When it comes to hazy IPAs, “the ones that pull off all the acrobatics then really stick their landings can convince even the most crotchety skeptics,” we write in our editors’ review of Tuba Solo, one of our Best 20 Beers in 2021.
“Tuba Solo is one of those that delighted our seasoned judges and editors alike. The heady aroma delivers a beachy mix of pineapple, orange, mango, guava, and lime, with softer floral notes like the lei received upon arriving at the island. On the palate, the fruity hop flavor bursts with exuberance, pulling off some rare tricks: It’s sweet but doesn’t cloy; it’s smooth, without a trace of hop burn; and there is an earthy quality that keeps it interesting and different. The all-around softness continues into the finish, drying out just enough to compel more sips, and another glass, and then we’ll just see where the day leads.”
For more about the brewery in Lake Zurich, Illinois, see Breakout Brewer: Roaring Table.
Batch size: 5.5 gallons (21 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 70%
IBUs: Don’t sweat it.