bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is one of my favorite IPAs. Its bitter, but not overwhelmingly bitter. The smell is amazing, try it for yourself.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rock solid IPA. Lots of hop aromas, flavor, and a big smack of hop bitterness. Everything a good AIPA should be. Pours to a deep golden to light amber color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is excellent, with pungent aromas of citrus and pine, that flood the nostrils. The palate is firm, with good pale and biscuity malt, to stand up to the big hop chacter of this beer. A solid malt base, acts as a spring board to tangy citrus hop flavor, and hints of earthy yeast flavor. HiPA finishes tangy up front, then ends with a big smack of citrus/pine hop bitterness that lingers. This beer has more "American" hop character, than Blind Faith, their exceptional British inspired IPA. I enjoy both, and HiPA, makes for a wonderful aperitif beer, and a great beer to match up with firey foods such as SCREAMING hot Buffalo wings, Thai, Mexican, or spicy Indian dishes like lemon pickel, or curries.
theyetimontana (2) - USA - MAR 28, 2009 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good beer, best of the Magic Hat brews Iíve tried. Musky floral nose (I have no clue what I mean by that) it smells fresh, tastes fresh. Great looking bottle. Just getting into IPAís myself, others have more of this and that, but this one is the whole package to me. Might amend comments at a later date
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a smooth brew. It keeps you guessing as to the ABV% because in taste alone it is not high in noticability. I did like the bitter-sweet thing it has going on in there. Starts out hoppy and ends in malts. The scent to this is sweet malts and hops. The color was deep red orange with white-light pink head (could be reflections). The palate was smooth and thin not thick, not syrupy. Nice and thin and even quenching. It ended on a carmelish note for me. A great brew for me just randomly picking one out I havenít tried yet!
jeremyd365 (124) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Under the cap was the message "Beer for Peace".
Poured a pretty transparent, light copper with minimal white head and had medium to low carbonation. It smelled wonderfully floral, citrussy and hoppy. Tastes just as great as it smells, maybe greater. Finishes smooth with hops with only a hint of a bitter kick. I really liked this brew and would highly recommend!
I wasnít too familiar with Magic Hat, but this makes me want to test the waters on any others they have to offer.
jstraw (1959) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy orange with good, creamy off-white head / Delicate, floral orange, cream and bread nose / Medium body, creamy, with sharp hops and good, bitter finish / Flavors, of fresh pine, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, bread, and cream / Terrific, hinting at a double ipa.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 This was an awesome IPA...I had this tonight again after a long hiatus...well worth it and a really tasty brew...recommended...
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a solid cloud of yellow haze, a bit orangy, strong lasting yellowish spongy foamed head about a finger high and lots of sticky lace in stringy sheets. Aroma is quite heavenly hopped, fat and juicy pineyness with some citrus of lemon and grapefruit rinds. Taste is a nice steady leveled amount of great piney hoppyness, good freshness, moderate amounts of fatness and juicyness, very tolerable bitterness lending pine and slight grapefruit. Has some slight honey and biscuit tones in the back which is very nice and a bit of other citrusy action as well. Good hoppy bitterness and drying that just touches the tongue for some tingleyness and coats the mouth lightly in the finish. Quite nice. Feel is a solid medium body, favorable but accepting amounts of bitterness closing off into the finish with a good light covering of puckered drying and sour pine. Some yummy stuff and very drinkable. Recommended for all IPA lovers, cuz this'll do just dandy.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - APR 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Magic Hat Hi.P.A. is a clear and sparkling golden ale with a fluffy white head, dorned with oily bubbles, that leaves thick foamy lacing on the glass. The aroma fills the room. It smells dry hopped-- mostly pine and perhaps tangerine. The malt is a bit muted but biscuity. There is something dry and earthy underneath it all. It is medium bodied, smooth and silky. The finish is crisp and the palate is left clean. The flavor is well balanced. The hops are mostly piny but the tangerine from the aroma is more prevalent here. The aftertaste is shorter than expected and it leaves me thirsty for another sip. This is a great example of a modern American IPA. This must be the best thing Iíve ever had from Magic Hat. This six pack is about to vanish!
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.