Blind Faith | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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1.66/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

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1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

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1.85/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured an amber coloration. There was very little head and the carbonation was minimal. The smell was rather bland. No hint of the hops promised within. The taste was a diappointment. As with the smell, this was lacking in hoppy bitterness. I have sampled this beer a number of times and in a number of places and my personal palate is always dissapointed. Others enjoy this beer. I do not. There are significantly better beers out there to be enjoyed IMHO.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
1.88/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Large to medium sized bubbles made up a 3/4inch, light brown head that dissipated a bit quicker than you'd hope. Beer is only a bit darker than mass market honey.

Smell is neutral, if not unappealingly acrid. Not far from the way a flemish sour can smell, though to a far lesser degree. Didn't hit until pretty deep in the nostril. Were I in a more childish mood I might give it a watermelon warhead read.

Here's where the subjective assessment of a beer's style clause is relevant. In terms of the brewing process, they probably didn't lie to us. But in realms such as flavor, this is not an IPA. The English aspects are present - some long lasting pale malt mellow-sweet flavor - and are actually pleasant if you're not expecting any real bitterness. Indeed, this isn't even on the better side of macro-produced IPAs. It is far too mild. Most Pale Ales from microbrewers are far hoppier in flavor. In mouthfeel, there is certainly evidence of hops, but you'll forget by the time the beer hits your belly.

Aftertaste, as do most imitation microbrews, certainly evidences astringent and metallic tints - as did many aspects of this beer.

All in all: A great beer to buy for the bottle if the spot next to #9 on the frat mantle is empty. Not worth money if you enjoy craft beer. And Anheuser Busch doesn't need it.

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1.9/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

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1.97/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After seeing some other reviews I was thinking I've received a bad popped a 2nd one and it was the same.

Appearance: A dark copper/amber in appearance

Smell: Smell of somewhere between bad Concord grape wine (Manischewitz) and a god awful Gerwuztraminer wine nose.

Taste: Followed the aroma right through with zero hop presence noted albeit smooth. I've had scottish ales with more hop characteristics than this beer. Their website claims 60 ibus...but again was more on par with a scottish ale. If this indeed was Blind Faith, I'd say it should have stayed in the annals of MH history.

Overall: I'm thinking my bottles either got mislabeled or they brewed a batch where they forgot to do any hop additions. Tried it up against Harpoon IPA & Long Trail IPA and the clear lack of any hop presence in the Blind Faith was glaring. I would be fine with it if it was presented to me as maybe a scottish 60-

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of mothman
2.04/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Decent retention. Splattered lace. Color is a clear amber gold.

Aroma: Fairly muted. Not very hoppy. Bready malts. Biscuit flavors. Grassy hops.

Taste: Can't see this being a pale ale. Bready malts. Some pale malts. Grassy hops. Tastes like a macro lager kind of.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and dry. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry and sticky.

Overall, I wasn't really impressed with this one. Didn't taste much like any type of pale ale. Sorry magic hat, but this one wasn't very magical.

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2.06/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this ipa is not even mediocre. minimal hop aroma. negligible hop flavor. and only a decent bitterness, which does not quite mask the metallic finish. i recomend choosing about any ipa over this one.

one good thing i can say is the alcohol is nicley balanced/masked by the malts and hops.

but, coming from a die hard hop head. this beer just does not do the hop justice.

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2.13/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours an extremely cloudy shade of orangeish brown with a one finger offwhite head. Looks disgusting

S- very light aroma of pine. Weak.

T- very light grassy bitterness...malty sweetness as well. I know it's and English IPA and not American, but it's very bland

M- medium bodied, on the thick side. Odd for a single IPA

O- not a huge fan at all...but then again, Magic Hat. Not expecting much

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2.13/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured into a chalice.

Did not like this beer. It had a very adjunct lager taste to it. I thought it was unbalanced with not enough malt to counter the grassy and minerally tastes. Not recommended at all. There are so many great beers out there, I am actually surprised when I find a bad one. No redeeming qualities unless you’re stuck in the desert without water.

A - Pours a clear golden color with an average head.

S - Pale malits, a little earthy, some faint lemon.

T - Grassy hops, but not too hoppy or bitter, minerally.

MF - Smooth and light bodied, dry finish, moderate carbonation.

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2.18/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: A dark gold, nearly light brown color. Full, but small head, less than 1/4" in a pint glass. (Franklu, I found this to be the brew's strongest point)

S: Ripe hop aroma, slightly sharp.

T: Strong hop flavor, but not very complex at all, perhaps they only used one or two hop strains. Almost no hop backbone whatsoever, which leave the hops floating around with nothing to balance out the brew.

M: Full and well carbonated, but the mouth looses hop flavor quickly.

D: Strongly lacking distinction and balance, probably nothing I would pick up again without a recipe change.

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2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

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