Holiday Haze IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,631
Ranked #16,278
3.89 | pDev: 7.46%
Jul 18, 2021
Jul 15, 2017
Very Good
Notes: None
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4 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 18, 2021
3.37 by Grupatre from Michigan on Jun 11, 2020
3.75 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Jul 18, 2019
3.89 by Heeenrik from Finland on Feb 21, 2019
4.02 by G_Spell from Texas on Feb 02, 2019
3.25 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado on Jan 31, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a semi-cloudy light golden color. Two finger white head collapses leaving some frothy hilly foam on top of the beer. Nice sticky lacing is left along the edges of the residual head and glass.

Aroma has notes of generic tropical fruits, lemon, some lemon grass and a touch of oniony like notes.

Taste is rather light with notes of generic tropical fruits, lemons grass, lemon peel, bit of grassy bitterness on the back end.

Feel is light, drinkable, with some lively carbonation. Nice smooth profile to this beer.

Very solid IPA from SN. Not sure its a "hazy" IPA per se, but on its own merits as an IPA, its good.

Jan 30, 2019
3.96 by z_21 from Pennsylvania on Jan 19, 2019
3.97 by stevehagy from New York on Jan 18, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Beejay from Virginia

A: A very hazy pale yellow in color with a white head.

S: Loads of tropical fruit, citrus, pineapple, and mango.

T: Lighter flavor than the aroma would suggest, still some tropical fruit flavors, but there is also a hint of herbal, and a touch of soap.

M: Light in body with decent carbonation.

O: Not too bad, but also not the finest they have come up with.

Jan 14, 2019
3.63 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Jan 13, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a hazy, very near opaque, pale orange with two fingers of white foam. Head retention is good as is lacing. Aroma is tangerine and papaya with toasty, biscuity, earthy, doughy malts. Tropical fruits are a light blast at the front, with malts coming on in the middle and end. Flavor profile is tangerine, papaya, mango, and domestic orange. Biscuity, bready, earthy, doughy malts come on stronger at the end, although they still remain nuanced and folded into the hops well. Mouth feel is a touch grainy and mingles with a lightly crispy texture to form a refreshing beer. It has a medium thickness. Overall, very intriguing mix of winter warmer spices and hops, but it works to an extent. Novelty may have some dumping this one, but with a little forewarning, is a welcome novelty.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Jan 11, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nicholas2121 from Ohio

Holiday Haze IPA brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., with an ABV of 6.50% This New England IPA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer. The color of this IPA is a nice golden hazy color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. This is definitely a unfiltered brew, you can not see past it. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, mixed with a slight sourness an earthy grains and malts. So far , Holiday Haze IPA is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on the hop bitterness, then a nice sweetness. The ending is nice an smooth with earthy grains and malts. This is a well put together IPA. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.50% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The body of the Holiday Haze IPA is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, Rich, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give this New England IPA a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Did a real nice job with this IPA.

Jan 09, 2019
3.52 by Paoloboston from Massachusetts on Jan 06, 2019
3.75 by ledouge from Virginia on Jan 05, 2019
3.74 by golf4collet from West Virginia on Jan 05, 2019
4 by jkn09 from Texas on Jan 02, 2019
3.54 by antihero404 from California on Dec 31, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jjamadorphd from Florida

The latest variety pack keeps on giving some goodness...

The title of this beer pretty much sums up how I'm feeling post-Christmas and right before the new year. I will say that this was a solid and decent enough beer. Good coloration with a haziness to it, the smell was just about what you would expect from an IPA with a matching juicy taste. I liked it, looking for more and I know just the fridge where to find it.

Dec 30, 2018
3.89 by buzzarooski from Massachusetts on Dec 29, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Suds from Missouri

My wife bought a seasonal Sierra Nevada mixed pack, which included this nice beer. From a bottle, this one pours a very hazy yellow-gold color with a fine white head. Mixed-sized bubbles and lots of lace. The aroma is fruity, with a little citrus and stone fruit. Soft malt flavor, balanced and drinkable. It has a firm and satisfying body. Nice.

