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Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Reviews: 657
Hads: 1,297
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 18
Gots: 116 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

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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Reviews: 657 | Hads: 1,297
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, poured a hazy golden color, produced a white head, nice retention and it left lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of citric/pine hop aroma. Medium in body, this APA, is all about earthy, piney hop flavor. A base of malted grain, this brew also features some hints of apple juice. This brew has all of the makings of a really good APA but it is somewhat off balance. Dry finish. Overall, this was a decent APA- nice session beer, a little rough around the edges but it will do.

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Photo of RickS95
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the look but it doesn't look like most IPAs. Looks more like a witbier. Pours a cloudy, milky gold color. It's pale-ish in color but mostly opaque due to the hazy look. The head is true IPA. Thick, fluffy, good retention, nice lacing.

I'm a bit torn on the smell. It's got some good and bad. The bad is that it smells like an American macro with a grainy, adjunct-filled, ricey aroma. The good is that it's got a citrusy, grassy smell that gives it the American IPA scent.

The taste follows the smell, a bit of American macro as well as some citrusy, grassiness. Each sip seems to get a bit worse.

The mouthfeel is very bitter. There's slight acidity, but it's got a grainy feel to it.

It's very average. Lots of potential, but reminds me too much of an overproduced American pilsner.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how this one has evaded my reviewing powers for so long but here we go.

A- Poured into one of those new can-shaped glasses, like a stout pint glass I suppose. Somewhat hazy golden-orange body. A very nice creamy white head forms to about two fingers and retains nicely. Lots of lace creates a webbed pattern around the glass.

S- Hoppy upfront with main notes of pine and citrus zest taking up most of the aromatic powers. Some light bread, caramel and herbal/floral hints in the background.

T- Hops strong again here and the pine seems to be more dominant here than in the nose. Herbal, floral, grapefruit, lemon zest and spicy notes from the hops too. The malt and yeast make their presence known with caramel, bread and light fruit hints.

MF- Creamy light body with smooth moderate carbonation. Bitterness in the finish isn't overpowering but delivers a nice compliment to the flavors.

Solid standard IPA for the price and inclusion in mixed-12 packs.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hi.P.A. pours a surprisingly pale yellow without a hint of amber in the mix, topped however by an impressive amount of bone white suds leaving tons of creamy lacing.

The aroma is faint, mostly a clean slightly sweet smelling citrusy malt.

The flavor is hop forward and pleasingly bitter. The hops are about equal parts citrus and pine resin and have a faint spicy bite in the finish. The finish is bitter and pleasantly lingers. The pale fresh bready malts are sweet but definitely take the back seat to the hops in this beer.

The mouhtfeel is on the light side, with rather sharp carbonation but slick in the end.

I've had a number of beers from Magic Hat and can say I prefer their IPAs. I have also liked other IPAs of theirs better, namely Lucky Kat, than HiPA but this is a pleasantly bitter easy drinking IPA that won't blow you away but won't dissapoint either.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with while sitting around his house! Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, subtle fruit, and pine. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, fruit, and pine. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. There was a lot of earthiness going on here with a touch of pine. The touch of fruit going on wasn’t too bad, but I don’t think it was totally necessary in my opinion. Glad I got to tick this one, but that’s about it.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of areich6
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of pschul4
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of welldigger888
2.17/5  rDev -42%
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.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Nachojon
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of vicsju1991
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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

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Photo of Kitt
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of ScorpyX
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of jifigz
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.