Friday, April 22, 2011

Blind Faith

Today I'm drinking Blind Faith brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington, Vermont. As I learned from reading the story in 4 pt font on the neck of the bottle, this is part of their year long "Tour of I.P.A.s!" Yep, four features in their "quarterly cabaret of I.P.A.s." The label has a blue swirly theme to it. Best enjoyed by June 30, 2011.

Malty and hoppy aroma, combined. Bread, tea, malty flavors in the beginning. Subtle and not very strong. Some hoppy citrus, lemon rind, spicy flavors come next, taking over until the very end of the beer. Very earthy, a little bit like drinking some crunchy tofu bar's vegetable garden blender concoction. Balanced though bitter barely wins. The 6.2% alcohol dries out the finish and adds a sprinkle of medicinal aftertaste to an otherwise strange little brew.

Carbonation is good. Not really what I was expecting from an IPA, though all ideas come to mind when cracking open any Magic Hat beer. Thick with no real bitterness, not refreshing, not clean but instead rather dirty texture-wise. I'd find something else.

My First Magic Hat with DVD Instructions

The Photographer's Guide to Vermont: Where to Find Perfect Shots and How to Take Them (The Photographer's Guide)

Blind Faith -- MP3


Mike Crimmins said...

I agree, it doesn't sound like an IPA. However, I think I'll end up trying it anyways.

Vanessa said...

I haven't had this out of the bottle, but Magic Hat was the beer sponsor of the Solid Sound Fest that Brent & I went to in the Berkshires last summer...I remember being pretty happy with it on draft then.

Although to be fair, I may have just been ecstatic to not have to drink Budweiser all day ;)

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Mike. Yeah, you should try it for yourself, no doubt. You can see Vanessa disagreed already, and that is really a common occurrence. :)