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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,042 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Ratings: 1042
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%


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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AmitC

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12fl oz bottle into a beer mug.

Excellent head formation of white color that persists for a long long time, in fact throughout. Orangeish amber color. Hazy appearance. Top notch lacing.

Nose is a bit of hops that are earthy and slightly floral. Good malt smell as well. Comparatively low intensity of hops.

Taste: A good balanced taste with just a little tilt towards hops. Good semidry finish. Bitterness is felt but does not linger or is overpowering as malts shut those off a lot.

Mouth feel : Medium feel Moderate carbonation. No hop or carbonation derived astringency.

Style Rate : 4
Personal rate :4

Would i buy it next time. No, not because it ain't good. But there is a lot of excellent stuff available out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 15:33:02 | More by AmitC
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a hazy brownish amber color with a half finger of head that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is ineresting. It has a sort of poopy hoppy grassy smell. A light sort of citrusy fruity smell.

T= The taste is again sort of a light grassy floral type of hop flavor. The poopyness is gone. I usually atribute the poop to wheat but I don't think there is wheat in here so I don't know what I was smelling. The finish is very sweet.

M= Nice and well carbonated.

O= This is a solid IPA. A little weird being the English style. A little bit of a step outside the box. Def worth trying though. Besides the sweet finish I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 04:08:14 | More by jjanega08
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CHickman

New York

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper orange color with a massive foamy 2 finger light tan head that faded extremely slowly, leaving OK spotty lacing; there were a ton of bubbles in the head and boy did if go down sloooow. A very impressive head to watch dissipate.

Smells of sweet malt, toasted grains, Ritz cracker, wheat, piney hops, herbs, and bready notes; even for an English IPA this is quite malty with very light caramel notes and a lot of grains.

Tastes very bready, with biscuit and/or cracker up front, light citrus hoppy notes, herbs, toasted grains, caramel, toast, nice sweet enough malts and then oddly some light funk; if this were any other brewer besides Magic Hat the funk would be alarming, but these guys seem to smoke weed as they brew and just chuck things in the mash – sometimes it works and sometimes it bombs. Surprisingly this beer has pretty nice balance even though the flavor is average and the hops were very mild (at best).

Mouthfeel is chewy and has a little too much cardboard, with a medium body, mild carbonation and an overall grainy feel. Overall it was OK; nice for the style and flavorful enough that I’d have it again. They got this one right up in VT.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 03:42:36 | More by CHickman
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ultra-hazy golden orange in color with a soapy off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Slightly bready from the malt with a little hop sweetness (almost in a candy-like way).

Taste: Starts with a little bit of a citrus note from the hops and then the thick breadyness of the malt cuts through that. The bitterness really doesn't show up until the finish and aftertaste. There is just a hint of a spicy flavor from the hops used.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and medium bodied. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: This sort of tastes like an APA without any of the great hop flavor. I've never been a big fan of English IPAs (since the American version does a much better job with the hop selection) but this one is basically average for the style. I'd be interested to try the other Magic Hat IPAs but I wouldn't go for this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 01:25:25 | More by JamesMN
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DavidS88

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So far this has been my least favorite offering from the folks at Magic Hat and probably one of my least favorite IPAs. That's not to say that Blind Faith is a bad beer overall, just not really my personal taste. I drank this straight from the bottle, so I can't say too much about the appearance of the beer other than it did not leave that much tracing on the sides of the bottle. The smell was actually pretty good, with strong floral and pine hop notes to it. This is a little bit of foreshadowing because Blind Faith is pretty damn hoppy in my opinion and you really can taste that right up front and throughout your consumption of the beer. It did have a crisp finish too it, but it also seemed as though there was a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. For me, Blind Faith had almost too much floral and pine hop flavor; I couldn't really detect anything else in the flavor and it was fairly carbonated so it isn't really a beer that you can really savor the flavor of. Overall, Blind Faith kind of reminded of, say, a poor man's Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. It was good, but still just didn't quite do it for me. If you're looking for an English IPA with a strong hop taste to it, check out Blind Faith. Otherwise, go elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 21:31:39 | More by DavidS88
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/02/12 notes. Had in LBI, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, caramel malts, some citrus hops, and light floral hops. Nice, though mroe on the malty side.

t - Tastes of of fruity malts, light citrus hops, floral hops, and caramel malts. Same as the nose but more citrus to it; a little bit of a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent IPA, though more on the malty side. A little hoppier in the taste, but not too much. Easy to drink, would have it again if it was in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 20:06:16 | More by mdfb79
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 3-finger frothy cream-colored head. Really nice retention and lacing. Clear until I poured in the little bit of yeast/sediment at the bottom of the bottle accidentally. A good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S – Toasty malt with an equal amount of earthy, floral, and a little bit of grapefruit hop aromas. There’s a little bit of yeast here as well.

