Fantastic Haze
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,960
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #15,308
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 11.68%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
65
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
89
Very Good
Fantastic HazeFantastic Haze
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: 29 | Ratings: 65 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Tilley4:
Photo of Tilley4
2.55/5  rDev -35.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of rajendra82
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 sparx1100
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wiffler27
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -23.9%
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 +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casterbridge
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaycase
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +2.3%
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 -2.8%
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 -0.3%
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 RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GoffmanvsDuffman
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reidrover
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem OR.
$2.79
Poured into the shaker glass its only slightly hazy..you 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 Dduquette
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BoodahMoogle
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavetotheB
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Valdez_Mescalito
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of entheos
2.47/5  rDev -37.3%
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 GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic Haze from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 65 ratings