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Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 60 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-14-2003

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
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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Artsy 24 oz (1 PT 6 oz) browner with a sci-fi drawing of a woman not seen since the likes of a 1970’s album cover for Yes. Freshness notch urging to be gulped by end of Sept. Here it is Aug. We’re in!

Light golden hued pour with nary a scant bubble rising up to the pillowy off white thin head coating, leaving tons of lace painting the glass.

Big scents of grassy, piney hops erupt.

First swigs: Dry tart hop bite. Tends to hover tightly around the pine region. Pucker dry acidic lingering aftertaste. Second pour: More head coating. Flavor leads to an orange juice essence. While warming, some malts squeak out, but overall, this falls on the side of hops. A few swirls rise up the foam.

Thin watery feel that is a double edged sword for this IPA: i.e. brings up the drinkability factor and downs the feel.

Last swigs: “Please try not to lie” under the cap. $2.50 a bottle snag at a Mom & Pop beer shop in upstate NY. Reminiscent of North Coast’s California IPA and Avery IPA. An American IPA, no doubt. My palate did not note the classic Ringwood yeast that is a house flavor of MAGIC HAT, or if you please, the Yuengling of South Burlington, VT.

Beer is good. Happy IPA beering.

Photo of winomark
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a thick, bone white head. Loads of rich hop spice and a mild sweetness in the nose. Smells great. Hoppy bitterness controls the palate. Slightly tannic on a long, lingering finish. Mild malt flavors help offer some balance and depth. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; very flavorful. Overall, an very enjoyable and drinkable IPA. A pretty good choice for my 200th review. Worth hunting for this one.

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

Sampled at the Connecticut River Brewfest.

A clear yellow ale with a goodd foamy head, leaving lacework on the sampling mug.

The aroma was of definite pine and strong citrus. You could tell it was well hopped.

The taste was of pine, and bitter, with a long bitter finish. Well balanced and easydrinking. A well rounded excellent beer.

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

Bottle cap: "To conceal a fart is an age-old art."

Orange gold body, with a bit of chill haze, topped by a soft, billowly, white, initial two inch head, with a nice, slow, steady, lace stretching decline.

Nose is a solid burst of juicy citrus, a good whiff and I feel like I have orange pulp on my face.

Smooth malty foundation, quickly engulfed by plenty of juicy citrus hops, some grapefruit, but also a hefty dose of orange. An extremely fresh taste. The hops are tasty, but not biting.

Mouthfeel is comfortable.

A very easy drinking IPA.

Most enjoyable. I purchased a sampler twelve pack, and this is easily the pick of the litter. I'd gladly pick up a sixer or twelve pack of HIPA next summer. Please Magic Hat: free this from bondage with # 9 and Motha Lager and I'll be stocking up.

Photo of rajendra82
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 22 oz. bomber was received, courtesy of beeradvocate mikeys01. Popping the cap revealed that “The Answer is Inside You”. The body of the beer was pale golden in color with slight haziness. The head formed to an inch thick pretty well, but receded rapidly to a thin line of bubbles that left spotty lace. The aroma of the beer was very subdued, with mildly floral and grassy hops, and Ringwood yeast funkiness. The taste was dominated by a salty and buttery profile that was backed by caramel malt and lacked a substantial hop bitterness bite. The mouthfeel was medium to thin and slightly grating. All in all a middling IPA that is easy to drink, but lacks a lot of flavor.

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

HiPA was served from a 22 oz. bomber with a interesting illustration on the label...looks like this should be good/bizarre. In a pint glass, the beer was a honey-yellow color and was topped by a thin white head. The nose was very nicely developed, with a citric zest-herbaceous-resiny hop bouquet and a supporting mild sweetness. The taste presented a rich, citric-zested full malt profile that opened up with a excellent level of limey-citric bitterness that traveled through into the wonderful citric-bitter finish. The flavors are spot on and delicious...quite similar to a favorite IPA of mine, the PNW classic Bridgeport IPA. The body was supportively full with and the right amount of energetic carbonation. HiPA lives up to its flashy labeling and delivers highly tasty and satisfying flavors.

