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 Sludgeman
2.13/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured into a chalice.

Did not like this beer. It had a very adjunct lager taste to it. I thought it was unbalanced with not enough malt to counter the grassy and minerally tastes. Not recommended at all. There are so many great beers out there, I am actually surprised when I find a bad one. No redeeming qualities unless you’re stuck in the desert without water.

A - Pours a clear golden color with an average head.

S - Pale malits, a little earthy, some faint lemon.

T - Grassy hops, but not too hoppy or bitter, minerally.

MF - Smooth and light bodied, dry finish, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Natainos
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: 2inch head with plenty bubbly action for a minute, than a nice quarter inch. Amber on color.

S: lemon grass, earthy, very hoppy.

T: bitter, can taste the citrus, creamy.

M: tingly, flavors linger.

O: not a big IPA fan, but this Ale was not bad, typical hop flavors with some fruit mainly citrus.

transfered to goblet from bottle.

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Photo of Act25
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into .5l glass.

A: Cloudy, perfect pine amber color, rocky head, good lacing, avg retention. A good looking unfiltered ipa.

S: the best part of this ale. hops, flowers, bread, bakery, a bit of vermont barnyard. Interesting.

T: Continues the hoppy forwardness, with less malt than promised. Again grassy, barnyardy, farmy, country tasting. A bit edgy, complex and messy - alot going on that doesnt quite add up. Good food beer, for complex tomatoe based (say fish stew.... tomatoes, shrimp scampi, etc)

F: Thin. A metallic note. The one off bit of this beer, besides it's over-business.

I will certainly enjoy this 6 pack and I actually look forward to trying again, but not leaping out as a creamy flavor arc that marks best IPAs.
Worth a try or two.

Seasonal. Easy drinking due to light feel.

Tried again after T-giving. Same impression - cloudy, muddy look, muddy flavor profile, definitely more English in style, and farmy. But a good winter's ale. Not as bright as better IPAs.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Orange/tan in color with a cloudy body, Blind Faith IPA offers the scent of citrus and bread and a moderate amount of foam. Its appearance is decent, even if not enough to really pique your interest.

Taste- wise, this beer has some bready notes, citrus, toasted malt, etc. The body of the beer is medium and the citrus and other notes are middle of the road and non- offensive. Each component of the taste and other attributes are like this- good, but moderate and in some cases even a little underwhelming.

This beer has a semi- complex personality and, while not an amazing IPA by any means, is still a decent representation of the style. Many will find it too light and too basic to take seriously, but it’s really not a bad IPA and is worthy of a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Medium sized fizzy light tan head quickly dies to a decent lacing above a highly carbonated cloudy honey caramel colored beer.

Light roasted but definitely a roasted caramel malt aroma with some light hops rounding out the nose.

A carbonated light caramel grain malts taste with a light almost citrusy hops present as well.

A light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the caramel malts sticking around with this medium to light medium bodied beer.

Seems a bit over carbonated to say the least and whether this is the reason or not the malts and or hops tastes are to light.

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Photo of Izzybackyet462
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm new to drinking IPA's, but this one is quite enjoyable. The appearance is a light orange/tan and holds a thin white head. This beer has a noticeably hoppy smell with a hint of citrus. The taste was surprisingly good to me. The initial taste is a bit citrus with a bite and the after taste is appropriately bitter from the hops. This IPA is not overly bitter like some of the others I have tasted. No complaints with the mouthfeel. Overall I'd give this beer a 3. As I mentioned, I'm new to IPA's and so far this is the first I've enjoyed. I would recommend this beer to a friend.

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Photo of HBBJ
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Amber colored and quite hazy. Long lasting, fine bubbled head, with lacing down the glass.

Smell: Clean, malty aroma, with a bit of caramel and toast. Moderate herbal, earthy hops wiith a touch of fruitiness. A odd tinny smell came in and out.

Taste: Sour, like it was infected. Some maltiness and hop flavor and bitterness. Sour, mouth-puckering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with an acidic bite.

Overall: I held out hope that this would be a more restrained IPA, without "club you over the head" hops. And perhaps it might have been, but it would be impossible to tell given the sourness problem. Can't recommend this.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, part of the Magic Hat summer sampler twelve-pack. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. Bottlecap says "it is now clear; you drink good beer."

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about a finger of soapy white head which dies out within seconds, upon a coppery orange colored body. The only beer of the package that appears unfiltered, with mad amounts of sediment motionless in the glass. Thin ring of wispy lacing.

S - Smell is of pale biscuit malts, and a light piney citrus hop presence. Dash of lemon, but a pretty underwhelming smell.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty accurately. Some slight citric hop bite, some bready biscuit malts, but basically pretty underwhelming with little action happening. Some sweet green apple skin sweetness lingering on the finish. More malt forward, with not a whole lot of genuine hop action happening.

M - Feel is sweet and tart, with some fruity hop presence lingering. Not what you would normally expect from a bitter hop assault of an IPA.

Overall, a decent enough IPA from Magic Hat. More malt forward, and more of a beginner's IPA in general, but I can definitely see where this beer would come in handy. A modest 6.20% abv, the highest of all the beers in this variety pack, I will definitely be drinking more of these this sumer.

