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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,083 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,083
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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Photo of Buebie


3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this single bottle to 'give a shot'.

Poured into a pub glass producing about an inch of white head. Leaving a collar as well as some sticky lace and rings all the way down.
Color is great, a darker amber with redish orange hues.

Aroma is surprisingly floral with hops and nectar. A honey suckle likeness with a candy sweet effect. I havnt really smelled an ipa like this before and I am really digging it.

Taste is glimmering with an assortment of hop flavor as well as malt. More of that honey suckle, floral meets honey now into taste. Leafy hops bring out a mild mint flavor. A distant cousin to cotton candy in there, caramel malts, cactus fruit jelly, bittering pine.
An assortment of delicious flavors that are pleasing indeed.

Mouthfeel is a touch thing but carbonation does not overwhelm. A mild slickness across the pallet.

I thought this was a decent brew, but nothing overly exceptional that would make me want this over others. The cactus fruit and honey suckle provided some oddball flavors for me here. But still did taste good.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 23:39:05 | More by Buebie
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Dark golden/copper body, nice two finger head with decent retention and great lacing.

Aroma: Balanced well between the earthy hops and malt.

Taste: Very tasty. Earthy hops, mild bitterness and nice malt backbone.

Feel/Drink: Great mouthfeel and drinkability is just right.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:11:06 | More by travduke
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a nice head.

Smells like hops, lots of hops. And a little Magic Hat creativity.

Tastes a bit like the nose, decent amount of hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Good balance.

Pretty drinkable. Magic Hat is many things, but not drinkable isn't one of them.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 03:56:50 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep golden-copper hue, big creamy head, nice lace rings.

S - Buttery and metallic, earthy hop, and with a slight cheapness to the aroma.

T - The taste is very much better than the smell. A nice bouquet of herbal and earthy hop sits upon a sharp and dry bready malt. Not so buttery or biscuity, but hop-centric and quite flavorful.

M - Exceptionally smooth, and still with nice sharp carbonation. Good job in this aspect.

D - Pleasant, not outstanding

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 19:09:44 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Haybeerman


4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear, golden color. Poutred 2 finger off-white head with fair retention. Medim lacing.

S: Hoppy scent. Nice balance of malt and hops, very inviting.

T: Toasted malts; burnt toast and nuts with some caramel. Citrus and hop flavor balance.

M: Light-to-medium body. Medium carbonation. Resiny hops on the palatte

D: Good balanced IPA. Good flavors and feel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 02:55:22 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of changeup45


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

9/28/2004. This is a nice all around beer. If not my favorite certainly one of my favorites from Magic Hat. Copper color topped with a medium white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Maintains a nice head throughout. A very smooth fruity, bitter hoppy flavor. The malts are there too which provide a nice backing and add balance to the beer. I liked it. Too bad it's now retired...

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 20:33:36 | More by changeup45
Photo of deltatauhobbit


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

Pours an amber color with a decent head, not much lacing.

Smell has mostly a piney/citrusy hop aroma with some caramel malt hints.

Taste is fairly herbal from the hops, little buttery but barely noticeable, decent citrus presence, nothing outstanding or noteworthy from this Magic Hat offering, certainly not my favorite from them.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 05:33:23 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks to plaid75 for this brew.

Pours a nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is more on the malty side, but there is some hoppiness there as well, slight citrus and pine's, good dose of caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, some citrus and pine's going on, and some caramel thrown in. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice English IPA, glad to have had a chance to try out.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 02:26:57 | More by Wasatch
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured an orangy sweet hop and a good caramel malt.

The taste consisted of a very well balanced citrusy hop and sweet grainy malt. Solid doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very tatsy and well balanced IPA. Rumor has it that this beer will soon be made no more. That is too bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 02:26:17 | More by plaid75
Photo of WillieMoe


3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a strong amber color, with a light head that lingers at the top.

There is a piney smell, with a hint of malt to it.

It has a slightly dry, hoppy taste, with some bitterness as it hits the back of your mouth. Kind of leaves a bit of a dry, piney aftertaste.

Overall a solid IPA, that I could enjoy over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 20:29:46 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

I was looking for a sessionable IPA to enjoy during the subway series. I have had this many times before and decided to go with it again.

Poured a hazy copper color- think the color of a brand new shiny penny. Puffy white head and a ton of carbonation. Tasted of bitter piney hops/ some malt/ grains. Overall- the hop presence was not there as I had once remembered it. Possibly because my palate is used to the stronger double IPA's. Mouthfeel was slick and greasy but went down smooth.

