Fantastic Haze
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,623
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,941
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.32%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
275
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  36
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: We were in search of something fantastic. Something juicy, something hazy, something ripe with notes of mango, melon and citrus. So we said, "Reason be damned," and filled our kettles with five hop varieties and loads of malt, oats and wheat. Some may call that absurd. We call it absurdly fantastic.

Malts: Two-row Pale, Oats, Wheat
Hops: Chinook, Azacca, Amarillo, Idaho 7, Strata
Yeast: Ale Yeast
Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 275 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It smells bright, like mango and pineapple with a sweet maltiness that's there the whole time.

The malt is the forward flavor but then the fruit is there too. A certain creamy flavor kind of drifts and mixes with the rest.

The mouthfeel is smooth and there's mild carbonation. The finish is bitter with a touch of sweetness and it draws out for a while.

It's a great hazy IPA. I give it a 5.3 out of 6.

Aug 18, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 10/9/20

Perhaps it’s needless to say, but this one was forgotten in the fridge for quite some time now. Oh well. I know people on here tend to complain about Sierra Nevada brewing NEIPAS/DIPAS, but I’m honestly more curious than anything to see what their take on the style is like

Pours a hazy orange gold with 3 fingers of fluffy off white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

I’m not sure if it’s a product of the hops fading, but this does not veer into the sweet fruit territory that many do, rather leaning into floral notes. I’m picking up on aromas of floral hops, juniper leaves, caramel malt, sweet orange, and light melon

This is a bit sweeter in taste and more fruit forward, but it’s pretty good for what it is. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting earthy hops, lemon rind, sweet melon, bready malt, white pepper, and a touch of bubblegum. The swallow brings notes of orange marmalade, floral hops, caramel malt, white pepper, and fresh dough

A medium full body pairs with very gentle carbonation, resulting in a smooth and slick beer. Finishes off dry with a touch of spice

While this is nothing spectacular, it is still damn solid; just not a true NEIPA. Then again, it’s a welcome surprise

Jul 01, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355 ml can, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 9%. Hazy golden to orange colour, large white head. Moderate aroma of tropical fruits, hints of pine and citrus. Fairly sweet flavour, maybe a bit too sweet. Notes of tropical fruits and pine, but lacks freshness. Medium bitter finish.

May 10, 2021
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a can-shaped nonic. Semi-murky golden pour with a soapy white head and some sediment visible. Yeasty and fruity and bready/biscuity sweet; tropical and orange and citrus; resiny pine and moderate dankness. Dry, resiny finish with some moderate bitterness. A good double IPA with some flashes of NEIPA character, tasty but not really special.

Apr 05, 2021
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A semi hazy, golden and orange color. Fatty boom batty seafoamy white head. Holds tight.

A snappy tropical fruit scented nose from the hops, guava, pineapple and passion fruit. Earthy and grainy malted barley smells good too.

Sweet and dense fruit puree flavor's really explode from the hops. Tropical blend and boozy golden grains hold it down. 9% has a tinge of sour heat, but it's crazy drinkable regardless.

The mouthfeel is crisp within the first second, then it's all pillows. Super smooth, lush and maybe even creamy.

Aftertaste is really nice as all of the sweet tropical fruity flavor's from the hops roll around and within the soft golden malted grains vibe. Really nice.

Mar 15, 2021
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

SIERRA NEVADA FANTASTIC HAZE DIPA 3/7/21

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Victory nonick.

a: Translucent orange with an unappealing load of suspended particles. Evidently that is what is supposed to pass for "fantastic haze." Finger thick white surface foam persists, eventually flattening and leaving behind some spotty to patchy lacing.

s: Citrus leaning sharply to tangerine.

t: Tropical fruit with some vaguely perfumy notes, moderate hop bite. Semi-sweet finish.

m: Medium, ok body and heavy carbonation tingle.

o: An odd DIPA, the tangerine/orange flavor and hope bite covering the higher ABV. Normally I do not enjoy brews which taste like fruit juice was added, but this is not sour, only strange. Somewhat reminiscent of the artificial space citrus drink Tang.

