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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 Kadonny
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a nonic pint glass at Tjs in Paoli Pa.

A: A Amber orange color with a one finger off white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Floral citrus hops with a subtle malt sweetness.

T: Very floral and earthy with some lighter citrus tones. I can even detect a slight perfumeness to the beer. A sweet caramel malt backround sits there but gets pounded down by the hops. Bitterness finishes.

M: A bit thin actually, the perfumy/floral flavor disappears quickly.

Overall an Ok DIPA that I would drink anytime but won't go out of my way to find. Solid but not spectacular.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle. Pour a amber/orange with a fluffy head and some lacing. Aroma of piney and earthy hops with some bready malt. Tastes hoppy with a balancing of bready malts and a lingering hop bitterness. Not too bad but there are many better IPAs out there. The label now says 5.8% ABV so it has been dumbed down some since the last update in BA.

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

12 oz. brown bottle poured into an 18 oz. flared, wide-mouth pub glass.

Pours a deep golden-amber with a fair amount of chill haze. The full three fingers of cream-colored foam fades slowly, outliving the beer, and leaves behind a gorgeous webbing of lace on the glass.

Hops dominate the nose, with grapefruit and orange rind, some resin, and a bit of grain coming through underneath.

Medium-bodied with a bright, prickly carbonation. Sweet bread introduces the brew to the tongue, followed by hops all around, ranging from grapefruit citrus notes to resinous to salty, peppery and spicy at the back, all laid over a grainy base and carrying over into the dry, lingering bitter finish.

A nice American IPA, taking more of a West Coast approach than the brewery's Lucky Kat. Very hop-forward, and perhaps a little unbalanced, but not so much so that it detracts from the enjoyment. Fairly drinkable, but also rather high in alcohol. Overall exceedingly decent.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold orange with a 1.5 finger head from a rough pour that settles into a skin of extremely varied bubble size with gnarly lacing.

Smells of straw and light fresh fruit like grape and pear, but relatively weak to me.

Taste, on a word, ouch! This was not what I wanted. All the bitter, none of the flavor of hops. Freshness date says best by June of this year but I don't think will get any better.

Mouthfeel is relatively good. Smooth with a little bitter bite and lingering oils. Carbonation is perfect for the style.

Drinkability is oddly high. Partially because the carbonation is ideal and partly because there is a subconscious need to wash the taste of the last sip out of your mouth.

I've loved this beer in the past but now I'm really disappointed. I will try again next year.

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

I'm sorry. I can't help it. I try to be objective, but I love these hops. According to the Magic Hat site, it's Columbus with more Columbus dry-hopped. The big orange-citrus rind flavor pairs perfectly with the bready biscuit malt profile and the hops linger in a long, delicious aftertaste. I'm at a lose for words and I guess I'll just have to drink more. This beer is delicious.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light orange/amber color with a nice sudsy white head. Aroma is a bit light, sorta resembles No. 9, with some light citrus notes and some grassy hints but not a lot there. Taste is solid, citrusy with a good bitter kick from the hops, which are very earthy, but still strong enough to give this IPA a great bitter taste. Just wish it were a bit more robust and hoppy. For this strength (6.8 abv.), this brew should be a big meatier.

One of the better Magic Hat brews I have tried.

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Photo of dEM1972
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber with a cloudiness; fresh, grassy aroma with citrus like fruitiness wafting up, hoppy/hemp; bitter, in fact sharp to taste, grassy elements, very strong taste of hops that give off more of a hemp taste; bitter aftertaste, leaving you with a mouthful of freshly mown grass

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

This beer poured a very hazy gold to copper color. The head was a thick bright white with decent head retention. It receded to a nice film across the top and left sheets of lacing on the glass. white. The nose was of mild floral hops, followed by a touch of citrus hops - grapefruit. The taste was a bit more balanced as the nose, as I couldn't find any malt in the nose. This brew is a bit bitter up front, definite taste of floral hops at the first sip but it quickly lends its way to the citrus hops which definitely dominate the flavor. The beer evens out with some caramel malts. Mouthfeel is medium body, good carbonation, bit light on the tongue but a highly drinkable beer.

