Category Archives: New England / Hazy IPA

Craftbros LIFE New England IPA – Skateboard

Brewery: Craftbros Brewing Co.
Country: South Korea
ABV: 6.5%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: 29 IBUs. LIFE cover published on May 14th, 1965 featuring Pat McGee doing handstand on the newest trend item, a skateboard. Photographed by Bill Eppridge

Brewer Description: (from can) Much of it is in Korean, but what I do get is, Double Dry-Hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Wai-iti.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.94
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml can, canned on 9th May 2022, poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy pale orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Grassy and melon notes lead, followed by a wave of citrus, mostly grapefruit zest and rind, and maybe notes of grapes.
Taste: Juicy, lightly bitter, melon forward, grapefruit zest, orange and grass.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Good thirst quenching and easy to drink. Glad we’re getting them fresh in Hong Kong. Looking forward to trying more from them.

Equilibrium Fractal Eclipse

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 6.8%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA

Brewer Description: (from Untappd) A fractal is something simple at the core yet can produce wonderful and amazingly complex results. Fractal Eclipse only has pale malt and a brand-new Australian hop called Eclipse (Previously called HPA-016). Investigating how different hops manifest through our processes allows us to optimize both our use of hops and our hopping techniques. Fractal Eclipse pours a resinous-hazy-yellow releasing dramatic aromas of Five Alive fruit drink, Sat AM cartoons, mimosas, pineapple, and spring grass. Its flavors are citrus cocktails and Australian grass blades all with a melon twist. Delicate, juicy, and balanced this is the perfect beverage to watch the sun fade into party light.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 1 pint can, canned on 14th April 2022, poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A nice hazy orange colour with an almost two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Melon, strawberry, pineapple, grapefruit peel, orange rind, leafy, grass.
Taste: Citrus zest, unripe mangoes, melon, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, grass, lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: There was a lot of fruit flavours here, but it just didn’t seem to come together as well as it sounded. Not sure if it was the hop, since it was my first time trying Eclipse, but Equilibrium have a lot more beers that I prefer.

Garage Two Plus Five

Brewery: Garage Beer Co.
Country: Spain
ABV: 7%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: Hops – Mosaic, El Dorado, Cashmere, Bru-1 and Idaho 7

Brewer Description: (from can) 7 year anniversary IPA featuring Mosaic, El Dorado, Cashmere, Bru-1 and Idaho 7.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.63
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 440ml can, canned on 13th January 2022, with a best before date of 12th July 2022. Poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy murky dark orange brown colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention while leaving lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: It’s a little bit weak, but I’m getting grapefruit pith with a mix of cantaloupe and honeydew melon.
Taste: Light bitterness, citrus rind and pith, orange, with light tropical pineapple, grass and melon notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: It’s appearance wasn’t all that appealing, and while the aroma was a bit weak, it was good, but the taste didn’t quite come together for me.

Garage Three Plus Four

Brewery: Garage Beer Co.
Country: Spain
ABV: 7%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: Hops – Eclipse, Amarillo, Ekuanot and Simcoe

Brewer Description: (from can) 7 year anniversary IPA featuring Eclipse, Amarillo, Ekuanot and Simcoe.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.73
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 440ml can, canned on 12th January 2022, and with a best before date of 11th July 2022. Poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: Poured a hazy soapy orange colour with a one and a half finger white head that had pretty good retention, while leaving lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: A little bit weak, but there’s grapefruit, citrus rind, melon, grass, pine, and hints of tropical stone fruit.
Taste: Moderately bitter, grapefruit, citrus rind, grass, melon, lemon, with light notes of lime.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
Overall: The aroma was weak and didn’t pop, and while the flavours were fine, it wasn’t among my favourites.

Garage Ziplocked

Brewery: Garage Beer Co.
Country: Spain
ABV: 6.5%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: Hops – Citra

Brewer Description: (from can) IPA collaboration with select Citra from Double R Hop Ranches.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.19
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 440ml can, canned on 3rd January 2022, and a best before date of 2nd July 2022. Poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin cap, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tropical fruit, mango, passionfruit, citrusy, orange pith, grapefruit zest, with light notes of pine and a touch herbal.
Taste: Light sweetness, tropical fruit, mango, papaya, grapefruit, citrus pith, light to moderate bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A good easy drinking IPA, with nice tropical and citrus fruit aroma and flavours, and a good balance of sweet and bitter notes.