Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #2,534
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3.99 | pDev: 8.27%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Very Good
Notes: The first-ever nationally distributed oat milk-centric IPA, Hazy-O! took almost a year of R&D to perfect. In fact, to ensure they harnessed all the goodness of oat milk in Hazy-O!, Dogfish Head enlisted the help of oat milk scientists from Elmhurst 1925, a family-owned, plant-based milk producer out of New York. Using Elmhurst’s culinary prowess and its Unsweetened Milked Oats, made with only three simple ingredients – oats, water and a bit of salt, Dogfish Head finalized the recipe for Hazy-O!, and “ooooh,” it is delicious!
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a hazy gold with a persistent off-white head. Not much lacing, though. Initial impression is orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango, with a slight malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is fairly soft and medium-bodied. Finish is citrus-y and smooth, fading to a slight residual bitterness. Not my favorite NEIPA by a long shot, but pretty good.

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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 2 finger finely pored off white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; what's there is pineapple;

T: follows the nose with coconut in the background; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; soft;

O: easy drinking;

Sep 22, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack cans $10.99 Foodland
3 months before date on can
Smell of passion fruit, guava, pineapples, mangoes, creamy smell that must be the oat milk
Hazy golden-orange color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel, kind of creamy
Medium-light carbonation
Tastes of mangoes, pineapple, guava, passionfruit, Creamy, some bitterness aftertaste
Overall good for the style. The oat milk seems to give it a creaminess without tasting like oats. Basically gives it a quality like lactose added brews without using lactose.

Sep 10, 2021
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz can with a date - Thanks Boston Beer Company!

Looks beautiful - chunky! Not many 'hazy' IPAs have the balls to include 'chunks' of sediment. I'm being 100% serious, I love that stuff. Smells like a tropical paradise, drinks like budweiser oat milk IPA®. Harsh and grainy alcohol feel.. where are the oats?


Sep 05, 2021
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is relatively subdued, but includes some complexity of melon, pineapple, and sweet bread. Even though a bit weak, the aroma is enticing.

Hazy orange, dark from the front, light orange with a backlight, with tiny carbonation bubbles rising along the sides of the glass to a 1 inch or so off-white head with OK retention.

The flavor contains a rich mixture of fruits. Melon, citrus - grapefruit - (without any citric acid), pineapple, even a touch of berry. A bit of honey. Bready malts. Only the faintest bitterness. The middle is, like the initial taste, fruity and bready, but not what I would call juicy. IOW, the flavors of the fruits without giving the impression you are drinking juice. The finish and aftertaste are quite mild, while holding the flavors on my tongue. The beer tends toward the sweet side, but not overly so.

The mouth feel is pillowy creamy smooth.

Overall, a very good beer. I have no idea how it compares with the standards of the style, since I gave up on chasing the locals hop-burning attempts some time ago, and I've never actually tried a NEIPA from the highly thought of brewers of the style. But, I am enjoying drinking this one, wherever it falls on the hype-train scale. It is one of the (if not THE) best of this style from a national brewer. Better than the SN Hazy Little Thing, IMO.

Sep 01, 2021
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Cloudy, foggy amber, with a thick head of off-white suds and a thin line of lace.

NOSE: Delectable and juicy, with tropical mango, pineapple and orange.

TASTE: Juicy, almost sweet, with a super-smooth body from the oat infusion. So easy-drinking, this seems to nearly jump the “IPA” category into, well, something else. Very enjoyable twist on the IPA style.

Aug 26, 2021
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold and very cloudy with an excellent fluffy white head that lingers well.

Plenty of citrus and mild mild resin on the nose.

Honey-kissed citrus is the dominant malt flavor on the tip of the tongue. Mid-stream the oats arrive to provide a lower-key creamy sweetness. And then the mood shifts from sweet citrus to the bitter vibe, mostly ruby red grapefruit. Hints of white pepper and chive.

Solidly medium-bodied with a great creamy mouthfeel teamed with a fairly dry finish for the style.

An excellent NEIPA that uses oats as something other than a gimmick and isn't afraid to deliver a little extra bitterness.

Aug 15, 2021
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a dull, hazy orange with a frothy, half-inch, bright white head. Nose is somewhat dull - herbal/citrus notes with a hint a cracker malts. Taste consistent will nose, with the addition of some buttery notes at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation. Overall, a little lackluster. Was hoping for more.

