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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

Photo of nixhecks
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orange color with a good sized fluffy white head. Not that strong of an aroma, some sitrusy hops but otherwise very laid back. Soft malty start blending into a spicy hop finish, a bit bitter. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Not the best IPA but this is very drinkable compared to some of the overhopped IPA that have come into style. Magic Hat always delivers a well rounded beer suitable for almost any taste, and this is true for Blind Faith.

Photo of joshlara
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this sitting in my beer fridge for about nine months and decided to break it out and see if my initial impressions would still stand up.

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper amber color with a very thin lace but a thick collar lingers.

Smell: The aroma hit me right after the pour even standing a few feet away. Very pungent floral hops flush the nasal passages. Much more hoppy than my original notes indicate, this beer hasn't mellowed at all in the nine months.

Taste: The flavor is not as hop intensive as the aroma but still is pretty potent. Big bitter floral hops gush forth from the outset leading towards fresh pine and spruce tickling the tip of the tongue finishing with a slightly bready sweet malt flavor. Light to medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall: When I first sampled this beer I thought it was a maltier IPA but after trying it again I think it is a very well balanced IPA. There is enough malt present to stand up to the abundant amount of hops used. A well crafted IPA.

Photo of wyllder
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid & smooth.

Those two words pretty much sum up this IPA. Pours a moderately deep amber with just a hint of haziness and an ample head that lingers for a while. Smell is a pleasant mix of floral hops and citrus that manages to convey the exceptional balance of this brew.

As others have noted, this beer is very well balanced. The hops, while pronounced, never overpower the malt and the mouthfeel & taste are constant from the first hit on the palate through the after-taste.

I picked this up when my local store was out of Hopdevil, and while (for me) it didn't match up with the devil, I actually think it might be a better beer for matching with food due to the balance. I had this with some Indian food and was very happy with the result.

Wyll-

Photo of Jacobob10
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a huge, frothy head. Good lacing left on the glass throughout. Nice, balanced, floral aroma. The taste is smoother than your average IPA, but still noticably hoppy. Also tasted some apple in there. Left a silky feeling in my mouth and was not bitter in any way. I'm trying to find something bad to say about this IPA, but I can't. It's a great all-around brew.

Photo of rajendra82
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, bright copper colored body is darker than most IPAs. Frothy head forms at an inch and a half thick and dissipates to a fine layer of bubbles, leaving lots of lace. The taste is dry, with some nutty flavor and citric tartness thrown in. The malts have a woody and smoky quality to them, and do not impart a lot of sweetness to the beer. Not all that bitter for an IPA and also a bit more complex like an ESB. This is a fine interpretation of the style in the English mold. Thanks AragornUnplugged for this bonus in the box.

Photo of ism
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large taupe head has good retention, leaving creamy lace all the way down the sides of the glass. Hoppy aroma reaches the nose, activating the salivatory glands. A deep amber color unlocks to a smooth and full body, hops standing firm. Aftertaste is excellently bitter, leaving not a memory but the full experience. Decent IPA based on hop amounts but carries none of the spice I'd expect, and in that sense, not truly an IPA. Still, a good offering in terms of ales.

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at "The Alchemist & the Barrister" in Princeton, NJ The appearance was better than average. Copper, clear, smallish head. It left nice lacing clinging to the sides of the glass that lingered. That's what scored it the extra points. Otherwise it would have been just average. The smell was just average. To me it smelled like hops and alcohol. The taste was slightly better. Bitter hops, and a bit of piney/citrus bite. Not very complex, just up front hoppy then it fizzles out into a citrus pine flavor. Mouthfeel was good, just the right amount of carbonation to make it crisp, yet not too filling. The drinkability was not bad. I would have drank another, but there was a decent menu there of bottled beer so I moved on to something else. However, if it was this or a mega macro, I'd take this in a heartbeat. Not a bad beer by any means, a decent offering, just not terribly exciting. I tend to like Magic Hats brews better on tap than in bottles, but this time I was a bit underwhelmed.

Photo of stodbrew
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very slightly hazy deep copper color. Very thin head, almost nonexistent. Aroma is not overly hoppy for an IPA, but has some hints of citrus and pine. Some malty, caramel aromas come through, as well. Flavor is not overly hoppy, either. It has a very mellow bitterness with more caramel malt coming through. Very slight hops at the begining, leaving a malty aftertaste. This is a good beer, but not really an IPA.

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