Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,123
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer in a Magic Hat This 'N' That variety pack.

It poured very nicely, with about an inch-and-a-half thick off-white head. The beer itself was rather dark and somewhat translucent. The smell was stronger than other beers I had that evening in terms of hops, but it was pretty moderate. It suggested that the beer would be somewhat crisp and bitter.

The taste was somewhat bittersweet, with more hop character than sweetness. It was, however, very pleasant to drink. On the tongue it felt warm and bitter; most likely this was due to the slightly higher alcohol content.

It was very drinkable. It doesn't weigh you down. One must pace oneself with this one, though, because at almost 6 percent alc. by vol. one might catch a buzz faster than with other beers.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a small, quickly-receding white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is hoppy with some ester notes and a bit of malty sweetness; nicely balanced.

Tastes is really good. Hoppy bitterness that isn't overwhelming, with some distinctly fruity and malty feel in there as well. Well-constructed and well-rounded; the "blessed with hops" on the bottle made me worry this might not be too balanced.

Mouthfeel may be the strong suit of this one; plays perfectly on the tongue with just a bit of bite and couldn't be much more smooth and inviting.

Overall: Everything seems to be in pretty even proportions here, which makes it a nice alternative to a lot of the big hoppy double IPAs I've been drinking lately. Good interpretation of the English IPA, definitely worth trying.

Photo of FormatKid
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a six pack of this while spending the holidays back on the East Coast. I popped the top to reveal the standard hippy-bullshit underneath the cap (I’m kidding..kinda). After pouring this into a standard shaker pint the body is revealed to be a beautiful copper/amber. It is nearly crystal clear, evidently due to the fact that the yeast that bottle conditioned this were nicely compacted into the bottom of the bottle. The head rolls up perfectly to fill the rest of the glass, but does recede rather rapidly leaving only sparse speckles of lace and a thin clumpy layer in it’s wake. When the bottle was opened actual aromas of malts reached my nose from several feet away as well as the more stark aromas of hops that typically greet you when opening an IPA. Upon further inspection…the malt aromas are nice. The hops I pick up in the nose however seem a little flat, I do pick up on some citric and light pine aromas but also a little sourness that seems out of place. A nice little fruity/nuttiness from the yeast rounds out the nose. The taste fairs a bit better than the nose in my opinion. Nice little layer of sweet malt up front. It seems the flavors of the malt layer nicely with the subtle nuttiness of the yeast. The bitterness levels are firm, but a bit light for what I find perfect in an IPA. The hops almost seem sweet, and although they have a bit of bite aren’t tongue stripping. About halfway through the last beer in the six pack I think I finally understand it. The sweet flavors of the hop (tangerine/apricot) compliment that nice midly sweet/nutty combination of the malts without totally over-powering them. This creates a “balanced” IPA, with layers of complexity that peel back revealing others. This beer leaves practically no aftertaste and the taste of alcohol is never even hinted at. As other’s have said, if there is a such thing as a “session IPA” than this would be it. Definitely try this one, don’t be expect to have your teeth stripped of their enamel by alpha-acids, just sip on it and enjoy the nuances.

Photo of cooter
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red with a bold, creamy head. Smells of pine, pot, and mint. A well-balanced taste at first glance, with similar notes as the nose, plus a sticky hop character that stays on me. Alcohol taste comes through when held a moment. It's good, but unremarkable for its style. Good lacing and head retention, but really I can't find any specific cool tastes to mention. It's got lots of hops, but not a mind-blowing kick of it...and a solid malt contrast. But nothing out of the IPA ordinary. Maybe I'm missing something.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a deep clear copper with a finger-sized tan head. Head leaves spotty lacing. Very little carbonation is present.

Smell: The nose is juicy and firm with a very hoppy smell. Strong and potent, but a balanced smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: For a beer that is "blessed with hops" - it almost too balanced. The hops taste nice and piney, but the malts are almost too powerful for an IPA. The mouthfeel is chewy and juicy.

