A New England IPA or Hazy IPA in Assorted Glassware

New England IPA

Style Expectations

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.


The New England IPA pours a straw to deep gold color. Typically, the ale’s clarity shows a high degree of cloudiness to the point of being opaque. 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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