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

It pours a genuine yellow gold, carbonated and slightly hazy. A thick finger of fizzy white head settles out before long to eddies of surface froth. Thin tendrils of lacing finger the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries a mildly sweet caramel and berry maltiness. The hops are a capable balance of dry citrus and oily pine overlying a distant impression of tannin.

Upon tasting, the hops lay initial claim to the palate, with grapefruit, pithy orange, and dry pine joining a slightly green grassiness. Underneath the malt flows in a soft current, with a crooked but present sweetness opening to caramel and a general berry note. A touch of biscuit lay across the tongue toward the end, and the finish is a hoppy evolution to a pleasing and lingering crisp bitterness. While not big, bold, or especially adventurous, it's a tasty IPA with all the basics soundly in place.

Light bodied, the thinner malt profile is felt here, as it flows a bit watery, though the hops help redeem some presence.

Enjoyed on a west-facing deck at the Jersey Shore, it was a willing and tasty companion to a pretty winter sunset. A warmer winter's day, that is. Anyway, it's definitely hop-ccentric, but it gives enough of a nod to the grain to prevent a distracting rout. It's clean and refreshing, and with a taste for hops in place, it goes down smooth and easy. It's the standards like this one that let me forgive Magic Hat for the occasional bouts of mediocrity.

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Photo of akahn
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw with excellent lacing and a pleasant skim. 4

Smell is faintly tropical, like pineapple, and dank green herbal nugz.

Assertively hoppy yet balanced flavor. Sharply citrusy while herbal while sprucy. Balanced sticky sweetness. Tripel-like spicy finish.

Quite smooth texture, a little sticky, with a firm hop tingle.

Surprisingly, this is actually a damn fine IPA. I expected less from Magic Hat but this beer excels.

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Photo of HausBrewer
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden yellow with a little bit of haze. One finger of white head.

Smell: Gentle, piney hop aroma.

Taste: Lots of hops but with a little sweetness to keep them from being overpowering. The hops reflect its aroma, and finish bitter.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice body that clings to my tongue. Also a bit of a tingle from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability but not great. I’d easily drink one or two to get my hop fix, but after that I would need to move on to something with more to it.

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Photo of Alkey
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured a clear dark golden color with a large white head that left sticky lace around the glass. Smell is mostly citrusy hops. Taste seems somewhat watered down with citrus notes of tangerine and grapefruit with a slight bitterness towards the end. Feel is also watery like and thus is pretty easy to drink but lacks flavor.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Remembered finding last year's to be a refreshing IPA. Figured I'd give this year's a shot.

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint glass.

A - Translucent golden color brew with a nice sized bubbly white head. A few nice rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Smells big of grapefruity hops, some grassy smell but not as much as i remember from last year. Tiny tea like aromas coming through as well.

T - A nice hoppy taste initially. Some fresh green hops with a nice taste of tea on the finish. Finishes a bit dry and leaves a bit of a hop aftertaste but not huge on bitrterness.

M - Fairly nice but a tad light. I generally want something as hop focused to coat the mouth a bit more to lend that sticky feel to the hop flavor. Still not bad with a good carbonation for a beer with this kind of flavor.

D - This one goes down well. Really a nice refreshing kind of IPA. Not too, too bitter and tastes great nice and cool. The alcohol is well hidden so this one may sneak up on you.

Notes: Definitely a nice little IPA from Magic Hat and a bit of an improvement from what I remember of last year's version. Good, not great but good, IPA to relax with.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has been quite a long time since I have reviewed, or let alone had a beer from Magic Hat. Since this beer is a classic in my book though, I think it is worth revisiting. It was poured into a Cisco Brewery pint glass a orange color, with a good head that held up well. I literally have no complaints about the look of this beer, it simply looks good. In the bouquet of this beer wwas an initial dish soap smell, followed by some cereal grain (which was surprisingly nice smelling) and ending with some citrusy smells, specifically orange and grapefruit. Taste had the bitterness hitting you up front, and some sweetness as it settled a bit. More grapefruit showed up as I let it swish around my mouth. There was also a bit of rough earth tone in there. Mouthfeel was pretty decent, but I maybe would have liked it a bit heavier, and a bit stronger on the hops. At the same time however, the sweetness of it really balances the whole thing, and makes it a very enjoyable beer. This would be a perfect session beer, ideal with some mildly spicy foods. This was one of the first ipas that really got me into the style. It has a special place in my heart. MH: Never stop making this one please.

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

Pours a nice golden amber with a thick head. The beer settles nicely leaving a beautiful lace behind as it's consumed.

