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 SkunkWorks
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Look: light amber body with a thin, white head that recedes quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. Okay.

Smell: fruity, citrusy hops with some toasted malt and caramel.

Taste: pale malt, toasted malt, some caramel and floral, herbal and fruity hops with a hint of citrus. Some light diacetyl and yeasty flavors.

Feel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation at first but gets fairly flat fairly quickly, and a lingering bitterness. Could be sessioned easily enough but given the 6.2% alcohol content and the fact that I don't know if this is interesting enough to warrant a second glass, I don't think I'd session it.

Overall: meh. Nothing really stands out about this one and this beer is distinctly forgettable. Not as bad as some of the other Magic Hat beers but still a reminder why I never buy Magic Hat. I doubt I will get this one again. Cheers!

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

12 oz. bottle with a freshness date: poured a slightly hazy, copper with orange highlights. The foamy, off-white head lingered for awhile before dissipating leaving some intricate lacing.

If the color did not indicate a British style IPA, the flavor certainly will: spicy, earthy hops mixed with malty sweetness. There is a faint, bitter fruity aroma coming through.

The flavor begins refreshingly hoppy with a faint minty taste that nicely compliments the malts. In fact, this tastes quite a lot like Left Handed Brewing's IPA. The sharp tea-like flavors are noticeable.

Perhaps a little too thin bodied, the ale is slightly overcarbonated. The hop bitterness lingers on the palate before fading to sweetness.

After having so many highly hopped American IPAs, it is good to try a more subtle interpretation. The ale is very quaffable for 6.0 ABV.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
2.06/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this ipa is not even mediocre. minimal hop aroma. negligible hop flavor. and only a decent bitterness, which does not quite mask the metallic finish. i recomend choosing about any ipa over this one.

one good thing i can say is the alcohol is nicley balanced/masked by the malts and hops.

but, coming from a die hard hop head. this beer just does not do the hop justice.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All my cap says this time is 802. Don't know what it means and I'm a little disappointed there wasn't something clever this time. Oh well. Cloudy amber color with big 3-finger head on top with an aggressive pour. Head sticks around throughout the drink and leaves rings on the side of the glass. Smell is of some fresh, crisp hops and some sort of fruit. Orange or apricot? Smell isn't exactly what I was thinking from an IPA. Reminds me of #9 so far.

It has a really nice bitterness in the initial taste and it lingers on throughout the mouthfeel. Hoppy bitterness is basically the whole character of this beer, not yeilding itself to much more. Pretty simple and straightforward beer and I can't really say it has much else going on with it. Can't really fault it either because I'm enjoying the fact that it's a little more bitter than your average IPA but I guess I was expecting something a little more out there coming from Magic Hat.

Not a bad brew, easy to drink and one to just sit back and not think about too much, just enjoy.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Copper/amber in color, with a billowy head of dimpled off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint apricot and grapefruit
Taste-Upfront hopleaf bitterness,citrus peel, coarse, toasted malt, mineralness. Relativley clean finish. Seems to get more balnced as it warms. Grows on ya. Not bad.

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Photo of Kooz
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No glass available, so I drank it right from the bottle. Kept a thick head throughout, though that could be an artifact of the bottle drinking.

First thing I smell is hops, second thing is alcohol. At 6.2%, this is a pretty potent beer!

Tastes okay. I am not blown away by this IPA as I have been with others on occasion. It's okay, and not overly hoppy, which is great, but it doesn't have a lot of depth.

Mouthfeel is okay, nothing special. A little weak. Some bite but not too much. Just okay, really.

Overall, it's not a bad IPA, but I'd rather go with a few others.

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Photo of eporter66
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper coloring with 1/2 finger head and good lacing throughout the glass

S - Bready malty aroma, with some sweetness in the background

T - I like the bitter bite, but get more of the malty flavor than other reviews I have read. A mild fruity flavor falls in the background, overall a decent well rounded flavor

M - Medium body good carbonation

O - I like my IPA's with more of a fruit flavor, this seems to move the malt to the front. Still a good drinkable ale.

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Photo of Snow81
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light amber to orange

Head: Light tan head

Smell: Little malt with a bitter hop

Taste: Bitter hops with heavy sweet malt and a subtle heat with a little grass in the back

Weight: Medium to heavy body with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: Little bitter hops with some maltyness in the back

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite English ale-y. Maybe the better of what Magic Hat has to offer - it's really been awhile since I was active trying their beers. At the brewery is where their stuff tastes best...

Sort of a copper/red-amber color tainted with weak haze. Smattery, cottony head, sticky. Sweet crystal malt up first upon whiffing. Resiny, orange, silky-petal floral hops highlighting. You have to strain a bit to smell all this - imagination, in effect.

