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Blue Point Hazy Bastard

October, 2017
Judges Rating: 
17 / 24
6 / 6
30 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
15 / 20

Hazy Bastard from Blue Point (evaluated under BJCP Category 21B, Specialty IPA - specifically as a New England IPA) is, per the brewery, a double-dry-hopped "juicy" IPA that seems to be lacking the bright, fruity hops character that we've come to expect from the style - though it is, admittedly, hazy.

It pours a hazy gold with moderate white persistent head.  The initial aroma is surprisingly limited, however, with low peach and orange notes and a moderate apple-like ethanol or ester.  A spicy alcohol (or, possibly, a hops contribution) was detectable as the beer warmed, but it was not accompanied by an overall increase in the intensity of the aroma.  

In terms of flavor, there is a dilute, watery character to the detectable flavors.  The strongest is of alcohol, with low-medium grainy flavors, low bitterness, and a citrus and stone fruit hops profile that matches the aroma (but lacks punch).  The semi-sweet finish was offset a fair amount by the resiny mouthfeel, but would benefit from a bit more "bite."

Hazy Bastard is a surprisingly dull IPA with less hops in evidence than we now expect even from most American Pale Ales.  It wasn't a bad drinking experience, but it lags far behind the intensity of the best examples in the market.