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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,041 Ratings

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Ratings: 1041
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%

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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good though one dimensional bitter IPA. Very hoppy to the extent it was bought past expiry date from the notorious Beers of the World in Rochester, yet still refreshing. Comparable to bigger name microbrewers, pleasant surprise and my first Magic Hat, hopefully of many more. Some malt and orange cream for bonus, great citrus hoppy aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 02:20:16 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and fruity hop aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour citrus zest and malt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with an unexpected sour flavor that is throwing me off of what would otherwise seem to be a decent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 03:46:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with contrasting sunshine yellow highlights. The beer becomes noticeably darker and more blurry when the final few ounces are added to the glass. The head, midway between eggshell and beige in color, is firm and is tacky enough to deposit lace that looks like thick paint daubed on with a sponge.

The nose is nice and hoppy with notes of grapefruit and orange zest (Cascade hops) with an underlying sour, earthy pungency (Ringwood yeast). I'm not a devotee of that particular yeast strain, which is why I'm usually less than enthusiastic about Magic Hat beer, but it's covered to a sufficient degree by the hops. As I hope it will be on the palate.

It is. Blind Faith isn't a hop monster by any means, but it is hoppy enough to get the job done; both the job of covering the yeast and of tasting good. The Ringwood is still noticeable, but it's more an integral part of the flavor profile than an annoyance; due, I believe, to the bitterness of a relatively high alpha acid hop (Warrior).

A sufficient amount of malt with a toasted caramel flavor puts the beer into the English pale ale category (I guess) even though two true blue American hops are in use. It's modestly sweet early with bitterness interceding just prior to the midway point of each mouthful and dominating through the finish.

Blind Faith (sorry, I couldn't find any really choice lyrics) is a good IPA and is my second favorite Magic Hat beer behind Hi.P.A. Ringwood yeast is such a polarizer, I'm surprised that the brewery persists in using it. What do I know though? They're a successful commercial operation and I'm... not. Yet another good brew from far333.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 20:21:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, this one was serve in a pint glass during a magic hat tasting i had with my brother in law down at his apartment.

A - Poured a deep light amber with a smallish half inch or so head, that quickly faded leaving nothing but a thin film. No residual lace, and only a slight bit of visible carbonation.

S - Very sweet, lots of candied sugar mixed in over a nice citrus hops with a good malted back, very well balanced aroma.

T - Nice bitter IPA taste. A bit sweet, and definatly an east coast IPA as the the major harsh citrus hops were definatly not that prevelenet. An average IPA/

M- Very smooth, somewhat slick, not alot of carbonation on this. Not a very dry finish, taste did linger.

D - Fairly high on the drinkability scale as this was definatly a gulper. I could see myself throwing down quite a bit of these to be honest. Not bad at all but pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 13:25:39 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear medium amber body with a tiny head that quickly dissipates into a ringlet with islands; very little lacing

Smell: Very unusual hop aroma, somewhat akin to a cross between lychee and minerals; phenolic

Taste: Totally surprising flavor profile for an English IPA; there is a malty sweetness that lasts throughout but the hops change in character along the way; starts out a little edgy, then flattens out but becomes very bitter towards the finish; neither fruity nor piney - just metallic in a complex but, to my palate, ultimately unsatisfying way

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While many folks like this beer (and perhaps it is much better on tap), I find it to be an unsatisfactory experiment; I just don't care for metallic IPAs

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 21:22:35 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear brown looking ale with a below average head with very little retention. Aroma is standard bitter for IPA. Taste is also quite bitter thought not as much as the west coast IPA. Little trace of water at the ends kind of ruin this one for me. Anyway, still better then some other Magic Hat offerings but nothing that I would really seek again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 19:11:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of floral hops and hints of caramel malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell and taste of this beer seem to be a bit muted for an IPA, even when compared to English IPAs. Nonetheless, it's quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 01:13:08 | More by metter98
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3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-copper body with a full finger of near white foam on top.

Smell: Fruity, citrusy, lightly floral hops layered over lightly toasted pale malts with a teensy hint of caramel floating in the background.

