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Digging into the Hazy IPA


George Husing – Long Beach, New York asks,

I love a well-made IPA, whether they are hazy or clear. But I keep coming across mouth-numbing astringent, opaque, gritty versions of the hazy IPAs lately where it seems like the hop pellets are still formed in the beer. I would love to hear your thoughts about what brewers should not be doing when trying to make a highly aromatic IPA.

It is easy for us “old-school brewers” to joke about the cloudy-IPA style, and dismissively suggest to just do the opposite of what is required to make clear beer. Although there is
Response by Ashton Lewis.