Blind Faith | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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

Slightly creamy off white head that gives after a moment. Very little condensed lace. Glowing copper/light auburn in color.

Bright, floral hop aroma with a few spices and a hint of lemon. Semi-sweet caramel nose as the backbone of the floral hops.

Mildly bitter caramel maltiness quickly overtaken by a burnt floral hop flavor; grain-like and earthy hop-feel. The caramel bitterness and sweetness come in and out of the hop profile. A moderate bitterness with hints of lemon and burnt floral hops in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; the dark bitterness gives this IPA a heavier mouthfeel than other versions of the style.

A smooth English IPA with a nice hop flavor. Quite drinkable as the hops are balanced well with the malt character. A good choice to fill a growler with.

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

12 oz., best before April. I hope that means next April, not 3 months ago April. Pours an amber/chestnut with a 1 finger tan head that leaves moderate lacing. Smells buttery/nutty with caramel but not much hops. Tastes nutty with caramel, biscuity malts, pine/citric (grapefruit?) hops, and maybe some spices. It has a pretty good bitterness, I'm guessing 40-50 IBUs. The malts and the bitterness are up front and the flavor of the hops hide behind that. It is kinda tingly with a medium body and is pretty good despite the age.

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Photo of Naes
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is copper brown with a medium sized white head (lacing is minimal).

The aroma is dominated by hops and is a bit earthy with citrus hints.

Taste is mild for an IPA. It starts with a blend of hops and a bit of malt then finishes with nice hop bitterness.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and is carbonated well.

Drinkability is high. It’s nice and refreshing on a hot day.

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

This poured with a huge light tan head. The color was a semi-cloudy orange/amber. It gave off a good hoppy nose. It had a medium mouthfeel with a decent hoppiness in the mouth. The finish was dry, bitter, and very hoppy. This is a good example of an IPA.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean copper colored beer. Has a big foamy beige head with some nice lace. Nice floral hop boquet with some grapfruit and peppery notes and a hint of caramel malt in the background. A peppery hop bite at first followed by a smooth caramel malt sweetness. The finish is back to the hops with a light grapefruit zing.

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a short and sticky white head. Floral hops dominate the nose with fainter aromas of lemon zest and yeast. Taste begins with a sugary sweetness and maltiness followed by notes of citrus and bitter hops. A raw hop flavor remains in a lingering aftertaste. An easy drinking beer—nice on a hot day.

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Photo of Franchise
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice clear amber color, it leaves a tan lace that sticks to the glass for a long time. As I smell the beer it smells like honey, lemon, floral essence and maybe plum fruitiness. Umm this beer has a great hoppy explosion, with a slight malty after taste. I taste a sweetness from fruit or honey and it also makes this beer go down nice and easy. This is a good beer, one that I will come back to again.

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Photo of jakester
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a sampler case. 12oz. bottle. Expiry date clearly notched on the label. "Blessed with Hops" on the label.

Poured a deep copperish/amber with a 1/2 finger off-white head, which dropped very quickly to islands and a ring. Some carbonation is evident. Oddly, not much lacing at first, but picked up as I drank. (warming?)

Aroma is strong spicy/earthy hops, with strong toffee/brown suger malts. Pride of Ringwood yeast? Smell dry, if that's possible.

Flavor is crisp, clean pale malt, with a good hit from bitter hops. Strong earthy/grassy hop flavor fills the empty spaces, and lasts a long time. This IPA tastes pleasantly different!

Mouthfeel is tingly carbonation, followed by a dry, bitter, long lasting finish. Some hop resins on the tongue.

Very surprising beer. It has a prominent bittering, pleasant hop aroma and flavor, good malt for balance, and hidden ABV. Poundable, but look out!

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Photo of ITK4ever
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad IPA, but not the best. It'll do in a pinch. Not as strong as most IPA's and I felt a little ripped-off after reading the label. Blessed with hops??? maybe....just not enough of 'em. Nice color, hoppy nose, but the taste doesn't follow. I was expect something a little more bitter. I would call this an entry-level hopped beer.

