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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,076 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,076
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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DarthMalt

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aint no hop monster.........................these days...
...but, still, sch-weet as Hell!

A big, sexy, Queen Latifa body with a warm snuggle of roasted malt. Roast tannins do not pinch hit for hops however [as is so common in the micro scene]. Soft waters cushion high-impact flavors. Yeasty-Beastys dance on the tongue, daring other ingredients to defy their attenuated masterpiece.

Waters and yeast finish the day, while palliative malts soothe the tummy.

Crankin' A-IPA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2003 15:05:35 | More by DarthMalt
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a light color copper with red highlights and no head but leaves a sexy lace on the sides of the glass. This is a hoppy brew that which is what I like. But there is something that doesn't cut the cake with this brew, the earthy notes are a little to stringent, for my liking. The fruitiness that comes from an ale yeast is missing a little there are some citrus notes but nothing outstanding. The finish is nice but not great, a leftover hop tea flavor hangs on the tongue.

Cheers,

Mike

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 15:48:07 | More by kunzbrew
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purplehops

Maine

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind Faith poured a cloudy amber-orange with a thick white head that stuck to the sides of the glass. The aroma is hoppy with notes of citrus and faint odors of carmel. The taste starts off with a hoppy bite that mellows nicely into a slightly sweet maltiness. The finish is slightly dry with flavors of citrus and spicy hops taking command. The aftertaste is a lingering spicy hops with hints of carmel malt and orange flavors. The mouthfeel is moderately thin with a light crispness about it. This is (for me) the only down side to this beer.
IMHO this beer could stand more body. It is more like a pale pale ale with lots of color than an india pale ale. The hop profile of an india pale ale is there but not the body. But it is very drinkable and an intriguing product. I wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 02:39:55 | More by purplehops
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TXHops

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blind Faith is a tremendous change of pace from the SLAM-IN YOUR FACE hoppiness of most American IPA's. While I LOVE the AIPA style, most would cringe at the mention of the word "balance". Blind Faith does a good job of being a hoppy beer that doesn't kill the taste buds with alpha acids...

The beer pours a sickly orangish yellow with chill haze that never clears. The head is the equivalent of cirrus clouds on a cold winter day--wispy and non-comprehensive. The aroma is the best part of this beer: the malt and hops interact to create that trademark Magic Hat smell--almost cloyingly sweet, then enough hops to keep me wanting to sniff again and again compulsively.

The thinnish body has a nice, smooth malt sweetness (much less than the nose suggests), which is quickly washed away by the bittering hops, which are quickly chased by the resiny aroma hops, which die a slow death thanks to this beer's potential flaw--sourness. This is not the kind of sourness you get from old beer where the malt has soured. This is the kind of sourness you get from a beer whose maltiness isn't thoroughly mitigated by hops. It's the same sensation I get when I drink a soda--the sugar the collects in the corners of my mouth slowly fade from sweet to sour as my oral enzymes attack the sugar.

Still, after all that, this beer's primary characteristic has yet to be mentioned--softness. This is perhaps the softest beer I've ever had. This beer might even make a real Czech Pilsner taste hard. I don't know if Magic Hat's water supply is completely devoid of minerals, or if the yeast employed at the brewery has an odd affect on the wort... In any case, this beer is so soft that it literally scoffs at the notion of refreshment... The interesting part? I quite enjoyed it! Very unique in a world full of cookie cutter IPA's...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 19:27:48 | More by TXHops
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HossMcGraw

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellente! I was a little caught off guard with this one. It seemed super refreshing after being on strict diet of Chocolate Stout and Ruination. The aroma is what initially lures you in. It's very fresh and hoppy. Smells like a spring morning. The taste is very hoppy and complex, although definitely a little thin, which was actually ok with me considering what I've been drinking lately. The head retention in my beer was good too, despite what other reviewers have said. This is a definite must-try.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 15:01:03 | More by HossMcGraw
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time trying Magic Hat's Blind Faith and I am quit impressed.If you like a hoppy beer this is just right for you.It poured a light orange amber color.the only bad mark I give it is the head and carbonation.Although It doesnt taste flat there really is no head right form the start.The taste and smell of the hops is immediately evident.It has a slight orange lemon taste.I really enjoyed this brew and would buy it again


