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 bkett01
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy copper color with a quarter inch head. The head seems to disappear rather quickly.

Smell: I belive this is the best quality of Hi.P.A. The smell is of fresh hops, as if you were just dumping them into the brewpot. It's amazing how the beer retains such a fresh smell.

Taste: The balance of this beer is clearly on the hops. It has a rather piney flavor, which you can also detect in the smell now that I take another whiff. This beer fits very well as an American IPA with it's solid hop content paired with a respectable 6.8% ABV.

It has a heavier mouthfeel than most other IPA's I've had. This could be the different hops used in the brewing or lack of filtration. Looking closely the pint seems to have lost it's carbonation about 10 minutes into the beer. While this doesn't seem to have affected the taste much, the bubbles have stopped. I would recommend this beer for anyone to try. A great seasonal offering by Magic Hat.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dirty gold color. Very thin head with almost no lacing. Moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell has a nice level of pine and some citrus. Taste follows suit but the tail end has a spicey pepper taste that i've never noticed in a beer (especially and IPA) before. Not necessary bad just very different. Once I picked it up in the taste I also noticed it in the smell.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

A good IPA but in market full of great ones it falls a little short.

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

Bright and clear copper with sporadic carbonation and a fat rocky ecru head. Sticky lacing. Pine resin and citrus zest aroma -- hints of a bitterness that borders on aspirin. Sugared peach sweetness leads to an astringent citrus zest flavor followed by a bitter pineyness and a suprising toasted biscuit malt finish. However, there is an aspirin-like bitterness that lingers long after the swallow. Juicy mouthfeel. Definitely a showcase for hops, therefore the malt presence is low. I know that as a style, IPAs (and DIPAs, of course) are inherently "unbalanced" in the sense that hops usually come out as the strongest flavor. However, I think that there is a "balance" within the style that can and is achieved by other IPAs. This one doesn' t do it so well. While far from a bad IPA, Hi.P.A. just isn't as nice as many others.

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

Not a huge fan of Magic Hat beers, to me they seem more of a gimmick craft beer, rather than traditional or variations of traditional styles. However, this one breaks that mold. Seems to be more on the English side of IPA, rather then the across the pond version.

Dry fruity nose and mouth, couple with a healthy blast of hops finishing with mild bitters. Very tasty, leaves the mouth a little dry, not quite a session beer but I could defiantly see me sitting down to a couple of these one evening.

Photo of LPorter33
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6 pack from Martignetti's

Appearance = Pretty average looking clear golden brown, amber. Very weak, virtually non-existent head. Lacing is below par. Not very visually impresive at all.

Smell = Good solid, balanced hop presence. Sweetness is defintiely detectable. Smells more like an ESB or APA but very crisp and refreshing.

Taste = This is a delicious, exceptional tasting IPA. Really great flavors working here. The hops are cetainly showcased and are the driving force behind the flavor but the yeasty, malty aftertaste works perfectly. This beer is not harsh at all and leads to really good drinkability. Hops are pine like more than citrus with a good floral flavors complimenting it. Good bitterness that works well with everything else.

Overall = This is a delicious IPA and one of my favorites. I've been finding some really great tasting IPAs and this is one of them. Defintiely give it a try. Highly recommended.

Photo of Naes
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This IPA pours a dark amber color with a tall frothy white head.
The aroma is somewhat piney with a mild maltyness as well.
The flavor is moderately bitter with piney hops, but remains a bit toasty as well. This is a surprisingly malty version of the IPA.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and somewhat oily. The carbonation levels are moderate as well.

Although this one is not as hopy as I like my IPA’s, it is still a good beer as it is nicely balanced and something different from the usual hop monsters.

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 Ieatlambfries
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle of this years batch from last spring/summer.

Appearance was average IMO. Dark orange/gold. This sample had very little head, although I seem to remember others in the six pack it came from having bigger heads. Maybe my glass is dirty. No lacing.

Smell is pure cascade hops. Like a pine forest in the fall. Hints of citrus rind, mostly grapefruit. Also a slight hint of canned pineapple juice

Taste follows the smell. Up front cascade hop twang, like biting into a citrus rind. Ever so slight tropical fruit in the background. I keep thinking of pineapple and canned grapefruit. Light malt sweetness on the exhale.

