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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: 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 johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up from the singles cooler today on a whim.
Pours a hazy orange amber color with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly to a ring on the top. Smells of tart fruit, earthy floral hops, and a hint of caramel. Taste is caramel-ish toasted sweet malt with a bitter grapefruit/orange twang to it. Long lingering citrus fruit bitterness persists long after each sip. Light to medium body, resinous, watery mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. I thought this one was just ok. While there was nothing objectionable about this brew there was also nothing noteworthy here either. Its certainly drinkable, but in the future I think I'd rather spend my money on something that wasn't so boring.

Photo of sbauer
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light amber

S- weak hops, light pine. a little disappointing

T- early dry pine with good malt balance, late fruits and citrus, slightly sweet finish

M- medium body

D- a easy drink, relative mellow for an IPA, not to be sought after but a nice drink

Photo of pzrhsau
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Robust head with a very rich copper color.
S: Dry floral hop aroma with some malt sweetness
T: Tart with a mild hop finish. Not too strong but not weak either. I also taste a little fruitiness from the hops.
DM: good carbonation and very drinkable. But not too strong as to overwhelm and ruin the palate.

Photo of albern
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent IPA but it lacks the nice herbal and estery hop flavors to make this much more than a merely good beer. It looks good from the pour. It is a nice orangey amber color with a smallish creamy white head, not much lacing.

The nose has that slightly musty, slightly mildewy aroma from the particular strain of yeast. There is some citrus aromas popping through, and some sweeter malts.

The taste is a tad biting, with lots of leafy and slightly harsh hops without the fruity and citrusy burst that I come to expect. There is a subdued citrus bite, but it lacks the complementary tang to make this a truly appealing hop bittering expereince. The dry bite, the slightly harsh herbal texture in the mouth, and the lack of some stronger bready malts in the mid section to pick up some slack, really bring out the flaws in this beer. I'm not a huge fan of this one, but it is okay.

Photo of dslaving
4.6/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer for the first time when i went to the magic hat brewery . I am not a big fan of IPA's normally but this struck me as a great beer and opened me back up to the world of IPA's. First thought was that it was just because it was fresh from the brewery, but bought a mixed pack and it was still as good as it was from the tap. An after thought if you like both this beer and Number 9, do a 1/2 combination of the both of them, they do this at the brewery and they call it blind 9, its a great combination of flavor.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-copper body with a full finger of near white foam on top.

Smell: Fruity, citrusy, lightly floral hops layered over lightly toasted pale malts with a teensy hint of caramel floating in the background.

Taste: Pale malts with light toasty tones to it and just enough light caramel sweetness. Floral, fruity hops hinting at Valencia oranges. The bitterness present is quite sufficient, suitable enough to balance out the malts. Subtle yeastiness. Light bitterness lingers beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely reaches medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's got a good drinkability - it's not too sweet, not overly bitter, and not too booze-infused to dissuade me from downing a few of these guys.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the brewery this English style IPA was a bright copper color with some tangerine highlights that appeared when held up to light. The head was slightly off-white, faded quickly and left thin ringlets of lacing. The aroma was a blend of citrus hops and herbal/grassy hops atop a crystal malt background. The flavors were at first very bitter with the orange rind and herbal hops elements shining through clearly. However, there was enough toasted malt and hints of caramel malt to give the beer a solid backbone and balance. Dry and just a little toasty; clearly English in style. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation good. As with all Magic Hat beers, I found this to be good but nothing stellar. However, this was one of the best I think they've produced in a while and I did enjoy it more than many of their more recent offerings. Props to South Burlington!

Photo of GregPearson33
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I know I'm a harsh grader but after tasting the beer blind and then seeing the reports on the website I can only believe that I've had a tainted bottle. Anyway, here's my review...

Poured dark amber with a thin head of loosely laced bubbles that receded at a steady rate (3.0). Smell is bready with a strong accent of piney hops (3.0).

Taste starts malty but it quickly consumed by an earthy hop character is drawn out into the aftertaste. On the fringe there are tin/metallic hues (oxidation?) (2.5). Mouth-feel is fairly light with solid carbonation and a relatively thin body considering its ABV 6.2 % (4.0)

I was interested to try this beer a) because I have a nostalgic soft spot for Magic Hat having briefly attended UVM and b) because I am an adventurous hop-head with insatiable curiosity in new IPAs. Very simply, I thought the smell and appearance were decent, but uninspiring, and the taste was downright disappointing. The only saving grace was its drinkability.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Magic Hat for bringing back what may be the first IPA I ever tried. Blind Faith pours out a hazy, but glowing orange color, (lighter than I remember) with one finger of white heading. Sweet malt comes through in the nose, followed by faint hops and fresh grains. The hops are more pronounced in the taste, but still hold a milder flavor. I find myself wondering what types they are using, and if they are English. There is also some biscuit like malt flavor, and just a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel is very crisp, and easy on the palate. Finishing off this six pack should not be a problem. I am totally on board with MH with this IPA series.

