Blind Faith | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,213
Reviews:
489
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
14.52%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
150
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good though one dimensional bitter IPA. Very hoppy to the extent it was bought past expiry date from the notorious Beers of the World in Rochester, yet still refreshing. Comparable to bigger name microbrewers, pleasant surprise and my first Magic Hat, hopefully of many more. Some malt and orange cream for bonus, great citrus hoppy aroma.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this one a lot in summer. not as aggressively hopped as a lot of other india pales, this one is very well balanced by some english and american malts. smell is quite zesty, some citrusty hops and earthy english malts. flavor is nice, plenty of hops in the finish, but the rest of the time they are quite subdued and only a little bit bitter. this is more of a session ipa than anything else. i like it in their summer mixed 12er, but i also like it from the brewery in a growler hand and half with number 9. they call it blind 9, and its an excellent blend. overall this ipa has a place in my annual beer calander, serves a special function in summer time.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was happy to see this beer come back, I hadn't tried it prior to it's retirement but when it was re-released I made sure to get some. Not sure if much changed because I have nothing to compare it to. Anyway, the beer poured out as a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a nice thick white head on top. The head is a little sticky and leave some lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy, there is a touch of malts in the background of the nose but mostly hoppy aromas dominate. The taste of the beer is quite nice, it's an easy going IPA, nothing too extreme here that'll kill your taste buds or anything. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and it's a bit refreshing also. Overall this is a pretty nice IPA. I enjoy it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't believe I have never tried this one before... this is a great New England IPA. Nice hop profile to this one, good bitterness to it, solid mouthfeel and body... I like it a lot better than Lucky Kat; wish they made this one available year round. Solid beer for sure, great drinkability... def. a good addition to the season 12 pack.

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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 brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear medium amber body with a tiny head that quickly dissipates into a ringlet with islands; very little lacing

Smell: Very unusual hop aroma, somewhat akin to a cross between lychee and minerals; phenolic

Taste: Totally surprising flavor profile for an English IPA; there is a malty sweetness that lasts throughout but the hops change in character along the way; starts out a little edgy, then flattens out but becomes very bitter towards the finish; neither fruity nor piney - just metallic in a complex but, to my palate, ultimately unsatisfying way

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While many folks like this beer (and perhaps it is much better on tap), I find it to be an unsatisfactory experiment; I just don't care for metallic IPAs

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of very bubbly foam. It left a little soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of fresh cut grass with some floral notes. It had a nice malty nose, too.

T - A well done English IPA that matches the malt forward style. Good caramel and toffee flavors with some grassy hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice English IPA. One of the better Magic Hat brews that I have had to date.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear brown looking ale with a below average head with very little retention. Aroma is standard bitter for IPA. Taste is also quite bitter thought not as much as the west coast IPA. Little trace of water at the ends kind of ruin this one for me. Anyway, still better then some other Magic Hat offerings but nothing that I would really seek again.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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 zestar
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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 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 Boone757
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So Magic Hat, again it all their wisdom, killed off another one of the few good beers. Finally it has come back to us, so now I can see if it truly is as good as it once was hither. "You are next in line" says the wisdom of the cap.

A: Poured into my oversized snifter (cause that's what I used for my last beer) with a decent frothy 1 finger head that fades slowly over hazy reddish orange color.

N: Some toasty malts with spices, somewhat like a pumpkin beer actually but without the pumpkin itself, hints of some bitterness and some hops, mostly U.K. smelling hops, but they are lower. It def has that Magic Hat like aroma. A little musty aroma but not so much from fresh hops as other bittering hops and malts even.

T: A decent bitter flavor, with more U.K. style bittering hops. Not much for hop flavor up front, with a little chewy U.K. hop flavors again, English bitter chewy and fruity hop flavor as well as that musty flavor. Some thick malts with chewy flavor and some toasty flavors. Again a little spices flavored with it. A touch of fruit flavor as well.

M: Medium body with low carbonation.

F: Somewhat spicy bitterness as it apexes on the finish about 3 seconds after the final swallow. It gets pretty dry with that as well as the two build off each other. Some lingering toasty flavors with a little spice again, and those English bitter hop flavors, mild but there. A slight lingering sticky sweetness too.

Well, either my palate as greatly changed since this went off the market a couple years ago (which it def did) or this is not the same Blind Faith they brought us before. Maybe they're hoping we will believe them on blind faith (see what I did there), but I'm not buying it. Even the abv is different for this batch. Pretty bland I think. Plus it had almost no carbonation, what's with that... come on Magic Hat, what happened to you guys?!

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,213 ratings.
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