Hi.P.A. | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
hI.P.A. begins and ends with big, bountiful bites of hops, hops and more hops while maintaining the barest hint of a malty middle in the mouth.

70 IBU

Added by UncleJimbo on 05-14-2003

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Photo of tjohnny42
4.97/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lovely stuff!!

I've been on a mission to find the tastiest, most satisfying brew in my region (North east) and this, do far, is the best. Very full of flavor. Citrusy & crisp, with a nice bold dlavor. Most other IPA's I've tried are only bitter.

Great hoppy bite with a very nice body. Perfect balance in my opinion. Just right.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Typically having little to no luck in finding the Magic Hat special edition beers I was totally psyched to find a bottle of HiPA at my local liquor store.

The beer pours a slightly hazy honey yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly to a collar around the surface. Some lace clings to the sides of the glass. A very hoppy aroma with citrus notes and a hint of toasted malt enters the nose before you take a sip. This thin to medium bodied beer is very smooth and has just enough carbonation to give the tongue a mild tingle. The flavor begins very hoppy and is quickly followed by citrus, toasted malt and buttery undertones. It finishes slightly bitter and leaves a hoppy taste behind.

This beer is very drinkable and quite refreshing. The hop presence is strong, but I did not find it overwhelming. I think I found a new IPA on my top 10 favorites list!

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Photo of tgbljb
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden amber color. Magnificient white chunky head that lasted throughout the glass. Beautifel lacing. Smell is very strong on piney hops with some citrus notes also present. Smells like a freshly cut lawn. Taste really brings the fruitiness out with oranges, lemons, mangos present. A substantial hoppy bitterness rears its head to form a perfectly balanced beer. The malt is sweet enough for a nice flavor and the hops are bitter enough to blend perfectly, with neither one dominating. Ending is dry and bitter and very enjoyable. An excellent example of the style with ultimate drinkability.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the joe's garage multi-pack, i was unimpressed with the magic hat brews i've had so far. under the cap says "don't play tricks on those thick as bricks"

A- hazy orange honey colored brew topped with 1 1/2in creamy off white headwith good retention finally settling to 1/4in leaving clumps of lace and thread like wisps.

S- earthy citrus and roast pork. cranberry, pinot grigio, grapes, pineapple, grapefruit, fruity sour hops.

T- passionfruit, orange peel, ruby red grapefruit juice, yeast and malted milkshake, burnt biscuit bottom, herbal pleasant lingering hop aftertaste that softens to pine sap and cereal grains.

MF- resinous leafy feel, great level of carbonation, goes down super smooth.

D- this is a solid IPA, very unexpected. well balanced, the hops aren't too overpowering, i could easily slam a few of these and still want more.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got some of this at the 2003 Vermont Brewers Festival. Which is good since I don't get nearly enough Magic Hat on tap, all the bars in my area just serve #9, which gets very old after a while.

It pours with a nice medium amber body and a thin frothy head. The smell is *very* strong hops, with some nice floral notes, simply wonderful. The taste is beyond merely hopp,y, with a strong sharp hops front. However, it doesn't have much of the bitterness typical of a strong IPA, and after the initial bite fades to a nice mellow citrus character. Very smooth, very drinkable. Another fine beer from Magic Hat.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at AOBF, and thought it was kinda thin.

Bought a bottle to give it another shot, and I'm glad I did. Very tasty!!

Poured a hazy light pumpkin color, lovely foamy head, which has died down a bit, but it leaving some pretty lace in the glass.

Aroma is very good: fresh, grassy citrus.

Taste is also really good. Solid and slightly crispy medium mouthfeel, taste is low malt base, followed by hop tang..I can taste some grapefruit type qualities. A bit bitter, but nice and crisp.

