Blind Faith | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Blind FaithBlind Faith

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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured an orangy sweet hop and a good caramel malt.

The taste consisted of a very well balanced citrusy hop and sweet grainy malt. Solid doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very tatsy and well balanced IPA. Rumor has it that this beer will soon be made no more. That is too bad.

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Photo of WillieMoe
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a strong amber color, with a light head that lingers at the top.

There is a piney smell, with a hint of malt to it.

It has a slightly dry, hoppy taste, with some bitterness as it hits the back of your mouth. Kind of leaves a bit of a dry, piney aftertaste.

Overall a solid IPA, that I could enjoy over and over again.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

I was looking for a sessionable IPA to enjoy during the subway series. I have had this many times before and decided to go with it again.

Poured a hazy copper color- think the color of a brand new shiny penny. Puffy white head and a ton of carbonation. Tasted of bitter piney hops/ some malt/ grains. Overall- the hop presence was not there as I had once remembered it. Possibly because my palate is used to the stronger double IPA's. Mouthfeel was slick and greasy but went down smooth.

I was dissapointed with Blind Faith this time around- it was lacking the strong hop character that I once remembered- nonetheless, I could still drink a bunch of these in a sitting, and that I did.

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Photo of mcallister
2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at Jekly and Hyde in Manhatten. Bottle had a BBD of February. So looks like this was past it's prime and tasted the same although this is what I've come to expect from what MH beers I've sampled.

Bronzen/copper. Hard pour results in a small head that fades very quickly. No lacing.

Very light pine hop with the ringwood yeast aroma that I'm not crazy about that is the house yeast for MH. Bready and caramel malts.

Very boring pine hop profile. Caramel and some toffee with herbal notes. Thin in mouthfeel yett a modest finish. Not sure how much better if at all this would have been if served fresh.

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

Hat's off to Magic Hat!

12 oz bottle poured in a frosted pint glass. Beautiful clean,clear deep amber color with a tan, light frothy head that thinned out leaving bits of sticky lace inside the walls of my glass.

The aroma is unmistakable cascade hops and pale malts.

A very fine tasting beer, destined to become a classic memory, as the offical Magic Hat website claims this beer is no longer in production.
Cascade hops balanced with pale malt mid-ground sweetness, then quite a hoppy bite on the finish.

Light bodied, clean, crisp ale, a bit loaded with dry hopping, that's perfectly timed (in the brewing process and on the palate).

Perfect balance between a fine light ale and a hop bomb, at 5.6%abv (I know 'the bros' list this at 5.9, but the website says 5.6) this is a exceptionally drinkable beer to enjoy at any occasion, at any time of the year.*

*NOTE: Too bad this is soon to become 'retired', if you see this beer, grab it, time is limited on the availability, as the website says, it's over for Blind Faith.

I miss this beer.

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Photo of MmmIPA
2.54/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy orange body with a nice one finger white head.The head last for a few also.

Smells of yeast and some fruitiness.

Some hop bitterness but its very faint.I guess cause the beer expired last month.

Mouthful is a bit thin and easy to take.

I think this one may be bad and its not what its supposed to be.I may have to have this again when its a fresh bottle

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Photo of dickieb
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poors an orange/ amber, with a frothy head that goes away pretty quick. Smells of sweet hops and citrus. The tatse is also mostly of citrusy hops, but in no way overpowering. Much more ballanced then th HiPA with a fair amout of malts. This is one of my favorite IPA's. Its not overpowering, and its well balanced, im sad to see it go.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a clear golden amber color on top of which formed an off-white one finger head. Quickly faded into a thin ring of lace. Aromas of sweet malt, herbal and floral hops, minor citrus notes. Strong malty flavors followed by a strong kick of hops. Some piney flavors present. Was very smooth in the mouth. Mild carbonation. No noticeable alcohol. The severe maltiness throws this brew slightly out of balance. Pretty good though. Very drinkable.

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

Sampled through the Secret Bunny 2007 BIF and sinstaineddemon.

Poured in a pint glass this is a mildly chill hazed orange colored beer that borders on light brown in color. A good tan head forms but falls in a few minutes.

This is a very nicely scented ale that reminds me of hop perfume. The scent is sweet and herbal and floral with a nice toasted grain aroma. There is a slight woody aroma and a scent bordering on spicy but not quite, maybe an extra fresh specimen wold smell spicy.

The taste begins sweet with a strong herbal hop flavor and a little bit of woodiness and a long lasting after taste of English type hops. Slightly buttery and nicely fruity this is one tasty ale. After my tongue acclimates a bit to the hop flavor nice toffee flavor appears.

