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  1. Benny
    May 26, 2019 @ 9:32 pm

    I never enjoyed the taste of beer nor any kind of alcoholic beverage for that matter. Hazy IPA’s are the first alcoholic beverage that I drank that I ever truly enjoyed. I’m sure there are millions out there who do or will feel the same way about Hazy IPA’s soon enough.


    • Jesse
      February 10, 2020 @ 7:23 pm

      I’ve never really loved beer. I went through a brown ale phase and I still enjoy a good brown ale from time to time, but I always found myself drinking rum at parties because I just don’t enjoy most beer.

      Until I found hazy Juicy NEIPAs. I’m in love. I’ve tried over 200 in the last two years. There are a LOT of bad ones, but when I do find a winner, it’s heaven.

      I really don’t understand why conventional beer drinkers feel the need to hate on these juice bombs though. I mean, if it’s not your thing, then don’t drink it. I don’t even really consider it beer. It’s like it’s own category. I for one love it.


    • Lex
      January 9, 2022 @ 6:38 am

      I agree 100%
      There only beer I ever touched on a hot day was a German unfiltered wheat beer… Until I found hazy IPAs.
      So any craft brewery I go to that does not have hazy IPAs is out.

      Thing is, everyone likes Doggett e things. I have friends who prefer a clean clear German lager over everything else. I never judge anyone or anything about their preferences, of you do not like it, ok.. bit do not rant about it. If it would not be a thing or would not exist.


  2. Bernie
    April 23, 2019 @ 12:25 am

    I enjoy the style, but I’m frustrated by brewer’s packaging product as “IPA” when it’s really a juicy/hazy “NEIPA”. It’s a recognized style so why is it not required to be labeled as such? I have purchased to many 4/6 packs labeled “IPA” only to find It to be a “NEIPA.”


  3. Chris Grothe
    March 13, 2019 @ 2:46 pm

    would it be wrong to say that hazy beers are “generally” higher in calories?


    • Zymurgist
      February 27, 2020 @ 3:35 pm

      Yes. It would be wrong.


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    January 4, 2019 @ 4:13 am

    […] style. NEIPA has even been officially recognized as it’s own style. Naturally there has also been backlash from many brewers and drinkers. While some predict an impending decline in the substyle, I believe haze will continue to reign in […]


  5. Jake Anderson
    October 8, 2018 @ 11:30 am

    I know Im late to this table but #8 nails it on the head for me. Im a snobby West Coast beer drinker who LOVES bitter beer. Early and often hop additions in the boil are what I like. I like my IPA to taste like an IPA. My problem with this hazy beer trend (I will not call it IPA as there is nothing PALE about a HAZY beer) is that the beer tastes like orange juice. Sweet and thick and more tropical and fruity than resinous and bitter. Also #6 resonates with me. Seems like anyone can screw up a beer with extra yeast (or Odin forbid a bunch of freaking flour) and say “Hey look, a hazy IPA.” Meh. Keep that crap. Go drink your chalky orange juice beer. Ill drink this crystal clear 100 IBU glass of golden hop perfection. For the record I am not against this style. I think people should brew and drink what they like. I just dont like it and I wont drink it. I am however against calling this style an IPA. Call it a hazy ale, call it a yeast bomb, call it a dough ale…..hell, call it anything but an IPA.


    • Daniel Menkin
      November 17, 2018 @ 9:11 am

      Have you had a Monkish ipa? Still has what you want in a West coast ipa, has lots of dank, hop bitterness (depending on the hops) some hops can be more piney/resinous. Plus Monkish ipas have plenty of head if you pour the beer correctly. The mouthfeel of their beers isn’t so thick like east coast brewaries such as Treehouse, Tired Hands. Yes Monkish make hazy beers that look more like OJ but, they taste absolutely incredible and I love West coast ipas. I think Monkish has found the balance between westcoast (which is what they are) and the NEIPA. Also, everything I just said also applies to Cellarmaker in San Francisco. Cheers.


      • Josh Ramsey
        December 12, 2018 @ 5:03 pm

        I have been to Monkish and think their hazy is okay. Not quite sure why there are lines around the block, but it’s good. I find it comical that not too long ago they had a sign on the wall (think non-smoking sign with a cigarette butt) with the letters IPA inside. I am a west coast IPA man, but do enjoy trying the hazy stuff. I’ve never had Treehouse or the other stuff mentioned above so I can’t comment. I will go on record and say that Alvarado in Monterey and Fieldwork in Berkley are wayyy better than Monkish. If you think Monkish is good give them a try.

