Houston Haze
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New England IPA
Ranked #342
Ranked #1,634
4.29 | pDev: 6.53%
Spindletap Brewery
Texas, United States
Houston HazeHouston Haze
Notes: This double dry hopped IPA comes at you with a ton of fruit flavors. Guava, pineapple, & grapefruit are just some of the juicy/tropical notes coming from the Galaxy & Citra hops.
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Photo of CodyBasden
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow unfiltered with a fluffy white head with good retention lots of lacing, nice citrus smell, nice strong bitterness that rolls away with a citrus after taste, full body with high carbonation

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Photo of bobbrew
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was in a rush so I'll make this short. I wouldn't be surprised if this brewery and / or this beer scores a Gold at the GABF. Huge up front like they put everything there with this effort. On swallowing all my taste buds and jowl were consumed with persistent raw hop wonderment. It's one of my chewing sensation beers. Cant stop chewing on this unctuously raw resin. SN Celebration makes me incessantly smack my lips like a kiss. This Houston Haze makes me unconsciously chew and chew and chew on the substance of this beer. If you want a sensation unlike anything in your quarter century of a craft loving life, this beer won't be a bad place to start and very likely will be your best. Whoever brews this stuff is onto a career of making remarkable memories. Now, I have another.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly hazy appearance almost like a white grapefruit juice. Hoppy haze bomb with loads of tropical fruit. Depending on when/how you drink it you'll get flavors of peach, mango, guava, tangerine, grapefruit...pretty much all the good fruits you want in an IPA. Superb balance and mouthfeel. 7% ABV makes it enough to be session-able without putting you to sleep. One of the top 5 distributed/easily obtainable beers of this style in the DFW area. I'd even put it up there with the stuff from Celestial and Turning Point. Whoever is rating this below 4 either doesn't like this style or has their head firmly up their ass.

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Photo of mikomendoza92
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste like BEER you would get at a Brewery. Looks Beautifully HaZy. Not too Strong just the right amount At 7%. Another go to from this Brewery alongside Honey Hole.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: murky; pale gold in color; 1+ finger white head that receded quickly to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: nicely aromatic; apricot, pineapple, grapefruit, and mango;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; there's a bit of vitrus zest bitterness in the backgound;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: after the first whiff, it was all downhill;

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Photo of MattDecker
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ghost in the machine got me into neipas and this is the closest I have found yet. Not as per juicy as I would want, has some hops bite/flavour, but still a juicy treat.

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3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz canned 2-7-19 (opened 2-25-19).
Completely hazy orange juice with a 3/4" white head. So-so retention. Just a few hits of lace.
Oranges and blueberries. Simple and fruity.
Citrus fruit, wheat back -- raw flavor. Typical of what I know about NEIPA at this point.
Medium to full body. Low bitterness. Short finish.
This will be a one and done for me, not much going on. It's typical of the style and I'm finding I'm not a fan of the style.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#31 in the Texas top beers list.

FORMAT: 12 fl oz can. Pink and purple label design. Canned this month per the stamp on the bottom of the can. Pull-tab top.

"IPA." "Ale." 7% ABV.

HEAD: ~4cm in height. Somewhat frothy. Not real creamy or robust. Average thickness. White in colour. Lasts maybe 5 minutes.

BODY: Murky, dirty, ugly, and hazy. Subdued lifeless orange colour. Lacks any vibrance at all. I see no yeast/lees within. Unfiltered.

It ain't much to look at.

AROMA: Blueberry aromatics suggest Mosaic has been utilized. Odwalla tropical fruit juice. Guava.

It's all tropical fruit and blueberries. I don't find any piney, resinous, oily, floral, or cleanly citrusy aromatics.

(Note: checking Spindletap's website shows I was wrong about Mosaic...this is just Citra and Galaxy. Shows what I know).

Suggests an India Odwalla Ale with minimal bitterness. Hop notes seem shallow. But it's certainly pleasant and inviting.

Aromatic intensity is average. No off-notes or booze can be detected.

TASTE: Tropical fruit puree. Guava, dirty orange juice, vague citrus fruit. I don't think it showcases Citra well, but I guess it does a lot with Galaxy. Hop flavours feel shallow; this beer lacks depth of flavour. Luckily, I'm not tasting any lactose sugar sweetness. Just wheat and 2-row/pale.

Not a very complex IPA. Has a narrow range of hop flavour that doesn't really stand out compared to other IPAs (brewed in the so-called New England substyle or not).

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, wet, coating, medium-bodied. I'd stop short of calling it refreshing, but it's very approachable for a 7% ale, never throwing off any sense of boozy warmth. Well-carbonated.