The mouthfeel is good.

This is a mighty tasty ale plain and simple. Personally I would have classified this as an ESB but no matter it is just good.

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Photo of penguinjive7
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard this one is on the way out so I figured I had better give a try before it is no more.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with about a finger's worth of white head.

Smell is definitely of citrusy hops.

Taste is more of the same with some floral undertones. Nothing too deep and complex. A bit watery with not too much substance to it.

The feel is crisp and tingly, rather nice.

This is an alright brew. I usually am not big on drinking beer with food, but I don't think I would have this any other way. Nothing outstanding but it was worth trying. Definitely not as strong and full of character as others of the style.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass on draft. Appearance was very amber/coppery but clear, cream-colored head with some lacing. Aroma of citrusy American hops. Flavor was citrusy spicy hops in the beginning, a tangy flavor in the middle, and a dry bitterness in the end. Some caramelly/toasted maltiness also evident. The tangy flavor in the middle seemed inappropriate for the style and I hope it isn't the result of a dirty tap. Would be interested to know if anyone else detected this in this beer; if not I'd imagine it was an issue at the bar.

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Photo of jpagewatts
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark for a india pale ale, a robust copper. fine white head that lingers over the surface of the beer.

S- lots of spicy hops in the nose

T- a malt body hits the mouth first lending a good sweetness that transforms gradually into the hoppy bitterness. this transformation gives metallic notes, accentuating the bitterness into something that lasts well after the swallow.

this beer was just discontinued by Magic Hat after 12 years in the brew kettle. it's a unique beer that is easy to love and will be missed.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Outstanding hazy/cloudy shad. Dark orange looks like cider. Head is short-lived, but does leave a bit o'lace.

Pleasant aromatic hop smell. Decent malt smell to balance it. The malt is sweet, and the hops also have a sweet citrus. A bit weak, but friendly. Just a little musty.

Malt dominates the hops, but both work well in concert. The hops are an accent; a true English IPA. Hint of apple? Just a bit of interesting tart sweetness.

It's a dry beer. Decent thickness, medium body. A little fizzy. Very drinkable. Has a sweetness that makes is a surprisingly nice summer beer.

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Photo of ericj551
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind faith pours a golden orange with a small head. Smell is a grainy maltiness, some faint buttery diacetyl. Flavor is better, nice citrusy hops, with an adequte bitterness and nice rounded malt flavor. This was one of the IPAs that got me into good beer, along with Harpoon IPA. I haven't had it in a long time (I would buy the mix packs much more often if it replaced Circus Boy). I should really pick up a six pack of this more often.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a mug

A - Pale copper-amber color, one finger of white head, cloudy appearance with little lacing, looks pretty good

S - Strong but not particularly complex smell, mostly hops with a little toffee malt; a hint of coffee as well

T - You're hit first with the hops, which are really strong at the start, although as the drink goes on you start to notice the sweet caramel malt; then the hops hit you again on the way out with a nice but fairly short aftertaste; the hops aren't as dominating as they often are for an IPA, but that sweet malt and coffee taste even things out pretty well; it's a good flavor, although not too complicated

M - Good feel, nice carbonation, thick and syrupy

D - I'm a pretty big fan of most Magic Hat beer, even though that seems fairly looked-down-upon in some circles; this is another solid beer that I could definitely drink all night

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Photo of Braudog
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, this poured with the as-expected visuals ... bronze/orange with a thin white head. Oddly enough, the hoppy aroma reminds me of my wife’s hairdryer or a lady’s hair salon (but no it didn’t turn me off) ... but thankfully the flavors stray from that odd synapse in my brain’s smell factory. This has a solid, solid malt base with a light hoppy top-off, resonating citrus and pine. (#2681, 2/4/2007)

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - mildly clouded dull orange. A thin creamy off-white head rests atop, leaving a primary lace ring at the head's top height, and a mish mash of lace below that.

Aroma - grapefruit and malt with an edge of pine. Goes a little floral after it sets up. Somewhat lighter than average intensity but pleasant.

Taste - an understated malt base. Doesn't contribute much overall, moreso for the body rather than flavor. Citrusy hops predominate though they're a bit tame. Solid citrus and pine, quite tasty. The finish is partially drying, some hop bitterness creeping in. The English version tends to be more forgiving to the palate, not really sure if there should be any diacetyl element to the malt side.

Mouthfeel - could have a bit more body, but it'll do. Rather gassy, but the level works okay.

