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 pezoids on 08-04-2001

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Photo of francisweizen
4.79/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent NE I.P.A. from magic hat! This is my first MH beer and it was awesome. I look forward to sampling each and every beer that this brewery has to offer after this experience. This beer pours a wonderful light amber colour with a nice head that leaves excellent lace. This beer has some wonderful aromas of spicy hops, butterscotch, malts, and that wonderfullly fruity Ringwood yeast. This beer is balanced so well that I have to give it a perfect 5 for taste! It has a very spicy, hoppy taste that is perectly balanced by the ringwood yeasts fruitiness and some malts. The mouthfeel is crisp and full and the drinkability is almost perfect as well. What more can I say, I think that I am falling in love with this brewery!
Cheers to paceyourself for sending me this bottle!,

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Photo of StevieW
4.73/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Great Lost Bear...........Glowing copper color, perfectly balanced full beige head. Smell is full of cascade hop aromas, flowery, herbal, and rich. Initial crisp hop kick dances around on your tongue, then a medium feel, biscuit rich malty background. I guess the odd sourness is the Ringwood Yeast strain that others speak about, not sure, but is still pleasant and appealing taste. Crisp, dry, perfect for the style finish, no lingering bitterness. A slightly subdued, but very tasty IPA. One of the highlights of the summer. It lived up to the hype. This one on tap, prompted me to buy the sampler pack and lug it home to Florida.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.73/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is clear amber orange in color, with a big frothy head of white foam that retains well and leaves a virtual curtain of lace inside the glass, a really great looking brew.
Loads of fruity citrus rind hop aroma dominate the smell of this beer, not much in the malt aroma department.
Great tasting heavily hopped flavor, lots of citrusy fruity goodness with just a hint of malt in the background. Nice medium to full mouthfeel, with a drying hop finish that begs for another sip.
This is a very drinkable beer, one of my favorite IPAs and if you can get it in your area grab it quick!

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Photo of ski271
4.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was quite surprised to see Magic Hat beers at the little bottle shop near work and had to buy one. Went with the blind faith since I’ve never had it before. I was also in a bigtime mood for a good IPA and I wasn’t let down.

This beer is a copperish amber color with a medium-sized, rocky, off-white head that diminished before the first taste but left a decent amount of lacing 2/3 of the way down. The aroma is marvelous! Right up my alley. Strong hops over a good malt backbone. A little sweet-smelling with some yeasty bread (especially after it warms up a bit) and a hint of caramel under the solid fruitiness of the hops. The taste is surprisingly rather malty. Well, I guess it’s not THAT malty, but more so than I expected from an IPA. It has a nice fruity and slightly grassy taste and a bit nutty. The finish is where you know that it is definitely an IPA. The malt sweetness fades away leaving a lingering hops bitterness that stays around for quite some time, along with a little bit of yeast. And about 5 minutes after finishing the bottle, I had a little bit of a soft pretzel taste in my mouth. The mouthfeel is very nice, mildly astringent on the finish, the body is medium, medium carbonation. The aroma was what really sold me on this beer, and I’m not sure why. A very satisfying ale!

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Photo of dslaving
4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer for the first time when i went to the magic hat brewery . I am not a big fan of IPA's normally but this struck me as a great beer and opened me back up to the world of IPA's. First thought was that it was just because it was fresh from the brewery, but bought a mixed pack and it was still as good as it was from the tap. An after thought if you like both this beer and Number 9, do a 1/2 combination of the both of them, they do this at the brewery and they call it blind 9, its a great combination of flavor.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice copper color with medium head that laces the glass effectively. Very nice hop aroma. Flowery and a bit oily. This is a really great tasting IPA. Hops hit you up front. Seems like a bit of everything you look for from hops: grapefruit, citrus, pine and flowery. None of these tastes is in abundance, but they are blended beautifully. Nice subdued lingering bitterness. Not a trace of alcohol in this beer. Medium body. Maltiness is definitely in the background.

My first experience with Magic Hat has been an enjoyable one.

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Photo of shand
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked best by August 13th into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Goddamn, this is one perfect looking IPA. Pours a very deep orange with two fingers worth of pillowy head. The lacing is absolutely perfect and the head retention is great. Can't ask for more from the style.

Smell: Citrusy hops. It's an IPA, no bones about it.

Taste: Citrusy (lemon and orange) hops are front and center here, but they're well-tempered by some malts that come in just a bit later. It's pretty accessible for an IPA, it's not overly bitter but you can still taste the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated - a refreshing IPA.

Drinkability: Stellar for an IPA. The balance in the bitterness makes this much more drinkable than most IPAs are.

It's a shame this is a limited release, not to come back until whenever the hell Magic Hat feels like bringing it back. I'd session the hell out of this, but I only got my hands on three bottles that I've been clinging to ... this is my last one.

