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Top 87 Hazy New England IPAs and Double IPAs

Top 87 New England IPAs Double IPAs

Hazy New England IPAs and Double IPAs have exploded onto the craft beer scene as one of the most popular styles in recent memory. We outlined the 87 best examples of those brews that our judges have ever had the privilege to review.

Hazy. Juicy. Cloudy. Milky. Lush. Pillowy. Hazy New England IPAs can be described using a seemingly endless variety of adjectives, yet these myriad words still seem to lack that ineffable something that makes this nascent style special.

In 2018, the Brewers Association unveiled the Juicy or Hazy IPA style into the Great American Beer Festival, and the category immediately broke records with a whopping 414 entries for judging in the category. That number only represented a small handful of Hazy New England IPAs that are available on the market, so we thought it was high time that we compiled a list of the finest examples that our judges have reviewed throughout our history.

This list features 87 of the best Hazy New England IPAs and Double IPAs that have ever been reviewed by us, but that by no means makes this a definitive document. Seeing as the ranks of Hazy New England IPAs and Double IPAs continue to swell by the day, this list only represents beers that our judges have reviewed. If we haven't reviewed one of your favorites, implore your local IPA-maker to send some samples our way so our judges can discern whether their best examples deserve to stand among these giants of the style category.

We hope you enjoy this list. Read on and stay hazy!


#87

Attention Please!  Bearded Iris Brewing

91
Attention Please!

Bearded Iris Brewing
Double IPA

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#86

Transmigration of Souls  Orpheus Brewing

91
Transmigration of Souls

Orpheus Brewing
Double IPA

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"The flavor featured strong bursts of tropical fruity bitterness with a honey-like malt character, but with a pronounced alcohol kick in the finish. After a few sips, I was struck by the beer’s quite rounded bitterness, which almost seemed mild for the style. It finished with a medium amount of carbonation and a slight sourness. The carbonation level left much of the beer’s hop flavor swirling around in your mouth. While the finish did linger, I was left with the alcohol of the beer, not hop bitterness, on my tongue."

- Judge Rodney A. Tillinghast


#85

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 5  Wild Leap Brew Co.

91
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 5

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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#84

Don't Call it Hotlanta  Monday Night Brewing

91
Don't Call it Hotlanta

Monday Night Brewing
Double IPA

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"Notable flavors include tangerine, resin and earth, all supported by a biscuity malt backbone. Not overly bitter, but with enough IBUs to keep hopheads satisfied. It finished fizzy and medium-dry, which enhanced the drinkability of the ale, and concluded with a peppery note, backed up with some alcohol. A very smooth beer with oodles of hop goodness to relish. "

- Judge Rodney A. Tillinghast


 

#83

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 7  Wild Leap Brew Co.

91
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 7

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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#82

Low Viz  Arches Brewing

91
Low Viz

Arches Brewing
New England IPA

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"Any malt character is completely buried beneath the dense hop aroma with a seemingly clean fermentation profile. This beer is a medium gold with dense haze but no particulate present. A medium-sized white head is densely packed with fine bubbles and sustains itself well. The bitterness seems a bit restrained overall for an IPA but is within an acceptable range for a New England variety."

- Judge Sean Coughlin


#81

Coconut Jucifer  Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

91
Coconut Jucifer

Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#80

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. X  Wild Leap Brew Co.

91
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. X

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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"Alpha Abstraction Vol. X pours dark golden, is very hazy, and sports a big, fluffy off-white head. The aroma is of moderately strong piney and resiny hops along with a hint of malt. The flavor again features aggressive piney and resiny hops with a hint of malt and a touch of sweetness. The beer finishes moderately bitter with prominent piney and resiny hops and a hint of malt. This is a very good Double IPA."

- Judge Michael Heniff


#79

Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA  Stone Brewing Co.

91
Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA

Stone Brewing Co.
Specialty IPA

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#78

Birthday Month Flowers and Fruit Double IPA  Wild Leap Brew Co.

