It Came From The Haze
Limited Release Hazy IPA
Tonight we taste the Ghostfish Brewing It Came From The Haze Hazy IPA. I don’t know if you can relate to this locally, but people in Oregon are going crazy for the haze. It’s become a very popular style, particularly in my town. Bend’s beer drinking population is very IPA-obsessed. (In that way, I fit right in!)
I’ll give you an example. We have constant festivals in this town. There doesn’t seem to be a weekend in which Bend is not producing an excuse to drink beer and walk around outside. (I’m not complaining.) Fall Fest. Winter Fest. Summer Fest. Brew Fest. Bite of Bend (food) Fest. OktoberFest. Ale Fest. etc…
I usually bartend at these events when they come around, and this weekend I was slinging (but not drinking) beer at the 2019 WinterFest. It was sponsored by 10 Barrel Brewing (now owned by Anheuser-Busch). We had 4 beer options. As usual, 2 out of 4 of the taps were IPAs. Plus a black ale and lager. The IPAs outsold everything by FAR, many times over.
I was very excited to learn about this limited release Hazy IPA from Ghostfish. It’s a 5.5% ABV 60 IBU Hazy that rocks a beautiful matte label of pine forest saturated in fog. They packaged it in 16 ounce cans AND those cans were distributed to Bend! (Lucky me, I know.)
Let’s get on to the review, shall we?
The Taste Test
It Came From The Haze Hazy IPA
This beer pours a beautiful sunset orange. Hazy indeed. Light seeps through, maybe some faint shapes, but pretty obscure overall. Its head was short, but a ring of bubbles hug the glass as it fades. The aroma is packed with fruit, lots of citrus and other tropical notes.
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It Came From The Haze has a juicy and robust flavor. The taste is packed with dry fruitiness and pine-like qualities. It reminds me of fir trees. The hop profile shines through proudly with a strong–yet gentle bitterness.
The hops used in this Hazy IPA include New Zealand’s Motueka (tropical, citrus aroma), Eureka (flavors of citrus, resin, tropical and dark fruit), and Cryo Mosaic hops (Berry, Herbal, Tropical, Citrus, Pine). I’ve noticed lately that Ghostfish doesn’t print their full ingredient lists on their limited release cans.
I have to admit, I think this is a dream team of a hop combo for me. With all 3 hop varieties offering heavy fruit notes, with the addition of the pine character, it really permeates the beer with all my favorite things in a PNW IPA–without any sweetness whatsoever.
Its dryness presents an after-mouthfeel similar to that of grapefruit juice or a very dry red wine. I’d say anyone partial to Hazy IPAs would appreciate this beer, gluten free or not. It’s very refreshing and oh-so interesting from a flavor/aroma perspective.
Honestly, my main complaint about this beer is that it’s a limited release, therefore I can’t drink this dry juice bomb year-round. BUT… (Yep, there’s a giant BUT there.) You’ll be happy to learn that this Hazy IPA is just the first in a series of ever-changing Hazy IPAs from Ghostfish Brewing Company.
The recipe will evolve with each brew, so you could categorize this as the first in an experimental Haze series. I can’t wait to see what the next one is like. But I got to say, they kicked off the project right with this one, so I recommend you get your hands on some if possible. You won’t be sorry.