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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 Traquairlover
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very clear light amber, big white head with good retention, good lacing on glass, light carbonation.

S = Light floral notes, grapefruit and lemon, small amount of pine. Good smelling but a little too light.

T = Bitter on front of tongue and in nice finish, some citrus notes of grapefruit rind, but there is a nice sweet light fresh malt flavor at mid-palate, a well balanced IPA.

M = Light to medium bodied, pleasantly light carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = This is a great IPA, nicely balanced. I would recommend. Too strong for session drinking obviously but a very refreshing beer.

Traquairlover, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of nortmand
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very light amber, with a nice, lasting bit of head.

Very piney grapefruit aroma. Some bready malts as well.

Slight sweetness up front, with a bit of hop tannin. Bready sweetness mid tongue. Nice even bitterness at the end.

Medium bodied, fairly flavorful, good overall.

nortmand, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce brown bottle into a Mickey's pint glass:

A: Poured a burnt, reddish amber with a one-finger head of sticky white foam that clung nicely because of the hop content.

S: Smells of bittersweet pine oils and a malty profile. There is a certain mustiness in the nose that isn't exactly pleasant, and is a little out of place.

T: The hops are a bit rough and astringent up front, and could stand to balance a bit more with the sweet buttery malts found mid-palate. Not entirely metallic right away, but borderline.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a sharp level of carbonation.

D: It did mellow a bit after warming some. The higher ABV and sticky sweetness might deter some, but it's a passable drinking IPA.

The best part of this brew might be the art on the bottle. Otherwise, it's kind of a run-of-the-mill IPA which could stand to either commit to mellowing with malt, or aggravating with hops.

Gambrinus1184, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of david131
1.73/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Clear, yellow, light gold in color with a small white head and some pretty streams of rising carbonation. The lacing is pretty good as I work my way through the pint.

S- Very earthy smelling with a little citrus and floral notes. There is something very strange and not appealing about this.

T- Seriously? Ouch. Very earthy and somewhat bitter. I can't really put my finger on it, but there is just something I really do not like about this. Not very good for an IPA... at all.

M- Bitter and astringent and harsh. This is not appealing.

D- Damn this was just not that enjoyable. Gross.

david131, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz single bottle... pours a nice golden, copper-colored hue with minimal frothy head that soon dissipated... orange, amber-like color with a strong hop, citrus, and lemon scent... taste was not very well-balanced... more bitter than anything else, yet still pleasing with an attractive ultra-hoppy essence that would be a pleasure to all the hop-heads out there... probably the most extremely hopped beer from Magic Hat that I've yet sampled... taste was strong, powerful, and slightly overwhelming... Mouthfeel was rich, thick, and creamy with bitter nuances... drinkability was taken down a notch due to the ultra-bitterness associated with the brew and the slightly cloying flavor... otherwise, this was a pretty good sample from Magic Hat... If you are a fan of IPA's, this one is worth a try...

dsa7783, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Suck the toe of Edgar Allen Poe."

No thanks. There are finer things to suck on for a straight guy such as myself.

Pours a basically clear gold with a nice creme head. Nose is sweet floral hops with a real sticky theme going on. Flavor is much more roasted than my other two IPA offerings this evening. Apparently there is a theme here tonight (IPAs that is). Anyways. Roasted. A bit smokier than what's been going on tonight. Flavor is smooth. More earthy than anything else. Well balanced. Feel is good. This is an easy drinker. Not as full on the flavor profile as others, but it doesn't mean anything. A nice drinker.

RblWthACoz, Jan 23, 2008
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from magic hat. A solid inch and a half of off white head is formed on top of this honey wheat colored hazy body. Head leaves a little lace as it fades. Very fresh piney citrus notes dance on the nose. Nose is quite floral and shows promise. Hits the tongue slightly thinner than expected but does quickly yield mineral rich hoppy notes. Almost shows a bit of malty sweetness mixed into the palate. Realatively even in the middle. Does have a nice sustained hop bite on the sides of the tingue. Mouthfeel thickens as a reaction. A solid drinking IPA.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid looks good a darkish amber with good carbonation. The head is nice 2 fingers tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is of an earthy hoppy mix with a bit of toasty and caramel malt.

The taste follows, not bad at all a good example of the style. Medium hoppy, good malt back bone.

The mouthfeel is also good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is also quite good. This is a fine go to beer and worth a try. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass. Presented with a dull, pale, peach color and a mild smell of hops. Generous foamy white head with abundant lacing during the tasting. Lively mouthfeel with more hops and citrus undertones (grapefruit?). Drinkability - very much so, I'm on my 3rd one. In my opinion, one of Magic Hat's better brews, particularly since I'm not much of an IPA fan. Thanks for the bottles Kate :)

Jwale73, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Bassetdawg
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: a bright amber appearance, pours with a two finger head, with great lacing.

Aroma: A nice hoppy smell – solid but not overpowering.

Taste and Mouthfeel: a smooth mouthfeel. A strong hoppy flavor, which is then met with a solid taste of malt.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA. It is quite drinkable.

Bassetdawg, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy peach in color. 1/2" white head that holds until the glass is half empty. Sheets of lace line the sides of the glass.
Nice hops in the aroma. Not huge but nice. Appricot and mango.
Good interplay among the hops and malt in the flavor. Sweet fruitiness(mango) into citrus hops(pineapple) then back to sweet that leads to a bitter sour apple finish.
Mouthfeel is both lively and smooth. Kind of like the deep south blues. Packs a punch in a subtle way.
Good IPA. Best I've had....nah. One I'll come back to in the future...sure.
One of the better Magic Hat brews I've had.
Thanks to Enola for the bottle.

wcudwight, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a light orange. A little head and lacing. The smell is piney and citrusy. The taste is bitter hops and a sweet malty finish. A well balanced brew. There is a nice lasting bitter aftertaste and the beer is very drinkable. This is a must try for hop lovers and one of the brewers better beers I have had.

