Bell's "Official" Hazy IPA

I have really liked this brewer, but the last beer I had from them fell short of the mark. I was really taken aback by just how off the mark that beer was, but I don't expect that to be indicative of a shift of capability or desire to put out a solid product. They've been pretty consistent up till now, and the last one was a real disappointment, but I anticipate glorious things on the horizon.

The yellow beer is hazy just like it says on the can. It's head is made of tiny little bubbles that never completely go away, but I wouldn't call this beer particularly frothy. The aroma is interesting in that it seems to be on the edge of having a funk, but it doesn't actually get there. Instead, there's wheat lifting up a citrus blend that is dominated by lemons. The fruits are so forward that I'm kind of surprised they went with calling this a hazy IPA instead of a juicy IPA (which they actually say in the small print underneath that I didn't read until just now).

First sip is exceptionally laid-back. It's not exactly watery, but it's not smacking me in the face with its flavors. The wheat bread malt is doing a very good job of holding up the light and sweet citrus flavors before the whole thing becomes a little tart (but certainly not too much). If I were to just sip this beer for the rest of the night, I'm pretty sure I'd be happy. But I think we all know that isn't the way things are done around here.

Tip-in light carbonation burn with wheat and lemons; this could easily be the beginning of a wit or hefeweizen. The middle brings the bread malt in with some different fruits such as peach and nectarine to join the lemon in the celebration of beer. The finish definitely separates this from a wheat beer with a bitter overtone from the hops as the citrus is joined by a bit of pine for a dusty trail off.

Bottom Line: A very drinkable, smooth, and enjoyable beer.



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