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

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a coppery amber color with a medium-sized off white head on top with a smattering of patchy lacing.
There's a good floral, piney and resinous hop smell. It fades a bit too quickly.
A light bready and sweet malt taste supplies the minimum malt body for the plentiful hop bite. The hops provide ample citrus bitterness, along with a mild metallic tang.
Sort of reminds me of Harpoon's IPA.

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Photo of sitbooboosit
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my first tast of anything from Magic Hat. A gift from the magnificient Malto.

served out of a bottle. poured a perfect copper orange into a chimay chalice.
looks like strong carbonation feeding a solid head that stayed around for awhile. not dense, more of a lingering pillowing type, ya savy?
smells wonderfully hoppy. almost a dry hopped freshness about it. strong earthy hop notes. it's classified as an english IPA, but the hops seem more north american. i'm not sure.
taste is creamy smooth. that was my first observation. taste is definitely dominated by hops, more so than the aroma with which I could detect a bit of caramel malt. the finish is, you guessed it, all hops and dry, but doesn't leave you parched.
well balanced, a little thin, but definitely a session IPA that I would enjoy more of. yumm

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another of my mixed-six assortment of Magic Hat beers acquired while in CT a little over a week ago. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone IPA glass.
The pour resulted in a good-looking brew that was a hazy orange color, had a decent level of carbonation, and was topped by a one-finger whitish head that sank down to a thin skim and left no lace.
The nose was definitely an English IPA. Muted toasty malts and that touch of diacetyl I've grown to associate with this style were at the forefront along with floral and fruity notes. The taste held true to form also as the pleasant caramel maltiness and orchard fruit tastes held up well except for that distracting buttery flavor I find to be irritating. I want butter, I'll eat some toast or a bag of popcorn. Floral hops take root mid-palate and act as a suitable counter to that buttery malt flavor. The feel was medium-bodied and pretty lively.
Drinkability took a bit of a hit here as I just don't like that buttery taste in my beer. All in all, Blind Faith is a solid representation of the style. It won't sear your tastebuds like most American (and West Coast, in particular) IPA's do so it's got better potential as a session brew. Just be ready for some diacetyl.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Brickskellar Washington DC
A standard IPA copper color, nice looking head. A relatively low powered IPA, pretty weak hop presence. Smell did have light hop and grain smell that wasn't all bad. Taste was muted and hops were fairly weak, really needed an extra shot of hops to round it out. Dry and citric and still enjoyable, but far fro my favorite IPA.

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Photo of Liquids
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper color with visibly strong carbonation and a with one finger rocky head that is fuller and lasts longer than other Magic Hat brews I've poured, of note. Smells of all hops, grassy and piney...there's something I can't quite put my finger on, but reminds me of a few other "darker" pale ales...maybe it's the yeast. Taste is rather pleasant--on the line between almost enough malt and just enough to satisfy. Again, a piney and grassy hop flavor. For me, one pint is usually enough in this style, but I went through this pint somewhat quickly.

Approaches balanced for an IPA, and seems to me more of a "pale ale on acid," as an IPA should be. Most IPA's are absolutely too mild in malt and/or too much in the hops for me, while most pale ales are often too booring all around, so I rarely crave them, but I like this. Makes me wonder if there are other IPA's that could satisfy equally and do this even better. Not exactly a spiritual experience as MH might suggest, but surprisingly solid.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a true copper color with a cream colored head that quickly diminishes to a lace. with a traditional IPA aroma of hops with a butter aroma, this Magic Hat offering seems very inviting.

ooh, what a bite. the bitterness is very refreshing and it sticks with you til the next sip.

the mouth feel is delightfully dry.

what a pleasant brew, will pick up a 6pack of this stuff at some point. well done Magic Hat.

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Photo of germaniac
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A much appreciated brew recieved via trade with bkett01.. thanks, Brian.

Poured into my fluted Stone IPA glass for a little East-meets-West action. A very good loking brew, clear copper with a sticky, bubbly head.

Floral hops in the nose, with a faint astringentness.

Solid hop bitterness, just not as pronounced as I'm used to in my IPA's. But that's okay. It's all about pallete expansion, here, trying something new. Surprisingly little malt present, enhancing the dry, tangy bite.