OVERALL: It wouldn't make my top 50 list for Texan beers, nor would I shortlist it just for Texan IPAs. Those after hazy IPAs would do better to nab a pint of Pinthouse Pizza's Electric Jellyfish. I'll enjoy working my way through the sixer I got, and it's tasty drinkable stuff, but it isn't world class or even really all that noteworthy in terms of the national IPA landscape.


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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an extremely milky murky pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate bright yellow + lemon yellow + straw yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a handful of small patches of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of juicy citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, tropical/papaya, tropical/guava, and tropical/pineapple hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit + oat + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit + oat + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of juicy citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, tropical/papaya, tropical/guava, and tropical/pineapple hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away relatively quickly leaving lingering tropical + citrus hop flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a light amount of soft/fluffiness mid-body and a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pleasantly fluffy + dry mouthfeel. Enjoyable with a very nice tropical + citrus hop profile. Could easily have a couple of these.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Houston Haze is one of those regional titans around at the very least South/East Texas. Here in Beaumont this is the first beer we have had even remotely on the level as a lot of the East and West Coast guys are becoming very well versed in. Fresh, juicy, hazy, very tasty.

The peachy, mango gold color was a dead giveaway on where this one was going. The nose - the first time I smelled it I realized what kind of nectar beer can be! I am hella a noob in this style but the tropical, mango, soury citrus (grapefruit) vibe is superb.

It didn't take long for me to start gulping one of these down the first time I had one. This might be the dozenth I've ever drank and I may never stop needing to gulp these bitches down! They are that impressive and tasteful!

I have to give it up to Spindletap, please keep making connoisseur beers like this and please please send more to Beaumont.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange juice that is the color. Head isn't there..much. Lacing is beautiful. The nose is grapefruit and maybe mango. Taste is a little tart, almost has grape skin tingle to it, but that fades to the citrusy overtones. This is a wonderful beer that is sure to please anyone with tastebuds

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 08/09/2018.
L: Very juicy in appearance. Pours a hazy golden straw yellow in color. Evident haze to the beer. Very appealing look-wise. About a fingers worth of head from a non-aggressive pour, with moderate glass lacing. Head can be revived by swirling contents of beer in the glass.
S: Decent amount of fruits on the nose. Orange, grapefruit, lemon, peach, apricot, and melon all present. Slight hop grassy profile with bit of black pepper. Very nice smelling.
T: Follows the nose, with slight more emphasis on the hops. Orange, grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, apricot, peach, mango and papaya all present on the taste. The hop presence is somewhat earthy with a tiny bit of pine. Very enjoyable.
F: Light to medium in body and weight. The carbonation is a tad high, which is perhaps making it feel thinner that it would be. Still, I am pleased with the feel. Slight carbonated fizz with a touch of bitterness.
O: Very enjoyable. I am very glad I sought these out on my road trip. For a single IPA at 6.5 abv, this is highly enjoyable and well worth a try. I am very grateful that I was able to try this beer as a Californian. Cheers!

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Photo of puck1225
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

Very hazy light yellow-orange color, nice foamy head and lacing. Hugely fragrant citrus smell. Juicy tastes of lemon, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Pleasantly smooth feel. Very nice NE style IPA.

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Photo of MFMB
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange with a bright white head. Nose is juicy fruit. Mangos, sweet lemon and melons with citrus. Taste of ripe mango, pineapple and grapefruit juice. Some mellow notes of pine and earth lay low but are present. Getting that ever so light onion like off flavor but it comes and goes so quick I can’t get hung up on it. Medium body with a decent creamy body that is fairly comparable to Houston Hazier, the double version of this. Mellow hoppy fruity finish to this one.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 16 oz can (stamped “juice is loose 01/26/18 10”) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with a hazy opaqueness. Lively, but brief head of frothy white foam that gives way to streaks of bubbly lace.

Smell: Bright, juicy aroma of fresh orange juice and yeast (Mimosa?), slight grapefruit, pineapple and dank forest (wet pine needles).

Taste: Smooth, juicy fruit flavors: tangerine, mango, peach along with some floral notes and a crisp, citrus peel bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy smooth feel, and moderate but soft carbonation.

Overall: Highly drinkable, bursting with juicy fruit - one of the better local takes on NEIPA so far.

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Photo of DoubleABaird
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Houston Haze- Canned 12/29/2017. Consumed 1-17-2017

Light orange color with hazy clarity but not as hazy as most in the NEIPA category.