Easy to drink, hops are present but not overly-annoying. Recommended. pat

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Photo of ybnorml
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This HiPA is not a I2PA or an Imperial IPA. But it is a very good IPA. The alcohol level is where I expect it to be, around 6%. Good color, an opaque orange/amber. Most significant is the great floral hop bouquet as you raise the glass to drink. Next as would be expected with a good IPA is the assault on your taste bud from the hops as you take a mouthful. Then comes the part that I find particularly appealing, a marvelous citrus/Grapefruit flavor as you swallow. In my opinion a very well balanced IPA.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, bright white head, good lacing. The beer is hazy amber with an orange hue, and reaks of floral hops. God I wish they made a Hi.P.A. air freshener. The taste is hoppy sweet, hardly bitter, with a little citrus in there. This bottle tasted incredibly fresh, and was just awesome.

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Photo of Quanz_Kitty
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminds me of 'Heady Topper'. For those living in the Waterbury, VT area know what the hell I am talking about. This is the closest thing to the Alchemist's Head Topper. I absolutely love Columbus hops and how they taste! This is like a light version though. I think the flavor is the biggest asset of this beer! I just wish it was available year round!

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Photo of blkknight02
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light copper with an adequate head. The lacing lasted most of the pint. The aromas of sweet fruit (peaches?) and citrus hops made me take an extra whiff or two. The malt is strong enough to balance the fruity/hoppy presence but fades at the end and gives way to a pleasant sweetness. Not as hoppy as most IPA's I've had but to me that's a good thing.
Too bad this is the only bottle I have because this would be a staple in my beer cellar! Fine brew!

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Photo of mikeys01
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on some HiPA here in CT a week ago, and I'll be searching for more to be sure. Loved this beer on draft at AOBF and at the brewery where I was lucky to catch it on tap once.
The smell of this ale is amazing, the Columbus hops and herbs jump right out at you, this beer smells like a summer day. On pouring, HiPA is a light orange with some light head and not too carbonated. Very drinkable, goes down very smooth, with a good strong hoppy initial bite balanced by a citrusy background. For the super hoppy aroma, not too bitter either. One of my new favorites, wish these brews from the Hattery were more obtainable...

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under the cap was the message "Beer for Peace".

Poured a pretty transparent, light copper with minimal white head and had medium to low carbonation. It smelled wonderfully floral, citrussy and hoppy. Tastes just as great as it smells, maybe greater. Finishes smooth with hops with only a hint of a bitter kick. I really liked this brew and would highly recommend!

I wasn't too familiar with Magic Hat, but this makes me want to test the waters on any others they have to offer.

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Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a honey color with a three finger head that fades to a quarter inch with a light lacing. smell is fruity, pine, and grapefruit. strong hop taste hits right up front with that citrus grapefruit rind bitterness. medium mouthfeel with a syrupy bitter after taste. drinkability is good but its not my style three or four might be my limit at one time.

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Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Main St. Public House in Philmont NY
A: 1 finger of beautiful white creamy head with excellent retention. Clear golden liquid.
S: Dank citrus, garlic and marijuana hoppiness.
T: Great hop bite and spice with a good malt hint. Strong hop body.
M: Bitter, but a tad astringent.
D: Very strong save astringent aftertaste. I ordered another, and would buy a six-pack.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, glad to have it in my keg fridge for the week it took us to guzzle it down. Hoppy nose, really piney and fragrant. A little too much carbonation for my preferences, but as it warmed up it became even more aromatic. Really liked it, would definitely buy it again. Perhaps for the first time, I got a sense of grapefruit on an IPA, it scraped the tongue.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Cask at the Brazen Head last week during their fest. Light murky orange with a nice head of white foam. Aromas are just all fresh cut grass, hops, some other "herbs", and more. The taste follows suit, with not many yeast notes in this one! This is all about the freshly cut hops, and boy does it deliver the goods. So fresh and clean tasting with a lovely mouthfeel and a great drinkability on cask. A great, higher abv session ipa.

