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 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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Photo of Ralphus
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy rusty brown color with a soft soapy head that leaves gobs of lacing down the side of the glass. The head sticks around which is a very nice thing to see.

The smell is of soft malts with a hint of piney hops. Fairly light in volume.

The taste has the amplitude bumped up. Lots of sweet malt gives way to bitter and aromatic hops and it comes together very well with a lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Super soft, silky smooth. Hell it tastes like cask.

Drinkability is very god.

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

Wow. Hops, hops and more hops.

This EIPA pours to a loud, stinging orange color with good frothing. Hoppiness hits the nose as you lift the glass and it keeps on running. Mild citrus flavor with some peatiness but this one is all about the hops. Great mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and a lingering bitter smoke-effect.

It's not for everyone, but a very good back-to-the-basics EIPA, particularly as compared to its other bottled contemporaries.

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Photo of shand
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle marked best by August 13th into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Goddamn, this is one perfect looking IPA. Pours a very deep orange with two fingers worth of pillowy head. The lacing is absolutely perfect and the head retention is great. Can't ask for more from the style.

Smell: Citrusy hops. It's an IPA, no bones about it.

Taste: Citrusy (lemon and orange) hops are front and center here, but they're well-tempered by some malts that come in just a bit later. It's pretty accessible for an IPA, it's not overly bitter but you can still taste the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated - a refreshing IPA.

Drinkability: Stellar for an IPA. The balance in the bitterness makes this much more drinkable than most IPAs are.

It's a shame this is a limited release, not to come back until whenever the hell Magic Hat feels like bringing it back. I'd session the hell out of this, but I only got my hands on three bottles that I've been clinging to ... this is my last one.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark orange cloudy beer.

S- Smell of hops and spices.

T- Hoppy but not bite no citrus notes very low key.

M- Semi-dry graining and boozy.

D- I though this beer bee pretty good cuz it.s a IPA and man I was wrong. This beer sucks and I was hoping for sop much more.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fluffy two finger white head. Hazy copper colour. Little bit of carbonation.

S - Mild citrus. Nothing else.

T - Mild citrus moves to bitter finish that lingers nicely but honestly that's all I get. Light flavour seems appropriate for the style but could use more breadiness.

M - Lightish body which is decent but seems to lack for the style.

D - Good, but there's no balance to speak of.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Nov. 30, 2010. Thanks for that!

A pretty copper colored beer, obviously bottle conditioned based on the dregs...which I poured resulting a a fairly hazy appearance that is not at all unpleasant. A thin but dense tan head leaves an almost solid ring of lacing around the glass.

A nice citrus-spice hop aroma...just smells sticky (is that possible?). Hop spice balanced nicely by some caramel sweetness. Nice overall effect on the nose. Taste is really a nice mix of citrusy spicy sweetness, hops turning bitter in the middle, alcohol warmth and bitter hops linger on the tongue through the finish and they stay around for a spell.

Medium body, well carbonated but still somewhat slick in the mouth. This is an easy drinking IPA that would certainly creep up on the un-expecting.

Dig glad to find this beer!

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--Orange, hazy, small white head without much retention. The beer itself is a beautiful orange color which I really love. Love the way this IPA looks.

S--Cloves, herbs, orange with mildly sweet with slight bitter hops smell. Overall pretty good.

T--Light hops taste, not overpowering; oranges, grape fruits and other great fruit taste. This is the way IPAs should taste.

M--Easy down, not much sting with each drink. Very smooth, which is refreshing when drinking an IPA.

D--Like I said, it's easy down. Drinking a bunch of these wouldn't be a problem for me. I really like this brew. That's surprising because I normally find the Magic Hat brews to be mediocre at best. Good job, guys.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up in a sampler 6. Poured a hazy copper with thick white head. Great retention and lacing. Smell of citrusy hops and some mild bready malt. Taste the citrusy hops up front.. almost an off-metallic taste in there but it somehow works. Esters cling to the mouth. Malt comes to balance at the finish but is choked out by the hops. As far as middle of the road drinkable IPAs go, this is great.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a drink by date of October 2010 notched on label

Magic Hat Blind Faith poured an amber color with a thick frothy slightly off-white head that formed good lacing all down the inside of my mug as I consumed it. Aroma is of citrus and grassy hops with light malt in the background. Taste is dominated by citrus lemon and grapefruit with a slight malt kick that helps keep the hops in check. Mouth feel is to the lighter side for an IPA with the carbonation under control.

