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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Ratings: 1,235 |  Reviews: 493
Photo of Braudog
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, this poured with the as-expected visuals ... bronze/orange with a thin white head. Oddly enough, the hoppy aroma reminds me of my wife’s hairdryer or a lady’s hair salon (but no it didn’t turn me off) ... but thankfully the flavors stray from that odd synapse in my brain’s smell factory. This has a solid, solid malt base with a light hoppy top-off, resonating citrus and pine. (#2681, 2/4/2007)

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - mildly clouded dull orange. A thin creamy off-white head rests atop, leaving a primary lace ring at the head's top height, and a mish mash of lace below that.

Aroma - grapefruit and malt with an edge of pine. Goes a little floral after it sets up. Somewhat lighter than average intensity but pleasant.

Taste - an understated malt base. Doesn't contribute much overall, moreso for the body rather than flavor. Citrusy hops predominate though they're a bit tame. Solid citrus and pine, quite tasty. The finish is partially drying, some hop bitterness creeping in. The English version tends to be more forgiving to the palate, not really sure if there should be any diacetyl element to the malt side.

Mouthfeel - could have a bit more body, but it'll do. Rather gassy, but the level works okay.

Drinkability - not exactly an IPA-light (or maybe I've been sampling too many DIPA of late). Regardless, I went through the other bottles rather quickly and had to hold onto this one until I could take some notes. A very sessionable IPA; a big shout out to beachbum for the trade. This beer kicked off the Great Christmas Wrapping Project '06, which went well. Sometimes you embark on such things with a bit of 'blind faith' that you'll be done before Santa's big night. We made it <aaahhh>...

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Photo of dickroop
4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
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 therica
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= medium-amber with a slight off-white head full of tiny bubbles, continued rimming and nice lacing.

S= florals, some hops-bitters evident, caramelized malts, a nice blend with slight grassy notes.

T= This one falls shy of ultra-hops bitters beyond reason, and is balanced with enough florals and malts to be a nicely balanced reasonably-bitter beer without pushing the limit. Very nice. I'm guessing that because the style is "English IPA" that they're using a massive amount of Fuggles rather than the currently fad US West-Coast Cascade and Nugget hops, thankfully. You won't find massive pine and grapefruit here, just a very nice IPA bitters, and properly balanced.

M= clean, no major bitter aftertaste altho somewhat evident and balanced with the other complexities. Some malt-caramel feel, slightly chewy, and definitely not watery either.

D= very drinkable if you like some strong hops-bitters presence without pushing the edge.

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Photo of wingman14
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden orange with a frothy white head. A very potent smell with a heavy hop bouquet with hints of citrus and some sweet notes. The taste is disappointing, not nearly as good as the smell. Starts hoppy and citrus and finishes sweet with very little bitter taste. This is a different brew, but I respect their venture. The mouthfeel is medium-light with a good carbonation. This is an easy drinker, a very inoffensive IPA (weak in flavor, but a good balance). I would suggest this for magic hat lovers or those who are afraid of IPAs. Enjoy.

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Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, caramelized malt, honey and tea.

T: The hops aren’t quite as pronounced in the taste as they are in the smell. They’re definitely there, but it’s a honey sweetness that dominates and shows the strength of the malt character. There are also flavors of caramel, tea and a hint of lemon. The sweetness stays in the after-taste with a touch of hops.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish has a little slickness to it.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink, not very filling, even though I prefer the American style IPA over the English style this beer is pretty good. It’s worth staying with for an evening especially if you like the style.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA poured a cloudy gold with some head and lacing- a sticky piney aroma was present, with some malted notes. The taste was not what I expect in an IPA- not much hop characteristic, very one dimensional in flavor and too sweet, the roasted caramel malt came on too strong on the back end. There was that signature macro-brew taste as well. Not too heavy, medium carbonation, fairly drinkable. Magic Hat needs another shot at brewing a quality IPA.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz. bottle courtesy of my friend nouseforotacon.

A - Burnt orange pour, head is nice and sticky and is off white, quite inviting and pretty.

S - citrus, pine, grassy, herbal and phenolic notes. smells awesome. kind of earthy as well.

