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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,085
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 40 | 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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belgiumbud

Hawaii

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed out of the bottle while visiting Cape Cod

One thing this brewery does really well is in their marketing...You cannot help but grab this beer without noticing the packaging...Luckily for all of us the beer itself is very good too

Pours a deep amber nutty color with good off white head

Didn't get much aroma just a hint of hop spice...was looking for a malty scent but I didn't find it

First thing I noticed was how smooth the beer was...good lace around the rim of the pint glass as I continued to sip...Excellent hazelnut malt balanced with the subtle, but noticeable, hop backing...Every sip was as good as the last...Before I could offer some to others I noticed they were almost all gone...Not that this beer was forgettable but how amazingly smooth and drinkable it was...A great session beer

Bocce Ball was in order and I had this fine beer as my partner

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 16:20:13 | More by belgiumbud
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of very bubbly foam. It left a little soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of fresh cut grass with some floral notes. It had a nice malty nose, too.

T - A well done English IPA that matches the malt forward style. Good caramel and toffee flavors with some grassy hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice English IPA. One of the better Magic Hat brews that I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 02:37:35 | More by zeff80
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Brad007

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe that I've never reviewed this.

Pours a mild amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good presentation thus forth.

Aroma is full of buttery malt with just a hint of grassy hop bitterness in the nose.

Taste is full of buttery malt and grassy hops. No-frills here and reflective of the style.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering buttery malt and grassy hops. A bit harsh but nothing more beyond that.

I'm glad they brought this back for a short time. It's certainly better than Lucky Kat in some ways and worth trying while it's still on shelves.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:48:18 | More by Brad007
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, hazy chesnut brown, one fingers head that fades quickly to a spotty covering of lace, trailing head.

s- earthy hops, slight citrus, malt forward.

t- earthy again, moderately bitter, floral, some candied sweetness, malt upfront, hmore balances than hoppy, some pine.

m- medium bodies, nice slickness, some chewyness.

d- good, drinkable ipa here, could be sessioned, but falls a bit short of the mark on hop forward-ness, i would drink this again though.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:56:07 | More by thecarster1
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johnwarne

Florida

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"Normally, not bad:
Respectable IPA,
But falls short of great".

Good, not great: succinct enough review for you? Don't drink this and an industry leader back to back--start and finish here and you won't be in dire straits.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 00:13:31 | More by johnwarne
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pretty standard. Nothing memorable

S-floral hops and a bit of lingering malt

T-not expecting anything special and was correct. Pretty balanced. Got a weird coppery taste that was not awesome. fails to rise up above all the other generic IPAs out there

M-mediocre

D-didn't like the taste. won't purchase again

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 04:49:55 | More by VelvetExtract
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

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

Blind Faith by Magic Hat Brewing. 6.2% alcohol content English India Pale Ale.

A- Pours a beautiful hazy orange fluid with a nice off white head that drops to a froth and heavy lacing that clings to the glass.

S- Dominate scents of citrus and grassy hops upfront with light carmel and sweet malts in the backbone.

T-M- Taste is solid with upfront grapefruit, citrus and grassy hop bitterness. Thick malty notes of sweet tea and carmel are in the backbone with a fresh finish. Mouthfeel is easy with a dry and astringent feel.

D- Drinkable it is! I would like to get a sixer and see how it goes.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 21:43:57 | More by wesbrownyeah
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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

Hazy copper color with small suspended floaties. Spotty lacing.

Citrus hops with a sweet malt balance. Definitely on the hoppy side, though.

The hops are bitter and have a heavy presence of orange and lemon rind. The knock here is the flavor is watered down. Pretty good taste, but leaves me wishing it was more full.

Mouthfeel also a bit watery, but what it lacks in flavor it makes up with a nice dry finish.

