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Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,246
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 16
Gots: 71 | 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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Ratings: 1,246 | Reviews: 651
Photo of maek228
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Magic Hat Spring Seasonal. I paid $8.50 for a six-pack. Bottles has picture of Goddess lady against soft green background (different than the blue background in the picture of this beer on this website).

Appearance: Golden orange/yellow, very bright and/or vibrant. A malty two fingered head that clung to the glass like Homer Sipmson's hand to a donut. This beer exudes an appearance that is especially pleasing to the eye.

Smell: Citrus scents pervade, along with some hops. Fresh and refreshing would describe the aroma rather well.

Taste: Orange rind, Lemon, and an assortment of other citrus flavors are the upfront flavors. The finish is that special kind of bitter that defines the Americanized IPA. This hoppyness hung around on my tastebuds for a couple of minutes after I'd take a sip. This is the mark of a good I.P.A. The hop dosage is high, but far frome extreme.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, malty, refreshing....etc. Oh yeah, emphasis on refreshing.

Drinkability: For a beer that hovers on 7%, this one goes down nicely. The six-pack I got was especially fresh, and since Magic Hat didn't go overboard on the hops, this one goes down without a fight. I could see myself drinking 6-8 of these in a night and being happy with it.

Photo of LarryV
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think the H must stand for Hardly an IPA. But then maybe I've been desensitized by my consumption of beers like Arrogant Bastard and Bigfoot. Pours a ruddy orange color with an inch of frothy head that dissipates into islands of isolated foam. Left some nice tracing down the glass. The maltiness seems to take the front seat as opposed to the hoppiness. It reminds me more of a good English pale ale vs an IPA. This brew has a nice body to it and goes down easy. Would I buy it again? Probably not, there's more exciting IPA's that I would prefer, but this is a pretty good brew, reasonably priced, and quite drinkable.

Photo of ski271
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light orange beer with a small, white, most-diminishing head that left only trace amounts of lacing.

Smell: Citrus rind, herbal, chalk, resin, light malt, and maybe even cardboard. There was something off about this beer.

Taste: Harsh, even for an IPA. Little Balance. Sort of a raw hop taste with a shadow of malt, citrusy and slightly perfumy. The finish is long and quite bitter with a bubble-gum-like flavor. Strange.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, chalky & dry texture, low (almost flat) carbonation.

Drinkability: Not that good. I sort of enjoyed it, but definitely didn’t want another.

I’m wondering. Taking into account the overwhelmingly good reviews and Magic Hat’s track record, maybe I got a bad bottle. I’ll have to try in again to test that theory, but in the meantime this beer gets sub-par marks.

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

On-Cask at the Brazen Head last week during their fest. Light murky orange with a nice head of white foam. Aromas are just all fresh cut grass, hops, some other "herbs", and more. The taste follows suit, with not many yeast notes in this one! This is all about the freshly cut hops, and boy does it deliver the goods. So fresh and clean tasting with a lovely mouthfeel and a great drinkability on cask. A great, higher abv session ipa.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from their new 12oz. bottled seasonal notched to enjoy by June '05.
Pours a golden bronze w/ two full fingers of cloudy white head after a fairly aggresive pour. Impressive lace w/ carbonated bubbles clinging to the side of the glass as 1/2 of the head disappears.
Aroma is very mild w/ a timid spiced hop and malt...nothing real impressive going on. Smell takes me back to the days of drinking MGD's...never a good sign.
The taste has a bit more going on, but I am not in love w/ this beer as I was in the past, although my pallet has been desensitized by many a IPA and IIPA's.
It is very refreshing, but quite thin. The hops never really produce any bitterness in my opinion, but the aftertaste is very clean if cold...otherwise, that MGD feeling comes back. Could be a highly drinkable brew if I was in love w/ the flavor...I'm not at this point. An average IPA and a few steps below what I am used to from Magic Hat.
I still have a few 22oz. bombs from the last batch...I will have to add some notes to this review to compare.

