Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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2.8/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
From the I.P.A. on Tour series, this 3/4 pint (12 ounce) bottle was received from a good friend. Best enjoyed by October 31, 2011 is clearly printed on the bottle neck. The bottle was poured into a tulip glass.
The pour manifests nearly three fingers of fluffy white head. Head retention is moderate. Fluffy patches of lacing caress the glass. The brew is golden hued with a small amount of haze. It is paler than I am used to seeing from an IPA with an alcohol content as high as 6.7% ABV. A little bit of carbonation is seen through the glass.
In the nose this IPA appears to have an equalized balance between malt and hops. The hop aroma is floral and the malt is reminiscent of toffee. Alcohol is a bit strong on the nose compared to other IPAs of similar strength.
The first sip reveals a beer that is very much out of balance. Hops lead the charge with notes of pine and flower petals. The hop level is appropriate , though milder than most hoped up American IPAs. The problem is that the malt bill is not strong enough to support even the modest hopping herein. Present malts bring to mind flavors of toffee and biscuit; they're just not assertive enough. Somehow Magic Hat has managed to engineer a 6.7% ABV ale that tastes watered down. The finish is dry, leaving behind some grapefruit-like hop bitterness. Did you ever wonder what hop water would taste like?
The mouthfeel is probably the high water mark for this beer. The body is on the lighter end of medium which aids the easy drinking nature of this brew. It is appropriately carbonated. I cannot reiterate enough how light this beer tastes and feels in comparison to what you would expect. Sure, alcohol content is not an indicator of flavor, but one should at least expect a lot more body from a beer of such gravity. I don't know if it was Magic Hat's intent, but HI.P.A receives the award for being the heaviest beer with the lightest flavor. Unfortunately, it ranks near my least favorite IPAs.
The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I don't give a Schlitz for Magic Hat HI.P.A. I don't even know what they were shooting for with this one.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2011 19:16:07 | More by weizenbob
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