Hi.P.A. | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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

Pours a bright orange amber with a creamy orange-tinged white head. Fresh, leafy hops and touch of honey sweetness in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by a crisp citrus hoppiness, but there are also strong notes of sweetness and even some grainy, bready maltiness, especially in the otherwise bitter, hoppy finish. Overall, very hoppy, but fairly balanced nonetheless. Creamy mouthfeel with a brief but sharp carbonation tang.

Not bad, but not the most flavorful American IPA I’ve ever had. It’s a lot closer to an extra hoppy pale ale, really. Also, it’s not Magic Hat’s most interesting beer: for a brewery with a well-earned reputation for producing unique and even strange brews, this one is decidedly straightforward. Still, it’s drinkable and well-balanced, and very well worth a try, particularly if it comes in one of Magic Hat’s nifty variety 12-packs. Recommended.

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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 yelterdow
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tasting glass at just over fridge temperature... single bottle from Total Wine in River Edge.

Best by end: June 2006.

Appearance- Pours a relatively light gold (compared to most AIPAs) with a nice, expanding off-white head that stands three fingers high, then settles to no less than an inch. The crown's texture is marshmallowy and spongy, and leaves behind large maps of sticky lacing.

Smell- Notes of grapefruit and yeast come forth at first, with aromas of dish soap clearly noticeable... I love the weird surprises that some Magic Hat beers exhibit... twisted. This smells like Palmolive, and no, it's not my glass!

Taste- A very nice blend of citrusy hops, lemon rind, cookie dough, and bread. The finish on this beer is cool and different... not just straight bitterness but a more complex bready, yeasty character.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Average at best, there is a light-bodied slickness that doesn't quite bring the carbonation I hoped for. The swallow is quick and nondescript. Interesting beer, glad to have tried it... but I won't be visiting this again.

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Photo of lpayette
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy apple juice color. Small head composed of large bubbles.

Smell- This is the best part of this beer. Flowery hop oil, apricot?- kind of like a #9 in some respects. Has that typical magic hat smell.

Taste + mouthfeel- Hops dominate, as they should. Some caramel malt. Grainy. Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Not a bad beer at all. Good compromise for hopheads and those not so daring I'd say.

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Photo of boulevard2
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Boulevard Grill 16 oz pint

Pours a lite amberish color with a huge white head that slowly disapates with a nice thin rim.The smell is infumed with crisp hops and citrusy notes.The taste is very smooth with hints of pineapple and citrus aftertaste.This beer overall is a smooth beer offered from Magic Hat and to my suprise is a great IPA and reccomend to others.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of Magic Hat's better efforts. It's a hazy yellow color with a medium head and no lacing. It has a floral, grassy odor, very pleasant. The taste is mostly hops, fairly sharp. Pretty good mouthfeel, and very drinkable. If you associate Magic Hat with #9, this is a much better beer to drink.

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Photo of bignick
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6-pack of 12 oz bottles purchased at Dorr's Liquor Mart. Poured into a pint glass.

Magic Hat did a nice job with this one. It does not have the watered-down taste of many of there beers. It is definitely an American IPA, and has a nice hop kick. But, it is not overwhelming. There is also a very present malt backbone that makes this one of the better American IPAs I have tried.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with March 06 drink by date. The color is a pale orange that is mostly cloudy. The head is off white in color, rocky after a pour that leaves it 11/2 fingers tall. There is a tremendous amount of thick sticky lace. The aroma is a fruity and very hoppy smell, hinting at citrus. The flavor is decidedly citrus, mainly grapefruit topped off white a good amount of hop flavor. The hop bitterness is medium bodied with some nice tanginess that lingers for a while. This IPA starts and finishes strong.

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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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Photo of oelergud
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent body, hay colored at the edge and orange/brown/yellow at center. Rocky white head with amazing lace and retention. Carbonation starts out strong but fades quickly.
Smell is sharp and intense hops with spikes and chains swinging. No nonsense and pure scent with faint grass notes.
Taste is surprisingly mellow at first but then that intense hop attitude kicks in for a while only to let go and let a pleasant hopoil wave carry the palatte into the aftertaste. The malt seems to be without ebb or flow, just barely there.
Full body. Oily and slick, good coating. Slightly dry and sharp.
Good drinkability, not a session brew at all but quite pleasant.


