Blind Faith
Magic Hat Brewing Company

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #254
Ranked #43,122
3.56 | pDev: 14.33%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
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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
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Reviews: 494 | Ratings: 1,248
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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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 donnebaby
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poofy and off white, the head chunks up and shows a lasting thick film over the brew and lots of thick lacing. Nose is very nice and mild - toasted cereals with notes of sweet apples and hops, and somewhat intense traces of alcohol.

Taste is smooth grains, mild and sweet--but pronounced. Hops never manifest themselves in a fruity way but go bitter fast through out the drinking, shocking through the left-over cereals taste. Found this IPA to be starkly different from other, "bigger" IPAs, refreshingly smooth and mild.

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Photo of ShrinerMcBitey
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper with orangish tones. 2 fingers of foam to start 1 finger hangs around through almost the entire beer. Pretty good lacing.

S: Spice, gingerbread, christmasy

T: Pretty good malt backbone, plenty of hops that dry out but not over the top hops. Some spiciness, bready. Pretty nice balance, enjoyable.

M:Good balance, wet to dry finish.

O: I enjoyed this. have not had it for many years. Last time I had it was on draft at the Mews Tavern in 1998? 2000?
Its a "more drinkable" IPA, by that I mean it has good balance, the hops are not through the roof, as such I actually find this quite a refreshing IPA.

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Photo of brewcore
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Copper penny in color. A two finger slightly off-white head with good retention. Lots of carbonation up the sides of the glass. Exellent lacing.

S: Sweetness dominates the nose. Fruity with english hops. Faint metallic aroma.

T: An english IPA with a little more bitterness than usual for the style. Hops impart an orange peel citrus flavor with a slightly bitter and even more slight metallic finish. The malts are of biscuit.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer is thick considering the style and abv. Creamy and pleasant for a one beer session, but I don't think I could enjoy more than a couple on a warm day.

O: Interesting twist on the style and definitely worth trying. It's not often I find an English IPA on the shelves. Good, but not something I will seek out.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blind Faith- from the makers of my favorite beer, #9. Magic Hat is a Hippie beer company from Vermont that puts together some unique beers, which is why I was attracted to Blind Faith.

Blind Faith has a beautiful appearance. Copper/Dark Orange with a nice light foamy head that held together well. The aroma was very pleasant, a woodsy/pine smell but I was hoping for more! The taste screamed typical Pale Ale so I had to keep sipping and sipping. After the first 3 or 4 sips I concluded it was a nice light Pale Ale, not too strong, not too bitter ( most Pale Ale's are too bitter too me).
Blind Faith actually impressed me the second time around and gets kudos from me. It's no #9 but I wouldn't turn one down!

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Photo of randylangford
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of slim2043
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Hagbard
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"What's the price of life without spice?"

This beer poured a dull brown color, which was hazy and murky. A nice thick rocky white head formed after a medium strength pour. The aroma is surprisingly malty considering this is an IPA. The hops are there though, and show up as a citrusy fruit aroma. The taste is extremely mellow. A citrus hop element rides in on a strong malty base. There is a slight hop bitternesss that comes in at the end and remains for the aftertaste. I'm not picking up any diacetyl, which seems common to Magic Hat beers, so that's a good thing. Drinkability is very high because there are no real off tastes that I detect and the hops are not raw or abrasive. This beer is not bad, there's just not a lot there. The hops really never assert themselves as you'd expect in an IPA. It almost seems like a pale ale.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bmjivi221
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Stoutlad
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of clager
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Foxman
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, coppery amber. Three fingers of frothy, off-white head swells rapidly and retains quite some time. Patches of sticky lacing spot the glass's interior.

In the aroma, a resinous piney perfume asserts, then mingles with a baked-dough note of toasted malt before thinning out considerably to a duller metallic note. A slight caramel hint pairs with hops bitterness near the end.

On first sip, the cooked malt sweetness is promptly outdone by a sinewy coniferous sap aura. A doughy essence winds through the middle while a the perfume of the hops continues its work. A light caramel undertone eases in toward the end before the gentle bite of bittering hops lingers gleemingly at the finish. Succinct and distinct, the flavor delivers a specific hops presence with a malt kicker.

A bit north of light bodied, the almost viscous nature of the hops pairs with the grain to coat and lubricate on its way down. The hops leave a glow to linger at the finish.

While basic, it manages to maintain a genuine identity. The grain and narrow hops combo inks its own signature. Granted, the singular hops note might narrow the beer's scope, but if you like it, you'll probably really like it. And simply, I like it just fine. The profile is refreshing and the components make it drinkable and enjoyable. This one has the makings of an old stand-by, tasty and dependable.

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Photo of ckollias
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Cooper ale in color with a thin, white, one-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice trail all the way down the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Mild hoppy aroma. Not the overpowering hop aroma that you normally get with these craft ipas. Mildly spicy and grainy fragance.

T: Similar to the smell, a mild hoppy flavor is followed by sweet mild malt, and hints of fruits.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Run of the mill ipa. Definitely not the best ipa I have tried nor the worst. Nothing really special or something I would grab again.

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Photo of wander4
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pfhanlon
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of masterbruewer
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with thick white head and steady carbonation. Strong lacing.

The smell was of piney and citrusy hops, with a little flowery background. A little malt sweetness comes out too.

The taste was a let down. It was everything an IPA should be, but muted. There was a hop kick and the hop flavor was there, but it was, I'm not sure how to describe it... plain or understated. It was there, but there was nothing special about it.

The mouthfeel was smooth with a little hop bitterness at the end.

A very drinkable beer, for the same reasons noted in flavor. Nothing too strong about it.

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Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark orange in body with white bubbly head that leaves lacing. Aroma of spicy hops and lemon zest and vague apple skins. Tastes of spicy hops, slight veggies, some echo of citrus, bitterness comes through the finish leaving a lingering orange note in it's wake. Medium bodied with zapping carbonation. Drinkable but nothing special here.

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Photo of Budinetz
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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