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 Greggy
2.36/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- Pours a hazy orange color, with a white head, 2 fingers in height. Nice retention.

S- on the nose, I get a bit of skunky hash, some very sweet malt and even a bit of lemon/lime action.

T- Starts out extremely sweet from the hops, but it is far from enjoyable. I get loads of cloying berry and odd citrus fruits in this one, none of which posses any resemblance of hops. The finish is still sweet.

M- Thick feel, low carbonation but devastatingly sweet.

D- Poor. This ended up being a drain poor. Will not drink again.

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

Under the cap: Great Beer is quite near.

Appearance: Beautiful amber haze color, lots of cloudiness, a sticky white head offsets nice lacing and retention.

Smell: A mild citrus aroma gives way to a nice sweet floral tinge from the malt, biscuity, with a hint of hop oil and spice. A small amount of metallic undertone is here but doesn't prove to be a problem.

Taste: Leafy, earthy spice, gives way to a nice citrus blast in the finish. Malt presense is here and makes this one extra smooth and toasty, paired against the hops this one has a perfect malt profile. Hops do most of the work in the finish, a bit sour like grapefruit or a bitter plum. Tasty to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Decent amount of carbonation, a tiny slick feeling, stays together well on the tongue, a nice bitter finish is just what the doctor ordered.

Drinkability: I love IPA's, and simply put, this is Magic Hat's best stab at an IPA to date, it's got all the essentials of a good IPA, from the decent blast of hops to a malt profile that is balanced, clean and refreshing. I can defintley see ringing in the warm weather with these bad boys, an excellent brew from MH that you should have at least one, hop head or not.

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

A - Hazy gold...thick 2.5 finger head with decent retention

S - Flowery...grassy hops...a little bit citric...did not pick up on any malt

T - Very dry and bitter...some earthy flavors...again, no real malt to it...decent, but not great

M - Very thin...hops get you up front but fade rather quickly...high carbonation...feels a little bit prickly

D - Easy to drink...not difficult to pick up another one

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Photo of bwd110
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Never Climb A Ladder With A Full Bladder" sage advice from under the cap...

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass...

A - Very cloudy, tea hues. Not the clear, crispy clean look to your standard IPA offering. Nice, lush 2 finger head. Lacing throughout.

S - Smells, like, uh, weed dood. Makes sense based on the label and the connotations with the name of the brew. Label Artist Stanley Mouse used to create concert posters for the Grateful Dead. Nice to see Magic Hat embracing their inner hippy. Earth & biscuit notes also prevalent, slight hit of citrus or dried fruit - not as much as one would expect.

T - Fairly unbalanced clash between dry hoppy bitterness and a weak malt backbone. Slight carbonation zap, fades into a fairly nice floral, bitter end. Definitely finishes better than it starts. Still, not a poor example of the style by any means.

M - Thinnish body, medium to medium high carbonation

D - Easy drinking, could definitely handle a sixer of these myself on a good night.

Overall, slightly surprised. Easily the best Magic Hat I've ever tried, albeit slightly different than what I'd expect from an ipa (pleasant, though!)

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

Pours somewhat hazy for an ipa. Honey coloured with a nice clean 1.5" head that leaves substantial lacing.

Smell is a nice balance between sweet-biscuity malts and light citrus. A slight metallic character lingers.

Taste is honey, light bready malt, lemony citrus, with a bitter bite sliding over the tongue. Fades into a floral/herbal hop bitterness. A bit of spiciness from the hops. Kind of an unpleasant meshing of sweet/bitter as it warms.

Medium carbonation, with substantial body.

A drinkable beer. I prefer a bit more grapefruit character in my IPA, but I would drink this again.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A hazy copper-orange color with a large, densely frothy head with tan hints. Retention is very nice, and lacing is quite attractive.

S: Some faint toasted malt aromas. A robust, sweet grapefruit hop profile with some floral hints. Notes of pineapple as well.