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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Deep amber hue, bordering on copper, with a bit of sediment suspended in the beer. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin cap. Strong lacing.

Citrusy hop aromas mix with a bit of a mint-like aroma. The malts show a bit of caramel, with some butterscotch from the yeast.

Herb-like hops sit on top of malts that give a little more caramel in the flavor. The butterscotch is repeated. The hops give a lot of flavor and only a touch of bitterness. Full bodied.

A decent IPA. The hops selection is interesting, as it's flavorful but not bitter, and also has a bit of a mint flavor to it. Recommended.

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Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Main St. Public House in Philmont NY
A: 1 finger of beautiful white creamy head with excellent retention. Clear golden liquid.
S: Dank citrus, garlic and marijuana hoppiness.
T: Great hop bite and spice with a good malt hint. Strong hop body.
M: Bitter, but a tad astringent.
D: Very strong save astringent aftertaste. I ordered another, and would buy a six-pack.

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Photo of Liverpool08
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice foamy beige head.Hazy orange color.Smells of floral and grapefruits. Also hops. First taste is a powerful Hop kick. A little bitter and dry aftertaste. Not much flavor other than the hops.
After it warms, has an oily mouthfeel. Not a great IPA.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed bronze amber with a rocky head of white cream that leaves nice big rings of sticky lace on the glass. Smells of big floral columbus hops and caramel malt. Taste is bittering hop and grapefruit rind with just enough maltiness to almost balance.Medium bodied with crisp carbonation, Long smooth finish on this one, highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of mempath
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy, foamy, decent lacey

smells rich wheaty hop

a very tastey hoppy brew! on all fronts, lovely mouthfeel and drinkability.

neither heavy nor light by far. balanced, highly recommended session bottling. better than the last time i had it. only because, i guess, i am really focusing on it.

quite recommended for hopsters and non-

also...tastes like a much higher ABV...it's not.
kudos to MH!

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Photo of Jimbo87
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a US pint glass.

hazy brownish amber. Big off white head.

Smell: citrus, pine, resiny, malt

Taste: grapefruit, a bit of pine and pineapple. Resiny and bitter hops. Very good.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is pretty good. Much better than the bottle I had that had been left in my car that got hot. I think that did something bad to the beer. This bottle was tasty.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hardly any head and film of foam or any thing. Just flat looking. Nice hazey tea color though, but hardly any bubbles. Mild citrus and mint hop aromas come together with very faint fresh baked bread malts. Full bodied palate convenes in the front and back of the tongue lowly showcasing some now piney citrus hops and spent caramel grains and scones. The finish has some saltiness to it though. This is the first salty beer I've ever had. This full bodied IPA is vry resiny, but not a whole lot of hop bitterness. There is a balance of bitter and sweet, but the mouthfeel sort of muddles all the flavor of this beer.

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

Poured and swirled into a glass; off golden hue with hints that this had strength through the appearance.
It was a big beer in early mouthfeel with a minerally water taste underneath a piney citrus hop profile; the alcohol addsto the flavor and bittering hops to cause a lingering bitterness;

I feel that the ultimate judge of an IPA wshould be made based upon the Bitterness to big malt ratio. This fell just short of reaLLY GOOD AND PUT IT IN THE "GOOD-TO-REALLY -GOOD RANGE." An almost great beer but not there yet- perhaps keeping the testing regarding hop flavor and malt content in line would make this a really good product.

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Photo of whitehouse50
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Croxley Ales in Long Island. Pours a yellow orangey color with a nice head on it.

The nose is great on this. The aroma of hops you really know you have an IPA in front of you. Mostly citrousy notes not too bitter.

The taste is overall pretty hoppy, not as much as the nose would suggest. After a few sips I almost feel like this has a good amount of wheat in it or mixed with one of their wheat beers.

