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Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,204 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 13
Gots: 34 | 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 mkabull


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

WOW!!!! This is definetly a hop-heads dream . On first smell it is riddled with hops . On first sip it is amazing the almost burn of hop taste you get. Nice finish witha lingering taste of malt with other flavors trying to come through . Overall a good beer to enjoy one at a time but not one I could have amore than a few in a night .

04-29-2008 00:00:51 | More by mkabull
Photo of LukeD23


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

The appearance of the beer was unexpected, hazy and a deep gold. light head with what looks like minimal carbonation
The smell dosnt jump at me, a good hop aroma

the taste is hop hop hoppy very nice balance of bittering hops and sweetness. hops linger for a few minutes

the mouthfeel is on the lighter side, nice carbonation, hits hard on the back of the tongue as you swallow

def a drinkable beer, I like it and think its a good beer to have on a warm evening

04-28-2008 01:40:57 | More by LukeD23
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a decent white head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of citrus hops however its not very strong, not much else to report here. The taste is of light floral and citrus hops which is cut very quickly by a honey like malt, leaving almost no bitterness. The feel is light to moderate with nice carbonation and finishes way to well balanced for an AIPA. This is a very easy drinking AIPA because there is no real hop flavor in this, seems more of a APA. Could be used as a starter brew into the world of IPAs. Wouldn't turn it down at a BBQ.

04-27-2008 03:08:27 | More by Gmann
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours Amber brown with small head that laces quite well. The aroma is floral, hoppy with malts and citrus notes. The taste is bitter with hops,malts and a fruity sweetness. The finish is dry and bitter with medium carbonation. It's a clean finish with some sweetness.

Notes: I am conflicted because it is not a bad beer,but too hoppy for my tastes,not something I would buy for a session beer. I think Lucky cat or Roxy Rolls are better any day of the week,yet this was worth the try. All I can say is that if you are into unbalanced hops then this is your beer.

04-27-2008 01:52:54 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of bboven


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Clear, medium gold body with a half-finger head and a fair amount of lacing.

Huge Simcoe hp aroma and not a lot else. For some reason, though, there's some carbon, like a burned aroma going on as well. Not too awfully complex.

At the very beginning there is a bit of sweetness, but then it's all hops. They are not all bittering, but mostly piney flavor hops, which I like. Mildly bitter in the back, that could be upped.

Mouhtfeel is a bit too highly carbonated with tight tiny bubbles. Feels like the liquid is breaking apart in your mouth.

Not a bad beer. Kind of one dimensional in some ways, but a pretty good hop flavor profile, which some IPA's overlook while trying for screaming bitterness.

04-27-2008 01:39:52 | More by bboven
Photo of jeremyd365


4.55/5  rDev +23.6%

Under the cap was the message "Beer for Peace".

Poured a pretty transparent, light copper with minimal white head and had medium to low carbonation. It smelled wonderfully floral, citrussy and hoppy. Tastes just as great as it smells, maybe greater. Finishes smooth with hops with only a hint of a bitter kick. I really liked this brew and would highly recommend!

I wasn't too familiar with Magic Hat, but this makes me want to test the waters on any others they have to offer.

04-24-2008 00:46:24 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -25.8%

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; a cyrstal clear orangey amber, huge off white dense head with champagne like bubbles right up the middle. OK retention with excellent lacing.

Smell: Sugary hops with a strange artificial-musty smell .

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, sweet with high carbonation.

Taste: Real conflicting herbal and citrus and earthy hops, burning hops on finish, I swear this burps up watermelon jolly rancher.

Drinkability: This on my 4th of 4 varieties in a Magic Hat Pandora's Box Spring 12 pack. It was $12.99. Overall I'm very disappoint with Magic Hat. I lived in Vermont for a year (actually Burlington) and am stunned that a Vermont establishment would add flavors to a product that doesn't need it. This HiPA was the only one of 4 that didn't have "flavor added" on the label, but I don't believe it. The whole batch smacked of a contrived phoniness. Not the natural goodness I expect from Vermont. I won't be buying anymore Magic Hat.