Photo of cbutova
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a coppery orange with a small off white head that hardly retains at all. A medium cloud and ring stay atop the ale. A few spots of lace remain on the glass.

S- Citrus peel hop notes up front. Light caramel malt. Some pine, grass and light fruit notes as well. Overall aroma has decent strength.

T- Hops upfront are piney and citrus flavored. Fairly fruity also. A bit of grassy earth flavor. The bitterness level seems right at about 60IBU moderately high but not overpowering. A bit more malt flavor would help because the balance is slighty too hoppy in flavor and bitters. Reminds me of HopDevil with fruit.

MF- Fairly creamy moderate body with high carbonation. Bitters and hop flavors coat the palate.

DB- Good priced IPA with a pretty good flavor. The bitters and hop flavors will become a bit much if sessioning is desired. Balance is lost even more with each sip toward the end of the glass.

Photo of yesyouam
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Blind Faith is a hazy, deep golden ale with a thin, dense, white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. It has a floral, leafy aroma that's almost solventy. It smells like hop pellets. It's medium bodied and pretty soft. It has a pretty graceful finish, but it does leave the tongue a bit ragged after a while. It's quite bitter. It really reminds me of Ballard Bitter. It has that round, green bitterness that leans toward juniper. It's pretty well balanced with some peppery malt. Not too boring; Not too bad.

Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dense cloud of orange toned amber. A small whit cloud slowly fades into a gentle head and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of ringwood yeast, butter cream, fruity white grapes, cut wood, and tea-like hops.
Taste is of the aromas with subtle flavors of yeast, fruit, and woodlike hops and sweet dinner rolls.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, bitter, and spicy.

Photo of telejunkie
1.97/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After seeing some other reviews I was thinking I've received a bad bottle...so popped a 2nd one and it was the same.

Appearance: A dark copper/amber in appearance

Smell: Smell of somewhere between bad Concord grape wine (Manischewitz) and a god awful Gerwuztraminer wine nose.

Taste: Followed the aroma right through with zero hop presence noted albeit smooth. I've had scottish ales with more hop characteristics than this beer. Their website claims 60 ibus...but again was more on par with a scottish ale. If this indeed was Blind Faith, I'd say it should have stayed in the annals of MH history.

Overall: I'm thinking my bottles either got mislabeled or they brewed a batch where they forgot to do any hop additions. Tried it up against Harpoon IPA & Long Trail IPA and the clear lack of any hop presence in the Blind Faith was glaring. I would be fine with it if it was presented to me as maybe a scottish 60-

Photo of magnj
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber body, 1 finger white head drops quickly. Somewhat hazy, seems to be yeast sediment?

S - Big fresh spicy hop nose. Strong malty backbone is also present. Seems well balanced for an IPA.

T - Again like the aroma there is a spicy hop flavor to this brew that is rather unique. Good bitterness, they say 60IBU on this new "On Tour" edition. Malts are nice and rich but play a supporting role. Nice twist on the style, not far out of line but interesting.

M/D - Full body but not really sticky, appropriate. Easy to drink, low ABV for what they call an IPA but that's not so bad. A surprisingly tasty brew from Magic Hat, who I generally stay away from.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A revisit from my past as a wee beer geek.

"Spread Fred." Hazy copper color with a white head. Bubbly glass bottom retention and sticky lace aplenty.

Light citrus, flowery hop, and lightly toasted underlying malt sweetness. Taste is clean, fruity esters, grassy citrus hop with a lazy bitter and of course that polarizing Magic Hat yeast.

Good but better in memory.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Poured a golden amber color with a two finger thick head of creamy, beige foam. Nice head retention as well. Carbonation is ample and there is a bit of sticky lace left by the brew.

S: Smells bitter and floral, with some citrus zest and fruity ale aromas of apple and pear added to the piney mixture. Slightly sweet smelling, with a moderately hoppy nose.

T: This brew has a lightly toasted English malt and citrus fruit profile at first. Slightly dry, citrusy hop flavors creep in around mid palate with an espresso foam creaminess which accompanies it. The finish is a bitter swallow and the aftertaste holds a moderate, if not somewhat grainy, resinous hop bite to it. A dry hopped flair moreso than a coating, oily hop finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly creamy feel and a noticeable hop bitterness with a slight cloying feel.

