snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasting it a little after its prime (probably). Aroma is pleasant, but not very hoppy with some subdued malt. Most of the Columbus character is gone. It pours a beautiful clear dark golden color. The taste is ok, with some hops and malt, and it finishes pleasant and dry. I wish I had tried this beer much earlier.
SwillNoMore (105) - USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Duvel tulip, at cellar temp. Best through Jun í07. Clear golden amber color, nice white head leaves a light ring. This one was a shocker. As I poured it, I thought I detected a skunkiness. But this didnít make sense for an IPA. I didnít put two and two together when I read the name "HiPA." ("High," get it? Huh-huh.) I just thought it was Magic Hat being quirky again. After sticking my nose in the glass, the name suddenly made sense: this stuff smells like marijuana! This isnít necessarily shocking, since humulus (hops) and cannabis are related, but that relationship is immediately apparent in this beer, in a way Iíve never experienced. Having been an herbal aficionado in my past, this beer sent memories flooding back (itís been many years since Iíve partaken). I canít help but give this aroma the highest rating. Sadly, the mouthfeel shows only a hint of the oiliness I love so much in hoppy beers. Considering the aroma, Iíd have liked a much more "resinous" palate. Itís fairly light bodied and thin, but the carbonation is just right, and keeps the palate from being dull. Flavor shows a slight sweetness in the foundation, but bitter is the order of the day here. Finishes dry; almost astringent. This would be a new favorite for the aroma alone; luckily, itís a damn good drinker as well.
daniellunsford (105) - - NOV 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pineapple and citrus on the nose. Pours a golden orange with little head. Fresh light pine on the palate with a touch of bitter hops on the finish. I nice light ipa, very sessionable even at 6%abv.
bboven (103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this ipa; i just wish I could get more than the three in the joeís sampler pack. One of my top three IPAs.
RIXbeer (102) - USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge citrus hops. Great mouth feel. Iíve had 5...should I have another? Pouring into glass.....huge head....orangish color (as I hold on eye closed) Another hit from magic hat! a pretty good IPA from South Burlingotn once again!
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very very bitter IPA that is thrown out of balance because of it. Good for about a 6-8 oz try, but hard to go for more.
BrewIPA (93) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy gold with pleasant aroma, hints of citrus. Medium bitter, very well balanced. A wonderful IPA that I plan to buy again.
surf1284 (91) - USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden orange, with a nice laced head. Citrusy and piny aroma. Flavor was of your typical ipa bitterness. There was just something about this beer that was lacking, cant quite put my finger on it.
schlitzfaced (86) - Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured from bottle out of ""night of the living dead variety pack". yellow hazy color with thin white head. Aroma is light hops with dry lemon taste. Not the big Hop bite I was looking for. Not bad, just so so. Love a lot of other Magic Hat stuff.
MtStateBeer (84) - Hurricane, West Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is caramel malts, citrus and pine/resiny hops. Flavor is mainly from hop bitterness, but balanced with a good malty backbone. Mouthfeel is mainly astringent, but a decent medium body, fairly well carbonated. Overall a decent beer.