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Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,216 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,216
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 40 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-14-2003)
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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees. A hazy light-golden color with a medium head; little lacing.

S - Hoppy-pine dominates the aroma with citrus highlights.

T - Different flavors come together very well - hops, mild spice, & lemon. Bubbly alcohol lingers on the tongue for a few seconds.

M - A light-to-medium body that goes down crisp with a nice hoppy bitterness afterwards.

D - Not in my top IPA list, but not a bad start. Was expecting a little more from Magic Hat.

JohnnyM2002, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

jcdiflorio, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of davidshamoon
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened a bottle of Hi.P.A. and poured a cloudy, copper glass full of fine bubbles. Delicious herby hops aroma, with a pleasant "green" flavor of cut grass. Despite the supremely powerful hops, a nice bit of malt comes through and sustains the beer. As it warmed, I began to taste the slightest hint of something like smokey pencil shavings. Sounds odd, but was quite delicious. Very drinkable, too, and recommended with food. My glass brought out the creaminess of a slab of sharp cheddar cheese.

[Drunk to a Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack. Parsley, sage, rosemary and hops.]

davidshamoon, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of kkosmoski
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. longneck into a Duvel tulip:

A - Deep orange, copper and quite cloudy. Beautiful two-finger frothy head. Excellent lacing, head settles down to a minimal cover and stays througout.

S - Hops are there, but I thought the malt was very pronounced in the aroma. Much different from when I had this on tap and the hops dominated . Toasty malt supplemented by the hops.

T - Again, I thought this beer was dominated by the sweet malt profile. Toasted and caramel malts. I expected more of a hop punch, but it really wasn't there. Not very bitter, not too much flavor from the hops.

M - Thick, full-bodied liquid with a somewhat lower than normal level of carbonation for an American beer, nice.

Drinkability - I didn't get any overpowering flavors here, neither from the malt nor hops. A nice smooth drinking brew that could go down for a while but may get you in trouble at 6.8%.

I was kind of disappointed with this beer. I was excited to find the seasonal bottle after I had it on tap and enjoyed it greatly. I was hoping to find the same wonderful hop aroma and flavor that it carried on tap, but it was not there in the bottle (Should have known). An average IPA that did not have much hop punch (which I was in the mood for).

kkosmoski, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden with a half inch head. Lots of lacing. Nose is very lemony with a touch of malt. Taste is lemon, malt and caramel. I honestly miss my favorite hop flavors ... pine and grapefruit. Mouth is thick and rich. This is a decent IPA but not something I'll dream about. Might be my west coast bias.

TheBungyo, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled from a bottle into a pint glass, it pours a dark apricot color with a nice bit of cloudiness. Head is slightly tan and billowy to 2cm with a good amount of cling on the glass; very sticky.

Mostly hops on the nose with a slight sweetness. Also a bit of grass clippings and some slight apricot fruit maybe; however, aroma is not as prominant for a IPA.

Mainly sweet up front with some fruit (white grapes) along with a grassy hops flavor that takes over my palate. Some alcohol on the tip of my tongue also on the finish. Not as dry as expected toward the swallow, but decent.

Very stingy carbonation right up front on my tongue. Body is medium with a slightly bitter finish. The hops make this one quite bitey.

Pretty drinkable IPA. Not as heavily bitter-hopped-out as most I've ever had, which makes this easier to drink. Maybe a little sweet though for most. I'd recommend, but after a few, I'd grow tired of this one.

Fish113d, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of TrickKnee
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very bold flavor for an IPA. I was just surprised as the rest of you that this is a seasonal beer, seem to remember it being around for most seasons however theat could just be the beer taling. Decent head with a nice color. Even though the smell and taste are there the overall mouthfeel takes away from what could be classified as a downright great beer.

TrickKnee, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bronze-ish gold with a nice full pillowy light tan head, decent slow carbonation, and nice sheets of lace. Prominent citrusy grapefruit hop aroma and flavor; a bit stinging in flavor ... very hoppy. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a dry bitter finish... citrusy for the most part but just a tad too bitter.

Per label: "Seasonale"

Per MH website:
Gravity 1.066
IBU 45
SRM 6.8
Malts: Pale Malted Barley
Hops: Warrior

Drink By (end of): May (notched), '06'
Tasted: 06/14/06

RBorsato, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Best before June '06.

hmm, didn't know this one was a seasonal, but I guess it's a late spring release. Light pale orange color with a tight head of white foam.
They must use a boatload of Warrior hops to get the bold flavor. The pale malts do their part to try and keep this as balanced as possible, but don't interfere with the piney hop bitterness that we're all drinking this for in the first place.

A good brew from arguably the craziest brewery in the world..

