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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 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.

nixhecks, Apr 22, 2004
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.

joshlara, Apr 16, 2004
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.


wyllder, Apr 08, 2004
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.

Jacobob10, Apr 07, 2004
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.

rajendra82, Mar 28, 2004
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.

ism, Mar 28, 2004
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.

smcolw, Mar 13, 2004
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.

Ieatlambfries, Feb 29, 2004
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.

stodbrew, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of ColForbin
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Blind Faith pours a light orange color with a some good carbonation that fades to a thin lacy head. Nose is full of hops, with a slight malty backgound. Taste is hoppy with a strong malt presence, maybe some roasted notes as well. Very nicely balanced. Dry finish. Much less assertive in the hop department than a West-coast IPA, but still pretty hoppy. Probably my favorite normal (i.e. <6% ABV) East-coast IPA. A great session beer.

ColForbin, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eeh, I wasnt really blown away by this "IPA" tastes more like a "PA" Freshness dating only tells you this should be consumed before "July" wonder which July? NIce mouth feel and appearance, but tasted a wee bit skimpy on the malt and HOPS, not what I'm used to in a American IPA...may have been an old bottle (last July may have been the date in question)

Billolick, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a copper/gpld color with a nice head on it. Looks like it's a little darker than most IPA's, but maybe that's just me. This has some huge hop smell to it. I love it. Taste was very good. Nice dose of hops, then those hops have a little bite to them, and then finishes with some leafy/grassy taste. Hardly any taste of malts in this brew. NIcely balanced IPA from Magic hat. Lots of hops with the perfect balance of the citrus, grapefruit, and pine flavor in this beer. One of the best IPA's out there I believe.

necoadam, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light amber with a smallish off-white head. Good retention and lacing down the glass. Smells sweetly hoppy with a slight buttery nose to it. Tastes like an average IPA. A hint of malt meets you at first and then you get a sweet syrupy hop wave followed by the burn. Mouthfeel and carbonation are moderate and don't detract at all. Easily drinkable by those that dig this style. Seems like a good summer beer. Not bad, not stellar.

yankeeheel, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle cap stated, "Write your own future."

Appearance: This beer poured a hazy, amber-orange hue. The color was deep and had strong hints of red, not something that is typical of an IPA. The head rose up easily to two fingers and dissipated slowly. It was light tan in color and dense. The bubbles ramped up the side of the glass and left a lot of lace behind as the head disappeared. The stickiness of the foam remained apparent due to the respectable amount of lace that was left behind as I down the glass.

Smell: Right after the pour, the main component of the smell was a nice, juicy, grapefruit-like hop aroma. Underneath that was a solid maltiness. After the beer settled, though, the hops aroma subsided somewhat and the malt came to the forefront. It was rich, heavy, and sweet smelling, with strong notes of caramel and hints of bread. The citrusy hops smell was still present at this time, but it wasn't nearly as strong as before.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied with quite a bit of tingle on the tongue. It became pretty rough as it hit the throat.

Taste: There was a little bit of tartness on the tip of the tongue when this beer first entered the mouth. That was soon eclipsed by strong floral and herbal hops. They seemed muddled and somewhat indistinct. Stangely enough, the citrus that came through so well in the aroma did not show itself in the flavor profile of the hops. On the finish arose a flat malt flavor. Though it did help to balance this beer out, it had very little sweetness to it and left the overall flavor very dry.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

Quaffer, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of JamesBerry
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my first IPA experiences. Clear amber colored, similar to cream-soda, with a thin white head. Had an obviously hoppy smell to it, with just a hint of barley hidden inside. Mouthfeel was sharp and crisp, but with slight oily and tannic qualities at the end. Strong presence of hops, somewhat bitter. Puckering aftertaste. Not exactly my cup of tea, but not something I'd turn down.

JamesBerry, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of zerk
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a thin head that leaves a fair amount of lace. Aroma is a mixture of toasted malt and a fair amount of herbal hoppiness with a touch of citrus. Flavor is well balanced, with some bread and nut flavors, some tosted malt, a bit of grapefruit, and a nice lingering bitterness. Well married flavors make for a very quaffable brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium to high carbonation. A very good everyday IPA.

zerk, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of genaro
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IThe Blind Faith I.P.A. had a cloudy golden amber color with a small head and streaks of lace. The aroma was a bit floral and citrusy with hints of caramel. While the taste was citrusy ( orange peels and grapefruit), it was not as bitter as many IPAs due to some caramel flavor. A mellow beer with a little more alcohol than usual. Not being a fan of bitter beers I might consider retrying this one again.

genaro, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of bigjohn
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a darker amber color. The smell foreshadowed the strong hoppiness of this beer. The taste was strongly dominated by the hoppiness of this beer. I personally like beers on the hoppier side, so this was not a problem. A little bit thin underneath the hoppiness. No problem with the aftertaste. Fairly drinkable, I drank a few of these in a row. All in all, a nice offering, about on par with the other Magic Hat beers I have tried (#9 and Humble Patience). Another plus to this beer is that it is not terribly expensive, I found it for $5.99 for a cold six pack.

bigjohn, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the more underrated IPA's out there and one of the hoppier ones out there....

