Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Reviews: 652
Hads: 1,272
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 17
Gots: 105 | 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 Willytee3
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt yellow-orange with many bubbles streaming up from the bottom. nice White head with thin foamy retention and great lacing.
Smells of fresh citrus fill the nose and deliver a nice pine hop depth with sweet toffee malts.

Sips with high carbonation that fades away quickly but delivers a foamy mouthful of bitter pine hops with citrus follow up of grapefruit juice and some mango.

Best by far of the IPA on tour series. I would like to see this brought back to be available year round. (502 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours hazy golden yellow with a nice thin white head. The beer is actually rather hazy and reminiscent of a hefeweizen. The carbonation was rather consistent from the bottom and healthy for the beer style, and the lacing is a fine sheet on the side of the glass that has some sticky tendencies. The beer smells properly wet and full of citrus pine with a nice body of sweet salty biscuity malt. The hops to hint at a medicinal aroma, but are really rather nice, hinting at lemon zest and grapefruit. The beer tastes nicely bitter and biscuity. Lemony grapefruit lingers bitterly in the mouth in the aftertaste, but the middle is nicely balanced between malt and hops. The hops border between being too sweet, but don’t ever quite over power the taste buds, and leave the bitter aftertaste with a nice sweet tinge. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but surprisingly lacking in carbonation. It leaves the mouth with a nice torrent of spittle. The roof of the mouth is quite dry and sticky on the tongue. Overall this is a solid I.P.A. and a great example of the style. This beer is a solid example of the more bitter versions of the style and perfect for those looking for the next step in bitters after they have begun their hops quest. Worthy of a drink. (1,261 characters)

Photo of areich6
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow color with little head.

S: smells very crisp and piney with hints of tart fruit such as grapefruits.

T: Pretty darn bitter with a wonderful crispness on the tongue. Can taste a fair amount of maltiness after the intitial burst of bitter. Not much more complex after that.

M: I fair amount of prickly carbonation that disappears pretty quickly in the mouth. Pretty light after that.

O: This is pretty good IPA not spectacular, but better than a lot out there. (494 characters)

Photo of pschul4
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank during the first Packers game of the year, very excite!

A- Pours a bright hazy orange that has a little bit of head to start but dissipates quickly without too much retention

S- Lots of hops but they aren't terribly sharp. Some pale malts in the background as well.

T- Very piney which isn't my favorite but it's a nice change of pace from the tropical fruit forward IPAs I typically drink. Some malt in the background but the pine really steals the show

M- Very prickly with the carbonation. Could relax that a bit but nothing terrible

O- Good not great. Glad I got a 6 pack but probably won't buy again (616 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy pale orange; thin head, moderate carb; really nice lacing
S: orange, pine, resin, a hint of bubble gum; promises an aggressive flavor
T: tastes very much as it smells -- an aggressive grapefruit-dominated hopbomb; hints of other citrus -- lemon; quite a bit of the flavor profile is in the treble notes
M: foamy

An aggressive IPA; worthwhile trying (388 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep golden blonde color with a dense one inch white head that leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is minty, floral hops, with notes of citrus and a punch of pine. Resin and bready malt accompany catty tones.

Flavor is a bit disappointing. Hops don't live up to the aroma. There's a hint of caramel malt throughout, which is accentuated bi resin and pine, but complexity is lacking. The finish is a touch bitter. Grapefruit pith surfaces late.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

If the flavor had matched the aroma, this would've been a real winner. (594 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle supplied by the brewery.

A cloudy gold in color with a sticky white head.

Light medicinal hop aroma.

Sharply bitter with flavors like lemon peel. A bit of malt sweetness.

Body is a little light.

Overall it's OK. Nothing to get too excited about. There are lots of better IPAs out there. (303 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden/orange color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hop oils, citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of pale malt, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, hint of citrus, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop oil, and an earthiness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend. The body is a little weak, though. (485 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
2.17/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured the color of a pils with a nice snow white head that leaves minamal lacing.

VERY VERY odd aroma here, rotting vegetals maybe, unpleasant either way.

Again the ODD aroma follows the flavor here. A bad tang with the rot flavor in the back ground, very ODD as I would expect more from this lrg craft type brewer.

For all the rot and stuff the mouthfeel is exceptable, coming in as a medium lite bodied ale of rotten flavor.

VERY DISAPOINTING is all I can say. (467 characters)

Photo of PhantasIPA
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this IPA is very cloudy. It is cloudier than most IPAs, almost like a trippel.

The smell leaves something to be desired. I wanted to smell a mixture of hops and citrus but instead it smells like putrid fruit or like I am hanging out at an indoor pool - thin and very basic; literally, like chlorine.

The taste is directly related to the smell; thin with a taste that hints at real citrus but delivers nothing.