Second review:Appearance moved up 2.0 points.Very bitter right off.Creamy texture with a dry finish.Too bitter to be a session beer.Rings of lace left with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 21:51:23 | More by kelticblood
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

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

Pours a light amber hazy color. Nice head. Has a great "pale" taste followed by a bold citris taste. I downed three of these before I knew it. Good session or football beer, it is present, but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2002 06:26:09 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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BJC

New Jersey

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

pours with a haze (notched to drink by the end of 12/02)
intense hop aroma
the head tastes of bitter hops
doesn't have a thin body, but I wouldn't call it full bodied
a very dry long hoppy aftertaste
similar to Celebration Ale

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2002 15:22:49 | More by BJC
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Mick

New Jersey

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

Solid presentation, amber color that provides a nice glare. Strong hop aroma greets the nose then envelops the face. Malt presence is noticeable in a complimentary way. This is a great IPA, arrogant but not forceful.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 07:09:01 | More by Mick
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yen157

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber ale that can be described as looking bright. Big, sticky head consisting of both very fine fine foam and big, coarse bubbles. He head melted into the liquid leaving a very uneven, patternless surface which is a little thinker around the glass. The wonderful aroma made my mouth water with the first sniff. It smelled of caramel, big hops, and a little malt.

There's no doubt about it, this was a very hoppy beer. The best part about it, IMO, was the malt. It wasn't that sticky-sweet malt that one sometimes encounters. The level of the toasted grain flavor perfectly compliments the hops. Finishes with malt flavor, but the bitterness of this brew keeps it fairly dry.

Pretty damn true to style. Nice to have a good British IPA around when the stores are crowded with mostly American IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 06:06:08 | More by yen157
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is clear amber orange in color, with a big frothy head of white foam that retains well and leaves a virtual curtain of lace inside the glass, a really great looking brew.
Loads of fruity citrus rind hop aroma dominate the smell of this beer, not much in the malt aroma department.
Great tasting heavily hopped flavor, lots of citrusy fruity goodness with just a hint of malt in the background. Nice medium to full mouthfeel, with a drying hop finish that begs for another sip.
This is a very drinkable beer, one of my favorite IPAs and if you can get it in your area grab it quick!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2002 16:28:47 | More by MaineBeerMan
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Kwak

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good I P A my favorite.
Head: Nice full doey bubbly .
Body: Crisp full. Nice color amber coperish tint .
Taste : Spicey hop flavor,toffie malt flavor exccelent finish.

All around good beer greate I p a not to hoppy butt the hops are their just not in your face!!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2002 22:28:13 | More by Kwak
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome orange amber with white sudsy head that sticks around. Great, sharp aroma of hops. There is a good, British malt character that's quite subtle and then a big smack in the face of hops. Lemon and cookie flavors make up the profile. Refreshing at a quite cold temperature; as it warms the malts gain strength. Delectable hoppy aftertaste brings balance to the beer. Magic Hat makes great British style ales and then turns them 90 degrees on their side to make something unique, some of the best beers in New England (although that whole tired Burlington hippie image smells a wee bit phish-y). I think this beer would go with just about anything, particularly spicy Asian cuisine and maybe even sweet/tart desserts like lemon bars.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 15:02:47 | More by Thrasher
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Jon

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clearish copper with a thin, off-white head. Leaves trails of lace down the glass. Smell is rather fresh and inviting, with notes of aromatic hops and citrus. Taste is quite similar, relying heavily on fresh hops, citrus (mainly grapefruit), and a sturdy malt backbone that keeps everything in place. Pretty smooth mouthfeel overall. This one could be quaffed over and over again. An excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 22:43:17 | More by Jon
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StevieW