04-21-2008 23:13:05 | More by joezak5
Photo of Minkybut


3.03/5  rDev -17.7%

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a pretty golden color with a nice creamy big head. The smell was hoppy for sure with Christmas trees blowing out of the top of the glass. However it was not overhopped tasting as I expected. It was actually crisp with a bit of a bitter finish. Lacing was nice. Not bad, just a bit to sprucy for me. I will not buy again.

04-20-2008 14:18:30 | More by Minkybut
Photo of albern


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Not a bad beer, but definitely too much in your face hoppiness. The beer pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with a smallish white soapy head that has some retention. This is light to medium body ale, with some lemon and citrus aromas that are enticing. There is a slightly bready quality coming through as well. The taste is a bit imbalanced in that there is just too much hop overpowering the beers other qualities. The hops are not nearly oily and estery enough for my tastes, but more drying, bitter, tea like in their character. There is a strong astringent grapefruit citrus quality to the beers bitterness towards the back end. There is some lingering aftertaste of a citrus quality as well. Not bad, but not a great representation of the style.

04-18-2008 21:46:09 | More by albern
Photo of dthurst78


2.95/5  rDev -19.8%

Orange color looks appealing. Aroma is too reminiscent of mass produced American beer. Taste was equally disappointing. I expected a beer called "HI.P.A." to have a very hoppy flavor, but alas I was disappointed to taste a medium to low hop taste. This is my last 6 pack of HI.P.A.

04-17-2008 01:32:17 | More by dthurst78
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%

Glowing orange brew, translucent with a strong, foamy, barely off-white head and slow, single-strand trails of carbonation.

Delicious aroma of piney, sticky hops and bright citrus fruit.

Taste follows the aroma -- loads and loads of delightfully sticky, pine resin hops brought out by lemon and grapefruit citrus oils. Bitter in the best way, but not taste bud-abusive. Supremely sippable, and perfect for those sunny spring days with a nip of cold still in the air.

Very tasty, if not quite as complex as some of its peers. Good stuff.

04-15-2008 21:54:03 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of Natural510


3.9/5  rDev +6%

Bottle 4 of 4 from the Magic Hat Pandora's Box 12-pack mixer.

This one pours a bright golden color with nice head. There are little black flecks swimming around in the brew, which I assume are hops.
Smells boldly of fresh hops & barley, along with a lemon zest.
The hops kick in right away upon tasting; a grassy lemon twang hits as well.
The hops create a mouth which twinges & throbs with pleasure from being treated to such a fresh grain experience.
Overall this is an excellent IPA...crisp & refreshing like a lager but with the hop kick you expect in an American IPA. I prefer this style, similar to a Bell's Hopslam or Two-Hearted, where the fresh hops complement the brew, rather than the overpowering bitterness of a West Coast IPA.
If I could find a sixer of these without having to purchase another Pandora's Box, I'd definitely do so. Well done.

04-15-2008 16:59:29 | More by Natural510
Photo of Lenny2884

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a straw-orange color with a one finger thick white head that leaves ample lacing as it retreats back into the brew. The aroma is excellent. Notes of grapefruit and oranges are backed by a subtle malt sweetness (butterscotch?).

Hop bitterness smacks the tongue first, followed by a slight hop spicyness which is quickly followed by a very refreshing spectrum of citrus flavors. Just enough malt sweetness pulls through in the end to nicely balance the brew. Ends semi-dry.

Overall, a very nice IPA offering. I love big hop flavor so this is right up my alley, but its balance will surely bring any beer lover coming back for more. Should be a year-round brew in my opinion.

04-15-2008 00:01:50 | More by Lenny2884
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a golden color with medium steady carbonation and medium white head leaving a decent lacing. Smells of light hops and malt. Less dominant than others but still pretty fresh and inviting. Reminds me of a big old pils. Comes out more on the piney side with a peppery, spicy hop presence and some green hops. Taste is much of the same. Not much citrus and more of a spicey hop character. Crisp, honest, and refreshing. Very earhty and fresh hop presence. Mouthfeel is pretty bitter and medium bodied. Nice and crisp. A good bitterness to it and not overwhelming. Pretty decently drinkable. I can handle some more.

