adboyd (11) - Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried bottled Magic Hat Hi.P.A on 4/24/08. Purchased at Harris Teeter in Durham, NC. For reference, I usually stick to Dogfish Head 60 Minute or Victory Hopdevil, but I saw this seasonal and wanted to give it a try. I was very impressed by Magic Hatís effort. Iíve got a soft spot for IPAís and Iíve tried my share, this is in my top 5. The one weakness is on aroma - not much there. Other than that, this is a terrific beer. Nice amber color, great flavor and palate. Best of all is that the hoppiness to this beer has character. Itís not overwhelming at all, but you taste it from beginning to end. Not quite a pine flavor, more like spearmint. If you like IPAís, this is definitely worth a try.
darrylgh (11) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, this beer pours very nice copper/haze color with a off white head. The head clings to the glass the whole way down. This Is a easy drinking IPA very good hop bite and aftertaste. Went great with some hot wings. I would buy It while you can, Itís A shame It Is A seasonal IPA.
jjrice997 (10) - , New York, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flavorful malt followed by an aromatic and tasty hop finish. The hops had an interesting flavor, almost like flavor oils. My favorite Magic Hat yet.
2jayjay2 (10) - Warren, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I íve been waiting for this to make itís appearance again. Had it a few years ago on tap and it was terrific. This one is poured from a 12 0z bottle from a 6 pack, rather than from their Fall variety packs. Hop presence is detected in the nose,but their is a lack of citrus notes which I look for in this style of beer. I taste hops which linger thriough to the finish.But once again there is no citrus or grapefrut evident in the aftertase. Very drinkable however. Reminescent of Bellís Two Heated, IMO.
izzy (10) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright amber right out of the bottle. Decent head retention, with a fruity sweet taste of apricot that lingers in the throat. Spicy to the nose, with a distinct hoppy aroma.
buu (10) - USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Slightly underrated seasonal IPA. Thin doubtlessly white head, with considerable lacing in my glass. Golden body, subtle haze, fair carbonation. Featured a little more than the standard IPA bitter lingering, a welcomed hoppy finish. Oily mouthfeel. Hops, grassy nose; with a "sweet dumpling" note.
cameraman (9) - Crestwood, Kentucky, USA - APR 3, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is poured to medium amber in color, with hints of gold along the sides of the glass. A half inch high head forms on top, which is cream in color. There is a slight scent of cracked grain at the start. Then the strong aroma of citrus strikes the nose. That is followed by grass and pine fragrances at the end. The surprising flavor of bread is at the front of each taste, followed by a yeasty twang. It then blends itself to strong grapefruit bitterness, then ending with an earthy flavor. The feel is medium bodied, most of the way through. There is the slight feel of oiliness halfway, but does not deter the strong dry finish. This is beer is a hop heads go to beer, strong aroma, along with the big hoppy flavor; make this a beer for any occasion.
whparrish (8) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
orange in color, white head. floral and citrus. HiPA seems to be a play on words as the aroma is reminiscent of a particular herb. all in all, solid IPA
aimtofail (6) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 30, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
enjoyed this one alot. heavy hop aroma and taste, medium malt body. overall flavor is very good
the_lt_dan (6) - - AUG 7, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Simple yet satisfying. Not as hoppy as some ipaís but still gets the job done.