D: A pretty good English IPA and easy to have a few, as the 5.9% ABV is manageable for an evening. I could stand to have a little more balance and toastier English malt satisfaction, but its a good reprenstation of the style nonetheless. Would probably be good with some BBQ or Memphis dry-rub ribs.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a nice beige head that retains pretty good. The aroma has some minty and floral hops upfront, along with fruity esters, minerals, biscuit and caramel, and a little alcohol. The flavor has some fruit upfront (green apple and pear) along with some earthy and floral hops, esters, a little toffee sweetness, some biscuit and a wallop of alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little on the oily side, and drinkability is diminshed by the alcohol presence. A decent interpretation of an English IPA, but the alcohol is a bit strong (even for the style) and the complexity of the hop profile just isn't there.

Photo of jmarvin4189
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - kind of an dark red orange color, not much head.

Smell - Has a very citrus and hoppy smell

Taste - a bitter beer but is still very refreshing

Mouthfeel - very smooth

drinkability - i could relax after a long day at work and drink a few of these with no problem.

Photo of jorg2619
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was given this bottle by lllgonzolll thanks!

Beer poured with decent amount of of white head. The body of the beer was hazy and slightly darker than expected. Smell was minimal slight hints of spicy hops and of malt. First quaff started and finished nicely bitter with malty flavors in the middle. The after taste hinted of spice and pine. The mouth feel was good but not great. I enjoyed Blind Faith, and was surprised by the complexity of this English style IPA.

Photo of joeland
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- a nice amber color with minamial head.

smell- not a overwelling flora aroma but it noticable

taste- This beer has a good balance of malt and bitter with an almost citrus after

mouthfeel- a smooth mouthfeel

drinkability- a good drinkabilty i can picture myself sitting down and drinking a couple of these with no problem.

Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brassy in color...fairly hazy with a one finger head after a hard pour. Lacing sticks to the glass as the head slowly fades.
Abundant carbonation flies to the top of the beer.
Citrus hops dominate the nose, spicyness with bread in the mix as well. Perhaps fresh rising dough
Hops domianet the taste with nothing really else there. Not balanced well with malts and a bit thin as well.
Bitter finish

Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Light brown with touch of gold. Slightly hazy, lots of bubbles, impressive two-finger head. Good retention.

S: Smells like an IPA -- hoppy with strong citrus notes.

T: Sadly, a little watery. All the smells are present in the flavour, but diminished. Beyond the citrusy hops, there's not a lot going on. Decent, but not special.

M: Carbonated and tart. Clean aftertaste. Pleasant.

D: A solid IPA, one that might appeal to a large crowd. Still, not an IPA I would prefer over other, stronger, offerings.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

"If Jerry were here, we'd buy him a beer" inside the cap (me too guys, me too)

A dull copper body with a suspended haze and a fluffy, two finger ecru cap. Cap recedes somewhat slowly and leaves some good looking sticky lacing.

A damp, musty hop aroma with caramel and pine resin sitting underneath. A balanced aroma, not overly inviting but still pleasing.

Caramel, toffee and pine resin up front then the bitterness comes in. This isn't lip puckering bitter punch, but more of a steady stream of bitterness that starts slow and lingers on for a good while.

A medium body with higher than average carbonation, which is right on par for the style. Well balanced english style IPA.

This is a hell of an easy drinker. The bitterness is there, the abv is low and the body is just light enough to allow multiple in a session.

I must admit that as I was first discovering beer around my 21st birthday (and earlier), this quickly became a favorite of mine, a staple every time I went home to CT. I was pretty bummed out when they retired it considering how instrumental it was in starting this whole process. So, needless to say, mowing through this 6 pack will be pretty nostalgic for me.

Photo of DNICE555
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a ipa summer tour 6 pack of this stuff. Enjoyed all 6 commemorating Lynn's birthday and a night of candle lit stratego and trivial pursuit.

A - A hazy yellow copper color. Nice white head and great lacing.

S - Getting some nice hops, pine, and a floral note.

T - Nice hop presence. My favorite citrus backbone in place. Just a hint of a malt presence. The hoppiest English style ipa I've ever had and a great one at that. Very tasty. I couldn't get enough of it.

M - Balanced like a ballerina. Bitterness has staying power just like my gas inside the car even with the windows open on a trip to whole foods.

D - I treated this six pack like Larsonstyle treats a case of coors lights before a concert at the meadows. Very glad they brought this one back.

Photo of jwinship83
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up as a single when the summer mixed 12 was broken up. best before july says the bottle. it also says its 6.2% ABV now. drank from sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a copper colored body with a small eggshell colored head that quickly becomes no more than a crown. tight rings of lacing are left behind.

S- somewhat sweet caramel malts are the first thing i notice. after that comes a pretty mild amount of piny and floral hops.

T- the caramel malts i could smell are back in the taste. the piny hops come through stronger than i could smell. the floral notes are diminished.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated.

D- one of the better offerings ive had from magic hat. something ill probably pick up more of if i can find it in a sixer like ive read others doing.

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