 

91
Birthday Month Flowers and Fruit Double IPA

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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#77

Holy Roller  Urban South Brewery

91
Holy Roller

Urban South Brewery
New England IPA

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"Aromatically, this is a big fruity and hop forward beer! Great tropical fruit, guava, grapefruit, light malt, along with a notable apricot ester. Very fresh and bright with no grassy notes. It's well hazy and pale gold with a frothy off-white head. Upon tasting, the bitterness stands out. Not quite harsh but a bit sharp. Big and fruity hops lead the way and very clean."

- Judge Brian Eichhorn


#76

Conceited Genius 2.0  Wise Man Brewing

91
Conceited Genius 2.0

Wise Man Brewing
New England IPA

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#75

Wicked Pawesome  Metazoa Brewing Co.

 

91
Wicked Pawesome

Metazoa Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#74

#SabroMo  Peter B's Brewpub

91
#SabroMo

Peter B's Brewpub
New England IPA

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#73

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 14  Wild Leap Brew Co.

91
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 14

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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#72

Phantom Bride IPA  Belching Beaver Brewery

91
Phantom Bride IPA

Belching Beaver Brewery
American IPA

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#71

Puff  Sixpoint Brewery

91
Puff

Sixpoint Brewery
Double IPA

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"Nothing seems out of place here, but then again, the hop flavor would bludgeon any wayward note into oblivion. This full-bodied beer with above average carbonation completely fills the nooks and crannies of one’s palate. The moderately-high alcohol isn’t hot, though a bit of hop-related astringency comes through (which is not unexpected for the style). If you’re finding that the typical IPA or even Imperial IPA is just too weak for you, this beer may be your cure. It’s larger-than-life hop charge is conceivably what gives the beer such a hazy appearance; it happens when you squeeze the life out of a hop’s lupulin glands. In this case, they were sacrificed to the mighty Puff."

- Judge Michael Bury


#70

Fit Bits  WeldWerks Brewing Co.

92
Fit Bits

WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Hazy Session IPA

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#69

No Mates - Nelson Sauvin  Astro Lab Brewing

92
No Mates - Nelson Sauvin

Astro Lab Brewing
New England IPA

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#68

DDH Hoppopotamus w/ Strata  Metazoa Brewing Co.

92
DDH Hoppopotamus w/ Strata

Metazoa Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#67

Tony Goes Dancing  Back East Brewing Co.

92
Tony Goes Dancing

Back East Brewing Co.
Double IPA

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#66

Secret Spot  Duck Foot Brewing Co.

92
Secret Spot

Duck Foot Brewing Co.
American IPA

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"Hop and ferment flavor are well-married in the mid-palate with the clean and creamy citrus fruitiness well balanced against the distinctly toasty and grainy malt  framework of the beer: fresh orange and peach fruits dominating through to the dry and delicious finish. Body is medium-light and conditioning is moderate with a distinct creaminess to the mouthfeel. Overall, the beer hits all the marks typical of a New England/hazy variant of the style – fresh and juicy sweet citrus/orange fruitiness with reserved bitterness in a very clean and sharp (and quaffable!) package."

- Judge David Sapsis


 

#65

Belt & Suspenders  BuckleDown Brewing

92
Belt & Suspenders

BuckleDown Brewing
American IPA

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#64

Urban Lumberjack  WestFax Brewing Co.

92
Urban Lumberjack

WestFax Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#63

Dr. Juice  Parish Brewing Co.

92
Dr. Juice

Parish Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#62

Two Juicy  Two Roads Brewing Co.

92
Two Juicy

Two Roads Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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"In short, this is a well-executed New England-style Hazy Double IPA. Two Roads has somehow fiendishly masked this beer's true strength. Very smooth and potentially very dangerous! If you crave the haze, you would do well to seek this one out. Perhaps it would be wise to invite a friend over to split this 16-ounce can!"

- Judge Scott Birdwell


#61

With A Little Help From My Friends  Monday Night Brewing

92
With A Little Help From My Friends

Monday Night Brewing
Specialty IPA

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#60

Birthday Month Mango Cryo Hop IIPA  Wild Leap Brew Co.

