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 BadBadger
1.85/5  rDev -49.3%
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 -48.5%
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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Photo of telejunkie
1.97/5  rDev -46%
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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Photo of mothman
2.04/5  rDev -44.1%
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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Photo of spitInTheOcean
2.06/5  rDev -43.6%
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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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.13/5  rDev -41.6%
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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Photo of Sludgeman
2.13/5  rDev -41.6%
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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Photo of AzAleC
2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
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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Photo of HBBJ
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Amber colored and quite hazy. Long lasting, fine bubbled head, with lacing down the glass.

Smell: Clean, malty aroma, with a bit of caramel and toast. Moderate herbal, earthy hops wiith a touch of fruitiness. A odd tinny smell came in and out.

Taste: Sour, like it was infected. Some maltiness and hop flavor and bitterness. Sour, mouth-puckering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with an acidic bite.

Overall: I held out hope that this would be a more restrained IPA, without "club you over the head" hops. And perhaps it might have been, but it would be impossible to tell given the sourness problem. Can't recommend this.

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Photo of mcallister
2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at Jekly and Hyde in Manhatten. Bottle had a BBD of February. So looks like this was past it's prime and tasted the same although this is what I've come to expect from what MH beers I've sampled.

Bronzen/copper. Hard pour results in a small head that fades very quickly. No lacing.

Very light pine hop with the ringwood yeast aroma that I'm not crazy about that is the house yeast for MH. Bready and caramel malts.

Very boring pine hop profile. Caramel and some toffee with herbal notes. Thin in mouthfeel yett a modest finish. Not sure how much better if at all this would have been if served fresh.

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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 JohnnyMc
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First beer from Magic Hat in awhile.

Pours out a deep orange/ruby red with hints of yellow and a nice 3 finger off-white head.

The aroma is very malty with toasted notes, hints of citrus and very subtle hints of earthy hops.

The taste follows suit very closely. Mainly very malty with hints of hops that are rather earthy and slight citrus notes. This finishes very clean and it's not very bitter or dry.

Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't really label this an IPA, more like a Pale Ale.

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Photo of Tobe
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a nice looking amber with a full tan head. Head measured one finger width and held up awhile.

Aroma has a hint of soap, like childhood bubbles. There is also a showing of pine form the hops. The flavor is pine resin and there is some faint citrus to be found. Not the best IPA I have had. For being a part of the Summer variety case, this was the weakest offering.

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Photo of MmmIPA
2.54/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy orange body with a nice one finger white head.The head last for a few also.

Smells of yeast and some fruitiness.

Some hop bitterness but its very faint.I guess cause the beer expired last month.

Mouthful is a bit thin and easy to take.

I think this one may be bad and its not what its supposed to be.I may have to have this again when its a fresh bottle

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pretty standard. Nothing memorable

S-floral hops and a bit of lingering malt

T-not expecting anything special and was correct. Pretty balanced. Got a weird coppery taste that was not awesome. fails to rise up above all the other generic IPAs out there


D-didn't like the taste. won't purchase again

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Photo of joedon
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had high hopes for this beer since it poured with a beautiful, thick ivory head; plenty of long-lasting lace and a clear amber color.
Then somethings went wrong; the aroma had just a faint aroma of hops and no malt whatsover; not what I expect from an IPA.
The flavor was very bitter of English hops (Kent, Goldings?) and almost no malt or sweetness.
Sharp bite on the palate with lingering bitterness. No hop or malt finish, just bitter.
Not at all drinkable. Maybe you'll like this style if you are really into English ales, ESB etc. but this had nothing in common with an IPA.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.61/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy dark gold to copper with a decent light beige head, lots of suspended sediment, and active carbonation. Intensely bitter citric hop aroma and flavor; not pleasant or fresh in any way. NOt very balanced. Medium bodied and fairly smooth with a strong bitter hop finish.

Pass... I've had this one in the past and remember it being much better.

Per Label: "Blessed with hops" (too bad it's not blessed w/ any malt :-)

Per MH website: Grav 1.055. 38 IBU. 12.5 SRM.
Malts: Pale, Crystal, and Chocolate.
Hops: Warrior and Cascade (dry hopped w Cascade)

Drink By (end of): Dec '05'
Tasted: 11/28/05

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Photo of NextOfKin
2.61/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose is bland, suprisingly devoid of any floral character. Smell is hard to identify-- maybe a little biscuity, or maybe it's just yeast-dominated? Minimal hops noted, more so just a pale ale (this is in complete contrast to the reviews I've read about it). Maybe this batch was just off or the bottle is old. Poured with a big thick head, but still tasted flat. Taste is mildly unpleasant, and lacking in complexity.