Enola, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the joe's garage multi-pack, i was unimpressed with the magic hat brews i've had so far. under the cap says "don't play tricks on those thick as bricks"

A- hazy orange honey colored brew topped with 1 1/2in creamy off white headwith good retention finally settling to 1/4in leaving clumps of lace and thread like wisps.

S- earthy citrus and roast pork. cranberry, pinot grigio, grapes, pineapple, grapefruit, fruity sour hops.

T- passionfruit, orange peel, ruby red grapefruit juice, yeast and malted milkshake, burnt biscuit bottom, herbal pleasant lingering hop aftertaste that softens to pine sap and cereal grains.

MF- resinous leafy feel, great level of carbonation, goes down super smooth.

D- this is a solid IPA, very unexpected. well balanced, the hops aren't too overpowering, i could easily slam a few of these and still want more.

hustlesworth, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of WillieMoe
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber color with a finger of head. The smell is a piney, hoppy scent, but it's not too strong. The taste however is a bit stronger, with the notable hop flavor, with the tiniest hint of malt. Doesn't dry out the mouth too much and has a small sting on the tongue. This is very drinkable, another winner by the gang at Magic Hat!

WillieMoe, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

the beer is a light copper color and sports a decent head: good lacing, creamy core descends to a puffy film

stiff hop aroma. columbus? sweet fruity

the flavors are sweet, too. hoppy, but not bitter. the hops give a big citrus character, which melds (or causes?) with the juicyfruit thing going on. the beer's thin, lifeless texture make it very juicelike

the mouthfeel is lame. give me some body, or bubbles, or bitterness

bruachan, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of mherring
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been on an IPA kick lately and found this at the local grocery and decided to give it a try. It poured out a nice light, golden color with a great aroma. The smell gives you lots of citrus and hops, which I thought was fantastic. The taste was pretty good as well, a nice hop and citrus blend with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel.

mherring, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a modest head that leaves a reasonable amount of lace behind

Smell: Fruity caramel aroma with just a hint of hops

Taste: Caramel up front with a piney hop aspect appearing by mid-palate; the finish is disappointing as the favors fade into a slightly watery mess

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent IPA that might be better if the bottle were fresher; I sense there are better IPAs out there, however

brentk56, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to NutBrown.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small white head, nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, some citrus and caramel. The taste is hoppy, malty, nice touch of citrus and caramel. The finish is dry. Medium body. Drinkable, to me this is a different IPA, but tasty.

Wasatch, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of BravoTwo
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA poured a cloudy golden color from the bottle. Enough hops to make the drinker sit up and know that this is a quality IPA, but not overly bitter. Just the right amount to satisfy IPA lovers (like me) but not enough to turn away those who are unfamiliar with the IPA style. I wish that this beer was not a seasonal offering, as I would drink it year-round

BravoTwo, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of sweethome
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Puors light golden color with light/white head. Wispy.

Fruit nose of C hops. Hop bittering is up front on the entry - I like that. Nice hop flavors - the malts are honey sweetness. Hop flavors of grapefruit. A granny smith apple flavor.

The bittering is constant in the beer - finishes a bit sweet. Not as aggressive as west coast IPA's, but not as malt forward as many east coast IPA's of english style.

The alcohol is well hidden if this is 6.8%

sweethome, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy gold liquid with a modest head that breaks into a spotty lace pretty quickly. The aroma is weak but you catch the hops pretty clearly with just a hint of disinfectant that haunts the back of my nose. The first taste again brings on the hops with a sort of grassy quality. It closes with the bitterness you often encounter with IPA's. I noted a loss in body as I waited on the final sips, sort of flat after sitting for 15 minutes through the tasting process. First taste was more impressive than the second half of this brew but not bad.

Durge, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale golden color with an aroma that is kind of dry yet citrusy. In the taste, hops are present yet very mild. I think this beer is a nice IPA, American yet kind of seeing its English roots. And me being a stoopid hippie, loving the namesake and artwork, enjoyed it, but it could have been just a bit more.

OWSLEY069, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of robocrouch
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured into an American pint glass. Has a brown/golden color with a small white head.

S: This has a smell of faint hops and malts. The aroma isn't very strong.

T: Good malts start off and has a good hop flavor and I even pick up some corn? Very bland finish. I am disappointed with this beer I expected more.

D: Overall a sub par IPA and I am shocked at how low quality I found this to beer to be.

robocrouch, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clean apricot colored body with a rocky white head that last for a good bit. There are lots of strands of tiny bubbles that glide from the base of the glass to support the head.

S- The smell of dried apricots and citrus sweet notes come through in the green hops to give it an interesting quality.

T- This beer has a dry apricot note with a light toast and pale malt flavor. As the beer warms there is notes of light biscuit and a hint of field corn in the background. There is a soft bitter pungency from hops that hangs on after the finish. There is a soft but nice green hop flavor that comes through before the bitterness but it quickly covered over.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light creamy note that is almost buttery in texture. The creamy texture only last as long as the head, which is about 1/2 of the glass.

D- This beer has some nice flavors but the hops were not the main player. They were interesting and I would have liked to taste more of them in an IPA.

rhoadsrage, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date of June, '07:

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin bubbly head that descends to a thin patch.

The smell is citric - grapefruit, lemon, orange with some pine. Grainy background.

The taste is mainly of grapefruit with other citric fruits mixed in. A touch of pine. A firm malt backing gives it balance, though it remains bitter. Dry finish.

Medium-bodied. Lingering citrus.

A fine IPA. Hops come through, yet it's balanced for the style.

jwc215, May 29, 2007
Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.