Hi.P.A. | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very murky orange hue with a huge foamy soapy head. Good retention and some small line like lace.

S: Very floral. Lots of floral hops. Earthy, with hints of sweetness.

T: Nice caramel malt with hints of grain. Once again floral hops dominate with a bit of herbal green bitterness. A touch of peach sweetness lies beneath, but this one is very earthy.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with pretty good carbonation.

D: Not bad... As I said it's earthy. Don't have those C hops that most American brewers use.

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

A - More golden than amber. Short head dissipates fast, barely any film left after about 30 seconds.

S - Light citrus hops... orange/lemon peel.
Doesn't overwhelm.

T - Decent balance of malt and bittering hops. A light bitterness lingers.

M - Good Carbonation. Lighens the feel of the beer. Light to light/medium body. Goes down smooth.

Overall a pretty drinkable beer. Nothing extravagant or over the top. Balanced beer but lacking a little IMO on the hops side of things.

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

12oz bottle, which I bought a 6-pack of.

Was really surprised by this beer, I wasn't expecting much from Magic Hat, but I was pleasantly surprised by this. This is a great session beer to enjoy on a hot day in the backyard, while mowing the lawn, etc.

Poured a murky gold, with an egg-shell white head that quickly dissipated, but left a tad bit of lacing.

Smell is huge on grass, pine some citrus, then dominated by some spicy hops.

Taste, is again, lemon grass, citrus, and a hop spiciness. I also detected a hint of.

Was a bit too 'hot' on the pallet for me, but was extremely drinkable and cooled me down on a hot day.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a mixed 12-pack from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated citrus fruits - grapefruit and apricot - with a decent amount of pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors are overtaken almost immediately by sweet citrus fruits that carry on until the slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few of these.

Overall this is a good IPA for the hotter months - the malt flavors fade into the background leaving refreshing hop flavors that aren't too intense. Worth a shot.

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

A seasonal brew from Magic Hat.
The under-cap message asks: "How much for the goat?"
Classy... I think I'll keep this one.

Poured from a brown bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: An even slow pour yields a dime's-thickness head which quickly dissipates. Some lacing is evident at the tipping of the glass, but fades to only a few errant strands when settled. A beautiful cloudy golden-yellow with lots of tiny bubbles and sediment hovering throughout. Larger bubbles tumble sparringly up the edges of the glass.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy hops up front - Very nice hops blend, but the aroma is nowhere near as dominant as I would like it to be. A sweet, bready malt becomes increasingly more evident in the aroma as the glass wears down and steps a bit out of line for its place in the style. A faint but very pleasant alcohol undertone helps lead your nose back to the hops.

Taste: The hops taste is much more up front than the smell, but the translation is more bitter than expected. It's a mild, unobtrusive bitterness, to be fair, but I really wanted that spicy, citrus aroma to have a bigger impact on the taste. The maltiness detected in the smell takes a big step back, as does the alcohol , leaving just a brush across the tongue before the bitterness returns in a dry finish that left me wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel: Light, and kind of watery, with medium carbonation. Not bad, but I wouldn't complain if it had a little more body.

Drinkability: Perfectly enjoyable. While far from my favorite of the style, I would gladly drink a second or a third.

I got this in a Magic Hat spring seasonal variety pack featuring 3 each of 4 different varieties. Of those, the Hi.P.A was the star of the show. There's no reason this should be a seasonal. It's good enough to carry a six pack on its own, but it's not really good enough to carry this variety pack of otherwise marginal brews. A very good American IPA, but I wouldn't put it in the same league as the upper echelons of the style.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Hazy auburn color with a thick soapy white heading. Lacing stays all the way to the end.

Smell is hops with grapefruit. Slight fruitiness and like all of the magic hat beers so far I had has that spice to it.

Taste is dry. Heavy hoppy grapefruit taste. Slightness of nuttiness to it.

Mouth is medium bodied well carbonated but very dry on the tongue.

Drink is good but the ridiculous hoppiness I couldn't drink a bunch but definetly good for a nice day.

This has been my favorite out of the summer seasonal pack.

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

12 oz bottle, tulip glass
5.8 ABV

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with visible sediment throughout. The head was white, 1 1/2 finger, foamy and dissipated rather quickly, some lacing.

Aroma was decent with a hop presence, some citrus.

Flavor was better than I expected. The hop bitterness was pronounced, but nothing outrageous by any means. Citrus undertones as well as a nutty flavor. Somewhat of a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was a little creamy, decent carbonation. Not too bad.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 3/4 pint bottle into a nonic. "Please drink and enjoy by A 09" is notched on the back.
* ABV is now @ 5.8%, not the 6.8% listed here.

A- Golden and hazy. Too hard of a pour results in a massive 2+ inchs of very light tan head, which fades very slowly to a solid 1/2 finger cap- superb retention. Ample lacing.

S- Floral, perfumey, and slightly spicy / pine hopiness. Slightly metallic twinge. Not really working for me.

