Haze Jude
Platform Beer Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,201
Ranked #6,429
4.12 | pDev: 6.55%
Platform Beer Co.
Ohio, United States
Notes: Hop forward Hazy IPA brewed with Simcoe, HBC 438 and Michigan Chinook. This haze-filled wonder is a pineapple bomb that drinks smooth and is nougat-like chewy.
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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is part of the CANtinuation of my (Un?)Happy New Jumping Off of the New Platform Beer Sunday (Week 755)! I have been redding up my house during my CANvalescence from surgery & putting together a number of brewery horizontals in doing so. I had planned, even before its announcement about its sale to A-B/InBev, to drink a buncha beers & a seltzer from Kleveland's Platform Beer Co. for this week's NBS. I was disheartened to hear of the news, especially having read the GI story. I am not one to boycott a beer due to their acquisition by a large corporation, but it did take some of the wind out of my sails.

From the CAN: "Small Batch IPA Series"; "Grains[:] 2 Row[,] Caramalt 15[,] Hops[:] Simcoe[,] HBC 438[,] Michigan Chinook[,] Yeast[:] Voss Viek[,] Adjuncts[:] Wheat Malt[,] Golden Naked Oats[,] Flaked Oats[,] Style[:] Hazy IPA[,] Plato[:] 16.7[,] IBU[:] 46"; "Ohio Craft Beer".

I Crack!ed open the vent, but in CANducting my Glug, I noticed that it was pouring fairly clear so I backed off to a very gentle C-Line Glug to see what would happen. I still got just over two fingers of foamy, rocky, soapy, tawny head with decent retention, leaving behind nice lacing as it fell. Color was a hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose definitely smelled like pineapple upside-down cake with a pineapple hoppiness & a caramel maltiness, but I also got Simcoe, the naughty kitty, doing her business out of sight in the background. Oh my! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was interestingly more bitter than their measured IBUs with the Chinook lending a pine-like mintiness to the equation, including the aforementioned pineapple & cattiness. Hazy NEIPAs generally are not my bag, but this had a nice mélange of flavors to it. I have to admit that pineapple upside-down cake was what really came to mind. Finish was amazingly dry for all of the sweetness. This was a winner! YMMV.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ can
Served in an oversized, stemless wine glass

This beer pours a hazy amber color. It is toped with a couple inches of beige head that leaves decent lacing.

The smell is loaded with tropical fruit with some citrus thrown in just for fun.

The taste starts out with tropical fruit. Then some citrus kicks in through the middle. There are hints of grapefruit and pine as well.

Medium bodied with a full and effervescent mouthfeel

This is an enjoyable beer. Platform seems to get dogged on in the forums, but the few beers that I have had from them have been solid.

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Photo of flyingpig
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml Can from Brewdog.com (£2.42):
As expected given the name, this one is really hazy as it settles in the glass a beautiful looking orange-amber colour with a three centimetre tall head that ends up about halve that size after thirty seconds or so but still looks great. The nose is a strong one with plenty of tropical fruits opening proceedings, I got some pine & mango with a few bitter hops & lighter touches of pineapple too but it's definitely a fresh & juicy nose with some grapefruit showing too. The taste was a little more subdued but still quite fresh & juicy with the mango & some pineapple carrying on alongside hints of apricot & citrus. It wasn't an overly bitter tasting beer but there was some nice hops showing & the body was a medium one with some dryness nearer the end & a great balance throughout; great stuff.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - great slightly dark hazy color as expected
Smell - sweet agave fruit
Taste - slight pine citrus grapefruit lemon equal balanace but skunky
Feel - full body med light cabv
Overall - good but skunky and piney

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Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like the idea of super hazy NE style IPA's but this one is especially hoptastic!

It pours cloudy yellow with smallish head. The aroma is a killer over hoppy smell, with just enough funky to keep it scary. The taste is a nice dry bitter funk with a little less bite than is often the case with this style.


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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 1/22/2019. Pours opaquely hazy deep golden/orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey/caramel/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey/caramel/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, minty, peppery hops; and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great, Minimal warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is an awesome NEIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish; great soft feel. Yet another Voss Kviek yeasted NEIPA. Awesome Simcoe, MBC 438, MI Chinook profile. Very juicy, vibrant, fairly dank/earthy hops, and fruity/spicy yeast complexity; with a great balancing bready wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive style example all around.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright orange body, just a hint of transparency, pouring with a tight white head which fades to a moderate rocky cap, and lots of lacing.