04-13-2008 00:43:03 | More by ncvbc
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a clear golden color with a good sized head and some patchy lacing, decent retention.

Smell is all hops, very earthy with some grapefruit aroma and a whiff of citrus.

Taste is hoppy, very earthy, grapefruit presence is lesser in the taste, bit harsh in the mouth with not much balance, decent bitter aftertaste but just seems a bit harsh and unrefined.

04-12-2008 23:19:57 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Dodo2step


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

P- Underdog Bar and grill

A- pours a hazy, cloudy dull golden yellow. A nice lace rims around my glass but only a half finger head. A flow of bubbles flows from the bottom to the top. It looks like a a soda.

S- smells of tangy sour grapefruit hit the nose. The hops are also very discernible from the citrus hops. Smells like this is going to be a good IPA.

T- The grapefruit is definite on my palate. It actually coats my mouth. It is not as hoppy as one would expect especially for it being an IPA. The alcohol is also well hidden in this beer and i can only taste it at the tail end.

M- light on the alcohol and a little bit watered down. Very moist and refreshing in the mouth and on the tongue.

D- easy to put down because it goes down smooth and the alcohol is hidden well. Not too IPAish but a good drink. A sixer of this would be good for the penguins playoffs!

04-12-2008 00:34:19 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of mobud


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Bottle into SA glass

A- Dark yellow with a light white head that fades. Active carbonation can be seen thru the slightly hazy beer.

S- There is something about the smell of citrusy hops that does it for me. Light malt base, but the hops are there.

T- The hops again are the highlight. A light metal taste at the end. Possibly my tastebuds getting smacked by the hops.

M- On the light side of medium.

D- Not a bad IPA. One of the better beer from a company that I can not get all that excited by. The price was right and they delivered on the hoppy IPA experience.

04-11-2008 22:35:22 | More by mobud
Photo of Jason


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Under the cap reads "A Magic Brew or two may lead you to the loo", wow this one actually makes sense!! Bright amber toned golden hue with a clear look which this beer has not seen in the past, the lacing effect is fine and a product of the high amount of hops used. Wild flowery aroma, buttery backing shows an underskirt of butterscotch. The beer show goes on with soft malty and fruity aromas in the back. A bitter brew, nothing earth shattering as far as cataclysmic hop presence but certainly within style. Its more of a solid hopping to meet the malt a bit more than half way. The hops drop a long lingering flavor for the malt to figure out the puzzle, it does in time with an ample amount of sweetness and lightly toasted grain. Balance to style so the hops are still on top. Alcohol is mild mannered being that it is over 6%, a good amount of fruitiness slips in but the hops knock it down enough. Semi-dry finish.

Why oh why is this a seasonal? A solid brew to say the least, hoppy enough for me ... my expectations were met and that is all that matters. I paired this up with some spicy chicken in peanut sauce ... the more chili paste I added the better it was.

04-05-2008 13:56:05 | More by Jason
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured from a bottle a clear copper color with a thin, but frothy, white head.

Aroma is a bit hoppy but mostly metallic.

Taste is just a touch of hoppiness, bitter, metallic and somewhat organic.

Medium mouthfeel, dry, and moderately carbonated.

I had higher hopes for this IPA from Magic Hat. The hoppiness was faint and the bitterness won out.

03-31-2008 22:19:05 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of malty


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

Fresh spring '08 release (May '08 BB notched).

Pours a slightly chill hazed pale orange color with a gorgeous 2" fluffy off-white head. Visible uprising carbonation at a moderate rate. Nice sheets of white lace all the way down.

The smells are fresh and welcoming; lemon frosting and a tropical fruit hoppy undertone. Yummy for sure.

