Official Hazy IPA
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Official Hazy IPAOfficial Hazy IPA
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #2,237
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,048
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 7.73%
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
534
From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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  92
SCORE
87
Very Good
Official Hazy IPAOfficial Hazy IPA
Notes: Two of our favorite ingredients come together in the brewhouse; pungent American hops and delicious wheat malt. This Hazy IPA is double dry-hopped (a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado hops) resulting in complex peach, stone fruit and tropical notes with a dry finish and balanced bitterness. A refined beer for those who love hops and for those who prefer wheat beers. Go ahead and make it Official.
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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy gold pour, with a bright white single finger head that stands up. The write-up bills this as a New England-style IPA, but the dry-hopping featuring Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado (among others) gives this IPA significant bitterness. Less juicy and more bitter than a typical NEIPA, but solid with a refreshing bite.

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, Mar 04, 2020
Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings. Gift card from Anthony! Nose is piney with subtle hint of wheat/malt. Taste is good up front.... Peach bitter. Ends with sharp bite on back of tongue. Decent IPA, but like others say..... Nothing overwhelmingly good.

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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania, Feb 29, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 ounce can marked 111419. Sampled on Feb 15, 2020.

The appearance is a slightly hazy but not a murky looking yellow-amber with a modest then fading white head.

I pick up some citrus notes on the nose but it is 3 1/2 months old. Also cereal grain.

Smooth light to medium mouthfeel.

Same fading citrus taste and a little earthy but that could be due to the age of this can. Mild bitter end.

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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Feb 15, 2020
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3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light gold color. Nice white head sitting on top. Looks really inviting. Smell is American hops with lots of citrus, melon, kiwi. A bit of pine in there too. Taste follows with grapefruit dominating. A lemon soda taste runs through. A medium body with nice, sharp carbonation that cleans the pallet. It is smoothed out with the wheat backbone. Overall, it is a good drinker, not a game changer, but solid brew indeed.

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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania, Feb 09, 2020
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3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big foamy head of pure white, very airy with bigger bubbles so retention is fairly average. Lacing wispy at best. Odd looking in that it doesn’t seem hazy per se, more like clean liquid that had a bunch of solids dropped in it. Watery yellow in hue. Citrusy nose with notes of pretzel, lemongrass, and tar resin, peach, pineapple, kiwi fruit scents, not overly persistent. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is nicely crisp yet there’s not a great sense of movement across the palate. Fresh and minerally, grapefruit zest, more floral here, seems to want to avoid dankness. Melon, apricot, peach fruit, edges up on tropical but not really. As in the nose, there’s a metallic thing going on. Good job of not being too sweet nor too dry, drinkable. Nothing about it amazes, just a solid brew. (Canned 12/20/19)

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farrago from New Jersey, Feb 09, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh can courtesy of JohnnyHops
Slightly hazy yellow/copper.
Crisp hoppy aroma and flavor. Citrus fruits and a little grassy biscuity taste.
Fairly thin bodied.
Shocked at >6% abv. With the almost watery body, crispness, and zero alcohol presence it almost tastes like a non-alcoholic ipa. (See juicy mavs ipa)

Dangerously drinkable.

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bret27 from California, Jan 27, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had two tastings that were 30 days from brewing and 60 days of brewing. The 30 day sample was exceptionally better than the 60. So I can say that shipping, storing and refrigeration was a serious factor. The 30 day sample came from a cooler and the 60 from the warm shelf. The 30 day was much crisper, better aroma, satisfying to the palette and telling me to drink more. The 60 was less in all directions. I have noticed a pattern with Bells, if I get a fresh batch nicely refrigerated, damn It's awesome leaving me wanting more. Over the 30 day threshold on the warm shelf, I had some mixed tastes in all Their flavors. For Gods sake, put an emphasis on fresh beer in the cooler and Your customers will want more.

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Photo of vludwig
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical hazy orange IPA color with a big white head. Attractive clean, citrus aroma, mostly grapefruit, with a bit of tropical fruit and lemon. The flavor was disappointing, mostly just a dull, pithy bitterness with some hints of lemon and orange peel. No maltiness, Low bitterness, as expected for this style. Medium-light body with high carbonation. The finish was clean and slightly bitter, but I wasn't left looking forward to the next sip. This was a single pint can that was 3.5 months old, so fresher might be better.