S: The nose is sweet, hoppy, with a light malitness to it. Floral and citrus notes abound.

T: wheat, grass, grapefuit flavors with a nice dry tangy hop finish. As most have mentioned, MH's beers tend to be good, but not great. Well, I have to say this is my favorite of the bunch and it far supasses the majority of styles brewed by them.

MF: well carbonated with a smooth finish

D: I love this beer in the bottle ... but you've got to try this pup on tap. I used to walk over ten blocks every other night so I could get this beaut on draught ... now mind you this is in DC when it's frickin hot out ... it's just that good! At 6.8% it's a little strong, however this is one of my favorite session beers. Definitely give this one a try!

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Photo of soupyman10
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug

A - Nice two fingers of white head that settles nicely, leaving good lacing; copper and a little cloudy in terms of appearance

S - Major hops, a slight hint of marijuana (that could be skunkiness), lots of spicy fruitiness

T - Hoppy, although lacking that real hop kick at the end; it kind of just peters out; mild floral esters with a pretty good aftertaste; good taste, just not great

M - Very smooth feel, fairly dry, although it doesn't dry you out like some IPAs; short aftertaste that goes with a fairly thin body

D - Like most Magic Hat, it's a good beer but not a great beer; the hops are there but need a good kick in the ass for this one to bump up to great, especially cause the flavor's not super complicated

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Photo of daliandragon
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with reddish tints and a dogged half finger of off white head that refuses to completely wither away to nothing. Nose isn't overpowering but features some pine sap and tart citrus notes.

Flavors are dominated by pine again with backing citrus and a late kick of alcohol. The bitterness factor is pretty high and at times the consistency and oiliness make this beer taste almost soapy, which isn't so great. Overall, not a bad IPA, but fairly one dimensional and there are plenty I like better.

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Photo of WAP
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, 2 finger head that leaves light lacing. Smell is dominated by the hops with pine and citrus (mainly grapefruit) standing out. Taste is bitter grapefruit with a little bit of pine and herbal hop flavors. There is an interesting lightly toasted flavor on the back end. Not extremely hoppy for an IPA, but has a solid bitterness without a lot of sweet to balance. Very drinkable -- hides its 6.8% well. An interesting beer to sample, but probably not a new regular in the rotation.

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Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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 MrHurmateeowish
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from Florian's/ Translucent amber body with a good half inch of off-white head. Citrus hops and a nutty character dominate the aroma. Nut, grain, and citrus equally share the flavor. Not at all what I was expecting from an IPA... Light to Medium in body. Okay, and one of Maic Hat's Better offerings, but not my favorite IPAs by any means.

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

Nice golden orange color with a bubbly off-white head. Bead rises up sides of pint glass. Laces glass. Smells mostly of piney hops but can also pick out citrus and sweeter malts. Bitter hop taste that is mostly piney. Both bitterness and sweet malt in finish. Almost tastes like a pilsner malt used here. Heavier mouthfeel than expected; quite oily and smooth going down. No bubbly carbonation but is felt in mouth as tingly. Smell becomes more interesting as it warms to maybe even a yeasty smell. Pleasant finish. Drinkability is only OK for me. Overall it's good but not quite a front runner in my opinion.

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Photo of mstngturk10
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours hazy orange with little foam. smells like the #9 and circus boy. has a nice sweet taste, somewhat like the #9 but with a nice bite at the end. a very drinkable beer, and expectidly good coming from magic hat. very good beer, definately worth buying again.

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

A: Amber in color with thickish off-white/tannish head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Big hop aromas up front, followed by some pine, grass, and slight pungent citrus pulp ending with a slightly sweet caramel-ish scent. Further quaffs reveal some floral scents coming around the citrus as well.
T: Solid hop flavors that walk the line of pungent, but don't quite get there. Pine, herbal, grassy, and citrus pulp up front along with some pear-like flavors. Puckering malty sweetness follows with caramel being the most noticeable flavor. Ends with a bitter and pine/herbal punch.
MF: Light at times.
Overall: A solid, easy drinking IPA that has the right amount of pungent kick and some solid malt to offset. Nothing special, but a solid brew. A good, not over the top, introduction for those green to the style.

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark orange color with minimal head that diminished quickly but still left good lacing on the glass. Aroma was of piney hops with some citrus behind it. Taste; for an IPA with more pine than citrus taste, I find this to actually be pretty good. Good carbonation and the alcohol is not overpowering at all. Not all that high on my list of IPAs, but still pretty tasty.

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

12oz bottle, courtesy of santoslhalper.

