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 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 mynie
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark and lightly hazy. Smells of medium-strength American hops with strong, pleasant nodes of orange, sugar and grapefruit. Pretty boilerplate, so far as AIPA aromas go, but very solidly done. Nothing off, nothing cloying.

Tastes, thankfully, pretty much as it smells. The hops are straight Columbus and the malt is sweet and biscuity without being too thick or too sweet. The medium-alpha hops take center stage, with a nice firm citrus burst giving way to a milder, lightly spicy middle and finishing on nodes of grapefruit mixed wonderfully with a doughy yeast.

Straightfoward and certainly not bold, but nonetheless tasty and very well brewed.

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guessing this has changed since I reviewed nearly 10 years ago....a definite American IPA with a nice dose of piney hop notes on the nose...flavor is hop forward and kind of complex...oily hops evident....good tight bitterness but also a sweeter note from the hops as well....really nice hop burps....body is about right on....slightly dry on the finish....I really like this one....got it for 6.95 a sixer and would gladly buy several more if the store wasn't 100 miles away that I got it at.

7-7-03 (3.58)
I think the current 4.21 rating on this is a tad bit high...this ia decent IPA but nothing earth shattering....in fact, I would wager there are dozens of IPA's of the same caliber all over the U.S.

It looks the part...nice orange....little white lace that rims the glass....nose is a little light...I'd say it has more of a English IPA nose... Herbal, earthy hop notes rather than the citrus hops of the west coast...

The body is pretty light...I'd say on the light side of medium...the first thing I noticed when I drank this was the lighter texture...I thought this was an Imperial IPA but even for a regular IPA the body is very light...

Taste is very balanced for an IPA...there is a good malty, bready base along with the herbal, earthy hops...the hopping is not going t oknock your socks off....it has a nice flavor and adds to the beer but if you're west coast hop head this WILL dissapoint you if you are bying it for a hop charge...

Mouthfeel finishes a bit dry which I like...as I mentioned it is pretty light bodied but balanced....

Overall the drinkability is tough to rate because I think this could be a good session beer and there aren't a lot of IPA's I can say that about...or want to say that about...

I see this as a decent English IPA style beer...the thin body is a big negative to me as is the relatively low hopping...on the positive side it has a nice earthy taste to it and is well balanced and quaffable in large doses...almsot more of an ESB in some respects...

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Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a hazy golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that had great retention and excellent sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was of light grain malts, floral hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (orange).

The taste was bitter from the get go with a mild caramel sweetness slowly creeping in, and then became mostly hoppy with a strong citrus peel bitterness and a slight peppery ending. The flavor lasted quite a while after the swallow with a good bold hoppiness left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a very satisfying IPA with lots of flavor and a damn good hoppy presence...


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Photo of mckenziac
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Magic Hat "Participation" variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, bright golden color. Has a small, frothy head that dissipates quickly down to a small cap that leaves behind some better-than-expected lacing.

Smell: Earthy, piney hop aromas.

Taste: Earthy bitterness up front. Finishes moderately bitter with a musty, earthy hoppiness. Just enough maltiness that the hops don't overpower.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a light body.

Overall: A slightly better-than-average IPA. I feel like this is one of Magic Hat's more solid offerings. It's a well-constructed, if slightly one-note IPA. Nothing really memorable but something I'm glad I had and will probably have again.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, poured a hazy golden color, produced a white head, nice retention and it left lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of citric/pine hop aroma. Medium in body, this APA, is all about earthy, piney hop flavor. A base of malted grain, this brew also features some hints of apple juice. This brew has all of the makings of a really good APA but it is somewhat off balance. Dry finish. Overall, this was a decent APA- nice session beer, a little rough around the edges but it will do.

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Photo of RickS95
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the look but it doesn't look like most IPAs. Looks more like a witbier. Pours a cloudy, milky gold color. It's pale-ish in color but mostly opaque due to the hazy look. The head is true IPA. Thick, fluffy, good retention, nice lacing.

I'm a bit torn on the smell. It's got some good and bad. The bad is that it smells like an American macro with a grainy, adjunct-filled, ricey aroma. The good is that it's got a citrusy, grassy smell that gives it the American IPA scent.

The taste follows the smell, a bit of American macro as well as some citrusy, grassiness. Each sip seems to get a bit worse.

The mouthfeel is very bitter. There's slight acidity, but it's got a grainy feel to it.

It's very average. Lots of potential, but reminds me too much of an overproduced American pilsner.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how this one has evaded my reviewing powers for so long but here we go.

