Category Archives: New England / Hazy IPA

Lervig Infinite Timelines

Brewery: Lervig Aktiebryggeri
Country: Norway
ABV: 7.5%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA

Brewer Description: (from Lervig Facebook post) Infinite Timelines is an IPA with loads of flaked barley and a touch of rye for a super-fluffy mouthfeel. We then punched it up with Mosaic, Denali and Idaho 7 hops. Now, we’re not quantum physicists, but we’re pretty sure it’s like the Big Bang… only in your mouth.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.96
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 500ml can with a best before date of 19th December 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and hoppy. Lots of citrusy grapefruit zest, orange rind, lemon peel, grass and pine with hints of tropical stone fruit, mango, peach.
Taste: Light to moderate sweetness from hints of peach and mango, while orange peel and zest, grapefruit, and resinous pine leads to a nice balanced bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Very enjoyable.

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The Alchemist Focal Banger

Brewery: The Alchemist
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: Drink from the can! Drink from the can! Drink from the can!

Brewer Description: (from can) Focal Banger is an American India Pale Ale. We have a real love for IPAs here at The Alchemist, and we strive to offer you the best hop experience that we possibly can. This beer is brewed using Citra and Mosaic hops and our favorite British malts. Truly, an abundance of hoppy goodness… Freshness and control have always been my main concern when it comes to our beer. We are committed to providing you with an unfiltered and unpasteurized hop experience. Why do I recommend that you drink it from the can? Quite simply, to ensure a delightful hop experience. The act of pouring it in a glass smells nice, but it releases the essential hop aromas that we have worked so hard to retain. If you MUST pour it into a glass, you may find that some of the hop resins have settled to the bottom – leave them in the can when pouring. This beer is perishable and at its best when it is young, fresh and hazy. Keep it cold, but not ice cold. Drink this beer today, you could be dead tomorrow….

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.29
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 1 pint can, with no clear canned on or best before date (although my source says mid-March). Poured around half into a Lost Abbey teku glass and drank the other half from the can.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left some sticky lacing.
Aroma: Mango, pineapple, pine, grapefruit peel, mandarin zest, fruit tea.
Taste: Light bitterness, grapefruit zest, citrus peel, mango, pineapple, melon, grass, pine, and a light but lasting bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice, refreshing and enjoyable to drink.

Strange Brew Uncle Jam’s Tale #5 Galaxy Too

Brewery: Strange Brew
Country: Greece
ABV: 6.5%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Uncle Jam’s handbook is full of mysterious & exciting tales. Let’s gather around this strange man. Sit back, take a sip & enjoy!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.09
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 15th August 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very cloudy hazy milky straw yellow orange colour with a two finger soapy white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Fruity, tropical and citrus, mango, melon, mandarin, orange peel and grass.
Taste: Like the aroma, tropical fruit, papaya, melon, mango, orange and grass.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Good fruity aroma and flavours. Enjoyable and very drinkable.

Strange Brew Jasmine IPA

Brewery: Strange Brew
Country: Greece
ABV: 6.2%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA

Brewer Description: (from website) Our flagship beer is being produced constantly, earning the love and recognition of everyone who tries it. Intensely aromatic with full tropical fruits and citrus flavour, this beer always marks our beginning. Complex and refreshing, little Jasmine manages to satisfy the demanding and introduce the beginner to the strange ways of craft beer!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.78
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 10th July 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a slightly more than one finger white head that had pretty good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Juicy, papaya, pineapple, mango, orange rind and a touch of pine.
Taste: Not as juicy as the aroma, light floral, mango, pineapple, citrus rind.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Really good aroma and while taste was ok, it didn’t match the intensity that the aroma gave me.

8 Wired Juice Control

Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 6.2%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: Hazy IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) Lose yourself for a minute to the dance of juicy hops, sweet grains and tropical yeast. Let self control fade away to juice control with this gloriously hopped hazy IPA.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.36
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 440ml can with a best before date of 23rd January 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Quite weak, but there’s lemon zest, pear, pineapple, tea, pine with a light floral character.
Taste: Mild flavours, citrus rind, zest, tea, grass, pine with hints of mango. Finish is lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aroma and taste were really quite weak. There were hints of juice, but that’s about it, just a hint. Flavours and aroma just weren’t strong enough.