Dec 28, 2018
3.69 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Dec 27, 2018
3.96 by Eric_T_07 from Illinois on Dec 27, 2018
3.25 by BdM from Netherlands on Dec 26, 2018
4.45 by RBorsato from Virginia on Dec 26, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by biiru_ojisan from Japan

Didn't quite pour it aggresively enough in my tasting glass to get much head, but when I had the other bottle in this pack, it poured about how you expect a Sierra Nevada head to look. Slightly hazy straw color, not as hazy as the name would imply. Comes accross like a chill haze.

Nose is hoppy, a bit cat-pissy, mango, crackery notes, some orange zest hanging out in there as well. Nose is not as strong as one expects in the haze craze.

Tastes sweet, then dives slightly into some fruitiness, before that gets taken over by bitterness, then it finishes dry. The slightest bit of alcohol heat is detected. The fruity notes are predominently pithy orange. Some crackery notes hanging around. I minerality can also be detected in the finish. Flavor is a bit toned down from what one normally expects from a hazy IPA.

This beer has a full mouthfeel. It is neither to thin, nor too thick. The carbonation adds a very pleasant tingle. Nothing crazy here, just about what's expected.

Overall, this is a very quafable beer. It's very approachable as a hazy IPA, but Sierra Nevada's other hazy offering, Hazy Little Thing, would probably be a better purchase than this beer. It's by no means a bad beer, but will not provide the wow factor one expects from a modern hazy/NE IP. The perfect beer for playing it safe, but always feeling like something is missing.

Dec 24, 2018
3.74 by rangerred from Tennessee on Dec 24, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by unlikelyspiderperson from California

Pours a lovely golden yellow color with active carbonation and a tight white head.
smell is softly of orange and pineapple, slight funk like overripe citrus lurks in the back
taste is sweetly citrusy, orange/tangerine, with a hint of the tartness you find in pineapple. The sweetness fades into a piney bitterness that ends a bit acrid for me.
Mouthfeel is fair for the style, certainly softer than your typical IPA/APA but not as big and juicy as some of the standouts.
Overall this is an adequate offering from a standout brewer. Not one I would seek out neccesarily but certainly not one I would snub.

Dec 24, 2018
3.85 by hockeypuck from Maine on Dec 23, 2018
3.85 by O-Meg from New York on Dec 23, 2018
3.85 by Lesiergreshman from Texas on Dec 23, 2018
4 by petewheeler from Maryland on Dec 22, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by nick_perry from North Carolina

Hazy yellow-orange color. Foamy white head. Hoppy aroma, some hints of lemon. Earthy hops, some grassy notes, and fruit flavors. I noticed they didn’t call it a NEIPA. It’s a little more bitter than one, not as fruit juicy either, but it’s going in that direction.

Dec 22, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jwc215 from Arizona

12 oz. bottle - part of winter variety 12-pack. Packaged on 10/12/18 on the box, but packaged on 09/26/18 on the bottle:

Pours hazy/cloudy yellow with a thin white head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of citrus - orange and grapefruit.

The taste is of citrus - orange, lemon, grapefruit. Zesty, but with a restrained bitterness. Sierra Nevada house character comes through (a good thing).

It is smooth, creamy, refreshing.

Another winner from Sierra Nevada! Part of winter variety pack, but I could drink this year-round.

It's been a few months since I've had Hazy Little Thing, but this reminds me of it. I believe it is less assertive in the hop department and slightly stronger in the malt, which would fit for a winter version - though without trying it side by side, tough to really know. Going to try that at some point, probably, more to see if my memory serves me right than to just compare, as they were obviously meant to be different from each other.

Bottom line - Very good interpretation of the style. An enjoyable New England style IPA!

Dec 20, 2018
3.72 by Nitty703 from Virginia on Dec 20, 2018
4.35 by walkinginplace from North Carolina on Dec 20, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Caveworm from Ohio

Holiday Haze IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this has a two finger thick soapy head, webbed lacing, and a hazed opaque pale gold body.

Smells derrrn juicy, alright. Nearly a sour in nature IMO.

The taste of hops are here, yes. But I wish they were more pronounced. Enjoyable nonetheless with a clean, crisp finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to rate Holiday Haze IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. with a 4.25. If this had more hops included, I think a majority of us would enjoy it at quite a bit more.

Dec 19, 2018
4.11 by qcghost from North Carolina on Dec 17, 2018
3.95 by evostudios12 from Florida on Dec 17, 2018
3.56 by MICAMD from Maryland on Dec 17, 2018
Holiday Haze IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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