Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
A much appreciated brew recieved via trade with bkett01.. thanks, Brian.
Poured into my fluted Stone IPA glass for a little East-meets-West action. A very good loking brew, clear copper with a sticky, bubbly head.
Floral hops in the nose, with a faint astringentness.
Solid hop bitterness, just not as pronounced as I'm used to in my IPA's. But that's okay. It's all about pallete expansion, here, trying something new. Surprisingly little malt present, enhancing the dry, tangy bite.
Crisp and pretty refreshing. An interesting brew, and it serves as a tasty opener to my journey into the New England beer scene.
03-02-2006 03:46:38 | More by germaniac
4.2/5 rDev +18.3%
Poured from the kegerator in my living room...
Appearance: Pours a rich amber color with a solid half inch head which lingers. Steady carbonation continues to flow through the beer creating a very appealing pint.
Smell: If you're a fan of hops in general, the smell of this beer will seriously hint at the taste to come. A citrus/leafy smell dominates the aroma.
Taste: This well carbonated and hopped brew delivers a crisp bite on the tongue. Hops overwhelm any malt presence, enough to make this a hophead favorite. It seems to stand out from other IPA's I've had as it carries the initial bite into it's distinct mild malt finish.
The crisp & clean hoppy taste really sets this one apart for me. Carbonation keeps it lively on the tongue, and it has a great drinkability. I would recommend this to any hop fans out there.
02-22-2006 02:33:39 | More by bkett01
3.8/5 rDev +7%
Poured into a standard pint glass. Wonderful colour - a deep, dull amber/hold with some orangy tints. Nice big fluffy head, appears very carbonated although it really isn't.
Smell is incredibly hoppy, with some very strong sour citrus that hits hard. Also in there are some sour cherries, bubblegum, and damp pine wood.
The flavour was somewhat disappointing after the look and smell. Very bitter, which I usually like, but in this case somewhat overpowering and not backed up by the flavour. This is quite dry for an IPA, with primarily bitter grapefruit flavours (almost like tasting grapefruit extract, a bit fakey...)
Definitely not one of my favourite IPAs (and I do love IPAs), but honestly one of my first English (rather than American) versions of the style, so perhaps this is something to get accustomed to.
01-21-2006 20:19:43 | More by crwills
3.28/5 rDev -7.6%
A- pours a copper color with a small white head about an in.
S- Not much comes into the nose. Mild hops with a little grain. Fruit smell as well
T- Taste is ok. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Needs a little more malt in it imo.
M- Mouthfeel is good. Nice crisp medium body
D- High drinkability. Not too bitter for a session beer. this would be my choice for heading to a party. can enjoy it and drink a bunch of them. not bad overall
01-12-2006 23:42:31 | More by thetachibro
2.6/5 rDev -26.8%
Hazy dark gold to copper with a decent light beige head, lots of suspended sediment, and active carbonation. Intensely bitter citric hop aroma and flavor; not pleasant or fresh in any way. NOt very balanced. Medium bodied and fairly smooth with a strong bitter hop finish.
Pass... I've had this one in the past and remember it being much better.
Per Label: "Blessed with hops" (too bad it's not blessed w/ any malt :-)
Per MH website: Grav 1.055. 38 IBU. 12.5 SRM.
Malts: Pale, Crystal, and Chocolate.
Hops: Warrior and Cascade (dry hopped w Cascade)
Drink By (end of): Dec '05'
12-06-2005 22:18:02 | More by RBorsato
3.3/5 rDev -7%
Pours a clear orange with a slight brown tint. The head is frothy and slightly yellow that leaves some nice lacing. Smells of corny malt with a sour citrus hop. Taste of thin dry honey with a tinge of coffee that finishes pine. The malt is severely lacking in this brew.
Mouth feel is thin with slight carbonation.
12-05-2005 21:24:24 | More by DarkerTheBetter
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
Dark for a IPA, but it seems Magic Hat has a lot of beers that share a common hue - ruddy, warm, orangish-opaque, burnt, tea like. Head was tight, faded quick, cream hue that relied a common IPA nose - hops, some citrus, the trademark Magic Hat yeast.