Mar 08, 2021
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Bilch from California

4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, 12/11/2020 canned date. 9% abv. into a 16 oz mason jar.

look: orange amber, clear, 3 inch frothy head, lasting. intricate lacing.

smell: citrus,pine, malt, biscuits

taste: upfront fruits, then the hops, malt. slight sweetness. 9% alcohol nearly undetectable.

feel: medium low carbonation, full bodied. refreshing.

overall: a very nice brew. would have again, (and again). It could displace my dearest voodoo imperial IPA, and I am no big fan of the haze craze going on.

Feb 14, 2021
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Two-row Pale, Oats, Wheat. Hopped with Chinook, Azacca, Amarillo, Idaho 7, Strata
9.0% Alcohol by Volume
40 Bitterness Units
20.6° Original Gravity
4.3° Finishing Gravity
$2.39 for a 12oz cane at BevCo.

Pours out to a hazy orange, forming a tall sticky and poofy head with beautiful retention and sticky solid sheets of lace. Nose of pineapple juice, orange juice, pine. Very fruity and juicy. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick with a dense body and a little bit of warming alcohol. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Very juicy and fruity....lots of pineapple, overripe/semi funky orange juice, mango, papaya and then some pine in the finish. No off aromas or tests.
A pretty awesome, very juicy hazy IPA. Would get this again. Packs a punch considering how drinkable it is. Easily crushable.

Jan 31, 2021
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours bright orange body, hazy translucency, with a moderate white head that fades to a cap that persists. Lacing is sticky, decent.

S - Pungent hop hit, citrus and orange soda, a wisp of pine and resin.

T - A lot of citrus out front, mango and pineapple tropical notes, soft malt backbone, quiet and slightly tart finish.

M - Solid carbonation and soft, light feel, with a clean, subtle finish.

O - This beer is so easy and pleasant. It hides its heft with an approachable range of hops, and delivers an experience that is quite satisfying. Solid.

Dec 13, 2020
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Mojo from Alabama

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours up with a luscious foamy four finger head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S - earthy tones, pine, orange peel, grasses
T- very crisp with a general flavor that follows the nose. Citrusy hops are generous on the finish. Alcohol well hidden.
M- medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.
O - an excellent offering.

Dec 08, 2020
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Omnipollo tumbler.

A: On the first pour, body was orange and showed little to no opaqueness. On the last pour, it shows more haziness as the oat sediments were stuck to the bottom of the can. Head is white, shows good retention on a 3mm thickness.
S: Aroma is strong on more green-ish hops, being more herbal and earthy. Only then, in the back of the nose, you'll get some tropical and citrus tones of mango and orange.
T: Taste starts off by showing a pretty good citric tone with a medium to high sweetness where one can find a hint of vanilla and some spices, which is then moved to a hoppy tone that shows a balanced green component against the more fruity tones of the hops. It's quite pleasant actually.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is spot on. Bitterness is medium high as alcohol is barely noticeable running at 9% ABV.
O: I wasn't expecting much from this but it's actually pretty drinkable to the fact that I may want to repeat it.

Nov 23, 2020
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, dated 8/19/20. Pours chunky orange gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is light wheat malt with some fruit and floral resiny hops. A bit subdued.

The flavor is wheat malt and sweet sugary fruit with a restrained resiny bitter hop finish and a bit of alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent NE DIPA.

Nov 14, 2020
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Radome from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can.

L - Light orange color with serious haze. Holding it up to a light shows a nice orange glow and floating particles of hops or some other sediment. Thick, creamy white head and lots of lace.

S - Strong hops aromas, but they give an impression of "soft" fruitiness. Pear, melon, and tropical fruits; no harsh grapefruit or pine. There is a light sweetness in the background that is the only indication of malt in the aroma.

T - Hops flavors are more assertive than the aroma led me to expect. Although tropical fruit is dominant, there is some harsher, pine-like taste as well. There is a low bready malt flavor and some malt sweetness before a dry-ish finish.

F - Heavy body with a silky feel. Full, creamy carbonation. Strong hops bitterness that doesn't quite cut through the malt sweetness, leaving a relatively sweet impression. Moderate alcohol presence is not offensively high to me, as some of the BA reviews have said.

O - I like the concept of taking a NEIPA to the Imperial IPA level, and this is an enjoyable beer, but it is slightly too sweet to be one of my top Imperial IPAs. I like this style because it is more balanced between malt ad hops than IPAs are, but this one leans a bit too far toward the sweet malt even for me.

