lots of citrusy fruity goodness with just a hint of malt in the background. Nice medium to full mouthfeel, with a drying hop finish that begs for another sip.
This is a very drinkable beer, one of my favorite IPAs and if you can get it in your area grab it quick!
12-07-2002 16:28:47 | More by MaineBeerMan
4.65/5 rDev +31%
I was quite surprised to see Magic Hat beers at the little bottle shop near work and had to buy one. Went with the blind faith since Ive never had it before. I was also in a bigtime mood for a good IPA and I wasnt let down.
This beer is a copperish amber color with a medium-sized, rocky, off-white head that diminished before the first taste but left a decent amount of lacing 2/3 of the way down. The aroma is marvelous! Right up my alley. Strong hops over a good malt backbone. A little sweet-smelling with some yeasty bread (especially after it warms up a bit) and a hint of caramel under the solid fruitiness of the hops. The taste is surprisingly rather malty. Well, I guess its not THAT malty, but more so than I expected from an IPA. It has a nice fruity and slightly grassy taste and a bit nutty. The finish is where you know that it is definitely an IPA. The malt sweetness fades away leaving a lingering hops bitterness that stays around for quite some time, along with a little bit of yeast. And about 5 minutes after finishing the bottle, I had a little bit of a soft pretzel taste in my mouth. The mouthfeel is very nice, mildly astringent on the finish, the body is medium, medium carbonation. The aroma was what really sold me on this beer, and Im not sure why. A very satisfying ale!
02-13-2005 19:48:16 | More by ski271
4.6/5 rDev +29.6%
Had this beer for the first time when i went to the magic hat brewery . I am not a big fan of IPA's normally but this struck me as a great beer and opened me back up to the world of IPA's. First thought was that it was just because it was fresh from the brewery, but bought a mixed pack and it was still as good as it was from the tap. An after thought if you like both this beer and Number 9, do a 1/2 combination of the both of them, they do this at the brewery and they call it blind 9, its a great combination of flavor.
06-12-2010 03:16:22 | More by dslaving
4.58/5 rDev +29%
Pours a nice copper color with medium head that laces the glass effectively. Very nice hop aroma. Flowery and a bit oily. This is a really great tasting IPA. Hops hit you up front. Seems like a bit of everything you look for from hops: grapefruit, citrus, pine and flowery. None of these tastes is in abundance, but they are blended beautifully. Nice subdued lingering bitterness. Not a trace of alcohol in this beer. Medium body. Maltiness is definitely in the background.
My first experience with Magic Hat has been an enjoyable one.
05-08-2002 19:12:22 | More by Bighuge
4.53/5 rDev +27.6%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked best by August 13th into an imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Goddamn, this is one perfect looking IPA. Pours a very deep orange with two fingers worth of pillowy head. The lacing is absolutely perfect and the head retention is great. Can't ask for more from the style.
Smell: Citrusy hops. It's an IPA, no bones about it.
Taste: Citrusy (lemon and orange) hops are front and center here, but they're well-tempered by some malts that come in just a bit later. It's pretty accessible for an IPA, it's not overly bitter but you can still taste the hops.
Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated - a refreshing IPA.
Drinkability: Stellar for an IPA. The balance in the bitterness makes this much more drinkable than most IPAs are.
It's a shame this is a limited release, not to come back until whenever the hell Magic Hat feels like bringing it back. I'd session the hell out of this, but I only got my hands on three bottles that I've been clinging to ... this is my last one.
10-15-2010 04:05:09 | More by shand
4.5/5 rDev +26.8%
nice translucent medium amber color with a two finger head, nice sticky lacing. smell is fresh citrus and pine. citrus grapefruit up front with big piney hop finish. clean light dry hoppy after taste. great beer drank six just for the review definitely on the buy list.
12-11-2006 18:35:15 | More by billybob
4.5/5 rDev +26.8%
App: Thick, fluffy head. Deep, cloudy amber.
Smell: Hot damn. Major citrus and floral hops. Slight pine needle. Malt backs it all up.
Taste: Sour hops all over the mouth. Very citrusy and chewy. The malt is definately there, but does a good job of remaining in the background. Hops are very strong, but not over-the-top. The sourness is unique.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, relatively light on the tongue. Leaves the mouth sticky.
Drinkability: This is the first 5 I have ever given. The hops are plenty strong and deep. At the same time, the brew isn't mouth-puckeringly over the top (not that there is anything wrong with that). I could drink this all night.
07-15-2004 04:53:50 | More by thinkbreakfast
4.47/5 rDev +25.9%
Intriguing label design, and funny little blurbs written under the caps.
This IPA pours a deep butterscotch hue with very moderate carbonation. The head lasts forever and drapes the glass with loads of craggy off white lace. The aroma is very hoppy and bitter, and also very malty. Its bold well balanced. The taste begins with an instant hit of citrusy, woody, piney hops which leads into a long grassiness as well as pumpernickel bread maltiness. The finish brings a strong bitterness and lingering citrusy hop notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, almost creamy.
A very refreshing and hoppy IPA that I will definitely buy again.
10-03-2004 20:56:11 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.