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

This beer pours a nice clear amber color, it leaves a tan lace that sticks to the glass for a long time. As I smell the beer it smells like honey, lemon, floral essence and maybe plum fruitiness. Umm this beer has a great hoppy explosion, with a slight malty after taste. I taste a sweetness from fruit or honey and it also makes this beer go down nice and easy. This is a good beer, one that I will come back to again.

Franchise, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a sampler case. 12oz. bottle. Expiry date clearly notched on the label. "Blessed with Hops" on the label.

Poured a deep copperish/amber with a 1/2 finger off-white head, which dropped very quickly to islands and a ring. Some carbonation is evident. Oddly, not much lacing at first, but picked up as I drank. (warming?)

Aroma is strong spicy/earthy hops, with strong toffee/brown suger malts. Pride of Ringwood yeast? Smell dry, if that's possible.

Flavor is crisp, clean pale malt, with a good hit from bitter hops. Strong earthy/grassy hop flavor fills the empty spaces, and lasts a long time. This IPA tastes pleasantly different!

Mouthfeel is tingly carbonation, followed by a dry, bitter, long lasting finish. Some hop resins on the tongue.

Very surprising beer. It has a prominent bittering, pleasant hop aroma and flavor, good malt for balance, and hidden ABV. Poundable, but look out!

jakester, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of ITK4ever
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad IPA, but not the best. It'll do in a pinch. Not as strong as most IPA's and I felt a little ripped-off after reading the label. Blessed with hops??? maybe....just not enough of 'em. Nice color, hoppy nose, but the taste doesn't follow. I was expect something a little more bitter. I would call this an entry-level hopped beer.

ITK4ever, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of HopMaster
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uninspiring as an IPA, but still a good beer. I would not seek this beer out, but I also would not turn down a pint.

Appearance - Deep gold / light amber color with a light head that disappeared quickly.

Smell - Slight hop aroma, but not as fragrant as one might expect from an IPA.

Taste - Nice hop - malt balance, but lacking in the traditional stronghop flavor and bitterness of an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Nice mouthfeel and the correct level of carbonation. The body was thinner than most IPA's.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink, especially for an IPA. Almost more like a Pale Ale. It could be a good session beer in the right circumstances.

HopMaster, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sulldaddy for sending this my way. Pours an orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a solid caramel malt character with a bit of spice. The spices come through a bit stronger in the flavor with the caramel bringing the backbone to tie things together. Medium mouthfeel and easy to drink. Tasty.

clvand0, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to clvand0 and sulldaddy for bringing this my way. It pours a hazy orange with a finger of head that falls to coat the brew. The nose is nice, with nice peppery and spicey hop with an underlying caramel malt. The flavor is very on with the nose, with a spicey hop and a slightly grainey caramel malt. The feel is moderate, wtih a moderate carbonation. I like this brew. The flavors and the nose are nice. Good summer brew.

kmpitz2, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of oxmasterscream
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber topped by an off-white head that leaves sporadic lacing behind. Carbonation visually aplenty. Alkaline in smell, something sour, and very earthy/woodsy. Taste is a sharp citric tang that rips right through your mouth. In the middle, some English ale fruitiness combined with some sulfur. Crystal malts come through just barely. Finish is mouth-puckering. Very dry in taste. Medium bodied and carbonated tightly. Feels prickly on the tongue yet remains smooth. Easy drinking stuff but nothing to write home about.

oxmasterscream, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of Shiredave
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty to look at - medium amber color , steady carbonation and a gooey off white head with good cling and retention.

The aroma is...almost non existant. There is a faint earthy , herbal smell and a bit of malt sweetness along with some not so appropriate butterscotchy notes. Not very IPA-ish to me. Im being kind giving it a 3.

Flavors are subdued - watered down. Some malt comes thru up front as sourdough bread, and the slight sourness continues throughout. Sharp metalic flavors take over quickly and the initial sweetness is swallowed by strong bittering ...balanced by nothing.

Very thin in body for style , even for and English IPA, and lacking any residual sweetness to back up the boiling hops. This beer just seems thin overall and very over attenuated. IMHO, this and Harpoon IPA are more Pale Ales than IPA's , and I would enjoy them more if they were, simply because I wouldnt be expecting the "more" that a well made IPA provides. Having said that, I understand it is not meant to be an American ie; West Coast style IPA and its a decent session beer and more than simply drinkable.
It lacks the balance, complexity and "Bigness" of many of the IPA's available these days.

