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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