Blind Faith | Magic Hat Brewing Company

Blind FaithBlind Faith
1,217 Ratings
Blind FaithBlind Faith

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: 1,217 |  Reviews: 491
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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Photo of riversider76
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber. Fluffy white head, with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is subtle. Pine hops are most noticeable. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is nicely hopped. Has a bit of a carmel apple thing in the finish. Did not knock my sox off, but worth a try.

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Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty fruity, slightly minty, quaffable IPA. One built for easy consumption. The breakdown:

Appearance: Pours a peachy color with a large of white head. The head fades to a frothy cap the lasts the entire duration of the beer. Sticky blotches of lacing are pasted firmly to the side of the glass.

Smell: fruity, with a hint of apricot along with toasted caramelized malts, and some terific pineapple grapefruit hop aroma. Very nice.

Taste: A rather zippy salty type flavor lightly prickles your palate with a nice hop bitter that makes me think of grapefruit and mint leaves. The caramel and butterscotch malts are in perfect counterbalance. The Finish is marvelously dry. The aftertaste lingers unendingly. As the beer reaches room temperature the Diacetyl come out more in the aftertaste. I must say I prefer this one with a bit of chill on it.

Mouthfeel: This medium body beer feels solid and sugary but plenty crisp around the edges.

Drinkability: Fantastic. This is a perfect drinking beer. It feel crisp and dry enough and is full of so much flavor. Well done Magic Hat.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of klewis
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a finger and a hlaf of foamy head. Bits of lacing.

S: A subtle smell with just a tease of floral hops.

T: Somewhat malty upfront followed by a mellow hops flavor and a kick of bitterness in the finish. Multi-dimensional. I like.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Despite having a strong preference for American style IPA's, I find this one quite enjoyable. This one has the subtleties of an English, but with just abit more hops than most. I would be very happy drinking this all night long.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, no freshness date. Pours a hazy dark copper with a nice foamy head that settles to a thin layer of white bubbles. Large caramel malt aroma and scents of hop oils. Light to medium bodied. Light caramel malt sweetness. A little fruity. Complex hoppiness, citrus, floral, grassy, finish is spicy. Leaves a light apple skin dryness on the back of the tongue. A pretty good IPA. Rather refreshing. Better in bottle than on tap.


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Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased while in Philly. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy coppery coloration. The head was a thin white coloration. The head was poorly retained on the beer. Rings of lacing cling to the glass.

Smell: The beer is a very pleasing pine resiney and grapefruit combo. The beer has just a whiff of earthyness.

Taste: The beer nicely pine hopped with a sticky grapefruit citrus. The beer has a good malty backbone proping up the hops. This beer was very pleasant in taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The hops really hung around in the mouth. The beer has a dry finish. The beer was very easy to drink. This is a highly drinkable and sessionable IPA.

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Photo of Freshie
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a pale amber colour with clear consistency. Light frothy head.

Cap= "What's the link between what you drink and what you think?"

Smells of light hops and some fruity sweetness.

Tastes of hops and some grapefruit. Very light carbonation, and little bite. A decent amount of flavor, but no "ummpphh" that I look for in IPA's. I think it's a little light for even a English IPA.

A nice IPA for the summer, light boodied but still flavorable.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Slurp Soup on a Sloop" is the saying beneath my cap.

Appearance: Fairly dark orange, amber color. Rather small head, very minor lacing.

Smell: Reminds me of an APA that I homebrewed a few months back. Big hops presence over an underlying sweetness. I can detect some grapefruit, and I think another reviewer is right on in saying there's a touch of peach here too.

Taste: Big hops bitterness up front, of course. A little grapefruit, but not much. Unfortunately, has the same disagreeable aftertaste that I didn't like in Magic Hat's APA.

Mouthfeel: Light-moderate mouthfeel, perhaps a little lighter than I'd prefer in the style. Carbonation seems right.

Drinkability: I like this a lot better than their APA, not that it means a whole lot. I guess one factor that keeps it drinkable is that you want to keep *drinking* so you don't experience the funky aftertaste.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Fluffy white head, lots of bubbles through a clear medium amber body; good lacing.

S: Hoppy: Mostly pine with some citrus; a bit of sweetness too.

T: An initial sweetness swept away by complex hoppy flavors. Very quickly I taste some maltyness, but lasting hop bitterness cuts it off before I get to enjoy it.

M: Good carbonation and fullness. My mouth waters after each sip.

D: Good, but a little bitter for a long session

A good beer, but I was hoping to taste more maltyness for greater balance.

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

First tasted in 1998, my roomate, his nickname is Homebrew, presented me with a growler and my view of beer was never the same. The beer that got me into craft beer..why not make it my first review?

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Label says "Blessed with Hops". "Money can't buy poverty" on the cap. Freshness notched at April.

Appearance: Pours dark copper with thin off white head, that quickly dissipates leaving lace.

Smell: A balanced aroma of hops and honey sweet malt.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel. The taste mirrors the aroma. The hop character is there but the maltiness covers up the bitterness. Honey sweet. To me this one tastes like #9 without the apricot flavor. Not as hoppy as I an used to it being.

Overall: This is my favorite offering from Magic Hat. An excellent sessionable IPA.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy amber iwht a small slighly tan head.

Smell. Earthy hops and a malts, small sweet raison smell (or dried plums)

Taste. Strong on the malt taste. Certainly an english style. Hop presence is moderate and earthy/woody. More dark fruit tastes, with some pepper. Aftertaste is dry and slighly puckering.

Mouthfeel is ok. Average body, good carbonation. balance is ok, but i not a big fan.

Overall, a decent english ipa. tasty in it's own right, but i just prefer american.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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 +5.9%
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 -2.5%
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 -18.4%
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 +1.7%
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 +18.6%
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 +11%
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 +19.2%
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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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 1,217 ratings
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