  6. Alex
    March 15, 2018 @ 8:59 am

    Good blog and I respect a different opinion than mine, however it is funny because the 10 reasons listed are the reason I totally “get it” and like a hazy IPA.

    Peace out!


  7. Carol
    February 27, 2018 @ 9:17 am

    I’m not a fan for 2 reasons: one, if you have a yeast sensitivity this style can cause major reactions that filtered ipas do not. A lot of people get headaches from yeast, I have several negative reactions to unfiltered lagers and it has proven no different with most hazy ipas. Not everybody can eat every food you know, brewers, and people’s bodies reject more and more foods the older they get (I am 48 and have been with “craft” since before many of the fan boys and brewers were born).

    Second, I simply do not like the excess of exotic tropical fruit flavors mined from the hops. I do not eat passion fruit, mango, etc as a food bec I do not like the taste, I sure as hell don’t want a 9% abv passion fruit full of misc brewing particulates that then cause histamine reactions.

    My style wheel on Untapped is well into the 20s on level, so fear of style experimentation is not my deal. Ingredients and taste are the 2 things that bring me to or push me away from a beer. Those who love them, enjoy! I don’t have any issues with brewers catering to your tastes, just don’t forget about those who prefer a filtered beer. Like any craze, when all breweries switch production to the same trendy style, and a demographic does not like it, sales drop bec there are fewer options for the others to purchase.


    • Trevor
      June 29, 2022 @ 3:21 pm

      I recently have had a sever allergic reaction to Unfiltered Beers(Hazy IPA’s). I do enjoy the mild hoppiness and the unique flavors the unfiltered beer presents but I cannot drink those kind of beers now. I fear I have developed an yeast or pollen allergy from the unfiltered beer. I had a mild reaction to a supposedly filtered IPA now too. I am getting allergy tests in the coming weeks. I am in my late 30’s now. Its my first major allergic reaction. Do you have any beers that I can drink? I am not really a pilsner type of guy. Can I drink Imperial beers?


  8. Kenneth R Hausser
    November 29, 2017 @ 8:42 pm

    Does anybody know of breweries in Nashville that serves these?


  9. Krrn
    November 27, 2017 @ 4:24 am

    I love this article. I live in Boston and regularly stop at Trillium because it is a quick in and out (albeit overpriced) but usually minimal line. I refuse to stand in line at Treehouse and will continue to bash it. The place is literally open 3 days a week and every day is over an hour wait. Not to mention the drive from Boston anyways. They are creating fake hype over constantly canning the same beer. I still have yet to try it! Literally never seen Treehouse in a store or a restaurant. I see Trillium on tap all over town. IMO, there are more versatile breweries in the area serving more beers than just 100 diff types of a hazy IPA.


    • Jimshoez
      May 11, 2018 @ 4:33 pm

      Treehouse only sells their beer in a can. It’s the greatest profit margin known to man. And they don’t have to spend a penny on distribution. That being said, I’ve tried a couple via trade from San Diego- and Treehouse is the most over-hyped nothing special beer I have ever had or heard of. F that line!


  10. Rick
    August 30, 2017 @ 7:56 am

    I’m sorry but I find the article a little wrongheaded. If you don’t like a style don’t drink it. Why spend time inventing reasons to hate on it?
    Hating on a beer for any other reason than poor quality is, in my humble opinion, a waste of time. For example, I fail to see why dealing with switching in bottles should affect your feelings about a particular style of beer. That’s silly!

    Also, hating on a beer because it’s popular is just plain “amateur hour.” Does that mean you will dislike any beer that it’s popularity makes it hard to get? That doesn’t make sense, does it?

    FWIW I do enjoy your articles in general. I’m just not goin’ there with ya on this one. Cheers!


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    August 28, 2017 @ 9:35 am

    […] heads. As with every new trend, there are those that fight back against it. Some of those differing opinions can be valid. Y’all remember the kerfuffle over black IPAs (aka Cascadian dark ales)? […]


  12. Chris H
    July 21, 2017 @ 10:25 am

    Let me just say, I brew a lot and work at a bar with 61 taps, and let me tell you, making a really hazy drinkable IPA is much harder than making a run of the mill clear IPA. Making clear beer really isn’t that hard to be honest. Look at brewers like Omnipollo, they are pushing the envelope of what can be done, and it tastes amazing.

