If you’ve been keeping up with the Hop Culture site over the past couple months or so, you’ve likely noticed a series of reviews concerning nationally distributed New England IPAs. More often than not, the best hazy IPAs are from local breweries. The trendy, turbid beer style, popularized by New England breweries like The Alchemist, Tree House, Lawson’s, and others, is synonymous with fresh. Those explosive, fruit flavors so characteristic of the style will fade over time. So, most small, craft breweries, even those with wide distribution networks, prioritize the small-batch release for their hazy IPAs.
But, a few years back, several of the larger American craft breweries caught on to the trend. And, folks like Sierra Nevada, Rogue, and others launched their own take on the New England IPA. But these would hit shelves across the country.
In the time since their release, these nationally distributed New England IPAs have been lauded by some and looked down upon by others. But, the accessibility was hard to deny. So, we decided to dedicate some time to trying, testing, reviewing, and rating these readily available hazy IPAs.
Below you’ll find a ranking of the best hazy IPAs you’ll likely be able to find at a store near you. Plus, you can click the “learn more” button to read an in-depth review of each beer.
Rogue Batsquatch Hazy IPA
Taking the number one spot is Batsquatch from Rogue Ales. In our review, we actually noted that Rogue was a little late to the New England IPA game. But, Batsquatch won us over with a full, well-rounded mouthfeel and combination of citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Not to mention the fact that Rogue has capitalized on the social media elements surrounding the style. If you’re looking for a readily accessible hazy IPA, look no further than Batsquatch.
Two Roads Two Juicy Hazy Double IPA
Some may cry foul because Two Juicy isn’t available across the country, but we felt that Two Roads had wide enough distribution to qualify for this list. And Two Juicy is an excellent example of the style. Brewed with Hallertau Blanc, Citra, and Mandarina Bavaria hops, Two Juicy leads with a delightful, juicy aroma–like freshly baked lemon cookies. The flavor is equally exceptional. Plus, despite being a double IPA, Two Juicy manages to feel controlled and approachable.
Bell’s Official Hazy IPA
While Bell’s Official isn’t exactly a show-stopping offering, it offered something really fantastic in its simplicity. I described it as a ballpark beer, something that would win over a drinker unfamiliar with the hazy IPA style. Plus, in classic Bell’s fashion, it reminds us of two of their hallmark beers: the wheat-forward Oberon and hoppy Two Hearted.
Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA
Sierra Nevada was among the first to make waves for debuting a nationally distributed hazy IPA. I certainly don’t think it’s a game-changer but I’d happily pick up a 6-pack to share as an intro into hazy IPAs. It’s restrained in flavor but that gentle approach is appreciated with a style that is so often overwhelmingly flavorful.
Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA
Similarly, Mind Haze didn’t deliver anything mind-blowing. But, we could appreciate the more sessionable qualities of this beer. Firestone Walker opted for a more drinkable, balanced New England IPA. And while the aroma is fittingly citric and tropical, the body and flavor were just a touch too thin for us. Still, it’s more than a solid option for an easy to find hazy IPA.
BrewDog Hazy Jane IPA
Hazy Jane falls in the final spot on our list. But, I want to make it clear that I’ve had far worse hazy IPAs from more hyped craft breweries. BrewDog opted for an interestingly bitter component in this hazy IPA. The choice to balance the sweet and tropical hazy IPA flavors with more piney, dank notes was unique. So, we still recommend seeking this one out but Hazy Jane likely wouldn’t be our first choice at our local beer shop.
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