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Blind Faith | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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

Added by pezoids on 08-04-2001

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Photo of Reaper16
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a nice, light, coppery orange color. Decent clarity to the body. The head sits at about 1.25 fingers of fluffy off-white foam.

Aromas of copper and garden dominate the nose. A sign of English hops, and a lot of them. A bit of a marmalade character and some baking spice. But the metallic, green notes overwhelm the aroma.

The flavor of this beer is situated in-between an East Coast American IPA and an English IPA. There's sharp hop flavors of orange peel, pear, and even some passionfruit. Of course, those fruits are balanced by green hop flavors, and some metallic hop flavor too. The malts are biscuity and dry. The malts sort of clash with the passionfruit character, but the flavor is pretty nice overall. A bit strong for an English IPA, but that's probably a good thing from an American market standpoint.

The beer's only real disappointing note is the mouthfeel. It is quite thick for the style, and not particularly conducive to drinking.

Overall, this is an impressive effort from a brewery that I tend to hate. It's strong for an English IPA, but tastes pretty darn good. Magic Hat's best beer?

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with a fairly thick, one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving substantial lacing.

Toasted caramel malt and citrus make up the aroma, with a bit of pine adding complexity. Notes of grapefruit and lemon are present.

Flavor reveals more citrus dominance, with grapefruit and an almost lemony tang underlying a fairly toasted malt backbone, finishing slightly bitter. There's a note of pine in the aftertaste. Tropical hints of pineapple and mango emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderately high carbonation, finishing fairly dry.

Overall, one of the better Magic Hat offerings I've had. Wouldn't consider it an English ipa. Hops were more American in style. Malt was a bit overly toasted, but the hop complexity was very nice.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First beer from Magic Hat in awhile.

Pours out a deep orange/ruby red with hints of yellow and a nice 3 finger off-white head.

The aroma is very malty with toasted notes, hints of citrus and very subtle hints of earthy hops.

The taste follows suit very closely. Mainly very malty with hints of hops that are rather earthy and slight citrus notes. This finishes very clean and it's not very bitter or dry.

Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't really label this an IPA, more like a Pale Ale.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Copper color, close but not entirely clear. Head is thick at two fingers and lasts well leaving a slight bit of lacing.
S- the aroma is quite mild, but is spicy, with a faint hit of citrus. Does not really pop.
T- Same here, it tastes good, but nothing really pops. There is some grassyness, a bit of spice, a faint butteryness. A touch of caramel and the ever slightest touch of ctirus.
M- Fairly light. Dry finish. Carbonation is smooth.
O- This beer is very much mediocre. It's not bad but it just doesn't have much interesting.

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Photo of nickfl
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Some light, musty hops with a bit of caramel and apple.

T - Lightly sweet malt up front with a little bit of honey flavor. Some more of the same sweet, but light malt in the middle that flows into a balanced finish with just a touch of musty hop flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - While this isn't a bad beer, it is far from an IPA, English or American. The malt character is subdued and too sweet for the style while the hops are almost completely absent until the finish where they contribute just a touch of flavor and bitterness. This would be a mediocre pale ale or a decent blonde, but it is a pretty poor IPA.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
under the cap reads, "sharp cats wear cool hats." i'll have to remember that.

pours a cloudy dull copper shade while yielding a 3/4" frothy head. decent retention and lacing. all in all a solid looking brew. i wouldn't call the aroma subdued, but it's definitely not barreling out of the glass, either. notes of bready/buscuity malt and floral, maybe a touch of citric hops.

more of the same round out the flavor profile. bready malts balanced by some floral and citrus hops. decent beer, drinks easily, though nothing special. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

if handed this beer at a party i would happily drink it but wouldn't think twice about it. overall it's a notch above average, but no more.

(originally reviewed: 07-08-2011)

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Color is rather dark red to brown (I'm colored blind so don't quote me) with a two finger head. Looks like an good ipa.
Smell: I am not picking up a strong or traditional ipa smell.
Taste:Not as much hops as I like. I have moved toward liking hoppier beers over the last year or so. I am also drinking Southern Tier ipa which has a more hop presence.
Mouthfeel: Light and not very carbonated.
Overall: OK, I bought a six pack of Southern Tier ipa (STIPA) and STIPA won hands down. If you are an ipa fan you might not think this is enough. Well made and I have a lot of respect for Magic Hat. It just doesn't float my boat to use a cliche (sorry).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this one a lot in summer. not as aggressively hopped as a lot of other india pales, this one is very well balanced by some english and american malts. smell is quite zesty, some citrusty hops and earthy english malts. flavor is nice, plenty of hops in the finish, but the rest of the time they are quite subdued and only a little bit bitter. this is more of a session ipa than anything else. i like it in their summer mixed 12er, but i also like it from the brewery in a growler hand and half with number 9. they call it blind 9, and its an excellent blend. overall this ipa has a place in my annual beer calander, serves a special function in summer time.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Magic Hat Summer Variety 12-pack. Poured into a Hunahpu snifter.