Shiredave, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of NextOfKin
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose is bland, suprisingly devoid of any floral character. Smell is hard to identify-- maybe a little biscuity, or maybe it's just yeast-dominated? Minimal hops noted, more so just a pale ale (this is in complete contrast to the reviews I've read about it). Maybe this batch was just off or the bottle is old. Poured with a big thick head, but still tasted flat. Taste is mildly unpleasant, and lacking in complexity.

NextOfKin, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

¾ pint
Please drink by end of month notched - February
Air blew out in a rush at open

Appearance – slightly opaque dull orange/light dose of brown; tremendous billowy white head that remains throughout; no carbonation in body after pour; really good terraced lace

Smell – sweetened tea with lemon; spicy; bit of caramel

Taste – smacks you in the mouth with hops from start to finish; light dose of caramelish malts; brutish and lasting orange rind aftertaste

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – barely any carbonation setting for a light to medium body; really easy to drink despite parching close

The drinkability, head and of course the hops are most striking. Blind Faith is a hop bully in liquid form.

Wonka, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The touch of diacetyl, and then the larger dollop in the flavor, lend this American-brewed IPA a distinctly English character. Beyond its appropriate copper color and fading-but-sticky white head, it's aroma grabs you with notes of citrusy and grass hops amidst a yeasty butter, mineral, and fruit combination over a lightly caramelish maltiness. It's easy in the mouth with a medium body and restrained carbonation. And although the flavor offers no more complexity than the nose presents, it is richer, and there's certainly enough complexity there to keep you interested throughout a pint or two. The bitterness is solid, but held back just enough to let the malt shine; and it finishes dry with some lingering bitterness, a splash of citrus, some yeasty fruitiness, a smear of buttery diacetyl, and finally, some lingering yeasty mineral-like bitterness and grassy/leafy hops. It's quite authentic really, and can easily serve as an excellent session beer.

NeroFiddled, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color with beautiful long-lasting head. The hops attack your nose with each swirl. Taste lingers in the back of your mouth and and has just enough bite to make you want to drink more. An excellent IPA and a great offering from Magic Hat

tgbljb, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of boatyard
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber carmel color, with a pretty white head. Very estery, smelling of citrus, and a flower shop. once you take a sip of this puppy and let it sit on your tounge a bit those hops come out and get you. not over powering hoppiness, however a good example of a hoppy IPA. This is an excelent offering from Magic Hat. Feels so good in your mouth with a bit of maltyness, followed by grapefruit sensation. leaves a nice aftertaste in your mouth kinda like a floral thing. it leaves a slight lacing, and isn't overly carbonated. This is good stuff.

boatyard, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with contrasting sunshine yellow highlights. The beer becomes noticeably darker and more blurry when the final few ounces are added to the glass. The head, midway between eggshell and beige in color, is firm and is tacky enough to deposit lace that looks like thick paint daubed on with a sponge.

The nose is nice and hoppy with notes of grapefruit and orange zest (Cascade hops) with an underlying sour, earthy pungency (Ringwood yeast). I'm not a devotee of that particular yeast strain, which is why I'm usually less than enthusiastic about Magic Hat beer, but it's covered to a sufficient degree by the hops. As I hope it will be on the palate.

It is. Blind Faith isn't a hop monster by any means, but it is hoppy enough to get the job done; both the job of covering the yeast and of tasting good. The Ringwood is still noticeable, but it's more an integral part of the flavor profile than an annoyance; due, I believe, to the bitterness of a relatively high alpha acid hop (Warrior).

A sufficient amount of malt with a toasted caramel flavor puts the beer into the English pale ale category (I guess) even though two true blue American hops are in use. It's modestly sweet early with bitterness interceding just prior to the midway point of each mouthful and dominating through the finish.

Blind Faith (sorry, I couldn't find any really choice lyrics) is a good IPA and is my second favorite Magic Hat beer behind Hi.P.A. Ringwood yeast is such a polarizer, I'm surprised that the brewery persists in using it. What do I know though? They're a successful commercial operation and I'm... not. Yet another good brew from far333.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of ski271
4.65/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was quite surprised to see Magic Hat beers at the little bottle shop near work and had to buy one. Went with the blind faith since I’ve never had it before. I was also in a bigtime mood for a good IPA and I wasn’t let down.

