Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
08-19-2004 02:20:16 | More by Sammy
2.8/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
08-10-2013 03:46:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.48/5 rDev -2%
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.
08-05-2013 01:13:08 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
03-01-2005 20:21:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.18/5 rDev -10.4%
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
07-16-2005 21:22:35 | More by brentk56
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
02-19-2011 13:25:39 | More by mikesgroove
3/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
01-18-2005 19:11:26 | More by Phyl21ca
3.8/5 rDev +7%
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.
06-07-2010 17:49:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.95/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
09-02-2011 03:58:47 | More by Knapp85
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
08-04-2010 02:37:35 | More by zeff80
4.4/5 rDev +23.9%
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.
03-07-2005 22:50:06 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
08-17-2012 05:26:17 | More by RblWthACoz
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
12-03-2006 02:49:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.85/5 rDev -19.7%
A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.
S - Some light, musty hops with a bit of caramel and apple.
T - Lightly sweet malt up front with a little bit of honey flavor. Some more of the same sweet, but light malt in the middle that flows into a balanced finish with just a touch of musty hop flavor.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - While this isn't a bad beer, it is far from an IPA, English or American. The malt character is subdued and too sweet for the style while the hops are almost completely absent until the finish where they contribute just a touch of flavor and bitterness. This would be a mediocre pale ale or a decent blonde, but it is a pretty poor IPA.
06-20-2012 04:25:00 | More by nickfl
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
4.22/5 rDev +18.9%
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."
08-04-2003 05:18:51 | More by WVbeergeek
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
03-26-2003 21:17:25 | More by feloniousmonk
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.