T – Starts off sweet with toasty malt and citrus flavors and transitions to a bitter grapefruit, earthy, and floral hop finish. There’s a little bit of spicy yeast here, too.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a steadily building bitter and dry finish. Floral and grapefruit bitterness lingers for a little bit.

O – This is a decent English IPA – that adjective in front of the “IPA” is an important one. Anyone who is expecting a hop presence similar to American IPAs doesn’t understand what English IPAs are and will be sorely disappointed. Sure, there’s a more subdued hop presence with more earthy and floral notes but that is to be expected with this style. There’s still not really anything special here, but it is not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:56:31 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

2.18/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours an extremely cloudy shade of orangeish brown with a one finger offwhite head. Looks disgusting

S- very light aroma of pine. Weak.

T- very light grassy bitterness...malty sweetness as well. I know it's and English IPA and not American, but it's very bland

M- medium bodied, on the thick side. Odd for a single IPA

O- not a huge fan at all...but then again, Magic Hat. Not expecting much

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:00:49 | More by bigfnjoe
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Tobe


2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a nice looking amber with a full tan head. Head measured one finger width and held up awhile.

Aroma has a hint of soap, like childhood bubbles. There is also a showing of pine form the hops. The flavor is pine resin and there is some faint citrus to be found. Not the best IPA I have had. For being a part of the Summer variety case, this was the weakest offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 16:32:40 | More by Tobe
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the proliferation of American styles, it's nice to be able to get an English style that's done well. This fits that bill. There are those mature refined tones that you expect; well rounded hop characteristics, but not pushing it to the levels that define American IPAs. This is a real nice easy drinker. If I could try this on cask, I'd be all over it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:26:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: bold brown colored body that leaves a one finger white head that lasts a good two minutes, no carbonation is rising

S: malty sweet citrus up front with just a bit of hops in the background.

T: pretty much the same, nothing different.

M: medium, pretty creamy, nothing harsh on the tongue.

O: this is decent, but nothing spectacular, I'm not sure if I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:20:19 | More by BeerKangaroo
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RickS95

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly not the appearance of an IPA you'll find in the States, but more fitting of those across the pond. The color is anything but pale. More or less a deep, rich, orangey amber. Not quite hazy, but thick enough that light can't get through it. The head is very thick with good staying power. It first falls around the edges leaving a peak in the middle. Lots of thick lace.

Malty nose, somewhat vegetal...smells like the sauerkraut I had with dinner. Yeasty.

Doesn't have much character. Very bready, crackerlike taste. Again, slightly vegetal. Earthy hops in the swallow with more malt coming through.

The first half is kind of blah. There's not much happening. Eventually, the hops provide some bitter and the malt gives some sweetness, and like the smell, I'm getting sauerkraut again.

Very ordinary. Nothing to write home about. Just lacks character, like it doesn't know what kind of beer it wants to be. Goes down easy enough, but needs more bite for an IPA. The troops of lore wouldn't want much of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 03:15:56 | More by RickS95
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TheBigLebrewski

Michigan

1.9/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Large to medium sized bubbles made up a 3/4inch, light brown head that dissipated a bit quicker than you'd hope. Beer is only a bit darker than mass market honey.

Smell is neutral, if not unappealingly acrid. Not far from the way a flemish sour can smell, though to a far lesser degree. Didn't hit until pretty deep in the nostril. Were I in a more childish mood I might give it a watermelon warhead read.

Here's where the subjective assessment of a beer's style clause is relevant. In terms of the brewing process, they probably didn't lie to us. But in realms such as flavor, this is not an IPA. The English aspects are present - some long lasting pale malt mellow-sweet flavor - and are actually pleasant if you're not expecting any real bitterness. Indeed, this isn't even on the better side of macro-produced IPAs. It is far too mild. Most Pale Ales from microbrewers are far hoppier in flavor. In mouthfeel, there is certainly evidence of hops, but you'll forget by the time the beer hits your belly.

Aftertaste, as do most imitation microbrews, certainly evidences astringent and metallic tints - as did many aspects of this beer.

All in all: A great beer to buy for the bottle if the spot next to #9 on the frat mantle is empty. Not worth money if you enjoy craft beer. And Anheuser Busch doesn't need it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 03:15:48 | More by TheBigLebrewski
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brewcore

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Copper penny in color. A two finger slightly off-white head with good retention. Lots of carbonation up the sides of the glass. Exellent lacing.

S: Sweetness dominates the nose. Fruity with english hops. Faint metallic aroma.

