Fantastic Haze
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,960
Ranked #15,308
3.94 | pDev: 11.68%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
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: 29 | Ratings: 65 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ichorNet:
Photo of ichorNet
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've been anticipating this for a few months now, though it looks like it was announced back in August of 2019. My can is from New Year's Eve, so I'm betting this is still pretty fresh-tasting. Anyway, SN Fantastic Haze is a hazy double IPA (9%) brewed with barley, oats, and wheat, and hopped with Chinook, Azacca, Amarillo, Idaho 7, and Strata hops, then fermented with their house yeast. Sounds like the recipe for a good time, but, in all honesty, SN has been somewhat of a letdown recently (though the 2019 Celebration was fantastic, I will say that much). Let's see what it's like.

The pour is, indeed, hazy. I'm proud of them for achieving that much without hesitation. It's not completely opaque, and I see tons of carbonation activity happening, along with plenty of hop/yeast solids, but... ya know? This is SN we're talking about. They aren't just gonna make a turbid beer, and we have to deal with that. The color is a nice golden-orange-ish hue, and it does have a collar of thick, white foam that covers the whole surface and leaves behind some mighty lace, so I can't fault them much here. Honestly, this looks great.

The nose is full of notes ranging from melon to apricot to pine resin with some lighter notes of tropical fruit, but the most apparent hop seems to be Azacca, one of my least favorite new-school varietals. This hop is great in the right recipes, but this does not feel like a great time to break it out. It just has such a rustic, subtle charm to it that gets lost in bigger IPAs. The melon and stone fruit aspects are odd in a big IPA like this, and I honestly get a ton of the stone fruit from I7 here as well, so it's just a little bit underwhelming. The malt bill is a prominent player, as well, meaning this may not be dry-hopped enough for modern tastes. And that's fine (or normally would be), but they're trying to make a hazy DIPA here, and I don't have the best feeling going in.

I feel vindicated, unfortunately, by the sweet "hop candy"-like initial note, leading into a chewy mid-palate of oats before everything transitions to some anonymous pine, tannic, and herbal aspects in the finish. Only very light flashes of intriguing tropical fruit here; it's not a great combination of things. Chinook + Azacca is nonsensical (aggressive vs. subtle with almost no comparative elements between the two varietals), but adding in more confounding variables doesn't feel like a recipe for a great beer. The intense pine resin and citrus flavor here is nice, sure, but I want something a little more from a 9% hazy IPA. Feel is heavy-ish but drinkable for sure. Though I'm ragging on this, my serving went down rather quickly. I likely won't buy another, though.

Maybe I'm being a spoiled modern beer drinker right now, but this does not feel cohesive. There's way too much generic sweetness and an attempt to make this "balanced" without considering how the hops could interact. It does not feel inspired, I suppose, at the end of the day. I prefer Hoptimum. That feels a bit more honest, and kind of predated the "triple IPA" craze in its own way. Won't return to this one, but would not blame others for seeking it out and trying it.

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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.

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 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 Tilley4
2.55/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Two 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'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...


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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.
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 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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