Hazy Summer by ClubGonzo, American Pale Ale, 5.1% ABV, 40 IBU.
The Hazy Summer pours a golden, slightly hazy body (who would have thought?) with an average-sized, white, fairly creamy and fully lasting head that laces the glass well.
The aroma is strong, pleasant, very hoppy and a bit grassy in a good way. And it’s very, very, very crisp. It’s quite obvious that some sort of citric fruits have been added to this beer, although I’m not sure if I’m able to pinpoint the lime. Another additive, rhubarb, is also present, but far from overwhelming. There are also more traditional APA notes, in the form of just ripe pineapple and spicy, just ripe mango.There’s lots of citrus, the rhubarb is present, and there are notes of tropical fruits.
The flavour is strong and again very crisp and citric. Wow, what a thirst quencher! The rhubarb adds just the right amount of acidity without being dominating (which was the case with my own Rabarbrapapa). The citrus and the rhubarb are in perfect balance with the fresh green hops. The taste is light sweet, medium bitter and very light acidic. Finally I should mention that the brew is 100% clean, without any nail-polish remover. Yay!
It has a very light and thin body, it almost feels like a 2.5% ABV beer. I guess the oats didn’t help. The texture is dry.
Conclusion: Crispness redefined. An absurdly drinkable summer beer, I’d easily pay good money for this one. If I had rated beers according to style and drinkability, this one would have been close to perfect. To bad I often need an «india», «double», «imperial» or «barrel aged» in the beer name in order to give a higher rating than 4.0…
Aroma: 7/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 7/10 Palate: 3/5 Overall: 14/20 Ratebeer score: 3.5/5.0