NvU Vs. The Haze
Pipeworks Brewing Company

NvU Vs. The HazeNvU Vs. The Haze
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New England IPA
Ranked #319
Ranked #2,305
4.37 | pDev: 4.58%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
NvU Vs. The HazeNvU Vs. The Haze
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Photo of REVZEB
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow body with a finger of white foam and lazy lacing, can is also very fun looking. Plenty of lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, guava, and melon in the nose with decent hop bitters. Taste really lets the hops fly within the fruit haze, good balance, fruit include all from smell plus melon, pear, papaya, and grapefruit. Feel is very hazy, thick but not creamy rather decently edgy with the hop presence.

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Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Franfab for this
16 oz can, dated 10/14/19, poured into a teku

A- A hazy orange/copper with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, lime zest, grapefruit, passionfruit, tropical fruits, pineapple, some melons, some apricots.

T- Citrus, melons, lime zest, some pineapple, a little dank, mango, some apricots.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little creamy.

O- A great and easy to drink NEIPA.

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Photo of laketang
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer with a bright orange, hazy with a great head / retention and lacing is great.
I get some dank hops, floral, melon, pungent, citrus oranges, peaches and apricots with tastes of the formerly mentioned but also mango and melon with firm bitterness juicy and earthy. Soft medium feel.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, date stamped 10/14/19. Hazy tangerine colored ale is capped by a thick & frothy off-white head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass as it fades. Fruity, juicy, tropical, and zesty aroma. Bold flavors dance on the palate with notes of tangerine, piney mango, lemon-lime, grassy green hop, pineapple, subtle blueberry, and light caramel malt. Fuller body, very resinous, moderate carbonation, and a bitter finish with some residual sweetness. Fun one to try - I look forward to drinking the other can I have left.

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Photo of mschrei
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I heard Pipeworks was doing this beer, I thought they were a year behind the times. But NvU is one of my all time favorites and probably the craft beer I’ve drank the most of, so I had to buy a four pack of this. And I was not disappointed. Pours...well, hazy. Yellow/orange with creamy lacing. Smell is straight up juicy: pineapple, mango, peach, maybe some other citrus and tropical flavors I’m not sure of. Taste is a great hop blend. NvU has a great bitterness, and this one throws those bright fresh citrusy and tropical notes into the mix in an awesome way. Feel is full bodied, mouth watering, crisp, and easy sipping. I remember when Pipeworks made amazing beers like this almost all the time. Glad they made this one. One of the best NEIPAs I’ve had.

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Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

Really zany can art. I can see people either loving or hating it, and I am definitely a big fan. As for the beer itself, it poured a moderately hazy, pale straw yellow. The liquid was topped by a thin, frothy white film that quickly broke apart. Streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was fantastic. Super fruity and fragrant. Stone fruits came through big time. Loads of peach and apricot. Tropical fruit notes were also quite apparent. Mango was most prominent. Guava and papaya were detectable as well. Bit of pineapple too. Nice amount of fruity sweetness.

The flavor profile started out fairly bitter but really improved with time. Huge stone fruit presence. Tons of peach and apricot. Big tropical fruit notes too. Mango, guava and papaya came to mind. Pineapple appeared in the center. Some lemony tartness was also noticeable. Tangerine and clementine came through on the back end. Bit of citrus rind-like pithiness as well. The beer initially finished with loads of bitter white grapefruit, but the bitterness really mellowed out with time.

Fantastic frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium-light bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, fairly aggressive carbonation that fluffed up beautifully on the palate. Silky smooth and amazingly supple.

NvU Vs. The Haze is a fantastic juicy, fruity and well balanced double IPA and a huge improvement over the original Ninja Vs. Unicorn. This beer definitely gives some of the best hoppy offerings from New England a run for their money.

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Photo of Holderness
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick hazy appearance with a handsome white head that retains and laces well. Solid middle-of-the-road NEIPA that will neither wow nor disappoint. My main complaint is that it is a bit on the sweet side and comes across as almost sugary because of all the pale malts that are used.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - massive, dense, yellow head atop a murky dirty-orange body.

S - grapefruit, grass, orange, herb.

T - tons of pithy grapefruit, orange juice, bitter citrus peel. Slightly earthy middle, with sour lemon. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full body with appropriate carb.

O - love how juicy this is, while still retaining bitterness.

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Photo of LongTaco15
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark orange with little head. Smells like guava and mango. Taste is the same with a nice bit of bitterness and just enough sweetness to balance things out. Great beer!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 4/16/19; drank 4/27/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Table sugar, lemon & mild wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Table sugar, lemon & wheat flavors; mild booze heat emerged as this warmed up.

Certainly not my NE IPA profile, but it's not bad.

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Photo of darktronica
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Having tried Brewnikornski just prior to this, I can say they come across as quite similar. Gorgeous pour, bursting with citrus and tropical fruits. But NvUvH has some additional darker fruits, nectarine and blueberry, and a touch more floral character. Maltier, sweeter as a result, and more balanced, without any hop burn.

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Photo of FBarber
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque hazy matte yellow-orange color. Thick frothy white head slowly collapses downward leaving a thin layer of velvety white foam. Sticky white lacing covers the glass.

Aroma has lovely notes of peach, mango, pineapple and some grassy green hop notes. Pungent and tropical.

Taste has notes of mango, pineapple, peach, and some nectarine. Up front its sweet and fruity, but then a grassy hop bitterness pops up on the back end lingering on the back end. Finds a really nice balance between the fruity NE style and the west coast bitterness.

Feel is thick, smooth and creamy. Vibrant prickly carbonation.

Overall this was very well done - found a nice balance between the styles. I hope this becomes a regular because I'd totally pick this one up again.

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a top notch NEIPA in color and head. It smells fantastic too. I wish I could drink this side by side with the regular to see the differences better. It's not too bitter and has tons of citrus notes. One of Pipework's best of their recent IPA releases. I'm glad I picked up another 4 pack!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on February 7, 2019. A hazy version of Ninja vs. Unicorn. Lots of juicy tropical fruit notes. Medium in body with a fuzzy finish.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NvU the next chapter: hazes. Could I drink this blindfolded and say, hey, this is a hazed up version of NvU? No, likely not. But seriously, this is a great beer on its own merit. Great flavor (loads of Dole™ pineapple) and requisite juiciness for the style. Pipeworks hit a haze run with this beer imo. Haze they make this one on a regular hazeis.

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Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, 1.29.19 can, poured into a Pipeworks etched snifter glass.

The beer pours a very hazy golden honey color, light amber and orange hues with a foamy white head, about a finger tall that has moderate retention and yields nice swatches of soapy lacing. The aroma is excellent, tropical fruits and citrus juice emerge quickly but boy this beer is dank, tons of grassy and raw green hop leaf, bitter pine, weedy and floral qualities leap forward with a soft and sweet pale dough that lingers underneath. The flavors are great, super dank and grassy, loads of weedy hop, resinous pine, light hop spice and grapefruit peel with a juicy and tangy tropical fruit profile full of mango and pineapple with some soft orange juice that leads to a doughy finish with mineral water lingering. The mouthfeel is good, coating and creamy, nice medium body with a delicate texture that finishes strongly with a dry bite.

Verdict: An excellent NEIPA from Pipeworks. Totally out of left field here too as the "base NvU" is fairly straightforward stylistically and flavorwise it delivers, but doesn't excite the way this beer does. Loads of juicy and bright hop character with a nice earthy and dank counterbalance that just delivers the goods.

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NvU Vs. The Haze from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 53 ratings