The hops that were lusciously apparent in the nose seemed a bit muted (from what I was expecting anyway) upon the initial gulp. Then comes an interesting earthy vegetal flavor that reminds me of weeds/grass. The sweetness I detected in the nose (lemon frosting) was also very attenuated in the flavor. This beer's flavors are earthy/vegetal overall with an interesting hop profile that pairs well with this musty tone that's going on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a playful, prickly dry finish.

Drinkability is good. If you like the described flavors, then you'll be all right.

All in all a very interesting IPA whose hop profile/flavor still strangely eludes me. The musty vibe of this ale reminds me of the more traditional English IPAs out there. I'm glad I tried it, but by no means will I be hunting this down in the future. Good, not great

03-31-2008 01:12:06 | More by malty
Photo of jbphoto88


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

12 oz brown bottle with a best by date of may 2008. "keep the flowers, send me growlers" Under the cap.

Pours a terra-cotta orange that has a haze to it making it opaque. A quick head forms then rapidly subsides to just some light lacing and a little island of foam in the middle.

Smell is sweet, citrus and piney with a light floral undertone. Mild enough to not be overpowering but enough there to let you know its an IPA.

Taste and mouthfeel is quite good. A little of everything is in this IPA, citrus, piney, and malty. A nice balance of the three leading you to drink more. There is a subtle hop bitterness that pinches the tongue after the liquid washes over it. There is a creamy aftertaste that leaves a mostly malt and hop taste on the pallet.

An easy to drink IPA. Not to bitter, not to sweet or malty. Also this doesn't have a huge ABV making it a nice session brew.

03-30-2008 21:59:17 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of clayrock81


3.9/5  rDev +6%

An orange body that was covered with good head and good lacings. Sorry, wish I could elaborate on appearance more but that is the only way I can describe appearance. A hoppy aroma, to say basic wise, and to get into a little there is some citrus and something like caramel or honey (maybe even butterscotch) in the smell (very little malt evidenced). Tasted a tad like a sweet green tea, with a decent amount of bitterness in the body contributed by the amount of hops, although those hops contain a nice amount of citris to them (lemon mostly). An earthy, floral beer, to be honest, that had a good smoothness to it and a strong hopbite. For such a strong hop presence and backbite, this beer retains a mild, sweet fruit flavor in a fullish body with some noticeable malts. A solid, tasty IPA in my opinion and a very enjoyable beer.

03-29-2008 22:46:54 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Pencible


3.03/5  rDev -17.7%

This was quite bitter and much cleaner than I remember the regular Magic Hat being. That's a good thing. It had a very citrussy hops scent, and a matching flavor that seemed more nasal to me than a typical IPA. But even still, it was fairly one-dimensional. (Drunk straight from the bottle, so I don't have any notes on the appearance.)

03-29-2008 03:33:53 | More by Pencible
Photo of jeffmonarch


4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Golden amber color with a thin white head that stays for a while.

S - Very hoppy and sweet. Kind of citrusy.

T - Very nice. Good sweet hops which are a little light on the bite, very subtle and nice.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. The hops are very subtle and have a nice clean finish. This is now one of my favorite IPA's

03-21-2008 21:09:41 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a hazy, really hazy dark straw color with lots of frothy, meringue like head. A strange look for an IPA, but let's move on. Aroma has plenty of "C" hop notes, citrus and pine, quite a fresh aroma too, nice. Just a touch of candy sweetness there too, but not like many IPAs. On the palate, things get stranger. It starts out like the Circus Boy I just had, the cloudiness really delivers a bigger mouthfeel than anticipated. The hop flavor doesn't live up to its nice aroma, but it is still decent. A bitter sting hits you at the end, but it finishes more gracefully sweet. After this mix pack I've come to learn Magic Hat doesn't like to follow rules, and this one is no exception. It's a decent IPA, but there's some flavor and body issues that I can't get over, and besides there's too many better ones out there.

03-19-2008 22:03:40 | More by dreadnatty08
Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.