    What really surprises me about the hatred towards this style of beer, is that craft beer drinkers have no problem drinking a 13,5% bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with coffee, vanilla, oak and chillies, but when their beer is a bit hazy, they go on a rant. You would think people would be more open minded, but I guess some aren’t. But let me tell you, these types of beers sell out, almost as soon as we can get them on tap. So hate them as much as you like, they are here to stay for some time.


    • Gary D Gulley
      October 10, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

      Finally some sanity in this conversation!


  13. Doug
    June 20, 2017 @ 10:35 am

    I think the most important issue a person might have with hazy IPAs went unmentioned. As with any beer, it’s taste.

    (Flaws were mentioned, but in the form of packaging issues like chucks and hops.)

    The few examples I’ve had on the west coast have had a yeasty/hop bite, something I would think is inevitable when using a yeast that doesn’t flocculate plus lots of hops, that I find unpleasant.

    By “yeasty/hop bite” I mean a sharp, tickle the back of your throat kind of thing, that you would get if you were to take a sip of any sludgy, bottom of the fermenter sample of IPA. It’s yeast covered in hop oils (that’s​ one thing hop oil does to yeast, it covers them).

    And while I personally love low bitterness, extra flavor IPAs, having yeast in solution doesn’t cause that, and, in the examples I’ve had, it only reduces drinkability.


  14. Patrick
    June 15, 2017 @ 11:10 am

    What drove me nuts about the style when it first came out, and what continues to drive me nuts about it is, to get cans of its examples, you typically have to go stand in a line at a brewery on a Saturday morning, or some random weekday, wasting a work vacation day. That’s what pisses me off, the whole “rarity” culture that has come to surround these beers. I want to be able to drop by the brewery and grab a 4-pack from the cooler, whenever. They are perfectly enjoyable beers that I’d drink more often if I could. At some point, the crazed hype surrounding these beers has to die way down, right?


  15. Thornrbidgerob
    May 26, 2017 @ 2:23 am


    This is a great article and some very valid points. You see in from both sides of the table.

    Good work.


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  17. Kelly C.
    May 10, 2017 @ 10:01 am

    Well done Dan! I get that there is so much stress for brewers to be even more innovative, yet also at the end of the day actually make a profit. Personally, I’m not a big fan of this style, however I can appreciate it when it’s made well. I do think it’s a style that is here to stay for a while, but like Red IPAs and Cascadian Dark Ales/ Black IPAS will diminish over time. Also, I have a theory that with the weather continuing to get warmer across the world, drier finished IPAs will continue to be king.

    People will always want something hoppy, but IPAs will continue to be innovated.


  18. Brian
    May 8, 2017 @ 3:51 am

    The number one reason why there is so much hate for style is that it is an extremely dumbed down style. It is essentially the “number two vaue meal” of beer. There has been a MASSIVE increase in the number of craft beer drinkers over the five years. By definition, these people are new to craft beer. What’s the latest and greatest “best style evah!” beer that these people drink? An “IPA” that has no bitterness. Has a very soft mouthfeel and as many citrusy/”juic” flavors in it to make it as simple on the palate as possible. It’s a noob beer for a massive wave of noobs. Now, all of that said, personally… I don’t think any of that makes them inherently “bad” at all. I have no problem hitting a McDonalds drivethru myself from tine to time but at the same time, I call fast foor, “fast food”. As for the “haze bros”, you have to just ignore them and hope they and their palates mature. 99% of them are, as mentioned above, noobs to craft beer who feel like they now belong to a “thing” and they’ll defend it like it’s family. Really? Accusing people of “butthurt” or trashing an article because it describes a very real situation? Really? What are these people, 12 year olds? Grow up noobs.


    • David
      April 29, 2018 @ 12:26 am

      Ok I am a year late to this and you’ll probably never read this but chill out dude. How long have you been drinking craft? I myself have been drinking it for over 10 years and have had every style under the sun and I myself LOVE hazy IPA’s them and a good sour is all I really need these l days. I’ve also stopped trying to collect and get the latest and greatest thing. I mostly just drink local.


