What You Need to Know
Relax [it’s just a hazy IPA] is just as it’s name indicates — it’s an unfiltered brew and its hoppy flavor and aromatics are sure to help you… relax. The brew features a combination of Citra, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops that impart fruity, tropical and citrusy notes to complement the round, soft mouthfeel of a hazy IPA. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
True to its name, Relax pours a hazy and completely opaque lemon yellow hue. It’s topped by a generous stack of loose, rocky off-white foam that shows modest retention. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.
The aroma isn’t particularly strong but does waft a pleasant scent of pineapple, mango, and orange.
Sweet tropical fruit flavors mix with doughy bread to lead the palate. A punch of juicy orange citrus picks up from there but its hoppiness isn’t too overpowering. Sweet and mellow notes of pineapple and mango round out the tasting.
The malt base lends to a soft and slightly chewy feel. There’s a slight acidity to the beer’s finish and it also has a modest astringency. The alcohol imparts a very mild warmth.
As you’d expect from a New England style brew, Relax is rendered perfectly hazy. Perhaps better head retention would be preferred but that’s nitpicking. The aroma fades quickly but it’s still pleasant. The brew delivers so much delightful fruit flavor and typical of a NEIPA, its hoppiness is subdued enough to allow those flavors to shine. This brew had been a canned a month earlier and I can only imagine how a fresher example might be even better. Even so, Relax [it’s just a hazy IPA] is a very fine example of a New England style IPA. You’ll certainly not regret picking it up.