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Photo of BigMike
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Coppery orange with a tannish head of about an inch.

S: First aroma i get is almost butter like. Some fruitiness and spice also. Not a real appealing smell.

T: By no means a hop bomb. Hops actually take a back seat to the malts and yeast. Buttery biscuit like with a weird spice quality. A touch of fruit and bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is so so. Carbonation is fine. It's a bit on the thin side.

Overall: Not a good beer by any means. Wouldn't want to drink again thats for sure.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Medium sized fizzy light tan head quickly dies to a decent lacing above a highly carbonated cloudy honey caramel colored beer.

Light roasted but definitely a roasted caramel malt aroma with some light hops rounding out the nose.

A carbonated light caramel grain malts taste with a light almost citrusy hops present as well.

A light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the caramel malts sticking around with this medium to light medium bodied beer.

Seems a bit over carbonated to say the least and whether this is the reason or not the malts and or hops tastes are to light.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright, mahogany color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Has a nutty, malty smell to it. The hops are a little subdued but there is a bit of a citrus smell here.

Taste: Pretty bitter up front with a bit of citrus flavor. Finishes malty and buttery with a strong metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and a little flat.

Drinkability: A fairly sub-standard IPA. The flavor is a bit weak and it has that unfortunate, metallic taste that pops up every so often in some of Magic Hat's beers. Magic Hat is pretty hit or miss for me with a few great beers, a few duds, and a lot of mediocre ones. This one's a dud (if only barely). Skip it...

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think pretty much all of Magic Hat beers are basically nonchalant, safe, and at times, quite boring. The only exception I have seen is Roxy Rolles. This beer, Blind Faith, is immediately forgettable.

Pours from the bottle with the barely distinguishable best by date of Oct something, 2011. Pours burnt amber in color with a small white head. One redeeming quality about this beer is its appearance which I have to say, isnt that bad.

The aroma is quite bready and biscuity, doughy, cracker-like, loads of caramel. Definitely English/East Coast, leaning more English (besides great futbol and Lucy Pinder, what is Enlgand famous for?). What hop presence that is present is represented in the quite muted English musty, earthy, slightly piney genre. Basically, the aroma is so typical of the style; nothing noticeable.

Tons of caramel and burnt toast in the flavor. Metallic earthiness. Very average. This one is kind of in ESB territory. And not a good ESB or IPA.

I bought a mixed case of Magic Hat for $20. For that price, I figured whatever lame beer that was insided was atleast worth $20. This mixed case is worth $20 and not half a crown more. This beer was forgettable and not very good. Became kind of cloying at the end. Blech.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber/red body with almost no head other than a light tan film. Smells overwealmingly hoppy. Tastes bitter with some alcohol notes. Not sure what to think. I know IPAs are hoppy, but this one’s not quite as well-balanced as I thought. Kind of hits you over the head with hop bitterness... Perfect for hop-heads maybe? While I like hops, I’m not really one. Nonetheless a full-flavored, medium bodied, solid beer.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A hazy amber brown with one finger of head that dissipates in a few short minutes. The lacing fastens itself to the sides like glue.

S - Very potent floral aroma. Lillies mostly with a fainter caramel malt backing.

T - The foretaste is a watered down malty character. The flavor progresses into a bland slightly sour floral flavor that shifts to a even meeker floral bitter aftertaste. Not too impressive. The sourness, though mild, is one of the strongest (and certainly the grossest) flavors in the beer.

M - Watery, thin, yet not even that refreshing.

D - It is easy to drink, but it doesn't taste that good really. It is a quaffable beer, but it lacks any meritous characteristics. Not terrible, but far from great.

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Photo of Kooz
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No glass available, so I drank it right from the bottle. Kept a thick head throughout, though that could be an artifact of the bottle drinking.

First thing I smell is hops, second thing is alcohol. At 6.2%, this is a pretty potent beer!

Tastes okay. I am not blown away by this IPA as I have been with others on occasion. It's okay, and not overly hoppy, which is great, but it doesn't have a lot of depth.

Mouthfeel is okay, nothing special. A little weak. Some bite but not too much. Just okay, really.

Overall, it's not a bad IPA, but I'd rather go with a few others.

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