Taste: Pale malts with light toasty tones to it and just enough light caramel sweetness. Floral, fruity hops hinting at Valencia oranges. The bitterness present is quite sufficient, suitable enough to balance out the malts. Subtle yeastiness. Light bitterness lingers beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely reaches medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's got a good drinkability - it's not too sweet, not overly bitter, and not too booze-infused to dissuade me from downing a few of these guys.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 17:49:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The touch of diacetyl, and then the larger dollop in the flavor, lend this American-brewed IPA a distinctly English character. Beyond its appropriate copper color and fading-but-sticky white head, it's aroma grabs you with notes of citrusy and grass hops amidst a yeasty butter, mineral, and fruit combination over a lightly caramelish maltiness. It's easy in the mouth with a medium body and restrained carbonation. And although the flavor offers no more complexity than the nose presents, it is richer, and there's certainly enough complexity there to keep you interested throughout a pint or two. The bitterness is solid, but held back just enough to let the malt shine; and it finishes dry with some lingering bitterness, a splash of citrus, some yeasty fruitiness, a smear of buttery diacetyl, and finally, some lingering yeasty mineral-like bitterness and grassy/leafy hops. It's quite authentic really, and can easily serve as an excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 22:50:06 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a peachy amber hue, with a nice 3/4" bubbly, off-white head. Aroma exudes esters from the start, a heady jolt of peach, apricot, grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, a singular brand of hoopiness.
Fierce bitterness greets the tongue and stays along for the ride, and malt is hardly accountable. Medium body. Scintillating hop buzz creates an everlasting finish, but it's an ultimately top-heavy, hop-heavy brew. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool hophead, but there can be too much of that thing. Needs more malt! Had to remove some drinkability points for that.
I tip my hat to both purplehops and UncleJimbo, who both provided me with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 21:17:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, caramelized malt, honey and tea.

T: The hops aren’t quite as pronounced in the taste as they are in the smell. They’re definitely there, but it’s a honey sweetness that dominates and shows the strength of the malt character. There are also flavors of caramel, tea and a hint of lemon. The sweetness stays in the after-taste with a touch of hops.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish has a little slickness to it.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink, not very filling, even though I prefer the American style IPA over the English style this beer is pretty good. It’s worth staying with for an evening especially if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 02:49:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malt scent, made up primarily of pale and crystal malts. It also has a pleasant floral hop aroma and fruity yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor with a mildly bitter hop finish. It has a fruity yeast flavor that is quite complimentary. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good IPA. It has smooth malty flavor and good use of hops; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 02:01:45 | More by WesWes
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3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of very bubbly foam. It left a little soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of fresh cut grass with some floral notes. It had a nice malty nose, too.

T - A well done English IPA that matches the malt forward style. Good caramel and toffee flavors with some grassy hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice English IPA. One of the better Magic Hat brews that I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 02:37:35 | More by zeff80
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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So Magic Hat, again it all their wisdom, killed off another one of the few good beers. Finally it has come back to us, so now I can see if it truly is as good as it once was hither. "You are next in line" says the wisdom of the cap.

A: Poured into my oversized snifter (cause that's what I used for my last beer) with a decent frothy 1 finger head that fades slowly over hazy reddish orange color.

N: Some toasty malts with spices, somewhat like a pumpkin beer actually but without the pumpkin itself, hints of some bitterness and some hops, mostly U.K. smelling hops, but they are lower. It def has that Magic Hat like aroma. A little musty aroma but not so much from fresh hops as other bittering hops and malts even.

T: A decent bitter flavor, with more U.K. style bittering hops. Not much for hop flavor up front, with a little chewy U.K. hop flavors again, English bitter chewy and fruity hop flavor as well as that musty flavor. Some thick malts with chewy flavor and some toasty flavors. Again a little spices flavored with it. A touch of fruit flavor as well.

M: Medium body with low carbonation.

F: Somewhat spicy bitterness as it apexes on the finish about 3 seconds after the final swallow. It gets pretty dry with that as well as the two build off each other. Some lingering toasty flavors with a little spice again, and those English bitter hop flavors, mild but there. A slight lingering sticky sweetness too.

Well, either my palate as greatly changed since this went off the market a couple years ago (which it def did) or this is not the same Blind Faith they brought us before. Maybe they're hoping we will believe them on blind faith (see what I did there), but I'm not buying it. Even the abv is different for this batch. Pretty bland I think. Plus it had almost no carbonation, what's with that... come on Magic Hat, what happened to you guys?!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 01:08:28 | More by jlindros
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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby-copper color with a frothy light tan head that begins to layer the side of the glass. The aroma has a sharp pine like note to it up front, with a light toasted malt note that has a certain aroma of bread crust to it; overall it is a bit subtle for an IPA though. The taste has a nice hop character to it as well with notes of pine, wintergreen, and hints of basil. The finish has nice bitterness to it (sharp, biting, and a bit herbal), which is well in balance with the malt character of this brew. The toasted malt notes that are found in this beer form a solid backbone to this beer which is quite nice. As the beer warms up, a citrus character begins to become noticed, I get notes of bergamot and grapefruit. This is a nice beer, with a good mix between the caramel and toasted malt and the various hoppy notes.