S - Strong juice notes, primarily of citrus such as grapefruit, a bit of stone fruit hinting around the corners.

T - Orange juice at the front, then stone fruit comes forward, peach and apricot, followed by red grapefruit highlights, and just a bit of lingering pith in the finish.

M - Soft open, just a bit of carbonation, then a bit of resin lingering on the tongue, and a dry close.

O - This is a very good rendition, tilting a bit bitter in the finish but not in any way that detracts from the general pleasure of this beer. I like it, and would grab it again.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this brewer. Love their small batch IPAs. Love this beer. Love the look. Love the nose. Love the feel. Most importantly, love this taste. I will always buy beer from these folks. Thank you.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky orange color. Nice white fluffy head with good retention and lacing. Pineapple and orange on the nose and palate. A pinch of booze detected. Enjoyable until it starts to warm. The sweetness builds and distracts. Light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is really smooth and somewhat creamy. A nice beer but not something I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of Stead2112
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved everything about this beer!
Love the idea too...Small batch...Makes me feel special.
Fantastic cloudy finish. Amazing hops in this beer!
SO much character! Medium bodied, overall fabulous.
Not a sit-around-and-pound beers kind of beer.
Perfect IPA all around.

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Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz can. Has a hazy orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of oranges, peaches. Taste is the same, juicy, more bitter than I expected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

American IPA brewed with Simcoe, HBC 438, and Michigan Chinook hops. Poured from a can into a Sweetwater tulip. Produces a mammoth head (didn't think I poured it that rough either) of long-lasting foam sitting comfortably atop a hazy light orange liquid. Very juicy nose on this one. I get ripe oranges, peaches, and pineapple.

Medium body with a delicate feel. The flavor does not follow the nose. Light, dry cracker-like flavors up front, then sharp bitter flavors of (very) under-ripe fruit. Lemon, grapefruit rind, and soap. Too pithy to be very enjoyable. Has a nice hop flavor, but to me it tastes a bit unbalanced and over-extracted. Better than Speed Merchant, but still not worth seeking out. I like to support Ohio beers, so I'm not giving up on these folks yet.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a 6pck of this from my local Meijer. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had tropical fruit peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus flare. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My sister and brother-in-law brought me a few of these during a recent visit to SA from Columbus. Hooray for interstate commerce.

Pours a cloudy opaque yellow color with a good two-finger head and decent lace. An awesome looking beer and incredibly fitting for its name. The nose is bold and fruity with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. I love the aroma of Simcoe hops which are present here as well. The taste is super juicy, with great citrus and pine playing off each other seamlessly. Mouthfeel is crisp but lush and smooth. Hard to explain, but that's what it's like.

Just a really great beer here. I'd love to try more stuff from Platform. Cheers.

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Photo of pubscout
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Darkish, cloudy yellow on the pour, and enough pineapple, citrus and pine in the nose to clear your sinuses and delight your palate. Malt is present but not overshadowed at all, though the alcohol is cleverly hidden--which makes it dangerous. It's only 6.8% which qualifies it as sessionable with The PubScout, but without eating, that could be problematic. Juicy as hell with a hint of bitterness in the finish that makes you call for another. Massive head (in the proper glass, of course) which refuses to die, and it leaves a nice lacing. Is it world class? like my underwear--depends--on your definition. But if you're a NEIPA fan, this Cleveland brew will not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice on the malt side, but a little bitter than some of the world class NEIPAs on the hops side. That said, I'm still really impressed with this beer. Great color and body for a NEIPA... they nailed it.

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Photo of BB1313
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is part of their "Small Batch IPA Series". Canned on 2/22/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a very cloudy and hazy burnt yellow with an eggshell white head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of tropical fruits along with some malts. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of tropical fruit juice. Pineapple leads the way. Slightly sweet with a moderate bitterness to it. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid "New England IPA". It has a nice fruit juice vibe going on. It might not be "mind blowing", but it's well done and enjoyable. It's fun to drink. I like it.

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