SUMMER BEERS! Day 1
Seeing as how the Summer is winding down, I figured I would review some of the seasonal beers that have hit the shelves these past few months. Day 1 brings us Blind Faith IPA from Magic Hat Brewing Company. This English style India Pale Ale is part of their I.P.A. on Tour! line and clocks in at 6.2% ABV with 60 IBUs.
Blind Faith pours a caramel brown with golden yellow highlights. Head is a finger of foam that rapidly dissolves into a murky layer. No lacing is present when all is said and done.
Faint pine hops and hay permeate the nose. Coriander and a citrusy zestiness is present and makes you think of a wheat beer, that is until the hops hit you. Honestly, this beer kinda reminded me of a Screwdriver.
Even though I didn’t pick up any malts in the nose they sure do come in big at the front of the taste. Both pale and caramel malts are detectable with a noticeable graininess accompanying them. Hops are present and earthy and potpourri like. Hints of coriander appear near the end, but aren’t pronounced enough to make that big of an impact on the flavor. Even though the hops become more apparent as it warms, it’s still not a big or abrasive IPA.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and sticky. There is a bit of drying that leaves a little residue in your mouth.
Blind Faith is an easy-drinking approachable IPA. Hops aren’t too big and wouldn’t turn away the average beer drinker. Great as part of a mix pack, but I don’t know if I could drink an entire six pack.
Overall: 7 out of 10
As an ENGLISH INDIA PALE ALE: 7.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Goose Island INDIA PALE ALE, Great Lakes COMMODORE PERRY IPA, Harviestoun BITTER & TWISTED