Hazy Memory
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,427
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,318
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 7.48%
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
301
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: We're going a bit blurry on this nebulous release... Hazy Memory is a cloudy IPA full of oats and smooth wheatly-esque-ish-ness, packed with some of the murkiest, juiciest, turbid Loral 291, Hallertau Blanc, Galaxy, and Citra hops. It's a huge flavor you won't forget!
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Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pours a nice straw color with one finger of head
S: citrus rind, floral notes, and a touch of malt
T: seems malt forward and I keep getting a cedar/wood flavor. Slight citrus notes
F: heavy
O: this one is ok. Not great.

Sep 02, 2021
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laketang from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured semi-clear straw with good head and retention.
Fruity floral aromas.
Passion fruit , melon, oranges.
Creamy and smooth with little carbonation.
Good drinker for sure.

Aug 27, 2021
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frankdatank1337 from California

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall it's a good IPA. The mouth feel is prob the best part, it's like if Sunny D had carbonation. The flavor is almost great. I can taste the hops (yummy!) but the fruit flavor just hits me wrong; it's just a weird flavor. Kinda like prunes. Either way I still enjoyed the 4 pack of tall boys.

Aug 17, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bit cloudy with a yellow/gold body, an average size white head and a fair amount of lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, tropical fruit, melon.
Taste: Some softer fruit encroaching on the tropical. Still solidly hoppy and murky. Malts providing a smooth mouthfeel.
Feel: Medium bodied with good depth.
Overall: Pretty decent. If I were doing a blind tasting, I might have guessed a DIPA.

Jun 02, 2021
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale gold with oodles of foam.

Smells tropical, danky, some citrus and grass.

Grassy, tropical fruity, mango, some citrus, some grass. Hop forward but pretty smooth overall.

Good mouthfeel, good beer.

May 30, 2021
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obrike from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another tasty, way too easy drinking ipa from Lagunitas. Dangerously drinkable for an 8 percenter. Bought a four pack of pints. Make it in six packs and this becomes a regular.

Apr 12, 2021
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can with 228 0 2 4819 2012 stamped on the bottom.

Pours into my tulip glass a hazy pineapple gold with a creamy offwhite head. Head drops to a ring and a skim and coats the glass with fluffy lace.

Scent is immediately noticeable on cracking the can. Pineapple, tropical fruit, grapefruit. Citrus. Digging in I get some pine and spicy peppery hop oils.

Taste is sweet and sour tropical fruit. Papaya, guava. Pineapple. Lime. Salted pretzels. Canteloupe. There is something creamy and tangy that I can't quite identify. Peach. Orange rind. Vanilla. Bread crust as the beer warms. Reasonably low soft bitterness. Little to no pine present and grapefruit though present in the nose does not really seem to appear in the taste. A white grape note - is this the Hallertau Blanc?

Mouth is juicy up front; mildly astringent toward the close.

Hazy body, juicy feel, low bitterness, tropical fruit and melons. Yep it's a NEIPA. Great nose. Nice subtle malt flavors. Would definitelky enjoy this again.

Feb 21, 2021
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a IPA glass.

Look- Between pale straw and straw, very very slight haze, above average lacing and head retention, frothy white head.

Smell- Melon, nectarine, pine.

Taste- Melon, earthy, slightly citrus, pine.

Feel- Astringent finish, average carbonation, thin body, crisp.

Overall- Pretty good, but not a typical NEIPA.

Oct 01, 2020
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CisPiece88 from Nebraska

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very little haze, has more of a normal
kolsch or lager appearance. Golden straw color, poured from a 12oz can. Quarter inch lacing of head on the sides and this can did come with sediment which floated to the bottom after a minute. The flavor is pretty good but the overall appearance drives this score below a 4. Also a beer produced and distributed like this shouldn't have sediment in it. They should just make this more bitter and make it a normal ipa.

Aug 22, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I will return to re-rate later, but on first 16oz can, it starts wonderfully, but ends murky in look and flavor.
a) Amber body, hazed and sediment, little lace or last. But after an hour, massive sediment.
s) Starts off of citrus, pineapple first - then mango and caramel.
t) Sweet pineapple and tropical fruit taste with caramel and then a piney, peppery, sharp bitterness.
f) Too thin for this much ABV and fruit.
o) Also ran NE Haze bomb? Wanted to love it from first crack, but faded from contention from there.

