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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: 14
Gots: 71 | 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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Photo of KarlHungus
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange-amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, but is very faint. The taste is of grapefruit with a little orange, and some nice bitterness. There is some noticeable cardboard in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer seems stale to me. However, the date on the bottle reads June 30th 2011 so I'm not sure what to make of that. It is still decent, but I can't see myself drinking it again.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 20 April 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle
Drink-by date: 30 June 2011

Well I think I'm within the window of freshness for this beer. Poured gently for a 1-finger head, quickly reduces to film, lacing is sticky on top, runny on bottom, color is clear copper-orange.

Aroma is very bready with a homebrew feel. Touch of nutmeg and pine, but nothing extraordinary.

Taste is crisp and bready as well, with very mild pine hop flavors and a low-to-moderate malt backbone, with no accompaniment to citrus. The hops only bring out small amounts of bitter taste that transition into sweet malt flavors, and then it's time for another sip.

The mouthfeel is rather on the weak side for bitterness, but appreciable for the low ABV in this beer. Overall, this is a great sipper for the warmer days we're starting to see here in the northeast.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber gold, with a sticky frothy off-white head about 1/4" high. Reduces quite slow.

Has a sweet, citrus smell, with notes of floral honey and malt.

Has a nicely bitter taste that is not overwhelming. Decent citrus sweet, with a light fruitiness and very little malt. The bitter up front is mild, and remains throughout the sip ending somewhat dry.

Medium bodied, crisp and slightly dry, this is an easy, almost too easy, English IPA.

Enjoyable, if somewhat easy for an English IPA. It is almost like an EIPA with training wheels for beginners. Still, it is not offensive, and I would certainly have another.

Photo of mothman
2.04/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Decent retention. Splattered lace. Color is a clear amber gold.

Aroma: Fairly muted. Not very hoppy. Bready malts. Biscuit flavors. Grassy hops.

Taste: Can't see this being a pale ale. Bready malts. Some pale malts. Grassy hops. Tastes like a macro lager kind of.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and dry. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry and sticky.

Overall, I wasn't really impressed with this one. Didn't taste much like any type of pale ale. Sorry magic hat, but this one wasn't very magical.

Photo of BEERligerent
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

wow! i love the 6.2 ABV...
Just had to put that out there, haha
This is the first IPA for me and i have to say that it was pretty good.
Appearance was a lot lighter looking than it tasted, with a orange golden color which was very nice and eye pleasing. The head on this pour was approx. 1.5 to 2.0 inc. and held on for the duration of the drink. (which didn't last long lol).
Smelling this brew at first was spicy and of alcohol.
Tase was awesome for me i like the hoppy burst which doused the same sensation for mouthfeel (cant always have both).
Overall i would defiantly recommend this beer for someone new to the scene, it should open their eyes and taste buds for the spicy and hoppy beers.

Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. The bring this beer back on occasion like it is a big deal ... it should have stayed a year-round beer. Have not had it in a long while so here we go.

Two fingers of froth with decent lacing on the glass, clear and bright brass color. Fruity, spicy and grainy mix in the aroma ... hint of alcohol and faint buttery smell from the yeast. Maltiness is a bit thin, the body is a little light for the style. Bitterness is there, fruity and spicy palate. Some maltiness which is dry for the most part, slightly biscuity. Buttery tone and leafy hop flavor in the dry finish.

Pretty much a hollow shell of its former self, it is ok ... just ok. There are many other IPAs that have raised the benchmark a lot higher than this beer.

Photo of mnrider
4.11/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle--->Pint Glass. Freshness date on bottle. "Feast on Yeast."

A: Pours a nice copper with good fluffy white head. Retention is above average and the lacing is the same.

S: Great aroma of hops.

T/M: Hops dominate for sure. It comes in strong at first but then settles down to a great level of drinkability. A small malt finish that is clean and not that dry.

O: I seem to remember this brew being even more hopier, but I could be thinking of another IPA from Magic Hat. Still, this is one great IPA. If you like em hopy as I do, then this one is well worth a try.


Photo of huxcrunner
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice amber color with lighter red undertones good white head with good lacing the smell of aroma hops to this ipa. I would not expect anything less from and ipa especially from magic hat. The taste of this beer is not overly bitter like some ipas it is very well balanced. I really enjoyed the balnce of this beer. The beer was full bodied and overl this is a good beer to try and is a very good ipa

Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark orange in body with white bubbly head that leaves lacing. Aroma of spicy hops and lemon zest and vague apple skins. Tastes of spicy hops, slight veggies, some echo of citrus, bitterness comes through the finish leaving a lingering orange note in it's wake. Medium bodied with zapping carbonation. Drinkable but nothing special here.

Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

when it comes to english this looks the part perfectly. amber clear with a resinating carbonation. nice spotty lace and a resin pine and nutty nose. quite earthy and hints of subtle oils. a tad bit of apple and toffee even. quite a surprise and a magnificent render. probably even more interesting when it mellows out after about 4 months. the english should have one.

went great with brazilian black bean soup.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 6/29/10

Appearance: Nice orange/copper, perhaps a bit darker than the average IPA, fluffy head

Smell: Lots of hops in the nose - some orange rind citrus, floral notes - some pale/caramel malts in the background, and the typical Magic Hat yeast smell

Taste: Very, very interesting - claims to be an English IPA but I think it could pass for American because of the hop profile - citrus, herbal and floral hops - malts are nice, too, nearly amber with a nice sweetness that balances the hops - malts are biscuity, and there is something in the flavor that tastes woody to me

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, nicely carbonated

Overall: Very drinkable, good enough to be a year-round release (but of course, it's not)

This is my favorite thing from Magic Hat. It's an interesting and relatively unique IPA that should be available more often instead of some of their less-desirable brews... I hope this makes an appearance again this summer.

Update: June, 2011

I recently bought a six-pack of this year's Blind Faith. It makes me sad. It's almost as if Magic Hat forgot how to make the beer. The hops taste a bit off, and the malts are just terrible. It's like a watery, syrupy echo of what Blind Faith is supposed to taste like. I would re-review it, but I'm going to leave this review up as a memory of what this beer should be.

Update: June, 2012

What the hell is this? This year's batch tastes like watered-down malt liquor with some grass clippings thrown in. WHY.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, this one was serve in a pint glass during a magic hat tasting i had with my brother in law down at his apartment.

A - Poured a deep light amber with a smallish half inch or so head, that quickly faded leaving nothing but a thin film. No residual lace, and only a slight bit of visible carbonation.

S - Very sweet, lots of candied sugar mixed in over a nice citrus hops with a good malted back, very well balanced aroma.

T - Nice bitter IPA taste. A bit sweet, and definatly an east coast IPA as the the major harsh citrus hops were definatly not that prevelenet. An average IPA/

M- Very smooth, somewhat slick, not alot of carbonation on this. Not a very dry finish, taste did linger.

D - Fairly high on the drinkability scale as this was definatly a gulper. I could see myself throwing down quite a bit of these to be honest. Not bad at all but pretty average.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap: charlotte flying saucer

appearance: golden with a solid head retention

smell: soft hop aromas, not much

taste: balanced, not over hopped

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: not much hop flavor, a mild IPA, decent break from a hop bomb

Photo of bamojr
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a very different IPA, as is usual with Magic Hat's style. It has a typical hoppy smell. It is quite bitter with the hops and not so well rounded with the malt, but still has a very good flavor. the bitterness makes it have a slightly worse drinkability than other IPA's i have had.

Photo of tubdog13
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into your standard pint glass, has a nice burnt orange color and the look of an unfiltered wheat beer, light carbonation with minimal head and lacing. Smelled of fresh citrus hops and golden malts. First sip reminded me a lot of victory hop devil, great hop flavor with a bitter ending, good citrus/piney hop mix with minimal malt coming through. This is a very drinkable beer, could get a case and never be tired of blindly picking one of these out of the fridge. Leaves my mouth feeling quenched with a slight dryness on the tongue, recomend this to everyone to atleadt try once

Photo of prdstmnky
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*review from notes on 4/5/10*

Best before date: July '10

This IPA poured a burnt orange color, 1 finger of light tan head, and some nice lacing. I get some fruity and earthy hops in the nose, but not as much as the sweet, caramel malts. Its got a nice balance to the taste, the malts seem to be more upfront with a bitter, hop presence in the finish. Medium bodied, with a somewhat oily texture, and slightly below average carbonation.

I used to really like this beer back in 2004 / 2005...not so much these days. I know my palate has changed, but it really seems this beer has too.

Photo of Ralphus
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy rusty brown color with a soft soapy head that leaves gobs of lacing down the side of the glass. The head sticks around which is a very nice thing to see.

The smell is of soft malts with a hint of piney hops. Fairly light in volume.

