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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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Ratings: 1,222 |  Reviews: 492
Photo of aahynick
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

40F in a pilsner glass

A- copper with a large, fine, white, long-lasting head

S- spicy, hoppy aroma

T- moderate bittrness

M - medium body

D- a very nice ipa that is easy to drink

I like this one and have often contemplated making the knock-off

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Photo of jhammel01
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery amber with a good looking head with plenty of healthy lacing. Beer is a little bit cloudy but not unfiltered looking.

Smells of nice oily hops and some bready character in background. not bad! Malt too.

At 1st sip you'll taste the hop oiliness again with plenty of crisp citrus flavors, some bready bite, spicey, earthy...Its really good! Those cascades are really kicking in this one...Nice and fresh.

The IPA is medium bodied, smooth tasting beer. Plenty of ice bubbly carbonation...

Its fairly well balanced but again..it's an IPA so hops are very prominent. I enjoyed this one!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber and orange color, below average head and carbonation. Aroma was decently hoppy, the taste was a bit of a letdown after that.

A bit of citrus, but seriously, where are the hops? Is this one of those not west coast ipas from back in the day that use to rock the sox off the jersey boys or something? Seems commonplace and heavy on the malt and wood. It isn't a bad beer, just has big expectations, and it didn't meet them. Pricey for what it is.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a SA pint glass the beer was a dark amber color with a thick, off-white head. A smidge of lace.
Aroma mostly of citrus, maybe a little bit of sweet malt.
Grapefruit taste, almost exclusively so. The malt I thought I detected in the nose just wasn't there.
I just couldn't appreciate theis beer as much as I wanted. Maybe too unidimensional. It was OK, but didn't do much for me.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind Faith poured a dark amber color, with medium sized head that stayed with the beer throughout. It had a little bit of a hoppy smell, with a bit of a strong alchool taste. It had a smooth taste, where the hop flavors, and alchool flavors balanced out. Not as hoppy as otheer IPA's which is a shame, but still a very good and different taste. It was rather easy to drink, and had a strong overall flavor. Overall a differnt take on an IPA, some may find this dissapointing, but overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of Dodt
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a clean pint glass
appearance amber color with a medium head
smell of a combination of hops and citrus
taste sweat and a pleasant hoppy taste
mouthfeel slighty bitter
i really enjoyed this beer i am hoping that magic hat keeps this beer in there line up

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Photo of Agold
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orangey copper color with about a half finger of light head. It smells of citrus hops with a bit of caramel in the background. The taste is similar, but the malt character has a larger presence, balancing the hops very well. The beer is very smooth, but I would say a bit undercarbonated for my tastes.

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Photo of jporf911
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with dark, swirling label art into a traditional glass. Label indicates best by August 2010. Under the cap, it says "Lend your ear to someone who's dear". Magic Hat loves to put unique phrases under their caps; it's like a liquid fortune cookie.

Appearance- 3.5 out of 5. Pours a cloudy copper color with a dense two-finger off-white head that sticks around for a while and is extremely sticky on the sides of the glass.

Smell- 3.5 out of 5. The scent is moderate in strength, but it definitely smells good. There are hints of pine, floral citrus, and an abundance of hops. There is also a slight smell of bread, if bread could be baked with a ton of hops.

Taste- 4 out of 5. Blind Faith starts off with the taste of typical IPA taste of citrus peel, followed by a strong taste of salt that is very reminiscent of seawater, and finishes with a grassy, leafy hop taste. The malt and most of the other flavors--even the alcohol- are largely lost in the inundation of hops and sea-spray. Imagine an entire ocean filled with hop-heavy beer, and this is what would appear in your mind (and your mouth, if you're lucky).

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. Light to medium body, crisp but not very carbonated, goes down easy, wet, and smooth.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. Not bad at all. It's rather strong on the hops, almost as if someone liquidated an entire hops farm for the purpose of producing this beer, so stay away if you aren't fond of hop-heavy beers; still, for the price, this is a great IPA that one could have a few of and be happy.

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Photo of Hoescheg
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber orange color, with a good inch of head which stuck around a bit

S:Ok hoppy aroma, some pine and floral but nothing too strong

T:Some hops, but didn't seem to bitter, more full bodied than I expected.

M:Lingered on my palate longer than I would have liked, leaving an aftertaste that I did not enjoy.

