Overview for the New England IPA

The New England IPA style is relatively new and it’s also known as a Hazy IPA. Its grist may include oats, wheat or other adjuncts to promote haziness. Known for a “juicy” character that’s frequently used to describe taste and aroma attributes often present in these beers which result from late, often very large, additions of hops. A juicy character is not required, however. Other hop-derived attributes such as citrus, pine, spice, floral or others may be present with or without the presence of juicy attributes.

Style Expectations

The New England-Style IPA continues the popularity of the India Pale Ale or IPA. The so-called New England variation of the American IPA de-emphasizes hop bitterness, a key trait of the American version, often showcasing hop flavor and aromas that can be reminiscent of tropical fruit juice. As a group, “juicy or hazy” beers often exhibit relatively low perceived bitterness, high hop aroma and flavor and a softer texture than other types of IPAs. The New England IPA versions often are highlighted by some level of visual cloudiness or haze which is an effect attributed by a multitude of different ingredients and brewing techniques.


The New England IPA pours a straw to deep gold color. The ale’s clarity shows a low to very high degree of cloudiness. Starch, yeast, hop, protein and/or other compounds contribute to a wide range of hazy appearance within this category.


The aroma may have a light to medium-light malt aroma and a moderately-high to high hop aroma.


Medium-high to very high hop flavor is present. Medium-light to medium-high fruity esters may be present, and can contribute to the perception of sweetness and be complementary to the hop profile. Diacetyl should not be present.


Medium-low to medium-high. A silky or full mouthfeel may contribute to overall flavor profile. Its bitterness is low to medium. The impression of bitterness is soft and well-integrated into overall balance and may differ significantly from measured or calculated IBU levels.

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