Blind Faith
Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Style:
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #257
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,403
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 14.33%
Reviews:
494
Ratings:
1,249
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Magic Hat Brewing Company
 
Vermont, United States
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Spring
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SCORE
81
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Blind FaithBlind Faith
Notes: An ale of enlightenment created to aid in deciphering the puzzles along life's road, and to interpret signs in the voyages of the spirit. Blind Faith is an extremely well-balanced India Pale Ale with a crisp, refreshing hop bitterness and a deep malt body to match.

60 IBU
Reviews: 494 | Ratings: 1,249 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of CTHomer
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; burnt orange in color; 2 finger khaki head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: not very aromatic; earthy with malt behind it;

T: earthy, floral, and malty; malt dominates at the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: OK, but not something I would seek out again;

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blind Faith is one of the very first IPA's I ever had. It would've been around 2001. Seventeen years ago. I find it hard to believe I have not reviewed this yet....seventeen years later, I finally have.

A totally clear, amber with some golden highlights. A strong, sea-foamy, clumpy of white froth hold on tight. Excellent lacing.

The aroma has some very sweet , buttery and bready maltt flavor's to it, rootbeer, maple syrup and dark bread. The hops give off this sweet and fruity thing with earthy herbs and dry leaves.English style nose all the way.

The balance of flavor's is spot-on English ipa style. The malty taste is pretty nice, with an herbal, dark bread and honey effect. Herbal and earth tones from the hops become slightly fruity and another layer of medicinal style herbs roll in later. This is a very malty ipa, and the hops are actually very subtle in effect. The hops could be a bit more earthy and spicy like some of the more classic and traditional versions of the English IPA.

The mouthfeel and body comes across a bit lifeless, the malt seems to be a bit long and flat. The malty flavor is very good, but seems to weigh the liquid down. The hops do not provide enough punch to become bitter or dry....leaving the feel medium but rather flat.

Overall, this one really made an awesome impact on me seventeen years ago. Pushing the limits of what I thought beer could be. Today, some aspects, like tge malt flavor still holds up, but my tastebuds have matured and the quality of ipa has really entered new levels since this first impressed me so much all those years ago.

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Photo of pat61
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: copper amber with a slight haze under a 1" sudsy off-white cap with fair retention

S: citrus, tropical fruit, berry, peach skin, papaya, biscuit, light grains and a trace of sweat socks

T: flavors start mildly sweet with mostly fruit up front supported by a firm malt backbone and lead to a drying, mildly bitter slightly astringent finish

F: The body is medium to medium full and the carbonation is medium high.

O: a very flavorful, fruity, malty and appropriately bitter English IPA.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden beer with a quickly dissipating head and an opaque look. Grassy and citrus mix on the nose sitting on a slight caramel malt base. Slightly citric with a malt center. Not very bitter but this beer has a very watery and slick feel and high carbonation. I'm not in love with this beer.

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Photo of D1noB
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Citrus and pine up front with a bitterness that is throughout and really powers through at the end, followed by a malty smoothness.

Taste Rating in Words: It's running down a zig-zagging hallway that has a door at the end and you don't slow down and just kick the door in to finish the journey off.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-murky amber color with a one finger frothy head. Lacing is sticky and covers inside of the pint.

S- citrus hops with caramel malt hints on the back end

F- Lemon/grapefruit citrus hops. There are earthy/caramel malt hints as well

M- citrus and IPAish which is good but it lacks the meat i am looking for.

O- its ok but i was hoping for more of the hop to come through and didnt.

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Photo of feuematt
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold colored beer that has a rapidly fading head. Light fruit and hops is most of what you get from this beer. I'm not a fan of hoppy beers but the hops are not overpowering. Overall to me a decent beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the Magic Hats I've had were pretty much run-of-the-mill, this however, was much better than that...

The liquid from the 12 oz. bottle pours a dark, golden color with very nice orange and yellow highlights. There's not much of a head to mention or lacing, but it sure does look appealing in the pint glass. The smell was a sweet assail of fruit with a light hop tingle and I'll reverse this description for the taste - a distinct hop character with a light sweet finish. The mouthfeel was somewhere between light- to medium-bodied with a very crisp aspect. This might be the best MH I've had, if not, it probably rates high on my list.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint from the bottle.

Appearance: Amber colo with medium to full bubbles with an off-white head rising half a finger's length.

Smell: hops but kinda light, dissipated quick lacking almost any potency.

Taste: Smooth citrus but comes off a bit little extra on the butter department.

Mouth: Semi sticky which disappears but tangy finish makes the beer a good thirst quencher.

Overall: Nice pick up, good for a BBQ but not as a steady keeper for the fridge. Good for giveaways or have something a little different than the rest when you're at a BBQ or beach time. Salud!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber here, with an average head of lace from an off-white head.

Aroma: Citrus hoppy, a bit of grapefruit and some pine. Not bad.

Taste: Fruit up front, with a tropical (pineapple and citrus) sensibility. Finishes smooth with a little maltiness. Solid and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Elvis_on_Bass
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is good, just slightly off what I would have expected. I couldn't force this beer to have a sustained head. I loved the smell with the floral and citrus notes, but the flavor wasn't as well rounded and a bit muted. The caramel was a nice addition. Overall it is a drinkable beer, I put it slightly above average.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.42/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

**
06/18/12

Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: Citrus and Pine
LOOK: Cloudy amber.
TASTE: Citrus and pine, Not as much flavor as I would like for the level of raw bitterness present.

disappointed.

