Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,231
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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 blackie
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a 0.3" white head that falls slowly, leaving decent retention and light lacing. The beer is a medium golden-amber in color.

smell: Sweet, juicy, fresh, floral hop aroma. Tropical fruits all over the place. Just the right tough of pale and caramel grain to balance it out.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, as is the body.

taste: Pretty damn good. Fresh, juicy floral hops dominate. Just behind is a light sweetness of caramel and pale malt. Notes of sugary grains. Some notes of citrus, mango, and other tropicals. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: Easy...recommended. This one seems to be a little underappreciated.

single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh...best by April 2007.

Photo of scarletfire79
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an orangey amber with solid head retention. definitly smells of floral citrus. smells juicy, very appealing. the taste is real solid, very well balanced. good amount of hop bite and definitly a grassy citrus overtone. i dig ipa's and this one is one of the better ones coming out of new england. i might not take it over a smuttynose finest kind but ....still highly drinkable.

Photo of Atron67
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear amber like color, 2-3 finger off white head, sticky with great retention,
S- the smell is good, but pretty weak in strength, counldnt notice much beyond the hops
T- Good, hoppy as it should be, light malt, slight citrus grassy taste
M- good clean crisp
D- good session beer

Good beer but better IPA's out there

Photo of kelticblood
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Suprised that this is 6.80ABV. I would of never guessed this to be above 6. Had a nice floral hop and citrus aroma. Long lingering bitterness on the finish.The bitterness overshadows any malt charcters. This is no IPA for rookies. Not much of a head is present, but there is some spotty lacing. The color is a hazy gold. Medium bodied with a creamy rolling texture. Would of like to see more carbonation. Because of it's strong ABV and hop bitterness I can't see myslef drinking alot of these. This is a superb well-crafted IPA. I could only dream of making an IPA like this.

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

This beer pours a clear, light-amber color with a substantial amount of very thick, white head on top in a pint glass that lingered on its sides. The smell is, as one would expect with this style, hop-forward, but was very pIeasant and I found some hints of sweet citrus in there as well. There is light carbonation up-front, which gives way to an increasing hoppiness that leaves the mouth slowly after the beer is swallowed. Again, I taste some citrus character in there, with very little maltiness at all. An alcohol taste can be detected in the finish, which seemed to increase as I progressed through the pint. This beer paired well with the broccoli rabe chicken sausage I made.

Although there is nothing incredibly unique about this beer, it has the qualities I like in others of the same style (i.e. some of the Dogfish Head offerings that are everywhere in my area): clean taste, generous hoppiness, pairs well with food, fairly drinkable. I wouldn't add this beer to my regular rotation, but I'd definitely get it again.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a hotel room glass. The beer is clear, light orange color, with high marks for a thick spitty head. The aroma is nice and hoppy, and I hoped for more as I mistakenly thought Hi.P.A. was supposed to be a DIPA. But it was a good smell for an IPA, and a really nice hoppy and burning taste. I don't see Magic Hat for sale in Ohio, but if it comes this way I'll try more from them.

Photo of alexskovan
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured hazy pale coppery amber, with a sturdy off-white head of tiny grain. Aroma is big on northwestern hops; overpowering everything else. Tastes like it smells, no surprise here. This one is for hop-heads. Tannic and tea-like, assertive but not complex. A decent beer, so long as you like hops [and if you DON'T like hops, you really shouldn't be drinking IPA!]

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

Creamy orange-sicle like color with a good amount of off-white head that leaves good lacing down the glass. Cloudy, yet not much variance in color or intensity. Aroma is mild, but pleasing with peach, hops, and citrus. Some organic flower and evergreen notes present as well.

