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 -1.1%
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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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 oriolesfan4
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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 metter98
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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 BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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 zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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 brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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 -12.6%
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 LXIXME
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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 NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
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 vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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 smcolw
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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 jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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