92
Birthday Month Mango Cryo Hop IIPA

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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#59

Boomsauce  Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

92
Boomsauce

Lord Hobo Brewing Co.
Double IPA

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"Featuring a light gold color with slight haze and a medium white head, this beer's flavor profile featured a medley of hops that were distinctly unveiled in a flowery blend of citrus and pine. A very sweet caramel malt base both supports and balances the high hop levels present here. This is a full-bodied rendition of the style with carbonation at the lower end of the style spectrum, while the alcohol content was quite evident -- contributing to this beer's warming presence."

- Judge James Link


 

#58

Hazy IPA  pFriem Family Brewers

92
Hazy IPA

pFriem Family Brewers
New England IPA

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#57

The Knights Who Say NEIPA  Pontoon Brewing

92
The Knights Who Say NEIPA

Pontoon Brewing
New England IPA

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#56

Adaptation Ale  Roughtail Brewing Co.

92
Adaptation Ale

Roughtail Brewing Co.
American IPA

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"Dank, resiny hop flavors come up front, which are then followed by moderate levels of tropical hop flavors of melon, pineapple, fruit and lime zest notes that linger well into the aftertaste. The finish displays a drying tartness that seems to come from the citrus zest character along with lingering bitterness, which prepares the palate very well for the next sip. This is a very enjoyable and well-crafted brew. There is a lot going on in this one, which is nice to see in a standard-strength American IPA."

- Judge Joseph Formanek


#55

Pulp Theory Hazy IPA  Odell Brewing Co.

92
Pulp Theory Hazy IPA

Odell Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#54

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 13  Wild Leap Brew Co.

 

92
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 13

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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#53

Three Harvest  Wild Leap Brew Co.

92
Three Harvest

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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#52

L'Attitude  Cape May Brewing Co. & DC Brau

92
L'Attitude

Cape May Brewing Co. & DC Brau

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"The most notable characteristic of the flavor is its balance. The maltiness is well offset by the bitterness, and while, as is expected for this style, the hops and bitterness dominate, this is an exceptionally balanced beer. The pine characteristics from the aroma were present in the flavor, aong with mango, passion fruit, and orange (all hop-derived, I assume). While my mouth was left with a slight resiny feeling, the overall sensation was of drinking a clean beer. The beer had a moderate body with moderate carbonation, no astringency and no acidity. In short, this was an exciting and fun beer to drink. It hit all the notes I expect of an IPA and delighted me with a fruity complexity in the flavor. I would definitely drink this again!"

- Judge Jessica Sullivan


#51

Birthday Month Triple IPA  Wild Leap Brew Co.

92
Birthday Month Triple IPA

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Triple IPA

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#50

Tesseract  Grimm Artisanal Ales

92
Tesseract

Grimm Artisanal Ales
Double IPA

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"Although hops are more pronounced in the flavor than was the case in the bouquet this beer wafted, it is still defined by a myriad of fruity esters and citrus hops. Alcohol is on the low end of the spectrum and works well here as malt takes a backseat to the aforementioned fruity character. This is a full-bodied ale with medium levels of carbonation and a subdued bitterness in the finish."

- Judge James Link


#49

Evil Haze Factory  WeldWerks Brewing Co.

93
Evil Haze Factory

WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Double IPA

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#48

Samuel Adams Rebel Raw  The Boston Beer Co.

93
Samuel Adams Rebel Raw

The Boston Beer Co.
Double IPA

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#47

There's No Crying in Baseball  Evil Genius Beer Co.

93
There's No Crying in Baseball

Evil Genius Beer Co.
New England IPA

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#46

Medlock IPA  Six Bridges Brewing

93
Medlock IPA

Six Bridges Brewing
New England IPA

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#45

93 Holy Simcoe, Batman!  Bhramari Brewing Co.

93
Holy Simcoe, Batman!

Bhramari Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#44

Samuel Adams Just The Haze  The Boston Beer Co.