Pours a clearish, golden color with some orange highlights. Fluffy two finger head falls to a nice cap of foam. Good head retention with modest lacing.

Smell is full of floral, grassy hoppiness.

Tastes of herbal hoppiness at first, along with a slight caramel backbone and a good bitterness in the finish. Pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel is kind of light-bodied, which seems to be a trend with the Magic Hat beers, but lively and a little drying.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty beer from Magic Hat, I'll be looking for this again.

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Photo of eberkman
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with decent carbonation and a nice, thick cream-colored head that holds up over time and left thick layers of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was primarily of piney hops with some floral and citrusy notes. Not much malt in the nose.

Taste was hoppy right off the bat, but not exceptionally bitter, and pretty well-balanced out by the malt. A sticky sweetness came through and took over after the beer sat for a while, which made me thirstier and wanting another one. The hops were pleasant but not as powerful as I expected based on the reviews. The downside was a weird lingering harshness that emerged moments after the first few sips, but it seemed to go away after a while.

Mouthfeel was crisp, but the beer left a weird, thick, oily, filmy coating on the inside of my mouth. Regardless, this was much better than I expected and is as drinkable as most American IPAs, which is to say quite sessionable..

Actually reminded me a little of Harpoon (from the bottle, not the tap).

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Nice fluffy white head with moderate carbonation atop a golden liquid. The smell is nice and hoppy, definite american hops with a pungent resin aroma. The taste has a nice bite to it but I would have liked the ending to be a little more dry. This is very similar to the southern tier IPA minus the ending. It has more of a bland, boring ending than the southern tier. Still very drinkable and it packs a decent punch.

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a 0.3" white head that falls slowly, leaving decent retention and light lacing. The beer is a medium golden-amber in color.

smell: Sweet, juicy, fresh, floral hop aroma. Tropical fruits all over the place. Just the right tough of pale and caramel grain to balance it out.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, as is the body.

taste: Pretty damn good. Fresh, juicy floral hops dominate. Just behind is a light sweetness of caramel and pale malt. Notes of sugary grains. Some notes of citrus, mango, and other tropicals. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: Easy...recommended. This one seems to be a little underappreciated.

single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh...best by April 2007.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an orangey amber with solid head retention. definitly smells of floral citrus. smells juicy, very appealing. the taste is real solid, very well balanced. good amount of hop bite and definitly a grassy citrus overtone. i dig ipa's and this one is one of the better ones coming out of new england. i might not take it over a smuttynose finest kind but ....still highly drinkable.

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Photo of Atron67
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear amber like color, 2-3 finger off white head, sticky with great retention,
S- the smell is good, but pretty weak in strength, counldnt notice much beyond the hops
T- Good, hoppy as it should be, light malt, slight citrus grassy taste
M- good clean crisp
D- good session beer

Good beer but better IPA's out there

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Photo of kelticblood
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Suprised that this is 6.80ABV. I would of never guessed this to be above 6. Had a nice floral hop and citrus aroma. Long lingering bitterness on the finish.The bitterness overshadows any malt charcters. This is no IPA for rookies. Not much of a head is present, but there is some spotty lacing. The color is a hazy gold. Medium bodied with a creamy rolling texture. Would of like to see more carbonation. Because of it's strong ABV and hop bitterness I can't see myslef drinking alot of these. This is a superb well-crafted IPA. I could only dream of making an IPA like this.

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Photo of PhillyMonk
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, light-amber color with a substantial amount of very thick, white head on top in a pint glass that lingered on its sides. The smell is, as one would expect with this style, hop-forward, but was very pIeasant and I found some hints of sweet citrus in there as well. There is light carbonation up-front, which gives way to an increasing hoppiness that leaves the mouth slowly after the beer is swallowed. Again, I taste some citrus character in there, with very little maltiness at all. An alcohol taste can be detected in the finish, which seemed to increase as I progressed through the pint. This beer paired well with the broccoli rabe chicken sausage I made.

Although there is nothing incredibly unique about this beer, it has the qualities I like in others of the same style (i.e. some of the Dogfish Head offerings that are everywhere in my area): clean taste, generous hoppiness, pairs well with food, fairly drinkable. I wouldn't add this beer to my regular rotation, but I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a hotel room glass. The beer is clear, light orange color, with high marks for a thick spitty head. The aroma is nice and hoppy, and I hoped for more as I mistakenly thought Hi.P.A. was supposed to be a DIPA. But it was a good smell for an IPA, and a really nice hoppy and burning taste. I don't see Magic Hat for sale in Ohio, but if it comes this way I'll try more from them.

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Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,325 ratings
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