This beer is a copperish amber color with a medium-sized, rocky, off-white head that diminished before the first taste but left a decent amount of lacing 2/3 of the way down. The aroma is marvelous! Right up my alley. Strong hops over a good malt backbone. A little sweet-smelling with some yeasty bread (especially after it warms up a bit) and a hint of caramel under the solid fruitiness of the hops. The taste is surprisingly rather malty. Well, I guess it’s not THAT malty, but more so than I expected from an IPA. It has a nice fruity and slightly grassy taste and a bit nutty. The finish is where you know that it is definitely an IPA. The malt sweetness fades away leaving a lingering hops bitterness that stays around for quite some time, along with a little bit of yeast. And about 5 minutes after finishing the bottle, I had a little bit of a soft pretzel taste in my mouth. The mouthfeel is very nice, mildly astringent on the finish, the body is medium, medium carbonation. The aroma was what really sold me on this beer, and I’m not sure why. A very satisfying ale!

ski271, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of bceaglejoe
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer in a Magic Hat This 'N' That variety pack.

It poured very nicely, with about an inch-and-a-half thick off-white head. The beer itself was rather dark and somewhat translucent. The smell was stronger than other beers I had that evening in terms of hops, but it was pretty moderate. It suggested that the beer would be somewhat crisp and bitter.

The taste was somewhat bittersweet, with more hop character than sweetness. It was, however, very pleasant to drink. On the tongue it felt warm and bitter; most likely this was due to the slightly higher alcohol content.

It was very drinkable. It doesn't weigh you down. One must pace oneself with this one, though, because at almost 6 percent alc. by vol. one might catch a buzz faster than with other beers.

bceaglejoe, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear brown looking ale with a below average head with very little retention. Aroma is standard bitter for IPA. Taste is also quite bitter thought not as much as the west coast IPA. Little trace of water at the ends kind of ruin this one for me. Anyway, still better then some other Magic Hat offerings but nothing that I would really seek again.

Phyl21ca, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a small, quickly-receding white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is hoppy with some ester notes and a bit of malty sweetness; nicely balanced.

Tastes is really good. Hoppy bitterness that isn't overwhelming, with some distinctly fruity and malty feel in there as well. Well-constructed and well-rounded; the "blessed with hops" on the bottle made me worry this might not be too balanced.

Mouthfeel may be the strong suit of this one; plays perfectly on the tongue with just a bit of bite and couldn't be much more smooth and inviting.

Overall: Everything seems to be in pretty even proportions here, which makes it a nice alternative to a lot of the big hoppy double IPAs I've been drinking lately. Good interpretation of the English IPA, definitely worth trying.

whartontallboy, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of FormatKid
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a six pack of this while spending the holidays back on the East Coast. I popped the top to reveal the standard hippy-bullshit underneath the cap (I’m kidding..kinda). After pouring this into a standard shaker pint the body is revealed to be a beautiful copper/amber. It is nearly crystal clear, evidently due to the fact that the yeast that bottle conditioned this were nicely compacted into the bottom of the bottle. The head rolls up perfectly to fill the rest of the glass, but does recede rather rapidly leaving only sparse speckles of lace and a thin clumpy layer in it’s wake. When the bottle was opened actual aromas of malts reached my nose from several feet away as well as the more stark aromas of hops that typically greet you when opening an IPA. Upon further inspection…the malt aromas are nice. The hops I pick up in the nose however seem a little flat, I do pick up on some citric and light pine aromas but also a little sourness that seems out of place. A nice little fruity/nuttiness from the yeast rounds out the nose. The taste fairs a bit better than the nose in my opinion. Nice little layer of sweet malt up front. It seems the flavors of the malt layer nicely with the subtle nuttiness of the yeast. The bitterness levels are firm, but a bit light for what I find perfect in an IPA. The hops almost seem sweet, and although they have a bit of bite aren’t tongue stripping. About halfway through the last beer in the six pack I think I finally understand it. The sweet flavors of the hop (tangerine/apricot) compliment that nice midly sweet/nutty combination of the malts without totally over-powering them. This creates a “balanced” IPA, with layers of complexity that peel back revealing others. This beer leaves practically no aftertaste and the taste of alcohol is never even hinted at. As other’s have said, if there is a such thing as a “session IPA” than this would be it. Definitely try this one, don’t be expect to have your teeth stripped of their enamel by alpha-acids, just sip on it and enjoy the nuances.