Good drinkability. Light and refreshing. Overall, a decent beer and about what I expected out of Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:25:21 | More by Vonerichs
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty hazy pale-ale copper colored brew, small cream colored head sticks all over the glass. Scent is a very nice fruity hop oil scent along with some pale malt. Sweet malt front, lemon and citrus notes, biscuit. Some bitterness from the hops but it gets a bit lost in the other notes. Medium to full bodied. Interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 03:02:37 | More by Tballz420
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lou50rp

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery color with a small, almost white head with some lacing. Well carbonated.
The smell is very hoppy.
The fruitiness of the hops is the main taste, with a lingering bitterness at the end.
The mouthfeel is medium with the feel of the carbonation.
It is a drinkable IPA, but the taste is not as clear ans sharp as other IPAs. Is not my first choice for an IPA at the beer store.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 09:12:32 | More by lou50rp
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark gold with head that ends to stay for the long haul.
Smell: Big, blossoming hop aroma upon pour. Very floral in nature witha citrus element (to a lesser degree).
Taste: Hops take a little while to present, but they do in a big (but balanced) way, halfway through.Hops are not overpowering in any way, but are rather pleasant in nature.
Mouthfeel: Smooth feel with a medium body. Dry aftertaste.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Not a challenge for those hop-aphobic.

Overall- a well-balanced and flavorful IPA. Great beer here!

Overall,

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 19:00:54 | More by coalcracker
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is heavy of hops. Taste is also of hops with some malts, fairly well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 16:52:02 | More by tone77
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david18

New York

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

I hadn't had this beer in a while and recently tried another English ipa which is not my favorite style. This one is quite good however and I'm sorry I haven't had this more..

Nice amber color. Light tan head. Veey good esthery flavor. Really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 21:58:49 | More by david18
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aahynick

Florida

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

40F in a pilsner glass

A- copper with a large, fine, white, long-lasting head

S- spicy, hoppy aroma

T- moderate bittrness

M - medium body

D- a very nice ipa that is easy to drink

I like this one and have often contemplated making the knock-off

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 18:35:48 | More by aahynick
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jhammel01

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery amber with a good looking head with plenty of healthy lacing. Beer is a little bit cloudy but not unfiltered looking.

Smells of nice oily hops and some bready character in background. not bad! Malt too.

At 1st sip you'll taste the hop oiliness again with plenty of crisp citrus flavors, some bready bite, spicey, earthy...Its really good! Those cascades are really kicking in this one...Nice and fresh.

The IPA is medium bodied, smooth tasting beer. Plenty of ice bubbly carbonation...

Its fairly well balanced but again..it's an IPA so hops are very prominent. I enjoyed this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 01:41:15 | More by jhammel01
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber and orange color, below average head and carbonation. Aroma was decently hoppy, the taste was a bit of a letdown after that.

A bit of citrus, but seriously, where are the hops? Is this one of those not west coast ipas from back in the day that use to rock the sox off the jersey boys or something? Seems commonplace and heavy on the malt and wood. It isn't a bad beer, just has big expectations, and it didn't meet them. Pricey for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 22:40:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a SA pint glass the beer was a dark amber color with a thick, off-white head. A smidge of lace.
Aroma mostly of citrus, maybe a little bit of sweet malt.
Grapefruit taste, almost exclusively so. The malt I thought I detected in the nose just wasn't there.
I just couldn't appreciate theis beer as much as I wanted. Maybe too unidimensional. It was OK, but didn't do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 13:02:37 | More by lordofthewiens
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind Faith poured a dark amber color, with medium sized head that stayed with the beer throughout. It had a little bit of a hoppy smell, with a bit of a strong alchool taste. It had a smooth taste, where the hop flavors, and alchool flavors balanced out. Not as hoppy as otheer IPA's which is a shame, but still a very good and different taste. It was rather easy to drink, and had a strong overall flavor. Overall a differnt take on an IPA, some may find this dissapointing, but overall a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 04:50:33 | More by vette2006c5r
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Dodt

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a clean pint glass
appearance amber color with a medium head
smell of a combination of hops and citrus
taste sweat and a pleasant hoppy taste
mouthfeel slighty bitter
i really enjoyed this beer i am hoping that magic hat keeps this beer in there line up

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 23:54:53 | More by Dodt
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Agold

Pennsylvania

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

This beer pours an orangey copper color with about a half finger of light head. It smells of citrus hops with a bit of caramel in the background. The taste is similar, but the malt character has a larger presence, balancing the hops very well. The beer is very smooth, but I would say a bit undercarbonated for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 06:41:33 | More by Agold
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jporf911

Virginia

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle with dark, swirling label art into a traditional glass. Label indicates best by August 2010. Under the cap, it says "Lend your ear to someone who's dear". Magic Hat loves to put unique phrases under their caps; it's like a liquid fortune cookie.