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Great Lost Bear...........Glowing copper color, perfectly balanced full beige head. Smell is full of cascade hop aromas, flowery, herbal, and rich. Initial crisp hop kick dances around on your tongue, then a medium feel, biscuit rich malty background. I guess the odd sourness is the Ringwood Yeast strain that others speak about, not sure, but is still pleasant and appealing taste. Crisp, dry, perfect for the style finish, no lingering bitterness. A slightly subdued, but very tasty IPA. One of the highlights of the summer. It lived up to the hype. This one on tap, prompted me to buy the sampler pack and lug it home to Florida.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2002 19:15:25 | More by StevieW
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a serious, sharp hop aroma. Spicy, floral, citrus, somewhat musty nose. After the smell, the anticipation of bittering hops don't keep up with the promise of the nose. Little malt sweetness to balance the hops. The beer wasn't un-enjoyable, but there are countless better-made IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2002 13:00:04 | More by Suds
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first one was not ice cold and it definitely hurt it. when i had another much chillier, it was a pleasant surprise. pretty smooth, but a little spicy for me. i will have to give this another whirl to get a better sample. after having some good ipa's i will have to get this again to write a better review.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2002 15:06:44 | More by ElGuapo
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Murph

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice darker copper color with a decent off-white head that does not stick around too long and a good lace. Some hops in the nose but not nearly enough. There is, however, a strange toasted wood aroma that I can only assume is coming from the ringwood yeast. Very nice taste that starts off with some creamy maltiness with the trademark ringwood flavors before it transitions to a strong floral citrus hops flavor. The hops are left sitting on the tongue and create a nice lingering bitterness. The brew is creamy across the tongue but going towards dry at the end. I would like it to e a little crisper but otherwise the brew is extremely drinkable. Great version of an English IPA here. Thanks to Bierman9 for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2002 22:56:17 | More by Murph
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

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

This is my first taste of an IPA, and I was pleasantly surprised. A delicious ale. A nice amber color, very thin head, goes down very smoothly with a clean aftertaste. Nothing bitter about it. A very tasty India Pale indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2002 15:44:48 | More by IrishRedRock
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

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

Copper color with nice lace head and some serious hop aromas, a veritable hop farm in a bottle. This is probably Magic Hat's best beer. Very drinkable beer, and quite refreashing.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2002 00:13:41 | More by Reverand
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice copper color with medium head that laces the glass effectively. Very nice hop aroma. Flowery and a bit oily. This is a really great tasting IPA. Hops hit you up front. Seems like a bit of everything you look for from hops: grapefruit, citrus, pine and flowery. None of these tastes is in abundance, but they are blended beautifully. Nice subdued lingering bitterness. Not a trace of alcohol in this beer. Medium body. Maltiness is definitely in the background.

My first experience with Magic Hat has been an enjoyable one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2002 19:12:22 | More by Bighuge
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at NERAX.... This version had a dark golden color, very small head and little lace. Aroma was pleasantly hoppy, with citrus (grapefruit?) notes also. Medium body, and a real nice smoothness. Lots more hops in the taste, with more fruity notes, and a crisp dry finish.

overall: 4.2
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Serving type: cask

05-02-2002 04:20:09 | More by Bierman9
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

Cool label on this one...as are all the M.H labels I've seen.Poured into the glass with an average white head, good lace, a clear golden color...no yeast haze here. A nice citrus-y Cascade-y nose, some background maltiness with hops taking charge. Sorta on the light-bodied side, a nice drinkable IPA, good as a "session" beer. I like this brewery & hope their more unusual products make it to NJ.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2002 20:44:58 | More by beerluvr
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jermar

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer with hops everywhere! Unlike some IPAs these hops are spicy in tone rather than citrusy/floral. There's a substantial bitter aftertaste and a hard-water element in the taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2002 21:32:56 | More by jermar
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pbrian

Connecticut

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

This is one nice IPA. Hops make their presence known, but not overwhelmingly.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2001 13:35:07 | More by pbrian
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,076 ratings.