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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Was at a package store recently that didn't have a great selection and decided to pick this up. Used to drink the hell out of this beer in the early 00's, then it got discontinued and apparently it comes around seasonally now as part of MH's "IPA on Tour" series. Kinda had low hopes.

Pours nicely, smells like a good IPA should. A little bit malt-leaning, a bit of grapefruit and pine in the nose.

Nice balanced taste in the mouth, a bit biscuity. Finishes nice and clean, no odd after-tastes in the mouth. Good example of a New England style IPA.

I was a bit surprised that I liked this. I would drink this beer any time and am glad I picked it up.

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Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Dark hazy amber. Off white foam and decent lacing.Taste of grapefruit from the hops and some medium roasted malt. Not much else as far as smell/taste details in my notes. Sorry.

Decent but a little dull. Certainly not a great example of what this style could be.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, dark coloured amber with a decent yet surprisingly white coloured head. Creamier mouthfeel than I expected with a pleasant level of carbonation. Aroma of caramelized hops and malts. Flavour is of a very traditional British IPA. Malted barley and bittering hops.

Overall a pleasantly drinkable beer.

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Photo of thain709
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a muted orange-copper body with two fingers worth of rocky, white head...very nice retention leads to nice lacing

S - The aroma was a touch too light for my liking...there were some earthy hops present but not much else going on

T - Upfront there's a sweet caramel flavor...the caramel carries over to the middle of the beer and pairs with some bready characteristics...the hops come in towards the end and they are earthy and bitter...but they are leaving a strange aftertaste

M - Medium bodied...thin and almost watered down...not a lot of flavor...and that strange bitterness

O - Sorry for the short review, but there wasn't much to write home about...Magic Hat is always hit or miss for me and this IPA was a miss

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think pretty much all of Magic Hat beers are basically nonchalant, safe, and at times, quite boring. The only exception I have seen is Roxy Rolles. This beer, Blind Faith, is immediately forgettable.

Pours from the bottle with the barely distinguishable best by date of Oct something, 2011. Pours burnt amber in color with a small white head. One redeeming quality about this beer is its appearance which I have to say, isnt that bad.

The aroma is quite bready and biscuity, doughy, cracker-like, loads of caramel. Definitely English/East Coast, leaning more English (besides great futbol and Lucy Pinder, what is Enlgand famous for?). What hop presence that is present is represented in the quite muted English musty, earthy, slightly piney genre. Basically, the aroma is so typical of the style; nothing noticeable.

Tons of caramel and burnt toast in the flavor. Metallic earthiness. Very average. This one is kind of in ESB territory. And not a good ESB or IPA.

I bought a mixed case of Magic Hat for $20. For that price, I figured whatever lame beer that was insided was atleast worth $20. This mixed case is worth $20 and not half a crown more. This beer was forgettable and not very good. Became kind of cloying at the end. Blech.

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Photo of abtcabe
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The apperance it expected.

But the smell is very good.

It has a very odd and unpleasant after taste.

Nothing to really report about it's mouthfeel

I guess I just don't like IPA's. I bought this as a part of a varity pack. Wouldn't get it again.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Cooper ale in color with a thin, white, one-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice trail all the way down the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Mild hoppy aroma. Not the overpowering hop aroma that you normally get with these craft ipas. Mildly spicy and grainy fragance.

T: Similar to the smell, a mild hoppy flavor is followed by sweet mild malt, and hints of fruits.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Run of the mill ipa. Definitely not the best ipa I have tried nor the worst. Nothing really special or something I would grab again.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a deep brown/orange color, and somewhat cloudy. Head is nearly non-existent after a few moments.

Smell: Very floral hop presence (almost rose-like). Some bready malt character along with a very gentle citrus tone.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is light on the tongue, with some very detectable hop oils prevalent in the first taste. Hop flavor here is more to the bitter side, with very gentle grassiness. A moderate malt flavor without much sweetness provides a good base for the flavors to play out.

Overall: This is a good beer. I think it fits the category perfectly, and is a good example of what to shoot for.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark orange/brass color pour. Minimal head, but I usually will chalk that up to the bartender pouring a full pint. Kudos for that.

Aroma is light and earthy. Some dates and almonds. A touch of grapefruit or persimmon, can't quite put my finger on it.

A touch more malty than I was expecting, but that's true to style and not to my brain. Nutty but light in that department. Sweet, caramel/biscuit. Hops stir things up a bit, giving more zest and bite. This beer is good for conversation: you don't have to think about it until it's gone and you've talked for a long time while sipping. It happens

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Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind Faith opens with a surprisingly tame nose for an IPA: there are hops, yes, coming out of the bottle in light grapefruits, but at least an equal part of the emphasis is on malts, which bring fresh-baked wheat bread, brown sugar, and apricot notes to the party.

