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

Official Hazy IPAOfficial Hazy IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,826
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,722
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 8.51%
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
614
From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  101
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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Whyteboar from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured apple juice gold with a 1 finger head and light lacing.
Aroma was pleasant if mild, definitely an IPA and Citra involvement, difficult for me to discern specifics.
The taste was actually pretty darn good, the more I had the more I liked it. I think if this had a slightly lower ABV that I would keep it in the fridge for ad hoc quaffing.
The feel was appropriate for what it is, neither to thin or too thick.
Definitely plan on drinking again!

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a tulip nonic. Pours a straw gold with a hazy clarity and a tight, quarter-inch, bright white head. Nose is fairly subdued - perhaps some notes of lemon and zest, as well as a trace of yeast. Taste consistent with nose with a light malty backbone and an herbal/medicinal aftertaste at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with an assertive carbonation. Overall, not much of a hazy IPA other than the color and clarity. Missing all the tropical fruit character I've come to associate with the style.

May 23, 2021
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tryptagon from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours like light orange juice, sizable head (maybe 3.5 finger) Smells fruit sweet, head has zest, Taste is a crisp bite into hop fruit, some bitterness, like spruce resin. Crackle, tiny bit sticky, nice beer.

May 14, 2021
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Lucular from Maryland

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can just over a month old, picked up as part of a mix-6. Poured into a tulip pint glass. Pours a cloudy/hazy yellow with a moderate head. Decent lacing. Aroma and flavor feature sweet tropical and citrus hops with a sticky malt backbone. Kind of muddled. A decidedly mediocre NEIPA, and barely worth drinking IMO. Not something I'll be getting again.

Mar 26, 2021
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Beejay from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright yellow in color, hazy, with a large white head.

S: Juicy citrus aromas up front, perhaps some pear or tangerine. and grapefruit.

T: Moderate bitterness, with some nice nots form the wheat. Hop flavor is tangerine, with grapefruit. Bitterness is a little high for me on this style.

M: Slightly creamy, medium body, with moderate carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty decent beer, but missing the style a little for me.

Mar 14, 2021
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smalony from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a 12 oz can. Aroma is very familiar for a hazy IPA, nothing really stands out, standard juice, maybe some melon. Mouthfeel is light, but the finish actually has a bit more of an alcoholic bite than the ABV suggests. This would be hard to session, but otherwise a nice, reliable offering from Bells.

Feb 25, 2021
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Hazy golden, with a nice white head of suds. Little to no lace.

AROMA: Citrus juicy hops. Pleasant.

TASTE: Juicy tropical hops, citrus and no bitter notes. Solid.

Jan 31, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can PKGD 092020 (about 3 months old) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp. The beer pours murky / hazy with some sediment. Pale yellow in color with nearly white head. The aroma is vague citrus juice. The taste is hop led with more vague citrus, slightly prickly astringency, minimal malt flavor and minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, I am the wrong person to evaluate beers in this style. I would say you definitely wouldn't want to pay for this at this age & it was purchased cold. I will score numerically to the average.

Dec 29, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a milky, straw-hued body with a medium-sized, white, foamy head. Modest lacing.

Smell: Lightly crackery malts with a thin veneer of crisp grain and wheat. Grapefruit-tangerine, meadow flowers and tropical hop tones.

Taste: Again, modestly malty, just showing a hint of coarse cracker dough, mild wheat and a touch of grainy character. Add a splash of Fresca, some sweetish honeysuckle florals and a goodly-sized sip of melon juice. Medium bitterness throughout. Mostly drying on the finish with a final rundown of the hop accents, though there is a bit of sweet, smooth wheat on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Simple, smooth malt character with a likable hop blend and a decent level of crispness. There're so many of these things on the market these days -- many are absolute, unmitigated disasters and still hit pretty hard on the price-per-ounce. So, I am totally O-K with one that's merely reliable, solid and pleasant.

Dec 27, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "31305 PKGD 14:05 102720 063446"

Appearance: The body is a pale straw yellow color that is very hazy and only allows very fuzzy shadows through. The head is very large, white, and has cloud-like pillows. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Aroma: There is a scent of tangerine and a bit of peach. There is also a bit of pineapple in there.

