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Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 62 | 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 changeup45
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good all around IPA, although I might like their Blind Faith a touch better (which has sadly been since retired). Amber color with a medium white head and quite a bit of lacing. Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Flavor is bitter, hoppy and moderately bitter in the finish. Mostly bitter hops here. Solid beer.

Photo of SirSketch
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired in trade with paulthebeerguru.

Good amount of sticky, slightly off-white head. Light copper in color with lots of bubbles traveling to the top. The aroma is overwhelmingly hoppy. Hops smell as if they are incredibly fresh. Citrus notes in noticeable as well.

Heavy leafy hop flavor comes first, followed shortly by huge bitterness. Citrus comes through, as well as some honey characteristics. Dry and tart aftertaste that feels as if it sticks to your tongue for a minute. Medium to heavy carbonation and medium body makes for an average mouthfeel. This beer is a little hard to finish, as it doesnt go down as well as you think it might.

Photo of UA8
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pour a hazy straw color with a ivory head of light foam

S- Scents of citrus hops, orange peel and light grains

T- Light citrus and floral hops with light malt flavors backing

M- Light and refreshing

D- A really nice beer to drink on a porch in the summer

Photo of Ragingbull
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honey colored beer with a light foam head after being poured into a pint glass. Mild hops nose. Slight taste of melted snow in the presentation and mostly a hoppy character to the flavor. Some late presentation of a flavor that causes me to think of the taste of bile. Leaves an odd aftertaste in the mouth. I would call it a C- myself.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a Blue Mountain Brewery-logoed pint glass.

Appearance: A rather aggressive pour yields a huge two-finger white fluffy head with awesome retention. Extremely fine, fast, and dense carbonation falls upwards towards it. It's a friggin' reverse waterfall. Pale golden body that's slightly hazy. Color seems a bit light, but other than that, spot on.

Aroma: Pale malty grain, light, vegetal hoppiness with a little tart citrus (lemon) in play. Kinda mild. Smells grassy in places, almost dry hopped.

Taste: More pale malt here, slight vegetal "dry-hop" flavor sneaks through, citrus, the slightest hint of roasty butterscotch goodness, and a mild bitterness. Seems sorta shallow in places.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but smooth and even. Light bodied.

Drinkability: Decent, cold use a few more complexities in the mouth and nose, particularly in the malt bill.

Photo of samriggins
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 1/2 inch white head that quickly dissolves leaving some lacing. This beer has a nice color, golden honey with a touch of copper. Not too dark, not too light, just right. Good tight carbonation.

Initial smell of grassy/pine hops with just a touch of citrus. The malt smells lightly toasty and sweet.

Taste of light caramel and slight roast with the hops getting bitter and the alcohol coming through at the end.

This beer feels a little bit gritty towards the end.

This is a pretty good IPA. I would have liked to have a couple more of these to get a better feel for it.

Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pure honey, nice cotton head, dries up to a clingy thin lace.

S- Pine, malt and almost a sea note.

T - Creamy, good caramel center, sufficient bitter hops on sides to balance.

M - Creamy, coating, medium to full body, good carb.

D - A nice beer.

Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into my DFH pint glass yields a glowing orangey-amber body crowned by three fingers of creamy, slick-surfaced white foam with soapy edges that leaves thick, white lacing sticking to the glass in a few fuzzy rings.

Nose is sweet citrus with spicy, prickly pinesap; clean and herbal.

Taste is strong, clean, resinous grapefruit with a palpable bitterness. The solid, but unobtrusive malt backbone asserts itself in toasty tones as perfumey notes of cloves and honeydew melon sweeten the drink. Dry, bitter finish as spicy aromatics linger.

Photo of John1985
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold color with an 1/2 inch head that died down to a snow cap. Great lacing down the pint glass. Fresh piney & citrus aroma that lead into a burst of hops on the tongue. Malt balanced in the middle with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Quenching and refreshing on this 90+ day in Nashville. Taste was kinda one dimensional but enjoyable. Alcohol strength was not apparent.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale foggy golden-amber. Thin head that nonetheless leaves sticky lacing. Dropped into thin cap.
Nose is aroma of pine resin, floral hops, grass, light citrus, lightly toasted malt.
Taste and mouthfeel is blend of slightly sweet light malt and powerful hops. Body is light-to-moderate, carbonation present but not overpowering, and finish is dominated by blend of hops that leaves aftertaste of resin and grapefruit.
Very easy to drink, and pleasant flavored.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale with a slight haze. Decent 1" head with decent retention. Moderate to good lacing on the glass.

