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 Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange, grapefruit aroma, bitter and astringent taste, with orange highlights, drying hop aftertaste. Alcohol is there, and cloves spice,subtely carbonated. Medium bodied.Good but overwhelmed by the many great IPAs out there. Recommended for hop heads.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a long time ago. This isn't Magic Hats best ipa in my opinion but it's pretty solid. The hazy golden color is nice along with the aroma it gives off. I think they could have gotten away with even more hops but that's me. The head is pretty good on this brew too.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color and has a low to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of pine resin.
T: The taste is dominated by the hops and has a moderate amount of bitterness, although the flavors are a little more complex with some citrus, notes of floral and spicy, and hints of pine resin hops. No malts are detectable.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hop bitterness leaves some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is quite bitter but still very drinkable because it doesn't feel too heavy on the palate.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a mixed 12 pack ($12.99/12)

This was one interesting tasting IPA. Smells very hoppy but doesn't taste it? Has an ABV of 6.8% which definitely kicks in after each sip, but only mildly and its quite a pleasant touch. Taste is hard to describe but its flavorful and smooth. Would have to try again, too bad it's seasonal.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat seems to be hitting the right chord with their hoppy beers recently. This displays a nice woven character between the delicate hop character and bitterness.

The beer begins with a standard copper hue, mild haze, and fluffy head formation that lasts the session and leaves an abundance of lacing on the glass.

A bold, yet delicate blend of juicy citrusy hops ride along side of a largely floral, nectar-like hops that seem more European in nature. All this ontop of a powdered sugar, caramelled malt aroma. Very appetizing and inviting to the nose

That hop aroma transfers very favorably to the hop flavor with the same delicacy, balance, and variety that the nose suggests. Flavor balance out well with the candy-sweet malts. The grain profile seems to be part sweet-bready as found in English Pales; but also raw barley and cracker-like as found in American Pales.

The malt sweetness rides the forefront of the mouthfeel that sometimes seem a little too much for an IPA. The bitterness really doesn't settle in until the intesifying pang in the back of the throat. Could be a bit drier and more attenuated for a fully malty and less sweet feel.

Ultimately a very nice and drinkable beer. The beer is well balanced, but the style should be hop-dominant. The blend of Enlgish hops and malts against American hops and malts is a nice blend but makes the beer tough to identify with a specific style. Good job Magic Hat!

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a modest head that leaves a reasonable amount of lace behind

Smell: Fruity caramel aroma with just a hint of hops

Taste: Caramel up front with a piney hop aspect appearing by mid-palate; the finish is disappointing as the favors fade into a slightly watery mess

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent IPA that might be better if the bottle were fresher; I sense there are better IPAs out there, however

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a medium beige slightly hazy color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is not as dominating as expected with some subtle caramel malt also noticeable. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some light caramel malt and some piny hops. Body is average with some low carbonation. I guess this one is OK overall but it is not something that I would necessarily seek again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit with some toasty notes.

T - It tasted of pine, grapefruit, citrus and some burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a good IPA from Magic Hat. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent off white head falls into a nice lacing above a clearish honey golden colored beer.

A light sour on a piney and floral aroma with hint of honey.

A light bitterish dry taste with a nice piney hops bite to it.

Dry aftertaste with some of the hops taste sticking around on this medium bodied beer.

A very decent and easily drinkable IPA.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear ligher gold with a tight white head that left a trace amount of lace behind as it settled pretty quickly.The hops didnt really assert themselves in the nose as much as I expected there was a noticable pine aroma but it didnt jump out at ya I also picked up a lightly toasted note.This is a pretty dry IPA not bitter but hardly no sweetness to be had,herbal and grassy hop character over top of a dry grainy malt base.The dryness of his beer for me makes it very quaffable if not very complex,all in all a pretty good IPA but there are alot better out there.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pungent, piney and citrusy (orange, pineappple, grapefruit) hops greet you in the nose of Magic Hat's Hi.P.A. and never let you go! They carry right over into the flavor, riding steadily across the top of a firm, crusty-bread like maltiness that's backed by a bold bitterness. The spruce and orange-peel flavors of the hops mask the usual butteriness normally contributed by their yeast, and this could easily pass as a "left coast" version of the style.

It's got a great appearance with a slightly hazy golden-orange body, and a long lasting bright-white head that lleaves wide rings of lace throughout the glass.

It's medium-bodied in the mouth with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that gently bristles the tongue before softening as it warms.

It finishes dry with a quickly receeding wash of maltiness and dripping residual citrusy and pine-like hop flavors.

Overall it's quite nice, and without question, one of Magic Hat's best beers.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dated bottle (plenty fresh); poured in standard ping glass.

