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Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,199 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | 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 waughbrew


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

Clear orange with an off-white topping that is creamy and sticky. A little retention, good lacing. Smell is gentle floral grapefruit and peach. Flavor is bitter biscuit with crushed aspirin and pepper encapsulated in smoothness. Feel is wonderfully soft, with the bitterness slowly taking hold. Long finish.

An impressive beer that has just enough malt character to carry across the pleasant hoppage. Throw in an interesting yeast and smooth feel and you have this nice little creation.

Semi-reminiscent of the Harpoon IPA in that these are both light in color, simple in malt, and just right with the hops to make for a good drinkable IPA.

06-02-2004 21:46:40 | More by waughbrew
Photo of CRJMellor


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a golden amber very a bright white head. Head leaves some wisps of lace on the glass.
Aroma is slightly musty with some grass, hay, citrus and pine notes detected. Slight touch of fruity malt.
Flavors of pine, citrus, green apple some earth tones and some sweet caramel.
Mouthfeel was a tad thin but crisp, dry almost lager like to me. ...
Drinkability was average to good. Not unpleasant just sort of routine. Not this brewery's strongest effort but a good, solid beer.
Thanks to Mikeys01 for the sample

05-26-2004 01:37:54 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of AllThingsNinja


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

Thus review comes from a bottle in a recent summer variety pack, not last summers release. Prefer the old label but can't identify any other major change to the brew. It's an IPA of an unremarkable golden brown that forms a lacy, and attractive head. The aromas balance biscuit and citrus notes. While the body is dominated by resinous hop flavors, there malt backbone offers enough balance to make this a highly drinkable brew.

05-23-2004 11:30:46 | More by AllThingsNinja
Photo of goindownsouth


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%

Many thanks to mschofield for allowing me the chance to sample this dame fine example of an IPA. This hazy, dark golden brew poured out with a thick head that remained pesky throughout the entire brew. A fantastic nose, with hints of mild citrus and good hops action, while not overpowering. The flavor could have been a bit more developed, similar to that of the aroma, but still very tasty with notes of more prevalent sweetness and hoppiness on the palate. One of my favorite IPAs. Went down real smooth with some spicy chicken enchiladas.

Zum wohl!

04-19-2004 23:54:24 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%

22 oz bomber. Boy do I miss Magic Hat...can't wait until it comes to PA. This one pours a hazy golden color with a very scant white head that leaves just a bit of lace. Aroma is very reminiscent of #9, with notes of apricot, cascades, citrus and grapefruit. Tantalizing. Flavor is more citrusy than anything else, with the hops seemingly taking a backseat to the tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit flavors. This is still pleasantly hoppy though, with a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and crisp, leaving you wanting more. Very nice Magic Hat brew, as usual.

03-26-2004 03:02:28 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of truthbrew


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

22oz bomber from mikeys01.

Golden orange color. Intense citrusy aroma and nice lasting head. Taste is was very citrusy and moderately bitter, I found it very drinkable and refreshing. Other IPA's seem to be extreme in malt/hops, this seemed a bit more moderate and was a welcome change. Would definetly purchase this regularly if it was available here.

02-12-2004 16:52:36 | More by truthbrew
Photo of Boto


3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

22oz. Bomber: This one is a slightly orangish color. It had a bit of a head to it, but it dissapated quickly. Definite hops in the aroma. Not as much as I would have expected with the name. The aroma in a bit piney. Where did the hop taste go? It's there, but no stronger than a normal IPA, if even a bit weaker. It does taste good, but the expectation is higher.

02-06-2004 23:04:07 | More by Boto
Photo of StevieW


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%

Purchased at Harrington's in Chelmsford last fall. Kept at the back of my fridge for nearly 5 months. 22 oz bomber bottle. Served with Superbowl XXXVIII Barbecue at Hermie's.
Glowing Orange-Golden color. Nice sticky off white head. Very good lacing. Smell is a fresh hop explosion. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, tart Cascade hop smell. First taste is a wonderful combination of snappy hop bitterness, citrus and tangy on a slightly bready malt body. Sticky hop resins on your tongue. Tart, refreshing hop bitterness cleans your tongue and leaves you aching for another sip. Medium bodied, and very refreshing. Qualities stayed consistent to the end. I had this with barbecued chicken and the usual superbowl snacks. Very good beer and well worth the wait.

02-03-2004 01:38:45 | More by StevieW
Photo of UnionMade

New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

The beer is a deep orangey amber, topped with a thick, rocky white head. Great retention, lasting through the entire pint, with a belgian lacing all the way down.
Aroma is very hoppy, making up the bulk of the aroma. Citric, herbal and slightly grassy, distinctly similar to marijuana. Mild biscuity malt rides beneath, providing some balance but not quite getting there. The hopping pretty much takes over everything, burying most of the fruitiness, aside from a slight lemon-like odor.
Flavor is very mild in the beginning, with a slight biscuity, toasty malt. The hops kick in almost immediately, with a whisper of pear and floral esters beneath. A strongly pot-like hopping in the finish, with almost no malt flavor at all. Rather light bodied, with perhaps too thin of a malt profile. Relatively smooth mouthfeel, with mild carbonation.
I prefer the cask version much more, as it seems to have a bit more weight to it, and the hops are a bit more balanced. The thinness of the malt isn't much to my tastes, although I suppose the light body suits the summer. A good pint, but not my favorite.