A- Poured into one of those new can-shaped glasses, like a stout pint glass I suppose. Somewhat hazy golden-orange body. A very nice creamy white head forms to about two fingers and retains nicely. Lots of lace creates a webbed pattern around the glass.

S- Hoppy upfront with main notes of pine and citrus zest taking up most of the aromatic powers. Some light bread, caramel and herbal/floral hints in the background.

T- Hops strong again here and the pine seems to be more dominant here than in the nose. Herbal, floral, grapefruit, lemon zest and spicy notes from the hops too. The malt and yeast make their presence known with caramel, bread and light fruit hints.

MF- Creamy light body with smooth moderate carbonation. Bitterness in the finish isn't overpowering but delivers a nice compliment to the flavors.

Solid standard IPA for the price and inclusion in mixed-12 packs.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hi.P.A. pours a surprisingly pale yellow without a hint of amber in the mix, topped however by an impressive amount of bone white suds leaving tons of creamy lacing.

The aroma is faint, mostly a clean slightly sweet smelling citrusy malt.

The flavor is hop forward and pleasingly bitter. The hops are about equal parts citrus and pine resin and have a faint spicy bite in the finish. The finish is bitter and pleasantly lingers. The pale fresh bready malts are sweet but definitely take the back seat to the hops in this beer.

The mouhtfeel is on the light side, with rather sharp carbonation but slick in the end.

I've had a number of beers from Magic Hat and can say I prefer their IPAs. I have also liked other IPAs of theirs better, namely Lucky Kat, than HiPA but this is a pleasantly bitter easy drinking IPA that won't blow you away but won't dissapoint either.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with while sitting around his house! Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, subtle fruit, and pine. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, fruit, and pine. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. There was a lot of earthiness going on here with a touch of pine. The touch of fruit going on wasn’t too bad, but I don’t think it was totally necessary in my opinion. Glad I got to tick this one, but that’s about it.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt yellow-orange with many bubbles streaming up from the bottom. nice White head with thin foamy retention and great lacing.
Smells of fresh citrus fill the nose and deliver a nice pine hop depth with sweet toffee malts.

Sips with high carbonation that fades away quickly but delivers a foamy mouthful of bitter pine hops with citrus follow up of grapefruit juice and some mango.

Best by far of the IPA on tour series. I would like to see this brought back to be available year round.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours hazy golden yellow with a nice thin white head. The beer is actually rather hazy and reminiscent of a hefeweizen. The carbonation was rather consistent from the bottom and healthy for the beer style, and the lacing is a fine sheet on the side of the glass that has some sticky tendencies. The beer smells properly wet and full of citrus pine with a nice body of sweet salty biscuity malt. The hops to hint at a medicinal aroma, but are really rather nice, hinting at lemon zest and grapefruit. The beer tastes nicely bitter and biscuity. Lemony grapefruit lingers bitterly in the mouth in the aftertaste, but the middle is nicely balanced between malt and hops. The hops border between being too sweet, but don’t ever quite over power the taste buds, and leave the bitter aftertaste with a nice sweet tinge. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but surprisingly lacking in carbonation. It leaves the mouth with a nice torrent of spittle. The roof of the mouth is quite dry and sticky on the tongue. Overall this is a solid I.P.A. and a great example of the style. This beer is a solid example of the more bitter versions of the style and perfect for those looking for the next step in bitters after they have begun their hops quest. Worthy of a drink.

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Photo of areich6
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow color with little head.

S: smells very crisp and piney with hints of tart fruit such as grapefruits.

T: Pretty darn bitter with a wonderful crispness on the tongue. Can taste a fair amount of maltiness after the intitial burst of bitter. Not much more complex after that.

M: I fair amount of prickly carbonation that disappears pretty quickly in the mouth. Pretty light after that.

O: This is pretty good IPA not spectacular, but better than a lot out there.

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Photo of pschul4
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank during the first Packers game of the year, very excite!

A- Pours a bright hazy orange that has a little bit of head to start but dissipates quickly without too much retention

S- Lots of hops but they aren't terribly sharp. Some pale malts in the background as well.

T- Very piney which isn't my favorite but it's a nice change of pace from the tropical fruit forward IPAs I typically drink. Some malt in the background but the pine really steals the show

M- Very prickly with the carbonation. Could relax that a bit but nothing terrible

O- Good not great. Glad I got a 6 pack but probably won't buy again

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy pale orange; thin head, moderate carb; really nice lacing
S: orange, pine, resin, a hint of bubble gum; promises an aggressive flavor
T: tastes very much as it smells -- an aggressive grapefruit-dominated hopbomb; hints of other citrus -- lemon; quite a bit of the flavor profile is in the treble notes
M: foamy

An aggressive IPA; worthwhile trying

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep golden blonde color with a dense one inch white head that leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is minty, floral hops, with notes of citrus and a punch of pine. Resin and bready malt accompany catty tones.

