Call them Hazy, New England or Northeast style, they're all the rage on the east coast. Though loaded with hops, these small-batch brews tone down the bitterness by using milder varieties like Citra and Mosaic, and adding them late in the brewing process. Unfiltered, these beers are meant to be drunk young and fresh. It was just a matter of time before the craze spread west, and while they don't quite achieve the same freshness, here are three IPAs tilting toward the Northeast style:
Breakside What Rough Beast, New England Style IPA, $5.49-$6.99
The head is thin but persistent on this cloudy, faded, orange peel-colored brew. The floral nose mixes soft hops with ample sweet citrus aromas. In this mellow IPA with biscuit flavors backed by subdued tropical fruit and ripe melon, the hop profile comes through mainly on the dry finish.
Revision Smoke & Mirrors, Northeast Style IPA, $3.99-$4.69
A thin head that leaves little lacing tops this muddled lemon peel-hued pour, and the hops are a bit more aggressive than may be typical of the style, both on the nose and on the palate. Besides resiny hops, it combines toasted-oat flavors with grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine. It's light but satisfying.
Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA, $1.59-$1.99
The pour is a golden-straw color with an ambitious egg-white head that fades quickly but leaves admirable lacing. This lighter-bodied brew has lots of fruity hops on the nose, backed by pine, papaya, lime and grapefruit, and it has an ample hop profile but a subdued bitterness. Creamy, tropical fruit flavors stand out with orange, lime and Meyer lemon.