93
Samuel Adams Just The Haze

The Boston Beer Co.
Double IPA

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#43

Truck Chaser Creamsicle IPA  Wild Leap Brew Co.

93
Truck Chaser Creamsicle IPA

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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"The aroma began with a pleasantly intense blast of fresh orange, which was followed by fainter notes of lactose, vanilla and floral hops, all of which were pleasant and complemented the dominant orange nose.  Similarly, the flavor profile was orange-forward with malt, hops and the other added ingredients playing a supporting but harmonious role, leading to a sweet, tangy and, yes, creamsicle-like taste."

- Judge Michael McGuire


#42

Cloud Sourced Hazy Juicy IPA  Two Roads Brewing Co.

93
Cloud Sourced Hazy Juicy IPA

Two Roads Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#41

Marine Dream IPA  Coronado Brewing Co.

93
Marine Dream IPA

Coronado Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#40

Reuben's Crush Series: Crush Cancer  Reuben's Brews

93
Reuben's Crush Series: Crush Cancer

Reuben's Brews
New England IPA

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#39

North Island IPA  Coronado Brewing Co.

93
North Island IPA

Coronado Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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"Flavors start as moderately strong pine resin followed by a creamy wheat pizza dough mid-palate. The finish turns towards moderately sweet and pithy grapefruit, pulpy orange juice, and under-ripe lemons before a mouthwatering and crisp aftertaste, where a tongue-coating, fresh milled wheat character takes over."

- Judge Tracy Hensley


 

#38

Jucifer  Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

94
Jucifer

Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#37

Here Comes The Sun  Monday Night Brewing

94
Here Comes The Sun

Monday Night Brewing
New England IPA

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#36

White Caps  Cape May Brewing Co.

94
White Caps

Cape May Brewing Co.
Double IPA

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#35

Planet Juice  Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.

94
Planet
Juice

Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#34

Particles  Definitive Brewing Co.

94
Particles

Definitive Brewing Co.
Double IPA

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#33

7B Hazy IPA  Laugh Dog Brewing

94
7B Hazy IPA

Laugh Dog Brewing
Specialty IPA

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#32

Galaxie:503  Black Lung Brewing Co.

94
Galaxie:503

Black Lung Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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"Galaxie:503 pours a milky deep yellow with a long-lasting white, rocky head. The aroma is a cornucopia of tropical fruit with a focus on fresh mango and pineapple that has an impression of sweetness. A candy-like malt character of cookie dough laced with vanilla emerges behind to provide balance to the hops, along with light floral alcohol. The flavor follows the aroma, with prominent fresh tropical fruit of mango, pineapple and guava. The rich cookie dough maltiness emerges mid-palate with a hit of vanilla and medium-low hop bitterness, lingering into a medium-sweet finish."

- Judge Randy Scorby


#31

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 18  Wild Leap Brew Co.

94
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 18

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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#30

Good Monster  Collective Arts Brewing

94
Good Monster

Collective Arts Brewing
Specialty IPA

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#29

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 12  Wild Leap Brew Co.

94
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 12

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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#28

Nectar & Knife  Triple Crossing Brewing Co.

94
Nectar & Knife

Triple Crossing Brewing Co.
Double IPA

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"This beer pours a hazy orange-gold with a huge white head, leaving foamy shrapnel on the glass. Dense hop flavors follow. This DIPA is definitely bitter, but not harsh or extreme by any means. Any malt flavor presence gets lost in the mix, which is a minor issue in this otherwise delicious beer. Sticky hop flavor and bitterness lingers in the dry finish. There is a touch of ethanol in the flavor that belies the serious throat-warming going on. This is a doozy that stands out for being smooth and drinkable without holding back."

- Judge Jim Koebel


#27

Hazy Boom  Garage Brewing Co.