Its clean, lightly hopped - mild for an IPA, IMHO. Some citrus, yeasts. Its good, but not spectacular - hard to distiniquish from other IPA's. Bitterness grows on the pallete and finshes clean, not too sharp.
This is a mild IPA - one that might be a good entry IPA if you are into yeasty beers. Its good, not great. I would drink it again. Would probably pair excellently with a good deli sandwich.
11-24-2005 01:52:05 | More by BuckSpin
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
Part of sampler 12 pack from the tour of Vermont in early October.
This brew poured a copper with a minimal head that disappeared quickly. Nose is of floral hops. Taste is pretty much a blast of hops that fits the English IPA style. The mouthfeel is a little thin but nicely carbonated. Overall drinkability is good as this was easy to enjoy three in one session.
11-20-2005 00:43:38 | More by arizcards
4.18/5 rDev +17.7%
Crystal clear copper colored ale. 1/2 inch white head with a heavy pour that disipates quickly but the heavy film that is left leaves nice lacing. Medium to light level of carbonation bubbles. Smell is a nice level of flowery hops. Taste is the same with the hops being the primary focus but not overpowering. Can't really distinguish any particular malt, but it must be there to provde some balance. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Drinkability is good. Of the 4 in the Magic Hat variety pack (blind faith, batch 371, jinx and #9) this is my favorite.
10-28-2005 00:57:58 | More by beermanbrian
4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
A bright reddish gold color pours from the wacky labeled bottle. The minimal head disappears quickly but there is a promising cloudiness to this beer. There is a lacing remaining and it is accompanied by an ambitious high hoppiness in the nose. There also appears to be some fruit tinges.
The taste is a full bore blast of hops with an evolving but lasting bitterness that is pretty close to perfect for an English IPA. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style but its still a fairly minor flaw.
This is a good IPA but again, not really a sipping, session type beer. I could certainly recommend one on a hot summer's day but I wouldn't need a sixer of it unless I had a few friends coming over. Still, an excellent example of the style.
10-27-2005 00:35:18 | More by daliandragon
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
"What's the price of life without spice?"
This beer poured a dull brown color, which was hazy and murky. A nice thick rocky white head formed after a medium strength pour. The aroma is surprisingly malty considering this is an IPA. The hops are there though, and show up as a citrusy fruit aroma. The taste is extremely mellow. A citrus hop element rides in on a strong malty base. There is a slight hop bitternesss that comes in at the end and remains for the aftertaste. I'm not picking up any diacetyl, which seems common to Magic Hat beers, so that's a good thing. Drinkability is very high because there are no real off tastes that I detect and the hops are not raw or abrasive. This beer is not bad, there's just not a lot there. The hops really never assert themselves as you'd expect in an IPA. It almost seems like a pale ale.
10-25-2005 13:05:25 | More by Hagbard
4.4/5 rDev +23.9%
This is my favorite IPA. It smells wonderful with a very floral hop smell much like a DFH 90 Minute. The taste, however, is much better. It has a wonderous smooth hop flavor all the way through, but without an overly sweet malt taste. I think the malt in this was thrown in there just to balance the hops :-). The hop flavor dances on the tongue and is beautiful and not bitter at all really. The finish is just bitter enough, but the biting fades very quickly.
This is amazinly drinkable for an IPA. Hell, even the girl I was hanging out with when I got this loved it. This is the first IPA I've met that I'd drink all night long and not die from hop exposure.
10-21-2005 05:19:05 | More by unknownlamer
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
Once again, their labels are genius. This pours a nice orangey golden color with a strong white head. This smells hoppy as hell. The taste also is hoppy as fuck. The maltiness soothes a little bit at the end of a taste. Mouthfeel moderate but creamy-sticky. This is strong in flavor. There could be more alcohol in here! Very drinkable. After a night of Weizen mystery beers and other magic hatting my stomach needs a rest. Loving the night of the living dead mystery pack though.
10-20-2005 05:45:38 | More by kbnooshay
4.28/5 rDev +20.6%
From the Night of the Living Dead 12-pack...
Appearance: Hazy yellow with hints of a a slight brownish in the body. Lacing sticks very well, though the head is going to the wayside a bit. Altogether pretty nice, though.