I was dissapointed with Blind Faith this time around- it was lacking the strong hop character that I once remembered- nonetheless, I could still drink a bunch of these in a sitting, and that I did.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 22:01:36 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of mcallister


2.38/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at Jekly and Hyde in Manhatten. Bottle had a BBD of February. So looks like this was past it's prime and tasted the same although this is what I've come to expect from what MH beers I've sampled.

Bronzen/copper. Hard pour results in a small head that fades very quickly. No lacing.

Very light pine hop with the ringwood yeast aroma that I'm not crazy about that is the house yeast for MH. Bready and caramel malts.

Very boring pine hop profile. Caramel and some toffee with herbal notes. Thin in mouthfeel yett a modest finish. Not sure how much better if at all this would have been if served fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 20:41:12 | More by mcallister
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

Hat's off to Magic Hat!

12 oz bottle poured in a frosted pint glass. Beautiful clean,clear deep amber color with a tan, light frothy head that thinned out leaving bits of sticky lace inside the walls of my glass.

The aroma is unmistakable cascade hops and pale malts.

A very fine tasting beer, destined to become a classic memory, as the offical Magic Hat website claims this beer is no longer in production.
Cascade hops balanced with pale malt mid-ground sweetness, then quite a hoppy bite on the finish.

Light bodied, clean, crisp ale, a bit loaded with dry hopping, that's perfectly timed (in the brewing process and on the palate).

Perfect balance between a fine light ale and a hop bomb, at 5.6%abv (I know 'the bros' list this at 5.9, but the website says 5.6) this is a exceptionally drinkable beer to enjoy at any occasion, at any time of the year.*

*NOTE: Too bad this is soon to become 'retired', if you see this beer, grab it, time is limited on the availability, as the website says, it's over for Blind Faith.

I miss this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 00:51:43 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of MmmIPA


2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy orange body with a nice one finger white head.The head last for a few also.

Smells of yeast and some fruitiness.

Some hop bitterness but its very faint.I guess cause the beer expired last month.

Mouthful is a bit thin and easy to take.

I think this one may be bad and its not what its supposed to be.I may have to have this again when its a fresh bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 14:23:30 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poors an orange/ amber, with a frothy head that goes away pretty quick. Smells of sweet hops and citrus. The tatse is also mostly of citrusy hops, but in no way overpowering. Much more ballanced then th HiPA with a fair amout of malts. This is one of my favorite IPA's. Its not overpowering, and its well balanced, im sad to see it go.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 20:21:19 | More by dickieb
Photo of jaxon53


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a clear golden amber color on top of which formed an off-white one finger head. Quickly faded into a thin ring of lace. Aromas of sweet malt, herbal and floral hops, minor citrus notes. Strong malty flavors followed by a strong kick of hops. Some piney flavors present. Was very smooth in the mouth. Mild carbonation. No noticeable alcohol. The severe maltiness throws this brew slightly out of balance. Pretty good though. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 20:06:00 | More by jaxon53
Photo of Zorro


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

Sampled through the Secret Bunny 2007 BIF and sinstaineddemon.

Poured in a pint glass this is a mildly chill hazed orange colored beer that borders on light brown in color. A good tan head forms but falls in a few minutes.

This is a very nicely scented ale that reminds me of hop perfume. The scent is sweet and herbal and floral with a nice toasted grain aroma. There is a slight woody aroma and a scent bordering on spicy but not quite, maybe an extra fresh specimen wold smell spicy.

The taste begins sweet with a strong herbal hop flavor and a little bit of woodiness and a long lasting after taste of English type hops. Slightly buttery and nicely fruity this is one tasty ale. After my tongue acclimates a bit to the hop flavor nice toffee flavor appears.

The mouthfeel is good.

This is a mighty tasty ale plain and simple. Personally I would have classified this as an ESB but no matter it is just good.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 22:40:08 | More by Zorro
Photo of penguinjive7

New York

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

Heard this one is on the way out so I figured I had better give a try before it is no more.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with about a finger's worth of white head.

Smell is definitely of citrusy hops.

Taste is more of the same with some floral undertones. Nothing too deep and complex. A bit watery with not too much substance to it.

The feel is crisp and tingly, rather nice.