A- Pours a translucent reddish golden amber with about a quarter finger of head that fades to leave almost no head. Average to slightly above average carbonation for an IPA. Doesn't leave too much lacing.

S- Sweet fruity smell of mangoes, bananas, pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, etc.. Definitely has a nice fruity smell that is decently aromatic.

T- Sweet fruity taste of apricots, pineapple, papaya, bananas, mangoes, etc.. Average hops. Finishes a little bit bitter, with a little bit of a sweet slightly weird (a little artificial) aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, fairly smooth, average carbonation, easy to drink.

O- At first I thought this beer was a pretty good offering from Magic Hat (I usually think their beers are innovative and a little bit above average but nothing more), then I slowly started realizing the faults of this beer. There is a nice fruitiness to this beer, however it doesn't balance quite right and the more you drink it the more artificial and off it seems. This definitely has a taste similar to the #9 from what I remember, it has that same kind of apricot artificial taste (I think this one is a little bit better though). Overall not bad, but not great. Worth spending $12 and getting it in a mixed 12. This doesn't even compare to the other level of IPAs coming out of VT though.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken on 5/15/2010.

Appearance: Slightly-hazed copper with deeper hints of brown is topped by a small, almost non-existent, off-white head.

Smell: Full of rich-biscuity malts under a pronounced citrus hop note. Hints of grapefruit and orange sneak through, heavier on the grapefruit. Juicy fruit notes.

Taste: Carries that same hint of biscuit packed in to the back of a big juicy hunk of grapefruit. Touches of a more resinous hop profile sneak through, but they only work to fill out the back of everything, sticking to the tongue long after the malts have had their turn. As it warms you’re treated to a solid, juicy, hopfest of delicious caliber. It’s got everything you could want from your hops. It’s clean, it’s full of juicy-citrus flavors, a solid punch of citrus zest, and to top it all of, delicious piney resiny flavors abound!

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a moderate carbonation. Touch dry.

Overall: Truly a spectacular IPA. I’ll be sad when it retreats back to the hidden lands of Magic Hat…maybe to remain hidden forever. A tragedy yes, but one I’ll enjoy before it ends.

Edit: I've tried the most recent batch and refuse to believe it's the same beer. Whatever is in bottles now is not what I had then. This is the beer it should be.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orangey amber in the wine glass, a darker shade. Fairly dry and biscuity. More of an English Pale Ale flavor, but amped up with the hops.

Pleasantly carbonated with a nice fizzy mouthfeel. Quite a bitter aftertaste. Starts out with some faintly sweet malt which does a little to soften the bitterness.

This has a flavor that seems to run through most of the Magic Hat beers. An herbal, earthy taste. It's a style, but I find I like those flowery hops better. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Washington, DC.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/hazy orange with an off white head - good retention and some lacing.

In the nose is earthy yest notes, fresh citrus - orange, and a bitter herb nuttiness.

Bitter herb and bitter orange, as the bitter hops roll around malt is faintly in the background, but does not show up enough for balance. The hops aren't good enough to carry this one on there own. This is a good beer but falls short of craft IPA expectations.

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Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark burnt orange color with a rocky off white head that stayed solid. The smell is sticky caramel sweet with loads of citrusy hop aroma, with a hint of pepper. Taste is mainly piney hops with some peppery flavor as well, slightly sweet background and a little bread. It's light with a lot of carbonation and a hoppy dry finish. This is another of Magic Hat's better offerings, could've been a bit more balanced though.

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Photo of IronLover
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty copper orange in color with a deep haze. Poured with a fluffy off-white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left rings of sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus hop, ripe pineapple, biscuity malt, and grassy aromas. Medium bodied with a light resinous feel through the middle and assertive carbonation. Citrus hop flavor with a biscuity malt backbone from beginning to end. Finished semi-dry with a bready and light bitter pine aftertaste.

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Photo of KajII
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a cloudy copper orange with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that was mostly lasting, receding down to a large cap with fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light sweet bread malt, grassy hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, honey, citrus (orange) and maybe a touch of dried fruit (figs).

The taste was lightly malty sweet with a mild hint of caramel early on, becoming a bit hoppy with a light citrus note and a slight bitter finish. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow leaving behind a light smooth bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was just a hair above light in body with a watery dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty basic IPA, although it possessed a good drinkability it did not have any outstanding qualities...

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Photo of tdm168
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber; half of an inch of thick, dense, soft, foamy, pure white head; great retention

S - faint bread; slightly herbal, citrusy, faintly piny hop aroma

T - faint bread, faint caramel, piny, bitter, mild citrus, mint, herbal

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated, a bit crisp

This is a decent IPA. It definitely has some hop bite to it. The malt character is rather subdued so in the end the beer lacks balance. Just a little more malt would do wonders in taming the intense bitter finish. It's worth trying nonetheless. It's one of the better Magic Hat offerings.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Wachusett pub glass.