T: Toasty, bready malt sweetness up front. Hops provide a nice grapefruit/orange flavor with a bit of bitterness. Floral and pineapple hints as well. Some fading bitterness, but rather subdued for the style.

M: Medium bodied, with light carbonation. A somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

D: This is pretty tasty, but it seems more like an aggressive APA than a traditional IPA. Easy to drink and very attractive, but for some reason it adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours a cloudy honey color. The head is a little thin and disipates quickly, however spiderwebbing is plentiful on the surface.

Smell: There is a citrus twang that stands out. Very pleasant and amlost "friuty". Not a typical overbearing IPA.

Taste: Ahhh...the hops jump out immediately. Well defined and not brutish. There are multiple flaver tones going on, but to be honest, the hop was so clear that this particular component of the flavor curve is what the drinker will appreciate. Well done.

Mouthfeel: Very good here. Not much evil hop aftertaset. Sure, the flavor sustains well, but the hop bitterness mixes well on the palate.

Drinkability: I received sever bottles in a "mix" 12-pack. I will be returning for a case of just this selection...that says it all!


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

Poured a cloudy, orangy color and had a nice head which took awhile to dissapate.

Smell was of fruit with a tinge of hops in the background

Tasted oranges, lemons and some hops, not overbearing

This is one of my favorites from Magic Hat. I used to like their beers but they discontinued most of the offerings I enjoyed.

I would recommend this beer not so much as an IPA but as a nice beer to have when you're having more than one (that sounds like a familiar jingle)

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Photo of duffextracold
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light yellowish orange color. Small head, a few little bubbles wandering around the beer.

S- Yeasty aroma, slightly hoppy. Has that Magic hat smell.

T- Sweet toasted malt, Bitterness comes in later, but it's not over the top. citrusy hops. well balanced. fruity, yeasty aftertaste.

M- Nice creamy mouthfeel. med/heavy carbonation, slightly syrupy.

D- decent, refreshing, well balanced. not a typical hop bomb ipa, perhaps leaning more towards an english style ipa?

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Photo of pocketholes
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has a beautiful golden almost orangish color with a nice thick off white head. It has a strong hoppy almost fruity aroma. This beer is great for hop lovers, you can really taste them. It goes down smooth and fast. It's a spring ale and rightfully so. The perfect beer for a sunny day after work.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- comes out of the bottle a golden orange colored body with a fluffy white head that just wont quit. the 12oz bottle wont all fit into my standard pint glass. lots of small bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the glass. lots of lacing left on the sides of the glass from the massive head.

S- sweet malts and fruity hops dominate the nose on this one. not much else here.

T- sweet and fruity, peaches mostly, upfront with a citrus hop finish. nice and bitter. feels rather dry.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. not bad.

D- meh, i can take this one or leave it. very fruity for an IPA, which would make more than one or two of these in a session kind of a chore.

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

Serving notes: 0.5L Augustiner glass, cellar temp
Aroma: Fruity peach aroma and sweetness dominates.
Appearance: Three fingers or head on pour. Head maintains a nice persistance. Crystal clear amber color.
Mouthfeel: Full body, light to medium carbonation.
Taste: Sweetness dominates from start to finish of drink. Peach flavor is very evident. Malt and hops barely enough to keep this beer in balance.
Drinkability: This beer tends a little sweet for a session beer but would be an excellent dessert beer.

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

A - a cloudy golden orange with a two finger head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass

S - a fresh citrusy aroma with notes of coriander

T - a wonderfully crisp hoppy bitterness with a fair amount of grapefruity sweetness and notes of spice

M - nice amount of carbonation gave the beer a clean, medium body and a delicious bitterness in the finish

D - a very drinkable I.P.A. with a less overbearing bitterness than you might expect but a much fuller body; a great brew from magic hat; why does this have to only be a seasonal offering?

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Photo of malcontent
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty orange body with a bit too much haze and too little head. Still, nice vibrant color goes a long way towards tempting my appetite.

