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Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 40 | 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 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.

ColForbin, Jul 23, 2004
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..

kmo1030, Jul 15, 2004
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.

aracauna, Jul 13, 2004
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

Billolick, Jul 11, 2004
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.

gentlebubbles, Jul 11, 2004
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

Beersignal, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of Longstaff
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Man, what happened to this beer? Last year (2003) it was way hoppy with a good malt backbone which covered up the cloying Ringwood aftertaste that is prevelent in most of MH beers. But this year (2004), the Ringwood aftertaste is overpowering everything else with buttery, sickly sweet grainy flavors that get stuck in the back of your throat begging you to drink more...water. Looks like they eased off on the hops with this years batch to make it cheaper to produce...errr, I mean... make it more balanced, yes that's it. It's a shame, the one Magic Hat beer I could actually get down my throat has now gone down the same road as their other beers. So sad that once again MH proves that they are more concerned about the label on the bottle than what is actually in the bottle.

Longstaff, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of bigone4
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer but it is not my favorite. I had it for the first time at the Vermont Brewfestival last year. Smooth IPA with a nice finish. Not to much hop bite but it is still enjoyable. Good beer for people who like a milder IPA. I enjoy the higher IBU count ones more. Has a good color and a nice smell. Tasted good but seemed like it could have some more hop kick to it.

bigone4, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy honey golden color. A small head that leaves beautiful lace rings.

Very fresh and floral hop aroma. A touch of malt for balance, but the dry hops steal the show here. This is a hop heads beer. Flavor wise, there's a lot hop--bittering, flavoring and aroma. BUT it is fresh and long lasting (even a minute after the swallow). If you're looking for balance, this is the wrong beer. If you're looking to taste and smell hops, this is an excellent version for you hopheads!

smcolw, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Make your move to improve your groove", message under the cap.

Strong, cloudy white head. Slowly drifitng from the center and clinging to the sides of the glass. Very nice, sticky lacing.
Golden-orange hue. Nice carbonation clearly present just on sight.

A well-balanced citrus-floral aroma combined with a sharp hop-filled edge.

The taste: Hops, hops, and more hops. Nice lemon, citrus aromatics on the front of the palate quickly giving way to a full, juicy hop flavor.

Very smooth I.P.A. Wonderful interpretation of the style that takes a standard, American I.P.A. to a higher level. Great, lightly bitter aftertaste. Not too light nor heavy.

This is a beer that I would always like to have in stock as a high end, full bodied I.P.A. I could easily have two or three more had I been unaware of the 6.8% abv. Very nice, hoppy I.P.A.

NEhophead, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as much kick as I expected, but a good brew nonetheless. Appearance was light golden with a great head and lacing. Smell was heavy on a citrus note with some malt notes on warming. Taste was citrus and dry upfront and continued to the finish with a pleasant hop kick on teh finish. Mouthfeel was dry, as expected. Not bad on the drinkability scale, but just a tad too dry.

edchicma, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of Stimack
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having this brew on tap I thought I would give a bottle a try. 22 oz. Bomber with a clearly marked freshness date of drink by August 2004. The brew poured to a deep golden color with a nice thick off white head with a lot of carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. The nose was of citrus hop, more pronounced than the brew I had on tap but not over powering with hints of malt flavors. The taste was nice, heavy hop flavor that dominated but not too much. Notice a malt flavor as well that did not balance out the hop tones but seemed to keep them some what in check. Not a bad brew, think I enjoyed the on tap version a little better. Would have this brew again but feel that there are other favorites that I would go for first!

Stimack, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 1" slightly off-white head on top of a golden hued brew, which had some staying power. Excellent foamy lacing. Nose is is dominantly hoppy, as one would hope, but with some maltiness hiding in the back room. Taste is adequately hoppy, and has a solid pale malt background. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good as well. Good represenation of the style.

ppoitras, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent with a wonderful floral hop aroma and fruity yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a good malt core that finishes a bit watery, but with a tremendous bitter aftertaste. It has a piney hop taste that dominates the palate. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good IPA. It doesn't have the malt make-up that Blind Faith has, but it has a more powerful hop wallop.

WesWes, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weird name from a weird brewery. But as long as it tastes good I could care less. Poured out a golden amber color with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell consisted of hops, pine, citrus notes and a little bit of a buttery aroma. Taste was hoppy, but not that much. You can tell they have lots of variety of hops in this brew, but it wasn't over the top which I was expecting. It finished a little piney and herbal, but yet smooth and creamy which was nice. This beer will satisfy hop heads and non-hop heads alike. Nicely done.

necoadam, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of MattFrenzy
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Holy Hop Hell, Batman! This beer can kick your ass if you're not expecting it. Hops all over the place (no pun intended) with an aftertaste that just increases in ferocity. Definitely a brew meant to be paired with food. Surprisingly not as much of an alcohol taste being 6.8%. The 22oz bomber bottle is even a keeper with the trance inducing label design.

MattFrenzy, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

waughbrew, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

CRJMellor, May 26, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

AllThingsNinja, May 23, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

goindownsouth, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

IrishRedRock, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of truthbrew
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

truthbrew, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of Boto
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Boto, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of StevieW
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

StevieW, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

UnionMade, Feb 02, 2004
Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.