This has a slight creaminess to it and goes down pretty smooth. I could certainly have a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of casemw
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the Sesame Burgers and Beer in North Charleston, SC. This is the first time I had ever seen or heard of this beer.

A-Pours a cloudy golden color and must be unfiltered. Has a bright white head and good lacing.

S-Really hoppy and some alcohol.

T-Again really hoppy, almost suprisingly so. A slight burn from the alcohol.

M/D-This one has a bigger body than most IPAs I've tried, but it drinks pretty easy considering the abv. Overall a solid brew and one I'd try again.

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

12oz bottle, label notched for a "best by" of may 09. bottle cap underside says "that's a RED flag!"... um, ok...

pale amber honey color. some nearly microscopic yeast particles in suspension, giving a subtly hazy appearance. lots of rocky, off-white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. lots of delicate lacing.

peach and apple skins in the aroma, melding with citrus zest and faint pine. sweetness is more fruity than it is malty or caramelized.

somewhat bold yet not overly aggressive hopping gives citrus and tropical fruit, with hint of pine. the estery fruit character is also tropical, but with an apple base, giving hint to the caramel in the malt, which unfortunately is reduced to a slightly watered-down whimper...

thin to medium body borders on watery, but is smooth enough. faint resins in the finish. moderate, lively, almost fluffy carbonation helps reinvigorate things a little.

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Photo of hoppyhobby
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a three finger course off-white head although the head dissipates pretty quickly. The body has a somewhat cloudy (no particulate) amber color. Good lacing.

Aroma lets you know there's a subtle amount of hops in this ale. Not as hoppy as some of the more extreme micro-brews, but it is still a pleasant ale. This one goes down easily and is one that you could have several of if you have to carry a few to a bring your own party.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this poured a hazy orange amber with a minimal creamy head. honeyed sweet malts in the nose with floral, bready, citrus notes. taste was a hint of biscuity malt sweetness upfront quickly overtaken by a rather astringent, tea-like hop bitterness. light to medium in body with a long astringent, drying finish. would expect more from a 6.8% beer.

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Photo of sholland119
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at TJs, Paoli.

A-Pours a clear orange amber with a nice tan head and good lacing.

S-A little light, some malt and a hint of hops.

T-Following the nose but probably even more disappointing. Malty, light hop bitterness and an iced tea like finish.

M-Medium bodied, but with no real memory of the hops.

D-My notes say "meh". I'm sticking with that.


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

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

The beer poured a nice, cloudy deep yellow. Holding it up to the light, the beer light through some but not a lot of light.

The beer smelled a good hoppy, lemon aroma. This was a sweet beer that works perfect as a seasonable spring beer. It works perfect on a warm spring day.

The beer tastes provides a well balanced hop flavor. The beer has a wonderful lemon flavor, with a slightly salty taset. The bitterness sometimes seen from an IPA is somewhat subdued by the lemon.

The mouth feel is dry. As well bodied as it is, it needs to provide a little more refreshment as a spring beer.

The beer drinks well. Going down smooth and leaving a slight hop flavor on the pallate.

Final Thoughts - Magic Hat's HI.P.A is a decnt IPA. In future years, I hope to see Magic Hat release this beer as a year round release.Overall not a bad hoppy IPA.

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Photo of Breedlove
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hops up front, hops in the back. I find this beer very drinkable. Piney/citrusy with little malt balance. I am not a huge fan of their #9, but I thought I'd give this a shot. If you like IPA's you should find this quite agreeable. Very good IPA. Nothing earth shattering, but good none the less.

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

Bottle poured into standard pint glass

A: hazy orange amber color, slight foamy head that reduces to a nice lacing cap

S: citrus hop aroma is inviting

T: typical ipa flavor, citrus hops mingle well with malt, slightly dry finish.

M&d: decent mouth, slightly dry. Very drinkale compared to other ipas.


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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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