Quick disclaimer, I do actually own a completely ridiculously insignificant amount of stock in Aphria, SweetWater’s parent company. It’s also 4/20, and it just seemed appropriate to finally review a SweetWater beer, but I did want to mention this. Seriously, I own like $200 worth of stock, haha. I do not think this article will affect the stock price in any way, and it is certainly not my intention to do so. Anyway – back to the beer!

On my birthday two days ago, I decided to take a trip to the neighborhood bottle shop (The Foodery), and not only did I find my FAVORITE BEER (Double Nickel Mega Dank IPA), but because it was my birthday, I got a free draft off the board. Seeing the SweetWater H.A.Z.Y. IPA near the top of the list, it seemed like a perfect opportunity (Hence, the lack of can shot, I’m using some stock photography below!). Thank you Foodery for the birthday gift – I was not expecting it!

We endowed this straight up juice bomb with a double dry hop of Mosaic, Citra, El Dorado and Azacca for a blast of mango, stone fruit, lime and pine. It’s not a mirage, but a tasty refreshing oasis in your pursuit of haziness

– SweetWater Brewing Co.

A wonderful, hazy orange – just looks juicy right from the start. Frothy off-white head quickly dissipates but leaves behind some healthy lacing. Incredibly aromatic nose, with tropical fruits, citrus, stone fruits, and greens swirling about.

Expecting a juicy slap to the face, it had a higher bitterness than expected, which was more than welcome. Juicy, refreshing from the start with a crisp, dry and bittering finish. Carbonation and mouthfeel completely as expected for the style, medium bodied and softer than your average beer, but not sinking-into-your-mattress soft.

This is surprisingly good, from a brewery I always considered to bealways considered a bit of an afterthought a bit of an afterthought, gimmicky with the 420 trademarks, but I think I may have to keep trying more from SweetWater as I come across it. Can’t really find anything specific to complain about – I would be more than happy to open a cooler at a barbecue and find these inside. Well, if we ever have barbecues again. Remember those? Damn that pandemic. Drinking this made me forget, even for a moment.

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • ABV: 6.2%
  • IBU: 45
  • Taste: Juicy, Piney, Tropical
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
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Andrij Harasewych
Editor at The Craft Beer Diaries. Devoted husband and father. Excessively geeky. Comic books, video games, and craft beer are my vices. Favorite beer style easily the IPA. Growing love for the DIPA, specifically.
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