**

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good mixture of those auburn colors, amber, orange and light brown, head in the 1/4" range. Aroma wasn't bad in hop terms for an English ipa.

While there is citrus, the hops don't do much beyond that, surprisingly lacking in bitterness. Plenty of earthy toffee woodiness in the malt and mouth feels.

I haven't ever been into anything I've had from Magic Hat. How they got distribution this far out, I'll never understand.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Perfect Pint. Pretty dark straw color with a nice white head. Faintly floral and slightly yeasty aroma. The taste is subdued for an IPA and there seem to be lots of strange notes floating around...yeastiness, fake buttered popcorn, a little sour. Balance is OK but overall, not an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, strong earthy malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, strong earthy malt, hint of pine, hint of alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance and blend, but the body and aroma are not quite EIPA worthy.

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Photo of predikit
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, leaves a fizzy half inch white head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is comprised mostly of floral hops, and some slight fruity notes.

The flavor is mostly average, slightly sweet to start with a cream or toffee aspect, quickly melds into a brown bread malt character with a fairly satisfying bitter. It's not bad, but doesn't stand out in any way.

Medium bodied and is a bit chewy, alcohol is well hidden but shows up well towards the end in a small way.

A decent ale, with a pretty pleasing malt character.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/14/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, light pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, light pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, light pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, balance, and robustness of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good English IPA style. All around good complexity robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ramonjkk
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love IPAs that do not have the need to hit you in the head with a baseball bat made out of hops. Then again, I do enjoy some IPAs but prefer hefeweizens, stouts and pils. Overall, if you like a heavy hop taste as IPAs should, you may be disappointed, but if you aren't a hoppy snob, it is well balanced and tastes great.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful amber color with a thick white head initially that thins out. Holds nice levels of soapy lacing on the glass as you drink it. Unique nose with citrus aromas and slight bitterness. Nice tasting beer, however I would almost classify as a pale ale instead of an IPA. One of the offerings in Magic Hat's Summer 12 pack.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: June 4, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: Cavs/Warriors Game One--let the madness begin!... APPEARANCE: dark, orange amber body that shows slow , sporadic effervescence; soft, creamy white head settles to a thin, palpable lacing... AROMA: robust Cascade meets the nostrils; caramel and toasted cereal stand up and belie the IPA indication....PALATE: medium-bodied, creamy, and slightly fizzy; bitterness late but not offensive nor impressive... TASTE: mellow, slightly hoppy, significantly malty--deep caramel and cereal punches an impression in the tastebuds with pleasant sweetness; the odd finish--a Magic Hat staple--is found in the hops attempting to climb into the wisdom teeth; a smooth balance is struck... OVERALL: a mildly entertaining, slightly less offbeat take on a standard than I am used to from Magic Hat; the malt is a welcome push on the flavor; the Cascade is diminished to the point one wonders, "Is this an IPA?"

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Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 29, 2015. Thought I had done this one before now.

A yellow-amber "beer-looking" pour under a tremendous, lingering foamy off-white head.

The aroma is perfume-like with an underbelly of toasted pale malts. Maybe rose bushes and floral.

The body is light to medium.

There is something unique about the taste that I like. I pick up the roasted pale malts and there is a modest bitterness that kicks in and lingers at the end. It definitely has a nice hop bite to finish.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry. Overallit is good brew.

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Photo of Brenden
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer is a clear and shining dark orange the color and clarity of well-polished brass. A foamy head maintains just over a finger of creamy froth and holds itself up well. A ring of lacing at the top is followed by patching and thick spotting.
Grains and diacetyl are strong enough to push out from citrus, flora and earth along with fruity (darker) sweetness and some unusual spiciness. There's nothing screaming English as opposed to American, and diacetyl's could probably be toned down a little.
Toast and caramel speak strongly of the malts and, while floral and citrus notes are present, the levels may be more appropriate for a Pale ale than an IPA. There is a bit of mineral I didn't get in the nose. Some orange peel comes out into a more biscuity finish, a buttered biscuit effect as the diacetyl rolls through.
The body's on the light end of medium, with moderate carbonation giving it a good crispness and smoothness, but it ends slightly thin.

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Photo of lochef81
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is my first encounter with Magic Hat aside from #9. This ale pours s handsome Hazy amber color with a thick and lasting slightly off white head. It leaves a slight amount of lacing and has nice legs to it. The aroma is quite weak but had notes of hop and citrus, mostly lemon. The flavor follows suit with some subtle malts underneath. It is a good tasting beer but nothing special. I hope that Magic Hat has more to offer than just this.

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Photo of Skunky_Brewster
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - slightly cloudy, nice amber color. Creamy off-white head that sticks around.

S - Slightly lemony.

T - Almost all citrus, mainly lemon

M - Adequate mouth feel for the style.

Overall - Not bad, but certainly not was I was hoping for. I'm a little disappointed by this offering from Magic Hat. I've had a few of their sample packs before, and have been impressed by their style. This IPA is too strong with citrus hops, like a stronger version of #9, except more lemon and less grapefruit. Next time, I'll stick to their black IPA.

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 1249 ratings