The taste has the amplitude bumped up. Lots of sweet malt gives way to bitter and aromatic hops and it comes together very well with a lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Super soft, silky smooth. Hell it tastes like cask.

Drinkability is very god.

Photo of CountJustinian
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Hops, hops and more hops.

This EIPA pours to a loud, stinging orange color with good frothing. Hoppiness hits the nose as you lift the glass and it keeps on running. Mild citrus flavor with some peatiness but this one is all about the hops. Great mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and a lingering bitter smoke-effect.

It's not for everyone, but a very good back-to-the-basics EIPA, particularly as compared to its other bottled contemporaries.

Photo of shand
4.51/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked best by August 13th into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Goddamn, this is one perfect looking IPA. Pours a very deep orange with two fingers worth of pillowy head. The lacing is absolutely perfect and the head retention is great. Can't ask for more from the style.

Smell: Citrusy hops. It's an IPA, no bones about it.

Taste: Citrusy (lemon and orange) hops are front and center here, but they're well-tempered by some malts that come in just a bit later. It's pretty accessible for an IPA, it's not overly bitter but you can still taste the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated - a refreshing IPA.

Drinkability: Stellar for an IPA. The balance in the bitterness makes this much more drinkable than most IPAs are.

It's a shame this is a limited release, not to come back until whenever the hell Magic Hat feels like bringing it back. I'd session the hell out of this, but I only got my hands on three bottles that I've been clinging to ... this is my last one.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark orange cloudy beer.

S- Smell of hops and spices.

T- Hoppy but not bite no citrus notes very low key.

M- Semi-dry graining and boozy.

D- I though this beer bee pretty good cuz it.s a IPA and man I was wrong. This beer sucks and I was hoping for sop much more.

Photo of tbeckett
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fluffy two finger white head. Hazy copper colour. Little bit of carbonation.

S - Mild citrus. Nothing else.

T - Mild citrus moves to bitter finish that lingers nicely but honestly that's all I get. Light flavour seems appropriate for the style but could use more breadiness.

M - Lightish body which is decent but seems to lack for the style.

D - Good, but there's no balance to speak of.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Nov. 30, 2010. Thanks for that!

A pretty copper colored beer, obviously bottle conditioned based on the dregs...which I poured resulting a a fairly hazy appearance that is not at all unpleasant. A thin but dense tan head leaves an almost solid ring of lacing around the glass.

A nice citrus-spice hop aroma...just smells sticky (is that possible?). Hop spice balanced nicely by some caramel sweetness. Nice overall effect on the nose. Taste is really a nice mix of citrusy spicy sweetness, hops turning bitter in the middle, alcohol warmth and bitter hops linger on the tongue through the finish and they stay around for a spell.

Medium body, well carbonated but still somewhat slick in the mouth. This is an easy drinking IPA that would certainly creep up on the un-expecting.

Dig it...so glad to find this beer!

Photo of Mosley1212
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--Orange, hazy, small white head without much retention. The beer itself is a beautiful orange color which I really love. Love the way this IPA looks.

S--Cloves, herbs, orange with mildly sweet with slight bitter hops smell. Overall pretty good.

T--Light hops taste, not overpowering; oranges, grape fruits and other great fruit taste. This is the way IPAs should taste.

M--Easy down, not much sting with each drink. Very smooth, which is refreshing when drinking an IPA.

D--Like I said, it's easy down. Drinking a bunch of these wouldn't be a problem for me. I really like this brew. That's surprising because I normally find the Magic Hat brews to be mediocre at best. Good job, guys.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up in a sampler 6. Poured a hazy copper with thick white head. Great retention and lacing. Smell of citrusy hops and some mild bready malt. Taste the citrusy hops up front.. almost an off-metallic taste in there but it somehow works. Esters cling to the mouth. Malt comes to balance at the finish but is choked out by the hops. As far as middle of the road drinkable IPAs go, this is great.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a drink by date of October 2010 notched on label

Magic Hat Blind Faith poured an amber color with a thick frothy slightly off-white head that formed good lacing all down the inside of my mug as I consumed it. Aroma is of citrus and grassy hops with light malt in the background. Taste is dominated by citrus lemon and grapefruit with a slight malt kick that helps keep the hops in check. Mouth feel is to the lighter side for an IPA with the carbonation under control.

Not being a hop hound...I like this IPA as it is not over the top in bitterness.

Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 1,123 ratings.