What Are Hazy IPAs?


There are many styles of beer. So much so that you have to drink a different beer every day for the rest of your life to taste them. Some beers are strong and heavy; others are light and crisp. Some beers are creamy and some are absolutely refreshing.

One style of beer in vogue right now is Hazy IPA. Also known as the New England IPA, this exciting category of beer is growing in popularity, and it's easy to see why: This beer is fruity, refreshing and juicy. Even non-beer drinkers love the Hazy IPA. Let's talk about this exciting style of beer.

What is an IPA?

IPA originated in England in the late 18th century. The hops produced by the brewers survived the long journey to the country's Indian colonies. IPA means Indian Pale Ale.

However, modern IPAs are something else entirely. The craft beer revolution of the late 20th century brought time-honored beer styles back to life as brewers experimented with making bigger, hoppier and stronger beers. Hops add bitterness and an alluring flavor to the beer, and IPA is the most hoppy beer. Every bite is full of confident bitterness and the most exotic resinous, vanilla and tropical fruit flavors.

Hazy IPA Trends

Hazy IPA, also known as New England IPA and NEIPA, is a relatively new invention. It was established in New England in the early 2000s. The beer style immediately became trendy because it was not bitter at all, but juicy and fruity. The beer is also cloudy and full of hop aroma.

The secret to this beer is the dry hop technology, where the beer is infused with dry hops during post-hop chamber fermentation; regular beers are hopped before fermentation. Hazy IPA also contains New World hops for a more fruity and expressive flavor.

How to Pair a Hazy IPA with Food

Hazy IPA is the most accessible style of beer in the world due to its sweet aroma and slight bitterness. It tasted like a blend of pale beer and juice, and was completely fruit-free - all in the hops.

Hazy IPAs are delicious on their own, but they're a great companion to pastries and slightly sweet desserts, including meringues, macarons, and fruit tarts. Of course, the beer style also goes well with hearty dishes, especially white meats and creamy sauces. But don't be fooled by the sweetness of the beer; this style is as dry as any beer.

Other beers to try

If you like Hazy IPA, there are other beer styles with similar flavor profiles. Many modern American IPAs are fruity and easy to drink. Fruit specialty beers with juices are similar to NEIPA. Even some creamy ales and American pale ales have a fruity character that most people will find pleasant.

If you like craft beer, especially IPA, you must try Hazy IPA. If you don't like beer at all, this is the style of beer for you. Hazy IPAs are here to stay, and they're only going to get more complicated.