Photo of putnam
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, I froze this not-convenient-to-replace bottle. After thawing, it poured to produce some butterscotch-colored foam on top. The aromas were of blood oranges, honey and moist, fleshy herbs (ie. basil, bluegrass, cress, sorrel, epazote, etc.) On the palate these images were joined by flavors of toasted, dry biscuits. It was Vermouth-like in its exotic spicing and dreary, liqueurish texture (blame the poor handling!) Yet its bracing, raw, and complex extraction of herb overcame even this "flaw". Dishwater turned into Pleiades. Can a great IPA arise by accident? Have its variations been exhausted yet? Of course not.

Photo of longpondbeerman
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured smoothly out of the 22 oz. bomber to a light amber, topped off with a very modest off-white head. Hops evident in the aroma, complemented by citrus and a touch of (steak sauce?). None of that sauce in the taste, however, which is light grapefruit folded in with pine nuts and finished off by a slightly buttered fresh bread flavor. Not much carbonation, which is a good thing for this ale, making is smooth and fluid. A worthy AIPA--not a rough and tumble as some of the west coast varietals, but quite worthy.

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

Sampled from a bottle passed on through a good trade. Thank you, Mr. Mystery Trader!

Pale gold orange brew with a light head.

Fruity and grassy spicy aroma of hops

Flavor is very fruity with a sharp medicinal hop.

Mineral aged character with a lingering finish that's drying and refreshing.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours nice dark golden colour with a fairly large head. good, not great, appearance overall. the smell here is of hops, bread, dirt and sweetness. smells like this one's is going to be a bigger than normal east coast ipa. it isn't, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. this one is bold yet still subdued in flavour, with hops dominating across the board from start to finish. there is a sweet, almost juicy flavour at the start and in the middle of this one before giving way fully to the hop and earth flavour.this one is raw and smooth at the same time. it's provides a nice balance between the bolder west coast ipa's and the more subtle east coast ones. i enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of rdrummer
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I probably made the mistake of trying this after finishing the Stone IPA but it didn't come close to matching the Stone offering. It poured a rather bland golden beer that was quite hazy. There was a smallish head that was short-lived. It had a very nice hoppy aroma with some obvious citrus and herbs present.

I usually expect an IPA to shine in the taste department, but this was devoid of many of the subtleties of a erally good IPA and instead was more raw hops, which I usually like. I think this could use a little more balance.

I define myself as a hophead so it is a little embarrassing that I almost didn't finish this beer because of the raw hop taste. It's not a bad beer but I like beers that have some balance to them.

Photo of Charthepirate
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This IPA seems to straddle the line between american standard, and double IPA.

Pours a brilliant copper with a creamy white head leaving a thick lacing. Nearly perfect appearence. The label art is also fantastic.

A nose of mostly bitter hops, chinook? with slight grassy notes, some soft fruis there also.

Initial burst of fruitiness, followed by a hard bitter, citrisy hops kick. Mellows to a smooth creaminess and goes down fairly easy. Afterwards the hops come back, leaving an aftertaste perhaps too bitter.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale for an IPA. I tend to prefer IPAs to have a more coppery tone, but this one was almost Crayola yellow. Made me think it had been watered down until I tasted it It is a very hoppy beer with a nice bitter kick. The bitters come from a pine taste that would likely be overpowering to some. I also thought there was a taste of orange or lemon peel, but for the life of me I could not decide which. It was quite a good IPA, although not something I'd go out of my way to have another pint.

Photo of JayT
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label reads that this beer is best before September 2004. It was tasted on August 16, 2004. Surprisingly, this beer didn't seem to exhibit any oxidation that I could find, thumbs up. The color was quite pleasing, a light honey golden color. I always get a thrill out seeing a beer of this color and then finding out that it has some balls to it (seems to be abit of a trend, considering the style guidelines for Double IPAs and the resultant mania over them).

Very little head retention and very little carbonation to boot. Between the mouthfeel and carbonation levels it reminded me of the many pints I've had from gravity dispensed firkins. In short it was pretty pleasant on the tongue.

Aroma was big american hops. Magic Hat's website says, the beer is all Warrior and I've got no reason to think they are lying. Definitely dry-hopped with pleasant hops despite the closeness to the Best Before Date.