Nov 08, 2020
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Duxbellorum from Arizona

2.67/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Not smooth for an imperial IPA, too much alcohol content and despite the hops blending well with the beer, the booze stands out as a discordant note. I like the scent, but oddly I find there is less flavor in the sip than in the nose.

Oct 26, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from my local Giant Eagle store. It poured a hazy golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had subtle citrus peel flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bitter tropical fruit presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

Oct 16, 2020
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JayQue from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good NE IPA (probably could be classified an Imperial IPA based on .abv). Pours from a 12 oz can into a pint glass- a hazy straw yellow color. Big foamy white head with good lacing and retention. Thick bands of frothy lacing form on the glass. Aroma is fairly mild, some pineapple and other tropical fruit, a little caramel malt and bitterness. Taste is more robust. The bitterness, fruit and malt are more pronounced. More bready malt than caramel, bitterness is just right. Mouthfeel is rich with a nice level of bitterness. No hint of alcohol in this 9% .abv beer. It goes down remarkably easy!!! Good take on the style

Oct 04, 2020
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried this one a second time, and not quite as bad as I originally thought. Maybe because was the first beer of the night, actually enjoyed it. Sometimes you have to try something twice ... Golden, orange and hazy. Smells and tastes like a decent citrusy hop bill with a real nice sizzle on the mouthfeel. Overall, worthy. Will have again.

Sep 27, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single on 7-22-20 from Kings Beer & Wine cooler for $2.19. Canned 6-25-20; consumed 9-22-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a hazy gold with a gorgeous long lasting white head.

Nose has hints of tropical and citrus fruits that become more prevalent as the beer warms.

Taste is a nice combination of orange and mango over a very large but lighter malt base. Finishes with balancing bitterness; 5/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a nice beer at a nice price, worthy of a shot!

Sep 22, 2020
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hreb from Washington

3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a stemless wine glass. Hazy and pale amber, overloaded with white head. Mild tropical aroma. Flavor is more juicy than bitter, with a body of wheat and oats. Easy drinking with very low bitterness (40 IBU), but dangerously high ABV for something that tastes like this. Be careful...

Sep 19, 2020
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Stooven from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, unfiltered appearance. (Some people seem to use hazy and NEIPA interchangeably; to me, they're distinct and this beer is definitely the former). Lots of citrusy notes, but the bitterness I long associate with Sierra Nevada is pushed out of the way by the alcohol. I think they went too big in that department. Feel is kind of syrupy.

Sep 15, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy sunset in body topped by marshmallow head. Restrained aroma of citrus, light mango, grass, and pine. Tastes of mango, kiwi, citrus, candy. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Sep 13, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from that cheap gas station I go to.
just a touch of haze in the light gold beverage with a decent sized bubbly white head. Strong grapefruit and pineapple on the nose and flavor with a strong warming alcohol to counter. Not bad.

Sep 11, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a 12oz ca.

Pours an opaque orange with a white foamy head that subsides to lacing.

Has a pine and citrus aroma on opening. Tastes of citrus and pineapple. Very light hop bitterness at the finish that diminishes as my glass warmed.

Somewhat syrupy feel. Medium body and carbonation. The high alcohol level hides well.

One of the better takes on a NE IPA by a west coast brewer that I have tried lately.

Sep 11, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and tangy. Herbal hops dominate the palate with bready malt and tropical fruit in the background. Finish is long, dry and spicy. Excellent brew.

Sep 09, 2020
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greenhousedrummer from Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There was a nice, thick white head upon aggressive pouring, with lots of sticky lacing and head retention. It's a beautifully hazy and cloudy beer with a vibrant tropical hue that almost matches the can in color. The smell is boozy and fruity, in line with sweet fruits like pineapple and melon. Upon tasting, you get a nice imperial-style sharpness followed by a rush of biting hops and sweet, biscuity malts and fruits. The finish is sharp and warm, with mellow kindling in the back of the throat.

So glad I tried this, it's a well balanced and deep brew without being too overwhelming. It definitely sneaks up on you though, not a great session beer because of that lol. Definitely recommend giving it a try if you're into the style.

Sep 04, 2020
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 275 ratings