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Photo of mempath
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy, foamy, decent lacey

smells rich wheaty hop

a very tastey hoppy brew! on all fronts, lovely mouthfeel and drinkability.

neither heavy nor light by far. balanced, highly recommended session bottling. better than the last time i had it. only because, i guess, i am really focusing on it.

quite recommended for hopsters and non-

also...tastes like a much higher ABV...it's not.
kudos to MH!

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Photo of nortmand
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very light amber, with a nice, lasting bit of head.

Very piney grapefruit aroma. Some bready malts as well.

Slight sweetness up front, with a bit of hop tannin. Bready sweetness mid tongue. Nice even bitterness at the end.

Medium bodied, fairly flavorful, good overall.

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Photo of StevieW
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Harrington's in Chelmsford last fall. Kept at the back of my fridge for nearly 5 months. 22 oz bomber bottle. Served with Superbowl XXXVIII Barbecue at Hermie's.
Glowing Orange-Golden color. Nice sticky off white head. Very good lacing. Smell is a fresh hop explosion. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, tart Cascade hop smell. First taste is a wonderful combination of snappy hop bitterness, citrus and tangy on a slightly bready malt body. Sticky hop resins on your tongue. Tart, refreshing hop bitterness cleans your tongue and leaves you aching for another sip. Medium bodied, and very refreshing. Qualities stayed consistent to the end. I had this with barbecued chicken and the usual superbowl snacks. Very good beer and well worth the wait.

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Photo of Lambstrong
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a golden somewhat hazzy appearance. It poured with a nice creamy white head. Prominant is the hoppy aroma. Hallertau??? It also smelled fresh as hoppy beers often can. The taste was equally fresh and very hoppy with malty notes. I do love my hoppy beers and I was very happy with this one. Will definately buy this again.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was straw hued. It had a nice two finger, clingy white head. Loads of carbonation could be seen. A nice active and fresh looking beer.

A great hop loaded scent. Floral, bitter, piny.

Strong and bitter on the front end. Nice floral hops and malt starchiness in the finish. It was heavy but easy to put down.

It's a drinkable beer. Heavy in the stomach. I would be able to drink more of it in a cooler environment.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Hi.P.A. is an entirely different beer on tap than in the bottle - and I would argue a much better beer, as well. It pours a deep golden color with a minimal white head. The aroma is very hoppy, with piney and citrus notes abounding. Taste is full of spicey, bitter hops, in fact this beer tastes like there are hops floating in the keg. Not totally unbalanced, however, Hi.P.A. has a nice malty finish. The mouthfeel is firm and oily from all of the hops, with fine carbonation. A very full-flavored ale - more of a meal than an accompaniment. If you've had this in the bottle and were underwhelmed, try it on draught - you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my notes, I wrote, "what the *@!X?"

This was a head-shaking experience in a good way. Straw color with good lacing hardly prepared me for the aroma and flavor. As Emiril would say, "BAM!" Smells like geranium leaves and I mean big fresh hop aroma. Flavor very grassy with mild crisp malt flavor. Surprisngly round finish with lingering bite after glass is empty.

Is this made with fresh hop leaves rather than dried? It was like beer poured out of the mower bag.

My goodness, was this ever a nice surprise from a brewer that is usually so judicious with the hops.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangeish golden color with an off-white head. Slight haze.
Nice citrus hop aroma with piney hops, fruit and malt mixed in.

Taste is quite yummy. Big hop flavor that isn't way over the top and is well balanced by the malt. Citrusy, piney hop balanced by the biscuity, toffee malt. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable yet quite tastey. Would love to have another, but I only had the one.

Overall a quite good IPA.

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Photo of Enola
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a light orange. A little head and lacing. The smell is piney and citrusy. The taste is bitter hops and a sweet malty finish. A well balanced brew. There is a nice lasting bitter aftertaste and the beer is very drinkable. This is a must try for hop lovers and one of the brewers better beers I have had.

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