Not being a hop hound...I like this IPA as it is not over the top in bitterness.

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

Nice cloudy copper color clor with a sustained film of foam and good bubbling.

The nose makes me think of caramelized oranges...whole. The the citrus from the hops dissipates and you get more toasted caramel malts than anything else in the nose.

There is bittereness to this brew, but not sharp or "hop bomby" in any sense. With bitterness subued a little, the caramel malts and heavy toasted white bread crust flavors come through pretty strong. Just like an EPA should taste, malty and sublimely hoppy in comparison to its American counterpart.

Slightly oily feel to the palate, but the carbonation help cut through that a little. I like how the bitter citric lingers in balance with the sweet caramel malt after each sip.

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

Pretty standard IPA from Magic Hat is my initial review - it lacks the major intricacies to make this a special drink, but its also pretty good for the style.

Poured into a tulip glass, this beer brings big time, bright white, head. Golden amber appearance, really looks like your standard IPA. Nose shows a bit of the hops - earthiness and spice in the scent.

Taste is pretty light, nothing overly hoppy, but pleasant. Light body, that balances fairly well with a fairly citrus and earthy flavor. This beer is drinkable, and but it doesnt really pair with anything and isnt aggressively good.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, best by 11/30/10, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A straight pour fills the tulip half with clear amber liquid and half with a majestic 3-finger head of creamy off-white foam. Stellar retention and lacing. I have to admit, this is a truly stunning IPA in appearance.

S: It's plenty hoppy, but boy what unpleasant hops they are (Apollo and Cascade according to the box - since I've enjoyed plenty of Cascade-heavy beers in the past, I have to assume the Apollo is responsible for the weirdness): curry-like spice, earthiness, and some margarita-like lime zest. Weird.

T: A little less out-there than the nose, with caramel malt, spicy citrusy hops and a very bitter, astringent finish. Super spicy and sharp; interesting, but not especially pleasing.

M: Smooth + watery with very light carbonation. Weak.

D: My buddy got a sixer of this to split, and I may well be going to the store myself instead of drinking another.

Notes: As much as I dislike Magic Hat in general, the gorgeous appearance of this beer genuinely made me want to like it - I thought it might be the surprise brew of the year. Then I smelled it. I've got to say, having homebrewed a bit, that it really isn't that hard to brew a hop-forward beer that at least smells good. Magic Hat failed. Miserably. I only tried this beer because someone else bought it, and I would advise anyone reading this review to look elsewhere if you're in need of a hop fix. There are far too many great IPAs around to waste time or money on this one.


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Photo of Franz4
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured vigorously from the bottle, accumulated about a finger head that quickly dissipated, very nice, deep copper color.

S- Very nice aroma that is hard to place, slightly piney, but mild.

T- Complex blend of flavors, that starts off floral, then gives a hint of pleasant malty sweetness that then leaves a hoppy aftertaste

M- slight carbonation that was pleasant and not overpowering

D- Probably a favorite of mine for a "1 beer night," complex enough to keep you entertained but I don't think I'd pick it for a session beer.

Overall probably my favorite Magic Hat brew-

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Coalhouse Pizza's Magic Hat Brewery Dinner in Stamford, CT, paired with low-country shrimp and jalapeno jerk cheese grits.

Pours yellow-amber with no head and a slight lace ring. Aroma is big - cascade hops that smell quite fresh and fruity, apples and pears that continue the fruit theme (though not as prevalent as the hops), and a light caramel malt to round out the body. Taste is dominated by apollo and cascade hops up front, and throughout the body - while the fruit flavors and malt come through a bit, they are overpowered by the hops and I wish they were a bit stronger as they contributed to a great aroma. Hoppy and smooth IPA mouthfeel, enough bite to be refreshing but nothing extraordinary. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer and a solid IPA.

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

A: Pours a rich hazy copper color with frothy off-white head that fades very slowly. Leaves some clumpy lacing down the glass.

S: Nicely balanced aroma of citrusy hops and carmel malt. Hints of orange and lemon zest come through with some bready notes.

