Review: Hazed & Infused, Boulder Beer Co.

Hazed & Infused
Boulder Beer Company — Boulder, Colorado

Stats:
  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Bitterness: 38 IBU
  • ABV: 4.85%
  • OG: 12.5 P
  • Grains: U.S. Medium Caramel Malt, U.S. 2-Row Barley, U.S. Roasted Barley
  • Hops: Nugget, Willamette, Crystal, Centennial, plus Crystal and Centennial dry-hop addition
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
Description: “Hazed & Infused is ‘hazed’ in its natural and unfiltered state, and ‘infused’ – dry-hopped with Crystal and Centennial hops – during fermentation for a big, bold, unique. Originally a one-keg brew for our pub, its popularity has soared and is now available in over 20 states.”— Boulder Beer Website

Random thoughts: What a great name for a beer! It sounds cool and perfectly describes what makes it unique. First, it’s unfiltered. The picture below isn’t great, but you’ll notice the “haze” that prevents you from seeing through the beer. But dry hopping is why I picked this one up. In a dry-hopped beer, hops are added during the secondary fermentation stage. This gives the beer a distinctive floral or “hoppy” fragrance, but without extra taste or bitterness.

The tasting: The first thing I noticed was the smell--lots of citrus and fruit. The taste had a nice clean bitterness to it. This beer totally fooled me in another way. I thought it was an IPA when I bought it, and continued to believe the same after I tasted it. However, while getting the stats at the Boulder site, I found out that it's a Pale Ale. Works for me—they made it, so they can call it whatever they like!

Rating: 5 star.  Liquid Perfection! I absolutely loved this one—even though they “fooled” me into thinking it was something else. Purists might fault it for resembling another style, but I could care less. I would definitely get hazed & infused again—soon!

2 comments:

Freebird said...

If you are ever in DIA (Denver's airport) you can get this beer on tap at their alehouse... good food there too!

Mark T. said...

I liked this one. I'm not sure if I would give it a "5", but a good brew none-the-less.

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