Yeasty with orange and pineapple hop aromas. No noticeable malt aromas or esters. Some peach on opening the can.

Mild bitterness with orange and mango hop flavors. Mild malt sweetness. No noticeable fermentation characteristics. Balance is all hops as expected.

Medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Refreshing and checks all of the boxes of a NEIPA, but is overall meh and the can had a significant amount of yeast in the bottom. Makes the last once or so of the can undrinkable.

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Photo of TripleSun
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16oz can poured into an oversized wine glass

L - Medium clean deep haze. Much more pleasing on the eyes than other NEIPA
S - Stone fruits, grapefruit, pineapple. Very juicy!
T - Just like the nose. Fresh orange and mango with some grapefruit
F - Slight bitterness that leads to a thirst quenching NEIPA
O - Stands up to some of the best NEIPA from New England. Doesn't get better than this!

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head. Orange juice yellow color.

Solid NE ipa. Pretty juicy. Orange and mango. Earthy hops with a touch of floral. A bit of bitterness which is my only complaint. Otherwise really crushable.

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Photo of vidper
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

For those who rate the smell under 425 you must have a cold. This beer is as good as an neipa gets in Texas. The big craft breweries in Houston are still turning their nose to cloudy beers. The taste and smell are the focal points here. Although this species has a short shelf life , neipa’s need to be dealt with. Cmon Brock .... these are tastier than art car...... here’s hoping we get a brewmaster from trillium or tree house to move to Texas.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip
No can date

A- pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a one-finger creamy white head that has good retention after the pour

S- plenty of juicy citrus hops up front with notes of tangerine, grapefruit zest, mango, peach & cantaloupe. Undertone of just a hint of bready malt

T- citrusy hops up front that has a bit of a juicy element, but not as much as the aroma; notes of orange pith, grapefruit zest & some tropical notes of mango. Mid-palate gives some grassy and leafy notes. The finish brings out a bit of sweet malt and lingers of citrus

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp semi-dry finish

O- high drinkability and very enjoyable, but considering the competition in this current style of IPA, it falls a bit behind the others

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very hazy yellow color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Aroma is awesome!! Fresh citrus and some nice piney resin. Not much like it. Taste follows suit. Very fresh citrus. Great piney hop. Mild, yet bitter. Very, very good. Light to moderate bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer honestly looks like O.J. Unabashedly murky and entirely opaque golden orange with a big soapy bone colored head that leaves patches of sticky lacing.

My first impression of the nose was all tropical. Big notes of pineapple and mango. When I dove back in for another sniff, I picked up a lot of spicy herbal character as well. Very interesting.

Taste opens up with mega juicy notes of tropical Starburst and Fruit Stripe gum, followed by a subtle and cakey malt profile. The finish is spicy and bitter with notes of pine and weed leading into a sharp grapefruit finish.

Overall, this is a good beer. Better than I expected and better than what a lot of Northeast breweries are trying to pass as NEIPAs these days.

A tad boozy for the ABV. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. The spicy finish seemed like a bit much at times.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Super cloudy/milky, yellow-white
S: Citrus, citra hop, sweet tropical fruit, yeasty,
T: Orange juice, grapefruit, yeast, medium bitterness, pine, light sweet malt
M: Light
O: I haven't had an actual NE IPA for awhile. This seems close to what local Chicago Brewery Maplewood is doing with their Juice Pants series. Great to get the hop character unlike some of the super yeast driven tropical beers.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours turbid orange color looks like orange juice, nice white head that dissipates to a thick white ring.

Aroma - Just a huge juicy aroma. Pineapple, mango, orange there is also a nice faint hop aroma.

Taste - The tropical fruit is still there and strong but the hops and resin come out in equal strength. There is also some bitter grapefruit at the end.

Feel - Medium bodied soft creamy mouth feel with a touch of dryness at the end.

Overall - A really solid NE IPA which has a bit more hop flavor than the norm which I like.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Ford for hooking me up with a can of this.

First thing I did when I popped the can was smell it. Man oh man, straight dank weed in liquid form. My favorite smell of all time, however after I poured it into a glass, the aroma died down dramatically. Super hazy, all the new rage. Good beer would recommend, however not worth a chase or wait in line. If they make this regularly available at a Specs or HEB I'd buy it. I won't be making trips to the brewery

Edit 2/13/2018
Saw this at HEB for the first time today. $20 for a 4 pack of 16oz cans! I can see the first wave of this flying off the shelves because everyone has to try the NEIPA haze craze, but there is no way they will continue to sell 4 packs at that price point for the long haul.

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Houston Haze from Spindletap Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 131 ratings