Crisp and pretty refreshing. An interesting brew, and it serves as a tasty opener to my journey into the New England beer scene.

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Photo of bkett01
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the kegerator in my living room...

Appearance: Pours a rich amber color with a solid half inch head which lingers. Steady carbonation continues to flow through the beer creating a very appealing pint.

Smell: If you're a fan of hops in general, the smell of this beer will seriously hint at the taste to come. A citrus/leafy smell dominates the aroma.

Taste: This well carbonated and hopped brew delivers a crisp bite on the tongue. Hops overwhelm any malt presence, enough to make this a hophead favorite. It seems to stand out from other IPA's I've had as it carries the initial bite into it's distinct mild malt finish.

The crisp & clean hoppy taste really sets this one apart for me. Carbonation keeps it lively on the tongue, and it has a great drinkability. I would recommend this to any hop fans out there.

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Photo of crwills
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Wonderful colour - a deep, dull amber/hold with some orangy tints. Nice big fluffy head, appears very carbonated although it really isn't.

Smell is incredibly hoppy, with some very strong sour citrus that hits hard. Also in there are some sour cherries, bubblegum, and damp pine wood.

The flavour was somewhat disappointing after the look and smell. Very bitter, which I usually like, but in this case somewhat overpowering and not backed up by the flavour. This is quite dry for an IPA, with primarily bitter grapefruit flavours (almost like tasting grapefruit extract, a bit fakey...)

Definitely not one of my favourite IPAs (and I do love IPAs), but honestly one of my first English (rather than American) versions of the style, so perhaps this is something to get accustomed to.

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Photo of thetachibro
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a copper color with a small white head about an in.

S- Not much comes into the nose. Mild hops with a little grain. Fruit smell as well

T- Taste is ok. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Needs a little more malt in it imo.

M- Mouthfeel is good. Nice crisp medium body

D- High drinkability. Not too bitter for a session beer. this would be my choice for heading to a party. can enjoy it and drink a bunch of them. not bad overall

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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 DarkerTheBetter
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a slight brown tint. The head is frothy and slightly yellow that leaves some nice lacing. Smells of corny malt with a sour citrus hop. Taste of thin dry honey with a tinge of coffee that finishes pine. The malt is severely lacking in this brew.
Mouth feel is thin with slight carbonation.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark for a IPA, but it seems Magic Hat has a lot of beers that share a common hue - ruddy, warm, orangish-opaque, burnt, tea like. Head was tight, faded quick, cream hue that relied a common IPA nose - hops, some citrus, the trademark Magic Hat yeast.

Its clean, lightly hopped - mild for an IPA, IMHO. Some citrus, yeasts. Its good, but not spectacular - hard to distiniquish from other IPA's. Bitterness grows on the pallete and finshes clean, not too sharp.

This is a mild IPA - one that might be a good entry IPA if you are into yeasty beers. Its good, not great. I would drink it again. Would probably pair excellently with a good deli sandwich.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of sampler 12 pack from the tour of Vermont in early October.

This brew poured a copper with a minimal head that disappeared quickly. Nose is of floral hops. Taste is pretty much a blast of hops that fits the English IPA style. The mouthfeel is a little thin but nicely carbonated. Overall drinkability is good as this was easy to enjoy three in one session.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper colored ale. 1/2 inch white head with a heavy pour that disipates quickly but the heavy film that is left leaves nice lacing. Medium to light level of carbonation bubbles. Smell is a nice level of flowery hops. Taste is the same with the hops being the primary focus but not overpowering. Can't really distinguish any particular malt, but it must be there to provde some balance. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Drinkability is good. Of the 4 in the Magic Hat variety pack (blind faith, batch 371, jinx and #9) this is my favorite.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bright reddish gold color pours from the wacky labeled bottle. The minimal head disappears quickly but there is a promising cloudiness to this beer. There is a lacing remaining and it is accompanied by an ambitious high hoppiness in the nose. There also appears to be some fruit tinges.
The taste is a full bore blast of hops with an evolving but lasting bitterness that is pretty close to perfect for an English IPA. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style but its still a fairly minor flaw.
This is a good IPA but again, not really a sipping, session type beer. I could certainly recommend one on a hot summer's day but I wouldn't need a sixer of it unless I had a few friends coming over. Still, an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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 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 kbnooshay
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once again, their labels are genius. This pours a nice orangey golden color with a strong white head. This smells hoppy as hell. The taste also is hoppy as fuck. The maltiness soothes a little bit at the end of a taste. Mouthfeel moderate but creamy-sticky. This is strong in flavor. There could be more alcohol in here! Very drinkable. After a night of Weizen mystery beers and other magic hatting my stomach needs a rest. Loving the night of the living dead mystery pack though.