Taste: There is some pineapple and a light grain flavor up front. The middle has a light bit of alcohol flavor and some bitter root-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is light with just a light bit of bitterness. The beer has a slightly crisp finish.

Overall: It's a decent New England IPA. It lacks some of the bursting flavors and aromas that typically come with the style, and the body is more crisp than what is normally found, but it has good flavor and a nice aroma. There is a bit of alcohol flavor and at "Alc. 6.4% by vol." (as indicated by the can) that isn't typically something that is found in a beer of that ABV. Still the beer is better than many other attempts at the style, and it is enjoyable given its nice hop flavor and aroma. I would recommend it and I would drink it, but it wouldn't be a top-pick.

Dec 20, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

7/19/20....pours pale clear gold with fluffy white foam. light bitter grit nose. Some wheat hints. Soft open. Strong bitter. Clean finish with a slight residual bitter. Very dry. Witbier hints beneath. Nice.

Dec 06, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh baby - this one poured a beautiful blonde like Marilyn Monroe popping out of a cake. On top of that, on the nose it was extremely citrusy like, umm, citrus. Nah, for real though, it hit well like Tyson in the first round.

Get it!

Nov 14, 2020
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banditto1969 from Michigan

1.35/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bell's Official should come with a buy back policy. It lacks flavor the style is known for. It is slightly better than drinking a rice beer, but very similar.

Oct 13, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

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

12 oz can pours a hazy orange color with a lasing head. Tropical fruit aromas that smell fresh. Tangerine, grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors leaving me wanting another drink. Good summer beer!

Sep 05, 2020
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is straw gold, slight haze, soft finely bubbled head that is off white in color, head presents 1 finger thick, thin top remains, little lacing.

Aroma is lightly sweet, fruity hop blend - notes of mango, citrus, papaya, lighter pineapple, small note of berry; malt/wheat is light toast, hint of biscuit.

Taste is really a blend of the fruity characteristics of hazy ipas and then earthier/piner/maltier characteristics of an american ipa - flavor is blend of mango, papaya, citrus - grapefruit heavy, light berry and maybe some apricot; malt/wheat is lightly toasted with more pronounced biscuit after some warming.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, fuller middle with drying finish.

Overall a nice more neutral, less sweet neipa, malt/wheat is allowed to showcase some with pleasant hop aromas/flavors throughout.

Aug 22, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Official poured from 12-oz. can, stamped on bottom rather confusingly but apparently "PKGD . . . 041620," gift from friend, into tulip pint.

Looks like and kind of is a hazy, hoppy grade A pilsner, with creamy pilsner malt aroma and flavor, spiced a bit with the wheat, backing some bitter and citrusy hops. A nicely balanced, pleasure to drink.

Jul 15, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Smell is citrus and melon. Taste is more topical than smell melon mango and tropical citrus. A soft mouth feel with a dry finish, i liked it would buy again or on tap.

Jul 11, 2020
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VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty. Many NEIPAs have that very sharp apricot-grapefruit predominance on the tongue and nose. This doesn't. I like that. A solid hazy.

You ever have "Haze" from Treehouse? This is like the Lite version of that. Bell's is such a solid brewery, considering you can get it anywhere. A solid B+ haze can.

Jul 10, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a one finger foamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is peach, grapefruit and dank hops.

T - The taste is lemon, grapefruit, orange, cracker malts, white pepper and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Decent & easy drinking NEPA.

Jun 07, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a clear liter mug: Poured beer can't look any better than this. It's a deep pineapplish yellow with an almost perfect white head. There's enough residual lacing throughout the entire serving. It smells good, just not as 'juicy' than the great NEIPA's. The taste is a little less soft and a little more hoppy than most in its category, which works for me. The finish is mildly bitter and very clean. This is the best I've ever had from Bell's.

Jun 05, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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.

Mar 04, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 29, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

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.

Feb 15, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 09, 2020
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farrago from New Jersey

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)

Feb 09, 2020
Official Hazy IPA from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 614 ratings