T: Bready with a blast of carmel malt upfront. Then a big wave of citrus hops. Grapefruit and lemon zest are prominent. Nice earhtiness with faint herbal notes. Well crafted and balanced.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

D: This is a well crafted brew, and one of my favorites from Magic Hat. The hops seem mask the ringwood flavor thats prominent in many of their beers. It's nice to see them release it again, but they should make this part of their year round line-up.

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Photo of mash4077
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz to glass, 'Seize The Cheese' under the cap.

A- A dull, cloudy amber, bordering on light brown, with a nice finger of off-white head that takes its time.

S- Nice balance on malts and hops in the nose, smooth citrus scents. Pretty simple, but nice.

T- Creamy, laid back, only a little hoppy. A little citrus, a little vanilla in the malts, some very restrained smokiness. The hops hit as more sour than bitter in the aftertaste.

M- Best part of the beer. Great body, creamy and silky.

D- Worst part of the beer, not awful, but not even great for the style. The aftertaste doesn't make me want to take another sip.

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Photo of TheHopMonster
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try something new form Magic hat so I picked up a six pack of this stuff and seeing as im an IPA/Hop freak this sounded right up my alley.

The bottle itself is very attractive with nice art work and a funny little saying under the cap just like most magic hat bottles.

The pouring of this ale revealed an burnt orange color with a fingers worth of foam that lasted only several seconds but when you hold the glass up to the light you can see the sediments in the beer giving it the distinct unfiltered aspect that I love in an ale.

The aromas were of citrus hops and sweeter malts that gave a very clean and enjoyable smell.

The taste was better than I expected to be honest. It was basically a hop fest. It overwhelmed me with a bitter first impression but after drinking it for a few minutes you begin to notice the citrusy notes from the hopes along with a very enjoyable after taste that seemed to linger for a long time in between sips. Very drinkable with moderate alcohol.

An enjoyable brew from Magic Hat. Excellent balance of hops. Not too over powering but enough to let you know that your drinking an IPA.

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

A glaring omission in my review list as this is one of the first craft beers I can recall trying. Wasn't too keen on hoppy beers at first so I don't think I thank much of Blind Faith at the time.
Upon revisiting, I can't say that I now love this beer but I can appreciate it for what it is.
Clearly on the maltier side of the IPA spectrum with some mild fruit notes in the flavor profile. I'm getting some hints of berry and nectarine as far as the fruit goes. The malt has a biscuit type thing going on. The hop character is mostly grapefruit in nature; it's the kind of thing I tend to find off-putting if not done right but it works pretty well here.
A dependable sort of beer.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Taking a ride on the magic hat ipa tour. Everyone gives props to the magic hat ipas, so we will see

A- pours a hazy golden amber with a strong head. There is a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. It definitely has an ipa look

S- a generous amount of floral hops that mingle with caramel, pears, and even some apples. There is a balance in the scent with a sweet malt smell as well

T- the taste stays in tact with the scent as well. A fantastic dry hopped up flavor of floral and caramel tones. This is tasty

M- crisp and creamy

D- blind faith is arguably one of the best magic hat brews ever. This is so tasty and even easy to drink. I can slam a sixer without even knowing it

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Photo of joefuzz
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours light copper with a white one finger head. lacing is good the whole way down.

S- Big hops in the nose upfront with some banana and citrus notes

T- wow theres some hops in this magic hat which is surprising. Very nice hops with a nice sweet malty base.

M- Feels like a good ipa should not to thick not to thin.

D- Makes a good session beer managed to to drink a few in one sitting.

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Part of the 2010 summer sampler pack.

A: A dark orange color with some brown hints. A nice one finger white head leaves lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops with a hefty malt sweetness and some grassy earthy notes.

T: Citrus hops start with lighter flavors of lemon, pineapple and grassy herbal notes. The sweet caramel and toffee malt keep the hops down and provide a large malt backbone that stays through the finish. A bit buttery also that stays smooth. Hops kick for a bit of bitterness at the end. Very drinkable.

M: Medium, sticky, bitter with no alcohol flavor.

D: High, very drinkable and easily enjoyable. Have a couple.

Overall this beer was solid, one of the better Magic Hat brews I've had. I'm not a huge fan of MH, but this beer was solid (not a superstar though) and one that I would drink anytime. I found this one the most enjoyable of the summer pack and would drink it anytime.

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,211 ratings.
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