Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,261
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 17
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-14-2003

hI.P.A. begins and ends with big, bountiful bites of hops, hops and more hops while maintaining the barest hint of a malty middle in the mouth.

70 IBU
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Reviews by Darkmagus82:
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a two finger white head. The head has a nice level of retention fading slowly over time to leave a rather nice level of lacing.

Smell – The nose of the beer is a mix a lighter bready and malty smell with a moderate amount of citrus hop. The citrus hop is mainly a mix of grapefruit and a small amount of orange and is mixed with a lighter pine and floral hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and malty base mixed with a lighter citrus hop. The sweet flavors are mainly of orange and some other lighter fruits with the hop flavor being initially of a grapefruit taste. As the taste advances further some pine hop flavors come to the tongue with the sweet fading a little. This mix of flavors take the taste to its end ,where they are joined by more grapefruit and a light floral hop flavor. With this is an increase in the orange flavor which in the end produced a rather bitter sweet flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little bit on the creamier side with a carbonation level that was average. The creamy body was quite nice for accentuating the hop flavors and allowing them to linger on the tongue, while the carbonation level made it still refreshing and quite drinkable.

Overall – A nice more citrus hop variety of IPA. It has a decent level of sweeter malts to balance out the bitter citrus hop. While not the greatest or most robust, it was a nice easy drinking brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear ligher gold with a tight white head that left a trace amount of lace behind as it settled pretty quickly.The hops didnt really assert themselves in the nose as much as I expected there was a noticable pine aroma but it didnt jump out at ya I also picked up a lightly toasted note.This is a pretty dry IPA not bitter but hardly no sweetness to be had,herbal and grassy hop character over top of a dry grainy malt base.The dryness of his beer for me makes it very quaffable if not very complex,all in all a pretty good IPA but there are alot better out there.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The AIPA is a beautiful, dark orange in color with hints of brown and a gorgeous, lacing head that came up quickly on an easy pour.

Smell – This balanced nose has some good, spicy hopping (almost like it’s dry-hopped) with a substantial toasty malt backbone.

Taste – The characteristics from the nose blend together well at the taste. The malts are on par with the hops for sure. The sweetness runs throughout the flavor profile, which is interesting. It’s almost like a syrupy table sugar kind of sweetness. It goes perfectly with the malt and hop flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is damn near medium-bodied with substantial carbonation, nice bittering, and a wonderfully dry finish.

Drinkability – If you’re looking for a well-balanced East Coast IPA this is it.

Comments – Great thanks to a great gal, JustE, for sending this one to me all the way from PA.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of Magic Hat's better efforts. It's a hazy yellow color with a medium head and no lacing. It has a floral, grassy odor, very pleasant. The taste is mostly hops, fairly sharp. Pretty good mouthfeel, and very drinkable. If you associate Magic Hat with #9, this is a much better beer to drink.

Photo of Todd
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown bomber bottle. Freshness date on the back label.

Golden, peach, haze-stricken beer with a pure white head. Haze clears as the beer warms. Mega-hops in the aroma; pungent, herbal, pine, citrus, fresh cut grass. A bit musty.

Somewhat coarse mouthfeel, thin to medium in body. Crisp. Hops are all up in your face ... cheesy, herbal, leaf, earth, strong and sappy pine with a citrus twang underneath. Notes of apple, pear ... yeah, a bit cidery here and there. Touch of medicinal in the background. Fruity esters, touch of strawberry within the sweet malty character. Bready. Oddly coarse and dry in the finish. Plenty of yeasty Ringwood flavours, too.

It's great that MH has finally embraced their hippy-ism with this release, however I found this beer to be very unbalanced and hard to finish. The hop flavours are a bit too much, overpowering and unpleasant at times. Still, an interesting brew with plenty of character.

Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the label on this one, especially Billy Graham on the lower left corner. Nice touch. Pours a nice orange-amber with big white lacy head - basically what I expect a good IPA to look like. The nose has a decent resiny hop hit, but not over the top.