Thanks go out to ski271 for a great trade.

hero27, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour was a light orange color. Produced a nice big thick white head. A slightly higher then average amount of carbonation bubbles. Very thick lacing.

A very nice citrus blend was the big aroma noted. A very minor hops finish brought a slightly bitter somewhat plastic scent.

Very bitter bite with a highly hops citrus blend of flavor. Aftertaste washes away all sembelance of citurs and leaves you with a slight bitter, but crisp hops taste.

Feels quite thick in my mouth, and has a decent amount of carbonation to move the flavors to all surfaces.

Quite good for an American IPA, but take into account I am also a fan of slightly more bitter beer. Definitly good in the springtime. A perfect beer to remind you that summer is almost here, and it is time to put the porters and stouts away. Would be nice and flavorful with a mild cheese. Only real drawback is the aroma.

RedChrome, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of rokoch27
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Even hop aroma upon pouring with a clear, amber color. Muddled hops on the front end of the beer that thin out with a metallic tang. I was expecting something bolder and more entertaining, but this one falls short. Almost as if the beer's character has been stripped down, not like it is still developing as with some IPAs. Certainly glad I tried it, but do not plan on having it again anytime soon.

rokoch27, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of errantnight
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pleasant deep gold with moderate head and minimal lacing. Very typical IPA, so I'm interested, but nothing startling/enticing.

The smell is... well, it's mild, to say the least. Very little malt and only an afterthought of floral hops, and really, it seems like more pine/citrus, but very, very restrained.

And it tastes? Bland. This can't be the same beer I was told was such a hop bomb in a bottle, can it? Smooth, and easy, but not necessarily likeable. The hops are mild and restrained, and there's no hint of sweet with the pine, the citrus and floral notes are gone before you know it (I will say, it leaves a very clean, satisfying finish), and there's really no malt profile to speak of.

As the beer is consumed, I must admit that I began to find myself thinking of it as eminently sessionable for an IPA, and during my salad/before entree it went down easy and the hops settled in just a little bit. But I was decidedly underwhelmed. I'd drink it in an instant, but I'd never order it again.

Particularly not where Bigfoot is on tap @ 3.50 a pop.

errantnight, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by July notched in the label. It pours a hazed golden bronze with a half inch head that leaves some rings/sheets of lacing. The aroma consists of green hops, buttery, caramel malts, apricot, peaches?, sweet cherry?, and some kinda tropical fruit. It tastes like sweet/dried apricot, sweet (buttery?) malts, and a buncha hops (piney, soapy, perfumy, leafy, floral) on top of a medium body that leaves a surprisingly long finish. It could use more of a malt backbone, but it's still a decent session ale.

mmmbeer, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of bort11
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of sulldaddy. Another very cool label design. Reminds me of some 70s sci-fi comic book art. This will look great on the wall.

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Clear golden orangish color. Nice white head a little over a finger thick. good retention and lace. Smell is a light hop with a little bisquity notes. Flavor is very balanced between the hops and malt. The hops create a grapefruit flavor without smacking you in the head with it, and the malt creates a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is light. The hop flavor keeps it from feeling watery. If I had more, I could easily put down six.

bort11, May 30, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.(review based on) I have had the 22 oz bottle as well a couple of years ago.Light amber color, respectable head, looks clean and crisp. smells of excellent hops. Earthy bitterness, but very easy to drink because of the dry hop effect. Clings to the palate for a very long time.

Extra points on appeanence for the great lable artwork, done by long time Grateful Dead artists and famous 60's psychedelic era poster art king, Stanley mouse.

GratefulBeerGuy, May 21, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange amber with a creamy orange-tinged white head. Fresh, leafy hops and touch of honey sweetness in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by a crisp citrus hoppiness, but there are also strong notes of sweetness and even some grainy, bready maltiness, especially in the otherwise bitter, hoppy finish. Overall, very hoppy, but fairly balanced nonetheless. Creamy mouthfeel with a brief but sharp carbonation tang.

Not bad, but not the most flavorful American IPA I’ve ever had. It’s a lot closer to an extra hoppy pale ale, really. Also, it’s not Magic Hat’s most interesting beer: for a brewery with a well-earned reputation for producing unique and even strange brews, this one is decidedly straightforward. Still, it’s drinkable and well-balanced, and very well worth a try, particularly if it comes in one of Magic Hat’s nifty variety 12-packs. Recommended.

arguemaniac, May 21, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Heavy hops aroma with a hint of citrus, followed by a whiff of the alcohol.

T: Hops flavor hits you first, but the smell has you expecting the hops hit to be stronger. After initial hops burst, you get a combination of hops bitterness and citrus & malt sweetness, both if which linger in the after-taste.

