QUAFF: White Haze IPA

New beer from O'Hara explores trendy New England style

O’Hara’s Brewery continues to experiment with interesting styles, and the Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow based brewery has just released White Haze IPA, a fruit forward, hazy IPA.

Seamus O’Hara, founder and CEO, commenting  on the new brew said – “We are not ones to follow every trend but we felt it was time to tackle a hazy IPA. There is almost as much diversity in this style as there is in craft beer generally but the one common denominator is that soft mouthfeel and juicy flavour. In developing White Haze we played around with a few different hop bills but if we were going to do a juicy hazy IPA we always wanted to have Mosaic involved, we just love the punch of grapefruit pith it gives a beer. Like most of our beers drinkability was an important consideration and we strived for a fruity but balanced beer that is both accessible and rewarding. While White Haze has lots of soft juicy flavour I think it has just enough bittering balance to make a second bottle tempting!”

As I had pencilled in fish (fresh cod) and chips for Tuesday night’s dinner at home it seemed appropriate to knock the top off the sample and quaff. Alas I couldn’t find the promised “refreshing tropical fruit flavours” but there were plenty of citrus vibes – grapefruit and Seville oranges forced their way through the opaque burnished gold body and assailed the nose in fine style, along with a fair whack of spice. Top fermentation, coupled with cold-conditioning and absence of filtration has provided the benchmark hazy hue demanded of the style, which was, apparently, developed in New England. The attractive milk-white head persisted to the end of the glass.

To sum up I found White Haze IPA attractive, richly-flavoured and moreish. I’d certainly drink it again.

ABV is 5%.

The O’Hara’s team are also very excited about the most recent release in their single hop IPA ‘Hop Adventure Series’. The sixth edition is out now and promises to showcase the ‘Idaho 7’ hop, with flavours of tropical fruit, stone fruit and a hint of black tea.

White Haze will be available in select independent bars, off-licences and retailers with a RRP €3.35 for a 500ml bottle.

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