D: wouldn't buy another, but would drink.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper caramel color that is slightly lighter on the bottom and a little darker on the top. The head is about two fingers and frothy and foamy. The head resides to a half finger and it leaves nice gobes of lacing all the way down with a ton of visible carbonation The aroma is of breadiness and earthy and citrus hops it also has a slight tea aroma to it. The taste has a slight tea and musty yeasty breadiness at the front end. It took me a while to get what the taste was at the front. The hop bite takes place in the middle to back end with floral and citrus hops. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but very smooth. The drinkability is very high its not a hop bomb like some ipa's but more smooth and mellow. The taste is interesting. It is smooth enough and an easy enough drink to keep you drinking it.

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Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into pint glass. The label listed the abv at 6.2%. The back label has the year of 2010 and the month of July notched for its freshness date.

Appearance: It has a hazy amber to coppery colored body with an off white head. The head is tall thick and foamy. It has good retention and keeps a nice small cap on the beer until the last drop. On the way down the glass it makes some cool lacing.

Smell: The nose has a solid hop aroma featuring citrusy/herbal and musty notes over light pale maltiness and bready yeast.

Taste: Its medium bodied with a light bready maltiness supporting some decent hop bitterness. In the bitterness there are notes of herbal tea hops, citrus and some musty hops as well. The texture is smooth and firm with a nice level of carbonation.

Notes: This is a decent all around IPA.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle fresh by September notched.

Pours a brilliant Orange/amber with not much clarity from yeast and dense 2 finger white head with decent retention down my goblet.

Scents of musty, earthy hops with a bready biscuit like malt aroma. Well balanced aromas here.

Balance is the key here and it shows it so well, hops are earthy and citrus with a bit of aspirin like astringency. Very balanced Malt backbone with a very yeasty presence as well.

Mouthfeel is sharp and clean with a semi-dry finish, a very refreshing English I.P.A.

Easy drinker, this I.P.A. is a great transition beer into the world of I.P.A's. I cant wait for hI.P.A. to return in the autumn of this year.

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Photo of kjyost
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber / orange with moderate head and lacing. The beer has a good hop aroma with a light earthiness behind a slightly fruity hop aroma. A bit of malt plays behind that. The flavour has an enjoyable hoppiness to it with much of the same, but it is playing much more towards a pale ale as the bitterness is too light for my liking in an IPA. Nevertheless, an enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Brewmiser
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually like IPAs so it was no surprise that I liked this on too. The color was a orangish tan & a bit cloudy. The smell was sweet hops. The taste started of a bit bitter the faded into some nice hops. but neither of those 2 flavors were too extreme but well balanced & a bit mild. A easy drink for a hot summers day.

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Photo of Soccerski54
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 1/2 inch head in a pint glass with a copper color. Hoppy flavor with slight pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

This growler was an Independence Day weekend purchase directly from the Magic Hat Brewery in South Burlington, about as fresh as you can get.

I am glad this is back even if limited.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz July Fourth. 1:51pm. shaker pint. I'm attracted to the label.

Mammoth sized ivory bubbling forming a 1/2" head, slowly receding and leaving wisps of sticky webs on the glass. Cooly hazy copper brew with golden highlights in the corners.

Fresh baked bread on the nose - interjected with some warm earthy hops. Enough sweet sensations to tickle the malt lover in me.

T - Vegetal hoppiness swimming with a deep yeasty malt. Some bright corners up front, arcing with a nice dance of muddy bitterness and easily sweet bread. Ends in sharper tone of noble hoppiness, still in a good harmony with the malted grain backbone. Slight pooling of hop resins in the throat after the carbonation has washed away the mid-light body. Carbonation has been nailed - keeping things clean and quick.

A great beer to start the day off with, a good rep of the English IPA

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

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left nice lacing and a thin ring throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - fruity and sweet hops.
t - earthy hops with just a hint of spice.
m - medium thickness.
d - good EIPA.

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Photo of TheElusiveAlexT
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A dark copper and orange color with a nice head and lots of lacing on the glass after the beer is gone.

Smell - Its not a robust smell like most IPAs but its got that memorable smell non-the-less. A little citrus and floral, perhaps a light ginger smell.

Taste - Different than what I'm used to in an IPA. Sure it tastes like an IPA going down but that aftertaste I love is missing. You can taste the hops but its not something you expect out of an IPA. Lightly hopped perhaps? Strange to say that about an IPA. The flavor does not linger that long.

Mouthfeel - For an IPA the hops don't dance on your tongue and its a real shame but they stay on your lips and the roof of your mouth. Pleasant. A bit lacking in carbonation.

