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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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange and almost clear, nice two finger head with staying power, sheets of lacing quickly slide down and rejoin the head.

I get a mostly fruity smell, along with a tinge of floral hops and some bready malts. It smells quite good.

Taste doesn't really follow the smell like I had hoped. It's kind of dryly bland and a touch earthy, but not bad. There's some fruitiness but it's not as flavorful as I'd have thought. There's little bold hops presence, there's more of a subtle overture, without the usual flavors that you'd expect from an English IPA. Malts are present but seem labored, like they couldn't quite figure out what this one should taste like.

Feel is pretty light and pretty dry. Carbonation is ok but light.

Overall I don't think this one measures up to other magic hat beers that I have tried. It's decent, but that's about it.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the smell I get is herbal grapefruity hops and some pine. The taste is crisp hops with a caramel bready malt in the middle and ending with the grapefruit leafy taste from the hops. It ends with a dry bitterness mixing with the dry sour yeasty taste I usually get from Magic Hat. The hops sort of take over the yeast though so it sort of differentiates from other Magic Hat beers. Its a very simple but effective IPA. It tastes like their HIPA but just slightly less bitter and more leafy tasting. The bitterness evolves on your tongue as you drink the beer more.

This is definitely the highlight of the Magic Hat 12 pack offering. As it warms the hops come out more and can really compete with some quality craft IPA's. It also tastes pretty unique because of the different yeast strain they use with the very leafy hop taste. I usually get very fruity and rich tasting IPA's but this is more crisp and herbal which is a nice break from the usual IPA. So pretty much if you want a bit milder but different tasting than the rest IPA go for this one.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a deep burnt orange. A small amount of head is present but disappears quickly. A hefty amount of malts countered with some citrus floral hop notes. Flavor is hops right up front. A lot of citrus but some subtle fruitiness with some mango and melon. The hops are backed by a solid toffee malt backing. A small diacetyl taste but otherwise balanced well. Finishes with a hop bite but it doesn't cloy. The malt takes over for the finish making this a beer I could grab a bunch of at the bar.

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

This is a pretty solid brew. Could use a bit more malt, other than that, this is good. Pours a hazy copper color...decent lacing and head retention. Pleasant scented and a nice hop nose. Very easy to drink, nothing offensive about this beer. Should be year round like it was, but still worth a shot.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, with best by date of Aug 31 2011 on the neck.

appears copper colored, with thick white head. decent lacing. aroma of biscuity malt with hops and a bit of fruit. similar taste. a bit grainy, but balanced. not bitter.

thin to medium body, medium carbonation. aftertaste is a bit soapy feeling.

overall, an average beer, but seems uninspired.

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

12 oz poured into tulip glass & enjoyed with a handmade flatbread pizza.

Pours a deep amber with meagerly moderate head. Aroma of earthy hops. Thats about all I could pull from the scent, no fruits or malts that I could detect. Seemed the hops overbeared everything else. This concept remained the same with taste. Quite bitter with not enough malty sweetness to balance it out. Dont get me wrong, i love hops & IPAs, but this one just seemed to be missing something in relation to balance.

Not a bad IPA, but nothing to rave about. I will enjoy the rest of the 6-pack in a session at the pool.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is same - grapefruit hops with hints of caramel, watery. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of nhindian
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a dark yellow, light amber color with a huge, 3-fingered, off-white head that is rocky and cavernous, with big bubbles and foam. The head retention is great, lasting for a while, and when it finally departs, a foamy cap lays in its wake. There is a steady stream of carbonation that can be seen through the body, and lacing is fantastic as well, draping the glass in it's foamy excellence.

S - The English yeast shines in the aroma, giving off smells of sweet, earthy malts, and a distinct nuttiness. The hops are a bit subdued, but what comes through is a nice citrus and pine. It's a very balanced IPA, to the extent that the malts shine at some points.

T - The taste follows up what the nose delivered. The taste begins with malt sweetness, with some grass, nuts, and slight woodiness. Some caramel from the malts lingers into the rest of the flavor, where it meets the relatively tame hops. The citrus has been toned down from the nose and what rises to take its place is a nice spiciness that mixes well with the earthy vibe that the front-end was delivering.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. This is a pretty inoffensive beer, in that it finishes rather clean and dry, and the spiciness from the hops is really the only lasting aftertaste. Smooth and easy drinking.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. To be honest, this beer really surprised me. I wasn't expecting much at all as I haven't had a Magic Hat beer in a while, but I was surprisingly content with this offering. It is obvious in its English influences, and it's balanced to the point of almost being too malty. But the flavors are nice and the 6.20% alcohol is completely absent.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.71/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright, mahogany color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Has a nutty, malty smell to it. The hops are a little subdued but there is a bit of a citrus smell here.

