Hazy Bastard
Blue Point Brewing Company

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New England IPA
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4.07 | pDev: 8.6%
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States
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Notes: This juicy, New England-style IPA started as a beer that our brewers brewed for themselves to drink fresh from the brewhouse. Up until now, the only way to even get your hands on it was to "know someone" or to have tried the test keg before it kicked in the tasting room.

Double dry-hopped and boasting a total hop rate of 3.5 lbs/bbl, this cloudy, unfiltered IPA has a full mouthfeel and a strong, lasting hop character that satisfies all craft beer nerdery. If you know anything about this style, you know it's best enjoyed fresh so the only place you can get it is straight from our brewhouse on February 5th.
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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sell by date 28 May 2020 is a bit mute, since it is 8.0% alc. Definitely hazy, dirty orange, very thin head
Very herbal on the nose, "garden centerish" aroma. Because of the double dry-hopping, withl hop rate of 3.5 lbs/bbl. I know they like Simcoe hops, which gives that dank, earthy, woodsy, pine herbal effect
Taste is herbal citrus, earthy woodsy, pine, with a hint of tropical fruit
Nice natural carbonation, medium bodied
This is a very nice, different style of IPA, one to savor. Quite unusual, getting used to it, but I love that garden center aroma !!

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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts, Apr 07, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 6/7/19
Opened on 4/27/19

Kinda surprised by the fact that "Hazy Bastard" isn't really hazy at all, it's pretty dang clear for the style. It's a pretty gold color with a nice white foam tower holding on Strong. Lacy leftovers.

The aroma is very nice, full of interesting hop effects: sweet fruity candy, dried leaves, freshly crushed hop cones, subtle herbs and spices with an earthy based, grainy golden malt thing.

The flavor is very balanced for the NEipa style, lots of grainy and earthy tones from both the hops and malt. Usually the NE style is seriously fruity hop-forward, tropical breeze stuff, this really seems much more like a very standard American IPA...albeit a very flavorful one.
The fruit notes come in the form of spicy citrus, peppery melon and a crazy herbal bite. Some unique stylings for sure.
Overall, not exactly hitting the style points but it has a certain charm that I can dig.

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Apr 28, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The kind of IPA that should be on every tristate pub, tavern, restaurant drink menu but is not.

B+ to solid A. If they want to make this beer better, they need to focus WAY more on using late hops and dryhops. I understand this beer is double dry-hopped, but perhaps the boil hops are too much? The bitterness is not quite tamed, but the beer goes great with pizza.

Good flavor and aroma. Just needs some fine tuning.

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Treb0R from Oregon, Apr 11, 2019
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger white head that quickly settled down, leaving thick wisps of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit and oranges are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grapefruit along with hints of papayas and slight bits of pine in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This New England IPA has some bitterness—unlike other beers in the style—but drinks very well for something that is 8% abv because no alcohol is perceptible in the taste. It is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Mar 31, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my beer of the summer for 2018. An unlikely favorite that kept popping up in the Wegmans cooler for a great price. I enjoyed these 16 oz cans. Great New England IPA that was juicy and very satisfying. I kept buying more and loved every one.

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haines710 from Delaware, Dec 05, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap

S: Tropical fruit and citrus up front along with a touch of pine and malt

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some tropical fruit and citrus along with the malt backbone and then goes into some moderate bitterness and earthy tones. Finishes with lingering tropical fruit notes and some bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid NE IPA that is easy to drink. Surprisingly holds up very well, too. Get some

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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am momentarily back on The CANQuest (tm) since this one recently surfaced during the eradication of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & it dovetailed nicely with a current project, making it a "no time like the present" proposition.

From the CAN: "A juicy NE-style IPA"; "[Brewery Fresh Store Cold Drink Immediately]".

I was elated to hear a Crack! for the first time in a while so I celebrated with an inverted Glug since it was meant to be hazy anyway. I had to back off as it began to mightily foam up & I did not feel like cleaning up a mess. It finally settled to form just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention that slowly fell back, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) & I might have chalked it up to a chill haze except that it was labeled as being "hazy". I guess that the professional brewers at A-B/InBev could not bring themselves to pull the trigger on a truly hazebro milkshake AIPA. Nose was very citrusy, more towards grapefruit, but with a bit of orange thrown in to cut the intense bitterness. Mmm. The taste mirrored the nose pretty closely with an initial wash of grapefruit bitterness to soften things up, but cooled by some nice orange flavor and followed by a caramel breadiness. Mmm. Finish was dry and there was a lingering tingle from the alcohol, reminding me that this was a big beer & not to be taken lightly. Nice.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Sep 28, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is hazy straw gold, head is off white with fine bubbles, presents 1/2+ thick off the initial pour; head lingers well with solid 1/8 inch top and ring along glass sides.

