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Hi.P.A. - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,221 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 47 | 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 albern
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

albern, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of dthurst78
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

dthurst78, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RockyTopHeel, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Natural510, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Lenny2884
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Lenny2884, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ncvbc, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Dodo2step, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of mobud
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mobud, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Monkeyknife, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of malty
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

malty, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jbphoto88, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

clayrock81, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.)

Pencible, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

jeffmonarch, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

dreadnatty08, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been a couple of years since my last HIPA, so I figured I should give another go.

Poured into my trusty DFH barrel pint glass, it appears a cloudy orange-peach color with a frothy two-finger head on top that has lots of staying power. Leaves behind some decent lace as well. The nose is subtle and pleasing. Fruity citrus layered with sugary malty sweetness. Not too strong of a scent, but quite nice. The taste is tart and, at times, a bit pungent. Again, more citrus here as well, with other fruits too (maybe strawberry?). Tangy with a funky bitter aftertaste. Not shabby. Mouthfeel is dense and fuzzy.

Not one of my favorite IPAs on the market, but a serviceable seasonal brew for sure. It's not too big, but at 6.8% ABV it'll catch up with you faster than some. I'd like to try it out on tap and give it another go sometime. Not a bad beer on the whole, though.

Atlas1, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden in color with a tall, soft, airy layer of foam.

The nose is hoppy, but not nearly as much as I had predicted. Definitly not an overpowering hop aroma by any means. A bit grainy smelling. I notice white grapes in the aroma as well.

The flavor is much more hop-defined than the aroma. Just the right amount of hop flavor combined with a grainy/earthy taste makes for an excellent tasting beer here. Adequate carbonation as well.

This is a highly drinkable offering from Magic Hat. A lot of IPAs are such an overload of hop-smack in the mouth that its hard to drink more than one or two. This is a much easier drinking IPA than many, without sacrificing any of the fresh hop flavor. Very impressive.

jasonpeckins32, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a nice some what cloudy golden color.

S-hops and some citrus

T-good balance here. I really enjoyed the taste of this brew. A little mild for an IPA but finishes real nice and crisp

M-good carbonation, light or medium bodied

D-very drinkable. I enjoyed this one will hit this up again soon.

nrbw23, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seasonal IPA pours a slightly cloudy, vibrant gold with some bright, sunny, wheat colored highlights. The egg-shell white head retains its shape decently well and leaves some sizable walls of lace. Lots of fine rising carbonation is visible.

Bright, crisp hops and sweet caramel malt. Nice and citrusy with orange, grapefruit, and pine. Just a hint of spice and honey. Well balanced for sure with a hint of buttery grain in the finish. Very nice.

The hops come across as a bit spicier and mild rather than pungent and citrusy. The hoppiness is a bit more appreciated than the nose led me to believe it may be. A solid malt backbone with some honey, vanilla, fruit. Some citrus and pine are still definitely present. Crisp, clean and well balanced. A nice rendition of the style to be sure.

Crisp, clean and bright with uniform, substantial carbonation and a lighter to medium body. A nice clean mouthfeel with a hint of dryness in the finish. This brew is getting me unfairly excited for warm weather being that there's 6 inches of snow on the ground.

letsgopens, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of jdoncbus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass, two finger head - pretty fluffy but dissipates quickly. Bright golden color that leaves a bit of an oily lacing on the glass.

Sweet hops jump out on the nose: apricot, pear, and orange. A bit of a peppery spice is present as well with not much in the way of malt.

Very crisp on the palate while the hops leap out and are followed with a doughy, malt. Like the aroma: grapefruit, pepper, and cilantro-like spice. Reminds me of a west coast IPA. Mouth is left somewhat dry and tart like any AIPA - very pleasant aftertaste.

The beer bottle/packaging cite that it's a spring release; I would say that I would certainly enjoy one of these on a hot summer day. I picked up a 6'er of Blind Faith a few years back while in VT for work and loved it; heard they retired it. This offering is enjoyable as well and recommend to any lover of the hops.

jdoncbus, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of johnnyirishman
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at a beerfest in NEPA

A-Golden Amber color with good head retention and decent lacing
S-Hoppy smell with a slight sweet malt undertone
T,M-A bitterness in the beginning and hopps throughout, clean finish of hopps
D- Very drinkable beer, tasty, hoppy, delicious!

johnnyirishman, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

The pour revealed a hazy orange-gold with a 1 finger of thick foam that is retained pretty well for most of the session.

The smell is predominantly of caramel malt with just a slight kick of hops way in the background.

The taste is big on the malt on first sip. Lots of caramel sweetness along with some bread and a very minimal hop presence. After a few more sips, I still can't detect much of the hops other than a slight citrus taste right before the finish which itself starts with more malt sweetness and then, abruptly, the flavour disappears leaving a kind of watery ending. Still, I'm a fan of malty IPAs and this one worked rather well. I'm glad I got to try it.

Bottom line: From what I sampled, because of the strong Malt, I find this more of an English Style IPA than an American but I can't argue much with how my palate perceived it. It's good.

Bitterbill, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of dickroop
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was "Best Enjoyed By" July, and here is is February, so it's fair to say it spent far more time on the shelf and in my basement than was optimal. That's not the fault of the brewer, yet my review isn't as good as it probably should be if I'd had a fresh bottle to sample.

It poured tawny and cloudy with a healthy egg-shellhead, some lacing. There was not a big nose (too many months since bottling) and it had more of a traditional pale ale aroma than an IPA, mostly floral.

The taste was sweeter than most IPAs, reminiscent of a DIPA (but the ABV is under 7%). The hop flavor was a nice rich bouquet, and it had good balance of hop-bitterness and malt-sweetness. It fades to a plain bitter finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, kind of rich and a little oily.

Drinkability was good for sipping, enjoyable, and probably would have been much better had it been fresher. I'll hope to get another bottle sometime, for a fairer evaluation.

dickroop, Feb 19, 2008
Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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