Appearance- 3.5 out of 5. Pours a cloudy copper color with a dense two-finger off-white head that sticks around for a while and is extremely sticky on the sides of the glass.

Smell- 3.5 out of 5. The scent is moderate in strength, but it definitely smells good. There are hints of pine, floral citrus, and an abundance of hops. There is also a slight smell of bread, if bread could be baked with a ton of hops.

Taste- 4 out of 5. Blind Faith starts off with the taste of typical IPA taste of citrus peel, followed by a strong taste of salt that is very reminiscent of seawater, and finishes with a grassy, leafy hop taste. The malt and most of the other flavors--even the alcohol- are largely lost in the inundation of hops and sea-spray. Imagine an entire ocean filled with hop-heavy beer, and this is what would appear in your mind (and your mouth, if you're lucky).

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. Light to medium body, crisp but not very carbonated, goes down easy, wet, and smooth.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. Not bad at all. It's rather strong on the hops, almost as if someone liquidated an entire hops farm for the purpose of producing this beer, so stay away if you aren't fond of hop-heavy beers; still, for the price, this is a great IPA that one could have a few of and be happy.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 19:21:09 | More by jporf911
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Hoescheg

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber orange color, with a good inch of head which stuck around a bit

S:Ok hoppy aroma, some pine and floral but nothing too strong

T:Some hops, but didn't seem to bitter, more full bodied than I expected.

M:Lingered on my palate longer than I would have liked, leaving an aftertaste that I did not enjoy.

D: wouldn't buy another, but would drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 21:53:06 | More by Hoescheg
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper caramel color that is slightly lighter on the bottom and a little darker on the top. The head is about two fingers and frothy and foamy. The head resides to a half finger and it leaves nice gobes of lacing all the way down with a ton of visible carbonation The aroma is of breadiness and earthy and citrus hops it also has a slight tea aroma to it. The taste has a slight tea and musty yeasty breadiness at the front end. It took me a while to get what the taste was at the front. The hop bite takes place in the middle to back end with floral and citrus hops. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but very smooth. The drinkability is very high its not a hop bomb like some ipa's but more smooth and mellow. The taste is interesting. It is smooth enough and an easy enough drink to keep you drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 01:39:46 | More by goblue3509
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generallee

New York

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into pint glass. The label listed the abv at 6.2%. The back label has the year of 2010 and the month of July notched for its freshness date.

Appearance: It has a hazy amber to coppery colored body with an off white head. The head is tall thick and foamy. It has good retention and keeps a nice small cap on the beer until the last drop. On the way down the glass it makes some cool lacing.

Smell: The nose has a solid hop aroma featuring citrusy/herbal and musty notes over light pale maltiness and bready yeast.

Taste: Its medium bodied with a light bready maltiness supporting some decent hop bitterness. In the bitterness there are notes of herbal tea hops, citrus and some musty hops as well. The texture is smooth and firm with a nice level of carbonation.

Notes: This is a decent all around IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 00:51:55 | More by generallee
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hopheadjuice

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle fresh by September notched.

Pours a brilliant Orange/amber with not much clarity from yeast and dense 2 finger white head with decent retention down my goblet.

Scents of musty, earthy hops with a bready biscuit like malt aroma. Well balanced aromas here.

Balance is the key here and it shows it so well, hops are earthy and citrus with a bit of aspirin like astringency. Very balanced Malt backbone with a very yeasty presence as well.

Mouthfeel is sharp and clean with a semi-dry finish, a very refreshing English I.P.A.

Easy drinker, this I.P.A. is a great transition beer into the world of I.P.A's. I cant wait for hI.P.A. to return in the autumn of this year.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 13:23:34 | More by hopheadjuice
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,085 ratings.