94
Hazy Boom

Garage Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#26

Focal Banger  The Alchemist

94
Focal Banger

The Alchemist
New England IPA

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#25

Life Hopquatic  Melvin Brewing

94
Life Hopquatic

Melvin Brewing
New England IPA

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#24

Mirror Universe  Fair State Brewing Cooperative

95
Mirror Universe

Fair State Brewing Cooperative
New England IPA

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"The beer is very cloudy yellowish and medium gold. Tasting the beer follows the aroma with a whole boatload of tropical character - the same guava and papaya, a bit more bread dough to hold up all the hops, a slight honey sweetness, there's moderate citrusy tangerine notes too - a whole fruit bowl in a beer! Big flavor and aroma hops, medium low hop bittering, and there's a hint of oatmeal. A moderate body with a fairly dry very fruity lingering finish - and just a hint of lime at the end."

- Judge Nelson Crowle


 

#23

Amirite?!  Springdale Beer Co.

95
Amirite?!

Springdale Beer Co.
New England IPA

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#22

Samuel Adams Wicked Easy  The Boston Beer Co.

95
Samuel Adams Wicked Easy

The Boston Beer Co.
Double IPA

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#21

Captain's Daughter  Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

95
Captain's Daughter

Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Double IPA

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#20

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 16  Wild Leap Brew Co.

95
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 16

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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#19

Advanced Fluid Dynamics: Sultana  WeldWerks Brewing Co.

 

95
Advanced Fluid Dynamics: Sultana

WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Double IPA

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#18

Hoppyright Infringement  NOLA Brewing Co.

95
Hoppyright Infringement

NOLA Brewing Co.
Double IPA

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"The medium body allows for excellent drinkability and hop astringency is absent despite the heavy hop load. The beer finishes moderately bitter (perhaps a little low for a typical Double IPA) with a long-lingering grapefruit and mango hop flavor. This is a well executed Double IPA with a pleasant, intense, and complex hop character. At 7.6% ABV, this Double IPA is on the low end of the category for gravity and bitterness but it will hold up well against its peers. Hop heads enjoy!"

- Judge Michael Heniff


#17

Gr8fruit Double IPA  Wild Leap Brew Co.

95
Gr8fruit Double IPA

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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#16

SFY  Threes Brewing

95
SFY

Threes Brewing
Double IPA

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"The beer pours a hazy gold with a creamy, slightly off-white, lingering head. Oranges and tropical fruits, reminiscent of mango and pineapple, are joined by some underlying pine and dankness. Very low levels of toffee sweetness can also be found hiding underneath the hops. The dank and citrusy hops are fighting for dominance in the first sip. As the battle settles down, the tropical fruits rise up mid-palate and are soon flanked by pine resin. The beer is medium-dry but malt sweetness manages to finish things off nicely."

- Judge Rick Franckhauser


 

#15

Alter Ego  Tree House Brewing Co.

95
Alter Ego

Tree House Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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"The aroma is definitely heavy on the Mosaic hops with lots of complex fruitiness – melon, berries, candied orange, apricot and grapefruit all make an appearance. The flavor is similarly loaded with tons of the same hop character plus some additional mango and a touch of pine. The bitterness is moderate and leaves a nice balance, which, along with a light doughy/wheat malt backbone, creates a great vehicle for the hops with a very soft, creamy mouthfeel. A highly recommended IPA."

- Judge Dan Preston


 

#14

Digital Bath  Belching Beaver Brewery

95
Digital Bath

Belching Beaver Brewery
New England IPA

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"When tasting this IPA, I was looking for tropical/citrus juicy fruits and resin/needle-like notes from the hops, frothy vanilla/wheat character from the malt, bitterness balanced by a creamy mouthfeel, and overall something easy to drink without bitterness getting in the way. Oh yeah, and it needed to be hazy. Overall, it nails my expectations. It’s a bit more sessionable than anticipated and is missing the expected aroma or flavor intensity but otherwise is an enjoyable and appropriate example of type. The real strength of this beer is just how much of it one could drink without getting tired of it.."