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Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice translucent medium amber color with a two finger head, nice sticky lacing. smell is fresh citrus and pine. citrus grapefruit up front with big piney hop finish. clean light dry hoppy after taste. great beer drank six just for the review definitely on the buy list.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

App: Thick, fluffy head. Deep, cloudy amber.

Smell: Hot damn. Major citrus and floral hops. Slight pine needle. Malt backs it all up.

Taste: Sour hops all over the mouth. Very citrusy and chewy. The malt is definately there, but does a good job of remaining in the background. Hops are very strong, but not over-the-top. The sourness is unique.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, relatively light on the tongue. Leaves the mouth sticky.

Drinkability: This is the first 5 I have ever given. The hops are plenty strong and deep. At the same time, the brew isn't mouth-puckeringly over the top (not that there is anything wrong with that). I could drink this all night.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intriguing label design, and funny little blurbs written under the caps.

This IPA pours a deep butterscotch hue with very moderate carbonation. The head lasts forever and drapes the glass with loads of craggy off white lace. The aroma is very hoppy and bitter, and also very malty. Its bold well balanced. The taste begins with an instant hit of citrusy, woody, piney hops which leads into a long grassiness as well as pumpernickel bread maltiness. The finish brings a strong bitterness and lingering citrusy hop notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, almost creamy.

A very refreshing and hoppy IPA that I will definitely buy again.

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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 Reverand
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color with nice lace head and some serious hop aromas, a veritable hop farm in a bottle. This is probably Magic Hat's best beer. Very drinkable beer, and quite refreashing.

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Photo of Jon
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clearish copper with a thin, off-white head. Leaves trails of lace down the glass. Smell is rather fresh and inviting, with notes of aromatic hops and citrus. Taste is quite similar, relying heavily on fresh hops, citrus (mainly grapefruit), and a sturdy malt backbone that keeps everything in place. Pretty smooth mouthfeel overall. This one could be quaffed over and over again. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of wedge
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Be a Winner, share your Dinner"

Clean amber with a modest head and clingy lacing. Aroma packs a punch - buttery diacetyl fragrance upfront, oily/grassy hops to follow. Taste is awesome. Not extreme on the hops like its American counterpart but full of balance. Buttery, complex hops, with slight caramel malts in the finish. Moderately bitter, medium body, fresh, and quite drinkable. Mmmm boy.

This is one damn tasty English IPA. For some reason I forgot just how good this one is. Readily available in the NE, this is a great choice anytime. Pick it up and drink it down...highly recommended.

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Photo of dickroop
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this brew! It poured a reddish amber with a generous wheat/straw colored head that persisted somewhat. The smell was oh-so-inviting, yummy floral and citrus hops, and just plain good.

Taste was well balanced. Following the aroma, the hop-hit was substantial and good. Flavor included some notes of nuts, maybe almonds. Sweetness was there, but controlled. Nice clean finish without excess bitterness.

Mouthfeel was light to medium, a little slick and quite pleasant. All added up to excellent drinkability. I will buy again, as that was the last of that sixer, and I want more....

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a deep brown/orange color, and somewhat cloudy. Head is nearly non-existent after a few moments.

Smell: Very floral hop presence (almost rose-like). Some bready malt character along with a very gentle citrus tone.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is light on the tongue, with some very detectable hop oils prevalent in the first taste. Hop flavor here is more to the bitter side, with very gentle grassiness. A moderate malt flavor without much sweetness provides a good base for the flavors to play out.

Overall: This is a good beer. I think it fits the category perfectly, and is a good example of what to shoot for.

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Photo of nomad
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of light caramel turned into a liquid, shining like a beacon, a very different color for an IPA but I like it. Has a wall of tight lattice stain on the glass, coming from lace that is thin and evanescent, shimmering down the glass as it slides. For me, the appearance of this beer pulls out all the stops.

Smell is at first malty, sweetly of moderate and thin caramel, almost like cooked maple syrup in its depth, and has a spicy edge reminiscent of cinnamon. Coming over this are sizable pine scents that are punchy in power but thin and spiky in effect, and occasional grassy and other scents from the Cascades hops. Some fruity hints of the ringwood yeast, too. Altogether tantalizing.

Taste is of easy and barely sweetish malt paired with spicy hops that are quite peppery. Also has a prominent juicy lemon flavor with low acidity, juicy and tasty. I enjoyed the chewy bitterness, once the hops and my palette really settle in. Finish is drying in a slightly chalky way with small citric tones to it. Crisp body but the mouthfeel thins out toward the finish.

