Holiday Haze IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Holiday Haze IPAHoliday Haze IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by superspak on 07-15-2017

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Ratings: 316 |  Reviews: 102
Reviews by descobar:
Photo of descobar
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

from Sierra variety pack. 12oz can packaged late 9/17.
Smell: its all about citrusy hop aromas of orange juice and grapefruit. light bread, and cereal.
Look: pours deep gold/yellow almost OJ looking with a nice thick half inch of head which quickly dissipates to a third of that but then remains. the beer is hazy/murky with lots of white chunky sediment that eventually settles at the bottom. at that point it clears somewhat.
Taste: light malt sweetness well balanced by what seems like minimal but its just enough bitterness. citrus flavors are smooth and easy on the palate
Feel: medium body, creamy texture, subdued astringency and moderate carbonation. the finish is super smooth with a pleasant hoppy bitteness that finally comes through claiming its IPA credentials
Overall: obviously I really like this beer. I could drink it all night. to some people it might be too bland but I think they struck a great balance with its drinkability. only complaint is some people might be turned off by the flaky sediment at the bottom (flaked oats?, yeast, lactose?)

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Photo of Ahypercube
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.

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Photo of VABA
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of Riff
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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...

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Photo of mynie
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.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my small Smutty glass the beer is a hazy straw color. There is a small white head with some delicate lace.
Definitely fruit forward. Citrus and tropical fruit, some sweet malt.
Grapefruit and tropical fruit taste. Bready.
Lighter-bodied, nice bitter finish

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Photo of SolarPower36
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrUse
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light golden hued with an inch of frothy bright white. The body is massively hazy and I can see lots of floaties. The aroma is of tropical fruit including pear, passion fruit, and i'm also getting some pine. I taste melon, peach, and a touch of pine. The mouth is light, delicate, and smooth.

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Photo of juicebox
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of LXIXME
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcbeers
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCHritz
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of z_21
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

PKGD 10/1/18 opened on 11/8/18 12 oz. Bottle

A slightly hazy, straw-gold color with a tower of white fluffy foam has excellent retention and plenty of lacing.

A classic nose of Pacific Northwest hop aromatics that include: Bitter pineapple, Chinook and Cascade style..
Pine Sol and dried earthy notes. Not overwhelming, but on the high end of standard for the style. The malt gives off a sweet and bready aroma and finishes with very hoppy sweet fruitiness.

The hops kick it up a notch in the taste. A mix of sweet, tropical style fruits, pine and dried herbs. Sweet>tangy>earthy tones, in that order. Good flavor complexity from the hops, as they are multi layered in flavor. Seriously crispy malted barley hold it all down, very light and golden style malt effect in both flavor and mouthfeel. I just love the lighter-malted golden IPA's. Crispy, buttery style bready malt goes a long way.

One of the better offerings from SN in a while. This is my kinda holiday beverage.

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Holiday Haze IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 316 ratings