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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,078 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 38 | 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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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at The Old Bay in New Brunswick, NJ. Pours a rich amber color with a very thin off-white head. The aroma is very hoppy with a hint of malt as well. Medium body, with a lot of hops and not too much malt balance to begin with, but later on there seemed to be more. The finish is short and hoppy. Not too bad.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2003 19:51:14 | More by Dogbrick
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

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

Served in a 12 oz. bottle. The color is a hazy copper, with a good head. The smell is very citrusy and hoppy. The taste is a very dry bitter hop. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Drinkability-wise, could have a few more.

After the Heart of Darkness, this is my favorite Magic Hat beer. A quality IPA, and one I'd have again when I'm in that IPA mood.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 00:49:33 | More by beergeek279
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UnionMade

Colorado

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brassy, dirty yellow. Not dirty gross, but dirty brownish. Crystal clear, with a smooth ivory head. So fine it looks like a nitro pour. Great lacing, sticking to the glass like a champ.
Aroma is fronted with a thick grapefruity hopping. Distinct Magic Hat hop aroma, with a wierd rindy herbal grassiness to it. Not unpleasant. Perhaps a blend of german and american hop varieties? Solid malt backing, with a touch of estery apple and apricot.
Flavor is very hoppy. Defined oak aged flavor in the first sip, with tons of hops. Complex hop flavor, changing from a grassy herbal to a grapefruity citric tanginess. Solid pale maltiness, with light estery flavors. Apple and apricot, with perhaps a suggestion of kiwifruit. Mild breadiness towards the end. Medium bodied, with a full effervescent carbonation. Definitely a beer I come back to often. Incredibly good in this humid New England summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 19:22:07 | More by UnionMade
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Brent

Kentucky

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

A very nice IPA with a unique finish. Aggressively carbonated with a tight foamy head that took quite a while to settle down enough to finish the pour. A pleasant whack of cascades hops assails the nose. Flavor up front is sharp and tingly hops, a bit of malt at the middle and then the beer goes bone dry at the finish like dry white wine, yet the hops linger as an echo. A nice change of pace from IPA's that hang at the back of the tongue bitter as day-old coffee. This one gets your attention, then quietly retires.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 14:21:15 | More by Brent
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edchicma

Massachusetts

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

Beautiful large head with varied size bubbles. Smell was hoppy, but not overly strong. Taste was a nice hoppy zip, but a bit of oily residue left a bit to be desired. Mouthfeel was crisp, but oily residue lingered to reduce the after effects. Drinkability was average, wouldn't want to drink more than a couple.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 00:59:40 | More by edchicma
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BierReise

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber body with sizable foamy head. Serious lacing all the way down the glass. Nice hop aroma (Cascade again???) Seems to be the hop of choice for Northeast brewers. Not a big aroma but enough to satisfy. I'm noticing the northeast IPA's are more balanced and not as big as the west coast IPA's. This is a refreshing ale but nothing really outstanding. Flavor is mild but balanced. Certainly more flavor than their Pale.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 19:09:29 | More by BierReise
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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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kmo1030

Massachusetts

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

nice medium dark red tinged amber with a thick not quite white head. the smell is dominated by citrus and hops with some lightly toasted caramel malts in there as well, really appealing. lemony citrus tang to start, followed by light toasted malt taste, and finished with a strong dose of hops, with it's pretty strong distinctive ringwood yeast magic hat taste... very good. medium bodied, and quite smooth for reasonably strong carbonation. overall, a favorite of mine from magic hat.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 19:25:39 | More by kmo1030
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beerman599

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much more malt than I expected in an IPA from magic hat this sure ant number 9 The hops do not dominate but theres enough to make most hop heads happy there is a good mouthfeel balance between the bite of the hops and the smothness of the malt. someone else wrote tat it reminded them of an ESB but i disagree there are way more hops than a true english ESB.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 22:19:16 | More by beerman599
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jeffboo

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours with an attractive orange color with creamy head hoping aromas of earthy, English style hops that are slightly lemony. The flavor is very lemony almost tea like with a lightly toasty finish. The body is a little light for an IPA and the malt doesn't have much depth but still an above average hop drink that leans to the English side of the style with an unique hop direction.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 17:56:45 | More by jeffboo
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marburg