I am not too sure, but I am a bit disappointed. Let me explain, this is my first experience with one of these east coast Ringwood breweries, and this beer has nary a hint of diacetyl, a noxious substance I am particularly sensitive to. Oh well, thanks to a recent trade I have a couple more shots to get a noxious butter brew :-)

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 06:23:47 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was happy to see this beer come back, I hadn't tried it prior to it's retirement but when it was re-released I made sure to get some. Not sure if much changed because I have nothing to compare it to. Anyway, the beer poured out as a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a nice thick white head on top. The head is a little sticky and leave some lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy, there is a touch of malts in the background of the nose but mostly hoppy aromas dominate. The taste of the beer is quite nice, it's an easy going IPA, nothing too extreme here that'll kill your taste buds or anything. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and it's a bit refreshing also. Overall this is a pretty nice IPA. I enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 03:58:47 | More by Knapp85
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a very thin, bubbly covering, a little of which sticks to the glass.

The smell is of citrus. Not much else to say about it.

The taste is citrus - orange, lemon and some grapefruit. A saltiness emerges that lingers. The citrus remains the focus until the finish, which has a sweet malt kick in it that gives it some belated balance. Although the hops dominate, they are not quite as flavorful as they could be.

It has a smoothness about it. But, it thins too much. Swimming hops without a full body to back them up. A bitter feeling is left.

It's a decent IPA. It could use more body and the malt is belated. Pretty good selection of hops, though. Not bad...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 01:28:59 | More by jwc215
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the proliferation of American styles, it's nice to be able to get an English style that's done well. This fits that bill. There are those mature refined tones that you expect; well rounded hop characteristics, but not pushing it to the levels that define American IPAs. This is a real nice easy drinker. If I could try this on cask, I'd be all over it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:26:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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."

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 05:18:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange / copper color with a 1.5" head. Some nice lacing developed through the drink. Slightly overcarbonated. The aroma is of caramel and hops. The flavor has just a bit of a mildly roasted malt tone with lots of bitterness and citrus. The biting bitterness seemed to overpower this a bit.

The mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish. The tongue felt fry after swallowing. The bitterness lasted long on the tongue too. Drinkability could be higher if the bitterness wasn't so overpowering in this - some more sweetness is needed.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 23:52:53 | More by Gavage
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4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent creamy and lasting head that leaves sticky lace. Dark golden or light amber in color; not quite clear. Impressive continual stream of micro-bubbles to the surface.

Awesome aromas of fresh hops (definitely a dry-hopped beer). Not dominating like some IPA's, there are also crisp malt notes. The blend is just about perfect. This is one inviting beer!

Strong bitter flavors throughout the tasting profile. The malt sneaks in mid-sip, but is more the accompanist rather than the hop soloist. Solid flavor with wonderful subtle changes prevalent from sip to swallow. The aftertaste is pure dry hop that lingers a long time. Very full bodied for the style. I envision that this would float to the top of any IPA session series.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 17:53:32 | More by smcolw
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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orangey amber in the wine glass, a darker shade. Fairly dry and biscuity. More of an English Pale Ale flavor, but amped up with the hops.

Pleasantly carbonated with a nice fizzy mouthfeel. Quite a bitter aftertaste. Starts out with some faintly sweet malt which does a little to soften the bitterness.

This has a flavor that seems to run through most of the Magic Hat beers. An herbal, earthy taste. It's a style, but I find I like those flowery hops better. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Washington, DC.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 11:56:28 | More by mactrail
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3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this one a lot in summer. not as aggressively hopped as a lot of other india pales, this one is very well balanced by some english and american malts. smell is quite zesty, some citrusty hops and earthy english malts. flavor is nice, plenty of hops in the finish, but the rest of the time they are quite subdued and only a little bit bitter. this is more of a session ipa than anything else. i like it in their summer mixed 12er, but i also like it from the brewery in a growler hand and half with number 9. they call it blind 9, and its an excellent blend. overall this ipa has a place in my annual beer calander, serves a special function in summer time.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 19:20:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color with a white head and lacing. Smells of nice hops and biscuit malt. Tastes of biscuit and caramel malt to start followed by strong hops. Hops flavors are of juicy grapefuit and spice with other flavors I cant quite describe. Just a good IPA here. Tasty, well-balanced, and very drinkable. Grab a sixer some time.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 22:25:12 | More by tempest
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/02/12 notes. Had in LBI, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, caramel malts, some citrus hops, and light floral hops. Nice, though mroe on the malty side.

t - Tastes of of fruity malts, light citrus hops, floral hops, and caramel malts. Same as the nose but more citrus to it; a little bit of a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent IPA, though more on the malty side. A little hoppier in the taste, but not too much. Easy to drink, would have it again if it was in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 20:06:16 | More by mdfb79
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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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