      • Dale
        August 8, 2019 @ 3:47 pm

        This is what I call the ‘trendy effect’. People will hate a style of beer (it’s another thing to not like a style) mainly because its popular. They will make fun of and call names of those that drink it, making statements that it won’t last, it’s not a real beer, or its made poorly, etc. But they will say they had some that aren’t bad. I can’t help wonder if they worry that others will see them as a trendy drinker or hipster (or a noob) so they bash the style. They do come off as someone who suffers the trendy effect.

    • BG
      May 23, 2018 @ 8:11 pm

      What a turd response callling people “noobs.” Like its a bunch of 12 year olds. It’s just a different beer bud. Quit being a snob and realize that maybe other people like different beer than you. I too have drank craft beer for about 15 years, and brew beer. Although his isn’t my favorite it’s still a decent beer. Calling people noobs with underdeveloped pallets is such a loser comment.


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  21. Roheeeelio
    March 31, 2017 @ 7:13 pm

    Week shelf life at best…this article could maybe have passed 6months ago…c’mon man!


  22. Dan
    March 31, 2017 @ 1:28 pm

    This is the author here. I love hazy IPAs, not sure how you gather otherwise. Check out our instagram, @thefullpint, you’ll see what love these style beers.


  23. Chris
    March 31, 2017 @ 1:25 pm

    Well.. the author is definitely not a fan of hazy IPA’s.. we get it. But don’t try to spread your butt hurt and make it seem like everyone hates the style for the opinionated reasons you listed.


  24. Mario
    March 31, 2017 @ 12:55 pm

    Don’t listen to these morons, Danny. Good article.

    Hey, nimrods, the title of the article is “10 Reasons Why Brewers and Drinkers Hate On Hazy IPA.” What did you expect, a goddamned hazy IPA love letter???

    I like some hazy IPAs as much as the next guy, but the lines are crazy (I won’t do it), the beers are usually ugly AF, and the mouthfeel screams anything but beer. They taste great a lot of times, but the issues raised here are spot on.


  25. Denny Gmur
    March 31, 2017 @ 11:28 am

    I like this article. It catalogs all the reasons I have hated on murky IPAs. I bought a six pack of Reuben’s Crush and enjoyed the heck out of it, and at $16 a six-pack it’s just not an everyday beer. So am I a hypocrite? Yep, but I’m still not going out of my way to buy the murk. I’ve mostly been curious as to what all the brouhaha was all about. I am still an old-school clear, bitter IPA guy. BeeTeeDubs, English IPA after WWII took a steep downturn in gravity to end up in the 4-5% ABV range. Not until American small independent brewers revived the style (Worthington White Shield notwithstanding) at the higher gravity did some British small independent brewers take note.


  26. Bri
    March 31, 2017 @ 6:31 am

    Complaining about haze is a bit asinine. Complaining about floaties is another story altogether. Trillium has been a serious offender. After a month or more many of their brews will exhibit giant brown or grey chunks in the bottom of the glass. While it doesn’t seem to be affecting the taste, it’s not appetizing.


  27. Kyle
    March 31, 2017 @ 5:59 am

    I agree with Matt above; this is an absurdly stupid article. The writer makes his disdain for hazy IPAs known in the first paragraph and it gets worse from there. Granted, this is a blog and you can write whatever you want, and truthfully, you make a couple of valid points (the ridiculousness of the long lines, some brewers throw in flour) but the rest of this article just feels like the writer has an axe to grind. Get over it and yourself.


  28. Ken
    March 31, 2017 @ 4:54 am

    Yup, totally pathetic article. All I get from it is “waaaaahhhh, I don’t like good beer and I’m gonna come up with stupid reasons why it’s not good.”


  29. Garin Frost
    March 30, 2017 @ 7:34 pm

    On item #5 your more off-base than you know. Although your spot on with reference to the demand for cans, the small guys are certainly not “printing money”, in fact quite the opposite. Cheers.


  30. Amanda
    March 30, 2017 @ 6:08 pm

    Pure project, mikkeller, resident, and modern times!


  31. Andy
    March 30, 2017 @ 2:38 pm

    Wow, I didn’t even know this was a thing. Any brewers in San Diego making good “hazy” IPA? 🙂


  32. matt
    March 30, 2017 @ 2:38 pm

    This is an absurdly stupid article. Beer nerds who cry about hazy IPAs need to get another hobby.


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