M: Crisp & smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation. Leaves some stickiness, which is surprising given that the sweetness isn’t too prevalent in the taste.

D: Goes down extremely easily because it’s not an over-powering beer. It’s definitely a beer that you can drink a lot of in one evening. It’s a good beer, but I was expecting more of a punch from it. That being said, it’s the type of beer that I’d prefer to buy & drink in quantity rather than just 3 bottles from the Joe’s Garage Variety Pack.

TheManiacalOne, May 21, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tasting glass at just over fridge temperature... single bottle from Total Wine in River Edge.

Best by end: June 2006.

Appearance- Pours a relatively light gold (compared to most AIPAs) with a nice, expanding off-white head that stands three fingers high, then settles to no less than an inch. The crown's texture is marshmallowy and spongy, and leaves behind large maps of sticky lacing.

Smell- Notes of grapefruit and yeast come forth at first, with aromas of dish soap clearly noticeable... I love the weird surprises that some Magic Hat beers exhibit... twisted. This smells like Palmolive, and no, it's not my glass!

Taste- A very nice blend of citrusy hops, lemon rind, cookie dough, and bread. The finish on this beer is cool and different... not just straight bitterness but a more complex bready, yeasty character.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Average at best, there is a light-bodied slickness that doesn't quite bring the carbonation I hoped for. The swallow is quick and nondescript. Interesting beer, glad to have tried it... but I won't be visiting this again.

yelterdow, May 20, 2006
Photo of lpayette
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy apple juice color. Small head composed of large bubbles.

Smell- This is the best part of this beer. Flowery hop oil, apricot?- kind of like a #9 in some respects. Has that typical magic hat smell.

Taste + mouthfeel- Hops dominate, as they should. Some caramel malt. Grainy. Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Not a bad beer at all. Good compromise for hopheads and those not so daring I'd say.

lpayette, May 19, 2006
Photo of boulevard2
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Boulevard Grill 16 oz pint

Pours a lite amberish color with a huge white head that slowly disapates with a nice thin rim.The smell is infumed with crisp hops and citrusy notes.The taste is very smooth with hints of pineapple and citrus aftertaste.This beer overall is a smooth beer offered from Magic Hat and to my suprise is a great IPA and reccomend to others.

boulevard2, May 12, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

lordofthewiens, May 10, 2006
Photo of bignick
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6-pack of 12 oz bottles purchased at Dorr's Liquor Mart. Poured into a pint glass.

Magic Hat did a nice job with this one. It does not have the watered-down taste of many of there beers. It is definitely an American IPA, and has a nice hop kick. But, it is not overwhelming. There is also a very present malt backbone that makes this one of the better American IPAs I have tried.

bignick, May 09, 2006
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with March 06 drink by date. The color is a pale orange that is mostly cloudy. The head is off white in color, rocky after a pour that leaves it 11/2 fingers tall. There is a tremendous amount of thick sticky lace. The aroma is a fruity and very hoppy smell, hinting at citrus. The flavor is decidedly citrus, mainly grapefruit topped off white a good amount of hop flavor. The hop bitterness is medium bodied with some nice tanginess that lingers for a while. This IPA starts and finishes strong.

abcsofbeer, May 01, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pungent, piney and citrusy (orange, pineappple, grapefruit) hops greet you in the nose of Magic Hat's Hi.P.A. and never let you go! They carry right over into the flavor, riding steadily across the top of a firm, crusty-bread like maltiness that's backed by a bold bitterness. The spruce and orange-peel flavors of the hops mask the usual butteriness normally contributed by their yeast, and this could easily pass as a "left coast" version of the style.

It's got a great appearance with a slightly hazy golden-orange body, and a long lasting bright-white head that lleaves wide rings of lace throughout the glass.

It's medium-bodied in the mouth with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that gently bristles the tongue before softening as it warms.

It finishes dry with a quickly receeding wash of maltiness and dripping residual citrusy and pine-like hop flavors.

Overall it's quite nice, and without question, one of Magic Hat's best beers.

NeroFiddled, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent body, hay colored at the edge and orange/brown/yellow at center. Rocky white head with amazing lace and retention. Carbonation starts out strong but fades quickly.
Smell is sharp and intense hops with spikes and chains swinging. No nonsense and pure scent with faint grass notes.
Taste is surprisingly mellow at first but then that intense hop attitude kicks in for a while only to let go and let a pleasant hopoil wave carry the palatte into the aftertaste. The malt seems to be without ebb or flow, just barely there.
Full body. Oily and slick, good coating. Slightly dry and sharp.
Good drinkability, not a session brew at all but quite pleasant.


oelergud, Apr 30, 2006
Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,216 ratings.