Holiday Haze IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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IPA - New England
Ranked #2,940
Ranked #18,499
3.89 | pDev: 7.46%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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OntheLambic from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 04, 2017
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Ahypercube from California

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This tastes very much like the Accumulation IPA that New Belgium released a couple years ago. Came in this year's snow pack. Not impressed, honestly.

L: My main question is why it is even hazy? I see no floating sediment, so it has clearly been filtered. So what's the haze from? An extremely even opacity pervades the translucent straw-yellow liquid and doesn't seem to diminish with warming. Soapy white head and lacing is nice, but sparse.

S: This has that particular rosewater aroma (which I often find in strains of cannabis sativa) which a couple beers led me to believe was from Amarillo hops, yet this beer has no such hops, only magnum, crystal, and citra. If you don't know what rosewater is, it's a common ingredient in middle eastern desserts. I can't think of any common food item that smells like it. It's similar to grapefruit. In order: lemon, rosewater, grapefruit, pine, honeydew and guava.

T: Taste profile follows the smell, but beginning with honeydew, then lemon, grapefruit, rosewater, apricot, pine, and guava. Really plain though. The pine and grapefruit really overpower everything else.

F: Not completely awful, but annoyingly soapy. Very dry.

O: Meh. Simple and unexceptional.

Oct 26, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 2017 Snowpack, bottle is dated 9/26/17. This beer pours a hazy summer yellow with a great head and beautiful lacing. The aroma is a subtle combination of fresh pine needles, lemongrass, grapefruit and citrus. The taste follows the smell with a pleasant balance of fresh pine needles, lemongrass, grapefruit and citrus. A smooth medium bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation and a very pleasant dry finish. Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada, I would not be surprised if this makes it into their regular rotation as it is a very well crafted beer with a complex character.

Oct 23, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours kolsh like, very hazy pale-ish yellow, with wonderful fizz and head.

Smells nicely sweet, a good blend between older school and more contemporary hop-forward IPAs. The overall aroma is that of Spree candy, but sans the overly juicy or synthetic-smelling nodes that overwhelm many recent IPAs.

Tastes different from not at all strange. It's a contemporary-but-not-overwhelming IPA hop profile and the finish is old-school grain heavy. The graininess might strike some as atavistic, as it's what lower-ranked new breweries tend to do. But here, Sierra Nevada actually knows who to handle a goddamn grainbill. This is cereal-heavy but not watery, and the end result, combined with the hops, is like some nice bastard blend of a contemporary IPA and a rougher kolsch.

Oct 30, 2018
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Riff from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, yellow color with a thick, white head that slowly fades. Smell is soft citrus scents, touch of melon. Taste is citrus, biscuit, touch of pine, slight note of bitterness. Soft feel, medium body. Overall, quite pleasant, tasty, easy drinker.

Nov 20, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazing up the holidays, Sierra Nevada releases their "Snow Pack", equipped with all the holiday sudsy needs. Laced with Crystal and Citra hop aroma and taste, then bittered with the Magnum variety, their snow globe of an IPA is sure not to leave the hop heads behind as the craft beer palate shifts toward the malty.

Pale yellow and cast in a heavy translucent haze, Holiday Haze crowns with a dense sheet of stark white froth. Tangy, fruity and herbal aromas gravitate toward the nose with citrus, tropical and a botanical array that all hinge on the greener and under ripened varieties. Pastry-like in texture but soft with sweetness a light hint of honey and cereal provide a light doughy sweet taste of sugar cookie on the front of the tongue.

Sweetness slowly lifts as the hops quickly build up as the ale crosses the middle palate. The tangy fruitiness of under ripened oranges lead the way while hints of lemon, lime, gooseberry and passionfruit soon follow. Developing into a sharp, fragrant and woodsy, peppery bitterness, a balance of sassafras, lemongrass and green tea frame the hop dominant finish.

Medium light in body, the hazy IPA quickly favors the dry and peppery bitterness into a medium long aftertaste of herb, grass, gin and chive. Remnants of cream of wheat, cereal and dough keep the ale supported even while the stemmy hops do all the talking late.

Nov 23, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. This beer pours a surprisingly and an amazingly hazy (not much like hazy little thing) great for the style. Straw and citrus like color and forms a one finger white crown. The smell is huge with juicy citrus notes. This has surprised me to this point. Let's see how it tastes. The taste comes in with being somewhat of a let down but then again I'm used to doubles. And this is a single. So it's pretty good and I just have to adjust. Citrus with a nice biscuit like dry background. Love that dry cracker/biscuit background. This is good. It's much better than what I thought about hazy little thing. I'm not huge on the haze craze but this is true to the style in it in color, smell & taste. Good job. Would happily have another.

Nov 11, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that was packaged 10/26/17. Sampled on December 1, 2017.

