Whats everyone’s thoughts on Hazy IPAs? Is the fad ever going to run its course? Or is it permanently here to stay as the most popular beer style?
Was this article written in 2017 and accidentally published 6 years later?
Most likely Chat GPT, which is what 99.9% of online writing will be in the near future. Especially blogs.
It had a weird high school essay vibe to it, but there were portions that seemed like they could have been written by AI.
I think we have probably peaked and will start to see fewer hazies, but as a style it is here to stay. I don’t enjoy hazy IPAs as much as I used to; that could perhaps be down to simply having too much, but I think also I got tired of having ‘bad’ hazy IPAs. So nowadays, when I want a hazy IPA, I usually have it from brewers I know can do it well.
Otherwise, I have been gravitating back to west coast IPAs, which I have always liked but now vastly prefer over other types of IPA. Give me malt, give me pine, give me bitterness! Based on casual observation here in the UK, it seems like more breweries have been brewing west coast style IPA and pale ale recently - nowhere near the amount of hazy IPA/pale, but certainly more than I have seen in many years.
I feel like West Coast IPAs have a lower ceiling, but higher floor than hazy IPAs. They don’t often have the big juicy fruit characters that hazy ones do, but they are less likely to be murky vegetal garbage as well.
I’m not reading that article but hoppy beers have been and will for a long time dominate the craft segment. Hopefully, not as much as they are currently but I don’t see an end to hop domination.
Hazy IPAs are here to stay obviously and I do like the style but I’m hoping they wont continue to saturate the market. I’m reading this forum drinking a nice Flemish red ale wishing more styles were represented by breweries and craft bars.
In terms of IPA I’m increasingly liking those that are a hybrid mix of hazy and west coast - juicer than a west coast but still has a reasonable pine needle and bitter finish. I’ve not had that many like this though.