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Photo of HopMaster
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uninspiring as an IPA, but still a good beer. I would not seek this beer out, but I also would not turn down a pint.

Appearance - Deep gold / light amber color with a light head that disappeared quickly.

Smell - Slight hop aroma, but not as fragrant as one might expect from an IPA.

Taste - Nice hop - malt balance, but lacking in the traditional stronghop flavor and bitterness of an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Nice mouthfeel and the correct level of carbonation. The body was thinner than most IPA's.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink, especially for an IPA. Almost more like a Pale Ale. It could be a good session beer in the right circumstances.

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Photo of clvand0
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sulldaddy for sending this my way. Pours an orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a solid caramel malt character with a bit of spice. The spices come through a bit stronger in the flavor with the caramel bringing the backbone to tie things together. Medium mouthfeel and easy to drink. Tasty.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to clvand0 and sulldaddy for bringing this my way. It pours a hazy orange with a finger of head that falls to coat the brew. The nose is nice, with nice peppery and spicey hop with an underlying caramel malt. The flavor is very on with the nose, with a spicey hop and a slightly grainey caramel malt. The feel is moderate, wtih a moderate carbonation. I like this brew. The flavors and the nose are nice. Good summer brew.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber topped by an off-white head that leaves sporadic lacing behind. Carbonation visually aplenty. Alkaline in smell, something sour, and very earthy/woodsy. Taste is a sharp citric tang that rips right through your mouth. In the middle, some English ale fruitiness combined with some sulfur. Crystal malts come through just barely. Finish is mouth-puckering. Very dry in taste. Medium bodied and carbonated tightly. Feels prickly on the tongue yet remains smooth. Easy drinking stuff but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty to look at - medium amber color , steady carbonation and a gooey off white head with good cling and retention.

The aroma is...almost non existant. There is a faint earthy , herbal smell and a bit of malt sweetness along with some not so appropriate butterscotchy notes. Not very IPA-ish to me. Im being kind giving it a 3.

Flavors are subdued - watered down. Some malt comes thru up front as sourdough bread, and the slight sourness continues throughout. Sharp metalic flavors take over quickly and the initial sweetness is swallowed by strong bittering ...balanced by nothing.

Very thin in body for style , even for and English IPA, and lacking any residual sweetness to back up the boiling hops. This beer just seems thin overall and very over attenuated. IMHO, this and Harpoon IPA are more Pale Ales than IPA's , and I would enjoy them more if they were, simply because I wouldnt be expecting the "more" that a well made IPA provides. Having said that, I understand it is not meant to be an American ie; West Coast style IPA and its a decent session beer and more than simply drinkable.
It lacks the balance, complexity and "Bigness" of many of the IPA's available these days.

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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 Wonka
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

¾ pint
Please drink by end of month notched - February
Air blew out in a rush at open

Appearance – slightly opaque dull orange/light dose of brown; tremendous billowy white head that remains throughout; no carbonation in body after pour; really good terraced lace

Smell – sweetened tea with lemon; spicy; bit of caramel

Taste – smacks you in the mouth with hops from start to finish; light dose of caramelish malts; brutish and lasting orange rind aftertaste

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – barely any carbonation setting for a light to medium body; really easy to drink despite parching close

The drinkability, head and of course the hops are most striking. Blind Faith is a hop bully in liquid form.

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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 tgbljb
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color with beautiful long-lasting head. The hops attack your nose with each swirl. Taste lingers in the back of your mouth and and has just enough bite to make you want to drink more. An excellent IPA and a great offering from Magic Hat

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Photo of boatyard
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber carmel color, with a pretty white head. Very estery, smelling of citrus, and a flower shop. once you take a sip of this puppy and let it sit on your tounge a bit those hops come out and get you. not over powering hoppiness, however a good example of a hoppy IPA. This is an excelent offering from Magic Hat. Feels so good in your mouth with a bit of maltyness, followed by grapefruit sensation. leaves a nice aftertaste in your mouth kinda like a floral thing. it leaves a slight lacing, and isn't overly carbonated. This is good stuff.