Really nice nose, just couldn't be more wrong for the style. Totally malt-driven, with an almost buttery (not diacetyl) aroma. Hops certainly are present but the faint citrus scent is overwhelmed by the honeysuckle smell of the grain bill.

OK, the hops are much more assertive in their flavor than their scent. Softly piney first taste gives way to a more herbal bitterness. Still, there is plenty of malty backbone which is actually always impressive to me from a standpoint of balance. Hop bitterness really lingers.

Better than average mouthfeel with in-check carbonation and little hop oiliness to compliment the full malt body. Not earth-shattering but a more than drinkable beer.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice dark amber with a small white head and pretty aggressive/pleasant lacing
S- hops, some inviting green notes, a touch of grapefruit, some more hops
T- very nice, def right in the realm of an ipa not dipa. Not to much hops, but pretty low abv, hides it well a very nice session beer
M- pretty carbonated, the hops really shine through, this one works well really cold as well
D- very nice, could drink this all day

note: not my first time having it, one of my college faves

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Photo of porntipsguzzardo
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pale orange with a white head. Smells amazing - citrusy and sweet, with a hint of malt. Unfortunately the taste is powerfully bitter and the bitterness overpowers most of the citrus flavor present in the smell. Still, the sweetness balances the bitterness pretty well. Bitterness lowers the drinkability, but it's also 6.8% alcohol, so after just a few you won't be tasting it anymore anyway.

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

A - Amber with a medium, creamy white head that slowly dissipates.

S - There is a dominant lemon/grapefruit tinge with a herbal, hoppy background, with some sugary sweetness that ties it all together.

T - A bit more of a lemony/grapefruity citric bite from hops, with a lot of herbal characteristics, and a mildy spicy finish.

M - Thinner than medium bodied, slightly viscous, mildly cheek puckering bitterness.

Notes - I've had a couple of Magic Hat's offerings and this is probably my favorite thus far.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of white, durable foam adorn the Yankees pint glass, topping a clear orange body with golden trim. Ample lacing and significant head duration begin Hi.P.A quite well. excellent aromas, full of fruit--pineapple, tangerine, orange, and lemon; terrific IPA nose, and well-hopped.

The taste is good and smooth, a bit sour in the finish which I've noticed with Columbus hops--not bad overall, but an odd contrast to the fruity, floral aura surrounding Hi.P.A. More than the taste, which I find good and fairly balanced between hops and malt (lightly toasted caramel), the mouthfeel is a letdown, lacking the hop texture to match the tremendous hops smell and good taste. I find it a bit thin, surprisingly enough.

Interestingly, the taste and mouthfeel remind me of a nicely flavored Witbier such as Ommegang's Witte, or Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat--good taste and malty texture. However, for IPAs, I prefer mine on the gritty brawny side.

Still, Magic Hat has made a tasty, impressive IPA with Hi.P.A., one to which I'll surely return, and one that will undoubtedly be on my radar in the run-up to Spring. Well done.

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Photo of tlinner
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color with an ivory head that leaves copious lacing. The smell is hoppy up front, with trailing notes of grapefruit. This is one delicious beer. The hops are obvious, but it's also sweet and surprisingly malty, especially on the aftertaste. There are also lemon and orange citrus flavors. The hops are certainly the main attraction here, but they're accompanied by an astounding supporting cast. I happen to think hops on their own are a bit overrated; with this brew, the hops are obvious, but they fit into a better whole, instead of standing as the main attraction. I was just about to give up on Magic Hat, but this beer has brought me back around.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle states abv is 5.8%. Dated best by end of May, 09. Cap says "History Mystery, Prohibition," good call! Into the Goose Island IPA tulip...

A - Cloudy dark gold body with amber tint. Two fingers of white head with good retention and lacing.

S - Peach and Grapefruit fruitiness sweeten up the overall mild and dry aroma. Aroma does have spice, almost seems clove-esque.

T - Sweeter grapefruit from the hops dominate the entry, and are followed by sweet canned peach(dominates), fresh ginger, and pale malt flavors. Grapefruit comes back, this time bitting and bitter, to finish mostly dry, with that canned peach flavor lingering.