It has a yellow-amber tone under a big, white foamy head and a lot of pulpy juice like characters.

The aroma starts off with a vibrant grapefruit and tropical fruit sensation but there is also a sour dough bread and roasted barley malt presence.

The body is light to medium.

The tropical fruit and grapefruit take center stage in the taste as they do in the aroma but there is a highly drinkable and likable soft but moderate bitterness finishing things off. Being from New England I think they did a nice job emulating the style.

Dec 01, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holiday Haze pours a hazy, copper color, with a big long lasting and lacing head. Big hoppy aroma. Flavor is big, full, very juicy, nice hop notes, with a slightly bitter finish. Good body and feel. Overall, fantastic, big flavors, great finish, very enjoyable.

Mar 14, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really hate that i am seeing this beer for the first time and its dated late september, thats lame, but the beer is great still, and i think its cool of these guys to make something like this, honoring or at least acknowledging the trend with the name, but making it their own with the beer, a hazy beer but only slightly, heady and frothy and delicate looking, not murky, milky, thick or gross, this is pretty beer, and its lively and pulling me in. the aroma is cool, bicuity malts, something european about the hops, grass and lime and lemongrass and tea and canned pineapple and tangerine, its obviously dry hopped, but this is more dialed in and professional than all the kids out there making new school cloudy beer, this is better objectively speaking, no doubt at all. the flavor is nice too, and to make a cleaning product analogy, this is lemon pledge and some new fangled dish soap you might find at anthropology or some mall chain thats trying to fool you into thinking they are artisans, you know the type, "nordic blue spruce and spun sugar with tahitian vanilla" for 4 dollars an ounce or some crap. this is the dry hopped version of that, but i cant look away. there is a fresh orange juice quality, a ton of bitterness to finish, west coast oiliness that i often miss in beers that look like this, and a glorious hop complexion that tastes insanely forward and fresh for being two months old. good on sierra nevada for making this one, glad i got a bottle. this is what they do best. young guns take note...

Dec 01, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours extremely pale with only light haze. Nose quite earthy actually, and floral. Very much like an English IPA vs. American IPA. If you were expecting NEIPA, fugetaboutit. Flavor has cracker malts and an even bitterness...but again very English flavors here. Herbal, some citrus, and black pepper in the finish as well. Not a bad beer, but probably not what 99% of those picking it up are expecting.

Dec 11, 2018
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Yancey82 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 09, 2017
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Fitzy01 from Maine

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 31, 2017
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aufie from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 30, 2017
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sisterofba from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 06, 2018
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buzzarooski from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 29, 2018
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qcghost from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 17, 2018
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BabaBeer from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 04, 2018
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KensWorld from Florida

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 10, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled 9/26/17 poured into a craftmaster one glass at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours hazy soft yellow resembling grapefruit juice. The head is almost white, sticky and persistent leaving ample lacing. The aroma is mild grapefruit peel and fruit plus vague citrus. The taste is vaguely sweet and fruity with a very small bitterness only to keep it from being sweet. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, sharply carbonated and somewhat dry to finish. Overall, ok. Not my preference. I'm take a big dry bitter piney IPA over this any day.

Oct 20, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a soft, pale with a billowy head. Lots of ripe melon / cantaloupe on the nose & tongue, hops are slightly grassy & herbal with a mild bitterness. Not “tropical” per se, certainly an easy drink but feels timid

Dec 03, 2018
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NeilSilber1 from California

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with thick frothy head and golden hazy ale color. Subtle notes of tangerine and fresh sharp hops. Good winter American IPA, soft and silky.

Nov 24, 2017
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HOLOGRAPHICpizza from Ohio

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks almost exactly like white grapefruit juice, smells the same.

Taste is what blows me away here. I'm not usually a fan of hazy IPAs, I prefer a west-coast hop bomb any day, but WOW is this amazing. No shortage of bitterness or hop flavor- citrusy, piney, all that good stuff. This could possibly be the best IPA by Sierra Nevada yet (sorry Celebration fanboys).

Really hoping this comes to 6 or 12 packs eventually, not necessarily under the same name.

Oct 22, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very hazy yellow golden color that falls somewhere in the middle of lemonade and OJ. There is a one finger, fluffy, bright white head. Retention is below average and there are some spots and whispy of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is a bit subdued. Mango, citrus pith, dank herbalness and a touch of sweetness from the malts are all present though not overwhelming.

Taste is the same. It starts off juicy and then a rush of bitter green herbs hits the palate hard mid sip only to be rounded out by a touch of sweetness on the finish.

Feel is light side of medium, soft, smooth and juicy with a touch of stickiness from the hops on the finish.

Overall this is a very good beer. Very enjoyable and easy drinking. The smell could have packed a little more of a punch, but still quite nice.

Nov 27, 2017
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PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 22, 2017
Holiday Haze IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 323 ratings