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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,123
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 15
Gots: 72 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 08-04-2001

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
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Ratings: 1,123 | Reviews: 473
Photo of ColForbin
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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)

Photo of necoadam
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Quaffer
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of JamesBerry
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of zerk
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of genaro
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of bigjohn
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
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...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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!

Photo of crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev +13%
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!

Photo of pezoids
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of AbePhroman
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of nomad
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of silks636
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Cap wisdom tells us to “Have a 9 on 9/9” (a little late for that). Freshness date notched.

Color is a rich amber with some slight chill haze, very sticky beige head. Nose is all about hops... sweet citrus and a touch of apricot. Smell is a little misleading. Taste starts off full-on hops... but a bitter, almost saline bite... not at all unpleasant though as it mellows slightly into a fruiter grassier hop taste. You can definitely taste the Cascades. Sweet malt rounds things off, and creates a wonderful clean finish. Very pleasant and light aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth with gentle carbonation.

Personally, I have never been a big fan of this brewery, but Blind Faith is a winner. All hop-heads should give this one a whirl.

Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a rich bronze-gold with a nice short-lived head. The aroma is most definitely hops -- citrus with hints of strawberry. I found this beer to be an excellent balance of spicy hops and sweet malts (heavy on the hops, of course), with a nice dry mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle BEB Dec 2003

Pours bright golden brown with a small but lacy white head. Quite the good-looking beer...

Smells of hops, hops, hops. I'm not a hop-head but smells quite hoppy to me. Banana undertones. Smells like a boxwood...

Initially sweet on the tongue followed quickly by that big smooth hoppiness. Balanced nicely, bitter but sugary sweet as well. Medium bodied with a nice hoppy aftertaste. A nice session beer, as they say. Very drinkable indeed. Magic Hat is hit-and-miss for my tastes but this one definitely hit.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer really showcased for me the lingering difference between east and west-coast IPAs. On first sniff, this beer struck me as rather wimpish. The aroma seemed to have much more caramel sweetness than most of the west coast IPAs with which I was familiar, and the hop notes seemed to be mostly floral and fairly mild. The flavor, too, struck me as unassertive. But after a few sips to allow myself to get into the spirit of this brew, it really started to impress me. The body of the beer is, indeed, less "punchy" than a lot of West Coast IPAs, but has a delightful subtleness of its own -- a sort of buttery biscuity body, leading to a mostly grassy hop finish. And then there's the aftertaste -- toasty, just a bit bitter, long-lasting and lovely. Muted carbonation brings out the complexities in the flavor, and lends the beer a fuller, more oily mouthfeel. Copper in appearance with a thinnish, though sticky, off-white head. A very nice session beer, and an educative experience for a die hard left-coaster such as I!

Photo of Dogbrick
3.92/5  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.

Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of UnionMade
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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