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some floral and fruity hop aromas emerge from this copper-colored brew. The head on my particular bottle was a little weak, but what was there stuck around for the ride. The taste is pretty compelling. Being "blessed with hops" isn't something I really ever considered, but the slogan is appropriate for this brew. The flavors are big, but they're present -- and they're layered. Grapefruity flavors up front meld with some very light graininess and an herbal sort of finish that lingers...and lingers. I enjoy hops but hardly revere them, and this one sat just right with me. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 13:13:25 | More by marburg
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks like I learned a good lesson today. My second tasting was better than the first. Maybe the first was a bad bottle or the food I was eating it with gave the beer an off taste. Either way every bottle I drank after that was magnificent. Pours with and amber color and a thick white head that lasts a long long time. Aroma is flowery and citrusy suggesting cascade hops. Bitterness from the hops, once again tastes like cascade. A well crafted IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 05:46:23 | More by dmarch
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The immediate aroma is of lychees. Quite floral. The moutfeel is softly carbonated, lightly citrusy and floral, with a touch of acidity. The flavour was less hoppy than the aroma suggested. A nice solid IPA, with a nice soft mouthfeel, enjoyable little beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 01:42:46 | More by rastaman
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86MonteSS

Connecticut

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

A while ago, I asked a girl I knew from work to describe the beer selection at a certain bar I've never been to. She said it's pretty good, and that they have all the basics and "all the Magic Hats." At this point, I hadn't tried any Magic Hats, and I had serious doubts about the beer. I also had (and still have) reservations about the patrons of this bar. I'm pretty sure it's filled with liberal college students and rice boys.

So, after trying a few Magic Hats, my theories are proven to be correct. This bar serves "all the Magic Hats" because they're fruity beers. Fruity beers, fruity customers... you can't go wrong. I always have a hard time admitting I like fruity-tasting stuff. I thought Magic Hat #9 was a little over the edge but it was still pretty tasty. This is not the hoppiest IPA I've ever tasted. It is, however, fruity.

If I worked for Magic Hat, I would be genuinely embarrassed about Blind Faith's head. It's a joke... bad even for an IPA. If you want a head, you'll have to let it glug like crazy. The smell is on the plus side but it's nothing special. This beer is flavorful, but when I see "India Pale Ale" on the label, I want it to hop like a god damn bunny. Nevertheless, at the very least it's refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 23:41:03 | More by 86MonteSS
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a sticky white head. Definite hop aromas are present. Taste is mainly hops. In fact, that's all I could distinguish. Pretty strong hops, but not as strong as Hop Devil, or some others. Malts seemed almost non-existent. I was a little disappointed by this beer. I thought it would be so much more than it was.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 21:11:43 | More by Admiraldinty
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with little head.

Heavenly grassy hop/earthy malt aroma.

Much more malt than I expected in an IPA (maybe why HI.P.A. was brewed by MH with a huge hops whack.) The hops do not dominate: there is a great mouthfeel balance between the sting of the hops and the warm roundness of the malt. It really reminds me of an ESB more than an IPA. The alcohol presence is subdued for a 5+ abv beer. Tastes like a session "non-big" beer. Be warned.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 09:17:12 | More by ecoboy
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

My second Magic Hat brew. Poured from the bottle a really nice burnished copper color: crystal clear. Head ended up being about a finger thick, very foamy, off white and tight, left a nice lace. On the nose were juicy cascades, spicy sweet and fresh.

Taste was cascades at the start, lots of them, bitterness kicks in followed by a lightly sweet almost creamy toasted malt flavor. This is a real hop-forward brew, with the typical grapefruit taste of an American IPA loaded up with cascades. I am becoming more and more a fan of this hop, I use to dislike it quite a bit. Times have changed for the better I think. The flavors in this beer come at you quick and fast, but vanish very early leaving a lightly dry hop tingle. Mouthfeel was smooth and airy with a bit of creaminess. Finished bitter and dry.

This is an excellent example of an American IPA. Full flavored, cascade freshness in taste and aroma and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 05:52:14 | More by bmills1608
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far333

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been a big fan of this beer since before MH was a popular brewer, and appreciate it even more now that I've finally poured one to review. Iced tea colored, with a gorgeous foamy head full of big bubbles. The head stays with me, and laces the glass as I drink. The aroma is hoppy, but not overdone, with hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is full and creamy and enjoyable, and the hop bitter is crisp, and is tasted throughout the mouth, with a lingering bitter in the back. Now I know why I've always liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 04:41:41 | More by far333
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xgrigorix

Michigan

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

Pours a beautiful clear copper with an impressive snow white head.

Complex hop aromas fill my nostrils. Medium body, good carbonation. A mild sweetness in the intilial sip. Finishes dry, with even more hop flavor than I could have hoped for.

Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 10:16:59 | More by xgrigorix
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taez555

Massachusetts

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

"Head the Warning of Early Morning"

Strange since I was reviewing this beer at 8am. (It's ok, I work the graveyard shift)

Anyway... This beer poured a small white head. Nice hoppy/sweet malt nose with maybe a hint of fruit.