This beer is quite drinkable considering that it almost seems like it was Magic Hat's attempt at a double IPA. Unfortunately, what would have been a wonderful dry hop flavor is off set by the unpleasant skankness of British ale yeast. This makes me wonder why it's classified as an American IPA(I guess because it's brewed in America). I realize that some of you don't mind or enjoy the taste but I find it pretty rank, so the beer lost points in this regard. There is a slight alcohol taste after the beer warms up but it is not string enough to be unpleasant. It almost reminds me of Victory Hop Wallop in the sense that the hop to malt ration doesn't give it very much backbone. It is not as hoppy as Hop Wallop and as such the beer is much more drinkable.

This is one of the first Magic Hat beers I've Really enjoyed (the other was Jinx which I haven't had in about 4 years). Worth a taste or two, while sitting down to watch the Summer Olympics.


Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent orange-influenced amber. The head is rich cream in color with a tight-bubbled density and a finely pitting, moonscape surface. The foam is acceptably sticky and leaves an impressive display of lace.

Very nice citrusy nose of sugar-crusted grapefruit. To my knowledge, this is my first Warrior-exclusive IPA. If the nose is any indication, it looks like I've found yet another hop variety to add to my growing list of favorites. Not much malt in the aroma, which is just how I like it.

Hi.P.A. is an enjoyable single-hopped IPA, but I find myself wishing that the flavor was a little bolder and that the body was a little bigger. The culprit, I believe, is a relative lack of both malt and hops. Without that critical malty bottom end, the flavor (grapefruit pith and pine sap) teases the palate and then fades away before coming to a full boil.

Ease of drinkability is aided by the fact that the beer is a palate caresser rather than a palate wrecker. The desirability aspect of drinkability suffers a bit for the same reason. I've chosen to think in terms of the former in granting the drinkability score.

Magic Hat Hi.P.A is a good IPA in the final reckoning, but doesn't have enough hoppy chutzpah to rank among my favorites. It is a pretty fine summer quaffer though and is going down very nicely on this sunny Sunday afternoon. Thanks to mikeys01 for the bottle.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a billowing white head that leaves a nice lace. Aromas are super fruity and super hoppy ranging from grapefruit and other citrusy fruits, to a little oily piney aroma that just makes it known that there are some hops in this beer. The flavor of this beer starts out just like aromas, showing off a tremendous amount of citrusy fruits: grapefruit, mango, oranges and other zesty flavors. Also this beer just tastes damn sweet to all around to me. Following some malts make there way into the flavor profile of this beer bringing some buttery caramel flavors to the beer. The finish on this beer is nice a bitter, but still very citrusy with a slight sweet tone that still stays even with all the bitterness. This beer was medium to light bodied with a nice crisp carbonation. Overall for those who like sweeter, more citrusy like IPA's this one is a must to try, (almost reminds me of hop monster by paper city in a way) but for someone like me, I prefer a little more piney bitterness and less citrus in my IPA's. Definetly made this a little hard to put down cause it was just so sweet.

Photo of RocketWidget
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been dreaming about this sucker all day during work. Comes in a 22oz bomber, bottle design is wicked cool, one of the best I've seen (different from the current picture on display, Magic Hat must change the label each year). My bottle cap says "Hey Norbert!"

Pours a true gold color. Nice lacy white head that clings to the glass amazingly well. Smell is hoppy, naturally. Taste is sweet and hoppy, and instantly refreshing. Aftertaste is bitter and long-lasting. I could easily see myself sitting by a pool, drinking several of these bombers, no problem. Magic Hat has done it again, as expected.

Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in a pint glass. Awesome label design, very artistic. The artist (Stanley Mousse) who designed this label had done a great deal of the classic psychedelic concert designs from the late 1960's. As far as a freshness date, August was notched off, so this was still fresh.

Amber colored with a really nice head. Major sticky lacings on the sides of the pint glass.

The smell is powerful and one that I've been loving lately. This beer reminded me of the Smuttynose IPA with many similarities.Whiffs of pine, citrus fruit and hops are clearly there.

Taste is beautiful....super hoppy. Sweet, malty, pleasantly bitter, and complex. The alcohol is really very well hidden and a respectable 6.8% ABV at that.

What an amazing IPA from Magic Hat. I tried this beer from their summer sampler, but I really hope to see this in a 6 pack soon (if it's not already).

Photo of mobyfann
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $13.99 for the 12-piece sampler...

