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Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 69 | 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 caddybuyer
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Good looking slightyly cloudy light amber brew with a one inch foamy head that recedes nicely with decent lacing. Very pretty

S-malty, flowery and heady...ripe and fruity...can't wait to taste it.

T-Like many of the MH beers, there is a fruit backbone here to marry the malt, yet it is light and counterpoints the hop bitterness I expected. very clean and very refreshing...I'm liking this alot.

M-Better balanced than most MH beers, which I find a bit too carbonated for my taste. Nicely done.

D-Well done overall,... a great warm weather beer, which is what this is...just finishing out the summer seasonals in this review...I always liked this offering, and it is as good as I remembered.

Photo of yesyouam
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat Hi.P.A. is a clear and sparkling golden ale with a fluffy white head, adorned with oily bubbles, that leaves thick foamy lacing on the glass. The aroma fills the room. It smells dry hopped-- mostly pine and perhaps tangerine. The malt is a bit muted but biscuity. There is something dry and earthy underneath it all. It is medium bodied, smooth and silky. The finish is crisp and the palate is left clean. The flavor is well balanced. The hops are mostly piny but the tangerine from the aroma is more prevalent here. The aftertaste is shorter than expected and it leaves me thirsty for another sip. This is a great example of a modern American IPA. This must be the best thing I've ever had from Magic Hat. This six pack is about to vanish!
(rated Apr 1, 2008)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: snifter. nice opaque orange color. huge solid white head. great retention rate and real nice lacing.

S: nice crystal malt aroma. good light citrus hop aroma, mildly flowery.

T: light hop flavor in front of the malts. big citrus hop flavors. very flowery. a lot of pine.

M: light bodied...mild carbonation level. very crisp.

D: not a bad IPA, but nothing exceptional for the style.

Photo of number1bum
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a bit of yeast sediment that sinks to the bottom, and a finger and a half of ivory colored head on top. Keeps a nice, full lace and leaves some stick.

Smells of biscuit and caramel malt, some grain, and some citrus and grassy hops. Pretty standard, but wish there was some more hop aromas going on.

Taste is hoppier than the smell but it's still a little subdued - in terms of flavor, at least. Good malt backbone for an IPA, but I'd love more hops to play off of it. Biscuit and caramel malt flavors once again, some earthy and light citrus hops, bit of pine, and a pretty nice level of bitterness. I wish there was more hop flavor to go along with that nice dose of bitterness, but it's a pretty solid flavor profile overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, gets a touch dry through the finish with the hop bitterness. Quite smooth.

Pretty solid IPA that I wouldn't necessarily seek out again, but that I wouldn't turn down either.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a mixed 12 pack ($12.99/12)

This was one interesting tasting IPA. Smells very hoppy but doesn't taste it? Has an ABV of 6.8% which definitely kicks in after each sip, but only mildly and its quite a pleasant touch. Taste is hard to describe but its flavorful and smooth. Would have to try again, too bad it's seasonal.

Photo of Porkchuck
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy applejuice

S - pretty sweet for a stronger beer, lots of hints ripe fruit

T - serious IPA, strong and bitey, rolls around on the back of your tongue with a nice finish

M - good carbonation and not too bitter

D - at the right temp (cooler) they are great. I don't like them too warm. One of the favorites if you like stronger IPA's.

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

On tap at the brewery. This beer pours an orange amber with a creamy, white head. Decent retention and sticky lacing. The aromas were dominated by citrusy and piney hops. The flavors were at first sharply hopped, resin and grapefruit followed by some balancing malt. Hints of spices. Medium body and medium carbonation add to the beers right-down-the-middle-ness. Crisp finish and though simple it is one of the best IPAs they have produced.

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.

Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.