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Photo of HurricaneMo
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Let's just say this was hoppy.

Poured golden brown with sizable head. Average lacing as the time passed. The smell was very strong with hops, also some citrus and kind of herbal. Very interesting on the nose. The taste was bitter, and at times overpowered everything else. However, it was quite unique and bold. Mouthfeel was decent with maybe a little too much carbonation. Not my kind of beer, but it was decent across the board.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - darker amber yellow color, with a half finger of white flat head that dissipates slowly

S - smells very hoppy and bitter, if there are any other smells, the hops drowns them out, wait, perhaps a slight floral aroma

T - the hops definitely follow to the taste, and they are strong, again they drown out other characteristics, this is good, i like my beer bitter, but otherwise, people probably wont like it

M - clean, smooth beer, but unbalanced, granted in a way I love, but there is no sweetness to balance the bitter

D - high if you like your IBU's, low if you dont, so peace in the middle

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

AP: Label says this is a seasonal offering. Pours - gold, amber, bit of a light brown hue, slightly hazy, a fairly light and white creamy head that travels all the way down the glass with moderate lacing.

SM: Pungent and earthy.

TA: Tasty and bitter, a bit musty and earthy – initially crisp and bitter, some fruitiness pulls through, but the finish is ultimately a bitter, burnt toast taste (although balanced enough, it is by no means undrinkable). This seems to change a bit as the beer warms up as the finish becomes mildly less pungent. The alcohol is not readily perceived despite a fairly high abv.

MF: Carbonation is present on the tongue, but not too heavy. Light to moderate body.

DR: The high alcohol content and bitterness would keep me from having another on the same night, but I’d return to this beer again to enjoy its full flavor. I don’t mind a bitter brew, although the high degree of bitterness in this IPA limits its appeal for me. Of course, I cannot knock this beer for its bitterness since that is supposedly characteristic of an American IPA.

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Photo of kpantz
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: Loved Heart of Darkness, dumped #9 down the drain, so what's this one gonna bring? Unfortunately, another beer that doesn't live up to the hype. I really wish I liked their stuff a bit more, but I'm only one for three so far.

Appearance: Hazy dull orange, with a peach to off-white colored head that hangs around at about 1/2 finger thick. Lacing is decent.

Smell: Clean hop aroma. Grassy, not very citrusy or flowery. I even get a hint of ash, which is confusing.

Taste: Initial taste is promising, but it's soon overwhelmed by conflicting and confusing signals that take this away from being a really good IPA. No good bitterness to speak of, and the hop flavor is difficult to find. You know that wonderful middle act, where the hop flavor is complex and dynamic and keeps you from sending this back to swallow too soon? Not here. The flavor prematurely dissipates. Also, unfortunately, some of that ash I detected in the aroma makes its way into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good for the style. A bit tacky, but thin enough to be refreshing. Carbonation level is really nice.

Drinkability: Drinkable, but not for me. Too much going on in the negative flavor character to keep drinking this one. If I'm on a two to three beer limit, I wouldn't want to waste my time with this.

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

This brew pours a cloudy yellowy orange. Decent white pillowy head leaves lacing. Smells of sweet fruit and hops. Tastes of bitter hops with nice malts and some fruitiness. It's light bodiness washes away the flavors quick and leave bitterness. Not a particularly strong beer, but I'm not inspired by it either.

This is the third Magic Hat I've tried and I have to say they all share the same characteristic of quick coming and going flavor. It's like they are almost really good but miss the mark.

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

Light golden-copper with an off-white head. Small bits of particulate. Hops jump right out of the aroma -- big piney Christmas tree odors. Ditto on the palate -- evergreen, pine sap, plus a sweet, juicy hop element that fades into a solidly bitter finish that camps out on the center rear of the tongue, where it stays for a while. The approach here is not your typical citrus bomb of an IPA, but rather more of a piney, backwoodsy thing. A nice treat from the folks up in Vermont.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw colored hue and slightly hazy. The head is a foamy one finger with little head retention and decent lacing.

The smell is very very subtle. There are hints of hop, citrus and a spiciness, maybe coriander or even mustard seed.