The mouthfeel is fine. This is difficult to gauge given the below average flavor, but it does go down smooth and holds character even as it gets warmer.

Overall this beer is average, I don't particularly like the smell or flavor but it is easy to drink and has some strength behind it (6.7%). The positive qualities end there, however. I am not going to totally rip this brew because Magic Hat produces some great beers, but this one is better left on the shelf. (894 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/3/11

Appearance: Pale orange/mostly golden, white head, fades to sticky lacing

Smell: Rather herbal, grassy, with sweet malts in the back - mildly hoppy, with some pine and some citrus

Taste: More interesting than the aroma, with some citrus and decent malts - orange, grapefruit bitterness - pale malts that impart a nice level of sweetness to balance - grassy, but not unpleasantly so

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated and a little sticky - personally, I would prefer it a little more crisp

Overall: Substantially better than 2011 Blind Faith, at least

Hi.P.A. is a decent IPA, but nothing to write home about. It's worth a try, and I am glad that it is currently rotating. I would drink this again. (749 characters)

Photo of Nachojon
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very light blonde. Haze, very thin head. Some lacing spots around glass.

S- Roasty hops. Very unique. Kind of lemony.

T- A little dishsoap. I think overly citrusy, the hop flavor that it there seems artificial. Mouth puckering but it just seems so lemony.

M- It's crisp, a little over carbonated. Lemonade aftertaste.

O- No my favorite. Nice aroma and look, it when it hits the mouth that it fails. (409 characters)

Photo of vicsju1991
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - pa;e hazy amber, small one finger white head, dissipates pretty quickly, decent lacing
S - Piney citrusy, standard IPA
T - very piney, a little citrus bite at the end,
M - creamy, a little thin but drinkable
O - decent IPA, better than any BMC, but nothign special (309 characters)

Photo of Kitt
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy apricot with a one-finger ivory head.

Aroma a rich and fruity malt of banana and over-ripe peach.

Taste a sharp cheddar-like bite of bitter hops that is rapidly overtaken by heavy carbonation. A malty aftertaste with bread and citrus undertones.

Mouthfeel a bit overwhelmed by sharp carbonation but medium bodied.

Drinkibility - a bit on the light side for an IPA, this brew is easy to down.

Not a bad IPA but definitely a medium body afternoon beverage rather than your typical desert-like, full bodied, heavy hopped IPA. (543 characters)

Photo of ScorpyX
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Has a cloudy and golden look with a thin white head.

S: Hops are obvious but not overpowering. Also has a woodsy, piney scent. A sour fruit smell and a little bit of alcohol, too.

T: Mild bitterness, a little cherry and apple sharpness, some grapefruit-like flavor, notes of grain, and a hint of that alcohol that was in the scent.

M Has a sharp kick, but not overly bitter. Pretty crisp, particularly for the style.

Not a bad example of an IPA. It's not overly bitter, but it doesn't seem so mild that it's missing flavor like other IPAs I've had. I like it. (568 characters)

Photo of jifigz
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The beer is a pretty standard yellow/orange for the style. The head builds fast and lingers for a little while. Nothing too exciting in the appearance. The aroma is citrus and pine hops through and through. The flavor is very mild and fruity in the beginning which leads to a nice splash of hop bitter on the tongue. The aftertaste rounds out a bit sweet and fruity again. The MF is good and medium bodied, very smooth and easily drinkable. This is a good American IPA. It is nothing groundbreaking or new, but it is done to style and very tasty. The hop profile in this reminds me of a Two Hearted or a Smuttynose, the flavors are just mellowed out compared to those two brews. A good ipa. (724 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold body with a 2 finger head that leaves decent lacing.

S: A nice floral aroma with some pine, lemon, and sweet grainy notes.

T: Most beers are better when they're fresh, especially this one. I've had it fresh (which is how I'll review it) and I've had it apparently old where it has almost no flavor. Upfront flavor of a hoppy mixture- fruits, pine, & citrus- balanced with some mildly sweet caramel malts. Very well balanced with a nice hoppy bite and very straightforward. Good IPA.

M: Slightly lean mouthfeel; clean and crisp carbonation; medium body.

O: This one is a nice example of the style without being too hoppy. Flavors are balanced well, price isn't bad, but just wished I could find it easier other than a sample pack. High drinkability, but not my favorite American IPA. (808 characters)

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this out of the mix pack. Nice golden pour with a thick white head. Aroma of hops, malts, citrus. Kind of sweeter smell. Taste has a decent amount of hops, citrus, and a little bit of some sweetness that is followed up with some bitterness. A decent IPA out of this mix pack. (279 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At long last, grabbed this in a local mix a six shop. 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours hazy light copper, minor layer of foam. Some lacing. Very strong grassy pine smell. Small maltiness underneath. Balanced malt/bitterness - good strength, but not overbearing. Lingering afterwards. I like the balance. Light peppering. Solid IPA. (345 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold orange color with a huge 2 finger foamy slightly off white head that faded slowly, leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of flowers, floral hops, herbs, sweet malt, husk, grass, piney hops, grains, cereal, citrus like lemon, tea leaf, light spices and faint caramel. This nose is earthy and floral with citrus hops lingering, and overall it was a nice mix of hops, fruit and light grains.