T - Citrus, orange, bitter from the hoppiness, slight malty backing, slight lemon peel as well. Nice.

M - A little on the light side but does have some decent body to it.

D - I could drink these all day long. Perfect for an afternoon by the pool or thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of nadpolice9
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy orange-honey color without much visable carbination. Creamy white head that condenses but never goes away. First smell of this beer is very dank and floral. For IPA lovers, this smell is pretty close to heaven. Beer has almost a sweet beginning which works well with the floral aroma. Citrus notes fill your palet. The hop bitterness comes through at end of the beer, rounding out the complete hop flavor from floral to bitter. Mouthfeel is quite smooth for an IPA with appropriate carbinaton. For an IPA from an American micro, this is actually pretty drinkable as it is well balanced and not over-hopped. Really a great IPA, TASTY!!

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

A - Clear reddish/tan color with a light head...little retention.

S - Lemon/grapefruit is the backdrop to a very grassy/hoppy aroma. The citrus spark leaves a sweet note in the scent.

T - The sweet citrus comes out in the mouthfeel and lingers until the hoppy finish. There's no huge hop kick - not like HiPA at all - but the mild hoppy/grassiness combination tastes great.

M - Medium carbonation with a smooth hoppy finish. A light-to-medium body that goes down well.

D - Much more enjoyable than HiPA in the sense that the flavors form a great balance with the hops...there's no pure-hop punch (not that lots of hops are a bad thing!). Definitely keep your eye out for this one.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color with a white head and lacing. Smells of nice hops and biscuit malt. Tastes of biscuit and caramel malt to start followed by strong hops. Hops flavors are of juicy grapefuit and spice with other flavors I cant quite describe. Just a good IPA here. Tasty, well-balanced, and very drinkable. Grab a sixer some time.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a very thin, bubbly covering, a little of which sticks to the glass.

The smell is of citrus. Not much else to say about it.

The taste is citrus - orange, lemon and some grapefruit. A saltiness emerges that lingers. The citrus remains the focus until the finish, which has a sweet malt kick in it that gives it some belated balance. Although the hops dominate, they are not quite as flavorful as they could be.

It has a smoothness about it. But, it thins too much. Swimming hops without a full body to back them up. A bitter feeling is left.

It's a decent IPA. It could use more body and the malt is belated. Pretty good selection of hops, though. Not bad...

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Photo of Naerhu
2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Too dark amber to be a proper IPA. Pls. note that IPA stands for: india PALE ale. If its not pale, it should be called something else. Spittle like pure white lacing.
S - Very malty aroma with a bit of spicy floral hops.
T - Very floral, its like drinking potporri. No sweetness at all, despite strong malty (bread crust) backbone. Lime.
M - The dryness causes the perception of thinness.
D - Easy to drink, but definately my cup of tea (or pint of beer).

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Photo of AzAleC
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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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.82/5  rDev -20.3%
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 new2craft
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy, copper, amber color with a good 1/2" head.

Smell: Big hop presence with a hint of sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Hops dominate the taste buds before being hit with a smooth malty caramel taste that slightly offsets the hop bitterness.

This beer really impressed me. It tasted more like a freshly drawn tap beer. This IPA is perfect for a session if you enjoy your beers with a lot of hop flavor. Highly recommended.


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Photo of Absumaster
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber reddish color with a small, coarse head.

Smell of raw hops, a good resinous smell with blackberries.

Taste is dominated by hops. I can't determine what hops, but they are certainly spicy and very hoppy,resinous and give the beer a blackberry, aromatic taste. Is this Brewer's Gold or Bullion? Mouthfeel is dry. Light caramel and bitter, do I taste liquorice? A wonderfull beer, which is surprisingly in balance.

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Photo of Kendo
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been down on Magic Hat for a couple of years now. But a friend brought over a six-pack a couple weeks ago and left with one Blind Faith still in the fridge. Poured it tonight and realized "hey, this is a solid beer."

A copper/amber body with mahogany hints capped off by a foamy 2-finger light tan head that lingered nicely, leaving good chunky lacing. Some bubbles rise throughout, and the head had some staying power.

