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Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,113 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,113
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | 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 oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't believe I have never tried this one before... this is a great New England IPA. Nice hop profile to this one, good bitterness to it, solid mouthfeel and body... I like it a lot better than Lucky Kat; wish they made this one available year round. Solid beer for sure, great drinkability... def. a good addition to the season 12 pack.

oriolesfan4, May 08, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy orange-brown with a quickly dissipating almost white head that leaves some chunks on the glass.

aroma is very faint. but what is there is buttery, citrusy and floral.

taste follows with a buttery toast and honey sweet malt character that is followed by some acidic citrus and floral hops. bitterness lingers for a bit.

mouthfeel is very prickly from the carbonation with a lot of hop resin left on the tongue.

drinkability is ok. too much carbonation with not enough body and flavor, but no off-flavors or overpowering qualities.

it seems this beer just has an identity problem. it doesnt know if it wants to be an english ipa, a citrusy west coast ipa or a malty east coast ipa, and instead just hints at all of them without asserting its own identity.

silentjay, May 07, 2010
Photo of mempath
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a light orange-golden with decent, fast settling head of off-white.

i think this has changed since reviewed by the bros...! nose is slightly hoppy, but more malt and mellow. by far.

slight hop bitterness, but very drinkable and tame for an IPA. MUST be different than it was in 2002! a good balance for sure which is nice. but nothing stellar. thin mouthfeel doesn't help elevate this as it could've been. i'd be happy with plenty of this at a warm spring party, but nothing 'special'...i think this one needs some chocolate to bring out some nuances dancing about on my tongue.

mempath, May 04, 2010
Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking for a new IPA to try while in the packaged store this past weekend and this one caught my eye. I remember seeing this when I first got into Beer. Haven't seen it since and so I thought I'd give it a try.

It poured a nice orangish color, with a off white head, that surprisingly left some beautiful lacing behind in the glass.

This one had a very citrus nose, lots of grapefruit, some cascade hops, things of the sort. I think what threw me off a bit was their choice of the yeast. Must be something that I haven't had before because I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Taste - it was hoppy and bitter but not what i expected it to be. I felt as if it left a weird aftertaste but that could have been from the yeast that was left behind. I kind of was hoping for a west coast kind of feel out of this one (because of the cascade hops). Don't get me wrong, this one is good, just wasn't what I expected (not necessarily in a bad way either.)

Mouthfeel - this one was medium, not too heavy or light. Seemed ok.

Drinkability - i'd have no problem having a few of these during a nice summer evening. It's a good beer for sure, nothing wrong with it, but nothing too great. Good all around beer.

Genuine, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of 16ozSampler
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Opened the top of the bottle and got a pleasant smell. Poured into Pint glass. Just a bit of head on top and it stays there with good carbonation. The beer when held up to light is a beautiful amber color. I know I am drinking an IPA from the smell, first taste is good. I let it linger, can feel the carbonation tingling on my tongue. The IPA is not overpowering, I feel like i am drinking an IPA light, (or everyone else overdoes theres, hey I'm a stout kind of guy!)

As I'm drinking down the pint glass my head has a nice trailing effect. 1/4" on the glass above the beer following me down, not enough to leave rings, but excellent head nonetheless.

If a friend wanted to drink an IPA and wasn't used to them, this would be an excellent one to start with.

16ozSampler, Apr 29, 2010
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.

Buebie, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of travduke
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.

travduke, Apr 27, 2010
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.

RomaniIteDomum, Apr 23, 2010
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

ktrillionaire, Apr 21, 2010
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.

Haybeerman, Apr 08, 2010
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...

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
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.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 01, 2008
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.

Wasatch, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, Aug 09, 2007
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.

WillieMoe, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
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.

DavidSeanNJ, Jun 16, 2007
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.

mcallister, May 30, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 09, 2007
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

MmmIPA, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of dickieb
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.

dickieb, Apr 22, 2007
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.

jaxon53, Apr 22, 2007
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.

Zorro, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
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.

penguinjive7, Apr 12, 2007
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.

joeysmokedporter, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of jpagewatts
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.

jpagewatts, Mar 28, 2007
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,113 ratings.