FormatKid, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of cooter
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red with a bold, creamy head. Smells of pine, pot, and mint. A well-balanced taste at first glance, with similar notes as the nose, plus a sticky hop character that stays on me. Alcohol taste comes through when held a moment. It's good, but unremarkable for its style. Good lacing and head retention, but really I can't find any specific cool tastes to mention. It's got lots of hops, but not a mind-blowing kick of it...and a solid malt contrast. But nothing out of the IPA ordinary. Maybe I'm missing something.

cooter, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a deep clear copper with a finger-sized tan head. Head leaves spotty lacing. Very little carbonation is present.

Smell: The nose is juicy and firm with a very hoppy smell. Strong and potent, but a balanced smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: For a beer that is "blessed with hops" - it almost too balanced. The hops taste nice and piney, but the malts are almost too powerful for an IPA. The mouthfeel is chewy and juicy.

Drinkability and Overall: Not a bad IPA, but far from the rest. I think this beer would be friendly to a palate that is not used too massive hoppage. I don't think Magic Hat found the hop-euphoria they were searching for in this one.

santoslhalper, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of Sixpoint
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have not had a beer from Magic Hat that has blown me away yet...it seems that all of their offerings our very mainstream, and steps are never taken to make bold brewing choices. However, they excel because their wide range of styles appeal to all different types of beer drinkers, and I am excited to sample all of their creations.

That being said, their blind faith IPA is true to form. It's pretty standard... I liked the color, for it was nice to see an IPA come out a deep amber, almost copper color, rather than the orange color that seems so popular these days.

Suprisingly, there not a lot of bittering hops in this beer, but rather, the balance seems to be achieved in their flavor hops. There also is a lingering amount of sweetness, and the beer is medium to full-bodied.

It's a pretty good beer. I don't think it has the solid malt base to stand up to the hops it has. And I don't know what type of hops they are using, but it tastes like your classic high-alpha American hops. They leave a harsh aftertaste...

Overall, it's a very typical offering from Magic Hat. It's non-offensive, and technically sound. Try one, you might like it.

Sixpoint, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm supprised that I have never reviewed Blind Faith. This is the beer that got me into beer back in the day thanks to Alan Newman bringing growlers to a party. But I don't like it as much as other MH offerings so I don't usually buy it, but someone sneeked one into my sixpack of Jinx. I didn't even notice it wasn't a Jinx bottle until I took a sip. I was a little pissed, but it's all good since I hadn't reviewed Blind Faith yet so here we go...

Pours out a nice clear amber with a white head. The hops come at you up front, but are balanced by a mouthsmacking malt bill. Mouthfeel is above average and the brew is highly drinkable. I'll often order this on tap around Burlington. A very nice mainstream IPA.

scottum, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a beer from Magic Hat that I like. This was the last of the 3 that I picked up in Delaware. This poured a nice medium amber colour with a pretty good tight white head. Smell is hoppier than the others. But unlike the others there was none of the odd sweetness to be found. Nice balance between the malt and the Hops. Seemed like it was Cascade but I could be wrong. Over all of the three Magic Hat beers I have tried this was my favourite and by far the most drinkable to me. Now I think I only have the HIPA left to try

TinusTime, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right on time, according to the freshness notch that indicates June 2004 best by info.
Another cool label from MAGIC HAT.

Cloudy light peach hued pour from a standard 12 oz browner, topped off with an antique off white cake like froth.

Scents that erupt into me nose are the sweet fruity hops and the mystery hidden fruit notes in every MAGIC HAT. Smells like Starburst candy.

First swigs taste balanced with easy malts and hops smoothing over my tongue. This IPA, or so the label says, is really like a Pale Ale, but so be it. Hints of dark apple and ripe oranges wrap up this easy swiggable drinker. Delicate roasty malts add to a slightly bitter finish.

Creamy gentle sudsy feel that adds to easy Drinkability.

Last swigs: A MAGIC HAT review would not be replete without adding the inside of the bottlecap aphorism: It ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at. Smooth easy IPA taste that lacks any bite. Just balance all around. Michael Jackson's Best list.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Oct 20, 2004
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 1,113 ratings.