Smell: A pretty good balance with floral hop oily bitterness and malt sweetness. Not insanely hoppy, and the sweetness of the malt helps to balance it out. Some yeastiness is certainly present also. Very nice overall.
Taste: One of the best things I'll say is the combination of malt and oily hop bitterness on the tongue upon the aftertaste, as this thing is something fierce in that sense. Upon initial swigs it's a blast of hop bitterness, then balanced out with some maltiness, and then into the aftertaste. This is very solid for sure, and something to which I need to give thumbs up.
Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, much carbonation at first slinking into a mouthful of depletion, which balances out. Not so much oily or slick, but pretty full.
Drinkability: What a surprising English IPA, in my opinion. Highly drinkable -- not an overload of hop flavor, but enough to be balanced and delicious. Yet, don't be wary, you hophead, the hops are still there. This is a pretty great English IPA, and I'd surely try it again.
10-14-2005 01:50:13 | More by asabreed
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby-copper color with a frothy light tan head that begins to layer the side of the glass. The aroma has a sharp pine like note to it up front, with a light toasted malt note that has a certain aroma of bread crust to it; overall it is a bit subtle for an IPA though. The taste has a nice hop character to it as well with notes of pine, wintergreen, and hints of basil. The finish has nice bitterness to it (sharp, biting, and a bit herbal), which is well in balance with the malt character of this brew. The toasted malt notes that are found in this beer form a solid backbone to this beer which is quite nice. As the beer warms up, a citrus character begins to become noticed, I get notes of bergamot and grapefruit. This is a nice beer, with a good mix between the caramel and toasted malt and the various hoppy notes.
I am not too sure, but I am a bit disappointed. Let me explain, this is my first experience with one of these east coast Ringwood breweries, and this beer has nary a hint of diacetyl, a noxious substance I am particularly sensitive to. Oh well, thanks to a recent trade I have a couple more shots to get a noxious butter brew :-)
10-02-2005 06:23:47 | More by Gueuzedude
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
A good lookingdark amber,but the one finger head is a little downer.The smell is good with some mixed spices,but nothing great.A very good hoppy taste with just enough spices without being too overbearing.This is a good solid beer from Magic Hat that is very drinkable.
09-28-2005 02:59:23 | More by jmz62565
4.03/5 rDev +13.5%
Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's
Appearance = Clear, bubbily amber. Fairly weak head but respectable lacing.
Smell = Strong pine scent and hop dominance. Smells robust and flavorful. Hopefully a hint of better things to come.
Taste = Nice crisp burst upfront without a sticky, overwhelming taste. This is nicely balanced. Hoppy but it won't tear you a new one. A tiny bit of a sweet, malty aftertaste that compliments the hop blast perfectly. This is a great and highly drinkable IPA. Even after many, I wouldn't get sick of this one. Mouthfeel is particularly good as it slides down with a silky smooth flow, caressing your mouth as it goes down.
Overall = Two great Magic Hat brews in a row. This brewery can really be hit or miss but they certainly did right with Blind Faith. Highly recommended.
09-20-2005 02:49:24 | More by LPorter33
2.55/5 rDev -28.2%
I had high hopes for this beer since it poured with a beautiful, thick ivory head; plenty of long-lasting lace and a clear amber color.
Then somethings went wrong; the aroma had just a faint aroma of hops and no malt whatsover; not what I expect from an IPA.
The flavor was very bitter of English hops (Kent, Goldings?) and almost no malt or sweetness.
Sharp bite on the palate with lingering bitterness. No hop or malt finish, just bitter.
Not at all drinkable. Maybe you'll like this style if you are really into English ales, ESB etc. but this had nothing in common with an IPA.
09-11-2005 22:29:47 | More by joedon
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
cool label. trippy.
solid orange pour with creamy, thick head. even ring of bubbles climbing up the edge of the glass. aroma is subtle yet very fresh grapefruit.. juicy. base malt presence adds a sweet character, nothing smoky or nutty here. clean.
first sip is like a vitamin c hard candy.. a tease of the juice that's inside. but before i can bite through and unleash it, that english bitterness hits me and sends me into orbit. exaggerated.. the bitterness is perfect and not at all extreme. cheek puckering hop oils noticed in the finish, and overall candy sweetness provides pleasant relief from the heavier, earthier beers of the fall. orange rind lingers with a base alcoholic tinge.
good example of the style, comparable to locally brewed english IPAs that i drink fresh on tap. just might be magic hat's most overlooked beer with mainstream potential. why #9 and not blind faith???
