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Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,191 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,191
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 13
Gots: 29 | 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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UnionMade

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Heady.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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')

Serving type: cask

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

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 18:12:03 | More by 86MonteSS
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at AOBF, and thought it was kinda thin.

Bought a bottle to give it another shot, and I'm glad I did. Very tasty!!

Poured a hazy light pumpkin color, lovely foamy head, which has died down a bit, but it leaving some pretty lace in the glass.

Aroma is very good: fresh, grassy citrus.

Taste is also really good. Solid and slightly crispy medium mouthfeel, taste is low malt base, followed by hop tang..I can taste some grapefruit type qualities. A bit bitter, but nice and crisp.

Easy to drink, hops are present but not overly-annoying. Recommended. pat

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 23:42:07 | More by PatandDavid
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a golden color with a medium sized head that dwindles quickly to a small lining over the top of the beer. Nose is of hops and some bread. Taste starts out with a tart kick that almost resembles citrus fruit qualities but doesn't quite. Hops are apparent the whole time and after the initial tart taste the hops become very strong. Slight bready maltiness is there also but it's hardly even noticeable. This was one step above the other IPA's I have tried and that was a good thing.

Thanks to Mikeys01 for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 13:24:52 | More by granger10
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey amber with a rapidly dissipating head, which leaves a thin sheet and small specks of lace. A fragrant floral and citrusy hop aroma dominates a lightly doughy smell. The sweet malt begins to emerge after a few gulps. Grapefruit, lemon and lime and a slightly metallic bitterness overwhelms at first swallow, then mellow out slightly. The alcohol kick gains some ground and becomes more noticeable towards the end of the glass. I like the fact that MH relies on traditional beer ingredients in brewing this IPA. I'm not a fan of their propensity to use flavorings (#9, Miss Bliss, Hocus Pocus Lemon and Ginger).

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 00:58:05 | More by BeerResearcher
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Brent

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden-peach. Sweet aroma of floral hops and heather. Nice puch of hops up front, then the hops bitterness softens dramatically and sweet, muted malt slides in. This beer has a very interesting "soft-water" mouthfeel, as though the ph of the water had been adjusted. Slightly oily, butterfat mouthfeel. Not an over the top IPA by any means, but the attributes are there, nonetheless. Rather mild mannered and would pair well with food.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 13:28:43 | More by Brent
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangeish golden color with an off-white head. Slight haze.
Nice citrus hop aroma with piney hops, fruit and malt mixed in.

Taste is quite yummy. Big hop flavor that isn't way over the top and is well balanced by the malt. Citrusy, piney hop balanced by the biscuity, toffee malt. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable yet quite tastey. Would love to have another, but I only had the one.

Overall a quite good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 02:48:10 | More by PhantomVodoo
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blkknight02

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light copper with an adequate head. The lacing lasted most of the pint. The aromas of sweet fruit (peaches?) and citrus hops made me take an extra whiff or two. The malt is strong enough to balance the fruity/hoppy presence but fades at the end and gives way to a pleasant sweetness. Not as hoppy as most IPA's I've had but to me that's a good thing.
Too bad this is the only bottle I have because this would be a staple in my beer cellar! Fine brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 16:37:15 | More by blkknight02
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a solid cloud of yellow haze, a bit orangy, strong lasting yellowish spongy foamed head about a finger high and lots of sticky lace in stringy sheets. Aroma is quite heavenly hopped, fat and juicy pineyness with some citrus of lemon and grapefruit rinds. Taste is a nice steady leveled amount of great piney hoppyness, good freshness, moderate amounts of fatness and juicyness, very tolerable bitterness lending pine and slight grapefruit. Has some slight honey and biscuit tones in the back which is very nice and a bit of other citrusy action as well. Good hoppy bitterness and drying that just touches the tongue for some tingleyness and coats the mouth lightly in the finish. Quite nice. Feel is a solid medium body, favorable but accepting amounts of bitterness closing off into the finish with a good light covering of puckered drying and sour pine. Some yummy stuff and very drinkable. Recommended for all IPA lovers, cuz this'll do just dandy.

Thanks to Mickeys01 for the bomber!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 02:03:03 | More by tavernjef
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to VENOM for this unique IPA. The bottle has an interesting trippy feel. Pours a bright clear orange color with a very thin off-white head. Thin and quick lacing. Aroma is mostly hops and fruit, along with something that smelled like Starburst candy. Crisp and clean and a nice level of hops in the flavor, but every once in awhile a strange cotton candy-like flavor would seep through. Still it is very drinkable and a decent IPA. I look forward to trying more offerings from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 17:14:20 | More by Dogbrick
Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,191 ratings.