Very balanced for an IPA and very nice, not the big and aggressive west-coast style and not worse for it, though when its young in the bottle it can be quite bitter. An easy drinker because of the balance with interesting notes here and there - I like it on the colder side.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The touch of diacetyl, and then the larger dollop in the flavor, lend this American-brewed IPA a distinctly English character. Beyond its appropriate copper color and fading-but-sticky white head, it's aroma grabs you with notes of citrusy and grass hops amidst a yeasty butter, mineral, and fruit combination over a lightly caramelish maltiness. It's easy in the mouth with a medium body and restrained carbonation. And although the flavor offers no more complexity than the nose presents, it is richer, and there's certainly enough complexity there to keep you interested throughout a pint or two. The bitterness is solid, but held back just enough to let the malt shine; and it finishes dry with some lingering bitterness, a splash of citrus, some yeasty fruitiness, a smear of buttery diacetyl, and finally, some lingering yeasty mineral-like bitterness and grassy/leafy hops. It's quite authentic really, and can easily serve as an excellent session beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the more underrated IPA's out there and one of the hoppier ones out there....

I just did a completely blind taste test with 6 of the heavy hitters....This..Hop Devil...Dogfish 60 MN....Harpoon....Goose Island...and Tyranena...and this one was just barely edged out by Tyranena's Bitter Woman for first in my scoring....It has a better body and mouthfeel actually but Bitter Woman is slightly hoppier tasting...Very close...I was surprised...I guessed this one to be Hop Devil (which actually finished 4th)...

Pours a nice amber..slightly cloudy....pine and citrus on the nose....piney hop bitterness on the buds..very good bitterness...Love the flavor...Hops rule the roost here but the malt is kind of an underrated factor that contributes nicely to the overall product even if it is barely noticable...Definitely more complex flavors than Bitter Woman....

Hey this is a top notch overlooked IPA....I'm shocked I liked it so much but the blind taste tests do not lie...

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Photo of aepb1
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, opaque amber with a small white head

S- Malty, musty, full smell

T- Thick roasty malts foretaste with a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers a bit

M- Crisp and full that goes right into the drinkability

D- Each drink leaves you wanting more!

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Photo of DNICE555
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a ipa summer tour 6 pack of this stuff. Enjoyed all 6 commemorating Lynn's birthday and a night of candle lit stratego and trivial pursuit.

A - A hazy yellow copper color. Nice white head and great lacing.

S - Getting some nice hops, pine, and a floral note.

T - Nice hop presence. My favorite citrus backbone in place. Just a hint of a malt presence. The hoppiest English style ipa I've ever had and a great one at that. Very tasty. I couldn't get enough of it.

M - Balanced like a ballerina. Bitterness has staying power just like my gas inside the car even with the windows open on a trip to whole foods.

D - I treated this six pack like Larsonstyle treats a case of coors lights before a concert at the meadows. Very glad they brought this one back.

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Photo of necoadam
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a copper/gpld color with a nice head on it. Looks like it's a little darker than most IPA's, but maybe that's just me. This has some huge hop smell to it. I love it. Taste was very good. Nice dose of hops, then those hops have a little bite to them, and then finishes with some leafy/grassy taste. Hardly any taste of malts in this brew. NIcely balanced IPA from Magic hat. Lots of hops with the perfect balance of the citrus, grapefruit, and pine flavor in this beer. One of the best IPA's out there I believe.

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Photo of smcolw
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent creamy and lasting head that leaves sticky lace. Dark golden or light amber in color; not quite clear. Impressive continual stream of micro-bubbles to the surface.

Awesome aromas of fresh hops (definitely a dry-hopped beer). Not dominating like some IPA's, there are also crisp malt notes. The blend is just about perfect. This is one inviting beer!

Strong bitter flavors throughout the tasting profile. The malt sneaks in mid-sip, but is more the accompanist rather than the hop soloist. Solid flavor with wonderful subtle changes prevalent from sip to swallow. The aftertaste is pure dry hop that lingers a long time. Very full bodied for the style. I envision that this would float to the top of any IPA session series.

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Photo of unknownlamer
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite IPA. It smells wonderful with a very floral hop smell much like a DFH 90 Minute. The taste, however, is much better. It has a wonderous smooth hop flavor all the way through, but without an overly sweet malt taste. I think the malt in this was thrown in there just to balance the hops :-). The hop flavor dances on the tongue and is beautiful and not bitter at all really. The finish is just bitter enough, but the biting fades very quickly.

This is amazinly drinkable for an IPA. Hell, even the girl I was hanging out with when I got this loved it. This is the first IPA I've met that I'd drink all night long and not die from hop exposure.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy rusty brown color with a soft soapy head that leaves gobs of lacing down the side of the glass. The head sticks around which is a very nice thing to see.

The smell is of soft malts with a hint of piney hops. Fairly light in volume.

The taste has the amplitude bumped up. Lots of sweet malt gives way to bitter and aromatic hops and it comes together very well with a lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Super soft, silky smooth. Hell it tastes like cask.

Drinkability is very god.

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