Magic Hat Blind Faith ---3/5.

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Photo of MichaelNickerson
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - cloudy amber with large head.

Smell - extremely malty with caramel notes and heavy hops - decently fruity

Taste - not as hoppy as anticipated for an IPA, but some fruit notes seem to be the reasoning.

Mouthfeel - weak, not as crisp as would like.

Overall - not the greatest IPA I've had, but does provide a more unique fruity experience, rather than a bitter overall complexion.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Magic Hat Brewing Company - Blind Faith

I saw this was on limited release so I had to give it a shot and give it a review.

Look - Pours cloudy copperish amber with a full soapy head. Some lacing. Moderate carbonation. Not sure what they were going for here but this was one of the worst craft's visually I have ever seen.

Smell - Deep caramel malts, light fruity English hops. A bit bland here but at least not overly bready.

Taste - Bitter apricot (yuck) mixed with bready sweet malts here. The hops don't have enough of an attitude, the fruitiness ends up being off-putting. Tastes processed and like a grab bag of ingredients, no finesse. English hops tend to drive me insane so there's that as well.

Mouthfeel - Deeper and fruitier than #9, not as refreshing or crisp. Sub-par really for this style. Rests a slight bitter and sticky. Drinkability not great.

Overall - Overall a disappointment. I remember it much more fondly than it actually is. I have also had some amazing brews since having one of these so it has a lot to live up to. Magic Hat is owned by North American Breweries who owns several brands who don't care about craft beer, such as Genesee and Labatt USA, but I figured since it was a subsidiary it might not brew sub-par. I was wrong and I am not a big fan of this brew or the brewery in general.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for 2.00$

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grassy notes, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit, a grassiness, and a peach sweetness. It ends with a fairly bitter hop bitterness.

Overall – Better than I had expected based on reviews. It's kind of like a fusion of English and American styles. I'd drink it again.

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

My first English IPA. Pours and appears a dark orange, cloudy, low head tannic ale. Smells sweet really, and floral and some citrus, but not hop prominent like American IPA's. Taste is roasted malt and caramel and some citrus bitter, all modulated by a really busy, and creamy and effervescent mouth to the beer. Fun to try. Still, give me more hops!

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Photo of GoldHorde
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There are so many fantastic IPA's out there that it is a hard category to compete in even with a top beer. Thus beer easily places well above other styles but as an IPA I'll have to place it only above average. Nice clean amber, with a tight froth and the welcome hop aftertaste. It only lacks an aromatic nostril sting I've come to expect with IPA's - especially double IPA's. But I don't think that was their brewing intention - NICE BEER!

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

Poured from a 12fl oz bottle into a beer mug.

Excellent head formation of white color that persists for a long long time, in fact throughout. Orangeish amber color. Hazy appearance. Top notch lacing.

Nose is a bit of hops that are earthy and slightly floral. Good malt smell as well. Comparatively low intensity of hops.

Taste: A good balanced taste with just a little tilt towards hops. Good semidry finish. Bitterness is felt but does not linger or is overpowering as malts shut those off a lot.

Mouth feel : Medium feel Moderate carbonation. No hop or carbonation derived astringency.

Style Rate : 4
Personal rate :4

Would i buy it next time. No, not because it ain't good. But there is a lot of excellent stuff available out there.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a hazy brownish amber color with a half finger of head that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is ineresting. It has a sort of poopy hoppy grassy smell. A light sort of citrusy fruity smell.

T= The taste is again sort of a light grassy floral type of hop flavor. The poopyness is gone. I usually atribute the poop to wheat but I don't think there is wheat in here so I don't know what I was smelling. The finish is very sweet.

M= Nice and well carbonated.

O= This is a solid IPA. A little weird being the English style. A little bit of a step outside the box. Def worth trying though. Besides the sweet finish I liked it a lot.

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Photo of CHickman
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper orange color with a massive foamy 2 finger light tan head that faded extremely slowly, leaving OK spotty lacing; there were a ton of bubbles in the head and boy did if go down sloooow. A very impressive head to watch dissipate.

Smells of sweet malt, toasted grains, Ritz cracker, wheat, piney hops, herbs, and bready notes; even for an English IPA this is quite malty with very light caramel notes and a lot of grains.

Tastes very bready, with biscuit and/or cracker up front, light citrus hoppy notes, herbs, toasted grains, caramel, toast, nice sweet enough malts and then oddly some light funk; if this were any other brewer besides Magic Hat the funk would be alarming, but these guys seem to smoke weed as they brew and just chuck things in the mash – sometimes it works and sometimes it bombs. Surprisingly this beer has pretty nice balance even though the flavor is average and the hops were very mild (at best).

Mouthfeel is chewy and has a little too much cardboard, with a medium body, mild carbonation and an overall grainy feel. Overall it was OK; nice for the style and flavorful enough that I’d have it again. They got this one right up in VT.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ultra-hazy golden orange in color with a soapy off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Slightly bready from the malt with a little hop sweetness (almost in a candy-like way).

