The haze craze continues for me as I share two more hazy, New England IPAs with you this week.
Up first, a new brewery from New York that just came to the Chicago market.
Foreign Objects opened their doors in September of 2017 in New Paltz, New York (about 90 miles north of NYC, near Poughkeepsie). While they sometimes make other styles, Foreign Objects specializes in double-dry hopped IPAs/New England IPAs…and they embrace it, placing “DDH is our norm” on their labels.
They have a solid distribution already and are available in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, and three larger cities – Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
Today I have their “New-American Hoppy Ale” Wet Gravity.
Wet Gravity is a New England IPA that was abundantly hopped with Azacca and Citra hops. Each can has a solid 7% ABV and about 46 IBU. It is on the expensive side, however, as a four-pack of 16-ounce cans runs $19 in Chicagoland.
It poured a hazy straw color with minimal lacing. No more than a finger of pure white bubbles ever built up upon the beer and, quickly, they had faded into a razor thin line across the top.
This was a juice bomb of an IPA. Huge tropical fruit notes and just the tiniest hit of hops wafted out from this beer. Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, orange/tangerine, and grapefruit were all blended together nicely in the aroma…and it smelled amazing.
My first sip started with almost no carbonation and a creamy, heavier mouthfeel but almost immediately all those tropical fruits flooded across my taste buds. Pineapple and mango lead the way initially with a sweet juicy flavor and a little sting from the pineapple.
After a moment, the grapefruit and orange found their way to the forefront with a dash of melon following closely behind. Tagging along with those, the hops provided some moderate bitterness towards the back of my throat.
As the flavors begin to come to an end, there is one more burst of incredibly sweet mango and passion fruit before it all fizzles out. Wet Gravity then ends mostly clean with a little bit of dryness and a resinous grapefruit rind bitterness.
But this was such an easy beer to drink. Yes, at times – especially after the beer had started to warm up some – there was moderate dose of bitterness from hops. But the juicy, tropical flavors continued throughout and that made it go down incredibly fast.
Foreign Objects might only be a little over a year old…but they know what they’re doing. This was a really good beer and I can’t wait to go grab another one.
Up next I feature a small brewery from Colorado that makes some big, bold beers.
Soul Squared is Colorado’s “original farm built” brewery, using ingredients from their own fields, just north of Ft. Collins. Their tasting room is located nearby in Wellington, Colorado but you can find their cans throughout northern Colorado.
They offer a handful of season/one-offs throughout the year to complement their two year-round beers, a blonde and an IPA.
My friends knew I had been looking for their year-round IPA, Rocky Mountain Haze, for a while now and, upon their return from Colorado, were nice enough to bring me back a six-pack.
Rocky Mountain Haze is a “Vermont-style IPA” that’s brewed with Citra, Columbus, and El Dorado hops. Each can of it has a solid 6.5% ABV and around 50 IBU. As I got this for a gift, and can’t find it online, I don’t know exactly how much it costs but I have been assured that it “was around average” and a “very reasonable price” for a six-pack.
The beer poured a mostly translucent straw color (not hazy like other beers of this style) with less than a finger of head building up. The off-white bubbles were thin and quickly faded into a small ring across the edge of the glass.
On the nose, this brew was certainly hop-forward. Lots of citrus (orange, grapefruit, mango) with a heavy hand of bitter pine sitting behind the tropical fruit. It certainly smelled like it would finish dry…if you know what I mean; like a brut but with more juicy notes.
A small rush of carbonation started off the sip before the real flavors pushed forward. And, like the aroma had indicated, the tropical flavors started it all off with subtle notes of orange, lemon, and a bit of grapefruit rind.
The hops brought with some light bitterness towards the back of my throat but it was a very mild and easy-going sting.
It started off subtle but then, midway through, there was a massive rush of citrus that seemed to explode out of nowhere. Some light melon joined in and there was a dash of black pepper spice from the hops. But, for the most part, the citrusy qualities of the hops continued to lead the way.
The flavors then began to fade away with the grapefruit rind and a light bitter twinge lingering on after everything else. As I predicted from the aroma, Rocky Mountain Haze did end dryly but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would finish.
What a crisp, clean, and sessionable IPA this is!
There’s nothing that stands out too much here. No added flavors or gimmicks…it’s just a really tasty, slightly dry, IPA that, due to double dry-hopping, is super easy to drink. You can’t go wrong with this one.