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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,107
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 15
Gots: 48 | 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 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.

HiroProtagonist, Sep 10, 2004
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.

shippos, Sep 07, 2004
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.

masterbruewer, Aug 31, 2004
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.

Sammy, Aug 19, 2004
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.

merlin48, Jul 28, 2004
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..

drewbage, Jul 24, 2004
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.

Gavage, Jul 24, 2004
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.

Hibernator, Jul 22, 2004
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.

crackerpooch, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

thinkbreakfast, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red-amber, topped with a three finger creamy tan head, laces in webs.
Citrus, floral, cherry aroma, spicy hop bite.
Chocolate, floral taste. Smoky wood, spicy-zesty hop, well balanced between the hop and malt. Caramel and toffee notes.
Medium bodied and crisp.

mschofield, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of bignick
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty tasty, but mild, IPA. It has an amber color. The smell is even more mild than the taste. It smells almost floral, with citrusy hints. The taste is also citrusy, and the hops are complex. It is certainly not overhopped like some IPAs, but is has a nice flavor.

bignick, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RoyalT, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of BadBadger
1.85/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured an amber coloration. There was very little head and the carbonation was minimal. The smell was rather bland. No hint of the hops promised within. The taste was a diappointment. As with the smell, this was lacking in hoppy bitterness. I have sampled this beer a number of times and in a number of places and my personal palate is always dissapointed. Others enjoy this beer. I do not. There are significantly better beers out there to be enjoyed IMHO.

BadBadger, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of winomark
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep gold with a tiny light tan head that disappears quickly. Hops hit the nose first, with the malt offering some depth and sweetness. Malt has a firm grip on the palate, with the hops offering some citrus tones. A malty, yet dry finish. Fairly light mouthfeel, with a dry, tannic feeling left. I would have pegged this one for a Pale Ale. Hops don't make themselves known as much as I would have liked. Glad I got to try this one. Thanks to UncleJimbo.

winomark, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of Stingray5
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Seek malt, not fault.

Pours a light amber with fluffy, long lasting off white head. Raw hop aroma, I can tell this will be a bitter one. Mouthful falls flat. Very thin, I was expecting more as the aroma was promising. Very bitter hops in the taste, with a big lack of malt balance. Seemed a little on the stale side. Made it tough to throw one back. Not very refreshing. Finishes dry with a big bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue.

The bottle cap said to seek malt. Seems the search continues.

Stingray5, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of aquatonex
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amberish orange. The hops and alcohol odors are quite clear in the smell. I like less hoppy beer so this was a little strong. Not too strong, but strong enough. Toasty, bitter flavors. Has almost a fruity taste when left to sit and temper. A good choice for IPA in my opinion.

aquatonex, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy medium red color with two fingers of head. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell isn't too strong, just a bit of hops in there. A fairly nice hop aroma, but you really have to stick your nose down in the glass to get a good whiff. The taste starts fairly malty, with some caramel sweetness. The finish on the other hand, is full of hop flavor. Juicy citrus hops linger on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and smooth. The drinkability is really good. A nice summertime IPA.

SheepNutz, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

WesWes, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark chestnut color, tinted orange, crystal clear, with a half a finger of off white head that recedes quickly but sticks at a nice even top about as thick as the ring. Smell is nutty with roasted malts and a buttery yeast (ringwood, I suspect) and a decent amount of hops. Taste is on the bland side, with a burnt taste and some small hops and malts. Mouthfeel is light and dry, almost dusty feeling, with good carbonation. Its a pretty good beer, but Ive had many better IPAs. Its worth drinking though.

FranklinPCombs, May 31, 2004
Photo of Foxman
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, coppery amber. Three fingers of frothy, off-white head swells rapidly and retains quite some time. Patches of sticky lacing spot the glass's interior.

In the aroma, a resinous piney perfume asserts, then mingles with a baked-dough note of toasted malt before thinning out considerably to a duller metallic note. A slight caramel hint pairs with hops bitterness near the end.

On first sip, the cooked malt sweetness is promptly outdone by a sinewy coniferous sap aura. A doughy essence winds through the middle while a the perfume of the hops continues its work. A light caramel undertone eases in toward the end before the gentle bite of bittering hops lingers gleemingly at the finish. Succinct and distinct, the flavor delivers a specific hops presence with a malt kicker.

A bit north of light bodied, the almost viscous nature of the hops pairs with the grain to coat and lubricate on its way down. The hops leave a glow to linger at the finish.

While basic, it manages to maintain a genuine identity. The grain and narrow hops combo inks its own signature. Granted, the singular hops note might narrow the beer's scope, but if you like it, you'll probably really like it. And simply, I like it just fine. The profile is refreshing and the components make it drinkable and enjoyable. This one has the makings of an old stand-by, tasty and dependable.

Foxman, May 21, 2004
Photo of kaszeta
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm rather shocked that I hadn't already reviewed this one, as this is one of my mainstays. Oh well, here goes...

From my latest growler...

Poors with a nice deep red-orange and a thick white frothy head. Very strong, crisp, and floral cascade hops aroma, just what I'm looking for in a good IPA. Unlike your typically IPA that's merely just a hopped-up version of a pale, the Blind Faith has a nice spectrum of hops flavors---some bite, some dryness, and a lot of bitterness. The taste is that of a nice combination of maltiness and bitterness, with just a hint of sweetness. The nice hops flavor lingers at the finish, and it has a nice crisp mouthfeel. Ever so drinkable, especially on a nice summer day.

One of my favorite IPAs, as it shows more depth and brewing ability than just a heavy hand with the hops.

kaszeta, May 07, 2004
Photo of MattFrenzy
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mmmm blind faith. What a good IPA by Magic Hat Brewery. I find myself craving this beer as the weekend approaches. Slight roasted, coffee flavor with a strong hop taste and dry finish. Gets better as it warms up slightly and other complexities arise.

MattFrenzy, May 05, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat is a brewery I can rely on to give me an outstanding beer. You might even say I have "Blind Faith" in them! Yuc Yuc Yuc... Ok, so that wasn't funny.

Pours a golden color with beautiful lacy head. Smells spicy and sweet. This is one delicious IPA. The taste of hops roll off the tongue, perfectly blending with the natural sweetness of the beer. Very potent hops, but not too dry or too bland. A distinctive brew, highly recommended.

EDIT: New cap says, "In Time, we all Rhyme."

RocketWidget, May 04, 2004
Photo of maek228
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a strong orange, a fall leaf orange. i fully expected this to be a true IPA, with badass hops, and it did not let me down. i took a sniff of this one and its hops....right across the friggin board. its a smell that has depth, quite pleasing to the senses. a beer that smells this good, obviously must be fit for a king.

as for the taste, i must admit that my taste buds are not educated enough to know what different types of hops taste like. but my taste buds certainly do detect at least 2 distinct hoppy flavors. the inital taste is subdued maltiness, but this is immediatly pushed aside by the hops. the first kick of hops has like a millisecond of sweetness to it, in which i faintly detected pears and peaches, ever so faintly...but then the hops become pungent, and then a second wave of bitter hops closes the deal. this bitter hoppiness lingers for awhile, major plus in my book.

tonight it is a warm spring night, and im watching the flyers playoff game and this beer is just lending itself perfectly to the situation. drinkable, yet bold.

this beer is clutch

maek228, May 01, 2004
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.