The body was a very clear orange amber with a slight chill haze.

This beer was very smooth and easy drinking. Bitter and hoppy, but not so in your face that it tastes as if it was soaked in hops. The malt flavors were very smooth and balanced. Classic Pale Ale, slight caramel tones. With just a few hints of other malts like chocolate that sort of catch you by surprise. It also has some subtle finishing hop flavors that suggest a slight dry hopping.

The beer finishes with a pop of hop bitterness but then mellows out as it fades.

Overall I find this beer to be just another great beer from magic hat. From the looks of it it could be just another stock IPA from any brewery, but it's the clear tastes, the balance, and the way it plays with the subtle flavors that trick the drinker. This is what brings me back to this beer and brewery over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 23:27:35 | More by taez555
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stegmakk

New York

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice dark copper...with little off white head...

Smell: Mild earthy hops

Taste: Bitter to earthy to floral citrus joppy flavor...nice balance

Mouthfeel: Could have a litte more to it but pretty good

Drinkability: Very good...I enjoyed this one

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 17:08:34 | More by stegmakk
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rabidawg

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"How much for the goat?"

I can't tell you how many times I was asked that very same question when on a first date back in Georgia . . . .

Appearance: The color of clover honey. Nice, creamy head that left a ring of lace around the top of the glass.

Smell: Dominated by citrusy, pungent hops. Slight hints of malt around the edges, and a nice earthy, musty, femented sweetness.

Taste: Initial citrusy, heavy grapefruit hop notes, leading toward grassy, bittersweet chewed-dendelion flavors, and then finishing with a heavy dose of hop bitterness.

Good American IPA. More impressed with Magic Hat with every brew I try.

[Note to self . . . don't drink other IPAs after HopDevil. That's why I'm re-reviewing.]

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 21:39:39 | More by rabidawg
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

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

"Don't throw Mud, throw a Spud."

Pours a medium copper color with amber highlights, and exhibits a slight chill haze. It is topped by a fairly dense, 3/4" head that slowly fades to a thin layer of off-white foam, clinging to the sides of the glass as it recedes. It also leaves a nice lacing as you quaff. The aroma is nice and hoppy, sort of like a restrained, smooth Cascade hop aroma (just checked, actually it is Cascade), but it is mixed with a bit of roasted malt and caramel. Very seductive to say the least. The taste is very bitter, but it grudgingly gives way to a touch of sweetness. The lingering grapefruit in the aftertatse is very well done, as it is not as overpowering or annoying (to me at least) as many Cascade hopped brews. It is as refreshing as slightly sweetnened, fresh-squeezed lemonade. There is substantial malt to support the hops, and it lends a good mouthfeel to the beer. I could probably drink this all night, as it is both tasty and refreshing. Venom gave me three, so perhaps I'll have another this evening. This is a very solid beer, and I look forward to trying some more Magic Hat brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 14:27:46 | More by aaronh
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown glass bottle, capped. BBE month notched (Mar in this case).

This IPA poured a clear, amber color with creamy, white foam that left good lace down the glass. The smell was floral hops - citrus and grapefruit, and some biscuity malt. The taste was floral hops and malt with a nice citrusy (grapefruit) hop finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with medium body. Nicely hoppy, though not overwhelmingly hopped. The drinkability was good. A nice, easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 22:38:56 | More by UncleJimbo
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MJR

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Under the cap says "The Weight is not as Heavy as you Think."

Appearance: Pours a really pale orange color with hints of gold around the edges. It's much lighter than most other American-made IPA's. Crystal clear body. An off-white head starts out at 3/8" thick and slowing gets thinner.

Smell: Semi-muted aroma of Cascade hops. Grapefruit, pine, the usual suspects... There's a bit of a peppery spiciness to the hops too. A hint of sweet malt hides underneath the hops.

Taste: Fairly uninteresting... There's the Cascade flavors, with a touch of malt providing a nice balance that is usually lacking (and not wanted) in IPA's. Ends with a slighty burnt flavor, as well as a medicinal character. The problem is, this almost seems like an IPA-Light. The balance is acceptable, but all of the flavors seem to have been taken down a notch or three. Lacking...

Mouthfeel: Too thin in body, with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Again, like their Humble Patience I tried earlier tonight, there's not enough body to satisfy. More body please...

Drinkability: Average....so far, Magic Hat hasn't blown me away. I liked their Heart of Darkness stout, but it suffered from the same problem: lack of body. These brews just aren't holding my attention...

A 'thank you' goes out to pbrian for including this one in our beer trade!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 22:15:59 | More by MJR
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.