Smell is much more citrus, orange pith than pineapple like flavor that many hazy ipas lean towards. Limited malt character.

Taste shows more tropical and pineapple characteristics, still quality citrus presence, but limited malt depth.

Mouthfeel is not quite in the 'soft' category for me with a more noticeable carbonation and lingering bitter bite.

Overall a good take on the sub style with a good dose of citrus character but a stronger, more bitter mouth presence.

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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Jul 03, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an impy nonic a hazed light golden with a slight orange tinge,a half finger egg shell colored head atop.A nice mix of tropical fruits,grass,and floral notes in the nose,good hop complexity.Bright citrus flavors without the big sugary sweetness like alot of the style,it does get a little sweet but not overly so.Citrus to the core with a light biscuit malt base coming thru as well.I think this beer is a bit underrated,maybe not a top 250 but I think it's really not far off.

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oberon from North Carolina, Jun 04, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 04/09/18

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden orange in color with an off-white, creamy looking finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds.

Smell - The aroma hits on some juicy citrus, mild breadiness and some distant tropical mango-like fruitiness. Is that coconut milk, George?

Taste - Juicy orange. Mild, distant tropical notes. A hint of earthy leaf. Faint caramel malt sweetness. Some bright, slightly tart citrus can be found in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, bubbly carbonation. Slick, slightly creamy texture with a smooth, crushable finish.

Overall - Real easy drinker with a fair flavor profile. Kind of a standard hazy offering without much depth in flavor, but it does go down smoothly.

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TheSixthRing from California, May 16, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: there is nothing quite like an unfiltered ipa with a bright white head. A beautiful honey color makes it almost a shame to have to stop looking at it to drink
S: this is a highlight. Great double smell , with a bunch of fruity and floral notes. I get sweet mandarin oranges, banana, ripe pear, backgrounds of fresh growth pine. The esters really build the anticipation when they hit
T: great strong flavors. Grapefruit, orange peel, with a fully rounded hop character. Leaves a nice characteristic bitterness at the end that makes you know you're drinking a strong ipa. When it fades it's impossible not to go back for more
M: A bright but not overwhelming carbonation adds some excitement in the mouth, with an overall full body. Nothing to be disappointed in here at all
O: this for me whips the hell out of the 90 min ipa and is a great alternative to heady topper when I can't get it (so, almost always). If ilthere is one double IPA that I keep in the fridge on a regular basis through the spring and summer, this will be it. Kudos and thanks to blue point!!

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jpkand from Virginia, Apr 28, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blue Point Brewing Company "Hazy Bastard"
16 FL. OZ. can, "PKG 02MAR18 2R 2 09:02" and sampled on 21APR18
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice looking can, great name. It pours the typical yellow and orange body that you expect from a juicy IPA beneath a massive head of creamy white foam. The aroma is citrusy with orange and grapefruit, and some citrus pith, as well as a bit of the earthy/wet underbrush/herbal thing that most people call "dank". It's not the boldest aroma I've ever found in a juicy NEIPA but it's not too limited by any stretch. The head is holding quite well and I'll have to wait a few moments to give it a taste... ... ... mmmm, it's pretty good. It's got a lot of orange to it, maybe even tangerine which I just see as a little sharper and slightly different, some soft apricot, and limited "tropical" notes as well as plenty of sweetish golden malt. It's also fairly bitter to balance that but perhaps a bit too much so. The bitterness comes on pretty strong going into the finish and then lingers. I'm also finding the grapefruit I found in the nose, and the raspy citrus pith. I'm also getting what I think is some "hop burn" from the hop acids, and a little bit of alcohol. How strong is this? 8.0%? That's not that great then. With the alcohol showing, even if it's just a little bit, and the "hop burn" - which I expect, or at least hope for - coupled with the solid bitterness it's a little harsh. Looking back the head is still there, although just a surface covering at this point, and the lacing is great - it's one of the better looking juicy NEIPAs I've seen. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a bit of a dextrinous feel, and the carbonation leaves it crisp and then smooth once it warms in the mouth. Overall it's not bad, and I appreciate that it's got that "hop burn" that you find in a fresh sample as so many other canned versions somehow lose that, but the bitterness seems a little high, and the clear alcohol isn't helping. It just needs a little refinement. Still, in the mood for a juicy IPA I'd reach for this over quite a few other beers.
Review# 5,955

