Five on Five: Hazy IPA

Fruit-forward, soft, hazy, juicy, pillowy—whatever your adjectives, this is for sure: These IPAs have captured the flavor imagination of a still-growing number of beer drinkers. Here, five pros share their top picks.

Craft Beer & Brewing Staff Nov 18, 2021 - 3 min read

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Photos: Courtesy Vitamin Sea; Matt Graves/; Courtesy Weldwerks; Courtesy Humble Forager; Courtesy Hen House

Vitamin Sea Sea for Yourself

Ryan Lavery, founder, Widowmaker Brewing in Braintree, Massachusetts
“I have been friends with the VSB crew since we both were brewing beers in our basement, and it was exciting to watch their brand grow by word of mouth. There was a lot of excitement even before they opened. But when I had my first sip of Sea For Yourself, I knew they were about to explode—that beer is for real. It features a great hop profile of supporting hops (Amarillo and Ekuanot) amplifying and modifying the heavy citra presence—a true VSB signature!”

Zydeco Brew Werks Fieldtrip

Latiesha Cook, CEO, cofounder & president, Beer Kulture in St. Petersburg, Florida
“An IPA that I absolutely love is Fieldtrip by Zydeco Brew Werks in Ybor City, Florida. They used everyone’s favorites, Simcoe and Citra hops, but also added Cashmere, Moutere, and Hallertau Blanc to give it notes of juicy mangos and tangerines. I love this beer because, like it’s name, it takes me back to schooldays with packed lunch and orange juice. Some of the best times!”

WeldWerks Juicy Bits

Phil Cammarano, cofounder and head brewer, The Good Society Brewery in Seattle, Washington
“I have always been a traditionalist and followed style guidelines, and IPAs were no exception—firm bittering, dry finish, good clarity, etcetera. The thought of a fruity, hazy IPA just didn’t appeal to me. Then I had my first Weldwerks Juicy Bits. The big punch of citrus and tropical notes on a soft, pillowy body made me an instant convert.”

Humble Forager Rugged Outlook DDH Honey Oat Cream Triple IPA

Chris Davison, head brewer, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing in Columbus, Ohio
“I received this can from the National Honey Board as part of a honey beer tasting, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since. It’s my first experience with Humble Forager and I have to say I’ve never experienced an IPA with this much honey character to it before. Sweet honey, jasmine, and papaya on the nose, with flavors of lime and pineapple propped up by a pillowy body and firm, balanced bitterness.”

Hen House Big Chicken

Jan Chodkowski, head brewer, Our Mutual Friend Brewing in Denver
“Every year Hen House Brewing makes Big Chicken, and every year they outdo themselves. This year’s batch was incredible, brewed with Waimea, Strata, Simcoe, and Zappa hops. Huge berry and tropical aromas , so soft and drinkable even at 10 percent abv.”