Mouth feel is biting/sharp. Medium body.

Drinkability is good. I found this beer entertaining and could certainly drink more than one in a sitting. In fact, I think I may have when I purchased the six pack back in July.

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

Pours with a slowly receding thick white head over clear dark golden liquid. The nose is hop-driven, herbal and astringent in aroma with a light sweet fruity underbase. A freah hop assault on the palate followed by slight doughy bread notes. Finishes hoppy, slightly metallic with a brief fruit twang.

Photo of freed
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold turned copper with a tight lacing of foam. Bubbles of mixed size and active carbonation give it a real wild ale look. Nice.

Aroma is bright yet subdued with hoppy goodness. Range includes a little fresh greenness with milder noble-type smells with enough holes to let an interesting grain mix through. Some pale and some richer munichy type smells and a somewhat confusing sensation of maybe even a little bit of toffee.

Taste is a surprising gamut of flavors. There's British-style breakfast malts with a gentle earthy texture and a slight sweetness from a fruity hop flavor that drops with a slight sour to a significant back-end bitterness with a very green and mouth drying finish.

This beer will certainly wipe the palate and requires (gulp) another sip (gulp) with some frequency. A welcome addition to the style. Thanks to Sarah for bringing the sample from back east.

Photo of bceaglejoe
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from Luke's Liquors in Rockland, MA. Bottled with a mark on "December." Poured into a traditional pint glass. "Don't Despoil the Soil" on the bottom of the bottle cap.

Presentation: Poured a translucent dark orange color into the glass. A massive foaming head quickly popped up, showing a high level of carbonation for this beer. There was excellent head retention, as it really stayed where it was. There was lots of white lacing sticking to the edges of the glass. An extremely floral aroma came across, showing a rather assertive hop character. Some spicy scents also were present, as well as a bit of malt sweetness. It piqued my anticipation of this beer.

Tasting: There was a high level of hop bitterness on the front and the middle of the tongue. There were slightly fruity notes as well. With woody, earthy undertones, and a strong bitter aftertaste, this beer might overwhelm those who are not used to the style. It didn't really have as much malt sweetness on the first few sips as one might have liked to balance the bitterness, but it came across as the beer warmed up a bit. This had a medium body with good viscosity, but a lot of alcohol warmth came across on the tongue. This is the kind of beer that hit my palate pretty hard, with tons of assertive bitterness.

It was an interesting beer from Magic Hat Brewing Company, and it was something worth trying at least once!

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

This poured with a huge, fluffy, lemon-chiffon colored head that looked like an ice cream float or Jack the Ripper's avatar. The nose is absolutely pungent with hops. Floral? Oh my, yes! The color is a crystal clear amber. It had a somewhat thick mouthfeel with hops abaundant on the tongue. The finish was hoppy, but intermingled with a molasses-sweet bite. Verrrry interesting, as Artie Johnson might have said.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange, grapefruit aroma, bitter and astringent taste, with orange highlights, drying hop aftertaste. Alcohol is there, and cloves spice,subtely carbonated. Medium bodied.Good but overwhelmed by the many great IPAs out there. Recommended for hop heads.

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

Bottle obtained from Sulldaddy (thanks much!) and consumed about a week later. Best fresh by june 2005. Pours a one-finger light cream head over a moderately cloudy and light-yellow colored liquid. Smells piney citrus, woody, orange with some pera and honey. Tastes orange hop bitter. Yum...I was expecting grapefruti pith but oranges as a nice change of pace! Beneath the hoppy oranges I get nectarines and a malty sweetness. Apricot is gentle and works well with the hop bitter. With searching I get some tannin and a hint of grapefruit pith. This beer is a rich assortment of flavors that are well balanced and intriguingly new in the IPA arena. Md to Md-light body with mild carbonation.

Photo of mdavis31481
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first came across HiPA at the Great Lost Bear a few months ago. I was immediately impressed with this highly quaffable brew. I recently found a lone six pack remaining at my local and rejoiced. It's nearly time for this brew to return to hibernation and I would like to give it its due.