The flavor is very clean and exceptionally dry. You know the hops are in there, but they blend in so well and are balanced so well that they don't necesarily stand out.

The mouthfeel is very good. A very clean and dry finish.

Very drinkable considering the ABV.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kinda reminds me of Smuttynose's Finest kind. Tastes quite nutty to me. Hoppy but not bitter hoppy. A little bit bready in that respect; like good fresh baked slightly dark bread... rye bread maybe.
Much better than I thought it was going to be. Magic Hat brews tend to be be kinda muddy, inbetween beers for me. This one is a solid hit.

Re-visit on 9/29/10- I'm getting distinct honey notes out of this beer after tasting it next to a more aggressively hoppy beer. On the sweeter, fruitier bodied side of the IPA spectrum. Juicy as opposed to dry.

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Photo of jhammerly
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice hazy golden body with a thick whiteish head that had good retention and left some lacing throughout the glass to the end. Citrus was the predominant aroma that I smelled. It was farily light and very inviting. The tase was very much like grapefruit, but not as bitter. A good balance with the malt. I had a preconceived notion that this was going to be very bitter, it definitely was not. Pretty mild for an IPA. Mouthfeel was light to medium. This beer went down smoothly and would be a nice summer beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.67/5  rDev +27.6%
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 littlebibs
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been a big IPA drinker, to much hops can get to me.
Being a fan of most Magic Hats brews, I gave this one a try
as well as several friends that were over and we all said the
same thing, the mouthful was hoppy for sure but what a nice citrus
tang going on, it has some nice flavors swirling around. I like
the fruits, it balances things. Nice offering from Magic Hat for
those that like an IPA, maybe a bit lighter but you can drink
more and not feel so full, great spring/summer departure from
the ever adventurous brewers at Magic Hat.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow-gold in color with a nice distribution of carbonation. The color was much lighter than I thought it would be after trying a few sips from other bottles. The head was decent and seemed to want to stick around which led to some great lacing.

Smell: Yeah, that reminds me of ummm....kind bud. A spicy pine scent with a pungent herbal hop aroma that really fills the nose. Some citrus aroma, mostly orange with hints of clove. Hops are intense.

Taste: A nice flavor that has a bitter grass bite. A little sweet which seems to hide the alcohol nicely, but if swirled in your mouth the alcohol does show itself. Many flavors, but the hops are the victor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a course bite.

Drinkability: I like IPA's, so as the cap says, "One Always Pounces on our 12 Fluid Ounces".

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass
a crystal clear golden yellow with tinges of orange. Renegade bead of carbonation fugitivly rose to the surface, which was capped with a rocky one finger thick head, with soap suds stickyness clinging to the sides of the glass.

What a lovely hoppy nose this has on it. scents of orange, grapefruit and pine greet the nose. Extremely fragrent and a joy to just sit and smell.

The taste isn't how I remembered it last year, but none the less it's still pretty damn good. Piney on the tip of the tounge then heavy grapefruit bitterness and other citrusy flavors, with notes of pine coming back in to play on the aftertaste

Medium bodied with a good ammount of carbonation, this beer is active in your mouth and finishes crisp and smooth. A very very refreshing beer.

So glad this is back just in time for the spring and summer months. An extremely drinkable beer

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Photo of johnyeast
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange/ Yellow in color with a bright white one inch head. Smells of hops, lime, citrus, and a variety of spices. Citrus and hops are the dominant flavors. A definate taste of lemon as the beer sits in the mouth. Nice lacing on the glass. A good and drinkable offering from Magic Hat. On a side note, I really like the bottle/ label art.

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

12 oz bottle, I dig the art on all of Magic Hat's bottles.

Appearance: Golden/Amber in color, slightly hazy with a tall head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell: Great floral and fruity hop aromas.

Taste: Magic Hat certainly gave me my hop fix with this brew. It's not what I would call over the top but it is winning the battle with the malts in this one. A great tasting IPA, and one I would drink anytime.

Mouthfeel: A medium body leaning more towards the lighter side, nice crispness and quite refreshing.

Drinkability: A good session beer IMO.

Overall my favorite offering from Magic Hat thus far.

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Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,326 ratings
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