Drinkability and Overall: Not a bad IPA, but far from the rest. I think this beer would be friendly to a palate that is not used too massive hoppage. I don't think Magic Hat found the hop-euphoria they were searching for in this one.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have not had a beer from Magic Hat that has blown me away yet...it seems that all of their offerings our very mainstream, and steps are never taken to make bold brewing choices. However, they excel because their wide range of styles appeal to all different types of beer drinkers, and I am excited to sample all of their creations.

That being said, their blind faith IPA is true to form. It's pretty standard... I liked the color, for it was nice to see an IPA come out a deep amber, almost copper color, rather than the orange color that seems so popular these days.

Suprisingly, there not a lot of bittering hops in this beer, but rather, the balance seems to be achieved in their flavor hops. There also is a lingering amount of sweetness, and the beer is medium to full-bodied.

It's a pretty good beer. I don't think it has the solid malt base to stand up to the hops it has. And I don't know what type of hops they are using, but it tastes like your classic high-alpha American hops. They leave a harsh aftertaste...

Overall, it's a very typical offering from Magic Hat. It's non-offensive, and technically sound. Try one, you might like it.

Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm supprised that I have never reviewed Blind Faith. This is the beer that got me into beer back in the day thanks to Alan Newman bringing growlers to a party. But I don't like it as much as other MH offerings so I don't usually buy it, but someone sneeked one into my sixpack of Jinx. I didn't even notice it wasn't a Jinx bottle until I took a sip. I was a little pissed, but it's all good since I hadn't reviewed Blind Faith yet so here we go...

Pours out a nice clear amber with a white head. The hops come at you up front, but are balanced by a mouthsmacking malt bill. Mouthfeel is above average and the brew is highly drinkable. I'll often order this on tap around Burlington. A very nice mainstream IPA.

Photo of TinusTime
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a beer from Magic Hat that I like. This was the last of the 3 that I picked up in Delaware. This poured a nice medium amber colour with a pretty good tight white head. Smell is hoppier than the others. But unlike the others there was none of the odd sweetness to be found. Nice balance between the malt and the Hops. Seemed like it was Cascade but I could be wrong. Over all of the three Magic Hat beers I have tried this was my favourite and by far the most drinkable to me. Now I think I only have the HIPA left to try

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right on time, according to the freshness notch that indicates June 2004 best by info.
Another cool label from MAGIC HAT.

Cloudy light peach hued pour from a standard 12 oz browner, topped off with an antique off white cake like froth.

Scents that erupt into me nose are the sweet fruity hops and the mystery hidden fruit notes in every MAGIC HAT. Smells like Starburst candy.

First swigs taste balanced with easy malts and hops smoothing over my tongue. This IPA, or so the label says, is really like a Pale Ale, but so be it. Hints of dark apple and ripe oranges wrap up this easy swiggable drinker. Delicate roasty malts add to a slightly bitter finish.

Creamy gentle sudsy feel that adds to easy Drinkability.


Last swigs: A MAGIC HAT review would not be replete without adding the inside of the bottlecap aphorism: It ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at. Smooth easy IPA taste that lacks any bite. Just balance all around. Michael Jackson's Best list.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of donnebaby
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poofy and off white, the head chunks up and shows a lasting thick film over the brew and lots of thick lacing. Nose is very nice and mild - toasted cereals with notes of sweet apples and hops, and somewhat intense traces of alcohol.

Taste is smooth grains, mild and sweet--but pronounced. Hops never manifest themselves in a fruity way but go bitter fast through out the drinking, shocking through the left-over cereals taste. Found this IPA to be starkly different from other, "bigger" IPAs, refreshingly smooth and mild.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bubbler
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA hits on all cylinders,very balanced,sweet at first,bitter on the back end,taste the whole way through,with just enough dry feel.Great design and marketing too,should reach many markets
Magic Hat has a future award winner here.This is one pleasing ale.

Photo of meathookjones
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The inside of the cap reads, “Help me I’m trapped in the brewery” interesting way to start off your first magic hat brew. This poured out a crystal clear amber color with a tall white head. As the head dies down some lace is left decorating the glass. A mild citric and floral hoppy aroma dominated this one with a bit of a malt backbone coming through at times. Light citric bitter flavors start this off before a slight malty sweetness joins in. A bit of earthy hops add to the mix and this finishes with a mild dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Pretty darn good English IPA, I am usually one for the more hoppy American IPA’s but this was enjoyable and I would have this again.