Aug 06, 2021
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NeilSilber1 from California

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden haze with nice huge foamy cap. Light honey and wheat on the nose with crisp hoppy flavor laced with real oat milk. Really good iPA without the unnecessary citrus “flavor add” overload. Great mammoth half yard (32oz) draught option at Yardhouse, cheers to this HUGE glass!!

Aug 04, 2021
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-cloudy light gold body with decent head that quickly died and left little lace. Aroma basically struck me as tropical, mostly mango, although some pineapple and earth tones as well. Beer has good sweetness with just enough bitterness for balance, but also is really smooth and sweet and rather easy, too easy, to drink (I basically chugged this thing it was so smooth). For a brief summation one could say tropical and sweet, but it's a little more complex than that and worth trying.

Aug 04, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber with a 1" white head, which slowly fades. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is floral, papaya, grapefruit, orange.

Taste is pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon, orange zest, slight sweetness.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

Bitterness a bit low for an IPA but tasty none the less.

Aug 04, 2021
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deleted_user_1160702 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Full of flavor, good looking, aromatic. Smooth, nice head, hazy in an appealing way. Very popular lately in my corner of SE PA. The oat thing -- I have nothing in my personal experience to compare it to, but I like it.

Aug 03, 2021
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Profundobaso from New York

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured from a 12 oz can. Lemon yellow in color, cloudy, and a two finger head with remarkable retention.

Smell - tropical fruits, some sourness, and a bit of dank. gives off the smells of a tropical fruit juice and some hoppy undertones.

Taste - textbook NE IPA. fruit flavors fully come through with very little bitterness. finish is fragrant with some flowery notes. Very smooth.

Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation. fairly high on ABV at 7.1%, although alcohol is very well masked.

Overall - without telling me that it's an oat milk IPA, I would not have guessed so. a pretty standard NE IPA that's drinkable, flavorful, and tasty.

Aug 01, 2021
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Gajo74 from New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow orange color. A thumbnail length head displays good retention.

Fruity sweet aromas evoke notes of peach apricot, mango and papaya along with notes of honey and cereal grain. Aromas of lime, grapefruit and orange add some zest.

Well balanced overall with a moderate biscuity, caramel and honey sweetness, fruity hops flavors and a subtle bitterness. Notes of peach, apricot, mango, melon, orange and tangerine.

Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The finish is smooth and semi dry. The carbonation is moderate.

Easy to drink and solid. Reminds me a bit of Hazy Little Things by Sierra Nevada, except smoother and less hops intensity. I would have again.

Jul 29, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased from the fridge as a 6-pack for $10.99. Best by Jan 2022.

Look: Pours a hazy orange color. It has a medium haze to it; still translucent and you can actually totally see through it on the bottom of the glass. There was a very fluffy white head with an aggressive pour. The head has retained in a thin layer, decent lacing and head retention.

Smell: Very citrusy nose with grapefruit, orange, and mango in that order. A bit pithy and also a bit chalky. Giving off a bit of a creamsicle vibe, which is nice.

Taste: It is definitely juicy. Lots of juiciness up front, tempered by a medium plus bitterness on the finish. It's interesting. To me, I'm not really sure if the usage of four types of oats including oat milk comes across so easily here. And aren't you essentially going to make oat milk during the brewing process if you have rolled and naked oats in the mash of the tank when you add hot water? It's got nice flavor up front and decent flavor on the finish, but the mid-palate is lacking a bit.

Feel: Has a nice softness/creaminess to it, nicely carbonated.

Overall: It's a decent NEIPA that is accessible and widely distributed. It's probably one of the better mass-produced NEIPA options out there. It just doesn't blow me away. I think that the nicest thing about it is that it does achieve that citrus creamsicle effect without advertising itself as such....in my experience, the ones that claim to achieve orange creamsicle often fall short.