On the tongue, the beer is far hoppier than the nose foretold, opening with a good smattering of pink grapefruit and pine notes that come across in medium strength. These overlie a bed of fresh wheat flavors, including brown sugars, toast, biscuit, and apricot. Hints of pecan and Brazil nut shade the edges. In subsequent sips, the hops take on more of a grapefruit rind flavor (i.e. more tart and sour), and the malts are slightly plagued by the flavors of sucking on hay. The aftertaste is a continuation of the bitter hops, with light remnants of hay and toast, and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good mid-level IPA, bearing many of the trademark flavors and aromas of the style, but lacking such finesse and creativity as would set it apart from its peers.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange, traces of dark brown. Nice creamy 1 inch head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Some hops, malts, sugars, Has a wet grass smell. Not very impressive.

Taste - Mild malts and a pretty weak hop presence. Has a sort of watered down taste. Not much sugars or spices. Rather bland and weak.

Mouthfeel - Thin and not much of a challenge on mouth. Tounge gets a little bitterness. Palette is left intact. Aftertaste is a little malty.

Overall - Nothing special here. Too mild and weak, not enough complex flavors, and surely not enough hops. Malts are the one positive about this beer. Not worth drinking again.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has amber color body with 2"finger white head that doesn't hang around long. The smell is a bit light on the hops and a little spice. The balance of hops and malt is nice, some spicy notes comes through. A decent mouth feel. Overall a decent beer, it is not my favorite of magic hat IPA tour, but good though.

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Photo of BigMike
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Coppery orange with a tannish head of about an inch.

S: First aroma i get is almost butter like. Some fruitiness and spice also. Not a real appealing smell.

T: By no means a hop bomb. Hops actually take a back seat to the malts and yeast. Buttery biscuit like with a weird spice quality. A touch of fruit and bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is so so. Carbonation is fine. It's a bit on the thin side.

Overall: Not a good beer by any means. Wouldn't want to drink again thats for sure.

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

A: Pours a nice copper with orangish tones. 2 fingers of foam to start 1 finger hangs around through almost the entire beer. Pretty good lacing.

S: Spice, gingerbread, christmasy

T: Pretty good malt backbone, plenty of hops that dry out but not over the top hops. Some spiciness, bready. Pretty nice balance, enjoyable.

M:Good balance, wet to dry finish.

O: I enjoyed this. have not had it for many years. Last time I had it was on draft at the Mews Tavern in 1998? 2000?
Its a "more drinkable" IPA, by that I mean it has good balance, the hops are not through the roof, as such I actually find this quite a refreshing IPA.

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Photo of scootny
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice coppery burnt orange with a decent whit head. Some lace to decorate the glass and quite a bit of carbonation evident. Smell is mild with light toffee and malt. Some buttery notes as well. A sweet fruitiness and some citrus. Taste is more of the nose with a bigger buttered toast/biscuit component. Malt gives a nice grain center to a bright and leafy hop finish. Dry with long notes of hop oil and grapefruit skin. As it warms the malt gets bigger and gives a broader platform for the well done hops to shine. Feel is a little light but the carbonation is spot on with a touch of creaminess. Overall quite drinkable and delightful. Sessions well and better than the sum of its parts.

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

Ba Review #22
Served On: 7/30/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

Picked up a 6-pack at Mountain Liquors on route 15 at the Maryland & PA line. Price was around $10.00.

Look: Poured a typical IPA orangish color with a brown tinge. Body was somewhat transparent. Head was on the smaller side and dissipated quickly.

Smell: This beer smelled like an IPA should. Notes of citrus and pine. I also got some spiciness from the hops. A solid malt bill was also noticeable. Comparisons usually aren’t my thing, but the Sam Adams Latitude 48 came to mind here.

Taste: The taste basically matched the nose. A clean citrus at first, then a pine middle coupled with the spice. The aftertaste was rather dry with the spice lingering.

This is certainly not the most pungent IPA I’ve ever had. It would make a nice entry level beer for someone just staring out in the craft beer community (again, like the Sam Adams Latitude 48).

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Photo of Brutmasta
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Nice rust color hue to it, more of a yellow tint at the bottom of the glass, gets darker toward the head. Head lasted a good long while and left a decent ring on the glass.

S-Not as hoppy as I thought and hoped it would be, but also not flat, you could at least tell it was an IPA.

T-Begins with the traditional IPA hop bitterness, ends with some citrus and floral notes. Tastes like I'm drinking a flower, which is excellent.

M-Rather dry and smooth, finishes easily. Nothing above average in my opinion though.

Overall a decent and very sessionable IPA, great for a summer night outside with a group. The smell leaves something to be desired for an IPA though.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Freshness date marked, albeit smudgy and hard to read, on neck.

Pours a clear, pretty golden-orange. An off-white head laces well around the glass. Smell is super clean; high-tipped, mellow, leafy spices mixed with sugars. Taste has a fair amount of round caramel and butterscotch malts. Quite dry. Contained within is a more pronounced lite-grapefruit hop flavor. Finishes with more of the caramel. Only complaint is that the feel "stops short." Tasty and mildly complex..

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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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