T: An english IPA with a little more bitterness than usual for the style. Hops impart an orange peel citrus flavor with a slightly bitter and even more slight metallic finish. The malts are of biscuit.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer is thick considering the style and abv. Creamy and pleasant for a one beer session, but I don't think I could enjoy more than a couple on a warm day.

O: Interesting twist on the style and definitely worth trying. It's not often I find an English IPA on the shelves. Good, but not something I will seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 21:52:46 | More by brewcore
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matjack85

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. That makes it $1.67 for one bottle. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazy orange/copper color with a ½-finger of white head that lasted a little over a minute. Decent lacing.

Fruity and earthy smell, but lacking the big IPA hop aroma.

This is a pretty tame IPA. Slightly malty (caramel), and slightly fruity, with just a touch of mild earthy bitterness. It's decent, but there's no "wow" factor. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel, despite the high carbonation level.

Another so-so beer from a brewery that puts out a lot of ho hum beers despite the fact they often use unusual ingredients and have wild and crazy labels.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 08:53:20 | More by matjack85
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Returning as part of Magic Hat's I.P.A. on Tour Series, this is a Summer Seasonal beer, brewed in the English India Pale Ale style.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Magic Hat Pint Glass. Served at 43º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a beige-cream foamy head on top of a medium haze copper-orange body. Head retains quite well, leaving soapy suds lacing behind as it recedes. Carbonation is relaxed but plentiful. Overall its a nice impressive appearance from this IPA. 4.5

(Smell) Aroma is mild., consisting of mild tart grains, some fruity yeast esters, a faint grassy and resin hop character with a low bitterness overall. Smell is not particularly impressive and quite faint, you really have to try hard to pull much more out of this glass. Aroma is certainly milder by comparison to the big American bold IPAs making it much more approachable, although not very exciting overall. 3

(Taste) Mild buttery tart grainy malt with a resiny hop bitterness and a touch of musty pine. In terms of intensity, it's striking in comparison to what the aroma had me predicting, a significantly more bold, but still drinkable outcome. Alcohol presence is somewhat evident, as the body is a touch thin. Balance is nice although a bit hoppier than malty. Despite not having a "striking" hop character, the bitterness is well preserved nonetheless, and the malt, although a bit perky in flavor and thin in spots, is a decent compliment. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mild, slick with a pleasant level of fizzy carbonation throughout. Body is light, a bit too light on the malt character, which would help balance the beer a bit more. Alcohol presence is also medium, most likely a result of the thin body. It's a surprise to how much of an impact that a bigger body could make on this drink. 3.5

(Overall) I certainly consider this one of Magic Hat's better IPAs on Tour, and now that I have had the last of their four seasonal IPAs I consider this one of the best (and more unique) at the moment, meaning that it's likely worth picking up a six pack of this, or perhaps a mixed 12 pack variety while it's still around. 4

Magic Hat Brewing Company's
Blind Faith
3.55/5.00

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 16:03:47 | More by Jadjunk
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a nice, light, coppery orange color. Decent clarity to the body. The head sits at about 1.25 fingers of fluffy off-white foam.

Aromas of copper and garden dominate the nose. A sign of English hops, and a lot of them. A bit of a marmalade character and some baking spice. But the metallic, green notes overwhelm the aroma.

The flavor of this beer is situated in-between an East Coast American IPA and an English IPA. There's sharp hop flavors of orange peel, pear, and even some passionfruit. Of course, those fruits are balanced by green hop flavors, and some metallic hop flavor too. The malts are biscuity and dry. The malts sort of clash with the passionfruit character, but the flavor is pretty nice overall. A bit strong for an English IPA, but that's probably a good thing from an American market standpoint.

The beer's only real disappointing note is the mouthfeel. It is quite thick for the style, and not particularly conducive to drinking.

Overall, this is an impressive effort from a brewery that I tend to hate. It's strong for an English IPA, but tastes pretty darn good. Magic Hat's best beer?

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 20:30:45 | More by Reaper16
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barczar

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with a fairly thick, one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving substantial lacing.

Toasted caramel malt and citrus make up the aroma, with a bit of pine adding complexity. Notes of grapefruit and lemon are present.

Flavor reveals more citrus dominance, with grapefruit and an almost lemony tang underlying a fairly toasted malt backbone, finishing slightly bitter. There's a note of pine in the aftertaste. Tropical hints of pineapple and mango emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderately high carbonation, finishing fairly dry.

Overall, one of the better Magic Hat offerings I've had. Wouldn't consider it an English ipa. Hops were more American in style. Malt was a bit overly toasted, but the hop complexity was very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 00:21:02 | More by barczar
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First beer from Magic Hat in awhile.