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vludwig from Massachusetts, Dec 29, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance- The beer is served a hazy orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a light level of foamy lace, fading to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a grapefruit citrus smell mixed with a whole to of tangerine and orange. Along with these smells comes some aromas of tropical fruits, peach, and apricot as well as a touch of herb and hay. Overall it is rather inviting.
Taste – The taste begins with a very citrus heavy, with a big showing of a grapefruit hop and a crisp cracker notes with tons of dry orange taste. Along with these tastes comes a very light grassy and pine taste as well as a touch of a champagne like flavor. These flavors take the taste to the end where they leave one with a crisp and citrus heavy taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather thin and crisp with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the crisp and drier flavors of the brew mixed with the zesty citrus the feel is great and makes for a super easy drinker.
Overall – This is a very nice crisp and very approachable and flavorful citrus hazy IPA. Bell’s nailed this one!!

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can...has some info stamped on the bottom, but honestly cant make any sense of it...oh well

Pours out with a medium haze and supports a fluffy and lasting larger cap...ample ringed lacing left on the glass.

Non descriptive sniff, some malts and some soft ripe fruity notes.

Pleasing and seasiony kinda NEIPA....ripe fruit, pineapple, melon and mango notes, with a hint of smoke and some lime sneaking in on the fun....decent, and workable brew....the kind of beer you could drink all day....and thats a good thing.

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Billolick from New York, Nov 24, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned October 8th 2019.

Slightly opaque body, not a turbid mess with a little more glowing yellow lemon body color. Head is a soapy white color, managing three fingers but settles down fairly quickly with some pill like lacing scattered around.

Pretty nice hop aroma. Slightly earthy with a hint of melon to peach and tropical notes mixed in for a good variety of hop flavor. Juicy primarily with a nice earthy light dank that brings it into a better realm. Very nice hop and diverse profile.

Palate makes a nice landing. Slightly juiced forward hop profile with a mid palate that hits with a tropical fruit character, and some light sweetness. Simple good malt backbone, a little drying finish surprisingly.

A pretty solid tropical fruity IPA.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Nov 22, 2019
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3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Tulip

Look: Pours a pale, hazy gold-yellow with a small, rocky white head that dissipates into a thin cap/ring rather quickly, but leaves some nice lacing down the glass.
Smell: Fairly light, mostly citrus and tropical fruit some light earthiness on the end.
Taste: Follows the nose. Mostly citrus, orange/tangerine, lemon. Tropical fruit, papaya, pineapple, mango, passion fruit. A light finish of peach, melon and slight dry earthiness.
Feel: Medium, if a -bit- thin. Fine, tiny bubbles and light, prickly carbonation.
Overall: A good, if only just good, NEIPA entry for Bell's. It hits all the right notes, and certainly looks the part, but none of them are exactly resounding. I'd sooner buy Two Hearted.

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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia, Nov 14, 2019
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First half of bottle is clear, the sediment makes it hazy. Tastes like a regular ipa, but with some citrus and juiciness. Orange and grapefruit. Medium bodied. Okay.

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mothman from Minnesota, Oct 17, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale orange in color with yellow hues and a cloudy, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with good retention. Fresh orange peel aromas with medium malt and light floral notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light, smooth feel with pleasant warmth from the middle to the end. Citrus and orange hop flavors up front with a solid malty backbone. Medium light hop bitterness followed by mellow fruity flavors. Finished with light citrus notes and easy fruitiness and a delayed bitter note. Very easy drinking with tasty hop character that is well balanced by a malty backbone. Aromas and feel were a bit lacking for the style.

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IronLover from Pennsylvania, Oct 13, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can in a wheat beer glass, per the bartender.

Off-yellow color, not hazy. Modest white cap and lacing.

Light citrus hops, lemon and orange. Some light tropicals, too.

More of the same with grass, stone fruit, and light malt.

Medium bodied friendly drinking ale. Not juicy, little hop bite.

It's officially ok, at best.