Taste: Pretty bitter up front with a bit of citrus flavor. Finishes malty and buttery with a strong metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and a little flat.

Drinkability: A fairly sub-standard IPA. The flavor is a bit weak and it has that unfortunate, metallic taste that pops up every so often in some of Magic Hat's beers. Magic Hat is pretty hit or miss for me with a few great beers, a few duds, and a lot of mediocre ones. This one's a dud (if only barely). Skip it...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saturday night and its alright....thanks Elton. Popped two Blind Faiths into my 500ml pint style glass and chilling whilst the rain comes down.

A - 4.0 it is clear amber in color with decent white head

S - 2.5 there is a hint of hop and slight citrus.

T - 3.5 it is a decent English style Pale ale. very easy on the buds

M - 3.5 the mouthfeel was nice could session if I had too

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

Pours with a generous head. Ample lacing. Looks the color of brewed tea. Not an overwhelming smell...some spice and bitter hops. Taste is bitter, hop heavy with not enough balancing malt. Not a lot of subtle notes in smell or taste. I'm not really picking up any of the nice citrus, floral, or grassy notes....just bitter. This one is just okay to me. I wouldn't seek it out, but I wouldn't refuse it either.

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Photo of bmwats
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber hue. Pretty heavy carbonation. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowyly leaving dry residue as it does. A little light lacing remains.

S: Piny with a little lemon and malt.

T: Nice and piny hops with just a hint of woody sweetness.

M: Bitter hops, dry finish, with a bit of a steely aftertaste.

D: Sip and enjoy. The hops will dictate such a pace.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Really solid appearance with a nice body and great head. Nose is not complex, but piny and malty. Flavor is bitter hops, sweet tone, and a dry, steely finish. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a spotty thin layer leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus hops (grapefruit) and some sweet malt in the background. There is also some piney hops and some light fruity esters as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malt and some light citrus hop and bitterness. Through the middle some piney hop flavors come through with some light fruity flavors as well. The finish is a mix of some sweet caramel malt and some bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp with some nice fruity flavors. The finish is a nice mix of sweet and bitter.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nicely balanced and the hop profile is pretty solid. Very crisp and refreshing, especially with the bit of fruit flavor mixed in.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: copper body, finger fluffy head, solid lacing

S: pine/grassy scent, mild malt

T: sweet pine, light floral, malt, light long bitter finish

M: light/med body, semi-dry finish, slightly slick

O: One of the better Magic Hat offerings.
Highly sessionable, earthy IPA fans will enjoy it.


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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer 5 of 5 at Magic Hat Sampling

Served in a pilsner glass

A : pours gold to amber with a thin head

S : fresh hoppy bitterness

T : nicely offset hops and fruit undertones

M : fast start, big taste, quickly dissipating

D : a good drinker for a heavier beer

the more IPA's I try the more I like

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Photo of bbeane
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into my DFH snifter... starts with somewhat weak head, though what head is there and recedes leaves behind nice lacing when it disappears. Beer is amber in color with light activity

S- First wiff is piney/resiny hops, but not overpowering. After some swirls of the snifter, the hops are accompanied by a malty sweetness making it seem a bit more balanced

T- Doesn't have the malty balance I'd expected, mostly citrus hops

M- Light carbonation with medium body... little creamy

O- It was decent tasting... easy to drink and somewhat sessionable, though overpriced imo


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

Served in a pint glass. Magic Hat Variety pack.

A: Hazy copper in color, white head with ok lacing.

S: Grapefruit, floral hops.

T: floral/citrus hops with caramel in the back.

M: nice carbonation, creamy palate.

D: not bad HIPA of Magic Hats was better, but this is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of weller1js
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a healthly brownish-amber, clear with bubbly off-white foam, well-carbonated.

smell: smell of hops are somewhat subdued, but still very floral and sweet, yet slightly piney as well.

taste: begins clean adn fresh, with the hops becoming present very early on, tangy with a slight piney-ness, persisting to a tangy lingering at the finish.

drinkability: very surprised at its quality characteristics, definitely above-average for Magic Hat, very good.

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

from 12 oz bottle with a BB 063011 on neck of bottle

A-pours a hazy copper color with a fresh off-white head with nice lacing on looks very good

S- was bready malts with citrus floral hops some t

T-was some nice floral/citrus hops followed by some toffee and caramel a nice bitter hop is balanced by sweet caramel

M- nice carbonation with a creamy smooth palate that leads to a nice citrus hop ipa with a sweet finish

O- i was surprised at how good this one was ..i was not expecting much..its a malt first ipa but has great bittering hops addition that was tasty

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +11.6%
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 -41.8%
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 -0.3%
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 +11.6%
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 -20.1%
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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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 1,226 ratings
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