02-02-2004 04:24:33 | More by UnionMade
Photo of SheepNutz


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with two fingers of head. There is lots of sticky lace clumps on the side of the glass. The smell is fairly hoppy, but there is still some maltiness present in the nose. Small doses of floral and citrus aromas linger in the background. The taste starts malty, and has some orange and peach in the middle. Fairly fruity and sweet. A good hop bitterness is left on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and strong. The drinkability is really superb. I would have never guessed this was 6.8%. A well-balanced, not overpowering IPA.

01-28-2004 04:26:38 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of aaronh


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%

Very attractive orange-amber pour, topped by a tight creamy white head. Good head retention is followed by good lacing. Aroma has a strong but pleasant citrus kick. On the palate, the beer is fairly light bodied, but a nice malty sweetness complements the steady bitterness. No harshness at all in this brew. Lingering bitterness is followed by just a touch of metallic bitterness late in the aftertaste. Drinkability is very good. I almost forgot to review this one, it was so darn enjoyable.

01-27-2004 03:32:24 | More by aaronh
Photo of pezoids


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

From a 22oz. bomber this one poured out light and orangey with a bit of chill haze. Left a delicate lace on the glass. This has a beautiful citrus fruit nose. The flavor is light and bitter with a strong grapefruit rind-like bitterness. Light in body and malt sweetness. Has a very pleasant tangy hop flavor and finishes soft and clean, void of any harshness or off flavors, with a well hidden alcohol. The hops are most definitely the dominant force here. Overall, a light, easy drinking and flavorful IPA. I could drink this all night.

01-20-2004 05:39:58 | More by pezoids
Photo of beergeek279


4.3/5  rDev +16.8%

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a ring of clumpy white head. The smell is a grassy hoppiness. The taste is a nice mix of grassy and citrusy hops, without any apparent alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have quite a few.

A nice blend of hops from the crazy folks at Magic Hat. Certainly a beer that I'd have again.

12-31-2003 03:18:14 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Starchild

New York

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%

Presentation: If this beer tastes half as good as the label looks on this bomber, I’ll be a happy man. As turns it, I’m more of hop filled flower child. Nice lacing and foam ring forms as head dissolves. Cloudy peach coloring.

Smell: Strong hops in the nose, yet nopt overpowering, for me this smell’s amazing. Dank. Thank god this isn’t a single release anymore.

Taste: Big hopped west coast IPA feeling, yet this is different. I love hops, but they do not overpower this beer. Hints of citrus, pine, apricot (like #9) smooth over bold tart hops. This is very drinkable and impressive. I’ve had this from the summer so I think the 6 months is mellowing the taste out, it is two months over it’d best by date. So refreshing still.


12-08-2003 01:49:51 | More by Starchild
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

Bright peach/apricot color, under a nice, bubbling whitish head.
Aroma: ooo,babba, booba!!! Fresh, super-fat hops, piney, citric, herbal, really nice, and though certainly not the hoppiest thing ever to reach my nose, it has it's own unique, highly appreciable personality.
Taste: juicy, fruity, awash in all manner of the above-mentioned, tangerine, melon, mango, and more than I can think of right now, very sharp, tangy and tasty...candyish at times, jolly-ranger-esque, tasty-sweet and only a tiny touch bitter...I was gonna say, until it persisted for a bit on the finish (then, I actually said it anyway), but actually I like that in an IPA, so it's working.
Medium bodied, terrifically textured, soft, warm, smooth, harsh, many several things all jumping and jiving around the tongue and through the mouth and echoing in the mind...juicy, sour, citric, ...yum, quite a nice little take on the IPA.
I like it...it likes me...we're a hap-py fam-i-ly...
See what the HiPA does to me? I feel like I'm so stoned I'm watching "Barney & Friends" over cold delivery pizza for breakfast.

Big, foaming-at-the-mouth thanks to rabidawg for the bottle!

12-05-2003 11:04:57 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of HappyHourHero


4.55/5  rDev +23.6%

Thick, bright white head, good lacing. The beer is hazy amber with an orange hue, and reaks of floral hops. God I wish they made a Hi.P.A. air freshener. The taste is hoppy sweet, hardly bitter, with a little citrus in there. This bottle tasted incredibly fresh, and was just awesome.

12-02-2003 04:56:10 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

Presentation: Well this has been in my fridge for far too long. This came into my possession from a quick beer trade with SchoolTeacher and Biruchan whilst I was in NYC for the BA Rally in November. My sample was in a 22oz Bomber just like that in the picture, everything about this beer is very psychedelic looking indeed, even the crown cap. No strength listed but the reverse label is notched Best Before end Dec.

Appearance: A peachy golden color with a lightly hazed body. Looks fantastic when it is back lit – like a larva lamp. Tons of dissolved carbonation that is very evident when the beer is swirled revealing a mass of bubbles that appear to immediately cavitate when the swirling stops. The head is an off-white affair that lasts for some time but slowly fades – however, the drink disappears faster than the head so that’s not much of a problem for me.