S - Lovely hop aroma, strong upfront grassy/leafy with some citrus to mellow it out.

T - Pine/leafy hops hit upfront backed by some semi-sweet but restrained malt to make for an excellent early to mid palate taste. More earthy and citrus notes hit as the sweetness fades, leading to a managable bitterness in the finish.

M - Crisp, a little thin, and well carbonated. Borders on watery but holds it's own.

D - While the bitterness isn't as overbearing as some IPAs, it does get to me after a bit. Coupled with a thinner character yet intense flavor, I doubt I'd put back more than one, maybe two, of these at a time. A great brew nonetheless.

Photo of toolbrew
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small white head. Good head retention and some lacing down the glass.

Slightly hoppy smell with some citrus

A toned down hop taste. Good lingering hop flavor.

Mostly the front portion of my mouth feels the hops at first, and a lingering taste in the back of my mouth.

Not a bad IPA. Woouldn't turn one down. The beer became clearer as it warmed up.

Photo of Lupe
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden peach, which clears up as it warms. Small white head does not much retention and leaves some lace behind.

Raw hop aroma of pungent herbs, pine, grass, and mild citrus. Very strong and a little must. Faint malt lies behind the hops.

Hops are what this beer is all about. Herbal, leafy, and lots of pine kick in first and remain throughout. Very earthy and raw with sappy sweetness and citrus twang. Some bready sweetness attempts to balance to no avail. Notes of fruit and cider towards the finish. Finishes bone dry. Tastes as if someone was angry - "You want hops? Here, here's your hops!!"

Light to medium in body - way too thin result in a rough and raw feel on the tongue. Crisp, a little coarse and grainy. The hops are a bit too much, definitely unbalanced, overpowering and unpleasant at times. Not undrinkable, but I could not finish the 12oz bottle. Not a fan.

Photo of becktone
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: This is a fine lookiing IPA. Wheaty straw gold in color with a pretty clear body. Head is great, nice retention, very creamy in appearance and real nice large and appetizing in terms of size. Really you don't get a beer that looks this good often.

Nose: Mainly floral with some citrus undertones. Not a very strong malt backbone, but there is some there to support the hops. Not much more than that, overall its typical of an IPA. Nothing special.

Tongue: Real grainy and coarse malt flavor here. Hops aren't as forefront as I would like. Kinda woody if you ask me. Slightly citrus like and a little bit floral. Overall, in undertones, I get a fruity flavor, cantaloupe...even as far as the proportions of flavor that is present in cantaloupe, a slightly watery melon type of flavor. This is all underneath the woody/earthy hops. In my opinion needs a bit more hop presence, more boom.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium bodied with lower levels of carbonation that is appropriate for the style. Finishes semi-dry mostly because of the hops...the flavor I am perceiving as woody is doing this I think. This is one I'd pick up again, though I'd be on the lookout for something better, to me this just isn't a staple IPA.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Bright and hazy orange brew. Half inch of white frothy head, no retention. Tiny whisps of lace.
S: Floral hops and citrus, tangy. A little sugar too.
T: Hops up front, bitter and tangy. More grassy and floral tastes in the middle with a hint of sugar and caramel malts. Citrus fades out and bitter feeling lingers without flavor.
M: Mild bitterness, occasionally bubbly. Hops nip the tongue nicely.
D: Props. Good sessionable IPA.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a misty dark orange/tan color with about a half inch of fluffy white head.

S: The scent is mostly a floral hoppy scent and a little grainy.

T: A little bit of a grapefruit hoppy taste with a strong bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied very smooth mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation.

D: Easy to drink. This is a very good IPA from Magic Hat, part of the Pandora's Box. Very tasty.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass from a cold 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours with a nice fluffy white head leaving decent lacing. Color is golden amber, beyond hazy into cloudy, not like a hefeweizen, though.

Aroma is huge with tangerine hops, a real treat. Some grainy sweetness in the back as well.

Flavor is sweet, tart, only slightly malty, and with plenty of citrusy hops on the tongue. Very pleasant beer for lunch. No flavor problems at all.