Aug 11, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very lightly hazed orange color with a one finger head of thick off white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a citrus grapefruit smell mixed with tropical fruit aromas of tangerine, papaya, and mango. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a pine and some lemon as well as a touch of a peach aroma.
Taste – The taste of the beer begins with crisp grainy flavor that is meet with some flavors of tropical fruit as found in the nose. Right from the start there is a grapefruit hop taste that is rather strong, with it getting more and more potent as the taste moves forward. As the grapefruit gets stronger, it transitions a bit in nature taking on a more bitter grapefruit rind like taste at the expense of a slightly sweeter ruby red grapefruit flavor. A decent hit of pine comes and joins the grapefruit at the end to leave one with a rather poignant, but nice, bitter hop taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is lighter and more crisp for a brew of its abv, with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the crisp and bitter flavors of the brew the feel is rather nice and makes this a dangerously easy drinker.
Overall – A rather nice grapefruit bittered and crisp IPA. Quite flavorful and very easy to drink (maybe to easy..)

Aug 02, 2020
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the write-up, this is no murk-bomb. Slightly hazy, light golden amber. Dense head. Great aroma, both citrus and floral notes. Hop forward for sure, but with a restrained approach Pick up mango and fresh figs? Typical of Lagunitas, it's a great take on thw WCIPA and well-done. If you see a 4-pack of the 16oz cans, pick it up!

Aug 02, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 16 o can stamped: 034-D-2-4424-1736. Sampled on July 26, 2020.

The pour is golden but not pulpy or hazy. Maybe a little cloudy with a lingering white head.

The aroma: Well, I must have bought an old can because it smells rather stale with a herbal, cardboard malt presence instead of the citrus or fruit I anticipated.

Smooth, light to medium body.

It has a sweet malt flavor to start and I think I get a tad more fruit here than I got on the nose. But it's really rather a stale experience and I might have liked it better a few months ago.

Jul 26, 2020
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours a three finger billowing white head of rocky foam, atop a golden yellow liquid with lots of chunky particulate floating around in the glass. Minimal lacing, decent head retention for about three minutes before it finally fizzles away. The brew is slightly translucent, not completely opaque like some unfiltered IPAS. Still hazy though; with lots of coarse yeast sediment floating around the glass.

Aroma: Typical of the style aside from some mild soapiness in the background. Predominantly; overripe papaya and guava. Tart grapefruit/sweet orange. Granola and honey. Some (pleasant) notes of model airplane glue and bitter pine sap/spruce needles. Just a hint of banana bread.

Taste: My initial impression is that it's fairly easygoing on the palate, nothing really jumps out at you at first sip (at least not for me). I can definitely tell this was brewed with oats, even before I looked on the can, the flavor is gentle, coming over you in waves instead of assaulting your taste buds right off the bat.

Fairly familiar Lagunitas flavor initially. Juicy upfront. Over ripened mango, tangy orange marmalade. Dry/spicy with bitter grapefruit on the back end. Some warming notes of alcohol midway through. After a few sips, peppered in here and there are suggestions of apricot and eventually even. . . cherries? Odd I know but that's what I'm getting, maybe it's the yeast. After the sweetness subsides, ends extremely dry with big notes of pine. Sadly, the wheat profile doesn't help much - just kind of muting the entire experience with a blanket, allowing nothing but the bitterness on the end to stand out (which I wouldn't mind if this was a WCIPA but...)

Feel: Starts off gentle but ends on an aggressive dry sensation.. Very rich and thick, almost overtly so, only a few deviations away from being "syrupy". Strange for a NEIPA . . . viscous and dry. Leaves me thirsty. Of course alcohol always makes you thirsty but this is on another level, it's almost like a desiccant. Weird.

Overall: Fruit salad beer that leaves you parched. Not impressed, but not disappointed. It smells better than it tastes. This is a fairly average NEIPA, nothing to write home about. Maybe it's me but this was just too all over the place for my taste. The wheat detracted more than it added I'm afraid. I prefer a simpler NEIPA that gets the little details and nuances right, instead of something like this that is all over the map and not very proficient in any particular area.

Jul 14, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange pour, a bit hazy, with a short head and some lacing.

S - Major hit of hop, citrus and grass, along with pine and a bit of dankness.

T - Follows that nose, with big orange, a hit of pine and resin, and a dry finish.

M - Somewhat light on the tongue, with a subtle hop build over time. Just a touch crunchy by the finish of the can.

O - A good IPA. Not particularly a typical NE IPA, but a nice combination of flavors.