M - Slightly oily, with some prickliness in the mouthfeel. Body was pretty much what I expect from an IPA.

D - I like a good fruity IPA, that being said, I could have lived without the big canned peach quality. Aside from that this is a fine IPA, had many ginger like qualities that could make it a nice palate cleanser. But in a crowded market, I feel like I could find better examples.

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

Light transparent amber with a large white head. Lace and retention aplenty. Bottle has freshness dating and some neat artwork that looks like something the lead singer from Incubus would draw. Cap says, "That's a RED flag!"

Is that chinook that I smell? Smells of herbal and floral hop with lots of hop spice and is soon is joined by some pine. Faint Englishy biscuit malt as HIPA warms.

Tastes as it smells. Herbal hop up front followed by a pine forest with lemon tea biscuity malt as it warms. Light, springtime-ish mouthfeel. An average to good IPA depending on how much one likes pine trees.

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

This one came in a Magic Hat Spring Sampler 12 pack. Poured into a plain old glass.

Appearance: Reddish-orange with a fluffy off-white head that lasted nicely. As the head receded, it left some of the most beautiful, intricate lacing I've seen this side of a thigh-high stocking.

Smell: Fragrant, with citrus, pine needles, and floral notes hinting at hoppiness.

Taste: Very complex, with sweet maltiness balanced by the hop bitterness. Everything in nice balance. A well-done IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable because the hop bitterness is not over-the-top, nor is the alcohol. I will certainly look for this one outside of the Spring Sampler.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's the usual story-- pours like an IPA, looks like an IPA, tastes like an IPA-- must be an IPA..

The basic craft is fine-- nothing remarkable-- nice fluffy head but it didn't survive the bottom of the glass.

Flavor has nice hops signature throughout the life-time of the flavor.

I'd call this a "light" IPA-- there could be a more robust hops signature with more body underpinnings..

Nevertheless this is a fine IPA-- not the best I've tasted still I wouldn't pass it up.

The beer isn't so "powerful" that it is tiring to enjoy over a long period-- i.e. several bottles.

It has a congenial mouthfeel and the drinkability is above average-- as I'm not drunk off my posterior after a third bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat seems to be hitting the right chord with their hoppy beers recently. This displays a nice woven character between the delicate hop character and bitterness.

The beer begins with a standard copper hue, mild haze, and fluffy head formation that lasts the session and leaves an abundance of lacing on the glass.

A bold, yet delicate blend of juicy citrusy hops ride along side of a largely floral, nectar-like hops that seem more European in nature. All this ontop of a powdered sugar, caramelled malt aroma. Very appetizing and inviting to the nose

That hop aroma transfers very favorably to the hop flavor with the same delicacy, balance, and variety that the nose suggests. Flavor balance out well with the candy-sweet malts. The grain profile seems to be part sweet-bready as found in English Pales; but also raw barley and cracker-like as found in American Pales.

The malt sweetness rides the forefront of the mouthfeel that sometimes seem a little too much for an IPA. The bitterness really doesn't settle in until the intesifying pang in the back of the throat. Could be a bit drier and more attenuated for a fully malty and less sweet feel.

Ultimately a very nice and drinkable beer. The beer is well balanced, but the style should be hop-dominant. The blend of Enlgish hops and malts against American hops and malts is a nice blend but makes the beer tough to identify with a specific style. Good job Magic Hat!

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Photo of TStandley13
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice cloudy golden color that produces a nice thick head initially which dissipates pretty quickly. However, left some nice lacing on my glass with each sip.

S- Normal IPA smell, complete with a nice florally/piny/outdoorsy smell. Very sweet smell with some malty hints spread throughout. Definite hop appeal.

T- Very sweet and hoppy. Pretty nice taste/aftertaste.

M- Good amount of carbonation, and leaves a nice hoppy sting at the finish.

D- Pretty drinkable for such a flavor laden beer. Highly recommended.

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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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