Hazy IPAs are beer’s most delicious phenom. These fruity, fragrant brews have won fans by maximizing aroma and flavor, while they minimize bitterness.
Born in New England about a decade ago, the style first gained buzz for its relative scarcity and fragility. The unfiltered IPA’s cloudy looks and intense scents of berries, tropical fruit and citrus are short-lived. Its suspended yeast and vegetal matter, which amplify flavor, diminish its shelf stability, so to ensure freshness, breweries have historically sold these so-called New England IPAs on-premise, where customers queue for cans.
Increasingly, however, you can skip the lines. A wave of national breweries crafts these new-breed IPAs with protein-rich grains like oats and unmalted wheat that make them more durable.
Hazy Little Thing IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
This is a terrific introduction to the style. It pours a cloudy gold, topped by fat white foam and reels in drinkers with aromas of mango, grapefruit and fresh-squeezed orange juice.
Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA
New Belgium Brewing Company
Unlike many in this style, the medium-bodied Voodoo Ranger balances sweetness with bitterness on the back end, which provides structure to each citrusy, tropical sip.
The Scottish brewery opened in Ohio in early 2017, in part to supply American drinkers with super-fresh beers like this Northeast-inspired IPA. Jane tastes like lush juice made from mango and pineapples, tempered by lime peel-like bitterness.
New England IPA
Samuel Adams tested dozens of different recipes at its experimental Boston brewery. It settled on one with white wheat and golden naked oats as a silky base for the fruity aromatics of Galaxy, Simcoe and Mosaic hops.
Fresh Haze IPA
Last fall, Deschutes entered the foggy fray with this citrus-charged IPA loaded with flaked barley and both malted and unmalted wheat. If you like oranges or tangerines, you’ll like this beer.
Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA
San Diego might be the West Coast IPA’s bitter birthplace, but the area’s breweries have also embraced haze. Here, moderate bitterness sings in tandem with floral, citric Loral and berry-like Mosaic hops.
Published: January 15, 2019