Jul 09, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, no date just a (julian?) code. The usual schizoid ramblings are present on the can, very nonsensical this time 'round

Beauty: chunky hazy golden-orange with a sloppy cap of white foam. Smells like citrus fruit, slightly muted. There' s some funk and dark fruit in there when I dig in with my nose. Very easy to drink considering how hopped this is... it would be a great beer for someone just getting into IPAs, mild but only if you're a "hophead". I'm not feeling the NEIPA style, this is west-coast all the way, and that's a disappointment in my book -I think I'm one of the very few heads out here that believes NE>WC when it comes to an IPA. Drinks very easy, like I mentioned. The 8% seems more like a 5%, and that impresses

Mixed bag for me, but an undeniably great beer. Give it a try

Jul 04, 2020
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DougT from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The right taste, smell and feel but not real hazy. Good head, nice effervescence, good color, just looses a mark for being a tad bit too clear. But it's refreshing and lively with a balanced amount of citrus flavor. Not too thin, but on the thin side for a hazy ipa. Good beer.

Jun 29, 2020
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is good, I like it, but as someone else said here, I would not call this a New England IPA, it is not enough citrus and mouthfeel is too light, at least for my taste. Comparing with Toppling Goliath options, yea they are still my benchmark for this kind of beer. I do like the level of hops though, light yet still very present, a nice touch. First of this brewery for me, good enough to make me want to try what else they offer.

Jun 29, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce 4-pack copped from Springfield. Pours a golden, hazy hue with an assertive mouthfeel and pungent aroma replete with hints of citrus and pineapple. Similar overall flavor profile. Outstanding.

Jun 09, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent IPA but not really NE style and a little disappointing considering it came from a great brewery. No date printed on can so couldn't tell how old this one was. Pours a very mildly hazy yellow color with some fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of fresh ripe orange, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, malt, vanilla and a little faint floral hops. Tastes similarly, decent flavor and balance, smooth mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall not bad at all, would just prefer to go with any number of other superior IPAs from this brewery. Nothing about it reminded me of the NE style.

May 17, 2020
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Jizzle408

5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've tried roughly 50+ hazy's over the past couple yrs and this is definitely my favorite. I've taste tasted it against my other favs and this is superior. If you love hops or a more bitter beer than this isnt what you want. Just very balanced and you can drink it with food or alone. Very impressed. Fourth time 4th ive bought it!

May 16, 2020
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Spikester from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with two fingers of cream color head. Swathes and rings of small bubble head.
Smell is floral tropical hops with rich malts.
Taste is tropical fruit orange zest and bready malt.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and slightly bitter.
Overall a tasty hazy at a reasonable price.

Apr 29, 2020
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint-sized can:

Pours lightly hazed yellow with a thin white head that settles to a thin covering. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of tropical and citric fruits with pine and lemongrass. Touch of hay.

The taste is tropical and citric with pine and lemongrass. Restrained bitterness in the finish. Alcohol well-covered.

The feel leans towards pedestrian standard IPA, but it works. I wouldn't say it's juicy. Or particularly full. But, aftertaste lingers and like I said, it works. Smooth enough.

A nice IPA with strong character overall. A combo of citrus, tropical, lemongrass and pine. Hop-forward but balanced well-enough. A good brew!

Apr 26, 2020
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gandres from Philippines

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saturday, April 25, 2020 9:18 PM
16 ounce can poured to wine glass
Sight: golden amber, small white foam
Smell: hoppy aroma
Taste: Slightly bitter, then sweet
Mouth feel: good carbonation,
Overall: Very good beer

Apr 26, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tall boy can poured into pint glass.

A: slightly hazy (clearest haze I ever saw), light gold body, and a big fluffy white head with mid-level retention and plenty of spotted lacing, leaving a frothy cap across the surface
S: dank sticky hops dripping of lush tropical juice, with a slight earthy pine and grapefruit bitterness. dash of malts.
T: froot loops. dank (but light tasting), juicy, froot loops my guy. lush, but easy (not thicccckk) hop and tropic-near-pineapple juice with a sweet slightly bready malt character that just buckles the whole thing in for a solid ride.
F: medium carbonation, suprisingly light but lush body, with a subtle dry bittersweet finish.


Overall (personal opinion):
this brew is simply beautiful. could be the most agreeable-yet-exciting IPA I've had thru the years. delicious. how this can be so light feeling yet so complete and full is beyond me. possibly a manifestation of the Buddha.

Apr 09, 2020
Hazy Memory from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 301 ratings