09-11-2005 14:24:32 | More by goodbyeohio
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
"Be a Winner, share your Dinner"
Clean amber with a modest head and clingy lacing. Aroma packs a punch - buttery diacetyl fragrance upfront, oily/grassy hops to follow. Taste is awesome. Not extreme on the hops like its American counterpart but full of balance. Buttery, complex hops, with slight caramel malts in the finish. Moderately bitter, medium body, fresh, and quite drinkable. Mmmm boy.
This is one damn tasty English IPA. For some reason I forgot just how good this one is. Readily available in the NE, this is a great choice anytime. Pick it up and drink it down...highly recommended.
09-11-2005 03:52:43 | More by wedge
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
Dense, off-white head faded slowly to a thick film leaving a sheet of lace as it faded. Chewy piney hop scents over a solid biscuit malt base. Transparent copper colored beer with barely a sign of carbonation. Solid hop flavor up front has both floral and resinous piney notes. There is a dense bready malt base that makes it self known at the same time as the bitterness kicks in. The bitterness is solid in relation to the rest of the beer, and remains quite tasty throughout. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but the bitterness brings a bit of fullness to the tongue. A solid session beer with flavors and aromas that are solid and balanced.
09-10-2005 23:18:56 | More by HappyHourHero
3.8/5 rDev +7%
Nice head man. Its sticky like crazy and shortly after the pour its full of a wide range of bubble sizes. Think of foam meets swiss cheese (but not yellow). Color is sparkling clear golden amber. Smell is various floral, grass, and salty hops which increase in the taste. Hops are everywhere on the palate. Salty wheat, citrus, and grassy pine with a hint of butter. Crashing hop waves at your tongue... Mmmm. Mouthfeel is substantial and slightly chewy. Nicely drinkable too.
A good and an easily accessible IPA (in my area). Now I gotta get it on draught.
09-10-2005 02:40:08 | More by tastybeer
4.22/5 rDev +18.9%
Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a "tulip" pint glass the beer was a slightly dull orange/bronze/amber color with one-finger of slightly off-white fluffy head. Streams of carbonation fed up the sides of the glass and a sheet of lace was left throughout the sample.
Super hoppy in the nose with a faint fruity/flowery smell. A hint of malt in the background of all the aromas.
A pleasent but powerful innitial hop blast with a swarm of bitterness. Slightly oily/flowery flavours. The background has a slight citrus taste, but the hops steal the show with this beer.
Medium body with ample carbonation.
If you like hops this one is very drinkable as it was for me. Right up there among my favorites in the style. Would pair well with anything spicy or pizza too.
09-09-2005 23:22:34 | More by Sycodrummer
4.15/5 rDev +16.9%
12 oz bottle best by Oct. Pours a nice clear copper with a finger off dense off-white head and a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is a strong earthy hoppiness with a slight citric note. Taste is very hoppy as the nose would suggest, with a doughy slightly caramel malt balancing upfront with a big dose of grapefruit hops which levels off to a nice piney bitter aftertaste. Body is a little on the thin side and the carbonation level is medium/light. This is an excellent English IPA which definitely exceeded my expectations, and it's certainly a great session beer.
08-27-2005 00:10:17 | More by cubedbee
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
Slightly creamy off white head that gives after a moment. Very little condensed lace. Glowing copper/light auburn in color.
Bright, floral hop aroma with a few spices and a hint of lemon. Semi-sweet caramel nose as the backbone of the floral hops.
Mildly bitter caramel maltiness quickly overtaken by a burnt floral hop flavor; grain-like and earthy hop-feel. The caramel bitterness and sweetness come in and out of the hop profile. A moderate bitterness with hints of lemon and burnt floral hops in the aftertaste.
Medium bodied; the dark bitterness gives this IPA a heavier mouthfeel than other versions of the style.
A smooth English IPA with a nice hop flavor. Quite drinkable as the hops are balanced well with the malt character. A good choice to fill a growler with.
08-04-2005 14:30:31 | More by NEhophead
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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