A - Nice dark, yellowish golden tone; slightly cloudy. 1 finger of white head was soon reduced to a nice, and long-lasting, lacy top coat.

S - I could smell this one even before I put my nose to it. Strong but certainly not overpowering: Hops + orange/tangerine. Citrus aromas were more masked by hops after the beer sat for a couple of minutes.

T - sweet toned citrus hops with piney hop finish. Crisp and refreshing, yet smooth and warming. Plenty bitter [IBU = 70} but balanced with some sweetness. Yum

M - fuller than expected

One of the best, or the best, I've had from Magic Hat. I hope this gets put in the regular roster.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

S: Heavy hops aroma with a hint of citrus, followed by a whiff of the alcohol.

T: Hops flavor hits you first, but the smell has you expecting the hops hit to be stronger. After initial hops burst, you get a combination of hops bitterness and citrus & malt sweetness, both if which linger in the after-taste.

M: Crisp & smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation. Leaves some stickiness, which is surprising given that the sweetness isn’t too prevalent in the taste.

D: Goes down extremely easily because it’s not an over-powering beer. It’s definitely a beer that you can drink a lot of in one evening. It’s a good beer, but I was expecting more of a punch from it. That being said, it’s the type of beer that I’d prefer to buy & drink in quantity rather than just 3 bottles from the Joe’s Garage Variety Pack.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent orange-influenced amber. The head is rich cream in color with a tight-bubbled density and a finely pitting, moonscape surface. The foam is acceptably sticky and leaves an impressive display of lace.

Very nice citrusy nose of sugar-crusted grapefruit. To my knowledge, this is my first Warrior-exclusive IPA. If the nose is any indication, it looks like I've found yet another hop variety to add to my growing list of favorites. Not much malt in the aroma, which is just how I like it.

Hi.P.A. is an enjoyable single-hopped IPA, but I find myself wishing that the flavor was a little bolder and that the body was a little bigger. The culprit, I believe, is a relative lack of both malt and hops. Without that critical malty bottom end, the flavor (grapefruit pith and pine sap) teases the palate and then fades away before coming to a full boil.

Ease of drinkability is aided by the fact that the beer is a palate caresser rather than a palate wrecker. The desirability aspect of drinkability suffers a bit for the same reason. I've chosen to think in terms of the former in granting the drinkability score.

Magic Hat Hi.P.A is a good IPA in the final reckoning, but doesn't have enough hoppy chutzpah to rank among my favorites. It is a pretty fine summer quaffer though and is going down very nicely on this sunny Sunday afternoon. Thanks to mikeys01 for the bottle.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pixed this up a mixed sixer or I wouldn't taken a chance...

Poured an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & some head retention

S: Grassyness & some leafy hops, once really warm

T: Citrussy hops ( grapefruit & orange peel ), biscuitty malt & dryness up front. Slight green & golden delicious apples flavor along with grapefruit & lemons as this warms, some leafy hops as well. Finishes crisp, fruitty,

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation & great balance

Very good drinkability, nice AIPA would buy this if sold as a sixer, would not buy it as a mixed 12 pack, I don't like the #9s at all...

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy honey golden color. A small head that leaves beautiful lace rings.

Very fresh and floral hop aroma. A touch of malt for balance, but the dry hops steal the show here. This is a hop heads beer. Flavor wise, there's a lot hop--bittering, flavoring and aroma. BUT it is fresh and long lasting (even a minute after the swallow). If you're looking for balance, this is the wrong beer. If you're looking to taste and smell hops, this is an excellent version for you hopheads!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed both the new twelve packs the other day as I had realized that there were 5 of the 7 beers in there that I have not had, and that was good enough for me. Went on an epic magic hat tasting last night and went through them all. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/05/2009.

The pour was solid. Rich amber in color, light copper tone to it with a nice head of white on top that lasted for a good few minutes before settling down into nothing. Light citrus hops, well balanced against a solid malty back drop, really well done as it seemed to come together perfectly, Crisp, clean, light on the palate, this was asessionable, beer drinkers IPA that could be thrown down with great ease.

Very light and very drinkable I was quite impressed with this one. It seemed to really come together quite well and the over light, well balanced hop profile worked nicely.

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under the cap reads "A Magic Brew or two may lead you to the loo", wow this one actually makes sense!! Bright amber toned golden hue with a clear look which this beer has not seen in the past, the lacing effect is fine and a product of the high amount of hops used. Wild flowery aroma, buttery backing shows an underskirt of butterscotch. The beer show goes on with soft malty and fruity aromas in the back. A bitter brew, nothing earth shattering as far as cataclysmic hop presence but certainly within style. Its more of a solid hopping to meet the malt a bit more than half way. The hops drop a long lingering flavor for the malt to figure out the puzzle, it does in time with an ample amount of sweetness and lightly toasted grain. Balance to style so the hops are still on top. Alcohol is mild mannered being that it is over 6%, a good amount of fruitiness slips in but the hops knock it down enough. Semi-dry finish.

