Magic Hat Blind Faith
83 Blade Chainsaw
Magic Hat Blind Faith is a revolving collection of four India Pale Ales from the Magic Hat Brewing Company entitled I.P.A. on Tour! A Performance in Every Bottle. The IPA on Tour theme consists of four IPAs including Demo in the Spring, HI. P.A. for the Fall, Encore in Winter, and Blind Faith as the Summer special. The overall image is set to mimic four touring bands as they perform live on stage. Magic Hat Blind Faith is available yearly between April 1 through July 31.
The Magic Hat Brewing Company puts together this India Pale Ale style with anEnglish Ale Yeast bringing together a 14.8 degree Plato Original Gravity from the very clean Crystal and Pale malts for a healthy 6.2% ABV. The main performers are the Apollo and Cascade Hop varieties for a conservative 60 IBUs.
While shopping, I wasn’t necessarily looking for a Summer ale or even an IPA, but I kept shopping and looking for quite some time before choosing Blind Faith. I remember having some difficulties shopping that recent day. One of the main problems I’ve been having is that beer prices, especially in the craft categories, have risen significantly over the last several months. Just a year ago I could get a six pack of well crafted brew for $5 to $7; sometimes a little more depending on specialty. But now, a decent craft brew averages out to about $9.50 a six pack, right around where my usual benchmark is the Budweiser six pack at $7.50 (up $1.50 from last year).
So finally after some serious search and much consideration, I settled on Magic Hat Blind Faith for $7.99, which was a comparative good deal given the choices which ranged from $9.99 to $17.99. I’ll use this forum to officially claim that beer prices have gone up too far. In addition, beer labels should include ingredients as well as alcohol content. Blind Faith didn’t and yet I took a chance merely because of the price. I was relieved to find out that it was a decent 6.2% ABV.
Onto The Method
8.0/10 – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – Clear and rich bronze rust with lively carbonation and a frothy head.
1.5 – Aroma – Faint hop aromas, slightly citrusy and spicy delivered by micro-air pockets of herbs and polished malt base.
2.0 – Taste – Immediately pleasantly bitter, most likely the result of the super high alpha acidic Apollo hop, reaching alpha acid heights of 21%. The initial bitterness is followed by a clean malt backbone.
1.5 – Palate – The clean Crystal and Pale malts are responsible for creating the smooth and clean medium body which is nicely balanced by the bittering hops.
1.5 – Overall – Magic Hat Blind Faith is a highly polished and clean IPA that lacks the signature micro brewed flavor, but more than makes up for it in its clean, well balanced approach.
7.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – When a beer doesn’t label their alcohol content, it’s usually because it’s pretty low when compared to other selections. I was pleased to learn after making the purchase that Blind Faith offers a respectable 6.2%.
7.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – With a medium body and clean crystal and pale malts, the body is able to handle the elixir with ease and efficiency, yet it isn’t at all thin or watered down.
7.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift – A nice lift pleasantly rises into the consciousness well into the second and remaining lively and pleasant for the remainder of the session.
9.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – Enjoyable and relaxing, a session with this six pack proved easy, relaxed, enjoyable and mild.
45.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – I deeply enjoyed drinking Magic Hat Blind Faith. It was a surprisingly delicious beer that provided enough of a bang to make its asking price a relatively good value. I was also surprised by the 60 IBUs given the super bittering Apollo hop, but it’s probable that Magic Hat needed to keep the bitterness conservative to attract a broader audience. It didn’t particularly remind me of Summer, nor was it an exceptionally expressive IPA. It was however, a decent beer at a good price that provided a relaxing evening.