I just did a completely blind taste test with 6 of the heavy hitters....This..Hop Devil...Dogfish 60 MN....Harpoon....Goose Island...and Tyranena...and this one was just barely edged out by Tyranena's Bitter Woman for first in my scoring....It has a better body and mouthfeel actually but Bitter Woman is slightly hoppier tasting...Very close...I was surprised...I guessed this one to be Hop Devil (which actually finished 4th)...

Pours a nice amber..slightly cloudy....pine and citrus on the nose....piney hop bitterness on the buds..very good bitterness...Love the flavor...Hops rule the roost here but the malt is kind of an underrated factor that contributes nicely to the overall product even if it is barely noticable...Definitely more complex flavors than Bitter Woman....

Hey this is a top notch overlooked IPA....I'm shocked I liked it so much but the blind taste tests do not lie...

ZAP, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blind Faith- from the makers of my favorite beer, #9. Magic Hat is a Hippie beer company from Vermont that puts together some unique beers, which is why I was attracted to Blind Faith.

Blind Faith has a beautiful appearance. Copper/Dark Orange with a nice light foamy head that held together well. The aroma was very pleasant, a woodsy/pine smell but I was hoping for more! The taste screamed typical Pale Ale so I had to keep sipping and sipping. After the first 3 or 4 sips I concluded it was a nice light Pale Ale, not too strong, not too bitter ( most Pale Ale's are too bitter too me).
Blind Faith actually impressed me the second time around and gets kudos from me. It's no #9 but I wouldn't turn one down!

NJpadreFan, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours your kind of typical IPA color; a hazy copper with a touch of orange color. Beige, off-white head that lasts a bit. Aromas of grapefruity hops and pine with some sweet maltiness coming through. Slightly floral. This IPA has a nice balance to it, not overwhelmingly hoppy or malty, just smooth. Easy on the palate, and very drinkable.

crookedhalo, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed copper color with a light tan head.
Aroma seems to be a mix of hop scents; citrusy, floral and piney. Malt underneath.

Taste is balanced; not a real hoppy IPA. Again a mix of hops, but piney seems the predominant one to me. Toasty, caramel malt backbone.

Good mouthfeel, almost creamy.
Good drinkability.

Overall a good IPA. Nothing real bold here, but tastey and easy-going.
Big thanks to Xgrigorix for the sample!

PhantomVodoo, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of pezoids
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a semi-cloudy orange amber color, with a thin, but sustaining creamy head. Not too much going on in the aroma, nothing standing out. The taste is pleasantly bitter with a citrus tang to it. Light malt body, with some grapefruit coming through. Not that bad. Easy to drink.

pezoids, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of AbePhroman
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA is one of my favorite styles of beer to drink. Therefore, I can be critical when I'm trying out new one. Magic Hat's Blind Faith gets my praise.
It had a sweet aroma but is bitter with a strong hoppy taste and I love it, being a hophead. Golden brown, little heavier than other IPAs but very drinkable nonetheless. I am guilty of having a 6 pack here or there.
I think this is one of the better east coast IPAs. I do like Victory's Hopdevil a little more though.

AbePhroman, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of light caramel turned into a liquid, shining like a beacon, a very different color for an IPA but I like it. Has a wall of tight lattice stain on the glass, coming from lace that is thin and evanescent, shimmering down the glass as it slides. For me, the appearance of this beer pulls out all the stops.

Smell is at first malty, sweetly of moderate and thin caramel, almost like cooked maple syrup in its depth, and has a spicy edge reminiscent of cinnamon. Coming over this are sizable pine scents that are punchy in power but thin and spiky in effect, and occasional grassy and other scents from the Cascades hops. Some fruity hints of the ringwood yeast, too. Altogether tantalizing.

Taste is of easy and barely sweetish malt paired with spicy hops that are quite peppery. Also has a prominent juicy lemon flavor with low acidity, juicy and tasty. I enjoyed the chewy bitterness, once the hops and my palette really settle in. Finish is drying in a slightly chalky way with small citric tones to it. Crisp body but the mouthfeel thins out toward the finish.

Very balanced for an IPA and very nice, not the big and aggressive west-coast style and not worse for it, though when its young in the bottle it can be quite bitter. An easy drinker because of the balance with interesting notes here and there - I like it on the colder side.

nomad, Oct 09, 2003
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.