Is everyone you know drinking hazy beer? Let's dissect the haze craze. By now you're probably well aware of India pale ales (IPAs), the hoppy beer style that exploded in the craft beer scene circa 2010. These hoppy beers are still the top driver of craft beer growth. And they have a new, hazy star – best known as the New England IPA. While these IPAs have been around for years, their distribution has broadened significantly in the last year or so.
A New England IPA is a thick, juicy, pulpy beer. It’s best defined by its hazy appearance. The beer is typically hazy because it’s not filtered like other beers. These IPAs are also often double dry-hopped – infused with twice the hops later in the brewing process - which adds to the haze and fruity aroma. People are digging hazy IPAs because they have nice floral and citrusy notes, a smooth, creamy texture, and they’re less bitter than other styles of IPAs.
What’s not to love about all that? Not everyone can handle the hops in an IPA. Now there’s an IPA for everyone. It all sounds nice and agreeable, but hazy beers have actually been the source of much criticism over the past several years.