Tastes like it smells, with floral hops, herbs, flowers, citrus hops, lemon, light grapefruit, sweet malt, piney hops, grains, cracker, grass, biscuit, caramel, apple, pear, coriander, a hint of pepper; the balance is good, as the hops are mellowed by the grains/cracker flavor that helps this go down easy.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp, with a creamy feel, light carbonation, a medium body and above average to high drinkability. The overall flavor was refreshing and extremely easy to drink, even with a slight bitterness. This 2011 version is the best Hi.P.A. to date and hides the ABV well. (1,031 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dirty blonde with a huge 3-finger, white, frothy head that lasts a long time, leaves a decent trail all the way down the glass, and eventually ends in a solid persistent lace.

S: Strong zesty hoppy aroma. Hints of pine and lemon in the background.

T: Great hoppy flavor with a citrus zing and a slightly alcoholic bite.

M: Medium body and high carbonation

O: This is a solid IPA. Nicely balanced, superiorly hopped, and just enough alcohol to make it interesting. (535 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a lingering white head. Leads to some lacing on the glass.

Smells like a 70/30 split between hops and malt sweetness. Lemon and grapefruit with a tropical edge lead into toasted caramel malt.

Taste is very well balanced. Hoppy but no hop blast to the tastebuds. Sweet citrus leads to a splash of bitterness and a metallic aftertaste. Hearty malt profile in the back.

Mouthfeel is slightly undercarbonated then dry.

Not the most pungent of IPAs but I can dig it. (499 characters)

Photo of BoozeHound81
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color. The hops are upfront, but not overpowering. I get a hint of Pine with the odor..not like your car air-freshener either. Poured a nice 3/8 inch of head,vanished to a slight layer quickly. The after taste (to me) is exactly as it smells. A nice drink overall. (283 characters)

Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in a mixed 12 pack from Magic Hat. Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A- Very light amber with orange yellow hue. Lots of bubble action with a decent thin head with some lacing that sticks.

S- sweet malty smell with some nice fruit from the hops.

T- once again, sweet maltiness up front. Grapefruit finish from the hops with some biterness that hangs around. Very balanced. An IPA but not a hop bomb. Flavors aren't huge but this tastes nice.

M- Good carbonation. Little trace of alcohol.

O- Enjoyable. As stated, the flavors aren't overpowering but for the price this is solid. Only paid $13 for the mixed 12 pack. Would recommend. (653 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#131. It's been a while since I've had my Magic Hat fix. This is one of my more anticipated releases from this brewery. Picked as part of their "Night of the Living Dead" Variety pack.

(Appearance) Pours a 2 finger depth head of a frothy consistency that retains well, crowning in the center as the sides fade away leaving a billowing cream-white head. Color is a translucent mild amber yellow and exceptionally hazy by appearance. Lacing is nice. Carbonation is steady and abundant. Some of the better qualities in this beer are in the head which is outstanding for this beer. looks quite nice. 4.5

(Smell) A very pleasant mild aroma of pale malts and, with some citrus zest, lemongrass and berry fruit tones which are more evident in this aroma than the standard American IPA. I attribute this to a variety of floral hops, as both piney character and heavy grassy tones are lacking. The potency of this beer is somewhat mild. Pleasant aroma nonetheless with lots of curious character in the nose. 4

(Taste) Far more bitter and hoppy than the aroma gives off. A mild malt character paired with a modest grassy hop tone. With a boldly bitter and mildly dry finish, this stands as a solid entry within IPA grounds, but doesn't carry much of the aroma's individuality with it. Most of the berry and floral tones gathered in the nose didn't deliver in the taste, which was more geared towards bitterness, being ultimately less complex than the aroma. If the remaining flavors were more pronounced, and this would be an excellent beer. I am left thinking that the balance in the taste is somewhat off, and would have preferred some complexity beneath the hop character. 3

(Mouthfeel) A tad bit tart and prickly, pairing well with the flavors of the mouth. A mild alcohol taste lingers in the background, but never overpowers the other flavors. This beer has a light body. It pairs well with the taste. 3.5

(Overall) I found this beer to seem far more complex and session able in the aroma than it was in the taste, which goes more for a standard IPA in character. Some of the more discrete aromas were omitted from the experience entirely, which leaves this far more one-dimensional than other adventurous American IPAs. Those looking for a more bitter IPA experience will likely find this to be a great choice. A bizarre beer for the Fall season, but better one time a year than never. 3.5

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Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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