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Apr 21, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Nordic pint glass canned on 3/16/18. Pours a very dark slightly hazy yellow with a massive 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves spotty lace.

Smell apricot, mango, mandarin orange, and a little grapefruit.

Taste follows tropical front to back, with very mild bitter grapefruit pleasant enough.

Mouthfeel is about medium, soft carbonation, not really dry, and extremely drinkable at 8.0%.

Overall this just doesn’t have that wow factor, reminds me of the Hazy one from New Belgium. If it was my only option at a Bar sure. Thanks jzeilinger for this can.

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, Apr 19, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy medium to dark orange gold color with sticky creamy white lacing and nice steady carbonation.

S - Bright citrus with a little floral on the nose. All hops and no malt in the aroma.

T - Some orange, red grapefruit, and a bittersweet citrus finish.

M - Big medium body that's borderline big bodied with gentle but prickly carbonation. Semi-dry finish with alot of dryness in the back of the mouth and wetter up front.

O - Pretty solid. Why did Blue Point have to sell out? (ugh!) If they can keep the quality of this beer consistent they have a winner here.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Mar 31, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Groovy job from Blue Point - hits all of the NEIPA notes you'd hope for... Lightly hazy with a bright golden color, a finger or two of ivory foam in the proprietary teku glass that came with the 4-pack purchase - a win right there, no?

Presents a nice melange of tropical and orchard fruit impressions, appropriately soft and smooth, with but a moderate sweetness, and a nice underlying tone of bitterness to give it some character. Malt and yeast impressions seem afforded some breathing room as well, as I get some yeasty tang and suggestions of biscuits with marmalade, or dry cracker and apricot jam... Overall, proved to be a solid entry into the crowded NEIPA scene... The complimentary teku was the icing on the cake...... double-dry hopped; canned 3/1/18...

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Greywulfken from New York, Mar 21, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never had anything from them that I've liked. This is the best by far that I've had. Nice job! Fruity and on the right track. I wouldn't say great, but I would say very good, and well ballanced. Worth a once a year thing, but nothing amazeballs.

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ADesus from New York, Mar 15, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a pretty significantly hazy and bright looking orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like tangerine, grapefruit, slight malt, and pine.

This is a surprisingly worthy entry from Blue Point. It hit mosts of the points you want the style to hit- it tastes "soft", there's some nice fruit flavor (tangerine/grapefruit/maybe some pineapple?), with a nice bitterness that balances it all out. I got some malt on the nose but there's not much in the flavor.

This is medium bodied, soft and pretty juicy, honestly, with a good level of carbonation.

This is probably the best thing they've done so far.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Sep 19, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 07/27/2017, it pours hazy amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing.

Smells of orange, grapefruit, lemon, biscuit, clementine, wheat bread, caramel, guava, brown sugar, pizza crust, tropical fruit and citrus hops.

Tastes like it smells with grapefruit, lemon, citrus hops, orange, light piney hops, biscuit, clementine, wheat bread, caramel, guava, brown sugar, pizza crust, butter, floral hops, tea leaf and faint peppery spices. Nice balance with enough complexities to help it flow down smooth.

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CHickman from New York, Aug 13, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure I'd call this a true NE IPA, it really isn't all that hazy. Aroma is more dank/onion than tropical fruit. Feel is a bit light, certainly not "juicy". But nonetheless I really enjoyed it and you'd never guess the ABV. Give that brewer a gold star!

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TheSeeker from New York, Jun 01, 2017
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4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best NE style DIPA I have had. Heady comes in second and I just had them back to back. Pale yellow with a juicy fruit smell and taste. Good kick with a nice burn on the back end. This needs to be brewed all year long.

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Notninja from New York, Mar 30, 2017
Hazy Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
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