Throw a wadded up $20 bill at a wall of shelves at the beer store, and you’re bound to hit a four-pack of 16 oz. hazy IPA that costs at least as much. Most breweries have a hazy IPA on the market, and many are pushing multiple. The issue is that most of these dry-hopped-to-death IPAs range from meh to fine, while only a very few manage to be memorable.
That’s where San Diego’s Abnormal Beer Company claims to come in. While I was pretty skeptical initially that the “Simply Different” brewery would live up to its tagline, Abnormal proves to be just that with Hazy Dreams.
Hazy Dreams pours from an eye-catching solid, pale green can to reveal a bright golden body with just a fleck of orange tint. It’s plenty hazy, but looks much more beer-like than the all-too-common turbid hop sludge. A sweet combination of tropical fruit and berry crowds the aroma. Hazy Dreams honestly smells like a glass of peach-mango juice.
The taste is somehow even more juicy. Hazy Dreams is sweet and bright with tons of stone fruit flavors like peach and mango to go along with more tropical pineapple. There is just enough pithy bitterness to clean up the sweetness and let the juicy, bright fruit shine. Hazy Dreams is light and slick, and it goes down so smoothly that it’s easy to finish the can without fully appreciating all it has to offer.
Abnormal’s Hazy Dreams is truly the stuff of haze-crazed hop-head’s dreams—the rare hazy IPA that shows why the style became popular in the first place.