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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,118 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,118
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 16
Gots: 56 | 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 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
Photo of silks636
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

silks636, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

LiquidBreadMan, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

mzwolinski, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
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.

Dogbrick, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
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.

beergeek279, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
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.

UnionMade, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of Brent
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.

Brent, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of edchicma
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.

edchicma, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of BierReise
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.

BierReise, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
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."

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of kmo1030
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.

kmo1030, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of beerman599
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.

beerman599, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of jeffboo
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.

jeffboo, Jul 27, 2003
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.