Photo of yeagerbm
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Faith and all other MH beers come in attractive labeled bottles which were mostly likely created by an artist on hallucinogens. Remember to always check out the inside of the cap, this one reads " Let's start a nation on permanent Vacation"
I'd love to meet the brewers, I think they would be some fun people.

The beer pours a glowing orange with a fizzy white head. The aroma is very good with a nice balance of sweetness and earthy hops. The taste is much the same, biscuity malt and earthy and grassy hops with a dry finish. This is better than the other few English style IPAs that I've had. It is a well built beer that easy to drink and very flavorful while satisfying a craving for some hops.

Photo of Shiloh
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very nice brew. Arrived a medium amber colour and a little murky. Initial crown was two fingers thick leaving to a thin lace and ring.
Aroma is very light of hop flowers.
The body is full amd carbonation was lively to start but quickly slowed to a stop.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blind Faith IPA was served from a 12 oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a hazy, orangy-caramel color, and was topped by a nice and sticky, ample off-white head. The nose was earthy with a robust maltiness that overshadowed the subtle citric-piney resin hop bouquet. Taste-wise, a full and lightly roasty malt profile presented a weak citric-hoppy bitterness. The body was too light for the flavors and style. Blind Faith was a rather disappointing, uninspired IPA that I wouldn’t bother with again.

Photo of shippos
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

sampled at clarks real ale fest on 09-05-2004.

decent large bubbly head orangy copper color with some haze. grassy hop aroma, balanced and kinda hard to discern some of the aromas, very subtle. again a mild mouthfeel and slight hoppy taste, good one of the better's.

Photo of masterbruewer
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with thick white head and steady carbonation. Strong lacing.

The smell was of piney and citrusy hops, with a little flowery background. A little malt sweetness comes out too.

The taste was a let down. It was everything an IPA should be, but muted. There was a hop kick and the hop flavor was there, but it was, I'm not sure how to describe it... plain or understated. It was there, but there was nothing special about it.

The mouthfeel was smooth with a little hop bitterness at the end.

A very drinkable beer, for the same reasons noted in flavor. Nothing too strong about it.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drewbage
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle notched with a freshness dating of Saturday.

Beer pours hard brown orange with a big fluffly white head and a slow trickle of carbonation.

Big grassy hoppy and with apple and just a small dose of diacetyl in the final note as a toasted malt bite provides the final base.

Flavor is at first brisk and hoppy with enough malt to provide counterbalance to the bitterness. The back end is driven by a hard drying mineral prescense that holds fast to the palate and wont let go.

Personally I'd prefer a bit less of that mineral bite to make the final touch of the beer a good thing..

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the Blind Faith out of a 12 oz brown bottle and I served it in a pint glass. As usual for Magic Hat, a very nice graphic design on their beer label. The label reads that this beer is "blessed with hops". Freshness date was notched to enjoy by September. This beer smells and tastes fresh.

The appearance was a copperish burnt orange. There was an attractive head rising on the top of this beer. Really good lacings on the side of the glass as well. Looks sticky.

Awesome hop aromas. I smell a floral like presence up front, hop aromas, slight coffee flavors and herb. The smell is so inviting and pleasing.

What a nice IPA. Complex hop notes with just the right amount of bitterness. There is some malt flavors at the finish of the sip.

I really like this beer and one of my favorites from this brewery in Burlington, Vermont.

Photo of crackerpooch
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer presented in a “3/4 pint” brown bottle with the freshness date clearly marked. Poured a one finger white head that had good retention and lacing. The beer is a nice amber-orange color and is very clear. It appears very carbonated due to the many bubbles streaming to the surface.

The aroma has a surprisingly strong coffee smell that masks almost all other aromas. There is a slight alcohol smell, but the hops are mostly hidden. The taste was disappointing. It had a very harsh bitterness that was not well balanced. I thought east coast IPAs where supposed to be less bitter?! There was also a hint of alcohol in the taste. I can’t taste much, if any sweetness. The mouthfeel seems a little too carbonated. The drinkability is lowered due to the unbalanced flavor and high carbonation. Overall a disappointing IPA.

Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,123 ratings.