Taste is very well balanced w.r.t. the hops and malt, pine and citrus notes too. Mouthfeel is the highlight of this IPA; it's velvety smooth and saves a bite for the back and sides of the palate. Quite the juicy beer, very refreshing. A good one for beginners looking to try out a solid, minimally complex IPA/hoppy beer.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a 12 ounce bottle of HI.P.A. at Erin's Pub in Bryn Mar, PA. I poured it into a pint glass, getting about two and a half fingers of head with solid retention. At the end of this glass there was still a decent amount of lacing left. The color was alone the lines of a deep brown body and a dirty white head. The smell was more or less hoppy, not over stated. The flavor was the same. The beer went down nice and smooth. All in all a great beer. Don't drink and review.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the mardi gras mix pack. Pours a bit pale to what I usually see in IPA's. Smells quite malty with a hint of hops. However the hops come out upfront quite well in the taste, citrusy and a bit grassy, but not overly strong. Good mouthfeel. Overally I really like it, not quite as overwhelmingly hoppy like I like beers sometimes, but it is really good. Wish it would come out on it's own instead of mix packs which I can only find it in so far.

Photo of nicefix
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh yes the hipa. For me it's about the only beer I've had from Magic Hat that I really like. I only got to try this beer once last year in the early summer. Then I went back for more and it was no longer available. Seasonal offering so says my beer monger. Well I had to wait untill now to have more.

Nice pungent piney hoppy goodness on the nose. Amber semi clear color, good white head with retension and lace all the way down. I love the smell of this beer.

Taste was lacking slightly to the smell. I want to taste what I'm smelling from those hops. A bit unbalanced.

Not perfect, but getting closer to what I want to see in today's American IPA.

Photo of warmstorage
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, $1.40 as a single from Paradise Market

Pours a slightly hazy bright orange, with moderately tight tan head, fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

Nice hop nose, grass, pine, and citrus.

Taste is much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of sweet navel orange. Grassy hops are primary flavor, with a slight bit of sweet malt. Moderate to high carbonbation results in a tingly mouth.

Very easy to drink. Overall, a reasonably tasty, reasonably well done beer, but with little to distinguish it from hundreds of other american IPAs. I might buy it again if there wasn't anything exciting, since this isn't particularly exciting beer.

Photo of Kendo
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An aggressive pour of a 12 oz bottle yields a pint glass 3/4 full of golden amber ale with a 2-finger off-white head with big, foamy bubbles that dissolves to a small head with staying power. Lots of foam clings to the side of the glass as I work my way down it.

S: Spicy hops. Wet hay. Pine. But mainly cannibus. Take about 6 oz of your favorite APA, boil it and steep about an eighth of skunky weed into it. Serve with a sprig of spruce in a barn and that pretty much describes the olfactory experience of the Hi.P.A.

T: Some sweet malt is present, but the hops dominate -- wet, oily and resinous hop flavors up front, but with a slightly dry piney finish.

M: Somewhat slick. Low in carbonation and medium bodied. Almost feels like a cask conditioned ale in that regard, but it's just a bit too slippery-slick.

D: Pretty good overall. This may be my favorite offering from Magic Hat and I could see myself having a few.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a medium beige slightly hazy color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is not as dominating as expected with some subtle caramel malt also noticeable. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some light caramel malt and some piny hops. Body is average with some low carbonation. I guess this one is OK overall but it is not something that I would necessarily seek again.

Photo of NolateM
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy pale reddish color, head kinda dissipated, not much lace.

The aroma is actually surprisingly sweet for an IPA, a little bit of a ruby red grapefruit aroma.

The flavor has a slightly sweet character to match, and that red grapefruit flavor is VERY apparent, possibly as grapefruity as Smuttynose "Finestkind" but in a sweeter way. Sharp piney hop flavor and bitterness, but pleasant maltiness comes through a bit as well. The flavor is quite complex and delicious. I'm actually very surprised at how good it is, considering it doesn't seem to get much hype.

Mouthfeel is pretty decent too... it has that certain sharpness to it, but overall a VERY clean finish. I wouldn't mind drinkin' a few of these.

Why is this beer seasonal? This should be year round. It's way better than a lot of Magic Hat's year round beers (WHYYYY is #9 so popular anyway???).

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.

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.

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.]

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,231 ratings.