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Monday, July 25, 2011

Hazed and Infused

Update 8/5/11: After a comment on a post, I checked the "Drink By" date that is stamped on the shoulder of the bottle. The date was June 7, and I tried it at the end of July. This might explain why it wasn't as hoppy as it states. I'll find a fresher bottle to review.

Hazed and Infused is an American Pale Ale (APA) from the Boulder Beer Company, which as it’s name suggests is from Boulder, Colorado. The website says it was the Bronze Medal Winner at the 2003 Boulder Brewfest and picked Best in Show at the Goatshed Revival - an event hosted by the Boulder Beer Company.

I bought this from the Nugget Market in Davis, CA for $4.69 for a 22oz bottle. ABV of 4.85%

The color is a darker caramel. Light hoppy aroma, but nothing strong. Decent, thick, off-white head. The taste is distinctly caramel malt, with hints of citrus hops, with an earthy finish. While the beer is marked as being dry-hopped the hops do not come across strong at all. Sam Adam’s Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and Anchor Liberty are all dry-hopped. 

I’m reading reviews on Beer Advocate that tout its hoppy taste, but I’m not getting that. The earthy taste is probably what stands out the most. It’s enjoyable, but not strong. I enjoy the beer and at 4.85% ABV its an easy drink. Nothing spectacular here, but as an APA its good and I would have it again.

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