- Judge Tracy Hensley


#13

Heady Topper  The Alchemist

95
Heady Topper

The Alchemist
Double IPA

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"This beer really is the bridge between the classic double IPA style and modern hazy iterations, as this maintains the classic bitterness, but really drives through with an absurd amount of hop flavor. Super fresh and clean, the mouthfeel is light enough on the palate to let the beer's drinkability show well. Really great stuff and a classic for a reason."

- Judge Brian Eichhorn


 

#12

Jockamo Juicy IPA  Abita Brewing Co.

96
Jockamo Juicy IPA

Abita Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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#11

Juicy Bits  WeldWerks Brewing Co.

96
Juicy Bits

WeldWerks Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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"The aroma has an abundance of bright tropical fruit, mango, and apricot citrusy hops. The flavor has a similar hop character with a touch of sweet malt to balance everything out. The IPA finishes very hop-focused with elements of mangoes, apricots and resin with just a hint of bitterness. This IPA is very well done with a beautifully blended, clean, complementing and complex hop character."

- Judge Michael Heniff


#10

Feasta  Väsen Brewing Co.

96
Feasta

Väsen Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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"Sweet juicy flavors mirrored the aroma. The hops seem to dominate as they should for the style, and the beer's grainy malt flavors are very clean in support of the hops. There is a subtle alcoholic flavor just before the finish that adds an interesting component. Very well balanced in flavor, however it is decidedly hop-centric with a moderate degree of bitterness. This beer finishes semi-sweet and becomes drier with a long aftertaste. A beer that's hard to put down based on the flavors and hop aroma profile. The body makes it very quaffable while keeping the alcohol in check. Enjoy this juicy fresh beer, as you hold on to your outdoor adventures while the leaves begin to turn."

- Judge Dan Martich


 

#9

Rare Trait  Cerebral Brewing Co.

96
Rare Trait

Cerebral Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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"Creamy. Velvety. Luscious. Tropical. These are the main characteristics of this beer, but it is also much more than that. The beer puts down my skepticism for both "crowlers" (32-oz. cans that are filled from the tap then sealed) and hazy IPAs. With a massive citrusy nose full of grapefruit, orange and tangerine, the hop profile deepens into tropical notes of passion fruit and pineapple with a hint of mango. These tropical notes carry onward into the flavor and make for an incredibly pleasing flavor profile. There is a rounding out of the mid-palate with bready and toasty malt characteristics and a soft but sufficient bitterness. This does not linger at all, which given this beer's turbid appearance, was quite surprising. The finish was clean and smooth, and it left me itching for more."

- Judge Mike Castagno


 

#8

Juicy Harvest  Upland Brewing Co.

96
Juicy Harvest

Upland Brewing Co.
New England IPA

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"The hop bitterness was very smooth and well balanced. In some IPAs the hop bitterness can be a little assertive, but that was not the case for this beer. The hop bitterness came off as somewhat subtle and smooth, but still retained that delightful criteria of being an IPA."

- Judge Richard Wong


 

 

#7
Kiwi Double IPA  Lawson's Finest Liquids

96
Kiwi Double IPA

Lawson's Finest Liquids
Double IPA

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"The flavor is of big, almost-in-your-face, but not overpowering delicious citrus fruit -- primarily tangerine but with a moderate lemony character and a light freshly baked bread malt character that is just enough to support the huge hop presence. There are also moderate herbal notes and a low black pepper spiciness. A long lingering tangerine and tropical (including pineapple) finish is bracingly bitter but smooth. Hints of lemon zest also add to the huge fruity hop complexity. Featuring a medium body and moderate carbonation, the beer is effervescent with continuously rising bubbles for several minutes. This beer is a citrus fruit punch with the aroma and flavor turned up to 10."

- Judge Nelson Crowle


 

#6
Too Pure To Be Pink  Wild Leap Brew Co.

96
Too Pure To Be Pink

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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"This beer does an exceptional job of showcasing the broad palette with which hops can paint upon a beer’s canvas. While the hop intensity is high, there is never hop-derived astringency or a grassiness that can be found in some examples of this style. This beer is packed with hop flavor and does not get bogged down by malt sweetness. The bitterness comes across as a bit tame but this likely aids in drinkability. Cheers to the women of Wild Leap for setting the bar for new-school Double IPA high. This beer warrants a trip to the Wild Leap taproom while it is still fresh - if you’re within driving distance it will be worth the trip!"