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NiceTaps from New Jersey, Oct 07, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can with a 16 July 2019 canning date.
Fruity and slightly dank with hops in the forefront and a wheat base. Better and cleaner taste that is notably well matched to the mouthfeel.
Feel: Surprisingly dry finish, medium body with lively medium carbonation.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Sep 30, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. can into a pint glass. It pours a hazy, lemon-orange-straw color with a half finger of creamy, milk-white head and a thin film of lacing. A rather mellow nose featuring lemon, melon, tangerine, cracker, and subtle floral hops. The taste offers a lot of citrus and tropical notes of melon and tangerine. There is also a touch of creamy sweetness. The hop bill balances the fruit with a dry bitterness but without a strong bite. This ale is crisp and lite with pleasant carbonation, and at 6.4% ABV a second pour is no obstacle. Overall, Official is a tasty, refreshing NEIPA that drinks more like an APA. It's an ideal outdoor activity beer that would pair well with a deli sandwich or seafood. It would also answer the call after mowing the lawn.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Sep 27, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy, as advertised. Bright, light golden color. Nice, fluffy white head. OK retention and quite good lacing.

S---Sweet. Tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, orange. Not as juicy on the nose as other NEIPAs.

T---Follws the nose. Not heavy, but not light, either flavors of pineapple, orange, mango. A bit of peach and, oddly, some wheat.

O---Good, not great. I'd have another if offered a free one, but I'm not going to buy it again.

F---Quenching. Medium body with ample carbonation.

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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania, Sep 23, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours a apricot golden with an excellent head and lacing. The brew is not as cloudy as the usual of the style, but the haze is still pleasant.

Aromas of orange, peach, pear, mango, cracker, resin, floral, grassy; hints of earthy.

The flavors are skewed a bit more bitter and citrus than the nose. Orange, grapefruit, mango and pine, with some grassy/spicy hop and booze at the finish.

The brew is squarely medium bodied with nice carbonation, and a pleasantly dry finish.

Overall, a tasty, fruity NEIPA, although it may not be quite hazy enough for a purist.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Sep 07, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours cloudy yellow with just a hint of orange, and with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops, very full aroma. Tastes of citrus hops and light grain, just a hint of pine. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin, Sep 06, 2019
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3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy yellow/ white fuzzy head.
S: Corn/ malt.
T: Dry hop flavor of stone fruit-like citrus and wheat-like malts.
F: Medium body, creamy with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.
O: This seems decent, somewhat refreshing if you’re feeling a dry IPA.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall pint glass. Appearance is a hazy golden color and is opaque. 1.5 fingers of white fluffy head, good retention and lacing.

Aroma: mainly tropical fruit and citrus, also pine resin. Mangoes, pineapples, citrus peels, peaches, oranges, tangerines, stone fruit, and of course grapefruit.

Taste is well-balanced and comes as a pleasant surprise. Delicate and sweet tasting peach, stone fruit, and citrus juice to even with the bitter hops and peels. Bitter but pleasing aftertaste. Body is medium in feeling.

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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky, Aug 16, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Meadowlark restaurant, Kettering OH. 10oz pour in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy, but still translucent golden color beer. Thin white head, with lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Very strong aroma with lots of tropical fruit and citrus.

Taste: Citrus, tropical fruit hoppiness dominate, with some peach and fruit notes. More on the bitter side with a bit of bready malt for balance.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness, good carbonation. A bit spicy and prickly on the tongue. Dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A nice sipping and savoring beer, but not exactly a full-on NEIPA. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it strikes me as an imitation of the style rather than hitting the style exactly. Don't get me wrong - it's a good AIPA, it's jut not exactly a NEIPA. Sure, there is some blurring of the style, but I would have characterized this as more of a AIPA due to the aroma and hop bitterness this beer has. I find one was enough, but it did pair very nicely with lunch (Basil Thai beef salad).

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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a glowing golden color. I wouldn’t quite call it hazy, though. It has a juicy aroma, citra and mango, with a pleasing citrusy-fruity palate. There’s a nice punch of piney bitterness at the end of each sip. Easy drinker, I liked it.

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Photo of haines710
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i am a big hazy NEIPA fan, but feel like I am burning out on them a little. To me this beer is not a hazy - it is crisp and I don't detect a lot of citrus. Just bright hops with a bitter finish. I like it and it definitely works for the summer, but not a favorite. Hard to describe. I was expecting more. Initially disappointed because it was missing the citrus scent and taste. But, after sticking with it I enjoyed it more on its own merits. I think calling it a hazy IPA does this beer a disservice. It is a quality brew - call it a wheat IPA and I think you would have a winner.

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haines710 from Delaware, Jul 28, 2019
Official Hazy IPA from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 534 ratings