Juicy Haze IPA is an American IPA brewed in the New England style by New Belgium Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.
The ale pours a hazy yellow ochre and is topped by a generous stack of pillowy white foam that shows good retention. A thin pad of soapy foam along with patches and dots of residue cling to the sides. Ample sediment is visibly afloat in the glass.
The aroma is quite citrusy with a scent of lemon and grapefruit. A sweeter note of pineapple is picked up as the beer warms.
Creamy malt with a squeeze of tart lemon bitters with notes of mellow pine and a more pronounced bite of grapefruit and lemon that linger into the finish. Doughy bread sweetened with pineapple make up the base.
Relatively smooth draw turns grainy on the backend. Its body has a medium body and moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry.
Juicy Haze looks very much like a New England style brew. However, the feel isn’t quite there. And the aroma and flavors don’t quite have the same intensity as a freshly-canned brew but it still smells and tastes pretty darn good. Plus it’s refreshing and easy to drink. A relatively high ABV is masked well.
Juicy Haze won’t compete with the better brews of its style but it can scratch that itch for a New England IPA.