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

Radiant tangerine with contrasting sunshine yellow highlights. The beer becomes noticeably darker and more blurry when the final few ounces are added to the glass. The head, midway between eggshell and beige in color, is firm and is tacky enough to deposit lace that looks like thick paint daubed on with a sponge.

The nose is nice and hoppy with notes of grapefruit and orange zest (Cascade hops) with an underlying sour, earthy pungency (Ringwood yeast). I'm not a devotee of that particular yeast strain, which is why I'm usually less than enthusiastic about Magic Hat beer, but it's covered to a sufficient degree by the hops. As I hope it will be on the palate.

It is. Blind Faith isn't a hop monster by any means, but it is hoppy enough to get the job done; both the job of covering the yeast and of tasting good. The Ringwood is still noticeable, but it's more an integral part of the flavor profile than an annoyance; due, I believe, to the bitterness of a relatively high alpha acid hop (Warrior).

A sufficient amount of malt with a toasted caramel flavor puts the beer into the English pale ale category (I guess) even though two true blue American hops are in use. It's modestly sweet early with bitterness interceding just prior to the midway point of each mouthful and dominating through the finish.

Blind Faith (sorry, I couldn't find any really choice lyrics) is a good IPA and is my second favorite Magic Hat beer behind Hi.P.A. Ringwood yeast is such a polarizer, I'm surprised that the brewery persists in using it. What do I know though? They're a successful commercial operation and I'm... not. Yet another good brew from far333.

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Photo of ski271
4.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was quite surprised to see Magic Hat beers at the little bottle shop near work and had to buy one. Went with the blind faith since I’ve never had it before. I was also in a bigtime mood for a good IPA and I wasn’t let down.

This beer is a copperish amber color with a medium-sized, rocky, off-white head that diminished before the first taste but left a decent amount of lacing 2/3 of the way down. The aroma is marvelous! Right up my alley. Strong hops over a good malt backbone. A little sweet-smelling with some yeasty bread (especially after it warms up a bit) and a hint of caramel under the solid fruitiness of the hops. The taste is surprisingly rather malty. Well, I guess it’s not THAT malty, but more so than I expected from an IPA. It has a nice fruity and slightly grassy taste and a bit nutty. The finish is where you know that it is definitely an IPA. The malt sweetness fades away leaving a lingering hops bitterness that stays around for quite some time, along with a little bit of yeast. And about 5 minutes after finishing the bottle, I had a little bit of a soft pretzel taste in my mouth. The mouthfeel is very nice, mildly astringent on the finish, the body is medium, medium carbonation. The aroma was what really sold me on this beer, and I’m not sure why. A very satisfying ale!

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer in a Magic Hat This 'N' That variety pack.

It poured very nicely, with about an inch-and-a-half thick off-white head. The beer itself was rather dark and somewhat translucent. The smell was stronger than other beers I had that evening in terms of hops, but it was pretty moderate. It suggested that the beer would be somewhat crisp and bitter.

The taste was somewhat bittersweet, with more hop character than sweetness. It was, however, very pleasant to drink. On the tongue it felt warm and bitter; most likely this was due to the slightly higher alcohol content.

It was very drinkable. It doesn't weigh you down. One must pace oneself with this one, though, because at almost 6 percent alc. by vol. one might catch a buzz faster than with other beers.

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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 whartontallboy
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a small, quickly-receding white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is hoppy with some ester notes and a bit of malty sweetness; nicely balanced.

Tastes is really good. Hoppy bitterness that isn't overwhelming, with some distinctly fruity and malty feel in there as well. Well-constructed and well-rounded; the "blessed with hops" on the bottle made me worry this might not be too balanced.

Mouthfeel may be the strong suit of this one; plays perfectly on the tongue with just a bit of bite and couldn't be much more smooth and inviting.

Overall: Everything seems to be in pretty even proportions here, which makes it a nice alternative to a lot of the big hoppy double IPAs I've been drinking lately. Good interpretation of the English IPA, definitely worth trying.

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,195 ratings.
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