This is an alright brew. I usually am not big on drinking beer with food, but I don't think I would have this any other way. Nothing outstanding but it was worth trying. Definitely not as strong and full of character as others of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 02:25:40 | More by penguinjive7
Photo of joeysmokedporter


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

Served in a pint glass on draft. Appearance was very amber/coppery but clear, cream-colored head with some lacing. Aroma of citrusy American hops. Flavor was citrusy spicy hops in the beginning, a tangy flavor in the middle, and a dry bitterness in the end. Some caramelly/toasted maltiness also evident. The tangy flavor in the middle seemed inappropriate for the style and I hope it isn't the result of a dirty tap. Would be interested to know if anyone else detected this in this beer; if not I'd imagine it was an issue at the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2007 20:54:50 | More by joeysmokedporter
Photo of jpagewatts

New York

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark for a india pale ale, a robust copper. fine white head that lingers over the surface of the beer.

S- lots of spicy hops in the nose

T- a malt body hits the mouth first lending a good sweetness that transforms gradually into the hoppy bitterness. this transformation gives metallic notes, accentuating the bitterness into something that lasts well after the swallow.

this beer was just discontinued by Magic Hat after 12 years in the brew kettle. it's a unique beer that is easy to love and will be missed.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 23:59:02 | More by jpagewatts
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Outstanding hazy/cloudy shad. Dark orange looks like cider. Head is short-lived, but does leave a bit o'lace.

Pleasant aromatic hop smell. Decent malt smell to balance it. The malt is sweet, and the hops also have a sweet citrus. A bit weak, but friendly. Just a little musty.

Malt dominates the hops, but both work well in concert. The hops are an accent; a true English IPA. Hint of apple? Just a bit of interesting tart sweetness.

It's a dry beer. Decent thickness, medium body. A little fizzy. Very drinkable. Has a sweetness that makes is a surprisingly nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 23:32:34 | More by williamherbert
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind faith pours a golden orange with a small head. Smell is a grainy maltiness, some faint buttery diacetyl. Flavor is better, nice citrusy hops, with an adequte bitterness and nice rounded malt flavor. This was one of the IPAs that got me into good beer, along with Harpoon IPA. I haven't had it in a long time (I would buy the mix packs much more often if it replaced Circus Boy). I should really pick up a six pack of this more often.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 01:20:51 | More by ericj551
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a mug

A - Pale copper-amber color, one finger of white head, cloudy appearance with little lacing, looks pretty good

S - Strong but not particularly complex smell, mostly hops with a little toffee malt; a hint of coffee as well

T - You're hit first with the hops, which are really strong at the start, although as the drink goes on you start to notice the sweet caramel malt; then the hops hit you again on the way out with a nice but fairly short aftertaste; the hops aren't as dominating as they often are for an IPA, but that sweet malt and coffee taste even things out pretty well; it's a good flavor, although not too complicated

M - Good feel, nice carbonation, thick and syrupy

D - I'm a pretty big fan of most Magic Hat beer, even though that seems fairly looked-down-upon in some circles; this is another solid beer that I could definitely drink all night

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 21:23:22 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Braudog


3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, this poured with the as-expected visuals ... bronze/orange with a thin white head. Oddly enough, the hoppy aroma reminds me of my wife’s hairdryer or a lady’s hair salon (but no it didn’t turn me off) ... but thankfully the flavors stray from that odd synapse in my brain’s smell factory. This has a solid, solid malt base with a light hoppy top-off, resonating citrus and pine. (#2681, 2/4/2007)

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 22:15:25 | More by Braudog
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - mildly clouded dull orange. A thin creamy off-white head rests atop, leaving a primary lace ring at the head's top height, and a mish mash of lace below that.

Aroma - grapefruit and malt with an edge of pine. Goes a little floral after it sets up. Somewhat lighter than average intensity but pleasant.

Taste - an understated malt base. Doesn't contribute much overall, moreso for the body rather than flavor. Citrusy hops predominate though they're a bit tame. Solid citrus and pine, quite tasty. The finish is partially drying, some hop bitterness creeping in. The English version tends to be more forgiving to the palate, not really sure if there should be any diacetyl element to the malt side.

Mouthfeel - could have a bit more body, but it'll do. Rather gassy, but the level works okay.

Drinkability - not exactly an IPA-light (or maybe I've been sampling too many DIPA of late). Regardless, I went through the other bottles rather quickly and had to hold onto this one until I could take some notes. A very sessionable IPA; a big shout out to beachbum for the trade. This beer kicked off the Great Christmas Wrapping Project '06, which went well. Sometimes you embark on such things with a bit of 'blind faith' that you'll be done before Santa's big night. We made it <aaahhh>...

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 21:21:06 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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