T- Somewhat unusual assertive bitter, hoppy, nuttiness. Unusual salted butter and bread maltiness, and unexpected hints of alcohol. Unusual is the word of choice here. Not terrible, and not exciting....unusual.

M- Moderate carbonation. Strange buttery creaminess gives beer a fairly full feel.

D- Hard for me to quantify. Pretty easy to drink despite it's unusual flavor profile and feel.

Future outlook: This was a surprisingly unusual - though not unpleasant- experience. I'm not sure that I'll be moved to get this again any time soon, but I'm glad to have tried it.

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

poured very nice into the glass. orange color, one inch of head, steady carbonation. wonderful rich hop aroma. very good hop flavor. good lacing down the glass. dry finish. this is not my favorite IPA but it does make it to my top ten.

yet another goody from magic hat.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden brown hue with a decent, bubbly head.

The aroma is earthy and yeasty with a good helping of citric hops.

It tastes nutty (like almonds) and grassy, quite bitter from the hops. A caramel malt backbone carries through the finish. The mouthfeel is full, with a light carbonation.

The bitter, grassy taste isn't to my liking, and I doubt I'll have this again.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours nice golden color with a large off-white foam head that leaves some good lacing.

S- Piney hop nose with some citrus and fruit (grapefruit, apple?) scents. A bit of a sweet apricot and malt lie in the back.

T- Pine hop flavor with citrus tastes coming through. A bit of an ester alcohol flavor which was surprising. Some floral flavors and a slight toasted malt taste in the finish.

M- Medium/light bodied with lots of carbonation.

D- Not really in the same picture as many of the other IPAs out there, but this one wasn't bad.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Hazy orange color with a thick creamy head with good retention and tons of lacing.

3.5 S: Piney and, to a less extent, citrusy hops. There's also a goofy variety of pungency that is found in wheat beers.

3.0 T: First thing that surfaces is a grainy pungency. This wreaks havoc on the taste as it reminds me of a homebrew gone bad. Citrusy hop flavor present, but not enough due to a very unbalanced bitterness. I'm picking up wheat flavors as well. I wonder if there is any wheat in this?

3.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation, but not very smooth or creamy.

3.0 D: This is not something I want to drink any more of. Way too bitter or, alternatively, no hop flavor or complex malt bill to balance.

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

Seasonal IPA. Nice amber pour, great head retention, quite a bit of carbonation. Piney hops smell. Complex taste, not too bitter. Light mouthfeel, not too heavy. Great IPA if you are not looking for a hopbomb. I would definitely get again, especially for the great price.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A very blonde, almost straw-colored IPA that pours with good amount of carbonation that forms a rocky head. Peppery, spicy nose with a cracker-like malt aroma. Very light and crisp on the palate. The spicy hops are tasted, too. Very well attenuated. Lace left behind with a couple sips. Nice toasty malt character blending well with the hops. Solid bitterness that is more expected in a pils than an IPA. Noble hops? Nope. I'm surprised to find that the brewery's website says Columbus was used. Damn, my wife would really like this beer. (She likes really pale IPAs and loves the C-hops.)

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Photo of DannyS
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Slightly cloudy medium amber with a big, fluffy head. Good retention; leaves decent lacing.

S - Very floral, piney, and citric on the nose. Good smell, but not very assertive.

T - Not as powerful on the attack as other IPA's. Has medium to low bitterness with a good floral/piney hop flavor. Finishes fairly bitter.

M - Decent bit of weight on the tongue with good carbonation. smooth mouthfeel balances out the bitter aftertaste.

D - Good drinkability for an IPA. Not too powerful, but the slightly high ABV and lingering bitterness let you know it's not exactly a session brew.

overall - A satisfying offering from magic hat. A good one for when I'm feeling like some hoppy brew, but not in the mood for a tongue-bruiser.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle directly into a glass. Brew was golden orange with a lot of haze and a one finger thick white head. The aroma is weak, with slight citrus and floral notes. The flavor was malty and nutty upfront and then transitioned to pine and citrus from the hops. The hops dominate and provide a nice flavor to the brew. The mouhtfeel is rather light and the carbonation is crisp. This is perfect for a spring seasonal, in my opinion. Drinkability is good as the beer does not taste overly alcoholic, although I could see the flavor being too strong for a session brew.

Overall, a good IPA that works well for a spring seasonal, but by no means the best I have ever tasted.

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A cool 3/4 pint bottle label. Poured a cloudy orange color with a very spirited head. Alot of carbonation with very solid head retention that was off white in color about 1 1/2 inches. I may have poured it a bit too fast. Had a good amount of scattered thin sudsy lacing.

S- A warm citrus and floral hoppy note. A hint of apricot and mild orange tones came out toward the lowering of the head. Boosted more hoppy notes as it warmed.

T- Light bitter flavor with an orange blossom finish. A faint flowering hop aftertaste.