The flavor is like grapefruit rind marmalade on wheat toast - a sharp, resinous, bitter hoppiness with toasty, slightly grainy/sweet maltiness. If you're looking for the massive hop explosion of a Northwestern IPA, this isn't it. More subdued, almost like a British IPA made using Columbus hops. The mouthfeel's a little thin for my tastes - could use a hint more body to balance the bitterness, which hangs around well past the finish. The alcohol doesn't really make its presence known very loudly at all. It's very drinkable and works very well on a hot day. Goes well with hot Italian sausage, too.

Overall one of my favorites from Magic Hat. Yummy on tap at the AOBF - on cask, this would be huge.

Photo of muffguy4beer
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Copper in color. White head, settled quickly, fair lacing.

Smell: Smell some biscuit in there then the hops, mainly fruity. Not overly pungent.

Taste: Very nice hop taste, floral and fruity. Nice maltiness. Pretty balanced and quite tasty, haven't quite got all the dimensions of the taste down but i got five more to investigate. I barely notice that it is 6.8% where the hell did they sneak that in there.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, light dry body.

Drinkability: I am not a magic hat fan to say the least but this beer scratched me where I was itching. Nice balance makes this beer a solid session brew. I could drink a few of these on a spring saturday and I will this coming one while I make a kegerator and prepare a boiled dinner.

Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a great hazy appearance with a golden honey color. The aroma is full of floral hops up front with malt and yeast notes in the background. Its flavor has an herbal and almost fruity hop character with a heavy supportive base of toasted malts and doughy yeast that adds a nice complexity. It has a silky light to medium body that's a little bit oily and has a fairly short dry finish. Wonderful.

Photo of Doomcifer
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale orange color with a decent head that fades away and leaves no lacing. Smells of honey, melon, citrusy, pears, but strange. Tastes of more honey, lots of butter, melon, and a bit of bitter hops but not much for an ipa. Tastes very weird...almost like a hoppy hefeweizen. I'm really put off by this and wish I didnt grab a 12-pack of it. Its a pretty thick beer too....semi dry finish. Not very drinkable...I remember this being a lot better.

Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under the cap reads "A Magic Brew or two may lead you to the loo", wow this one actually makes sense!! Bright amber toned golden hue with a clear look which this beer has not seen in the past, the lacing effect is fine and a product of the high amount of hops used. Wild flowery aroma, buttery backing shows an underskirt of butterscotch. The beer show goes on with soft malty and fruity aromas in the back. A bitter brew, nothing earth shattering as far as cataclysmic hop presence but certainly within style. Its more of a solid hopping to meet the malt a bit more than half way. The hops drop a long lingering flavor for the malt to figure out the puzzle, it does in time with an ample amount of sweetness and lightly toasted grain. Balance to style so the hops are still on top. Alcohol is mild mannered being that it is over 6%, a good amount of fruitiness slips in but the hops knock it down enough. Semi-dry finish.

Why oh why is this a seasonal? A solid brew to say the least, hoppy enough for me ... my expectations were met and that is all that matters. I paired this up with some spicy chicken in peanut sauce ... the more chili paste I added the better it was.

Photo of Billolick
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with freshness dating. Pours light orangy amber, clear, white minimal head, departs fairly quickly, leaves nice light stringy lacing. Bready malty ale, a tad light on the hops for my tastes. Bitterness is there but not any exciting flowery of floral notes, more of a dull, mellow hoppyness in the background and finish. Pleasant enuf stuff, but didnt knock my socks of as a really killer IPA can.

Note 3-13-06: Gotta give Magic Hat big props for putting San Francisco artist Stanley Mouse's fine artwork on their label of this beer.

Nice looking and easy drinking brew, but c'mon where is the hop crunch? Pretty mild mannered IPA IMHO

Photo of warriorsoul
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from their new 12oz. bottled seasonal notched to enjoy by June '05.
Pours a golden bronze w/ two full fingers of cloudy white head after a fairly aggresive pour. Impressive lace w/ carbonated bubbles clinging to the side of the glass as 1/2 of the head disappears.
Aroma is very mild w/ a timid spiced hop and malt...nothing real impressive going on. Smell takes me back to the days of drinking MGD's...never a good sign.
The taste has a bit more going on, but I am not in love w/ this beer as I was in the past, although my pallet has been desensitized by many a IPA and IIPA's.
It is very refreshing, but quite thin. The hops never really produce any bitterness in my opinion, but the aftertaste is very clean if cold...otherwise, that MGD feeling comes back. Could be a highly drinkable brew if I was in love w/ the flavor...I'm not at this point. An average IPA and a few steps below what I am used to from Magic Hat.
I still have a few 22oz. bombs from the last batch...I will have to add some notes to this review to compare.

Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny

Arrives a slightly hazy (chill haze) peach color with a 1/2 finger of off-white foam. After 5 minutes or so, the head drops to a nice coating and a ring. Lacing observed for the duration. Fairly strong carbonation. Pretty beer!

Aromas of floral/grassy hops, good fruity/bready caramel, Ringwood(?). Pleasant smells.

First flavor is sweet bready malts, then a strong bittering blast from hops. Grapefruit, orange peels, grass and flowers. There's alot going on here! A complex brew. Pretty sure it's Ringwood. It's OK!

Mouthfeel is smoothly sweet, pretty damn tingly carbonation mouth puckering bitter, and lip smacking good.

This beer is recommended, unless you don't like Ringwood yeast. The flavor is present, but the beer is damn drinkable.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,Creamy white head about 1/2 inch,dissapated quickly left a slight coat of foam.A little bit of lacing from the side of the glass.A light coppery color,slight orange hue.A piney citrusy aroma.Taste piney first,than citrusy,followed by a sweet carmally malt taste. A medium body,a bit chewy.a nice clean,slightly sharp aftertaste that slowly creeps up on you.A well balanced very drinkable IPA. Not overpowering,but very enjoyable.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, dated 1/07, some hippie chick with flowers in her hair on the lable. Pours a hazy pale orange color. The 1-finger white head grows rather frothy and creamy, leaving strands of small-bubbled lace strung arond the rim.

The nose is citrus dominated, orange and lemon, very hoppy, but more floral than herbacious. The flavor is dominated by orange and lemon, and somewhat biting, plastic, and slightly soapy--citrus tinged hops on the finish are followed just a peep of alcohol on the ass end.

It's medium bodied, with decent complexity. Very drinkable. Seems pretty much in balance. Yet, doesn't really do any tricks that allow it to stand out from the other ponies.

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle out of the fridge into a pint glass. the bottle claims there is a freshness date but i couldnt find one.

pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a nice 2 fingers of white head with some good retention and some nice sticky lace. love the bottle art too.

has a pretty big aroma of earthy, floral hops, kind of like hops before you throw them in the brew kettle. hardly any malt detectable in the aroma.

the taste follows the aroma fairly well with the earthy, floral, pre brewing hops, citrus hops as well. a little bit of a pale caramel malt, but mostly hop forward.

medium bodied, good feeling carbonation, a little resinous hop that stays on the palate.

a good ipa to session, pretty good hop profile for a magic hat as i was never really impressed by the few brews of theirs that i had, but this is a pretty good ipa and i would definatly recommend it, the price isnt bad either.

went very well with some cocunut fried shrimp and some chicken fingers. yum...

Photo of far333
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this selection to appear so that I could review it to earn my mug. I've been waiting and searching, but it never appeared. Finally I drove over the border and picked up a few bombers in MA. Ironically, the message under the cap reads "Stop looking, and you'll find it." The label is funky and psychedelic, and reads "HiPA and the 45 HiBU's."

This one pours from the bottle a golden honey color, with a slight haze. The beige head is low and frothy, and made up of bubbles of many sizes. The hop aroma rises up from the glass and into my nose. As I raise the glass, I detect hints of orange peel and pine in the aroma. The taste is strong, bright hops with floral undertones. The hop flavor is not overpowering or biting. It stays strong well into the finish, with a lingering bitter pine flavor, and a tannic feel on the tongue. There is a very low malt influence riding beneath the hop, almost unnoticeable. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean throughout the drink, and the glass is left with wavy lacing from top to bottom, which reminds me of the label. If you crave smackdown hop power, this one may come up short for you, but it's still really hoppy, very tasty, and extremely drinkable.

Photo of BadBadger
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is rather enjoyable IPA. Pours a nice golden color. The head is a descent size and lasts, with a gentle swirl now and then. The smell is a nice mixture of hops and malt. The taste is pleasantly bitter with a nice malty after taste. Certainly a beer to give a try.