HiPA pours a wonderful, clear golden hue. The head is fluffy white, approximately a half-inch tall, dissipating quickly with some lacing. Notes of pine and floral hops are recognizable yet not overpowering. As I began to sip I noticed an intial hit of pine, followed by hop bitterness, then malt comes in to balance the beer before one final hop blast hits the palate as it slides down the throat. A subtle carbination is discernable. Mouthfeel is substantial without being heavy. HiPA is smooth on the way down.

This is an ideal session IPA. It's unfortunate Magic Hat keeps it off the shelves three seasons a year.

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

The Hi.P.A. pured a nice hazy light gold color with a small white head that turned to nothing more than some suds floating about on top. The nose was just a tad bit hoppy with some chewy barley flavors in the background. The taste was very hoppy up front with some sweetness, but still very malty flavors that rolled into a floral finish. The mouthfeel was very satisfactory. This beer gave me the impression of the Vermont version of Smuttynose's IPA. It wasn't quite on par with Smutty, but it was damn close and nothing to complain about. A perfect beer for a warm spring afternoon.

Photo of ism
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear apricot with a thin fluffy white head. Leaves lacing in gravity-pulled stripes. Moderately floral hop scent and faint pine over butter. Easy carbonation and medium body. Tastes very malty with the hops adding just enough bitterness to qualify as an IPA. Goes down smooth with a pine and grapefruit note, bits of bread, and a very slight alcohol tinge. Distinctly different from the West Coast style, interesting, and good on a warm day, but not something I would drink much of.

Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label art is done by Mouse, who did poster art for the Dead. I heard he charges $20 if you want your bottle signed (wtf?)....
Appears a golden yellow with a fluffy white head and stripes of lacing.
Smell is of buttery malt laced with sharp hops.
Taste is of creamy malt backed with a mild citrus bitterness of hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a buttery smooth caramel texture mixed with some hops up front. The ratio seems to be 60/40, heavy on the malt as the malt wins by a knock-out in the battle during the swallow. This new "season-ale offering" isn't quite as good as I remember having it in the original 22 oz bomber with all of the bubble letters on it a few years ago. I also remember this having a much stronger nose and taste from the draft while in Vermont.

It's ok, dog.

***Update 6/20****
I agree with my initial review with the exception of the smell, which I think is at least good. My original score was 3.5. The smell seems to be better as it warms.

Photo of hungryghost
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange color, bubbly with a light fluffy head that leaves behind a nice lacing.
Floral hop aroma with a hint of citrus. Very subtle aroma.
Very nice crisp flavor, highlighted by a mild hoppy zing, some malt and a hint of orange. Clean finish.
Very good, evenly hopped beer, easy to drink on this spring afternoon.

Photo of ithacabaron
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent darkened honey color into my glass. There's a small head, and it soon fades down to almost nothing.

Smell is herbs and some hops, with a determined, very clean yeast.

Taste is sort of odd, with quiet malt underpinnings, parsley, and a combination of high co-ho american hops and far too much in the way of noble hops. There's hallertau and saaz all over this one, and it doesn't work for me. Yeah, it's a little more herbal, as a result, and it's something different, but it just sort of puts me off. The finish is dry and somewhat unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is fine, but no great shakes. Perhaps a little less carbonation would be nice.

Drinkability is not horrible, but I couldn't see myself ordering a second pint, frankly. I have five bottles left -- someone besides me will probably be drinking them.

Worth trying, but not up my aisle.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great picture on this 12 oz. bottle with freshness dating of June 2005. Golden honey colored beer with foamy whitish head with streams of carbonation contributing to the foamy layer. Spicy, hoppy smell with fruity hints. Hoppy, but not as hoppy or bitter as expected in terms of taste. Malty finish with peppery aftertaste. This beer is smooth like honey, but a bit light. A pretty good beer!

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 clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light amber color with a small head that has decent retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma had a lot of caramel sweetness with some floral and citrus hops. The flavor had the same hop character as the aroma and it also had a strong caramel character. Tasty. Medium body. Easy to drink. Good brew.

Photo of canucklehead
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice mid gold but the nose was truly a great hop experience. Almost (ahem) potlike in smell, this beer was a pleasure to inhlae. The taste was surprisingly rounded and mellow. I felt let down for a second because I expected big hop body. This is a very drinkable IPA that shows a lot of class and structure.

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