- Judge Sean Coughlin


 

#5

Tunnel Vision DDH w/Citra  Bearded Iris Brewing

96
Tunnel Vision DDH w/Citra

Bearded Iris Brewing
New England IPA

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"Overall, this is obviously a very fresh sample and at the peak of its prime; the spicy aspects in the flavor imparted by the dry-hopping technique should diminish a little over time and become more rounded as the beer matures. This beer reminds me of a bitter version of a New England IPA combining juicy hop flavor and aroma coupled with the firm bitterness of a West Coast IPA -- offering the best of both worlds to the true American IPA lovers."

- Judge Sal Mortillaro II


#4
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 15  Wild Leap Brew Co.

 

 

 

96
Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 15

Wild Leap Brew Co.
Double IPA

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"The flavor is an intense mixed tropical fruit with light resin, and spicy, pungent hops that take center stage initially with a light candy-like residual sweetness and bready malt following behind. High hop bitterness emerges mid-palate and lingers long through the off-dry finish, remaining smooth throughout. Light spicy alcohol and a clean fermentation profile rounds out the flavor. The medium-full body and medium-low alcohol warming help to provide structure. This wonderfully brewed hazy double IPA has an intense fresh and bright hop character with a supporting cast of bready malt, smooth hop bitterness and enough alcohol to remind you that it is indeed a DIPA. This is an extremely enjoyable beer anytime, anywhere."

- Judge Randy Scorby


 

#3

Haze  Tree House Brewing Co.

97
Haze

Tree House Brewing Co.
Double IPA

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"The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, but not filling. Fruity and citrusy hops continue on in the flavor department, boldly pushing any malt aside, leaving the drinker tasting pineapple and orange peel. Bitterness is present but somewhat hidden until the finish. As the beer warms further, the alcohol content becomes a little more noticeable but remains very drinkable. The finish is slightly sweet but still dry, with some light malt finally coming through. Despite its obviously large hop content, the bitterness of this beer is restrained with intense hop aromas and flavors in the spotlight and malt simply performing a supporting role. Highly drinkable and highly recommended."

- Judge Graham L. Barron


#2
Hazy Sabro IPA  pFriem Family Brewers

98
Hazy Sabro IPA

pFriem Family Brewers
New England IPA

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"This beer demonstrates balance from start to finish. The robust hop aromas feature fruit, melon and papaya with the fermentation and malt aromas supporting the hops. It pours brassy gold with a moderate haze under a luscious light beige cap with good retention. The brewer achieves big, heady hop flavors without acidity or harshness. Fruit flavors lean towards the tropical with melon around the edges. The bitterness has a light grapefruit zest note. The body, carbonation, malt and fruit soften the medium-high hop bitterness, which lingers through a long fruity tail. The beer starts great and gets better as you drink it. It crosses no boundaries and pushes no edges, but it doesn’t have to, as it's perfectly World Class just the way it is."

- Judge Pat Mulloy


 

#1

King JJJuliusss  Tree House Brewing Co.

99
King JJJuliusss

Tree House Brewing Co.
Double IPA

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"A massive amount of hops is packed into this beer, and it even shows in its appearance; this beer is a murky deep orange with a big white head that clings to the sides of the glass until the very last drop, which, admittedly, was much sooner than a beer of this ABV should be. This immensely drinkable beer featured a soft, velvety smooth mouthfeel that served as a plush throne for the huge amount of hops to sit atop. Unlike most DIPAs, there's not an ounce of sweetness to the malt, but rather a light, airy, doughy presence. This beer is aptly named as it just might be the new "King" when it comes to Double IPAs. An amazing beer that's incredibly well done."

- Judge Dan Preston


 

Thanks for reading about these delectable hazy New England IPAs! Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

 

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