Drinkability - not exactly an IPA-light (or maybe I've been sampling too many DIPA of late). Regardless, I went through the other bottles rather quickly and had to hold onto this one until I could take some notes. A very sessionable IPA; a big shout out to beachbum for the trade. This beer kicked off the Great Christmas Wrapping Project '06, which went well. Sometimes you embark on such things with a bit of 'blind faith' that you'll be done before Santa's big night. We made it <aaahhh>...

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Photo of dickroop
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this brew! It poured a reddish amber with a generous wheat/straw colored head that persisted somewhat. The smell was oh-so-inviting, yummy floral and citrus hops, and just plain good.

Taste was well balanced. Following the aroma, the hop-hit was substantial and good. Flavor included some notes of nuts, maybe almonds. Sweetness was there, but controlled. Nice clean finish without excess bitterness.

Mouthfeel was light to medium, a little slick and quite pleasant. All added up to excellent drinkability. I will buy again, as that was the last of that sixer, and I want more....

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Photo of therica
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= medium-amber with a slight off-white head full of tiny bubbles, continued rimming and nice lacing.

S= florals, some hops-bitters evident, caramelized malts, a nice blend with slight grassy notes.

T= This one falls shy of ultra-hops bitters beyond reason, and is balanced with enough florals and malts to be a nicely balanced reasonably-bitter beer without pushing the limit. Very nice. I'm guessing that because the style is "English IPA" that they're using a massive amount of Fuggles rather than the currently fad US West-Coast Cascade and Nugget hops, thankfully. You won't find massive pine and grapefruit here, just a very nice IPA bitters, and properly balanced.

M= clean, no major bitter aftertaste altho somewhat evident and balanced with the other complexities. Some malt-caramel feel, slightly chewy, and definitely not watery either.

D= very drinkable if you like some strong hops-bitters presence without pushing the edge.

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Photo of wingman14
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden orange with a frothy white head. A very potent smell with a heavy hop bouquet with hints of citrus and some sweet notes. The taste is disappointing, not nearly as good as the smell. Starts hoppy and citrus and finishes sweet with very little bitter taste. This is a different brew, but I respect their venture. The mouthfeel is medium-light with a good carbonation. This is an easy drinker, a very inoffensive IPA (weak in flavor, but a good balance). I would suggest this for magic hat lovers or those who are afraid of IPAs. Enjoy.

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Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice translucent medium amber color with a two finger head, nice sticky lacing. smell is fresh citrus and pine. citrus grapefruit up front with big piney hop finish. clean light dry hoppy after taste. great beer drank six just for the review definitely on the buy list.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, caramelized malt, honey and tea.

T: The hops aren’t quite as pronounced in the taste as they are in the smell. They’re definitely there, but it’s a honey sweetness that dominates and shows the strength of the malt character. There are also flavors of caramel, tea and a hint of lemon. The sweetness stays in the after-taste with a touch of hops.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish has a little slickness to it.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink, not very filling, even though I prefer the American style IPA over the English style this beer is pretty good. It’s worth staying with for an evening especially if you like the style.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA poured a cloudy gold with some head and lacing- a sticky piney aroma was present, with some malted notes. The taste was not what I expect in an IPA- not much hop characteristic, very one dimensional in flavor and too sweet, the roasted caramel malt came on too strong on the back end. There was that signature macro-brew taste as well. Not too heavy, medium carbonation, fairly drinkable. Magic Hat needs another shot at brewing a quality IPA.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz. bottle courtesy of my friend nouseforotacon.

A - Burnt orange pour, head is nice and sticky and is off white, quite inviting and pretty.

S - citrus, pine, grassy, herbal and phenolic notes. smells awesome. kind of earthy as well.

T - Citrus, orange, bitter from the hoppiness, slight malty backing, slight lemon peel as well. Nice.

M - A little on the light side but does have some decent body to it.

D - I could drink these all day long. Perfect for an afternoon by the pool or thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of nadpolice9
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy orange-honey color without much visable carbination. Creamy white head that condenses but never goes away. First smell of this beer is very dank and floral. For IPA lovers, this smell is pretty close to heaven. Beer has almost a sweet beginning which works well with the floral aroma. Citrus notes fill your palet. The hop bitterness comes through at end of the beer, rounding out the complete hop flavor from floral to bitter. Mouthfeel is quite smooth for an IPA with appropriate carbinaton. For an IPA from an American micro, this is actually pretty drinkable as it is well balanced and not over-hopped. Really a great IPA, TASTY!!

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,200 ratings.
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