Nose: Raw, fresh, green hops leap out of the Glass right up your nose. This has a very leafy nose - you’re right down in the hopfield with this one for sure.

Taste: Incredibly raspy hops, almost as though you are sucking on the hop plant itself. How do they do that? Not an overtly OTT hoppy, but more than enough to keep me happy and satisfied. There is much more hoppiness in this beer, than bitterness, and very little malt, but it is there in the background supporting this beer. Towards the end of bottle as I became accustomed to the Hops, I also detected a fruity citric quality in the middle that lingered a little in the leafy hop ending. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Quite stupendous, the beer has a very plant-like feel in the mouth. I keep expecting to be pulling bits of hops out of my teeth. I really this flowery aspect.

Drinkability: I had about a third of this before I paired the rest of the bottle with a Pepperoni Pizza that I had “customized” with extra Chilli's, Jalapenos and Onions plus some HP Brown Sauce – it complemented the spicy Pizza extremely well. The Spicier the food, the better for this IPA I think. Quickly and easily imbibed.

Overall: Very nice. A Solid ‘Psychedelic’ IPA and a great start to tonight’s smallish beer stash. But why do I keep hearing Ozzy Ozbourne singing “Flying High Again” in my head???

Thanks to both Randy and Anne for this one. Cheers!

11-30-2003 01:50:16 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Bighuge


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

This beer has a nice looking murky amber appearance to it. But it glows a mysterious looking fiery orange color. Small ivory white head. Lacing is spotty, but sufficient. Great nose. It's got that smoked, grassy, resinous, piney, grapefruity and MaryJane like aroma. I love IPA aromas like this. I have yet to read any reviews on this one, but I'd guess some would say this is too heavily unbalanced in favor of the hop flower. While there may be an argument here, I love the taste. The hop flavors and bitterness are delicious, even if it could stand just a tad more malt. Some raw hop resin, pine needes, grapefruit pulp and sweet cannabis come to mind. The bitterness is strong and lingering. Just right for the style. And the malt that is there seems to be caramel or toffee based. The mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated. And the body is a little better than medium. This is an IPA that delivers.

11-12-2003 05:21:02 | More by Bighuge
Photo of xgrigorix


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Twenty two ounce brown bottle - best by month notched on label.

Medium gold colour, somewhat cloudy / milky. Capped by a foamy off white head. The nose is dominated by hops, but some interesting fruitiness makes its way through. A quick hit of hops on the tongue, followed up by malty sweetness, some fruity flavours wander around aimlessly, & then a grapefruit powered bitterness cuts across racing to a quick & dry finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

10-14-2003 17:11:32 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of beernut7


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

Another gem from one of my favorite Northeast breweries. Lovely copper body under a creamy head wafting a huge floral, then citrusy aroma. The first taste brings out a bold citrusy hop flavor with a bold, rounded bitterness rounding into a fruity sweet malt. The whole brew has just a hint of an edge to it. The bitterness works its way slowly out of the flavors and builds through the finish. The malt and hops are perfectly balanced with a smooth body. This is a chewy brew you can almost stand a fork up in.

09-28-2003 20:37:43 | More by beernut7
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev 0%

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')

09-27-2003 12:36:22 | More by rastaman
Photo of indiapaleale


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

An all out hi-hopped seasonal surprise. The first taste leaves the mouth filled with bitterness, almost overpowering at first, this combined with the impressive smell of sharp citrus and fresh hops leaves you ready to step back and look at just what it is you are drinking. Its a hi gravity, cloud covered amber mass that you can quite see through. Much more hopped than Blind Faith and nothing like the other MH regular brews.

09-15-2003 21:14:27 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +24.5%

This HiPA is not a I2PA or an Imperial IPA. But it is a very good IPA. The alcohol level is where I expect it to be, around 6%. Good color, an opaque orange/amber. Most significant is the great floral hop bouquet as you raise the glass to drink. Next as would be expected with a good IPA is the assault on your taste bud from the hops as you take a mouthful. Then comes the part that I find particularly appealing, a marvelous citrus/Grapefruit flavor as you swallow. In my opinion a very well balanced IPA.

09-15-2003 14:24:08 | More by ybnorml
Photo of jeffboo


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

Bright, cloudy orange in color with a bubbly white head. Big aroma of citrus and flowers, deeply spicy with hints of cannibis. Very nice medium body that starts sweet malt and citrus hops, finishing dry and nicely bitter and a little toasty. Very balanced overall but not very bold. A nice drinking IPA.

09-05-2003 22:58:12 | More by jeffboo
Photo of 86MonteSS


4.38/5  rDev +19%

There was a time when excessive hops made me cringe but with beers as good as Hi.P.A., it's impossible not to love India pale ales. Tangy, refreshing, and decently alcoholic, this is nothing short of outstanding. Of all the Magic Hats that are readily available to me, this might be the best.

The magic hippies ought to pat themselves on the back for this one.

09-05-2003 18:12:03 | More by 86MonteSS
Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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