Taste: Starts with a little bit of a citrus note from the hops and then the thick breadyness of the malt cuts through that. The bitterness really doesn't show up until the finish and aftertaste. There is just a hint of a spicy flavor from the hops used.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and medium bodied. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: This sort of tastes like an APA without any of the great hop flavor. I've never been a big fan of English IPAs (since the American version does a much better job with the hop selection) but this one is basically average for the style. I'd be interested to try the other Magic Hat IPAs but I wouldn't go for this again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/02/12 notes. Had in LBI, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, caramel malts, some citrus hops, and light floral hops. Nice, though mroe on the malty side.

t - Tastes of of fruity malts, light citrus hops, floral hops, and caramel malts. Same as the nose but more citrus to it; a little bit of a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent IPA, though more on the malty side. A little hoppier in the taste, but not too much. Easy to drink, would have it again if it was in the fridge.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 3-finger frothy cream-colored head. Really nice retention and lacing. Clear until I poured in the little bit of yeast/sediment at the bottom of the bottle accidentally. A good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S – Toasty malt with an equal amount of earthy, floral, and a little bit of grapefruit hop aromas. There’s a little bit of yeast here as well.

T – Starts off sweet with toasty malt and citrus flavors and transitions to a bitter grapefruit, earthy, and floral hop finish. There’s a little bit of spicy yeast here, too.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a steadily building bitter and dry finish. Floral and grapefruit bitterness lingers for a little bit.

O – This is a decent English IPA – that adjective in front of the “IPA” is an important one. Anyone who is expecting a hop presence similar to American IPAs doesn’t understand what English IPAs are and will be sorely disappointed. Sure, there’s a more subdued hop presence with more earthy and floral notes but that is to be expected with this style. There’s still not really anything special here, but it is not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.13/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours an extremely cloudy shade of orangeish brown with a one finger offwhite head. Looks disgusting

S- very light aroma of pine. Weak.

T- very light grassy bitterness...malty sweetness as well. I know it's and English IPA and not American, but it's very bland

M- medium bodied, on the thick side. Odd for a single IPA

O- not a huge fan at all...but then again, Magic Hat. Not expecting much

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Photo of Tobe
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a nice looking amber with a full tan head. Head measured one finger width and held up awhile.

Aroma has a hint of soap, like childhood bubbles. There is also a showing of pine form the hops. The flavor is pine resin and there is some faint citrus to be found. Not the best IPA I have had. For being a part of the Summer variety case, this was the weakest offering.

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

With the proliferation of American styles, it's nice to be able to get an English style that's done well. This fits that bill. There are those mature refined tones that you expect; well rounded hop characteristics, but not pushing it to the levels that define American IPAs. This is a real nice easy drinker. If I could try this on cask, I'd be all over it.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: bold brown colored body that leaves a one finger white head that lasts a good two minutes, no carbonation is rising

S: malty sweet citrus up front with just a bit of hops in the background.

T: pretty much the same, nothing different.

M: medium, pretty creamy, nothing harsh on the tongue.

O: this is decent, but nothing spectacular, I'm not sure if I would have this again.

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Photo of RickS95
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly not the appearance of an IPA you'll find in the States, but more fitting of those across the pond. The color is anything but pale. More or less a deep, rich, orangey amber. Not quite hazy, but thick enough that light can't get through it. The head is very thick with good staying power. It first falls around the edges leaving a peak in the middle. Lots of thick lace.

Malty nose, somewhat vegetal...smells like the sauerkraut I had with dinner. Yeasty.

Doesn't have much character. Very bready, crackerlike taste. Again, slightly vegetal. Earthy hops in the swallow with more malt coming through.

The first half is kind of blah. There's not much happening. Eventually, the hops provide some bitter and the malt gives some sweetness, and like the smell, I'm getting sauerkraut again.

Very ordinary. Nothing to write home about. Just lacks character, like it doesn't know what kind of beer it wants to be. Goes down easy enough, but needs more bite for an IPA. The troops of lore wouldn't want much of this.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
1.88/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Large to medium sized bubbles made up a 3/4inch, light brown head that dissipated a bit quicker than you'd hope. Beer is only a bit darker than mass market honey.

Smell is neutral, if not unappealingly acrid. Not far from the way a flemish sour can smell, though to a far lesser degree. Didn't hit until pretty deep in the nostril. Were I in a more childish mood I might give it a watermelon warhead read.

Here's where the subjective assessment of a beer's style clause is relevant. In terms of the brewing process, they probably didn't lie to us. But in realms such as flavor, this is not an IPA. The English aspects are present - some long lasting pale malt mellow-sweet flavor - and are actually pleasant if you're not expecting any real bitterness. Indeed, this isn't even on the better side of macro-produced IPAs. It is far too mild. Most Pale Ales from microbrewers are far hoppier in flavor. In mouthfeel, there is certainly evidence of hops, but you'll forget by the time the beer hits your belly.

Aftertaste, as do most imitation microbrews, certainly evidences astringent and metallic tints - as did many aspects of this beer.

All in all: A great beer to buy for the bottle if the spot next to #9 on the frat mantle is empty. Not worth money if you enjoy craft beer. And Anheuser Busch doesn't need it.

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Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,194 ratings.
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