Photo of carln26
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle a very clear gold to copper color. The head was a thick white. Very dense, it settled quickly back into the glass and left a nice sheet of lace on the side of the glass. A decent amount of carbonated bubbles attempted to refill the head in the 1st few moments. The nose had a mild hop flower aroma up front that was followed by a grapefruit character. Not much malt in the noise. The taste ha bit more balance. It has a mild bitterness up front and the citrus character dominates the hop flavors. The malt adds a mild caramel sweetness. Slightly slick mouth feel, fairly drinkable. I’d had this from a bomber last year, It seamed like it had more depth of flavor then. I wish I had reviewed it at that time.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color-touch of haze. Average carbonation level. Great aroma-really "catty" as the Brits like to call it. Have never found a beer I could honestly say smelled that way but this is it for sure. Grassy,straw-like. Big hop flavor but the flavor comes no where near the aroma in volume. Nice big hop bitterness in the finish. Good mouthfeel-somewhat oily. A very drinkable beer-one of the better offerings from Magic Hat in my opinion.

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

Pours a deep, hazy amber color with a sharp hop aroma. White and sticky head. Pine and citrus, slightly woody, and a bit of a grassy smell. Small sweetness up front, but this really isn’t a malty beer. It has a medium body and is clean, with a subtle hop presence through the entire experience. I say subtle because it wasn’t overwhelming, just a constant reminder that you’re drinking an IPA. It was refreshing and enjoyable, actually. Fairly high carbonation, and quite drinkable.

Photo of bditty187
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber gold in hue, slightly hazy but it is largely clear. The color is lovely. The head was sticky and bright white in color. Head retention was pretty good; it took a few moments before it faded to a foamy cap. Subsequent lacing was blotchy, unorganized but very widespread. The nose is pungent. Lovely. Wow. I’m impressed with the loud marijuana notes, citrus zest, hints of aged cheese, flowers, grapefruit flesh, and it finishes piney. Hops are the show stealer (I guess that would be hop as only Warrior is used in this beer?). I can’t find the malt even though the hoppiness isn’t insanely noisy but it is very articulate and fairly original. Modest potency. I enjoy the bouquet thoroughly, inviting. The palate is tasty and easy going, sure it is hoppy and bitter and “IPA-like” but soft and pliable (maybe too much so). All the complexity is found in the hoppiness, I wish the malt was louder and tastier. I even wish the bitterness was more forceful but this complaint is nitpicking, the malt is a legitimate issue. Only traces of biscuit can be detected. Like the nose the hops offer plenty of intrigue with citrus, crushed flowers, and pine. I like the taste, I really do, but it is kind of easy going. Soft earthiness. Muddled in a charming way. Some alcohol warmth. Dirty finish that say, “eat with cheese.” Next time my friend. Medium in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is soft and relaxing. There isn’t much too it, maybe some more bulk would be nice but I guess this is a summer seasonal. It’s playing to its strengths. This beer is way too easy to drink. I sailed through my bomber. 6.80% abv? Seriously? Where was it! Dangerous. A beer of this sort should provide a bit more of an obstacle to drink, IMO. Yes, I’m knocking a beer for being too easy to drink. There wasn’t anything to hang my hat on. Sure, it is damn tasty and, yes, I’ll gladly drink it again. However this IPA is kind of simple but you know what? I enjoyed every sip. Good stuff, especially considering this beer is two month passed its “best by date.” It might be a killer fresh. Thanks UnionMade!

Photo of Shiloh
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty deep amber IPA. Arrived with a two finger head leaving to a layered glass cling and full lace.
The body is just short of being full and the carbonation within minutes of arrival is very light - lots of crown action for such a limited carbonated beer.
The nose is very quiet.
The taste is very refreshing from a hopheads point of view.
Full hop assault front to finish, that of the grapefruit with apprpriate linger....Very Nice, highly recomended!

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

Pours a clear dark orange-amber, topped with a three finger puffy ivory head, leaves rings of lacing.
Aroma is full of citrusy hops, wood and bread.
Citrus, leafy and raw taste, biscuit, floral, fruity, orange and lemon notes.
Medium bodied, great drinkability I could easily have a few.

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

This poured out a slightly hazy orange with about an inch of foam on top. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma was filled with citric and floral hops galore, very nice indeed. A bit of a bitter grapefruit bite upfront with the taste before easing into a tad bit of caramel malt. A nice lingering hoppy aftertaste ends this. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for an IPA. Drinkability is good overall but the thinner feel hurts it a little. Overall though a solid brew.

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
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
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
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
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
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
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
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.