Drinkability - Probably the most drinkable IPA I've ever tasted, those that don't usually like IPAs should have nothing to fear. For an IPA its very friendly over-all like most beers. It won't knock you out but you'll enjoy every sip.

Serving type - Bottle

I'd say try it especially now that its back for a limited time, but Lucky Kat is much better.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

under the cap: "Surrender to life's splendor."

Thick, foamy, dirty white head, leaving plenty of lace as it drops down to a thinner layer. Color is a hazy, coppery burnt orange.

Nose is fruity hops, toasty malts, and something a bit pepperminty.

Flavor offers a husky, earthy spiciness that reminds of what rye can do for the flavor of a beer (I don't believe rye was used here, just sayin'). The hops are of a citric variety, just slightly green and really well-balanced against the biscuity, toasty malt. Flashes of mint and cinnamon, with a nice, nearly tart grape-y juiciness all the way through. Spice/hops are most dominant in the finish.

Really nice feel too, all rounded, slick, and smooth...finely balanced between carbonation tickle and sweet soft-candy goo.

As long as you're not looking for a tongue-slashing IPA, you could do far worse than Blind Faith. I dig the balanced nature of this, and appreciate the fact that it doesn't remind of other Magic Hat beers (many of which are good but a bit samey). And it goes down WAY too quickly, so I guess drinkability has to be rated on the higher end of the scale.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very cloudy and murky, white a thin foamy white head, very cloudy no light coming through, nice appearance

Smell- nice lightly hoppy nose but also can detect a good strong malty nose

Taste- starts off with of a soft bitter hop presence, and then a light malt mid body, the lightly bitter finish lingers pleasantly, flavors light and enjoyable, it does knock you off your feet in anyone aspect but its very pleasant, nice balance is certainly its upside

Mouthfeel- light almost a little light for the style but soft and delicate mouthfeel

Drinkability- this beer would make a great session beer, its very easiliy drinkable not to heavy and not crazy complex but just easy smooth enjoyable drinking, a beer at a great prize too, relatively a very enjoyable ale, one you would drink as a great session with nice flavor and easy drinking, well balanced and worth another look again glad its back

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, piney hops and a gingerbread malt. In the taste, piney hops and a hint of grapefruit. A small bite, but mainly smooth, thin mouthfeel and a clean with a small hop aftertaste. Kind of thin, nice hops, but not much of a malt balance.

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Photo of Walken
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat: Blind Faith
12 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.


Apprarance: Golden amber with a slight haze from the yeast. Nice looking eggshell white head, medium sized bubbles, good lacing.
Odor: Dry bread crust and orange zest with hints of grapefruit.
Consistency: High end of light bodied. Dry, bready malt palate with a low, but assertive creamy carbonation.
Taste: Slightly butter bread crust, sharp dextrin sweetness, hop flavors run orange-y, solid grapefruit style bitterness coats the palate and lingers into the dry finish.

This is one of the beers that helped get me acquainted with craft offerings, nice to see it back for a few seconds. Definitely in the upper quarter of middle-of-the-road IPA category.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was glad to see this back on the shelves if only for a limited time. Blind Faith was one of my gateway beers back in the day. Actually, Magic Hat's entire stable was pretty much my gateway. Upon this return visit, it definitely seems more tame, but that used to be the very reason I liked it. It was just about the only IPA I could drink before I got a taste for hops. We're all getting a little spoiled with some of the intensely flavored extreme beers and mini extremes out there, so it's good to return to a simpler, traditionally inspired brew. There is still a good amount of hops to go around in this one. The hop profile plays off the buttery aromas and sweet flavor notes well. Looks good and is very drinkable. A great one to have if you want some character without obliterating your palate.

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3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slight haze, amber body. Slight head retention.

S: A earthy hop aroma, which is mild.

T: Hop bitterness, with a big finish. Good lingering taste.

M: Good lingering taste and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Mild body, a good easy drinking IPA. Nothing that has you rushing back

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up from the singles cooler today on a whim.
Pours a hazy orange amber color with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly to a ring on the top. Smells of tart fruit, earthy floral hops, and a hint of caramel. Taste is caramel-ish toasted sweet malt with a bitter grapefruit/orange twang to it. Long lingering citrus fruit bitterness persists long after each sip. Light to medium body, resinous, watery mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. I thought this one was just ok. While there was nothing objectionable about this brew there was also nothing noteworthy here either. Its certainly drinkable, but in the future I think I'd rather spend my money on something that wasn't so boring.

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 1,222 ratings
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