Hi.P.A. | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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3.66 w/ 1,325 ratings

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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Ratings: 1,325 |  Reviews: 662
Photo of jdoncbus
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass, two finger head - pretty fluffy but dissipates quickly. Bright golden color that leaves a bit of an oily lacing on the glass.

Sweet hops jump out on the nose: apricot, pear, and orange. A bit of a peppery spice is present as well with not much in the way of malt.

Very crisp on the palate while the hops leap out and are followed with a doughy, malt. Like the aroma: grapefruit, pepper, and cilantro-like spice. Reminds me of a west coast IPA. Mouth is left somewhat dry and tart like any AIPA - very pleasant aftertaste.

The beer bottle/packaging cite that it's a spring release; I would say that I would certainly enjoy one of these on a hot summer day. I picked up a 6'er of Blind Faith a few years back while in VT for work and loved it; heard they retired it. This offering is enjoyable as well and recommend to any lover of the hops.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at a beerfest in NEPA

A-Golden Amber color with good head retention and decent lacing
S-Hoppy smell with a slight sweet malt undertone
T,M-A bitterness in the beginning and hopps throughout, clean finish of hopps
D- Very drinkable beer, tasty, hoppy, delicious!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

The pour revealed a hazy orange-gold with a 1 finger of thick foam that is retained pretty well for most of the session.

The smell is predominantly of caramel malt with just a slight kick of hops way in the background.

The taste is big on the malt on first sip. Lots of caramel sweetness along with some bread and a very minimal hop presence. After a few more sips, I still can't detect much of the hops other than a slight citrus taste right before the finish which itself starts with more malt sweetness and then, abruptly, the flavour disappears leaving a kind of watery ending. Still, I'm a fan of malty IPAs and this one worked rather well. I'm glad I got to try it.

Bottom line: From what I sampled, because of the strong Malt, I find this more of an English Style IPA than an American but I can't argue much with how my palate perceived it. It's good.

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Photo of dickroop
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was "Best Enjoyed By" July, and here is is February, so it's fair to say it spent far more time on the shelf and in my basement than was optimal. That's not the fault of the brewer, yet my review isn't as good as it probably should be if I'd had a fresh bottle to sample.

It poured tawny and cloudy with a healthy egg-shellhead, some lacing. There was not a big nose (too many months since bottling) and it had more of a traditional pale ale aroma than an IPA, mostly floral.

The taste was sweeter than most IPAs, reminiscent of a DIPA (but the ABV is under 7%). The hop flavor was a nice rich bouquet, and it had good balance of hop-bitterness and malt-sweetness. It fades to a plain bitter finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, kind of rich and a little oily.

Drinkability was good for sipping, enjoyable, and probably would have been much better had it been fresher. I'll hope to get another bottle sometime, for a fairer evaluation.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very clear light amber, big white head with good retention, good lacing on glass, light carbonation.

S = Light floral notes, grapefruit and lemon, small amount of pine. Good smelling but a little too light.

T = Bitter on front of tongue and in nice finish, some citrus notes of grapefruit rind, but there is a nice sweet light fresh malt flavor at mid-palate, a well balanced IPA.

M = Light to medium bodied, pleasantly light carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = This is a great IPA, nicely balanced. I would recommend. Too strong for session drinking obviously but a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of nortmand
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce brown bottle into a Mickey's pint glass:

A: Poured a burnt, reddish amber with a one-finger head of sticky white foam that clung nicely because of the hop content.

S: Smells of bittersweet pine oils and a malty profile. There is a certain mustiness in the nose that isn't exactly pleasant, and is a little out of place.

T: The hops are a bit rough and astringent up front, and could stand to balance a bit more with the sweet buttery malts found mid-palate. Not entirely metallic right away, but borderline.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a sharp level of carbonation.

D: It did mellow a bit after warming some. The higher ABV and sticky sweetness might deter some, but it's a passable drinking IPA.

The best part of this brew might be the art on the bottle. Otherwise, it's kind of a run-of-the-mill IPA which could stand to either commit to mellowing with malt, or aggravating with hops.

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Photo of gordavidson
1.76/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Clear, yellow, light gold in color with a small white head and some pretty streams of rising carbonation. The lacing is pretty good as I work my way through the pint.

S- Very earthy smelling with a little citrus and floral notes. There is something very strange and not appealing about this.

T- Seriously? Ouch. Very earthy and somewhat bitter. I can't really put my finger on it, but there is just something I really do not like about this. Not very good for an IPA... at all.

M- Bitter and astringent and harsh. This is not appealing.

