Blind Faith | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Blind FaithBlind Faith

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Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by stirgy on 08-04-2001

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Photo of Elvis_on_Bass
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -33.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25


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.



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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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 -15.3%
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 +3%
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 -6%
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 +3.6%
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 +22.5%
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 -11.5%
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 -9.3%
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 +4.7%
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 -3%
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 -8.2%
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 -11.5%
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 -20.8%
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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Photo of cyclonece09
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a nice fluffy white head. Smells of grain and slight floral hints. Tastes of ale yeast and citrus notes, very nice combination. Beer is carbonated a little heavily and is light bodied, could possibly be sessionable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of youngs11
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber in appearance, opaque, a little darker than average for what I expect for the style. No cap after the pour settles. Little to no lace on glass

Smells of sweet fruit, pine, grass. The citrus burst that I love about IPA aroma is a little lacking, but overall the smell is pretty inviting.

This beer has some hop character, but not what I am seeking when opting for IPA. There is also a malty, nutty undertone. It offers an unexpected astringency that I don't prefer. After-taste is a lot like sourdough.

Medium-bodied mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Nice and sticky. I don't like the previously mentioned astringency, which I feel is relevant for both taste and MF.

Overall, this is not a bad beer. When I want an IPA, though, I really want a spicy, exciting flavor profile that showcases hops. Hops should be obvious in both aroma and taste, and I think the Blind Faith misses the mark on that note.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed but clear copper with a thin layer of foam.

Earthy hops, toast, bready, caramelly malt sweetness.

Definitely fits the EIPA style. Leans malt forward with nice caramel malt sweetness, bready, and some light earthy hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, low-medium carbonation, leans sweet, bitter finish.

Overall, definitely fits the style but rather lackluster in general.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and fruity hop aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour citrus zest and malt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with an unexpected sour flavor that is throwing me off of what would otherwise seem to be a decent example of the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of floral hops and hints of caramel malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell and taste of this beer seem to be a bit muted for an IPA, even when compared to English IPAs. Nonetheless, it's quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-copper color with some brass hues. Off-white 2-finger frothy head with medium+ retention. Nice lacing in the glass.

Spicy citrus, light malt and floral notes and an earthy quality. Subdued, but not unpleasant.

White grapefruit, orange zest, white pepper and some of the floral notes from the nose are all supported by the underpinnings of an earthy base and a slightly nutty finish.

Medium-bodied with a rather thin feel to the back end. The finish is slightly tacky with the lingering bitterness. Not the bright bitterness of the American IPA style, but more earthy and more naked.

Not unpleasant, but not huge or complicated either. More middle of the pack for its class.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: BevMo in Mission Valley North (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $15.99 for a Summer Scene variety 12-pack
Purchased: July 26, 2013
Consumed: July 29, 2013
Misc.: Part of the I.P.A. on Tour series (I guess?)

Poured a dark caramel amber color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy khaki-white, almost straight white, head. Decent amount of sporadic foamy lacing along the sides. Great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a mix of hops and fruit up front. Got Cascade hops, citrus hops, floral hops, pine, lemon, lime and faint grapefruit.

Tasted a bit earthier and raw than the smell. The bitterness and 6.2 percent ABV is apparent as well. Got floral hops, citrus hops and even a bit of resin hops. Also pine, lime, grapefruit rind, tangerine and tangerine rind. Seems much stronger than 6.2 percent.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish.

A decent beer for the style. I kept trying to remember that it’s not an American IPA, but an English IPA. The basic #9 was the best of the four in this variety pack.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy coppery-orange with a rocky, two-finger, off-white head. A fair amount of small bubbles are rising to the head. Head stays fully intact all the way down the glass and leaves behind an intricate web of lacing across nearly the entire glass. Textbook.

S - Buttery crumpets and light, apple spice, hop notes upon opening the bottle. Smell is subdued once in the glass.

T - Buttery malt upfront. The body continues with smooth, biscuit and butter malts being balanced out by light, yet crisp earthy fruit hop notes. Nice hop slap as the beer passes over the back of the tongue transitions into a lingering, hop resin and buttered biscuit finish.

M - Distinctly medium bodied with the characteristic IPA chewiness. Adequate carbonation rounds out the mouthfeel for a solidly crafted english IPA.

I haven't had much luck with Magic Hat offering in the past, but this rotating IPA was a surprise winner. Right out of the bottle, it had a textbook IPA appearance and an inviting nose. The taste was very well balanced and yet distinctly an English IPA. Very well crafted. I would buy this again, especially since I was paying only around a buck a bottle with the variety pack it came in.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a really good looking beer! A dark copper with a big three finger head! Very clear.

S: Very malty. Sour bread with dark cherry, a touch of citrus at the front and some figs. Not much going on here.

T: Acidic tartness at the end. Very bready. An entrance of citrus followed by spicy, citric earth. A hoppy bite going on. Underwhelming.

M: An awesome mouthfeel. very easy to drink, mild. It goes down quick.

O: I was very underwhelmed by this beer. It looks great, it drink great but the flavors and aroma just aren't there. almost more of a pale ale. I'd drink it again, or session it but there are so many better offerings out there. /73

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Photo of jifigz
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer has a typical English IPA appearance. The color is a deep amber orange with some haziness to it and a nice fluffy head that looks nice and lingers for quite a while. The aroma is nice and light hoppy with fresh smells of grass, citrus, and minor sweet hints of honey. The taste is very smooth and sweet with enough bitterness riding the tailcoats of this one to balance it just enough. There are tastes of candy, fruit, and a grassy, herbal taste. It does taste a bit watery though. The alcohol isn't very present in the flavor. The MF is thin and very smooth.

This is an okay English IPA. The beer looked and smelled better than it tasted. Once again, Magic Hat doesn't totally impress.

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,194 ratings.
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