Fantastic Haze
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #2,007
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,950
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 9.87%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
116
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  13
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: 47 | Ratings: 116 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Jason:
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Not much haze but its a little cloudy, lacing puts on a grand show leaving rings down the glass. Piney, fragrant, grassy, exotic fruit, alcoholic esters, and ripe pear in the nose and on the palate. Very warming with a bold hop profile. Hop bitterness is over taken by the amount of hop flavor, both do well to keep this beer "hop aggressive". A sipper for sure, well done.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rajendra82
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The peach colored cloudy body was very similar to orange juice in looks. The smell was full of citrus fruits and was oddly stronger at arm's length than close by, where it got masked by the carbonation. The taste was very citric, evoking grapefruit and tangerine, with a bitterness reminiscent of biting into the pith. The finish was tangy and short, and mouthfeel soft. The alcohol was very well hidden, Nice DIPA in the New England style from the reliable Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Shenk87
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sparx1100
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wiffler27
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

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

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

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

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

Overall
Hmmmm...

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casterbridge
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tilley4
2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Two words...hot mess.

Sweet rotten fruit aromas boom off of this....uh oh... disturbing... I actually had to open another to make sure I didn't get a bad can but...no...no...that's what it smells like...overly ripe sickly sweet fruit.

And the flavors follow suits... super sweet mangoes...not in a good way.... looked good in the glass but that's the best aspect of the beer... hot...boozy...sweet... damnit, I wanted to like this as i can usually get SN stuff reasonably fresh and I know this is a year round offering...

Disappointing....

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange yellow in color with a nice 1/2 inch of froth. Not so much haze as it has a ton of floaties throughout the glass. Smell is kind of subdued moderate pine fruity hops sweet pear and papaya hops. Flavor is excellent no ethanol taste smooth hop bitterness well rounded finish. Body is pretty middle row medium which is very nice for the ABV

Overall much pleasant than Hop Bullet but at a higher ABV whats not to love?

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Photo of Jaycase
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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 KingStelle
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bit more bite than I like in my Hazy. Not super hoppy, Nice orange flavor up front that get bitter rather quick. Nice beer but not a must have.

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Photo of LarryV
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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 donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip, good 2+ finger off white head, great retention and lacing. Hazy golden in the glass. Smells of orange, pine and ripe pineapple. Taste is initially sweet malt giving way to orange juice, pineapple, caramel and finishes with a mild bitterness. There is a sharp alcohol hit on the end, not unpleasant, but there letting you know that this one packs some heat. Gets off the palate pretty quick so it doesn't suffer that cloying sweetness that comes with some of these NEIPA's

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vashooter
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this can of Haze into a tulip and there was light carbonation but not a lot of lacing. Color was golden and hazy of course. I got more of a mango /malt aroma than of any hops. Taste is malty at first but finishes with a bite of alcoholic on the back end, not unpleasant but it lets you know it has some oomph to it. Mouthfeel is not thin but not overly sweet like a lot of Imperial IPAs which is a good thing. Overall I bought a sixer of cans and am enjoying them and feel they have a good if not almost great beer. If there is one thing I could improve in this beer is the hop aroma possibly during biotransformation on active fermentation and more generous dry hopping. Cheers!

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Photo of Stignacious
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic Haze from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 116 ratings