Mouthfeel has a nice bitterness and slickness, and the hoppy aftertaste lingers in the finish.

Drinkability is great. Too bad I had just one, or I would have opened another. Instead had a Roxy Rolles.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy gold, with a dense rocky head.

S - Big pine aroma, a whiff of alcohol and touch of apple.

T - Sweet-ish malt and a big pine hoppiness. Hops are a little bit coarse on the palate. Moderate fruitiness and some banana rounds out the flavours.

M - Very nice smooth, slick texture..

D - Pretty good IPA. Has some interesting nuances compared to the average IPA.

Photo of penguinjive7
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with about two fingers of head.

Smell is rather floral with citrus and a bit of earthyness as well

The first flavor to hit is a strong grapefruit hop flavor followed by a ver small bit of grassyness. Malt balance comes in in the finish, especially as it warms. A bit of the floral tone from the spell is present but just lightly in the finish.

This is light and dry in the mouth, gets more heavy and cloying as it warms.

Another solid brew form Magic Hat. Very drinkable although I don't know that I'd have more than one or two in a row. I wish they would make this one year round...

Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a great hazy appearance with a golden honey color. The aroma is full of floral hops up front with malt and yeast notes in the background. Its flavor has an herbal and almost fruity hop character with a heavy supportive base of toasted malts and doughy yeast that adds a nice complexity. It has a silky light to medium body that's a little bit oily and has a fairly short dry finish. Wonderful.

Photo of SaucyA
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Into a pint glass, pours a hazy sunset orange/bronze with a light tan head. Lacing. Nice-looking.

S - Light, grassy hops, also a citric character. Oranges, berries from the yeast I believe. Reminds me of #9 with amped up hops.

T - Way malty, with a fresh hop aftertaste. It's weird because I expect an AIPA to have a major hop kick throughout, and this one doesn't have that. Reminds me more of an APA than the listed style.

M - Light in body, slightly syrupy finish, medium carbonation.

D - Not bad or overdone in terms of taste, and I can get used to it, so the only thing really limiting sessionability and drinkability is the ABV.

Notes: Overall I'm a little underwhelmed by this Magic Hat offering. I'm not crazy about many of the beers of theirs I've tried and this is no different. Cool label, but the beer... not so much.

Photo of Matty1918
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light yellowish amber with a medium head.

A floral hop aroma with a hint of sweetness....maybe the malt.

Not an overpowering hop IPA but they are there. There's a slight grainy taste in the beginning and then the hops come in. You can feel the alcohol also in this one.

lots of carbonation as I let the beer sit in my mouth.

A good IPA not great but worthy of another try.

Photo of dmamiano
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber in color with a big white head and highly carbonated.
Smells of hops mixed with a bready maltiness. Floral and a hint of caramel.
Taste is smooth at the onset with a very bitter finish. Malts blending well with the bitter kiss of hops. Also noted a slight burn of alchohol as I held the beer in my mouth.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Well rounded pale ale.

Photo of ballewblake
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip, opaque amber with a half inch white head that reduces to a white ring around the amber brew leaving lacing on the glass as it cascades down quickly. Smell is highly floral hoppy and strong at that. Taste is dominated by a highly bittering hop, with an offensive perfume flavor on my tongue. Carbonation is good in the beer, but half way through the glass I'm thinking this is a pretty offensive IPA. Mouthfeel isn't the greatest, and the aftertaste is bitter in a chemically bad way. I'd try it again but I don't think I'd recommend it at this point, not the worst IPA I've had either but eh..

Photo of JayQue
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good IPA. Bought it as part of a MH Spring selection. Pours a beautiful dark, dull gold color with a big white head. Head retention is good and lacing is thick. A nice looking beer in the pint glass. Smell is noticeable - hops and spices - but not that outstanding.

Taste is good. The taste is light and crisp without the beer itself feeling thin or watery. This is no hops bomb but there is fairly pronounced bitterness and grapefruit/citrus flavor. There is a spice I can't identify as well that adds to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good for an IPA - not too thin or watery. Drinkability is excellent. This is something I could enjoy several of at a session. Can't see myself getting sick of it or getting too filled up. ABV is about right. I enjoyed this beer and would buy it again if it is available in 6 packs.

Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.