Photo of kpantz
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: Loved Heart of Darkness, dumped #9 down the drain, so what's this one gonna bring? Unfortunately, another beer that doesn't live up to the hype. I really wish I liked their stuff a bit more, but I'm only one for three so far.

Appearance: Hazy dull orange, with a peach to off-white colored head that hangs around at about 1/2 finger thick. Lacing is decent.

Smell: Clean hop aroma. Grassy, not very citrusy or flowery. I even get a hint of ash, which is confusing.

Taste: Initial taste is promising, but it's soon overwhelmed by conflicting and confusing signals that take this away from being a really good IPA. No good bitterness to speak of, and the hop flavor is difficult to find. You know that wonderful middle act, where the hop flavor is complex and dynamic and keeps you from sending this back to swallow too soon? Not here. The flavor prematurely dissipates. Also, unfortunately, some of that ash I detected in the aroma makes its way into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good for the style. A bit tacky, but thin enough to be refreshing. Carbonation level is really nice.

Drinkability: Drinkable, but not for me. Too much going on in the negative flavor character to keep drinking this one. If I'm on a two to three beer limit, I wouldn't want to waste my time with this.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a copper semi clouded tone with a large off white orange tineted head leaves fine even lacing all around my pint glass with each sip. Aromatics contain floral citrus hops all about for Wintersville OH this is top notch damn I'm happy to see this one at the Kroger. Among the great hop nose is some honey sweet caramel biscuit malt presence to round out the green herbaceous smelling hops. Flavor contains a gliding wave of hop bitterness it's so addicting leafy, citrus, and floral aspects dive onto the palate with enough of the malt sweetness coming out some bready and biscuity with a fruity sweentess rounds out the bittering and flavor hop bite this great standard American IPA has to offer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with oily hops streaking across the palate with each sip moderate natural carbonatino and a little added body from some bottle conditioning. Drinkability all around great drinking beer I can't get enough of a solid IPA and this one beside Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes I may have to grab this one really adds some respect to Magic Hat that I was beginning to lose faith in.

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dated bottle (plenty fresh); poured in standard ping glass.

A - Nice dark, yellowish golden tone; slightly cloudy. 1 finger of white head was soon reduced to a nice, and long-lasting, lacy top coat.

S - I could smell this one even before I put my nose to it. Strong but certainly not overpowering: Hops + orange/tangerine. Citrus aromas were more masked by hops after the beer sat for a couple of minutes.

T - sweet toned citrus hops with piney hop finish. Crisp and refreshing, yet smooth and warming. Plenty bitter [IBU = 70} but balanced with some sweetness. Yum

M - fuller than expected

One of the best, or the best, I've had from Magic Hat. I hope this gets put in the regular roster.

Photo of Breedlove
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hops up front, hops in the back. I find this beer very drinkable. Piney/citrusy with little malt balance. I am not a huge fan of their #9, but I thought I'd give this a shot. If you like IPA's you should find this quite agreeable. Very good IPA. Nothing earth shattering, but good none the less.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a mixed 12-pack from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated citrus fruits - grapefruit and apricot - with a decent amount of pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors are overtaken almost immediately by sweet citrus fruits that carry on until the slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few of these.

Overall this is a good IPA for the hotter months - the malt flavors fade into the background leaving refreshing hop flavors that aren't too intense. Worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lychees to the max, really aromatic fruityness. Quite sweet and tropical. Nice soft texture, mild bitter hops finish, which also help to dry it out a touch, really pleasant. Approachable hoppyness, and lots of flavour to boot, really well balanced. (Cask GBBF 03')

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clean apricot colored body with a rocky white head that last for a good bit. There are lots of strands of tiny bubbles that glide from the base of the glass to support the head.

S- The smell of dried apricots and citrus sweet notes come through in the green hops to give it an interesting quality.

T- This beer has a dry apricot note with a light toast and pale malt flavor. As the beer warms there is notes of light biscuit and a hint of field corn in the background. There is a soft bitter pungency from hops that hangs on after the finish. There is a soft but nice green hop flavor that comes through before the bitterness but it quickly covered over.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light creamy note that is almost buttery in texture. The creamy texture only last as long as the head, which is about 1/2 of the glass.

D- This beer has some nice flavors but the hops were not the main player. They were interesting and I would have liked to taste more of them in an IPA.

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Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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