Flavor is a bit disappointing. Hops don't live up to the aroma. There's a hint of caramel malt throughout, which is accentuated bi resin and pine, but complexity is lacking. The finish is a touch bitter. Grapefruit pith surfaces late.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

If the flavor had matched the aroma, this would've been a real winner.

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Photo of Shaw
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle supplied by the brewery.

A cloudy gold in color with a sticky white head.

Light medicinal hop aroma.

Sharply bitter with flavors like lemon peel. A bit of malt sweetness.

Body is a little light.

Overall it's OK. Nothing to get too excited about. There are lots of better IPAs out there.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden/orange color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hop oils, citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of pale malt, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, hint of citrus, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop oil, and an earthiness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend. The body is a little weak, though.

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Photo of welldigger888
2.17/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured the color of a pils with a nice snow white head that leaves minamal lacing.

VERY VERY odd aroma here, rotting vegetals maybe, unpleasant either way.

Again the ODD aroma follows the flavor here. A bad tang with the rot flavor in the back ground, very ODD as I would expect more from this lrg craft type brewer.

For all the rot and stuff the mouthfeel is exceptable, coming in as a medium lite bodied ale of rotten flavor.

VERY DISAPOINTING is all I can say.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this IPA is very cloudy. It is cloudier than most IPAs, almost like a trippel.

The smell leaves something to be desired. I wanted to smell a mixture of hops and citrus but instead it smells like putrid fruit or like I am hanging out at an indoor pool - thin and very basic; literally, like chlorine.

The taste is directly related to the smell; thin with a taste that hints at real citrus but delivers nothing.

The mouthfeel is fine. This is difficult to gauge given the below average flavor, but it does go down smooth and holds character even as it gets warmer.

Overall this beer is average, I don't particularly like the smell or flavor but it is easy to drink and has some strength behind it (6.7%). The positive qualities end there, however. I am not going to totally rip this brew because Magic Hat produces some great beers, but this one is better left on the shelf.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/3/11

Appearance: Pale orange/mostly golden, white head, fades to sticky lacing

Smell: Rather herbal, grassy, with sweet malts in the back - mildly hoppy, with some pine and some citrus

Taste: More interesting than the aroma, with some citrus and decent malts - orange, grapefruit bitterness - pale malts that impart a nice level of sweetness to balance - grassy, but not unpleasantly so

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated and a little sticky - personally, I would prefer it a little more crisp

Overall: Substantially better than 2011 Blind Faith, at least

Hi.P.A. is a decent IPA, but nothing to write home about. It's worth a try, and I am glad that it is currently rotating. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Nachojon
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very light blonde. Haze, very thin head. Some lacing spots around glass.

S- Roasty hops. Very unique. Kind of lemony.

T- A little dishsoap. I think overly citrusy, the hop flavor that it there seems artificial. Mouth puckering but it just seems so lemony.

M- It's crisp, a little over carbonated. Lemonade aftertaste.

O- No my favorite. Nice aroma and look, it when it hits the mouth that it fails.

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Photo of vicsju1991
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - pa;e hazy amber, small one finger white head, dissipates pretty quickly, decent lacing
S - Piney citrusy, standard IPA
T - very piney, a little citrus bite at the end,
M - creamy, a little thin but drinkable
O - decent IPA, better than any BMC, but nothign special

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Photo of Kitt
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy apricot with a one-finger ivory head.

Aroma a rich and fruity malt of banana and over-ripe peach.

Taste a sharp cheddar-like bite of bitter hops that is rapidly overtaken by heavy carbonation. A malty aftertaste with bread and citrus undertones.

Mouthfeel a bit overwhelmed by sharp carbonation but medium bodied.

Drinkibility - a bit on the light side for an IPA, this brew is easy to down.

Not a bad IPA but definitely a medium body afternoon beverage rather than your typical desert-like, full bodied, heavy hopped IPA.

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Photo of ScorpyX
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Has a cloudy and golden look with a thin white head.

S: Hops are obvious but not overpowering. Also has a woodsy, piney scent. A sour fruit smell and a little bit of alcohol, too.

T: Mild bitterness, a little cherry and apple sharpness, some grapefruit-like flavor, notes of grain, and a hint of that alcohol that was in the scent.

M Has a sharp kick, but not overly bitter. Pretty crisp, particularly for the style.

Not a bad example of an IPA. It's not overly bitter, but it doesn't seem so mild that it's missing flavor like other IPAs I've had. I like it.

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Hi.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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