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Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Night of the Living Dead 12-pack...

Appearance: Hazy yellow with hints of a a slight brownish in the body. Lacing sticks very well, though the head is going to the wayside a bit. Altogether pretty nice, though.

Smell: A pretty good balance with floral hop oily bitterness and malt sweetness. Not insanely hoppy, and the sweetness of the malt helps to balance it out. Some yeastiness is certainly present also. Very nice overall.

Taste: One of the best things I'll say is the combination of malt and oily hop bitterness on the tongue upon the aftertaste, as this thing is something fierce in that sense. Upon initial swigs it's a blast of hop bitterness, then balanced out with some maltiness, and then into the aftertaste. This is very solid for sure, and something to which I need to give thumbs up.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, much carbonation at first slinking into a mouthful of depletion, which balances out. Not so much oily or slick, but pretty full.

Drinkability: What a surprising English IPA, in my opinion. Highly drinkable -- not an overload of hop flavor, but enough to be balanced and delicious. Yet, don't be wary, you hophead, the hops are still there. This is a pretty great English IPA, and I'd surely try it again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby-copper color with a frothy light tan head that begins to layer the side of the glass. The aroma has a sharp pine like note to it up front, with a light toasted malt note that has a certain aroma of bread crust to it; overall it is a bit subtle for an IPA though. The taste has a nice hop character to it as well with notes of pine, wintergreen, and hints of basil. The finish has nice bitterness to it (sharp, biting, and a bit herbal), which is well in balance with the malt character of this brew. The toasted malt notes that are found in this beer form a solid backbone to this beer which is quite nice. As the beer warms up, a citrus character begins to become noticed, I get notes of bergamot and grapefruit. This is a nice beer, with a good mix between the caramel and toasted malt and the various hoppy notes.

I am not too sure, but I am a bit disappointed. Let me explain, this is my first experience with one of these east coast Ringwood breweries, and this beer has nary a hint of diacetyl, a noxious substance I am particularly sensitive to. Oh well, thanks to a recent trade I have a couple more shots to get a noxious butter brew :-)

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good lookingdark amber,but the one finger head is a little downer.The smell is good with some mixed spices,but nothing great.A very good hoppy taste with just enough spices without being too overbearing.This is a good solid beer from Magic Hat that is very drinkable.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Clear, bubbily amber. Fairly weak head but respectable lacing.

Smell = Strong pine scent and hop dominance. Smells robust and flavorful. Hopefully a hint of better things to come.

Taste = Nice crisp burst upfront without a sticky, overwhelming taste. This is nicely balanced. Hoppy but it won't tear you a new one. A tiny bit of a sweet, malty aftertaste that compliments the hop blast perfectly. This is a great and highly drinkable IPA. Even after many, I wouldn't get sick of this one. Mouthfeel is particularly good as it slides down with a silky smooth flow, caressing your mouth as it goes down.

Overall = Two great Magic Hat brews in a row. This brewery can really be hit or miss but they certainly did right with Blind Faith. Highly recommended.

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

cool label. trippy.

solid orange pour with creamy, thick head. even ring of bubbles climbing up the edge of the glass. aroma is subtle yet very fresh grapefruit.. juicy. base malt presence adds a sweet character, nothing smoky or nutty here. clean.

first sip is like a vitamin c hard candy.. a tease of the juice that's inside. but before i can bite through and unleash it, that english bitterness hits me and sends me into orbit. exaggerated.. the bitterness is perfect and not at all extreme. cheek puckering hop oils noticed in the finish, and overall candy sweetness provides pleasant relief from the heavier, earthier beers of the fall. orange rind lingers with a base alcoholic tinge.

good example of the style, comparable to locally brewed english IPAs that i drink fresh on tap. just might be magic hat's most overlooked beer with mainstream potential. why #9 and not blind faith???

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,200 ratings.
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