Pours out a deep orange/ruby red with hints of yellow and a nice 3 finger off-white head.

The aroma is very malty with toasted notes, hints of citrus and very subtle hints of earthy hops.

The taste follows suit very closely. Mainly very malty with hints of hops that are rather earthy and slight citrus notes. This finishes very clean and it's not very bitter or dry.

Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't really label this an IPA, more like a Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 03:05:04 | More by JohnnyMc
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Copper color, close but not entirely clear. Head is thick at two fingers and lasts well leaving a slight bit of lacing.
S- the aroma is quite mild, but is spicy, with a faint hit of citrus. Does not really pop.
T- Same here, it tastes good, but nothing really pops. There is some grassyness, a bit of spice, a faint butteryness. A touch of caramel and the ever slightest touch of ctirus.
M- Fairly light. Dry finish. Carbonation is smooth.
O- This beer is very much mediocre. It's not bad but it just doesn't have much interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 03:19:02 | More by jsprain1
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nickfl

Florida

2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Some light, musty hops with a bit of caramel and apple.

T - Lightly sweet malt up front with a little bit of honey flavor. Some more of the same sweet, but light malt in the middle that flows into a balanced finish with just a touch of musty hop flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - While this isn't a bad beer, it is far from an IPA, English or American. The malt character is subdued and too sweet for the style while the hops are almost completely absent until the finish where they contribute just a touch of flavor and bitterness. This would be a mediocre pale ale or a decent blonde, but it is a pretty poor IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 04:25:00 | More by nickfl
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
under the cap reads, "sharp cats wear cool hats." i'll have to remember that.

pours a cloudy dull copper shade while yielding a 3/4" frothy head. decent retention and lacing. all in all a solid looking brew. i wouldn't call the aroma subdued, but it's definitely not barreling out of the glass, either. notes of bready/buscuity malt and floral, maybe a touch of citric hops.

more of the same round out the flavor profile. bready malts balanced by some floral and citrus hops. decent beer, drinks easily, though nothing special. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

if handed this beer at a party i would happily drink it but wouldn't think twice about it. overall it's a notch above average, but no more.

(originally reviewed: 07-08-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 03:55:22 | More by BostonHops
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bigflatsbeerman

New York

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Color is rather dark red to brown (I'm colored blind so don't quote me) with a two finger head. Looks like an good ipa.
Smell: I am not picking up a strong or traditional ipa smell.
Taste:Not as much hops as I like. I have moved toward liking hoppier beers over the last year or so. I am also drinking Southern Tier ipa which has a more hop presence.
Mouthfeel: Light and not very carbonated.
Overall: OK, I bought a six pack of Southern Tier ipa (STIPA) and STIPA won hands down. If you are an ipa fan you might not think this is enough. Well made and I have a lot of respect for Magic Hat. It just doesn't float my boat to use a cliche (sorry).

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 02:44:07 | More by bigflatsbeerman
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this one a lot in summer. not as aggressively hopped as a lot of other india pales, this one is very well balanced by some english and american malts. smell is quite zesty, some citrusty hops and earthy english malts. flavor is nice, plenty of hops in the finish, but the rest of the time they are quite subdued and only a little bit bitter. this is more of a session ipa than anything else. i like it in their summer mixed 12er, but i also like it from the brewery in a growler hand and half with number 9. they call it blind 9, and its an excellent blend. overall this ipa has a place in my annual beer calander, serves a special function in summer time.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 19:20:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Magic Hat Summer Variety 12-pack. Poured into a Hunahpu snifter.

A- Pours a translucent reddish golden amber with about a quarter finger of head that fades to leave almost no head. Average to slightly above average carbonation for an IPA. Doesn't leave too much lacing.

S- Sweet fruity smell of mangoes, bananas, pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, etc.. Definitely has a nice fruity smell that is decently aromatic.

T- Sweet fruity taste of apricots, pineapple, papaya, bananas, mangoes, etc.. Average hops. Finishes a little bit bitter, with a little bit of a sweet slightly weird (a little artificial) aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, fairly smooth, average carbonation, easy to drink.

O- At first I thought this beer was a pretty good offering from Magic Hat (I usually think their beers are innovative and a little bit above average but nothing more), then I slowly started realizing the faults of this beer. There is a nice fruitiness to this beer, however it doesn't balance quite right and the more you drink it the more artificial and off it seems. This definitely has a taste similar to the #9 from what I remember, it has that same kind of apricot artificial taste (I think this one is a little bit better though). Overall not bad, but not great. Worth spending $12 and getting it in a mixed 12. This doesn't even compare to the other level of IPAs coming out of VT though.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:50:57 | More by jaasen64
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.