The appearence is a nice amber colored beer with a purely white medium sized head that does retains alright, and laces nicely as well. The aroma is very pleasent in this one, fruity, hoppy and malty...

The taste is absolutely wonderful, not quite a 5, but damn close to it, starts off with that smoothing blend of hops, followed by that citrusy smell and is full flavored as well. The mouthfeel is really smooth for an A.I.P.A. Cheers! The drinkability can't rate as high, which kind of goes with the sweetness of the style, sorry Magic Hat!

Final Thought: This is the best beer they have to offer, at least of the four I had... This is the best A.I.P.A. I've had!

Photo of ColForbin
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Hi.P.A. is an entirely different beer on tap than in the bottle - and I would argue a much better beer, as well. It pours a deep golden color with a minimal white head. The aroma is very hoppy, with piney and citrus notes abounding. Taste is full of spicey, bitter hops, in fact this beer tastes like there are hops floating in the keg. Not totally unbalanced, however, Hi.P.A. has a nice malty finish. The mouthfeel is firm and oily from all of the hops, with fine carbonation. A very full-flavored ale - more of a meal than an accompaniment. If you've had this in the bottle and were underwhelmed, try it on draught - you won't be disappointed.

Photo of kmo1030
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

slightly hazy amber with a white head. huge fresh oily floral hop aroma, not picking up much else but it smells great. excellent fresh grapefruit and sweet pineyness dominate the taste with an oily resinous quality. a little malt sweetness, but i'm having trouble picking out anything specific, maybe a little caramel. the tatse deserves a little higher than a 4, but not quite a 4.5. medium mouthfeel, thats a bit slick and oily on the tongue. a very good beer from magic hat but only if you're a hophead..

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

Wow. What an aroma! Big, juicy, leafy hops make the salivary glands set to working. The flavor is more big, juicy hops, but there’s not a lot of bitterness. The body is a tad thin with the malt being overwhelmed by the hop bloom, but oh the glorious hops. Clear dark golden body with an ok white head.

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

12 ounce bottle with freshness dating. Pours light orangy amber, clear, white minimal head, departs fairly quickly, leaves nice light stringy lacing. Bready malty ale, a tad light on the hops for my tastes. Bitterness is there but not any exciting flowery of floral notes, more of a dull, mellow hoppyness in the background and finish. Pleasant enuf stuff, but didnt knock my socks of as a really killer IPA can.

Note 3-13-06: Gotta give Magic Hat big props for putting San Francisco artist Stanley Mouse's fine artwork on their label of this beer.

Nice looking and easy drinking brew, but c'mon where is the hop crunch? Pretty mild mannered IPA IMHO

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

A straightforward, brash IPA.

Honey colored amber. Tall, coarse head that throws off lemon zest aroma while you wait for it to die down. Lots of lemony, slightly grassy hops, so zingy you can almost see the little guys floating in the sweet wort. The hops are paired with honey-sweet malt, but they act more like kids pushed together at a dance--the flavors are fresh but they haven't married. Towards the end of the glass it becomes cloying. Lingering lemony, almost metallic tang in the finish that lasts longer and longer.

I was looking forward to having it with the curry I made for dinner, but I drank most of it while cooking. It did better on its own. The hops had a wrassling match with the spice and lost. I had to hose them both down with lots of water.

Photo of Beersignal
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When you want to drink a good beer and not think too much about it, this one will do the job. Poured a charming slightly smoggy burnished gold colour and managed a decent creamy white cap of froth that had decent staying power and good clinging abilities.

Aroma is all about hops. A slap-in-the-face blast of resiny hops (columbus, I read it on their website) assaults you up front and finally allows some hints of pepper and malty sweetness to manifest themselves. As the beer warms up it manages some light notes of orchard fruits and mixes them with hints of raw grain.

This beer comes off as medium to light bodied (I suspect it was well attenuated) with a very mineral and drying texture. Resiny hops dominated the flavour profile and only let through a few hints of pepper and grains as the brew moved towards room temp. The finish was pleasantly long and firm on themes of bitterness and dryness.

A good session ale for hopheads, refreshing, up front and clean. I would have preferred more malt to balance the brew and lend it some complexity. I nonetheless enjoyed the beer

Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.