D- Damn this was just not that enjoyable. Gross.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz single bottle... pours a nice golden, copper-colored hue with minimal frothy head that soon dissipated... orange, amber-like color with a strong hop, citrus, and lemon scent... taste was not very well-balanced... more bitter than anything else, yet still pleasing with an attractive ultra-hoppy essence that would be a pleasure to all the hop-heads out there... probably the most extremely hopped beer from Magic Hat that I've yet sampled... taste was strong, powerful, and slightly overwhelming... Mouthfeel was rich, thick, and creamy with bitter nuances... drinkability was taken down a notch due to the ultra-bitterness associated with the brew and the slightly cloying flavor... otherwise, this was a pretty good sample from Magic Hat... If you are a fan of IPA's, this one is worth a try...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from magic hat. A solid inch and a half of off white head is formed on top of this honey wheat colored hazy body. Head leaves a little lace as it fades. Very fresh piney citrus notes dance on the nose. Nose is quite floral and shows promise. Hits the tongue slightly thinner than expected but does quickly yield mineral rich hoppy notes. Almost shows a bit of malty sweetness mixed into the palate. Realatively even in the middle. Does have a nice sustained hop bite on the sides of the tingue. Mouthfeel thickens as a reaction. A solid drinking IPA.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid looks good a darkish amber with good carbonation. The head is nice 2 fingers tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is of an earthy hoppy mix with a bit of toasty and caramel malt.

The taste follows, not bad at all a good example of the style. Medium hoppy, good malt back bone.

The mouthfeel is also good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is also quite good. This is a fine go to beer and worth a try. Prosit MK

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass. Presented with a dull, pale, peach color and a mild smell of hops. Generous foamy white head with abundant lacing during the tasting. Lively mouthfeel with more hops and citrus undertones (grapefruit?). Drinkability - very much so, I'm on my 3rd one. In my opinion, one of Magic Hat's better brews, particularly since I'm not much of an IPA fan. Thanks for the bottles Kate :)

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Photo of Bassetdawg
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle

Appearance: a bright amber appearance, pours with a two finger head, with great lacing.

Aroma: A nice hoppy smell – solid but not overpowering.

Taste and Mouthfeel: a smooth mouthfeel. A strong hoppy flavor, which is then met with a solid taste of malt.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA. It is quite drinkable.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy peach in color. 1/2" white head that holds until the glass is half empty. Sheets of lace line the sides of the glass.
Nice hops in the aroma. Not huge but nice. Appricot and mango.
Good interplay among the hops and malt in the flavor. Sweet fruitiness(mango) into citrus hops(pineapple) then back to sweet that leads to a bitter sour apple finish.
Mouthfeel is both lively and smooth. Kind of like the deep south blues. Packs a punch in a subtle way.
Good IPA. Best I've had....nah. One I'll come back to in the future...sure.
One of the better Magic Hat brews I've had.
Thanks to Enola for the bottle.

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Photo of Enola
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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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Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +27%
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 WillieMoe
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber color with a finger of head. The smell is a piney, hoppy scent, but it's not too strong. The taste however is a bit stronger, with the notable hop flavor, with the tiniest hint of malt. Doesn't dry out the mouth too much and has a small sting on the tongue. This is very drinkable, another winner by the gang at Magic Hat!

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Photo of bruachan
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

the beer is a light copper color and sports a decent head: good lacing, creamy core descends to a puffy film

stiff hop aroma. columbus? sweet fruity

the flavors are sweet, too. hoppy, but not bitter. the hops give a big citrus character, which melds (or causes?) with the juicyfruit thing going on. the beer's thin, lifeless texture make it very juicelike

the mouthfeel is lame. give me some body, or bubbles, or bitterness

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Photo of mherring
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been on an IPA kick lately and found this at the local grocery and decided to give it a try. It poured out a nice light, golden color with a great aroma. The smell gives you lots of citrus and hops, which I thought was fantastic. The taste was pretty good as well, a nice hop and citrus blend with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel.

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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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to NutBrown.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small white head, nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, some citrus and caramel. The taste is hoppy, malty, nice touch of citrus and caramel. The finish is dry. Medium body. Drinkable, to me this is a different IPA, but tasty.

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Photo of BravoTwo
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA poured a cloudy golden color from the bottle. Enough hops to make the drinker sit up and know that this is a quality IPA, but not overly bitter. Just the right amount to satisfy IPA lovers (like me) but not enough to turn away those who are unfamiliar with the IPA style. I wish that this beer was not a seasonal offering, as I would drink it year-round

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Photo of sweethome
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Puors light golden color with light/white head. Wispy.

Fruit nose of C hops. Hop bittering is up front on the entry - I like that. Nice hop flavors - the malts are honey sweetness. Hop flavors of grapefruit. A granny smith apple flavor.

The bittering is constant in the beer - finishes a bit sweet. Not as aggressive as west coast IPA's, but not as malt forward as many east coast IPA's of english style.

The alcohol is well hidden if this is 6.8%

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Photo of Durge
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy gold liquid with a modest head that breaks into a spotty lace pretty quickly. The aroma is weak but you catch the hops pretty clearly with just a hint of disinfectant that haunts the back of my nose. The first taste again brings on the hops with a sort of grassy quality. It closes with the bitterness you often encounter with IPA's. I noted a loss in body as I waited on the final sips, sort of flat after sitting for 15 minutes through the tasting process. First taste was more impressive than the second half of this brew but not bad.

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Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 52.3% out of 100 with 1,325 ratings
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