Fantastic Haze
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #2,008
Ranked #26,081
3.82 | pDev: 14.14%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of malrubius
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Can. Hazy (not murky and gross) bright golden orange with lasting head and lace. Pine melon and citrus aromas with a hint of alcohol. Sweet but not cloying melon vanilla notes with light citrus bitterness. Medium body, very light for ABV. Beautiful fine not fizzy soft internal carbo. Excellent. And I perhaps a category is developing of "hazy" beers that are not full-on murky gross New England IPAs. Getting back to what Heady Topper and Hill Farmstead intended.

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Photo of entheos
2.47/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

What a disappointment! I love the crazy ipa, but this one is sour, wasted fruit. I want a refund! The look and smell are good, but wow, this is sludge beer!

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, translucent golden orange with a creamy white cap. Good retention and lacing.

Honeydew melon, cantaloupe, mango, and orange on the aroma.

The palate follows. Honeydew melon, cantaloupe, mango, and orange. Biscuit malt. A touch of orange peel bitterness on the finish, but it does not linger. No hint of alcohol whatsoever.

Creamy and oily mouthfeel, but well carbonated.

Great NE DIPA from Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of DavetotheB
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can dated 12/6/19 into a pint glass. Pours a not quite opaque, but very murky brownish yellow with about a finger of white head. Great lacing. Smells of strong citrus and background tropical fruit. For a "hazy" there is good hoppy bitterness-it's not just all juice. A good balance-and this beer improves as I drink it. Even with the hoppy bitterness, the mouthfeel is pretty soft-pleasant. Overall a nice, unique beer in the NEIPA space. Price point is a little high ($13.99/sixer) IMHO but no complaints.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem OR.
Poured into the shaker glass its only slightly can see through it..but the rocky/frothy cream coloured head is gorgeous.
Aroma is mostly citrus..lemon zest , orange pith etc. Some floral hops also.
Taste is very weird..lemon drop and floral hops mainly..strange after taste..
Mouth feel is watery..
Ahhh i was expecting a great experience but this is flabby stuff from SN.

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Photo of Spikester
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with three fingers of cream color head. Swathes of lace appear as the head drops.
Smell is slightly dank green bread crust malts.
Taste is dank green floral hops sweet bread crust malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and moderately bitter.
Overall a big beer that is well crafted. From a 12 ounce can. $2.69. Packaged 12/31/19.

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Photo of jernjawn
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours haze and honey/gold with a small fine head with good retention and lacing
smells fresh and piney, mild but invigorating. sweet malt is there too
very juicy, grapefruit and honeydew in front, followed by malt sweetness then into a dry bitter piney taste
medium mouthfeel. a bit oily, a bit dry
though missing coherence it's certainly drinkable and packs a punch

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Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 12/6/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden; fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are on the mild side. Hints of citrus and floral notes. Some fresh bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors are clean, crisp and refreshing. Lots of fresh grass leading the way. Hints of grapefruit and lemon. Hints of apricot and peach in the finish. More bread and cracker notes. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing without dominating and almost take a backseat. Finishes juicy and dry at the same time, but it's probably on the drier side. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is an alright brew. The aromas and flavors are on the mild side. It's still well crafted though, which is what you would always expect from Sierra Nevada. It's clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. Not bad, but nothing crazy.

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Photo of sjrider
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can -murky viscous dirty gold with short white head. Nose is a mild weak mix of fruity hops. Taste has an odd mix of over ripe tropical fruit and mild resin. Finishes slightly dry/citric. Drinkable and forgettable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brief initial impression from a CAN below:

$12.99 USD a sixer at a Whole Paycheck in New Orleans, LA. Pull-tab with a yellow-orange label.

Two-row Pale, Oats, Wheat

Chinook, Azacca, Amarillo, Idaho 7, Strata

Ale Yeast





Mango, wheat, 2-row, grass, melon/honeydew melon, subdued hop oils, juice.

Hides its 9% ABV pretty well. Balanced if a bit subdued hopwise.

It's surprisingly forgettable coming from Sierra Nevada brewing. I hoped for better, but it's certainly drinkable.

C (2.88) / AVERAGE

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Golden blonde. Light haze and yeast sediment. Short head that dissipates quickly,

Peach, passion fruit, mango, dank, honey, and biscuit.

Peach, passion fruit, guava, kiwi, and mango. Moderately dank with a candy sugar and biscuit backbone.

Medium bodied, silky, oily, smooth, and lightly bitter.


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Photo of LarryV
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-amber color, opaque but not really hazy looking. Fluffy white head with substantial lacing. Soft, hoppy nose, not much there. Resinous, bitter hops prevail in the taste which finishes on the sweet side, creamy mouthfeel. ABV seems fairly well hidden but detectable. I would find it difficult to drink more than one of these in an evening but it's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just hazy amber color with a small soapy white head, low retention and some spotty lacing. Doesn't capture the hazy look as well as HLT. Aroma & taste of juicy, old school hops. Feel is thin bodied with a good bit of bitterness for a hazy. Good beer, especially for the price.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cans dated 06 Dec 2019. Nice flavor. Has the requisite 'juiciness' for the style. ABV is very well hidden. Very drinkable (and dangerously so). I enjoyed this more than HLT but ymmv (and I appreciate one is 9% and the other is 6.7%). A really solid beer from SN. I realize price is not a factor in the score but 11.99 for a sixer of this 9% beer is as good as it gets.

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Fantastic Haze from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 25 ratings