Smelled of grassy, piney hops at first sniff. But as it warmed the malt became more noticeable, presenting a better balance.

Taste was interesting, with caramel sweet malts up front. A moderate hop bitterness followed, but not too powerful or flavorful. It did, however, coat the mouth and make hops the predominant aftertaste. As it warmed the malt/hop dynamic became more balanced.

As for mouthfeel: decent carbonation and medium body.

A good, drinkable IPA.

Final notes: I actually preferred this beer more as it warmed -- in my opinion, it became a little bit more like a traditional English IPA as the flavors melded together and sort of "softened" the hops. In some ways I think it feels closer to an American Pale Ale, particularly when it's cold. Like I said, I'd been a bit down on Magic Hat lately, but a thoughtful, deliberate drinking of the Blind Faith surprised me and reminded me why I liked this when it first came out years ago.

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Photo of davidshamoon
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, copper brew whose head subsides to leave a trim, white ring around the glass, the Blind Faith doesn't look like much, but its aroma will give you a hint of what's to come. Sweet, crisp, hoppy, with the occasional whiff of a supermarket's produce section, I eagerly took a sip and discovered one of the most well-balanced IPAs I've ever encountered. A subtle aroma of mulched leaves highlights the Blind Faith. Lighter on the bittering hops, heavier on the finishing hops, this IPA is supremely drinkable -- even more so because of its fine carbonation. I drank mine without food to great results, but next time I think I'll have it with a meal.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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 laintringulis
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pubglass. Pours a light cranberry-orange color with moderate light beige head that dissipates quickly into a thin film. Moderate carbonation.

Smells strongly of spicy hops, pleasant earthy, citrus, and pine hops. citrus/grapefruit smells with a vauge sweetness.

Strong juicy grapefruit taste with very dry hops. Brief sweet malt to break up the hops. The pine and citrus hops are well presented and balanced. Nice spicy alcohol present, but I could not tell what the spices were.

No oiliness, nice "tart" dryness on the finish. Lingering taste in a good way. Light bodied. A little too light for me, but it is not water.

Very drinkable. Easy to drink and flavorable. Very solid offering. I had some on draft in the past, and if I remember correctly, I was much more impressed with the draft, especially regarding smell.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A - Hazy dark golden color with a decent sized white head with some nice staying power.

S - Nice hop aroma with some good citrusy notes leading the way along with some grassy smell.

T - A lot of bitterness. The citrus notes don't follow up from the smell as much as I'd hoped. Still some nice malt balances the beer a bit.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D - Pretty good. I expect more flavor after the smell but it still has a pretty good taste and goes down easy.

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Photo of jackorain
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Light amber to coppery in color, a little cloudy
S-There were the ominpresent herbal and citurs hops in the nose. The aroma was quite strong and quite pleasing.
T-hops were not as strong as in the nose, but there in spades. First hit with herbal and citrus hops in an oily kinda way. Malt begins to strike a balnce but doesn't cut all the way through the hops. The brew was alittle sweet though.
M-medium body at first but later seemed watry as the beer warmed up and cabonation disspated as I worked my way through the glass.
D-very good

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Photo of TheFeintingGoat
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, cap says "Don't play Tricks on those Thick as Bricks".

I'm a fan of AIPA's so I figure why don't I try Magic Hat's EIPA. And let me tell you...
Looks pretty good, especially for a Magic Hat Beer!. An amber/ochre hue that seems to glow from the glass and, what's this? Head? I thought I was drinking Magic Hat. Yes folks, it's there and it's quite formidable with nice rentention and good lacing.
Smell is understated. Hops and foam (yes, i believe this has a smell) waft, but never push.
You can smell the hops and taste the hops all the way through. However, they never assult your palate. They're there for you to enjoy and byconstructing the beer this way, it brings the drinker into the beer and not the beer into the drinker (well, i suppose it does that too, if you want to be literal). A bit of sea salt at the front really connects you with this type of beer's history.
Drinkability? Very drinkable. Subtle, yet not underhanded, a kind of muted ale that chameleons itself to whatever you happen to be eating/doing. My deductions for taste are because I don't think this would be as good as it is in the summer, in the winter. But right now? Pass me another six.

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 1,235 ratings