Take a quick sip - the dry(-)(,) hop finish makes the initial impression. Another sip - faint spiced Stages. Last stage - subtly syrupy malt and a citrus-pulp tang rush back late. Tasting that for the lion's share.

Lacking loveliness in my mouth. It's clean, lightly slick, medium-bodied - on the mark. A bit of warmth in my chest, leaving an almost pre-heave feeling, though - at its most extreme. Dry on the tongue like holding a small handful of dried whole hops flowers in your mouth for at least 15 seconds.

Hey, it's balanced. It works. I'd try it again.

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

This beer pours a hazy orange-amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, but is very faint. The taste is of grapefruit with a little orange, and some nice bitterness. There is some noticeable cardboard in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer seems stale to me. However, the date on the bottle reads June 30th 2011 so I'm not sure what to make of that. It is still decent, but I can't see myself drinking it again.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 20 April 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle
Drink-by date: 30 June 2011

Well I think I'm within the window of freshness for this beer. Poured gently for a 1-finger head, quickly reduces to film, lacing is sticky on top, runny on bottom, color is clear copper-orange.

Aroma is very bready with a homebrew feel. Touch of nutmeg and pine, but nothing extraordinary.

Taste is crisp and bready as well, with very mild pine hop flavors and a low-to-moderate malt backbone, with no accompaniment to citrus. The hops only bring out small amounts of bitter taste that transition into sweet malt flavors, and then it's time for another sip.

The mouthfeel is rather on the weak side for bitterness, but appreciable for the low ABV in this beer. Overall, this is a great sipper for the warmer days we're starting to see here in the northeast.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber gold, with a sticky frothy off-white head about 1/4" high. Reduces quite slow.

Has a sweet, citrus smell, with notes of floral honey and malt.

Has a nicely bitter taste that is not overwhelming. Decent citrus sweet, with a light fruitiness and very little malt. The bitter up front is mild, and remains throughout the sip ending somewhat dry.

Medium bodied, crisp and slightly dry, this is an easy, almost too easy, English IPA.

Enjoyable, if somewhat easy for an English IPA. It is almost like an EIPA with training wheels for beginners. Still, it is not offensive, and I would certainly have another.

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Photo of mothman
2.04/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Decent retention. Splattered lace. Color is a clear amber gold.

Aroma: Fairly muted. Not very hoppy. Bready malts. Biscuit flavors. Grassy hops.

Taste: Can't see this being a pale ale. Bready malts. Some pale malts. Grassy hops. Tastes like a macro lager kind of.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and dry. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry and sticky.

Overall, I wasn't really impressed with this one. Didn't taste much like any type of pale ale. Sorry magic hat, but this one wasn't very magical.

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Photo of BEERligerent
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

wow! i love the 6.2 ABV...
Just had to put that out there, haha
This is the first IPA for me and i have to say that it was pretty good.
Appearance was a lot lighter looking than it tasted, with a orange golden color which was very nice and eye pleasing. The head on this pour was approx. 1.5 to 2.0 inc. and held on for the duration of the drink. (which didn't last long lol).
Smelling this brew at first was spicy and of alcohol.
Tase was awesome for me i like the hoppy burst which doused the same sensation for mouthfeel (cant always have both).
Overall i would defiantly recommend this beer for someone new to the scene, it should open their eyes and taste buds for the spicy and hoppy beers.

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. The bring this beer back on occasion like it is a big deal ... it should have stayed a year-round beer. Have not had it in a long while so here we go.

Two fingers of froth with decent lacing on the glass, clear and bright brass color. Fruity, spicy and grainy mix in the aroma ... hint of alcohol and faint buttery smell from the yeast. Maltiness is a bit thin, the body is a little light for the style. Bitterness is there, fruity and spicy palate. Some maltiness which is dry for the most part, slightly biscuity. Buttery tone and leafy hop flavor in the dry finish.

Pretty much a hollow shell of its former self, it is ok ... just ok. There are many other IPAs that have raised the benchmark a lot higher than this beer.

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Photo of mnrider
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle--->Pint Glass. Freshness date on bottle. "Feast on Yeast."

A: Pours a nice copper with good fluffy white head. Retention is above average and the lacing is the same.

S: Great aroma of hops.

T/M: Hops dominate for sure. It comes in strong at first but then settles down to a great level of drinkability. A small malt finish that is clean and not that dry.

O: I seem to remember this brew being even more hopier, but I could be thinking of another IPA from Magic Hat. Still, this is one great IPA. If you like em hopy as I do, then this one is well worth a try.


