Hazed and Confused
Muskoka Brewery

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,676
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #21,989
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 7.4%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
34
From:
Muskoka Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  4
SCORE
89
Very Good
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy pale orange. Pours with a fluffy 2 fingers of off white head. The head disappears slowly with good lacing and a thin skim of head at the 5 minute mark.

Smell: Oranges and mango. A substancial undertone of pine in the smell as well.

Taste: Orange, lemons, mango and guava through the front and middle. Piney hops peak through in the middle and last into the finish, where a subtle minty earthiness finishes things off.

Feel: A strong mouth filling medium bodied beer. Plays strongest across the top of tongue and palate, but there is something nice going on throughout the mouth. Medium carbonation.

This is a very juicy, very tropical beer, but with just the right amount of pine for my taste. It's not going to displace Haze Mama as my go to Ontario NEIPA, but it takes the silver for me. This earns a very strong A-.

Apr 18, 2021
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; best before Jan 2021 and served slightly chilled. This will be briefer than usual, as I previously reviewed this beer a couple years ago when it was still a Moonlight Kettle one (or two)-off, vs. a year-round product. Maybe the recipe has been tweaked, maybe not - let's find out!

Turbid golden-yellow with nearly an inch of soapy, foamy white head situated atop. Within a few minutes, it has been reduced to a thin collar and filmy cap - lots of gorgeous, webby lacing, though. The aroma is fruity; I'm getting stone fruit, clementine, mango and cedar.

Tasty stuff - I'm getting mango, mandarin orange, cantaloupe, passion fruit and peach, backed by a bready-sweet malt backbone. The sip concludes with some pithy, resiny bitterness lingering alongside more tropical/stone fruit syrupiness, as well as a touch of alcohol. Medium in body, with middling carbonation levels that lend a slightly crisp bite to this brew's otherwise soft, pillowy mouthfeel. Limited drinkability; one was more than enough for me.

Final Grade: 3.86, a B+. Muskoka's Hazed and Confused is acceptable as an IPA, but for an NEIPA it's barely caught up to the middle of the Ontario pack. A little more bitter than most examples of the style, and rather acidic. Worth a look, but it's not what I'd consider a must-try, and I doubt it'll be a regular in my rotation.

Nov 21, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought 1 can at lcbo in Ontario poured a 1finger head into glass looked like orange juice .very hazy I guess I was confused because of the color a bit
taste was fruits and hops and then the citrus flavors . meduim bitterness
overall a good beer
cheers

Nov 14, 2020
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ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a thick head. Rich citrus nose. Medium malt body with a smooth feel and a bit of alcohol strength. A little boozy for my taste. A second can (June 3, 2021) seems fresher with less of a boozy quality so I have increased my Taste rating.

Nov 10, 2020
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SSS from Canada (QC)

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy orange with a fluffy head that persisted for quite some time. Very good lacing
S-Aroma is quite bready with notes of honey. There are elements of fruit hidden away, but raisin and orange seem to come out front.
T-Malt forward with a smooth subtle bitterness that does linger on the palate. There is an illusion of fruit, but it is over powered by malt
M-Somewhat boozy atmosphere. Low to medium carbonation. Relatively juicy mouthfeel.
O-A decent beer, but false advertising as this is just another standard commercial IPA with some oats or white wheat added to give it some haZe. Too bad. Can was fresh enough. I’d give it another go, but don’t expect a fruit bomb...

Sep 27, 2020
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold coloured. A 1cm head that left nice lacing on my glass. The smell is pure hops and nothing else. The taste is tropical and very hoppy, quite good. Mouthfeel is OK, a bit thin but otherwise not a bad beer
June 30 2020

Jul 01, 2020
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Larryfunnell from Canada (ON)

4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was quite a surprise. It poured very hazy with a good head. The taste has heavy orange notes, without being overpowering. Less bitter than some of this type of beer that I have had, it goes down very smoothly. That could be a concern with the heavy alcohol content! A nice clean finish with no lingering aftertaste. It strikes me as an excellent summer beer.

Jun 02, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 mL Can. ABV 6.5%.
Appearance: Veiled orange/yam, One finger of creamy and frothy off-white head, Fantastic retention, Clingy lacing all the way down, Very surprised by the appearance.
Aroma: Citrus fruit (orange), Tropical fruit (melon), Pale stone fruit (apricot), Hops (Mandarina, Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Above medium carbonation, Smooth, Slightly creamy, Fairly dry finish.
Flavour: Citrus fruit (orange, slight lemon), Tropical fruit (melon, mango?), Pale stone fruit (apricot), Hops (Mandarina, Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic).
Overall: To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Nice work, Muskoka!

Review: 173

May 25, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a can of this beer from a beer store in Sault Ste Marie whilst there for my son's hockey tournament. The scent had dank fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit peel presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer

Jan 15, 2020
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the LCBO this past summer

From a 473ml can into a pint glass

APPEARANCE: A hazy pour yields a one finger, medium looking, creamy white head with excellent retention. Cloudy gamboge orange with no carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a good wisp and leaves lots of clingy lacing down the glass. A faint wisp remains with lots of good lacing as the glass empties. Good looking.

SMELL: Melon aromas, honeydew, watermelon, caramel and toffee aromas on the nose, along with some cantaloupe and tangerine. Bold enough.

TASTE: Melon, honeydew and cantaloupe up front. Notes of caramel at the swallow, with a bold finish of honeydew melon, caramel, cantaloupe, watermelon and notes of piney bitterness lingers on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit dry on the palate. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is alright. Not quite the tropical fruit bomb that this style is known for, but okay in its own right. Bold and flavorful enough, but not quite in tune with the music this style is so well known for.

Oct 23, 2019
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden-orange with a medium white head. Little lacing during drinking. Aroma is fairly mild for a NEIPA but definitely some hoppy citrus & grassiness. I notice also perhaps some caramel? Then on the taste I see I did not image the caramel. Yes, there's a decent bit of juicy citrus but also a blend of sweet/sour malt, toffee & caramel. The taste sits in the background somewhat but is definitely there. Perhaps explains the confused part of the name. Actually makes it seem like this beer has just a tough of Muskoka Detour ingredients in it. Enjoyable, I would definitely have again, but at the same time I'm not likely to make this a mainstay.

May 22, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice hazy orange with white head. Nose is tropical fruit, cream, and a bit of citrus peel. Really nice. Taste is slightly bitter upfront. Nice resin, citrus peel, mango, leather, funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Overall, a really nice beer.

May 15, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes. 473ml can served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for around $3.50 CDN.

Appearance - super hazy and turbid orange and yellow beer with two plus fingers of dense, fluffy head. Zero visibility through the beer.

Smell - Passionfruit and orange predominantly with hints of lemon. Certainly tropical.

Taste - Fairly juicy and tropical with passionfruit and orange leading the way once again. Mango and lemon are incorporated here as well.

Mouthfeel - smooth and juicy, slightly dry finish and easy drinking medium-light body. Carbonation is appropriate.

Overall - Really solid stuff and easy to drink. Not sure you'd want to line up a six pack of these, but a couple at a time are fantastic. Really pleasantly surprised.

May 04, 2019
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange - a bit darker shade than usual. Frothy, giant head lasts the whole glass, coating it with foam chunks. Citrus, apricot, white pepper in the nose. Tangerine and green apple hop notes along with the aforementioned citrus in the first sip. Solid grainy malts keep everything balanced. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation. Medium bitterness and edges of lingering malt sweetness in the long finish.

An interesting IPA. Unique hop profile. Worth a try if you like hazy NE IPAs.

Apr 30, 2019
Hazed and Confused from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 34 ratings