A: Hazy, cider-like color. Poured with an inch of white head. Long threads of lacing stuck to the glass as the contents vanished.

S: Faint earthiness and field/hay mustiness. Lightly citrusy.

T: Foreground of earthy bitterness with slight peppery and lemon notes, backed up by the trademark Magic Hat musk. Lightly saccharine aftertaste with a bit of grapefruit.

M: Chewy and a little oily and cloying.

O: Not bad for an IPA. Bitterness isn't too potent and there are a few little flourishes that make it a nice change of pace.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad to have picked this up at the house of 1,000 for mix and match price of $1.75

A - Pours of a hazy dark amber brown with a 1/4 inch of sticky white head. Not bad for an english IPA.

S - Smells of English malts, citrus hops, crystal malts, and a touch of almond.

T - Actually more bitter than I expected with a citrus like hop finish. Malts and extraordinary with a nutty like taste in the finish. Little to no hard water flavors.

M - Medium bodied. Not bad.

Overall like the other IPA on tour beers this one is very well crafted. Like the encore and HIPA better but this one is not bad.

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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangeish color. Pretty decent white head, nice lacing. Solid retention.

Floral and hemp-y aromas.

Tastes herbal and pleasant. Sweet, but not overly. Slight caramel undertones.

Smooth and quite drinkable. The alcohol content is masked. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty nice and very pleasant IPA. I'm really enjoying the "IPA on Tour" by Magic Hat. Some good stuff! This is probably one of my favorites of the series thus far.

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Photo of babaracas
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with one finger of cream colored foam, few spots left on the glass. Smell: orange peel, earth, caramel, biscuit. Not very pronounced. Taste: orange, herbal, toffee, some apple skin and earth in the finish. Medium body with creamy feel. So, basically, an American IPA with British Ale yeast... none of these hybrids really do it for me, but this one's not bad.

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Photo of cdrogers
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to Guinness glass.

Was orange-red in color with a slightly milky head. Does not seem to be highly carbonated. Slight pine and citrus smell, but not much at all. Tastes of grapefruit but slightly watery. Was a nice mouthfeel with decent amount of carbonation, but finished kind of watery. Overall though I did enjoy this one but would have enjoyed the hops a little stronger, I expected more bitterness than I got.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, last summer we were driving in Vermont on vacation, passing through downtown Burlington en route to Ben & Jerry's later in the day, and I saw a sign: Magic Hat Brewing: Next Left. Didn't plan or research it, but had no choice but to stop.

I'll leave the review of the tour for another post, but one of the samples I had was Blind Faith that ranked really high. However, picking up a bottle of it locally, I didn't come up with the same evaluation.

Big off white head piled up high in the glass and lingers for a long time before falling to a nice thick film with a light lace. English IPA is what's listed on the bottle and the earthy hop aroma on a strong malt biscuit base doesn't disappoint. Underneath is a sharp yet subdued spice that's peppery along with an almost musty smell. Warms up well and the nose clarifies with the temperature. Some bitterness in the taste with a mineral or metallic taste blended with the light malt. Mouthfeel is fairly light.

Not a bad beer, but I'm not the fan of it now that I was last summer. Looking at Magic Hat's website, Blind Faith is the summer IPA on Tour, so looks like I'm a bit behind the curve on buying and drinking this one. Still a good beer, but I'll should pay attention a bit more when buying out of the way bottles at a liquor store that I don't know the reputation.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a light clear golden color with a white one finger head. Aroma is light fruits, some sugary citrus rind, and a little pine, with some pale malts. Flavor follows with light sweetness of citrus rinds and some honey, a bit of a flat flavor. Mouthfeel is rather light, with medium carbonation. Finish is more unpleasant than other in the style. Just not the hop profile I expect from an IPA. Plenty drinkable, especially when I was back in college.

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Photo of ScorpyX
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper and clear pour, plenty of combination. Two finger-width head quickly dissolves.

S: Very muted, with a hint of malt in the smell. Something of a metallic twinge to it. Maybe some fruits, too.

T: Kind of bland. Bready, mild hop flavoring. A noticable malt presence as well. A lot more reserved than I'd expected. It gets a little more balanced as it warms, with some hops emerging to complement the malt, and a bit of fruit in the background.

M: Crisp and carbonated. Slight bitterness in the swallow, but pretty light for the style.

Starts mildly and never really takes off. Finishes better as flavors emerge, but it's unlike most IPAs I've had. Nothing makes it bad, but there's not really enough to make it great, either. A pleasant, if average beer.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a white foam head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- Much more of a musty hop aroma than I was expecting. Some toffee and caramel is present as well.

T- Again, much like the nose only the alcohol is more prominent. Muted musty hop flavor with some caramel and toffee in the finish. The English Ale yeast is actually quite nice and it adds a bit of fruitiness to the malt backbone.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. The alcohol is surprisingly prominent for being 6.2%.

O- Overall a very average beer but certainly not offensive in any way.

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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