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

This beer has a nice amber color with lighter red undertones good white head with good lacing the smell of aroma hops to this ipa. I would not expect anything less from and ipa especially from magic hat. The taste of this beer is not overly bitter like some ipas it is very well balanced. I really enjoyed the balnce of this beer. The beer was full bodied and overl this is a good beer to try and is a very good ipa

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

Pours clear dark orange in body with white bubbly head that leaves lacing. Aroma of spicy hops and lemon zest and vague apple skins. Tastes of spicy hops, slight veggies, some echo of citrus, bitterness comes through the finish leaving a lingering orange note in it's wake. Medium bodied with zapping carbonation. Drinkable but nothing special here.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

when it comes to english this looks the part perfectly. amber clear with a resinating carbonation. nice spotty lace and a resin pine and nutty nose. quite earthy and hints of subtle oils. a tad bit of apple and toffee even. quite a surprise and a magnificent render. probably even more interesting when it mellows out after about 4 months. the english should have one.

went great with brazilian black bean soup.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 6/29/10

Appearance: Nice orange/copper, perhaps a bit darker than the average IPA, fluffy head

Smell: Lots of hops in the nose - some orange rind citrus, floral notes - some pale/caramel malts in the background, and the typical Magic Hat yeast smell

Taste: Very, very interesting - claims to be an English IPA but I think it could pass for American because of the hop profile - citrus, herbal and floral hops - malts are nice, too, nearly amber with a nice sweetness that balances the hops - malts are biscuity, and there is something in the flavor that tastes woody to me

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, nicely carbonated

Overall: Very drinkable, good enough to be a year-round release (but of course, it's not)

This is my favorite thing from Magic Hat. It's an interesting and relatively unique IPA that should be available more often instead of some of their less-desirable brews... I hope this makes an appearance again this summer.

Update: June, 2011

I recently bought a six-pack of this year's Blind Faith. It makes me sad. It's almost as if Magic Hat forgot how to make the beer. The hops taste a bit off, and the malts are just terrible. It's like a watery, syrupy echo of what Blind Faith is supposed to taste like. I would re-review it, but I'm going to leave this review up as a memory of what this beer should be.

Update: June, 2012

What the hell is this? This year's batch tastes like watered-down malt liquor with some grass clippings thrown in. WHY.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, this one was serve in a pint glass during a magic hat tasting i had with my brother in law down at his apartment.

A - Poured a deep light amber with a smallish half inch or so head, that quickly faded leaving nothing but a thin film. No residual lace, and only a slight bit of visible carbonation.

S - Very sweet, lots of candied sugar mixed in over a nice citrus hops with a good malted back, very well balanced aroma.

T - Nice bitter IPA taste. A bit sweet, and definatly an east coast IPA as the the major harsh citrus hops were definatly not that prevelenet. An average IPA/

M- Very smooth, somewhat slick, not alot of carbonation on this. Not a very dry finish, taste did linger.

D - Fairly high on the drinkability scale as this was definatly a gulper. I could see myself throwing down quite a bit of these to be honest. Not bad at all but pretty average.

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

on tap: charlotte flying saucer

appearance: golden with a solid head retention

smell: soft hop aromas, not much

taste: balanced, not over hopped

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: not much hop flavor, a mild IPA, decent break from a hop bomb

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Photo of bamojr
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a very different IPA, as is usual with Magic Hat's style. It has a typical hoppy smell. It is quite bitter with the hops and not so well rounded with the malt, but still has a very good flavor. the bitterness makes it have a slightly worse drinkability than other IPA's i have had.

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Photo of tubdog13
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into your standard pint glass, has a nice burnt orange color and the look of an unfiltered wheat beer, light carbonation with minimal head and lacing. Smelled of fresh citrus hops and golden malts. First sip reminded me a lot of victory hop devil, great hop flavor with a bitter ending, good citrus/piney hop mix with minimal malt coming through. This is a very drinkable beer, could get a case and never be tired of blindly picking one of these out of the fridge. Leaves my mouth feeling quenched with a slight dryness on the tongue, recomend this to everyone to atleadt try once

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

*review from notes on 4/5/10*

Best before date: July '10

This IPA poured a burnt orange color, 1 finger of light tan head, and some nice lacing. I get some fruity and earthy hops in the nose, but not as much as the sweet, caramel malts. Its got a nice balance to the taste, the malts seem to be more upfront with a bitter, hop presence in the finish. Medium bodied, with a somewhat oily texture, and slightly below average carbonation.

I used to really like this beer back in 2004 / 2005...not so much these days. I know my palate has changed, but it really seems this beer has too.

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,207 ratings.
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