M/D- Medium boddied highly carbonated beer. Filmy on the tongue, Good drinkability. Not too strong not to light.

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Photo of nms1987
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer.
Unfiltered. Classic apricot-orange IPA hue.
Big pillowy head. Looked like some cumulus clouds were sitting on my beer.

My sense of smell is wack right now but I'm getting some basic IPA smell here.

Big piney hop character. Really packs in the flavor. I think if this were available year round, and done by someone different, this beer would be talked about as one of the better IPAs around... esp for the money.

Nice mouthfeel. Well carbonated but ever so slightly smooth n creamy to round everything out.

The hop character is pretty strong, so I'm not sure how much of this my palate would crave in a row but it is full of flavor and I'm looking forward to my next sip every time I take a sip.
I'm pleased that a beer with this much flavor also manages to keep its alcohol moderate-to-low for the style. The bottle says ABV is 5.8.. though BA says otherwise.
Edit-Eh, the drinkability is getting less as I get towards the end of the glass. Dropping the grade on that from 4 to 3

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was straw hued. It had a nice two finger, clingy white head. Loads of carbonation could be seen. A nice active and fresh looking beer.

A great hop loaded scent. Floral, bitter, piny.

Strong and bitter on the front end. Nice floral hops and malt starchiness in the finish. It was heavy but easy to put down.

It's a drinkable beer. Heavy in the stomach. I would be able to drink more of it in a cooler environment.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden orange color with a two finger foamy head that lasts a good while,then fades to a rim that leaves a little spotty lacing. Aroma is a nice citrus, lemony,orange,grapefruit. Flavor is clean and crisp, a good citrus hop profile,with some toasted bready malt for a nice balance, not as bitter as I like my IPA but enough to keep me drinking it.Medium body,good carbonation,clean crisp mouthfeel,short hoppy finish,very sessionable.
If this was from a local brewer I would buy it often, fun try, good beer.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have a feeling this brew has changed a bit over the past few years. Yes, the labeling has changed, but the main thing is the ABV, which is now 5.8%, not 6.8% as advertised above.

Pours hazy orange, decent head, some lacing. Piney, grassy and earthy aroma.

First thing that hits the palate is hop bitterness, but there is not a whole lot of hop flavor to back it up. Some bready malt, and a pretty good, creamy mouthfeel, but this beer is dominated by a weird earthy/salty flavor to me. It's almost offensive. Carbonation is medium-high, alcohol is not noticeable. Yeah, I'll drink this six-pack, since I'm not a drain pourer (what idiot wastes okay beer?!), but I'm not buying this again. Strange brew.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale orange color with a decent head that fades away and leaves no lacing. Smells of honey, melon, citrusy, pears, but strange. Tastes of more honey, lots of butter, melon, and a bit of bitter hops but not much for an ipa. Tastes very weird...almost like a hoppy hefeweizen. I'm really put off by this and wish I didnt grab a 12-pack of it. Its a pretty thick beer too....semi dry finish. Not very drinkable...I remember this being a lot better.

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

Pours a clear copper in color, and is topped by a creamy, off-white head, which retains well and leaves a solid sheet of lace down the entire glass. The aroma is hoppy with floral, citric and resiny notes. Letting the beer sit undisturbed yields occasional notes of orange blossoms, and a bit of a caramel aroma come out on warming.

Sweet and bready upfront with a bit of toastiness appearing towards the center. The finish has a good dose of resiny hops with citric hints and a good amount of lingering bitterness. Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated.

A pretty easy drinking IPA, nicely balanced with a good hop focus.

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Photo of psulovesbeer
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a pint glass- nice head and lacing down the sides, cloudy opaque look....one would assume ipa looking at it

S- I get a Magic Hat kinda fruity aspect i get from 9 with this, but with a hop profile mixed in...like an ipa but different

T- Nothing overpowering but not a great meld. Some sips kind of taste awkward, wondering where some of these flavors are coming from...good but not great

M- Strong but crisp dryness...malty for an ipa...if anything a welcome thickness to a sometimes bland style anymore

D- not something id sip on all day but nothing horrible either....one or two mixed in with others would suffice on a night

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Photo of ChugsMugs
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bought the beer bottled but poured(one beer and a 1/3) into pint glass.

A-golden light brown color a bit hazy. Small head with lacing that mostly dissapeared on drinking(may be a result of my pouring) Light carbonation with an average amount of bubbles running up the side of the glass.

S- faint aroma of hops compared to some other IPA's. Some sweetness but not of any particular fruit, smells most like a standard pale ale.

T-strong bitterness of the bat that follows right down the the swallow. Little to no taste of fruit, and an almost metallic or soapy finish.Almost a bit wheaty.

M- Very smooth and thin. Explosion of carbonation on tounge. No residue left in mouth other than taste.

D- Pretty good, but a bit too bitter and without the rush of hops I look for in most American IPA's. I would drink it again but would have rather gotten something else for the evening.

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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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