Why oh why is this a seasonal? A solid brew to say the least, hoppy enough for me ... my expectations were met and that is all that matters. I paired this up with some spicy chicken in peanut sauce ... the more chili paste I added the better it was.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a huge, fluffy, lemon-chiffon colored head that looked like an ice cream float or Jack the Ripper's avatar. The nose is absolutely pungent with hops. Floral? Oh my, yes! The color is a crystal clear amber. It had a somewhat thick mouthfeel with hops abaundant on the tongue. The finish was hoppy, but intermingled with a molasses-sweet bite. Verrrry interesting, as Artie Johnson might have said.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Dennis. Thanks bro!

A: The color is a light, golden hue. The liquid is clear for the most part, with only a very slight haze. Bubbles rise in rapid ascension. There is a thick coating of lacing left on the glass. Off to a pretty good start...

S: Hops with nice pine and citrus aromas. I'm on the fence about a 4.0 or 4.5 score. The aroma is rather pleasant, but not quite top notch, like a RR IPA.

T: A really decent offering from Magic Hat. I thoroughly enjoyed my 3/4 pint (as the label reads). Fresh hop flavors with a present tart citrus taste make this a rather enjoyable IPA. I definitely recommend it. Everything is well balanced. Good stuff.

M: Bitter finish. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

D: Very drinkable. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I would surely drink this again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a copper semi clouded tone with a large off white orange tineted head leaves fine even lacing all around my pint glass with each sip. Aromatics contain floral citrus hops all about for Wintersville OH this is top notch damn I'm happy to see this one at the Kroger. Among the great hop nose is some honey sweet caramel biscuit malt presence to round out the green herbaceous smelling hops. Flavor contains a gliding wave of hop bitterness it's so addicting leafy, citrus, and floral aspects dive onto the palate with enough of the malt sweetness coming out some bready and biscuity with a fruity sweentess rounds out the bittering and flavor hop bite this great standard American IPA has to offer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with oily hops streaking across the palate with each sip moderate natural carbonatino and a little added body from some bottle conditioning. Drinkability all around great drinking beer I can't get enough of a solid IPA and this one beside Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes I may have to grab this one really adds some respect to Magic Hat that I was beginning to lose faith in.

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Photo of stakem
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into snifter. The brew appears a pale golden color with chunks of yeasty particulate all through the body. A white finger fades leaving patchy lace on the glass.

The smell is minty and herbal with bready malt. Some hints of citrus zest and overall it is quite muted. A swirl releases some cheesy sulfur notes to the surface that arnt particularly good.

The flavor has some herbal to zesty hop spice/bitterness. It is lightly pithy to pulpy. Like the aroma, some cheese and sulfur becomes noticeable mid-palate before finishing with some toasty bready grain character and a hint of cardboard.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Not terrible but not good either. I appreciate my brother gifting me with a bottle of this to try but I will pass on having it again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with 1/4" of head that fades to a thin lacing. It smells of grapefruit and faint malt notes. Very nice citrusy hop aromas. The taste is malty up front with pineapple and grapefruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, well carbonated, though a little thin at times.

Overall, not a bad beer. Well balanced, nice hop/malt pairing; it's just a little thin.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Suck the toe of Edgar Allen Poe."

No thanks. There are finer things to suck on for a straight guy such as myself.

Pours a basically clear gold with a nice creme head. Nose is sweet floral hops with a real sticky theme going on. Flavor is much more roasted than my other two IPA offerings this evening. Apparently there is a theme here tonight (IPAs that is). Anyways. Roasted. A bit smokier than what's been going on tonight. Flavor is smooth. More earthy than anything else. Well balanced. Feel is good. This is an easy drinker. Not as full on the flavor profile as others, but it doesn't mean anything. A nice drinker.

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Photo of Billolick
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with freshness dating. Pours light orangy amber, clear, white minimal head, departs fairly quickly, leaves nice light stringy lacing. Bready malty ale, a tad light on the hops for my tastes. Bitterness is there but not any exciting flowery of floral notes, more of a dull, mellow hoppyness in the background and finish. Pleasant enuf stuff, but didnt knock my socks of as a really killer IPA can.

Note 3-13-06: Gotta give Magic Hat big props for putting San Francisco artist Stanley Mouse's fine artwork on their label of this beer.

Nice looking and easy drinking brew, but c'mon where is the hop crunch? Pretty mild mannered IPA IMHO

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Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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