Jul 21, 2021
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz.can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, tropical fruits. Taste is of grapefruit, oats, malts are present, very little bitterness for the style. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Jul 15, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

O! K, let's explore this. To start, two twelve ounce cans were emptied into a clear glass liter mug. Maybe the pour wasn't delicate, but it wasn't violent enough to get this much head. Underneath, way underneath, lies a liquid that is hazy amber. First thoughts, trouble looms. The big white fluffy foam recedes slowly and unevenly, often a tattle tale that there's too much wheat/oat in the wort. Another bad sign, as the oversized foamy head recedes, it leaves virtually no glass lacing. Prospects for a nicely bodied brew have been dashed before the first taste. Surprisingly, the aroma is, well to start, is. Often wheat and oat "enhanced" brews smell as bland as they taste. But this one allows some sharp, dry and somewhat piney characters for the nose. There has to be too much wheat/oat included here, for the body is lightweight and there's no malt character. Sorry, but an IPA should, by tradition and definition, have some sort of barley malt backbone. This falls many vertebrae short. It's only mitigating feature is the poignantly dry hops, which dominant the taste experience. It finishes dry, crisp and clean, but that can't redeem its lack of body and malt inclusion required of a good IPA.
Updated: This reviewer never relies on previous assessments, nor claims by the brewer. Now that it is known that oats are the predominant starch in the wort, lesson learned. Oats might be better than wheat, for any IPA, but nothing beats barley malt. Oats over wheat, but nothing beats a good barley malt. And that's the bottom line.

Jul 12, 2021
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orange, cloudy, and a big head. The nose throws me off. The first smell I get is cooked oatmeal. After a few sniffs I can pick up grapefruit and oat milk. The flavor had a strong oat milk presence and sweetness, some grapefruit, and a slight pine bitterness. Medium bodied, silky, and moderately carbed.

Jul 10, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Fountain in Albany, NY.

This one pours a decently hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like melon and other citrus, with some oats and malt as well.

The hop character on this one is kinda bland - it's vaguely citrusy but it doesn't exactly. The oats do provide a smoothness that I enjoy on this one.

This is light bodied, smooth, and slightly creamy, with a little bit of bitterness on the finish.

This is fairly decent, but I want more interesting hop character to go along with the interesting oat/malt character.

Jul 05, 2021
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gatornation from Minnesota

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

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a white head. Smell is tropical citrus and melon. Taste is sweet with tropical hops some berries and melon. Mouth feel is soft and creamy juicy and tropical. On tap twas good.

Jul 04, 2021
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Radome from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 12 oz can.

L - Medium straw color is completely hazy, as the name implied. Glows an orange color when held up to the light. Super tall and fluffy white head.

S - Primary aromas are of grainy malt and grapefruit hops. In the background there is an unusual earthy note that I don't recognize. Maybe that is from the oat milk that is mentioned in the description? It is not offensive in any way, just unusual. Overall it smells like a typical hazy IPA, but with a citrusy hop profile, not tropical fruit that has become so popular.

T - Flavors of a typical West Coast IPA with grapefruit and citrus hops. Some low malt presence as a light breadiness.

F - Medium to thick body with low carbonation. Some silkiness in the mouthfeel, presumably from the oats. Low hops bitterness despite the strong flavors and aromas. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - This is an enjoyable hazy IPA, but in my opinion it needs more hops bitterness. The heavy mouthfeel and silkiness are nice, but I'd appreciate some more bitterness to cut through them just a bit more.

Jul 04, 2021
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burnstar from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, slightly hazy, gold with a persistent head. Smell is citrusy hops, predominantly oranges. Taste is mostly citrus hops also. There's a very solid malt sweetness in the background. Very nicely balanced. Great smooth mouthfeel from the oats- the oats are the main draw here and the reason for the "O" in the name. Overall, a very solid hazy IPA- you'd expect nothing less from this brewery.

Jun 22, 2021
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Limazulu from Idaho

3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-not very hazy
S-like pale ale
T-needs more hops. average sweet below average bitter.
M-the best part of the beer. The extra oats in the recipe does well for the creamy texture.

Jun 19, 2021
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untitledeuphoria from New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Soft, fruity... little to no tartness or bitterness. A flavorful and easy drinking 'hazy' IPA to get normal people into the style without going overboard.

Jun 17, 2021
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whynot44 from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden apricot color with foamy white head that retains well and produces a bit of nice lacing.
The aroma is tropical fruit - pineapple, citrus.
The taste follows the aroma with strong pineapple, orange, mango and passion fruit notes, very juicy with an underlying sweetness from malt and oats.
The body is medium with a special smoothness that must be due to the oat milk.
Altogether this is a very enjoyable brew, smooth, juicy, very drinkable with no noticeable alcohol impact, excellent.

Jun 15, 2021
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